Monday, August 31, 2009

Thrift Score

Last week I happened to have enough time to stop by the thrift store. I think it was a pretty good haul. Nothing super exciting.
I found some square baskets to use in my bathroom drawers as organizers for $0.25.
A David Morrell book, because he is such a great night read.
An old mystery novel that I hope is great.
A book for hubby.
Jute for crochet or general crafting.
A brush cleaner bucket that I will either use or gift (it was a great find for $1.00!)
Another basket, just cause
And a XL men’s shirt. This is a big deal folks. I finally overcame my phobia (albeit only slightly) and bought clothing. The shirt still had the dry-cleaning tag on it. And I didn’t have to shift through clothes to find it. I don’t know why, but I just get grossed out in the clothing section. I tell ya, I couldn’t hit the hand sanitizer fast enough. Small steps people, small steps.

Why did I buy the shirt anyway? Because I really want to try and alter it to make a shirt for me! I loved the colors. Now if I’m only waiting for Birgita to come back from the spa!

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Project Runway Season Six: Episode 2 (Spoiler)

I was so excited that the design was suppose to be for a pregnant outfit. I hated maternity clothes. I also loved that Michael Kors wasn’t there to judge. It was perfect that the panel was of four women who had been (or was) pregnant. Perfect!

When the models were being dresses, I wondered about the boobs. It didn’t seem like any of the designers were taking that into consideration.

I was disappointed that we didn’t get a better look at all the designs. There were several that I seemed to miss. The one at the end was cute, but I have no idea whose it was because I looked down and missed it! I guess it’s because there are so many, but that is my favorite part.

My favorites were Shirin and Louise. I thought Louise’s design was nice and very wearable, but when I heard her explanation about the cups that would shift and the layers! Sold! On the other hand I loved Shirin’s as soon as she picked out the solid against the pattern fabric at the store. I just knew it would be great. I still think she was shafted in the first episode. But honestly, I would have to call this a tie. They were both too great to pick.

Now, on to the ones that were my least favorite. I honestly thought that Malvin’s egg thing didn’t look bad walking down the runway. But when the model is standing still, ugghhhkkk. Of course didn’t like Ra’mon’s either. I didn’t think Mitchell’s was that bad. I didn’t like Nicolas’s either, but can’t really remember it now. I was really expecting it to be Mitchell. I didn’t think they would look over bad sewing. It’s so interesting which one they choose. I really thought Malvin would be one that would hang in there until the last. Actually, that was my fear about him and Ari both. ***Updated to add that I didn't like Epperson's either. I can't believe I forgot to mention that one. Pregnant lady in a one piece suit? And he has children!"***

And my two favorite garment descriptions from this episode:
Rebbeca Romijn: bowling ball bag (Ra’mon’s)
Malvin: chicken thighs (his own design!)

How lucky!

After the farmer’s market last Saturday, I decided to do a quick stop at my secret shopping place . . .the local flea market. I know that flea markets aren’t secrets, but I tell you this one is. My local flea market is actually separate buildings were the dealers rent the buildings. They are in an oval so you can easily walk from building to building. This is an all year round flea market too, because the different venders can warm or cool only their small area. Most of the buildings are junk, so I usually just have two that I will shop at. There is one in particular, that has the best finds. Milk glass, tiara, dishes . . . I love it! The only thing is my husband told me I wasn’t allowed to bring any more plates into the house. I’ve slowed down on milk glass because I know that’s coming next. But how can he say no to old blue mason jars WITH lids? He can’t. He just can’t. He would be denying his heritage I tell ya. I’m not even going to tell you what I paid. When I saw the price marked my heart skipped a beat. You know that feeling you get when you find something great and you can’t decide what to do next? Whether you drop everything in your arms to grab it or stand there and yell at anyone who comes within a ten food radius? That’s how I felt even though my shopping place is such a secret there wasn’t anyone in there. Not even the dealer. She had stepped outside to talk to her neighbor. How great is that! So after I told her I was ready I asked if I took all four the jars could I have a better price, and she said yes. It. Was. Awesome! I gladly paid and left to call my personal shopper and brag. Even she couldn’t have beaten these prices!
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Thursday, August 27, 2009


I know. I know. I’m just now getting around to showing what we bought at the farmer’s market last weekend. Although we slightly attempted a couple of rows in our neighbors garden, we haven’t really had good results in the produce area. We did have great results from the grape roma tomatoes in containers on our back deck. And a few strawberries (which are blooming again after we repotted them and put them on the deck) and blueberries, though not really enough to mention.

