Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hail Damage

Well, not really hail damage, but definitely winter weather damage.
Ugh.  So sad.  I bet those crevices are where I did not sand very well.  Do I fix it or just let it go?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Loot (Notions and Things)

More pictures of my haul from the Textile Center Garage Sale:

Buttons and buttons and buttons, oh my!

Old aluminum glitter:
Purty!  My friend has a special name for fairy poop or something.  She really hates this stuff.

I also picked up this bag kit for $2.00.  It was taped shut and I did not know whether it was intact or not, so it was a gamble.
Island Bag.  What is an island bag?  Anyway, the pattern pieces were uncut.  It seems like it could be a pretty big bag when it is all put together, but do you want to know what I really love?  Those handles:
They are exquisite!  When you bang them together they sound like musical instruments.  Such a pretty sound.

Okay, well that's pretty much it.  I also found a wall hanging, but I forgot to take a picture of it.  It was $5.00, so a little pricey, but I have big plans for it.  That was over near the unfinished/finished projects section, which is one of my favorite places to visit at this sale.  I also found two handmade by somebody's grandma blankets.  They are getting cleaned, but I'll eventually post a picture.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

My Loot (Fabric)

The Textile Center had their annual garage sale this past Saturday.  I spent way too much money, but it was so much fun.  Wanna see what I got?

Luxurious fabrics;
 My friend found the velvet section first and got some gorgeous yellows.  She whisked me over to it as fast as she could, which was at a snail's pace -- it was super crowded!  Anyway, I found that the blue velvet was a bit crinkled when I opened it up, so I won't be making anything too fancy, but there is enough to make my kids a fancy cape, though I don't have any lining fabric yet.  To the left of that is a smallish stretch of some beautiful thick stuff.  It's not velvet.  From the left (sorry, I'm all over the place), I have that pink diamond plush velvet-like fabric.  The next is some stretch crushed velour.  It will make a good play dress, that's for sure, but, um...I don't know how to sew with that.

And so I bought more stretch crushed velour (I hope that's what you call it, anyway) in blue (far right) and pale yellow (middle).  There are yards and yards and yards of yellow.  So, yeah...who needs a pale yellow cape?  There were also some gold brocades and that dark blue sparkly stuff.
More blue crushed stuff, some silvery stretch stuff that may actually be some sort of thick spandex, I swear.  The last three are just silky and fun.

 Some cottons:
 Curiously, the flowery one was in the "ethnic fabrics" section.  Yeah, I don't know.

Turtles!  Lots and lots of turtles!  Why did I get this?  I kind of loved it, but now I have a little bit of buyer's remorse.  That's a lot of turtles.
 But I don't regret that rainbow cotton.  There's a yard and a half of it and I think it only cost $1.00 (maybe $3.00, I lost track).  I want to make a skirt or a dress for Miss Z.  She's been asking for a rainbow dress for nearly half a year, so this is perfect.  The Bambi fabric is half an old sheet and I'm thinking pillowcases for the girls.

I'm still on a goal to breathe new life into Christmas fabrics.  You know that I hate table runners and wall hangings and quilts made out of Christmas fabrics, so when I find Christmas fabric, I turn it into gift baggage:
These are actually kind of pretty, with the pinks and the gold.  

In another post I will share the notions and things that I picked up.  When do you suppose I will have all the time to sew this up?

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hey! I Made Something!


*tap tap tap*

Hello?  Is this thing on?

Oh, hey!  There you are.  How have you been?  I'm okay, but  I'll admit that I have not been crafting very much at all.  I've been doing a lot of reading, all four of the Neopolitan novels, The Bees, The Golem and the Jinni, The Martian, two Ray Bradbury books, and maybe something else.  And I've been catching up on Better Call Saul, Scandal, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Supergirl, Downton Abbey, and The Walking Dead.  Oh, and the children.  I've been taking care of the children.

So with all of that, I have not been crafting, but when a friend invited us to a birthday party for her little girl, I started toying with the idea of making something.  We settled on a cape and as we started to talk about what kind of cape her daughter would like, it became apparent that this would be a pretty fun project.  

