>Show and Share Sunday

>     Happy Sunday Everyone! Saturday for me was spent going to garage sales in the morning. I picked up 68 items of baby clothing (strangely enough, it was all for baby girls). For, get this, only $11! There were lots of 5, 10 and 25 cent pieces. I have spent the evening washing them and removing stains so that I can list these on Ebay.
   
      The other thing keeping me busy today was cleaning up my back patio. This just meant moving furniture around and sweeping up fallen leaves. I had to wait until the sun went down because it was so dang hot here today, we saw 103 degrees. To show, I have photos of my veggies, which are doing very well (mostly).

These are some very late tomato seedlings. Several of them wilted in the heat.
This is my very haphazard succulent container. My neighbor had uprooted all of these plants and gave them to me. There was no rhyme or reason for the way I planted them, I was just sticking them into the dirt…..

My yellow crookneck squash. There are 3 plants here. When I got them, 3 plants in the 6 pack were dead. I asked for a discount and they gave them to me for free. They are blossoming now, yay!

My tomatoes. There are 3 plants here as well. There is also a basil plant hiding in back. These tomatoes were on clearance, they were getting too old.

I’d like to get the patio finished today so that the family can use it all day for July 4th!

Now its your turn, show me what ya got! Show me your successes, your failures, cool projects and finds, this is the place! Please link only your specific post and anything goes. And, please grab a button and display it somewhere. I still get a giggle when I go to your blog and see my button there 🙂

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>Plant Stand to Dish Stand

>Hey Everyone! Debbiedoos is having a magazine copycat challenge! I’ve always tried to be a trendsetter, not a follower so this magazine is my dirty little secret….100 ideas flea market style, a Better Homes and Gardens publication. I soooooo love this magazine! Its full of creative ideas. Here is the copycat challenge that I chose. (Some of you may have seen this before in my posts)

Copycat idea.

The Crafty Geordi version. I found the plant stand for 50 cents at a garage sale.

Stacked on the stand are my American Limoges Platinum pattern dishes.

And my Oneida Community silverplate flatware.

The stand and the water pitcher were both freshened up with my red tractor spray paint.

So weird, they look like they’re floating on the table!

So what do you think? Mine is missing the middle shelf. This makes that middle area good for hanging little things like napkin holders or silverware, as shown above.

>Upcycled Floral Tote

>Happy Friday everyone! I have a busy one planned! I am finishing a $5 desk project. I got the poor desk from a garage sale, it had water damage and cracked legs. Now we are almost finished with her. I have also been signing up with a few places to be a mystery shopper. Sounds fun, right? From what I have been reading, its not that fun and you don’t get to tote your kids along. But it pays. And, in the end, you might end up with some free stuff. It seems a good way to get paid for things that you might be doing anyway.
Here is what this post is really about:

My newest upcycle – Floral tote.

I used some denim that I have had in the stash for about 15 years. I have actually hauled this with me through 5 moves. It really should have gone in the giveaway pile years ago so this counts as an upcycle. Right? I used the selvage edge for the top of the bag. Its already frayed and very stable. For the flower I used this:

Pieces from an old skirt. I put ’em through the ruffler.

I cut several long pieces of fabric from part of an old skirt. I then hemmed all of the edges. After hemming, I put them through my ruffler foot. I’ll tell ya, that ruffle foot was hard to figure out (they don’t come with instructions) but now that I know how it works, I am  a BIG fan. After I ruffled, I laid these into a flower pattern on a circle of denim, pinned into place and sewed the flower on. I didn’t want all of the wonky stitching to be visible from the inside of the bag, that is why I used the denim backing. I then sewed this onto the bag. I tacked the real floppy parts of the flower so it would retain its shape.

The flower doesn’t flop due to small stitches holding it in place in certain spots.

I used soft nylon rope for the handles. I just knotted the ends (knot first then cut. also, cut between two knots. that way the rope won’t unravel) then used a lighter to melt the edge so it won’t fray.

The blue detail is quilt binding.

The inner blue flower is also quilt binding.

I used this flower sort of like a button or a tuft. I sewed all the way through the layers of this side of the bag, to help attach the backing to the bag.

I suppose I should hire someone to photograph me through the process, so that I can give a proper tutorial…..I get so into my projects that I don’t bother to pick up the camera…..

>Amazon Associates Contracts Terminated in California

>Okay, I have been living with my head in the sand. I have been so busy that keeping up with news of any sort is very, very low (non-existent) on my priority list. So, yesterday, when I was getting emails from Amazon about associate relationships with Californians I was surprised. Today its official. Our governor signed a bill to allow  “the state’s tax board to collect sales tax from online retailers that have relationships with an affiliate.”

Wow. This is the first I’d heard of this. So Amazon and Overstock have said “Nuh-uh” and have terminated affiliate relationships with Californians. I know, California is not the first and only state to have this happen. Personally, I haven’t had any luck with the affiliate route. I’ve made a couple of dollars from google but not enough to have even received a check yet. So, my own fiscal impact is nothing.  But, damn! I’ve also lost any future potential.