I’ve really been wanting to put up vegetables in our freezer this year, so I decided to go to our local farmer’s market. There were a ton of tomatoes, some weird stuff I have never seen before, and these zucchini. I decided to only get a couple. Look how big. They made 10 cups!

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Back-to-School Crafts

I Martha Stewart Living’s newsletter is probably the only newsletter that I enjoy receiving. There are usually at least one or two things that I am interested in either cooking or making. Today’s newsletter included Back-to-School crafts, and even though no one is going back to school, I just knew it would be filled with good things. And I was right. I think I saved at least half of the projects on the list. I knew that some of you would love these projects too.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Oh so cute!

I mean really! How can you NOT want this.

Madsen Cycles Link Contest

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

You can win one a week people! One a week!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Project Runway: All Star Challenge (Spoiler)

Thanks Meredith, for letting me know about the All Star Challenge! I don’t know how I missed it! I just had to watch it so I found the link on Lifetime here. And if you don’t like the drama skip to Chapter 6. In fact if you missed Episode 1 you can also see it here.

I was pretty excited, although they only had one designer that I liked Mychael Knight. I would love to see Diana Eng again. I don’t think she had an opportunity to really show her design ability. I didn’t know three of the designers, because I wasn’t able to watch those seasons. I might have to see if I can find them online. Maybe after this season is over. I don’t want to get confused, and overloaded.

I’m not sure, but I think I like Chris. He seams real mild mannered, except for a few name drops. And naps. Let’s face it, some people sleep under pressure, and I would probably drop those names too!

Santino laughs like a very loud scary bird. I don’t know why I didn’t catch that before. Jeffery not giving him needles. Awesome! It’s surprising that that jerk is out jerked . . .if that makes since?

Surprise project! I knew it, I knew it! No body trashes a room like designers!

My favorite was Uli. I know that she scored low because the judges thought her designs weren’t showing her, but I thought they were the most wearable. I think that is more how I judge the designs. Artistic-ness has its place, but what’s the point of having an outfit, if you can’t wear it out? Sweet P’s was my second favorite, which isn’t surprising since they were competing for fabrics. It’s no surprise that I loved her color palette either. Heidi said that she usually dresses a little harder so Sweet P’s really wasn’t her taste. I thought that was interesting and a really good description. I think I preferred the opposite. Probably why I don’t like most of Jeffery’s designs.

I was a little surprised by Chris’s look when he finally made it to the runway. You never really got a good look at his designs until that time. The one shot you did get made me think of Lucille Ball. Not in a bad way, but in an elegant vintage sort of way. I was surprised when his models walked out. Was not what I thought we were going to see, but then after his q&a I understood it a little better.

Daniel’s designs. Did not like at all. At all. I didn’t like his fabric choices. I don’t think they falter the female form. Heidi said that it bothered her that one of the models wasn’t wearing a bra. Loved that. And I agree, totally.

Although I don’t care for her attitude, Korto’s restaurant dress was pretty amazing especially from a crafting standpoint. I love the idea of that being the red carpet dress. How cool would that be? Sort of Scarlet drape-dress meets red carpet fashion. Can you image when they asked who they were wearing? Perfect!

Michael Kors calling Sweet P a biker chick? No, I don’t think so. I think he really missed his mark on that one. Tattoos do not equal biker chick. It made him sound a little out dated I thought, which surprises me from a very talented and well known professional designer.

I’m not surprised that Daniel won. After his season, I noticed that he had a of ton web fans. He has a good attitude, and I like that. Although he has a book out and has enjoyed success, it seems to have brought him confidence but not boastfulness. Or entitlement.

And my two favorite garment descriptions from this episode:
Michael Kors: hoochi mamma that walked through garbage (regarding Mychael’s restaurant dress)
Michael Kors: disco swimming pool (regarding Santino’s design)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Project Runway Season 6: Episode 1 (Spoiler)

Ok, I thought I would share my thoughts on the first episode of Project Runway Season 6. I am so glad that it’s been brought to Lifetime. My first impression is how the cast have seemed to change since the first episode. Where are the Wendy Peppers? Where are the single mom’s? The suburban housewives? This cast looks . . . very fabricated. I’m not sure if this is the work of the show, or what the cast feel that their roll is.

