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My New “Crossover”…

I needed a new purse… I didn’t know but, the type of purse I’ve grown to like is called a Crossover873093dc28ad2eeec311be8aef7721dc_image_300x300 … because it crosses over the front of my chest…

This leaves my hands free to shop…

You see… I’m a toucher… I have to feel everything… turn it overturn it around… check it out from all angels

Everyone asks, “How do you get everything in that small purse?”…

I just say, “I get everything I need in it!”…

I have a change purse with my license and important cards

I have a card holder for other cards I don’t use all of the time, but want with me…

I have a little notebook and pen to jot down information…

I have lip gloss… brightens me up…

sanitizer… never can be too clean…

a manicure set… that hangnail may need cutting any time…

keys… my car won’t go without them…

a checkbook… rarely use… but you never know…

perfume… smelling good is always nice…

a pill holder… I sometimes get a headache…

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and to be honest I rarely carry a hair brush or comb… My fingers do just right… I’m not too vain…

Getting back to the point… During one of my Thrift Store Shopping jaunts… I found the right Crossover Purse just for me…

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It has the neatest bead work and tassels on the straps and at the sides…

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I do look or keep an eye out for things I need or want… and there it was!

Brand new… still tagged… great fun colors for summer… and a crossover… leaving my hands free to find more things I need/want when shopping…

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Everything fits… and I’m pleased with my purchase

Looking up the brand name on the tag ( Sun ‘N’ Sand) … I found my $4.95 buy was worth $30.00

Not too shabby for a Thrift store shopper… and I like it a lot!

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“The Treasure Candle”…

I found this unique candle at my favorite Thrift Store

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Sometimes I see things as little gifts to give to someone… since it was wrapped and brand new… but, I have decided I need a treasure sometime… so I’m going to keep this… and follow the directions placed with it…

It is called a “Treasure Candle”…

This is “The Fable of the Treasure Candle”… rolled up like a tiny scroll

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Once upon a time, in a distant land, there lived a fair Princess k9912365who was in love with a brave young Knight. But, alas, the Knight k12693601was imprisoned by a most evil king.

After longing for her beloved for many a month, the Princess conceived a clever plan. She traveled to a mystical kingdom deep within the earth where she gathered crystals and stones k6128414k6430353with magical powers.

Upon returning home, she made a candle k5414868 in which she concealed the treasures. Then she arranged to have it delivered to her lover in his cold dark dungeon.

The sad and disheartened Knight welcomed the gift of light and immediately burned his candle k11167962 , unaware of its special powers. When the crystal revealed itself, a rainbow appeared from within k13027651 . A wave of joy and love swept through him as he realized the special nature of the gift.

At that moment, the crystal in the candle the princess was burning, also shimmered with a rainbow k4425640 . Then, lo and behold, the two tiny rainbows soared out into the heavens and became one. The power of their love was so great that they were drawn into the rainbow’s arc where neither prison walls nor evil kings could ever keep them apart.

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Within this candle that I am the beholder of now… I will find a crystal and other gifts of the Earth, each with their own special power.

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I have decided that what better day to burn this candle… So, I have lit it… and will give you an update later when what is discovered within

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This is how to make a BUTTER CANDLE…

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Blog of Year??? How sweet!

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terry1954 A friend and fellow blogger gave me this Award…

I’m humbled… and just wanted to say Thank You!

A few notes k5469835about me…

I’m retired from working in the Public School System with Special Needs Childrenk0662770 … 30+ years…

I love thriftingAntiqu_Cand can make a lot of things seem new again…

I love my cat, Jill… adopted about 12 years ago…

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I’ve the best husband in the world… Met at the KY State Fair… will be 44 years Feb. 1…

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I have two great sons… and 3 wonderful Grandkids…

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No, I don’t have the perfect life… but, try hard each day with the help of my Lord to do the best I can…

This ended my year of blogging on a high note 1024064

Now… what New Blog can I begin for the New Year of 2013

It could be about:

My simple cooking k8622006

My grandkids…

My life with a son who has bi-polar disorder tri0015

My thrift store finds …

I’ll have to think on that!

I’ll pass this Award 308045_431496436913036_878147779_non to:

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Mirth and Motivation

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Simply Charming

“Over the Door”

Gift…

I was lucky in my finds today… Two new items in their packaging… found at my Unique Thrift Store … I don’t actually go looking for anything in particular… but, always have a mental list of things I need… or could use… and sometimes… just plain “want!”…

My first find was a window mini blind for my back door… Jill… my cat, if you didn’t already know… likes looking out the back door… even to the point of asking us to open it… but, at times… she takes it on herself to open it the best way she can by herself… So, at the bottom of the blind… a few blind strips had been broken… or were a little crunched… Head poking through does that it seems…

It’s not that the blind is expensive…but, just taking the time to shop, and replace…Actually sometimes…it’s just the remembering to buy it!

So, when I saw this one… right size… right color… new… It was mine!

My next item I literally grabbed… Like anyone else wanted it!… was a brand new cover/pad for my Over the Door Ironing Board… I had not been able to find one anywhere and figured I would have to go on-line to order…

You just have to pull it down …

I just love my little ironing board… Actually it is a great length… 3-1/2 feet long X 14 inches across… and is so handy in that it folds up on my bathroom door in my bedroom and when I need it… All I have to do is pull it down… One of my favorite things that has been invented!…

I have had to buy regular size ironing board covers and make them work… This one went on in a breeze… It was made by TIDE… and I will be looking on the internet and seeing if they have them for sale...

