Thrifting, Wilhold Love, with Organization

It has been a long time since I’ve gone a-thriftin’, and boy were the thrifting angels on my shoulder this week!

I found three Wilhold sewing boxes, but only two came home with me. One of them was a repeat, and I only have so much room in my house.

The one in the background is olive green with a clear lid. I will be posting more about it when I find just the right use for it. The clear one at the front is already in use! More on that in a minute.

On to the rest of my finds…

Vintage office supplies. Another super cool, faux wood metal file box, I now own five. I have big plans for these and will be sharing that soon.

Dennison gummy things, various journaling spots, faux wood book ends, and an awesome vintage book on filing, swoon!

Stacks of sweet books for art journal makings, except for the green one, “The Good Earth”. That one will go into my classic movie collection, a great movie with Paul Muni, LOVE!

GAMES! What do you think of those round playing cards! I’m hoping to put together a “Games” ephemera pack sometime soon, I think I’m ready!

I’m always on the lookout for these retro flatware trays, they make great drawer organizers for the bathroom and office. That box with the red lid is a picnic container. A good friend of mine gave me some of those a few years ago and I love them.

Now to the real organization…

I had recently found a good use for the many wooden spools I have collected, organizing my jute and bakers twine. I had all this in about three or four different places. So, I was super tickled to have come up with this…but it gets better!

My new tag making kit!

This is probably the most excited I have been about organizing in a long time!

I make, and use, a lot of tags in my shoppe and art journals. Having everything in one place is amazing. I took what was in about 8 different places, and put them into one! Seriously, they were everywhere.

I may have a few more tags hiding somewhere around the house, but I still have room in there.

Now you know why I love these Wilholds so much, think of all the possibilities. So, if you ever run across one of these in the thrift store, I hope you won’t pass it up. Even if it is missing the trays, they make really cute storage boxes.

I’m still working on my olive green Wilhold, I’ll share as soon as it’s up and running.

Until then,

Thanks for stopping in,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

 

Slow-Stitching and Ponderings

Last week, I was able to get a few projects finished up, you know, the one’s you just trudge through to get done.

So, I decided to reward myself by indulging in a project that has been sitting on the shelf of procrastination for quite a while, my fabric journals.

I received this book by Mandy Pattullo, of Thread and Thrift, for Christmas. It’s so awesome! I can’t say enough about how much I love it! This book is already giving me the much needed nudge to finally get some work done in my fabric journals. (At present count I have four, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few more lurking about.)

I would love for my fabric collages to look just like Mandy’s, because that would be super awesome, but not very authentic. By following the pointers and lessons from her book, I’m already seeing great improvements in my style.

I made this cover out of some canvas fabric I had painted onto a few years ago, the collage is a definite improvement.

The fabric pages looked bright and crisp and I wanted to “age” them, so I gave the whole journal a tea bath. Now, I would highly recommend that you over dye your fabric before assembling your journal. But if you decide after the fact, like I usually do, you can always throw it into the dryer after it’s bath. (Truth be told, I have now done this to two other journals.)

The goal with these journals is to have a quiet, creative project to work on in the evenings, and to use up an abundance of sewing notions.

That tag is something I found in my mothers sewing things. She had a little coin purse with various clothing tags she had collected. I love using bits and bobs from her collectings.

I absolutely love doing beadwork. I’m almost sure my skills will improve over time.

This page is a work in progress, that embroidery was taken from a project I scuttled several years ago, waste not, want not.

I’m just trying new things here and there, like pop-up flowers. When the pins are removed, I’m thinking about sharing this with my grandson, he might like all the tactile elements.

Sometimes I struggle with the idea of “Creativity for creativity’s sake”, I don’t know why. Probably just that judgmental voice in my head from people that don’t get the idea of creating just for fun, and not profit. You know “That’s really pretty, you should sell those!” Ya, that’s the first and best way to take the fun right out of creating sometimes!

Well, if at the end of the day, my children have to struggle with whether or not they should chuck all my creations into the bin when I’m gone, that’s their hard cheese! Creativity for creativity’s sake. Yep, I like it!

Until next time,

Thanks for popping in,

Have a great day,

~Patty

A Thrifty Finds Update

Although I am still working on de-cluttering my spaces, the occasional trip to my favorite thrift store is a must, because there are some things I can never have enough of…

IMG_2276IMG_2279…like awesome vintage children’s books!

Some of these have seen better days, so I will be happy to make journals out of them, but some I may have to hold on to, just too cute!IMG_2285My art room is slowly filling up with vintage wooden cigar boxes. I love how they look mixed in with my kooky, kitsch decor.

IMG_2282There is a chance that I will someday be able to pass up vintage playing cards for 25 cents, but not any time soon I imagine!

IMG_2263But this! Oh my goodness, I think I’m in love! To think I almost passed this up because of the color.

You see, over the years I have had too many vintage cases sit around empty, so making the decision to bring this home was a bit iffy…until I figured out what it would be perfect for…and I will be sharing that project next time!

Until then,

Thank you for stopping in,

Have a beautiful day,

~Patty

My Latest Obsession, and My New Favorite Shop

Lately, I have been hearing a lot of talk about Dennison office supplies. I had never heard of these before, so I became curious. Vintage and office supplies…I’m in!

Luckily, it was about the same time I was cleaning out my mom’s place, and what do you think I discovered…

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Oh my goodness gracious! Now, some of this is from my own stash, but most of it, including the Dennison, is from my mom! Score!

But, of course I couldn’t just leave it there. I had to go on a Dennison hunt to beef up the collection!

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So, off to Ebay I went. Just so you know, I paid way more than I should have for these! It happens, I don’t regret it…much.

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But, then I found The Art Floozy on Etsy! Goodness, what a shop she has! And the way she packaged all this up, with little gifties like the stickers at the top left and that candy, Love!

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Some Dennison goodness.

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Dennison stars with some awesome vintage Buffalo Bill Wild West Show tickets. I think the cool silvery thing is for stenciling, that was a gift too!

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I can’t wait to use this little playing card stamp!

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Vintage bingo cards and more tickets, all at very reasonable prices! I’m ordering again just because I love the way she packages things. Plus, her shop is really full of goodies, you have to go take a look!

Whether or not my Dennison obsession is satisfied with this lot or not is still up in the air, I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime,

Thank you for the visit,

Have a great day,

~Patty