I thought it was very interesting to see two people that were from South Carolina on the show and who had actually meet each other before. Shows that it’s a small world. The first thing I thought when I saw Carol Hannah is that she was wearing peacock feather earrings just like Trina @ And then they showed a clip of her saying something stupid and about being from the South. Come on. Really? That’s the clip you had to pick? I thought you were more original Project Runway . . .

Ok, moving on. The first part of the show was mainly introducing the cast and showing a little of their bios. I thought Johnny’s stuff was beautiful. His work stood out to me the most.

I did think it was funny that Heidi said at the roof top meet-and-greet that she loved seeing everyone’s personal style. I was more thinking what is up with all that hair. And doesn’t it seem that although some of designers can make the most beautiful dresses they can’t seem to dress themselves? Not that I can. But then I can’t design like that either.

Christopher really surprised me. I thought he dressed too hip-hop. The baseball cap? His dress was really nice. I loved that he didn’t know was smocking was.

Johnny is proof that we are our own worst enemy. Glad Tim Gunn came to the rescue. I loved the dress, color and all!

Malvin . . . get over yourself.

I loved that Mitchell called Tim Gunn “Mr.Gunn.” L.O.V.E.D. it.

I like Louise. I'm glad they have someone with vintage style this season. I think she will be a lot of fans favorite.

I thought Epperson’s color choice was beautiful, but not sure about the dress.

Mitchell’s dress had great potential. Would love to see it completed. So glad that it wasn’t him that was OUT.

Ra’mon’s dress looked amazingly like Jay McCarrol’s Chrysler building dress to me.

Guest judge Lindsey Lohan? Why?

I do hate that Ari was the first to go. No, I did not like her design, but it was interesting and I would have liked to have seen what she could learn from the other challenges. She might have been a surprise.

I must say that my vote was for Shirin. How cool was that part drape unzip to dress idea! Kind of like Diana Eng’s magnetic skirt! Very original. Very dramatic. I can’t believe that she wasn’t called out to stay on the runway.

And my two favorite garment descriptions from this episode: (regarding Ari’s design)
Tim Gunn: halter diaper
Michael Kors: disco soccer ball

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sail-a-bration: A Nautical Birthday Party

So the Personal Shopper and I hosted a nautical inspired birthday for our brother. We only had a couple of weeks and a very small budget, but I think things went off reasonable well, with lots of good food and great fellowship. And now on my contribution . . .

Here is the sign on the door when the guest first entered. Personal Shopper named “the party ship.”

Here is the birthday banner. It spells out Happy on the first one and Birthday on the second. Hopefully I will be able to share these on the blog latter. I designed them using Publisher. I used a hole punch and jute rope to string them. They were hung using paper clips on the air vent. Perfect.

And here is the special table reserved for the man of honor.

The main food table, waiting for wonderful assortment of pot-luck to arrive. We used the lighthouses here. And do you notice what is at the lower left holding the cutlery? That’s right.

Our newly painted seashell that the personal shopper picked up that the longest yard sale. Looks tons better doesn’t it!

And here is our desert table decorated with the newly painted fish. Some of the fish were placed on upside down bamboo bowls for height. We also used a décor fishing net, some coral that had been left over a thrifted lamp in a tall clear vase for height. Also, as a thank you to the guest, lifesavers in a fish bowl.

Here is how the main tables were decorated. All of these items were either things that the personal shopper had found at the yard sale, things left over from a previous party or wedding. The only things that were purchased new were the tablecloths, captains hat, and lifesavers. Pretty good on our part.

And here is the piece de resistance! Another custom cake from the personal shopper.
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Georgia Lighthouses

Here are four lighthouses painted to look like lighthouses on the Georgia cost. I will show what happened with the candles stick latter.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Project Runway!!!!!

One thing you probably don’t know about me is that I am a tv junkie. Yes, I say this although if you ask me what I watch now, it’s pretty much nothing. There are no shows that I currently follow. Instead I watch Dukes of Hazzard and A-team on DVD (favorite shows of ALL TIME!). I do like certain shows; NCIS, Chuck, Burn Notice, Medium, Big Bang Theory, and if they happen to be on I watch them. I have no idea when their regular show times are or when there seasons ends or anything. I must admit too that I have never watched an episode of Mad Men. I know it’s all the rage, but some how just not in it.

Now, I love me some Runway. I mean LOVE me some Runway! Sadly, I have had to miss seasons 4 and 5 (I think) because we no longer have Bravo. I can’t tell you how upset that made me.

Ok, this is how far my addiction got. At the end of the episode when Heidi would say “You’re out, Auf Wiedersehen!,” I would take a red sharpie and cross out the contestants picture on a promo sheet I had printed out. Lame? Probably, but loads of fun!

