Jul 5, 2010

Terrific Tuesday Update 7/6/2010

For those of you in the US, did you have a fantastic July 4th holiday? On the 3rd I watched the fireworks display in my city. On the 4th, I went to a parade. It was really poignant to watch people stand and clap as the Vietnam Vets passed by, seeing as when they came back from war they did not get the homecoming they deserved. (Support the troops even if you don't support war)

Abraham Lincoln came to visit :)

Fire truck used 1945-1977

1945 Farmall Tractor painted pink
and has the slogan:
"Made for Daddy's Little Girl"

One of the last Single Row Corn Pickers
made by John Deere. Can you imagine
picking corn row-by-row?

Ya'll know how I *love* to shop at yard sales and thrift stores. While at the retreat, several of us went to a community yard sale. It was a big parking lot filled with tables of "stuff". I came home with a couple of cool things... Well, I think they're cool!

First up is a white wicker picnic basket. It would be great for stitchy fabric storage, don't you think?

I also found this "treasure" for the mere price of $1! It's a wood lapdesk that opens up. Not very pretty... my plan is to shine up the brass hinges and repaint it.

Whenever I work out of town, I always stop at the thrift store on my way home. I found a Sudberry floss holder for 49cents. These retail for $10! This will be great for when I'm working with kits.

I finished the mailart piece I was working on at the retreat, but won't be showing pics until after the recipient gets it. It was my first time doing one with aida and I thought it turned out pretty well.

I started working on Gentle Menagerie and almost have the cow done (sans head and tail). I'm surprised at how fast it's stitching up.

Vickie has been on my case bugging me to get JG out and frog it so I can move on and get to working on it again. Ugh, it's bad enough I don't like stitching over-one... frogging over-one is even worse.


Anonymous said...

Loved looking at all your glorious 'finds' Meari! You still amaze me... lol... great start on the cow! Would love to see the chart.


Berly said...

Great buys, Meari! Congrats on finishing the mailart. Gentle Menagerie is looking good. Get frogging!!

angel parker said...

I loved the parade pictures. I collect John Deere items, so needless to say, I loved the tractors!

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing the photos of the parade... even my son was interested in the tractor, corn picker, etc.

I loved how the cow looked & the kits you got esp. Mrs. Claus & Friend & Victorian Santa & Friends. Glad you had fun at the retreat.


Vickie said...

Looks like your 4th was great! Love the little lab desk you found. Frogging over one is bad but if you just sit down and do it..then it will be all over.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had alot of fun over the weekend. I just love your treasures especially the wicker box. Going to yard sales and thrift stores are fun-you never know what your will find. Your stitching is pretty too.

Mary in NC

Rachel S said...

You did good at the sales! I love that picnic basket!

Anonymous said...

I wondered what you were going to do with that lap desk! :)

Karin in CA

Anonymous said...

Meari I love all of your finds. I would keep the picnic basket as a picnic basket.


Nancy M said...

Always like to see what you pick up along the way....I agree with Vickie....get frogging you really need to get going on that one and get it off you WIP list!!!!!!

Kathy said...

What fabulous finds. And your parade photos are just wonderful.

Cute cow too. :)

Emily said...

Great photos of the parade. What a cute basket and wooden tray. I wouldn't paint over the eagle, so patriotic.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Meari on your thrifty purchases. I found a 12" square frame with professional double mats last week for $2. Boy was I pumped. Square ones are harder to find. It has a few dings but I have a wood stick that should fix that.

Your cow project is coming along nicely. I'm putting the final backstitching in a new Christmas Ornament.

HUGS, Dee in TN

Carolyn NC said...

Love the parade pics. Nice stitching and finds. :)

Shari said...

neat goodies you found...you always find the good bargains!!! Congrats!!!
Your cow looks good, despite not having a head!!!

Mylene said...

Looks like you had fun last weekend.
Great finds and your stitching update is looking wonderful!

Marissa said...

What a nice weekend and adquisitions! Congratulations!

Julie M said...

Looks like that was a great parade!

Loved your treasures. It's always a surprise what one will find at a thrift store or garage sale.

Good stitching progress too! I'm with you on frogging the over one. Not a good time!

Debra said...

Sounds like you had a good weekend. Love the pictures from the parade.

Bette said...

I love the picnic basket and the lap desk. I never find neat things like that. And the cow is coming along nicely.

Carol's Stitching said...

I love the Menagerie piece! This is one of my all time favorites..... The parade is very cool but I have to admit; I wouldn't paint my Farmall any other color but International Red!!! LOL

Mel said...

The wicker basket is too cute!
Glad the parade was good.

And working on a UFO is always a good thing. :)

Sharon said...

I always get the biggest kick out of seeing all your treasures. You have a great gift for being in the right place at the right time! Enjoy your goodies!! :)

Sunshine said...

Tim enjoyed seeing the Tractor pics LOL :) You can use the basket for picnics too! That's what I do with mine :) Ha! Ha! Ha! :)

Rene la Frog said...

More great finds! I have a picnic basket that is a little larger that I keep my WIP in and I love it.

Shelley said...

The laptop desk is a fabulous find. I wouldn't even repaint it, such a gorgeous design on it.

The basket is another great find. I've got to go shopping with you, lol!