April 26, 2014

Saturday Eye Candy

I am hosting a sew along on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum.  Here are a few blocks from some of the first ones we worked.  We are using Bunny Hill's pattern " I Believe In Snowmen".

These are mine...






April 20, 2014

Estate Sale Goodies!

I love to go to yard sales and estate sales!  One never knows what they might pick up!  For instance, back in the early 90's I went to one such yard sale and while going through the books, I found a copy of The Twelfth of August.  The story about Buford Pusser.  It was signed by Buford himself.  I held the book up and asked how much and the young man running the sale said "ahh, 25 cents".  I bought it and took it home.  I called the museum that houses quite a bit of his memorabilia and they offered me 50.00 for it then.  I told them I would hang on to it for a while longer.

Last Saturday my mother in law and I went to a few yard sales and then to an estate sale.  I was excited about my purchases and wanted to share them with you.

First up is the 1907 Universal Deluxe Family Sewing Machine.  Except for some built up greasy dust on it, this is in impeccable shape.  The person who owned it was a very prim and proper lady and by the looks of all of her belongings, you could tell she cared for her things well. The case has a little damage but really slight when you think about the age of the machine.  I am going to take it in to town for a good cleaning, oiling and tune up.  Then I will use it!

  I thought at first that the machine must have been in a treadle cabinet at one time but when I researched this machine, they all were in cases like this with the electrical plugs to the backside.

You can tell that the paintings on the machine are still in awesome condition!

And look at this foot petal!

The cover is in marvelous shape..

and has a cedar lining!

When the machine came up for bid, I had no idea that I would walk away with it.  The auctioneer started the bid off at 500.00.  There was no way under the sun I would have paid that!  Noone bit.  He then backed it down to 300.00.  Noone bit.  He asked for 100.00 and yet again, noone bit.  he said would anyone be willing to give me 10.00 and I threw up my bid card, half expecting many others to do the same.  I was the only one.  Then someone else outbid me by 5.00 and I increased my bid to 20.00.  I was prepared to go up to 50.00 - 75.00 for the machine.  The other person stopped bidding!  I got this beauty for t..w..e..n..t..y.. dollars!!!  I came home smiling!

My next bidding was on this set of glassware.  It was done in 3 box lots.  I love old glassware... got that from my mother.  She had quite the collection.  The first lot was done in 2 boxes.  I bid 7.50 and won it and the last lot was in one box.  I bid to 12.50 and won it.  So for 20.00 I came home with these pieces to add to my collection.

There was also an unusual shot glass in the win.  It was from the Thumbprint collection of glassware.  My sister in law Becky asked if she could buy it but I told her that I was thinking of giving it to my sister Charlotte because she collects shot glasses.  Come to find out, Becky had one of the grandparents dishes that were also in the thumbprint design so I gave it to her.  I told her it was meant to be hers.  I didn't get a photo of that piece.

The  next thing I won was a novelty item.  I would love to have known this lady.   I bet she was a lot of fun.  She did not tote your usual purse.... she  carried miniature train cases!  These cases are made by DeLill and brought a pretty penny at the estate sale.  I knew they would bring quite a bit but I was hoping for some kind of luck to be able to go home with at least one.  We all have our "fetishes" of what we buy more than other things... and mine just happens to be purses.  I lucked up and came home with 2 of her train cases at 85.00 each but not all of my own money.

Let me tell you how it happened.

You see this set of 4 antique cane bottomed side chairs.  I bought a set of 4 quite similar to these.  When the bid opened up for chairs, there were about 6 sets of side chairs to bid on.  I waited and waited through each set as most of those went for 35.00 per chair.  I guess when the last set came up, everyone who wanted them had bought a set because I gave f.i.v.e dollars a chair for the ones I won!!  yep, 5 bucks each!  20.00 for the set! 

 I had a gentleman approach me right after I won them and asked if I would sell them to him.  He had been outside and forgot to come in and bid.  I asked him how much he was willing to give and he said "I will double your money".  I looked at the chairs, which were in tip top shape, and told him I would take 100.00 for the set.  He got in his hip pocket and brought out a 100.00 bill. ca-ching!  I made 80.00 profit right there on the spot!  Enough hopefully to buy a train case!

