Sunday, August 29, 2010

More Inspiration

Because I LOVE fall and Halloween, I'm always on the look out around this time of year for craft magazines with good ideas, and this one--


Well, there's just SO MUCH in there, it's hard to know where to start. BUT start I did--at two more thrift stores and then Michaels to hunt for supplies.

Yes, I thought about going out to the flea market this morning, but I decided I'd rather sleep in and have a lazy day. I might go to the flea market tomorrow morning, but then again, I might just stay home and "play" instead.

I found a TON of good stuff at the thrift stores today--especially the first one I stopped at (both were Goodwill stores). I can't really show you much of what I bought because some of the things are surprises/gifts for people and some are "supplies" to be made into other things and aren't too exciting to look at yet, but I CAN show you a couple things I bought. First, another teapot (with the tape still holding the lid on).


I have no idea if this one is old or not, but it's much the shape of the teapots made for Lipton except larger, and it's much the same color glaze as was used on some of my other vintage wares, so old or new, it fits in well with my collection--AND it was only $1.99. Score!

Then there's a hodge podge of Halloween-y things in the next photo:


One of the stores had a ton of owl figurines, and since I enjoy putting owls out for fall and Halloween, I picked a couple of small ones I liked--they're easy to tuck into small places. (I also found an owl soap dish, but I didn't get a photo of it.) Then there are two black metal things--those WERE some kind of candleholders, I think, but I'm going to use them as stands for pumpkins. By the way, candleholders make awesome pumpkin stands--just make sure you don't use the ones with the spikes to hold the candles in place--pumpkins don't do so well for long with spikes stuck in them! And, of course, there's the tray itself. It needs a little work because the wood veneer is coming loose in one place, but I can fix that with some glue and clamps. I'm not sure about the painted haunted house, but I can always do something else to it--there's plenty of Halloween "art" out there to decoupage.

Check out these plates:


These are "new" goods at Goodwill. I love chickens, gingham checks, and red and white, so I was very tempted but I resisted. But I thought you'd like to see what cute things can be found new at Goodwill along with all the second hand stuff.

Finally, remember I mentioned a giveaway? I like the old Red Wagon books because they contain a lot of folk art/primitive patterns for applique. At one time, there were three designers who were a part of the Red Wagon design team and you'll probably recognize the names--Gerry Kimmel Carr, Linda Brannock, and Jan Patek. I found this Red Wagon book at the thrift store, Red Wagon Originals (1992)--


I already have this book so I though I'd give one away. (I also found the other books in the photo at the thrift store, but I'm keeping those--sorry!) The designers of the projects in this book are Gerry Kimmel Carr and Linda Brannock; it contains patterns for 16 projects and most involve folk art applique. (There's a full-size quilt with the cats from that placemat you can see on the cover that would make a terrific Halloween quilt!) If this book sounds like something you'd enjoy, leave a comment and I'll draw a winner on Monday night and post the name of the winner in Tuesday's post--you need to come back on Tuesday to see if you've won and email me to claim your prize.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

32 comments:

Kathie said...

well how lucky are you?????
I Love those early books, hard to find.
Love those cats on the front cover that would be a fun quilt to make in orange and black for Halloween :)
I love decorating for the fall so will have to check out this magazine when I go to B and Noble later today
Kathie

Vicky said...

Oh, what a great book! I would love to have that one! You are such a thrifter! I've gone in there a couple of times and all I see is junk! Good going!

Jen in NY said...

Good loot once again Kim! I LOVE those plates...how did you pass them up?! :-) Looks like a great book, I'd love to win it!

Robin said...

Okay, I think that you MUST pick me, given my profile picture. I mean, what's more Halloween-y than a black cat?! That book looks to be EXACTLY my style.

Fiesta said...

Kim thank you for the chance to win. You truly are lucky. I can never find books like that here . I love the magazine you show in the top picture since I love fall. Do you know where that magazine is available or is it out of print?

