Sep 24, 2012

Marvelous Monday Update 9/24/12

A big thank you to all of you who commented on my cabinet upscale!  I really enjoyed working on it and watching it come to life... even if I did have to make a couple trips to the home improvement store while working on it. Ran out of primer mid-spray... broke a drill bit by knocking over the drill... you get the idea.

Speaking of primer, I thought I'd give my 2cents review about primers I've used.

Normally, I use Rustoleum primer.  It's thick and goes on evenly with little, if any running.  When I ran out of primer, I went to get more Rustoleum... the store was out. :(  So, I went to Walmart and they had Krylon with the rotating sprayer.  That was the only thing I liked about it.  The primer was very thin and there was so much over spray, it was like being in a fog!  Since it's a thin primer, you have to use very, very light coats... many, many coats... in order to get good coverage.  I will not buy the stuff again.

For those of you not familiar, The Pec Thing is big around here and happens twice a year. For 28 years, hundreds... and I mean hundreds of flea market and antique vendors descend upon a tiny town called Pecatonica (or known in these parts as "Pec"). Not to be left out, at least a dozen food vendors also set up camp on the 40 acres of fairground land.

The BF and I spent about 5 hours walking around looking at all the "stuff". It was interesting to see the price differences between the different vendors for the same items. The BF came home with a vintage stereo equalizer that he got for half price. I came home with this:

More goodies that I picked up from my not-so-local needlework shop that went out of business this week. Aren't they just devine?

The black matte ones are Putford Scissors. They're only 2.5” high x 2.75" wide with large finger holes. To the left of the little Putford are a pair of Hardwick scissors by Kelmscott. These ornate scissors are a total of 4" long with short blades which are great for hard to reach cutting. Right below the Putford are silver 2.5" long Lit'l Snips that can be used for hardanger and embroidery projects. Across from the Hardwick is a pair of Pink Snips by Kelmscott. Part of the proceeds from sales of these go to breast cancer awareness and education. I'm not sure what the scissors to the right of Putford is, but they look like a Kelmscott to me. Very pretty!

I have not one, but TWO finishes I can show!  Last week, I sent this off to Carien (no blog) in AR.

Stitcher Sampler
found HERE.
Fabric: 22ct Hand-Dyed Hardanger
Fibers:  DMC 3843
Embellished with handmade cording and tassel
Edited 2/23/2017: I researched to figure out where this freebie came from... The blog is called Nuestras Miniaturas. It was posted on December 29, 2010. The post can be seen HERE.

I made this for Theresa in UT. Notice the "T"?

Fabric: 22ct Hand-Dyed Hardanger
Fibers: Six Strand Sweets, DMC
Embellishments: Runched Ribbon Border

Last week, I pulled out Japanese Garden and made some good progress on the top blue border.  Right now, I'm stitching the gold parts with Kreinik #4 braid.  The 6" pieces are driving me crazy, but necessary otherwise it frays too much.

Lastly, I'll leave you with this photo...  I received them "just because".  Awww... Isn't that sweet?

Sorry the photo is a bit dark...
The flowers are white and purple
with a purple sheer ribbon.

Until next time,


Linda M said...

Love the scissors you bought. And both of your fobs look great.

Faith... said...

Both of the scissor fobs look amazingly beautiful! I would love to go to The Pec Thing - looks like lots of fun.

Katie said...

Oh I'm jealous. I wanna come to the Pec thing!!!

Love your scissors.

Your finishes are adorable. Good luck with JG.

Carissa said...

I miss going to The Pec Thing. I have lots of memories of wandering around for hours there.

I love the Ball jar you got!

Carol said...

I'm so impressed with your makeover job on the cabinet, Meari--I love it when things can be rescued like that!! And what fun to have all those flea market and antique goodies in one place! You certainly used great restraint in your purchasing that day!!

Lovely new scissors--the tiny black one are so sweet. And your scissor fob gifts were surely appreciated by the Carien and Theresa--so pretty!

"Just because" flowers are the best, aren't they?! Enjoy :)

Denise SA said...

Love the scissors and both the smalls you stitched

Vickie said...

Love your "Little Stitcher" in blue. :)
Flowers never fail to make you feel special.

cucki said...

Both of the scissor fobs look so beautiful!
wow it looks like lots of fun...
sweet stitching project too..
big hugs xx

Anonymous said...

The Pec Thing looks so cool, and perhaps David and I will have to time one of our US trips to coincide with one of the events - we'd have so much fun with that. I love those scissors and as always, your stitching is lovely. I'm so sorry that the LNS is closing, but so jealous of all the great purchases. I can't get *anything* over here and thoes fabrics you got last week had me drooling. LOL

Sue said...

OMGGGGGGGGG, you must have been in heaven at that fairground with all those goodies!! I would have been! Love the ball jar, and the scissors. Most of all, the flowers are sooo pretty and I cannot imagine who sent them.....heheheheh!


Karen said...

That flea market looks like it would be a blast to walk through! Love your new scissors! You're stitching looks great too! :)

Joy said...

Thanks for the primer tip!! You have me thinking about thrifting, so the tip is handy! LOVE the scissors and the FOBS you made! Tell BF...go boy! LOL

Anonymous said...

Hi Meari,

Love those scissors fobs!

Tobie in So. Cal.

Anonymous said...

Lovely scissors and love the fobs you made.

What beautiful flowers.


Pam in IL said...

It's always fun to get flowers "just because" and yours are beautiful.

The first weekend of every month, the flea marketers are at the fairgrounds in St. Charles, IL. It's amazing how many there are and how many people go to the flea markets.

Love all the new scissors. Your fobs are adorable! Do you always include scissors with your fobs when you send them to stitching friends?


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Kay said...

The fobs look amazing! I love them! The new scissors, I like a lot. The flowers are beautiful. Who doesn't love flowers? Have a good week!

Chris said...

Is thee anything better than just beacuse flowers?
I am sure that your firnds loved the fobs. What lovely stitching. Great progress on Japanese Garden too.
Have a great week!

Unknown said...

Love the scissors and your fobs.
JG is coming along nicely.

Anonymous said...


I love your table!! Wish I had the patience and talent to do something like that! It turned out beautifully. And your JG is coming along beautifully too!

Helena in STL

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on Primers. Sorry you had to find out the hard way. Your finishes are beautiful!! I am sure they will be loved.
Beautiful flowers!!!
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Akila said...

Such a huge flea market indeed, and all you bought was the single jar!! You do have great resolve.
Very pretty fobs and prettier flowers. How nice to receive flowers just like that :)

glenda said...

Your finishes are gorgeous! The flea market sounds like fun. I'm still jealous over the LNS sale...sigh.

Unknown said...

Loved the hint on primer. I have bought the kind that didn't do well many times and just thought the problem was me. So glad to find out it is not! Sad to hear that your "Not so local" needlework store is going out of business. My local one is closing as well, Dec. 22 or sooner here in Richmond, TX. I'm going to stock up!

Katrien said...

lovely finishes. The cabinet looks awesome

Mylene said...

Such beautiful flowers!!
Love the scissors and great job on the fobs!!

Anonymous said...

Your FOB's are great, Meari. I'm sure their recipients love them. The flea market sounds like fun. SO and I would probably love to walk around that much "stuff".

Sandy in NM

rosey175 said...

I... would live in the Pec thing. Never be able to leave. Buy waaaaay too much. Aaaaaaaa.

Love the scissors! Maybe I should expand my own collection, hmm...... :)

Vickie said...

The flea market looks like fun!!! Stitching is awesome as always!

Unknown said...

Love all the scissors. The flea market looks great! I love you cabinet.Your scissor fobs look great!