I thrift, therefore I am…

I keep thinking about the Samuel Johnson saw, “He who is tired of London, is tired of life…” I think if I were ever to tire of looking for quirky treasures at thrift stores or yard sales, it would be time to call it a day. The thrill of finding lovely surprises in acres of cast-offs is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Here are some great things from half-price Monday this week which I wanted to share, including a turned wood canister, and an amazing coffee pot with a Swedish saying on it — translation to follow? It will probably need to be a vase for spring daffodils, since all the coffee-making mechanism is missing.


I also found the perfect pink linen for my newest (read, first) embroidery project — an adaptation of C.’s drawing “Dance of the Flower Fairies, part I.”


It happened to come in the form of a very large large dress, but I have my scissors at the ready. I want to make C. a little embroidered wall hanging, a la SouleMama, but I don’t have the patience to wait for guidance from her new book, which is arriving soon, USPS-willing. I’m going to dive in and do my best until the instructions arrive. I feel like SouleMama is such a kindred spirit – what fun to see all that creative energy flower into a book!

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