Newest Antique Store Find

 

Confession…

When I say I go antiquing, I really think I’m kind of exaggerating.

I don’t really buy any antiques like furniture (unless it’s really cheap and antique furniture isn’t cheap), I don’t buy art or first edition books or turn of the century (20th century, or course) mementos.  I can’t afford that kind of stuff and I would be too nervous it would get destroyed in my house of two boys and their friends.  (Nerf War anyone?)

What I do is look for are things that catch my eye and intrigue me, things that could be made into something else.

I have an affinity for linens from the 1940’s and 1950’s.  I buy handkerchiefs, tablecloths, aprons and pillowcases.

I love to make Pillowcase Dresses with those beautiful, hand embroidered pillowcases from days gone by…to think some mother or grandmother actually painstakingly sewed and embroidered pillowcases for her loved ones…how could that go to waste?

 

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I love to look at all the detail and workwomanship that went into these pillowcases.

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One time I found an entire box of sugar sacks! 

So far, I’ve only made a pillow out of one, but I have plans for more!

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I even fashioned a Christmas-themed apron from one of them.

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I guess my point is (besides the one on my head), is that I like to make old things new again.

For Example

 

This metal thing/shovel

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What was it used for, I wonder…of course a shovel of some sort, but for what?  Ice? Grains? Shit?  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)

 

After a good cleaning with bleach, (in case it was used for you-know-what), I put it to another use.

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I took down the Chicken Head and put up a Shovel-Shelf.

Shovel-Shelf, Shovel-Shelf, Shovel-Shelf

(Try saying that three times, really fast)

Your doing it, aren’t ya?

Now Go Out There And Find Something Old to Make Into Something New

And if needed, use bleach to put your mind at rest.

 

Peace to You,

K

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Sugar Sack Pillow Cover

This past summer I came across some interesting finds at a couple estate sales and antique shops.

It was hard to get to junking shopping with the kids home from school on summer vacation, because, let’s be honest, they don’t really want to go to these places.  They would rather be swimming, goofing around with their friends, or playing video games.

But sometimes I dragged them along and they always ended up having a very fun, if not interesting, time.

See, mom does know best Kids!

Here are some unique things I grabbed up…

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An old, old suitcase…

A Fabuuuuulous Grain sack…

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Some very cool, old milk tags…

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A rugged, wooden frame…Elvis picture to be removed…

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And an ENTIRE BOX of these…

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I tell you, my body was tingling when my good friend Noreen showed me the box.

The guy sold me the box of 45 sacks for $40!!!!! Most were in mint condition, too.  Can I get a “Whoop, Whoop”?

Oh my!  Now I have to think of some projects to use them.

OKAY….Thought of one…

PILLOW!

I had a 16”X16” pillow form on hand and decided it needed a cover.

I cut the front and back sides 17”x17” and inserted a zipper on the bottom using this easy tutorial from Design Sponge.  (By the way, Design Sponge is a fantastic site if you haven’t been there already.  Just sayin’).

In progress…

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Here’s how the sweetie sugar sack pillow cover turned out…

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What do you think?

I think a messenger bag or tote bag or some kind of bag is next!

Peace,

K

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