Archive for September, 2011

Chicken Scratch

September 5, 2011

I walked into the thrift store yesterday and this is what I saw.

The bag was stapled together so I could not see what was inside…. but, I bought it anyway.  I knew it was chicken scratch but I had no idea what the design was with it being stapled shut.  I started a Chicken Scratch Gallery on Flickr about 2 years ago.  I had just purchased a gingham apron a few days ago with a very nice design on it. I  also have gingham from a garage sale from a few years ago. The fabric is in a vintage suitcase.

Pink tags were 50 percent off. This bag had a pink tag and was priced $1.99. I thought at least the fabric would encourage me to take out my other fabric and go through it.

  I opened the bag taking off at least 5 staples to get at it.






When I saw the hearts I have to admit my heart started to beat a little faster!

I was thinking to myself maybe the fabric will be large enough that I could try my hand at making my own apron.   

I hadn’t even opened the block up all the way and I was so pleased! Look at how fantastic this block it. Do I make a quilt out of these? They are nice enough to be made into a quilt.

Look at this! Oh my goodness. Jackpot. I love it.

I was really getting excited because I knew there were more in the bag.

I can’t believe my good fortune.

Could the next one  be as beautiful as the first?

Looking at it closer I could not believe how much work someone must have put into making this.

This one has the edges turned over.

I have always wanted to try this.

Windmill pattern.


There’s nothing like red gingham.

Sailboats in a windmill layout.

This floral one looks best on point.

Man oh man. You will have to tell me if they saved the best for last.

*** I think so ***

I think I scored….big time!

I then found my second Pyrex cup.

The first one a found in the last two weeks.

I have to turn the cups over yet to see if they are Pyrex. It won’t be long and I will know them by sight.

Now if you would like to stop by for a cup of coffee. We won’t have the same style of cup but they will both be Pyrex!

Since school starts the day after tomorrow I could not pass up color pencils and a huge bunch of pencils – already sharpened.

If you enjoy Chicken Scratch take a look at this blog and her thrifted Swan tablecloth.


September Friday Thrift Haul

September 3, 2011

Some little treasures. When I was in high school my mom started a Madame Alexander doll collection for me.   Today I purchased two MD small dolls still in the plastic.

I have two of them I just displayed in my bedroom hutch. I will open one of these to put with the others.

I haven’t purchased a miniature chair in a long time. I have quite a few. This one spoke to me. I like the “earthiness” of this one.

ON my drive home from work on Thursday I had a few minutes because our younger son’s football practice was only 1 hour and they had left the field already. I ran over to Pier One to just walk around.  I collect blue glass and I like to go see what they have in the store. Well at $8.00 per glass I didn’t purchase any. The next day I saw these at the thrift. They are mine now.  At Pier One I did get a very nice lawn art bird that was on clearance. I was noticing there is not much color in the flower beds right now.

She  looks kind a regal and majestic to me. The forsythia is getting some new growth toward the bottom. It has grown so much this summer. I hope it has a lot of flowers next spring.

I picked up this shelf. I am not certain where it will go at this point but I have a very nice piece of antique quilt that I purchased in Boston 25 years ago that has been put away in a cabinet. It think it work fit in here and look very nice.

See the jewelry on the bottom right. I was wearing a pink shirt while shopping with the prettiest necklace I picked up at the same thift this summer. I never liked pink on me but as I get older I seem to like it more.

I like bangles a lot and the bracelet will go to my niece.

I believe you can never have to many scissors!!!! Especially when you can not find one right away. It seems I need them all the time.

This shirt was picked up for the fabric. It will go into a couple quilts.

And today will be all about football. Our son will be on TV playing against Southern Cal. #14 WE LOVE U!