Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gifted Joy - Grandmas file cabinet

Hello Fellow thrifters and Friends,

    My Grandma was recently moved to a rehab facility, so she could not keep all of treasures. Life changes so much when you reach a certain age. I was pleased to receive this wonderful vintage file cabinet. I am not sure what she held in this beauty, but I was excited to have it. I love the size and shape of it. I don't think it was a special treasure to her, but I love it.

Look at how excited that cartoon is to have a place to store her files! YEAH! 

Have you been given a special treasure from a loved one?

The Joyful Thrifter
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Joyful Snapshots - My moms Craft Room

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

  I got to spend the day thrifting with one of my favorite people this weekend (my mom) and while she was cooking dinner after our adventure I snuck into her craft room to snap some shots of her wonderful space. I love her craft room because she has surrounded herself with beautiful vintage pieces, and craft supplies.

Please sit back and enjoy her crafty space

I hope you enjoyed these snap shots into my moms wonderful crafty world!

The Joyful Thrifter
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Finding Joy in the Little Things - Mushroom Needles

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,
    My sweet mom gave me these adorable needles, and I had to share them with you.

I don't know what it is about these needles, but they put a smile on my face right when I look at them. I am not sure what exactly to do with them, but I thought it might like cute if I figure out how to them them into a pin for my shirt. Do you have any ideas to use these cute Pins for?

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Treasure Hunt Finds

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

   Today was such a perfect day. I got to go thrift shopping with my mom! That is a rare treat, and we made the most of it.  We went to her an city near her house that I don't get to very often to get some new treasures. We went to two goodwills, a salvation army, and the assistance league thrift store. It was great fun, and I came away with some lovely treasures.

This beautiful handmade tea towell. It was made with perfect precision, and made me sad that whoever made it gave it away. Anyways I only paid $0.50 for it, and I thought that was an absolute steal!

A little pot holder. I mainly bought this little guy because I want to learn how to make them someday, and I wanted the inspiration handy. I paid $0.25 for it, and I will put it to proper use. 

A theme arose when I found this pink doily at the same store that the above were purchased. I loved the flowers and details on this doily. I paid $0.75 for this sweet gem. 

I have a project in mind for these hoops, and I got them each for $1.57. I can't wait to post about what i plan on doing with them. 

Finally, this is my favorite find of the day. The Pyrex cookie jar. I already have one that was gifted to me by my mom, but I could not pass up finding this one at Salvation army for $4.57. I think this one will live in my craft room filled with ribbon or thread. 

Hope you all had a wonderfully thrifty week!

The Joyful Thrifter

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Joyful Snapshots - Craft room Edition

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

   I took some quit snap shots of my little craft room to share. WELCOME!!

Craft books for inspiration :)

My favorite bear. He loves living in my craft room because that is where I smile lots :)

Great storage for my bits and bobs

My collection of wooden spools and old patterns

Jars ready to be filled with treasures

Ribbon waiting to be wrapped around a beautiful project

Fabric bin

The Joyful Thrifter

I hope we all find some wonderful treasures this weekend!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Joyful Tablescapes - Valentines Day Themed

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

    As I have said this whole week Valentines day has been so much fun for me this year. I have never decorated my table or house for this holiday, but this year I got into the spirit. Yesterday you saw my table runner that I made, and today you can see it with my other treasures.

Since I don't have a mantel at my apartment I treat my kitchen table as my mantel. I put things on it that normally would not go on a kitchen table, but its fun to improvise. 


 What would be a Valentines table without our wedding picture present? Oh and red Pyrex bowls too.

 Some of my recent treasure hunt finds in action. I put black paper behind the Valentine plaque to make it stand out better.

I found these cute plastic heart boxes at the dollar store. I had to fill my red Pyrex bowl with them. 

Happy Pre-Valentines Day!

The Joyful Thrifter
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Joyful Creations - Easy Heart Table Runner

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

    I don't know what it is about Valentines Day this year, but I am excited. I just love being married to Mr Joyful Thrifter, so I love that this holiday celebrates being in love. I know I can show him how much I love him all year, and I do, but it sure if fun to get into a holiday that celebrates pink, white, and red. Three lovely colors!

I decided to actually put those heart doilies to good use this year, and turn them into a table runner.

I laid out my hearts on my table to get the correct measurements of how many hearts would actually fit on my little table. After I knew the count I laid them on the floor to decide which direction the hearts would go.

I used the tips and ends of the hearts as my guide. I wanted the heart to still look like a heart after I sewed it. 

I carefully  pinned the hearts together.

After they were pined I sewed a straight line right down the middle of the hearts. Be very careful not to rip your lacy hearts. 

TA DA!! A very simple table runner. Plus its so easy to make that  you can toss it and recerate it next year. I plan on leaving notes on the hearts throughout the month for Mr Joyful Thrifter. 

I really like the final product!

    Stay tuned tomorrow for the rest of my Valentines tablescape! Its very festive, and very sparkly. I would like to take a moment to say that I love Mr Joyful Thrifter for putting up with all of my crazy decorations. He is a great guy!

Do you enjoy decorating for this lovey dovey holiday?

The Joyful Thrifter
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Finding Joy in the little things - Button Edition

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

   I finally got some time over the weekend to clean my craft room and organize it a bit. As we are all aware storage is tricky in any craft room as us crafters save all sorts of odds and ends thinking they will be the perfect addition to a craft project down the road. That being said we have a lot of weird stuff that needs storing.

  I have accumulated quite the button collection over the years, but I have not had a good way to store them. More importantly a good way to store them where I can still search through them without having to dump them out all over my work space. I found this adorable tin on the christmas clearance table at Joanns for $2.30 and knew it would be perfect for BUTTONS!

I love how it looks vintage, but its brand new. Plus a vintage one might have rust or other particles hanging around inside of it. We all know what age can do to a tin. 

Take a peak at my collection. I love looking at the different shapes and colors. 

I picked out some of my favorite buttons to feature. Let me rephrase that, my favorite buttons at that moment. 

This pale blue button has always been a favorite button of mine, and it is being saved for just the right project. 

Do you have a button collection? And if so how do your store yours? By color? Shape?

The Joyful Thrifter

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Joyful Creations Combined with the Joy of Pyrex

Hello Fellow thrifters and Friends,

   Another wonderful Sunday afternoon in my craft room. I used one of my favorite inspirations today, PYREX! 

The first thing I did was choose a beautiful yellow polka dot fabric. My mom gave me this fabric for Christmas

I found a picture on the internet that I printed out and put on my light box. 

Once you have your design traced the real fun can begin

I chose the crazy daisy pattern as my inspiration on this project. 

I free handed the daisy flowers, which scared me a little because I am not good at drawing. However I thought they came out pretty cute. 

I love how no project is perfect because when I started using my white thread it got all knotted up and I could not get it out. I had to pull out that whole row of stitches and restart. Such is the life of a crafter. 

I found a lovely font to trace onto my project. 

Trace your wording onto your project. 

YAY! We are getting almost done

I found this great oval hoop at the craft store. I did not even know they came in an oval shape. I was pretty excited for a different style of hoop. 

Next I glued down the excess fabric around the frame


Here is the final project with its matching friends

What have you been working on lately?

The Joyful Thrifter
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