What I don’t understand is why the home state of Silicon Valley is so backward in its thinking?
They already make it difficult to conduct business in this state (factories have been fleeing for years). California is crying foul because when we make an online purchase, we don’t pay sales tax (unless purchasing from a retailer based in California). We are supposed to claim these on our tax returns so that we can pay this tax later on. No one does. Seriously, California, why would I help you to rape me? Again and again? The same dollar gets taxed so many freakin’ times already.

Oh well. Buh-bye Amazon. I will still shop you. I totally support your decision. Why should you be mixed up in our mess? Oh, and for the record – I did not vote for Jerry Brown. Why would anyone think that a ’70’s throwback could fix this 21st century mess that we’re in now?

>Zebra Handbag

>Hey Everyone! I was having some fun with an old sheet, an old denim dress and some Heat and Bond. Oh, and a zebra print velvet top and some nylon rope. When I write this out, it sounds like a bad game show.  “What can you make from these objects?” I’m glad that the end result doesn’t sound as bad…..

I’m sure that I took photos of the before clothes. But it’s, like, 11pm so I am not going to go searching through my memory cards for the photos. Just imagine a very large, dowdy, mid-calf length, 90’s style dress and that is what I started with. And, a velvet zebra print, sort of an A shaped plus sized top. Here is the handbag broken down. I used the sheet to line the bag, denim for the outside and the nylon rope for the handles.

I knotted the rope and burned the end so that it won’t fray. The straps are held with part of the sleeve from the old dress.

Here is the back side. This bag was inspired by a bag that my mom gave me for my birthday. That bag used cotton rope. I just thought that the nylon felt soft and the ends melt under a flame. I might be a bit of a pyro…..

Lined with a light brown sheet. 100% cotton.

Here is the zebra! Isn’t it so cute? I attached it with some Heat and Bond.

The bag. I like the simplicity and I love zebras.

>Super Awesome Thrift Store Sale

>I should be ashamed. I have no idea the name of the thrift store I went to this afternoon. It is “something or other ReStore”. And, no, its not Habitat for Humanity. Anyway, its a cute place right here in my town. Its little but it has furniture, clothing, a bit of jewelry and some crafty stuff. I went in today because I just had to look to see if they still had the bias tape that I had seen (and not purchased at 50% off). I passed it up then needed it like, the very next day. Figures. Good thing I waited. Today they were offering any red, white or blue colored items for 75% off.

Say What?? 
75% off?
 

Holy cow! Grab a basket STAT! So, I got a ridiculous amount of bias tape. All of the red, white and blue colors and a few others (which were still 50% off).

And also a ridiculous amount of baby clothing. No, I am not having a baby (and hoping I didn’t just jinx myself here). I did a google search to find out what people have the most luck with on Ebay. Used baby clothes seem to be a top seller, the article said that lots of people purchase from garage sales and re-sell on Ebay. So, we will see how this experiment goes. I am going to try to hit some garage sales this weekend and see about getting some more so that I can have some better lots. Those big lots seem to be the ones that move the best.

The whole pile of baby clothes.

I love this little girl’s dress.

Isn’t this the cutest set? I didn’t realized that these pieces went together until I got home. They were sold separately.

This is such an adorable Ralph Lauren dress.
Hehe, don’t bother me 😉

All of this was scored for $30 and some change.

>Show and Share Sunday

>Happy Sunday! What have you all been up to? Right this second I am eating potato salad left over from a small beach party I went to yesterday. We had so much fun and the weather was so pleasant and beautiful, a nice departure from the heat that we have had at my house this week.
Here is how the day went: Chris and I first went to “Woodies on the Wharf”, a classic car show showing only (you guessed it) woodies. You don’t even have to be a crazy car buff to enjoy these, the nostalgia and hint of old-timey surf culture was fun and exciting.

“Woodies on the Wharf”. These cars all pre-date 1950.
Surfin’ U.S.A.!

This little cutie was polishing her own woodie. Her daddy took her and her little brother out for a ride in the mini woodie after she was done with her polish job.

They are all so beautiful.

Now for a couple of artsy-fartsy photos.

And then it was off to Rio Del Mar Beach (in Aptos, California) where we met up with another couple that we like to hang with…..

Rio Del Mar. We all thought that this bigger piece of wood looked just like a pirate treasure chest.

Rio Del Mar. When the rivers run out of the mountains and spill into the ocean they bring a lot of deadwood from the forest and deposit it into the ocean. The tides wash this wood back onto the beach. So, there is lots of driftwood to play with! Someone built this little fort and left it. I love the “eye” on the wood.

 It was a good day with good food, good convo with friends and beautiful weather.

Now its your turn, show me what ya got! Show me your successes, your failures, cool projects and finds, this is the place! Please link only your specific post and anything goes. And, please grab a button and display it somewhere. I still get a giggle when I go to your blog and see my button there 🙂

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