A long, hooded, green and purple cape.  Fun, right?  Hancock Fabrics is going out of business, so I found some pretty good deals on all of the supplies.  I have made other capes, but I didn't have any long, hooded patterns, so I went with McCall's 6420 and I found a gorgeous purple satin and a not-so-gorgeous green satin.  The result:
 So pretty!

The green was not the best fabric to work with, but its vibrant hue worked really well with that purple.  The purple was so dreamy and thick and smooth (sewing erotica?).  The closure is a large hook and eye.  I don't think I sewed it down enough, so the new owner's mom may need to reinforce it.

Anyway, I want to make another one of these capes for my kids.  The new owner was pretty smitten with it, I think.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

All Laquered Up

I found a set of Asian-themed dollhouse furniture pieces at an antique store recently.  There are two chairs, a little end table, a trunk, a buffet, and two coffee tables and all are painted black with gold designs.  I'm going to get all fancy on you now and describe them as Chinoiserie.  Like I said, fancy.  

Pardon the appearance of the house...I did not sweep.
I think that the legs and other curvy parts may be handpainted, but the flat parts look like they were stamped.  
I'm calling this one a buffet, though I'm sure there's a more accurate word for it.  It's so delicate.  I can't bear to think of my children's little hands touching this, so you should know that these are MINE.  They can look at them when they turn 32.  
Here's the trunk and the little table, which is really wobbly.  And look at this:
It opens!  So sweet.  So, that's it.  Seven pieces and all for $25.00, which is not so bad when you break it down per piece.  When I got home, I looked them up on the internet and found different combinations of pieces/sets priced anywhere from like $50.00 and up to about $300 on one site, which I think is a bit much.  When I first saw these in the store, I really considered buying only one or two pieces, but I just couldn't break them up  In the end, however, I don't have all of the pieces from the original set.  There's a screen, a dining table, more chairs, and more little tables still outstanding.  

Since I bought these, I've become a bit of an ebay junkie.  I'm watching like 5 or 6 auctions, but not bidding on anything.  There's one currently going on that is up to $140 and I could furnish 4 houses with all the goodies in the lot, but that's pretty steep.  Oh, well.  And the funny thing?  There are about five of these little Asian pieces in that lot.  The auctioneer is not highlighting them, though.  

And there's one more thing that I found at the Goodwill...a little candle holder turned planter:
 There are actually two of them, but I only have one small bit of greenery to show them off.  

And, before I forget, I've finally rid the walls in the kitchen of that damn wallpaper.  

Oh, one more thing.  Do you remember how I introduced you to the new occupant of the house?  Well, I went back to Target to peruse the selection and everything was gone!  They must have discontinued it.  They are still sold other places, so maybe I should run over and get another shopgirl.  They're the perfect size.  I was also thinking of getting the OPI nail salon - it comes with like 3 chairs or something, but I don't know.  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dollhouse Douche

So I got on Pinterest and searched for a way to rid myself of this dollhouse kitchen wallpaper.  The solution?  Vinegar and water...a little bit of a douche, I'd say.  I had some white vinegar down in the kitchen, but some apple cider vinegar on the upper level - I'd doused my hair with some of that in the shower to deal with a dry scalp.  Not like dandruff, just dry.  It totally worked.  I think that apple cider vinegar is sort of a miracle elixir.

Anyway, so I put some on the kitchen walls and then I let it sit for a bit.  I got a lot off of it, but there's still quite a bit that I can't get off.  Ugh.  What a pain.
The residue in the dining room/foyer came off easily, so that's progress.
So with all this progress, I'd like to share my toolkit.  I little tiny squirt bottle filled with the douche and a razor blade.
That little razor blade handle thing is the best.  I was using an exacto knife to pry up the copper tape and then pulling it with my finger, but it would break and then I'd have to try to pry up some more.  With the razor blade, the copper would just coil up and came away so easily.  The razor blade helped with the paper scraping, as well.  

I just need to figure out how to get that kitchen paper down.  I've got almost all of the copper tape off, with a few exceptions in hard to reach corners.  I now have to think about prying up those roof shingles.  I feel like I won't get to start paining it until the spring, when I can open up some windows for ventilation.