Barbara said...

I'm so envious of those who go to thrift stores and find great stuff! Very rarely do I find much worth buying, and my thrift store seems rather expensive compared to prices I see posted on blogs. I love folk art and love applique, so I'd love to win your book!!!

Dorothy said...

I do go thrifting and I usually find goodies, I just got a huge black cauldron for Halloween can't wait to put some dry ice in it.
But quilting books are never really at mine and I love the book you got.
thanks for the giveaway chance
Dorothy in IL

Nicole said...

You found so many things! Your enthusiasm is contagious and makes me want to head out to the thrift shop. Can't wait to see what all you do with them.

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

How lovely of you to give this away, and I'd love to win it. Haven't done any of that type of applique in a while, and have been thinking about it recently.

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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Sounds like a great book and I would love to be entered.

Cindy said...

I have been dreaming of Fall and ideas. This book looks like it full of great ideas. Cindy

Lori said...

OMG Kim, I would love those bowls I found & bought 2 (at my local GW) for my gf in ID but have never found anymore ;( Found coffee cups and got them. She collects chickens and looks so good in her 1933 brick home.
Lori in AZ

Quilter Kim said...

Great thrift finds! I guess I will have to start visiting thrift shops after I've seen what you are able to find. Would love to win that book. Thanks for the chance.

Orcsmom said...

I was just talking to a customr at BP&HH yesterday about those designers, actually, the customer was telling me about them. I would love to win so please enter me! Hugs!

Pam

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Hugs!

Delores said...

Love to win that book - I'm really into applique at the moment!!
Thanks for the giveaway.

Marilyn said...

I was at my GW yesterday and didn't find anything good. You are such a great shopper! I would love to win the book (love cats and love quilts, so it's a winning combination).

Mimi said...

I would love to win this giveaway - please count me in!!

kathi pinkston said...

thanks for the giveaway~~

Richelle said...

Looks like you will be having fun! And what a great giveaway.

Kim said...

You always find such great things when you're thrifting! I'd love to win the book. Thanks for the change.

I was thinking we might be around the same age, but I RARELY stay up until 12:30 a.m.!! Just can't do it anymore!

Colleen said...

That looks like an awesome book... I would love to win!

I am also going to go on the hunt for the latest Create and Decorate... thanks for the reminder!

Carol said...

I must go get this magazine!! Especially because this issue features my good friend Mark Wood, in the Halloween article!! He's simply amazing!! We volunteer together at the same museum, and he's one of the most creative people I know. I would LOVE to make him a vintage-looking Halloween quilt someday! Ok, tomorrow I'm hunting down the magazine!!

Julie said...

I am always interested in winning the prize! Ha,ha,ha. I am going to give the Goodwill store by my house another try....

Jill said...

Wow I need to make more time for thrift stores. The book looks great! Thanks for a chance to win.

quiltmom said...

That looks like a fun book and I do not have much with Applique - I like the look of it.
Loved your pillowcases on the last post and some lovely teapots too.
Thanks for the opportunity to win your lovely book.
Regards,
Anna

Shelley said...

Wow, another great haul!! I love decorating for fall too and isn't great to find things you can "repurpose". I would love to win the book and thanks for the chance!

Angie said...

Awesome treasures that you found! You are the best at 'thrifting'. I would love to come and go to your stores with you. I never come across lovelies like those here. I would love to have that Red Wagon book to go with the others of theirs' that I have have. :)

Marcia said...

Thank you for this giveaway. We do not find items like this in our area.

Linda said...

So cool... please enter me in the giveaway. I thought of you last week,when we drove thru Sac on our way home from vacation. Love your Adventures.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kim.. I wish I was as lucky at my thrift stores.. maybe I just need to go more often! I would love to have that book! Keep up the good work on your bom!

Trish

Minniestitches said...

Good Morning Kim
I would just love to win your thrift store find! I love the look of the trees on the front cover