Yes, I have been made fun of for like this show. But you know what? I don’t care! It’s so fun! And I don’t even like fashion! It’s just amazing to see what these designers can make out of trash or from the clothes they are already wearing! And to sew such beautiful outfits in a few days! As a self proclaimed crafter, it’s just awe inspiring. So can you imagine my excitment when I heard that Project Runaway had been picked up by Lifetime! I get Lifetime! Yeeeeaaaaaahh! I am super super super excited. So you know where I will be in

That’s right! Sitting watching Runway with my cast photo sheet and red sharpie!

If you want to join me print out your cast list here under wallpaper . . .
And my favorite all time Runway designer Diana Eng!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Longest Yardsale 2009, Part II

Here is the second part of “Longest Yardsale 2009.”

No these where not on my list.

Especially not that super ugly shell covered fish . . . thing. And who paints seashells?

Wooden light houses! Just what I have been looking for. Brightly colored dollar store fish? Well we will have to do something about those. You might have to wait a few days, but I think I have a surprise in store. A hint? Well, all you will get from me is that there maybe be a sail-a-bration ahead . .

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Longest Yardsale 2009, Part I

Here is my hall from this year’s Longest Yard sale. Although I didn’t get to go, I once again sent my personal shopper with a list. How lucky and I?

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Friday, August 7, 2009


Yes, that’s right. Something is missing. Can you guess what it is? Do the pins give it away? Or that measuring-thing-a-ma-gig?

Yes, my sewing machine. (I was going for a soft focus ala old Hollywood beauty queen here)

I have a Viking Huskystar C10, and while I lov-haa (I really do) it seems that she has a problem. She likes to get thread wrapped around her bobbin case . . . thing. I know I’m all technical. And while the nice lady at JoAnn’s assured me that I could probably fix the problem myself with a hammer, I decided to send her out for maintenance. Yes, I do like to save money, and yes I am quite handy. However, I don’t like the idea of taking a hammer to my sewing machine no matter how many problems and fits she gives me. You see I know it really isn’t her fault. We all have those little things about us that make us feel like we don’t work properly sometimes, don’t we? I know I do. So off she goes to for a few weeks. I like to think that I’m sending her off to one of those spas where people go to “get centered” and have facials and cleansings and whatever else happens at spas.

(Speaking of cleansings, when I dropped her off the lady commented on how clean she was saying that I would be surprised how messy some machines are when they are brought it. I said something about how I don’t use her that often, and that might be why. No, she assured me, it’s probably because I don’t eat and sew. EAT and SEW! How is that possible? I can’t imagine chomping down an order of fries and pawing my sewing with greasy fingers. I don’t know why but I just pictured dried fry bits stuffed in the machine. Ahhhekkkkk!)

Since I have been thinking about my poor Viking Huskystar, I’ve realized that I never gave her a name! Though I have been given some advice, I am fairly certain that she is a SHE. Why, I don’t know really. Probably because they named her Huskystar, and really would any company ever give that name to a male?
I was thinking that since she is a Viking, I should probably give her a Viking name. I did a search but I all that I came up with (that I could pronounce) was Ingrid. I looked up Old Norse names, but nothing seemed to pop out. Since Husqvarna Viking is supposed to be from Sweden, I thought I would give that a go. The only one that I kind of like is Birgit, but I’m not sure that it really is Swedish. There is also Birgita which is supposed to be Old Norse for help. That’s what a sewing machine is supposed to do right? That is what I’m leaning toward. Any suggestions? This is way harder than I thought.
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Thrift Score!

Yesterday I actually made it to the local thrift thirty minutes before they closed. I made my first stop at the “craft” section. There were a few odds and ends, and then I was on to glassware. As I rushed around the aisles, I noticed these 4 Fire King milk glass saucers. My eyes are fully trained. Can spot milk glass at 15 yards . . . well, my eyesight just isn’t that good anymore. Anyway, I onced them over and grabbed them up. Hubby was none too pleased. It seems he has put a ban on my dish buying. Not that I buy a lot of dishes, I just like buying saucers. I was hoping this fell into the milk glass and not the dish categories, but oh, well.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Cute Way to Stake Tomatoes

I don’t remember where I saw this first(probably Martha Stewart), but I definitely think this is a good way to stake tomatoes. You just stake with bamboo and put a then top with a pot. Works perfectly.

And hopefully really good homegrowns are the result!

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