Thrifty Finds

I thought I would share some thrifty find that have come my way.  I didn’t find all of these on one trip.  They’ve happened over the last few trips.

I have this set of salt and pepper shakers.  People comment about them all of the time when I post a picture of my sampler wall.  People comment and say, “My grandma had those” and other similar things.

I bought these new in vintage packaging some time ago at the thrift store for 50 cents.  I was happy to have found them as I love vintage and love wood.  I thought they would be cute for decorating with my antique things.

Imagine my surprise when I hit the thrift store and found the set you see below.  I have never seen them….oh, so cute on their little shelf plus there are friends now too.  Cinnamon, paprika, cloves, and nutmeg were there!!

Oh, my word…So cute.  Of course, it had to go home with me.  I spent $3 for the set.  It was my find of the day.  I don’t have it hung up yet.  I’m waiting for one of my girls to me home so they can help me find a good spot for it.

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Cross Stitch Update

I’m so lucky to have people watching out for me (ahem, enabling me!)  Mary from the Chicken Scratch blog sent me some pictures of cross stitch she saw AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines.  You can read more about the quilt show on her blog HERE.  Apparently, there happen to be some cross-stitch pieces on display as well.  It was fun to see the pictures.  I caught myself saying I have that chart and that chart and I stitched that one.  But the one that really caught my eye was the red one.  Oh my.  I hadn’t seen that one before.

Shucks.  There was no tag or info for me to identify who stitched it.  Hmm.

I’ve been looking for a red sampler to stitch.  So many people have a wall of red samplers.  I don’t know that I want to do that…but, I’d love to stitch one.  I had so much fun stitching the first Red Bird Sampler we did as a stitch along.  Hmm.

That’s it.  I’ll ask Judy at Patchwork Times.  She might know.  So I sent a message to Judy.  She was quick to reply saying she thought it was Folk Art Sampler.  She even provided a link to the chart.  THANKS, Judy!!  You can see the chart HERE on 123 Stitch.

It’s so pretty.  I really like it…but that border is a lot of backstitch and I hate backstitch.  It might be worth it though.  It’s so pretty.

So…I put the chart on my wish list and I’ll think about it.  It is really pretty…don’t you think?

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What I’m Reading: Riding the Lightning

I was looking for a book that wasn’t historical fiction.  I’ve said before that it’s my favorite genre but it is also taxing to read as it’s often very emotional.  So what did I pick instead?  Riding the Lightning:  A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic by Anthony Almojera.

I am often drawn to the First Responder and medical books.  I think that’s because my husband was a volunteer First Responder and Fireman and two of my daughters are nurses.

I love the book…it was so interesting.  The paramedic that wrote the book shares a lot about his own personal family and also shared his experience living and working in New York when Covid 19 first hit.

If I really wanted a book that wasn’t emotionally taxing to read, this is one I shouldn’t have picked.  Oh my.  I feel terrible for the Emergency Medical Services personnel that were on the front lines when we all knew so little about the virus.

Here is what Amazon had to say:
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Community Quilts from Ray

Hello and happy Thursday.  I have community quilts to share with you from Ray.  I always love community quilt posts.

Ray writes:
Veteran’s Day will be here before I know it and I am trying to get a head start on Quilts of Valor for a presentation at church again this year. Before I tell you about the first quilt, let me give you some background. A few weeks ago I dropped off my sewing machine at the quilt store for routine service. While we were there they had a few new, smaller machines with introductory embroidery capabilities marked way down to clear room for new models. I had toyed with the idea of embroidery but decided I really did not have the time.

Well, Steve, my partner, decided he needed a sewing machine so he could learn to sew. We now both have a sewing machine and this quilt is his second quilt.

He is learning and I am trying to teach. In trying to determine what and how to teach him, I came across a partial jelly roll of patriotic fabrics and decided he could practice a quarter inch.

After a bit of sewing and ripping and resewing, he made this quilt. He also added the border and did the binding. Using the rotary cutter lesson will be on another day. I did the longarming with his assistance.

I went with the Suzy loops motif because of the pattern on the back. Good job, Steve!!


I received a wonderful email from… Continue reading