Now for the train cases.  There were 9 up for bid!  One had a shoulder strap and the other 8 had the cutest handles ever!  Several ladies started bidding and the cases were going for upwards of 110.00 - 125.00 each!  Winning bidder could choose just the one she won or choose more than one at that price.  2 ladies each chose 2 cases and 3 other ladies chose just the one they won.  That left 2 cases.  

The bid opened up slow and I was biding my time to see if everyone who wanted one had bid out.  2 other women bsides myself were bidding at this time and I won the bid at 85.00!  Still a good price but 25.00 - 35.00 less than the first ones went for.  They were all in impeccable shape but the white case, black and tan cases all were chosen first.  That left gold and silver in different shades.  So it wasn't like the cream of the crop had gone first and I was left with slim pickings.  I actually love the cases I came home with.  yep... when I got to the table to choose one of the two left, the auctioneer said, "Why don't you take them both"... and I did!!

I paid 170.00 for the two cases... 80.00 profit from the chairs leaves 90.00 of my own money.  So, in essence, I gave 45.00 a piece "of my own money" for these train cases!! ha!

Another lady was checking out when I went to pay and she had bought the black case and the white one.  Her hubby had told her to get 2 but she paid 125.00 each for hers.  She was talking about carrying them for her actual purse.  She asked me what I was going to do with mine and I told her that I was going to use them to carry my crazy quilting projects to retreats.  They were all impressed with my idea.  I don't want to use these every day and risk getting them damaged.  These have been well cared for and are in "like new" condition!  They are from the 1960's!  I am happy with my lucky win!

Would you have traded 4 antique chairs for 2 vintage train cases? ha!

While I was photographing these items I decided to also show you one of our pieces of pottery.  I don't think I have ever shared this piece on the blog.  It is called a ring jug and the potter only put his initials on the piece but I think his last name is King and he is from western North Carolina.

This piece has so much detail... you could sit and look at this for quite a while.


And lastly, I will leave you with one of our resident pets.  Well, not so much a pet but he has lived here for as long as we have, I think.  We don't bother him.  He comes and goes from the back pond to the front pond as he wishes.  My hubby and I both are firm believers in respecting wildlife.  It is always fun to see this charmer on occassion.

I would not want to happen upon him while hunting Easter eggs! YIKES!

Happy Easter everyone!!

April 2, 2014

Flags On A Stick For Myself and Marie

Flags On A Stick have some amazing flags and flag poles!  Visit their website to see the variety! 

The owner over at Flag-Outlet.com sent Madame Samm 8 flag poles to send to some lucky recipients and I was one of the lucky 8!  My pole has a horse finial and I am creating a flag for a very good friend of mine!  Thank you Flag Outlet for my special gift!

My friend Marie loves horses... has one, and rides every day that she can. So I decided to make her a flag for her outdoor flower garden... I cropped the photo a little large so you could see her horse in the background.  I didn't realize I had photographed the horse until I downloaded the camera.

Close up

I google searched for horse silhouettes and found this fabulous horse head. After tracing the outline on to wonder under,  I ironed the wonder under to the black fabric and cut the horse head out, including all of the snippets inside the horse head itself.  I love how the background fabric shines through these snippets.  The background is a beautiful batik and the horse is black Kona solid.  Inside, I added a layer of the fusible fleece that we use in the Tammy Bags to make it hang good and be a little stout.

I presented this to Marie on Monday and she loved it.  But then again, I knew she would.


I also made myself a flag... I bought these fabrics back in 2009 when I went to a quilting retreat called Circle Of Friends in New Hampshire.  They have laid dormant in my sewing room waiting for just the right time to use them.  Now was the time.

My flag.... amongst the buttercups... Yep, it is a pig..   Doesn't he look as happy as a little pig in the mud... dancing around with his umbrella.  I found this image doing a search for pig silhouettes and I added the words Be Happy to the bottom.  We all need to be happy.  Life is too short for anything else. :)

I went over to our local Ace Hardware and bought this flag pole.  It is perfect for my flag.

Close up

I made my flag the same way I made Marie's.  I love this ticking fabric and if you look close enough, you will see hearts in between the pinstripes.  The black in my flag is a black batik with hints of a beautiful dark blue in it.

The flag will be displayed by the front porch when we are expecting guests.  I will keep it out of the elements in between times.  There isn't anything blooming yet but you can see the hostas are coming up already. I think the flag looks right at home with our little pig friend who sits on top of the porch steps. :)

Thank you for visiting my blog today!!