Handmade holiday: luscious lavender strawberries

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Now’s the time to make little vintage things for gifts! These yummy little strawberries, meant for tucking in your drawers to scent everything with the heavenly aroma of lavender, are super quick and fun to make.

Here’s how! Read the rest of this entry »


Weekend shopping trip treasures

I went on a day trip with some of my favorite people over the weekend. The destination was Historic Savage Mill in Maryland. It’s an interesting mix of small shops and businesses, a French bakery, restaurants, and an outdoor adventure course. How’s that for eclectic?

Here are some of my goodies. Most of them came from the antique mall on the lower level. (The presents I bought will have to stay secret!)

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Don’t those cards of buttons look fun? It was hard to limit myself to just three. And I just threw a stack of old greeting cards in my recycling bin. Maybe I should pull them out again for re-purposing somehow.

The little baggie filled with sodium perborate came from the vintage clothing booth where I got the buttons and the needle threader.  It’s supposed to be used for whitening linens and laces. I thought I’d give it a try on some of my tablecloths with stubborn stains. Have you ever used it? Got any tips? Warnings? I’d love to hear your experiences!

I found the vintage scarves in an upscale clothing thrift store in another section of the Mill. The price was right–buy one accessory at $5 and get one free. The Vera scarf has some staining I’ll have to try to remove. I’ll start with a gentle soak. No sodium perborate!

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I saved my favorite for last. Isn’t this tree top angel sweet?

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I love her slightly stunned expression. Maybe I’m only projecting, but it looks like she’s thinking “Whoa! There are only 35 more days until Christmas!”


Month of Makeovers Day 18: On Halloween Pins & Needles!

thumbnailI started my afterschool sewing classes this week. That means I get to play around with wool, cotton, thread, pins, needles, scissors, and ideas with a bunch of elementary school kids who don’t bring any of my neurotically grown-up “Make It Perfect Or It’s No Good!” vibe to the party.

I’ve learned a lot about creativity from these little people! Read the rest of this entry »