And would you believe it matched my bedroom… light blue design… Can’t beat that!…

I say these are little blessings that come my way… so I have to say, “Thank you Jesus!”…

You made my day!

A Vintage Find…

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OK… I went to a peddler‘s mall today

… I used to have a booth there… I sold my collection of ceramic Kitties(cats) and Puppies(dogs)  … There were planters, salt/pepper shakers, statues, etc. … I also sold Children’s books with a stuffed animal that matched the book… and furniture that I painted with designs

It has changed ownership since I closed my booth…

I browse around… never knowing what might catch my eye

Today I saw a vintage item

I had to feel it look at it for several minutes… check out the price  … decide… “Do I need this???” … No, but I just have to get it!…

I love things that are  … and this fit the description

I had never seen any like it before… Cute as could be… and useful also… although I don’t plan on using it…

I want to display it probably… and I might make some… I believe I can… What a cute gift for my nieces… and friends…

What I found… was a vintage Pot Holder… Actually a set of three in one… White and red material… stitched in blackHand stitched… which is what I love…

Three ladiesBonnets representing their faces… and the skirts are the 3 pot holders that can detach… due to having snaps  

Rick Rack decorates their Skirts and Bonnets… In excellent condition… No tears… no stains except a little yellowing of the fabric that is hardly noticeable… and oh… it only cost $2.75… Things are always a little pricier in a peddlers mall than a thrift store… but, they had me!

I might try to soak in some Clorox II… non-bleach … to brighten it up… and then maybe not…

Just had to share my find…

Fast…Fun…Fearless!

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When I took a friend to the doctor the other day… I was in the waiting room… browsing through whatever magazines they had… I came across a “Family Fun magazine

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Seemed pretty good… crafty things you can do with kids and even adults… On page #13… a little girl in a cute top (dress) was pictured and I began to read the topic that had caught my eye…”T-shirt Tunic“…

It was about recycling a T-shirt into a cute tunic type dress for smaller kids or a cute top I thought for my granddaughter… I love ideas… but, I usually have to make them my own in some small way…

I reread the directions, seemed simple enough… but, knowing my memory is not quite what it used to be… I did something I don’t usually do… I tore the page out of the magazine… folded it up and proceeded to put it in my purse… I just acted like it was a normal thing to do… although feeling a little guilty… It was stealing… and it kinda bothered me… but, since there were about 4-5 of the same magazine lying around the room… I did it!… and I’m confessing that I did!… Not sure that clears me of this… but, it’s done…

I want to give credit to the creator of this neat little idea… Nicole Blum… who with the editor of this cute magazine wrote the just released “Improv Sewing : 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects”… Does this get me off the hook???

The whole idea was to use a T-shirt that needed to be recycled… So I looked through my husbands and my T-shirts… but, to no avail… I then looked at T-shirts at my favorite thrift store… and a bright green one caught my eye… You know how it is… You just know that’s it!…

It seemed big enough without being too big… and you have to know my granddaughter who is 10… just fractured her ankle… so the saying on the shirt was very appropriate …”I’m Just One Big Freaking Ray of Sunshine Aren’t I?  … no swimming…no climbing…no running…no walking… Attitude has set in a little…

Directions:

Spread T-shirt… actually press it flat…  

I marked with a ruler and white crayon 3 lines as in photo…

Cut with scissors…

Turn under edges at arms about 1/4″… and press… 

Using embroidery floss… I chose bright yellow because of the yellow sunshine and words on front of shirt… and hand-stitch a running stitch with needle… (in and out)…

Turn under front and back neck area… about 1-1/2″ wide… and then stitch the same way as arms…

I chose “Peace Sign” colorful satin ribbon( Kennedy is a little “hippie” at heart)… to run through the pocket that has been made while hemming… just fasten a safety pin to the end of ribbon and work through… draw up neck area a little or adjust when shirt is on… and then tie a cute bow

So easy… so inexpensive…so different… “ONE of a Kind!”…

If Kennedy likes it… I will try another print and color of T-shirt… and make another… Because it was a… FAST… FUN… and FEARLESS Project…

Something OLD…Something BLUE…

Keepsakes…

I love blue/white dishes of most any kind! … I collected them for some time… I wasn’t particular… anything that caught my eye… I have stored most of them now… I went through and picked the ones I couldn’t bear to get rid of… I had plates … cups … saucers… figurines trivets… Well, you name it… I probably had at least one piece… “Blue Willow …”Staffordshire”…”Currier and Ives … “Royal China”… “Flow Blue … I just loved their color… I can’t say I don’t know more about them since I’ve looked them up on EBAY and the internet… but, I’m certainly no “expert”… I find myself often looking at pieces as I go through my thrift stores and peddlar malls… and just have to tear myself away… knowing I have enough…

Well, saying that…

I found a set of Salt/Pepper Shakers the other day …and since the price was so good… I took them home and have decided to use them… They are old… a little discolored from age and use… but I liked them!… They resemble little coffee cups… Of course they are blue/white …and after looking up my purchase of $2.21 … on the internet…I found they are worth between $25.00 – $40.00 depending who is selling them… They are Currier and Ives… having a coach scene on the pepper and a wagon scene on the salt … As I said, “They are a little discolored”…”a little old”… but, I think that makes them more appealing… and besides “I like them!”