It’s been a long time since I’ve talked about my shoppe on my blog, but it’s also been a while since I’ve put anything into my shoppe! But, in my almighty efforts to downsize, I have to back on it and get some stuff made!
“Sewing and Such” ephemera packs.
I made some of these last year and they sold a lot faster than I though they would, so here we go again!
Lots of thrifted goodies, and even a few things I inherited from my mom and grandmom!
The link to my shoppe is in the sidebar. There’s lots of new stuff from last year you may not have seen, so have a look around a bit.
If you see anything you like, use the code CUSTOMERLOVE15 to get an extra Bloggy Friends 15% discount on everything in my shoppe!
Last week, I promised I’d share a little more about my library pocket finds.
As usual I apologize for the sheer amount of photos, but I usually try to make up for that by keeping the chit chat short. So here goes…
I was able to pick up about 22 of these in this haul. At 25 cents apiece, $5.50 doesn’t seem too pricey, especially when you count in spending the day with our best friend thrift shopping. Priceless!
Some of the cuteness found inside the books. The page is of course from one of the books, again 25 cents, cha-ching right there!
You never know what you’ll find tucked into the pages of old books. I still have a four leaf clover I found in a very old book.
A selection of some keepers.
I bought all the books in another town, so I donated most of them to our local Senior Thrift Store that is sadly lacking in children’s books, so that was super fun!
Now to the art journaling portion of this post:
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
I made a sort of half promise to myself that I would finish up all my half done art journals in 2022, but I make that promise every year!
Does that equal a full goal or a 1/4 of a promise? Math isn’t my strong suit!
Anyway, I promised this would be about thrifted library pockets.
This is an image of a vintage radish. Clearly the sand has shifted to the bottom, much like this vintage Radish!
I had fun with this page spread. Yes, I have “Pants fitting problems!”, it’s called Christmas goodie overload!
I love that quote from one of my Happy Planner sticker books, I just couldn’t bring myself to actually put it in a planner. Guess I’m just not that motivated!
The tag selection: Library card, coffee stained tag with a floral sticker, large tag made from “under paper” (loosely described: paper used to protect your desk while painting something else), and a card made from art randomness with some info from masks I ordered online. (See why I need to downsize!)
I adhered a journaling piece that I had removed from a journal that was no longer working for me. It was a special memory of my dad. I love having a new home for it!
The photo on the front of the library pocket was taken on the trip where I said goodbye. A particularly sweet memory.
Well, that’s about it for now. I’ve been spending most of my time setting up my planner and coming up with some pretty loose goals for 2022 (guess I won’t be punching any days in the face this year!)
This was how it was supposed to go: Drive over to the eastside, get the house decorated for the Holidays, shop, catch up, celebrate, go home…that was the plan. Now, I knew that the weather might be a little tricky, but I didn’t expect to be snowbound for going on 3 weeks!
Luckily I brought my Advent journal along with a decent variety of embellishments. But, in my infinite wisdom, I packed most of my art supplies to the westside last fall, and now I have next to nothing but Christmas themed embellishments to work with.
I pulled all non-Christmas themed pieces out and have slowly added some new items to the mix. I’ve been toying with the idea of only working in one junk journal at a time and finishing it up before moving on to a new one for a while now, looks like that’s a go!
And since it is still winter, most of the pages in this journal are relevant.
The craft supply shopping in this little town we’re retiring to is extremely limited, so I’ve been sneaking in into craft stores to plump up my stash a bit when out looking for wedding dresses with my daughter. (that’s a whole other story!)
The other side of this story is trying to keep from accumulating more stuff right now. We’re going to have to fit our other house into this much smaller one in a couple of years, and I’m supposed to be downsizing!
Although I’ve managed to be very strategic with my purchases, the problem with organization reared it’s inconvenient head. These are some filing boxes I picked up at the local thrift store I thought might work.
