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Estate sale finds: snow day edition
It's grey and cold and BLAH here today and I'm going out of my mind. So I thought I'd cheer myself up by showing you some of my most recent junking finds; these came from two estate sales last week.
I have been looking for a set of scales forever, and I liked this one because it's diminutive and modern. It will be a cute display for light, small things. That wire thing that looks like a napkin holder is probably a napkin holder but I'm going to make it into something else. And that little salt shaker is already living its second life as part of a wind chime I crafted the other day.
I'm probably going to sell this Wizard of Oz record set if I can bear to part with this fabulous cover art...
it's two 45s with Judy Garland's voice and they appear to be in mint condition! Too bad I no longer have a turntable to try them out.
Two GORGEOUS tablecloths -- one damask roses and the other just a lovely, smooth finish, and pristine
I've heard they existed, but this is the first time I've found a Vera sheer scarf with a tag but no signature on the scarf itself.
And another pretty Vera, this one signed and corall-y pinks with grey.
I actually picked up this knitting/sewing bag to use it as a shopping bag while I was grabbing a lot of little 25 cent stuff at the estate sale...like that cute little fabric coin purse...
and tiny boxes of candles and also Pyrex cloth strainers. I have no idea what the strainers are for -- does anyone know?
I also grabbed a bag containing an unfinished stitchery kit, with a great oval metal hoop, and extra thread that was tied with the cutest embroidered pink ribbon.
In the ephemera realm: wax paper Dixie cups from the 1970s...
decorated with, uh, colorful Guinness Book of World Records entries...
two packages of Dennison stickers, just because I liked the envelopes and the graphics.
And more old paper; that Christmas napkin box held no napkins but those bold, bright greeting cards, instead. I loved the old, old composition book and the funky kitty cards!
This was too cute to pass up: a knitting pattern book for 'tweens from the 1950s.
I just LOVED the pictures, like the one above showing the girls in their big skirts and little sweaters -- and gloves -- in front a theater with a Perry Como poster!
And then this one showing two girls looking at a record album, in front of a store display of records. I think this knitting pattern magazine was very hip for its time!
Here's a tutorial to make sweet baby Jesus ornaments: Materials: 3/4" round wooden balls blue felt like-sized small wooden stars flesh-colored acrylic paint yellow acrylic paint black permanent marker small button as star decor raffia natural excelsior "moss" silver thread or coordinating yarn candy cane You'll also need glue or a hot glue gun, paint brush and scissors Begin by painting the wooden balls with flesh-colored paint and the stars with yellow paint. When dry, draw two sleeping eyes on the ball. Meanwhile, cut small pieces of felt and make little rolls to represent the baby's body; tie with a tiny piece of raffia. Next, glue the wooden ball onto the top of the body roll of felt; if you wish, you can also cut a small wedge of felt to glue over like a little swaddled hood on the baby's head, but I think it looks cute without it as well. G
Earlier in the season Rebecca and I went to a craft fair at a local high school, and there was one booth with the CUTEST little jeweled, framed Christmas trees! The gal was nice enough to let me photograph them. Sorry it's kind of blurry, but it was dark in that high school gym! I know it's an older kind of craft (from the '60s and '70s) but she made them sweet -- not gaudy at all. We were both SO inspired. So, last week we made it happen. I brought a bunch of my old, broken vintage jewelry, some velvet, glue, old frames, and we sat in her dining room and made a forest of little trees! It was so simple: first, we took a vintage frame and covered the backing with velvet. We just glued it on. Then, we took our time arranging bits and pieces of jewels into a Christmas tree shape. When we were happy with the arrangement, we committed and glued the jewels down! I love this avocado green velvet! And then we did it again. We had so much fun playing
This past Sunday afternoon I went to my local button club meeting -- and it was fun, hands on, and informative. The topic this month was black glass buttons . Many of the black glass buttons you see in antique stores were made pre-1918; as a result of Queen Victoria's mourning attire, black was very in vogue. Although you might hear black glass buttons referred to as "jet", jet is a different kind of coal glass, and is much rarer. I'm told you can tell the difference between black glass and jet in that jet will float in water. After we went over the different classifications for black glass through the National Button Society , we had a chance to dig through some little tubs of buttons (called "poke boxes" by buttoners) to see if we could find examples of all the types we'd covered. Each poke box was full to the brim of just black glass buttons. We were having a contest -- the one who found the most examples won a button prize. Here's a b