Thrift Share “Monday”

Lately every few weeks I have been hitting a thrift store or two.  I love it!  It is like a treasure hunt.  Last Saturday the Hubs had already been out with the kids early morning while I SLEPT IN (first GOOD sleep in since I can remember), so he said he would stay home with the kids and I could run out.  We are slowly working on our bedroom redo and I wanted to go to Greenbaums to get some fabric from my favorite designer (Anna Maria Horner) with a coupon I had.  I also wanted to hit up UGM.  It is my store of choice lately because of its proximity to my house.  I decided that I would never get out if I actually showered and got ready, so I did the 7 minute version and jumped in my swagger wagon.  I stopped by my parents and my mom decided to join me on my adventures.

My purchases:

A gap long sleeve shirt for little man

White CP dress shirt for little man

Gymboree corduroy dress with a ducky print for baby

New with tags Zutano snappy shirt/jacket for baby

Vintage overalls for baby (I love vintage baby clothes!)

-All of the clothes were between $1.50 and $3.00

AND! My first cute vintage Pyrex finds…

1) a round pink baking dish with lid

2) A soft lime pie plate (upside down under pink bowl…but you cant really see the color)

3) A nothing special Pyrex pie pan (we needed one)

Pyrex is not super valuable, but it came in some fun colors and patterns and I had been looking for something both practical and inexpensive that I could keep my eyes out for.  I would love to find some of the colored glass nesting bowls or cute refrigerator storage containers. Both of my finds today were very well loved, but I figured my small collection might as well start somewhere.

My other very important find was a white vintage-ish chenille type bedspread that I have been looking for for our bedroom redo.  I had a hard time deciding if it was just right, but I was afraid that it was the best I could do in the near future (especially since I don’t get to hit the stores often).  It was not as fuzzy as I was hoping for, but did not have holes and only a couple small spots that I am hoping will come out.  I am kinda grossed out about buying old bedding, but it will be getting washed good and hot with a touch of bleach and hopefully that would kill anything that might be lingering. I will try to post pictures of this soon in a bedroom post.

Head over to Apron Thrift Girl’s Thrift Share Monday to see what other people scored.

Do you like to shop at thrift or consignment stores? What has been your best find?

Sewing For My Babies

There is something extra gratifying about sewing for an awaited baby. The anticipation, the connection you feel with the child knowing how much it will touch their skin, and how the item will become part of your memory of their “little” days.  I could not resist sewing for this baby.  My skills are lacking, but the desire to have some hand made yumminess for this baby kept me inspired.  My favorite fabric designer Anna Maria Horner happened to come out with some flannels at just the right time for me to make some things for baby.  Greenbaums here in Salem also happened to carry them (after saying they likely would not).  I stumbled upon them in the store one day and it was like a moment out of the movie Serendipity.  Snow flaky music, the other matching glove, the name in the front of the book…etc.  The culmination of my nesting desires in one store with no need to pay for shipping.

Today is my due date.  Projects finished and laundered “just” in time.  I have felt pretty good about this pregnancy and have really tried to appreciate every moment.  At my appointment today the wind was knocked out of my sails a bit.  I am struggling to know if it is okay to be bummed, or if I am supposed to soldier on with full confidence.  I may post more tomorrow in pregnancy updated posts, but for tonight I just wanted to share something happy and not tarnish this very important milestone.

Here are some pictures of most of my recent projects.  Items include burp rags, a swaddling blanket for baby, a double sided “summer baby” blanket (light weight but yummy and soft), and a “big brother/big sister” blanket for my first borns.  They still use blankets all the time and very much enjoy soft things.  With all of the new cozy things around here being for the baby, I wanted them to have something “mama made” for themselves.  I also included a picture of two of the hats I made for the baby (picture does not translate very well).   These actually gave me the most trouble.  Who would have guessed?  The color of our (likely) take home outfit is a bit unique.  I wanted a hat that would not clash, so I decided to just make one.  I wanted it to be embellished and special and originally thought I would attach a flower, but never found a flower that would work.  I happened upon the buttons and decided they would do.

Nothing better than sewing for baby.