I made little file folders out of cardstock. The larger files hold vintage ephemera and the smaller ones hold store bought ephemera. I haven’t committed to labling them yet, I’m not sure I’ll need to…I just really needed to clean off my desk!Some examples of what I’ve been able to accumilate.
Clockwise from the top: Tim Holtz ephemera from Amazon, mics. paper pad ephemera “Shake It Chic” from Michael’s, stickers from Hobby Lobby, vintage magazine images, and various book images.
So, the plan from here, as soon as the passes clear, is to divide up as much of my stash as possible between both houses. Then put some yummy de-stash packs in my shoppe at a reduced price and share the love!
Also, I will be hosting some giveaways throughout the year to help this plan along, so stay tuned for that and tell your friends!
I think that organizing has become my hobby. Truth be told, I find certain items irresistible when out “a-thriftin’. And one of them is vintage suitcases.
I found this white Samsonite beauty at the Goodwill for …are you ready?…$3.99! Luckily for me, they don’t consider the “60”s vintage, or this would have ended up in their online store. Score!
(And the fact that I am not considered “Vintage” having been born in the “60”s makes me pretty happy too!)
I think it was Cori’s “Paper Punch Buffet” idea that gave me the inspiration that this would be the ideal organizer for each month’s collection. This little tray is the perfect organizer for all my fussy cuts and punchables. All my girls fit beautifully in that front area, Love!
This month’s Collection is titled “Homemade”, and I absolutely LOVE it! The colors are perfect, a few fall colors excellently combined with pastels. A wonderful rest for the eye with all the earthy tones surrounding us this season!
A few of the items I keep in there at all times: paper pieces, washi tape, sticker paper, Reset Girl tissue paper (when Cori sent her orders in boxes), and my sweet little TRG Camp Reset pouch with a selection of doilies.
Everything fits in there just beautifully! I’m careful with what I put in the pockets because the elastic is a bit old.
There’s even enough room for journals!
Since my husband and I have purchased a little vacation/retirement home, we travel back and forth quite a bit, so I am definitely getting a lot of use from my vintage train cases.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into this month’s collection! Visit TheResetGirl.com for the latest collection!
The other night I was feeling creative, but wasn’t in the mood to get out paper, small bits, and glue. I wanted to do some stitching, but that quilted runner in the corner just wasn’t speaking to me. So…
…I got out my stitchery journal suitcase. It’s been a looooong time since this has seen the light of day!
WARNING! This is a pretty long (but hopefully fun) blog post, so grab a snack…or a pillow!
A page I finished quite a while ago, but didn’t share here. I made a lot of copies of old photos onto fabric I’m happy to say, because I’m not sure my new printer will cooperate with fabric. Snippits of worn out stitched thrifty finds are perfect for these fabric journals.
This project is humming right along because I have so many embellishments from other projects I’m repurposing. I do that with my paper art journals too, I love having a stash of ready made decorating bits. The bird is clearly impressed!
Using up an orange lace flower from another project. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I run out of leftover embellishments! (actually, yes I do.)
This little Raggedy Anne has been looking for the right home for years. This is definitely her new forever home.
Are you still hanging in there?
Haven’t lost you yet I hope!
A piece of painted canvas fabric and a hand made fabric button. I’m slightly addicted to making fabric buttons. I even have a Wilhold button making kit now, I’ll share more about in another post.
I have a lot of those travel thread pieces left from my mom’s sewing stash. this is a perfect project to use those up in.
You never know what you’ll find floating around in that old suitcase of mine!
At last, the final photo. Thought I would show you a bit of the planning stage of my next page spread.
Truth be told, I wanted to share about this journal because I know that there are a lot of people that love shopping the sewing and crafting sections of thrift stores as much as I do, and we all need a little inspiration for some fun ways to use them up.
Also, I’ve been thinking about putting some “sewing notion” ephemera packs into my shoppe some day and thought I’d throw out some feelers.
If you made it to the end of this post without needing a nap, I thank you.
Please let me know in comments if you would like to see more posts of my stitchery journals, your feedback is always appreciated!