Sunday, February 12, 2012

Op shop finds!

Now that the kids are settled back in to school, I’m feeling that ‘Happy New Year’ vibe again with renewed excitement about my creative working year ahead!  I have set a schedule for activities during the week, and allowed myself a wee bit of time for one of my fave pastimes, op-shopping.

My son’s High School is just minutes from some of my favourite haunts, so once every couple of weeks I plan to take full advantage!  Here’s what I picked up last week:

Op shop 1 

  • A small country-style tray complete with a wooden love heart attached,
  • One glass pear
  • Two china teacups,
  • A small glass dish

Op shop 2

How gorgeous are these?  I need to find somewhere special to display them.

Op shop 3

I got a bit carried away with photographing the glass pear.  It’s incredibly photogenic though… the reflections, the crisp edges… it’s almost good enough to eat!

Op shop 4

I also picked up this grey cardigan several weeks back with a view to prettying it up…

Op shop 5

… using ideas from this book:

Sandi Henderson

I just love the cardigan on the front cover and want to recreate it.  This is a really stunning book written by one of my favourite fabric designers, Sandi Henderson.  I also found it really interesting to learn recently that Sandi  is daughter-in-law to one of THE doll-making gurus, Elinor Peace Bailey… and that Elinor’s daughter is the very talented textile designer, Laura Gunn.  What a talented family!  And I love all three of them! 

Anyways, if you are interested in making the most of your stash, with a love of recycling and repurposing -head on over to Jenny’s blog.  Jenny is focussing on repurposing during 2012 and is encouraging readers to join in by giving away one copy of Sandi Henderson’s stunning book!    Head on over to this post to find out  details to be in the draw!  As always, Jenny will be offering up plenty of inspiration to get your creative cogs a 'turning!!!

It’s Sunday morning here, I’ve had a nice cup of coffee, have read some books with my sweet Rosie, and am now going to take our cheeky little pooch for a walk – maybe stopping at the park on the way so that Rose can have a swing.  Life is GOOD!

Catch you round like a Fruit Loop!

Hugs! Vikki xo


Deb said...

Round like a fruit loop?? Ya make me grin gorgeous. What a fabulous group of goodies you got yourself. I adore those two cups, yummy. So nice to hear you are just pacing yourself and not overdoing things. Thats the way to enjoy what you do!
Love ya guts!!

simplestitches said...

great finds...especially those cups and pear!
lucky you....

Unknown said...

Oooooh I love the pear ! Great finds for a great girl xxx

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Drooling over your pear! I have two ceramic pears and am always on the lookout for more. Aren't pears gorgeous?!
Now I cannot wait to see what your cardie ends up like...;-)

barb's creations said...

Great op shop finds especially love the tea cups,I just love op shopping and garage sales I just went to a garage sale yesterday and bought a divine mint green round quich dish (pyrex)for $2 you can't beat the bargains at either :) Barb.

Quilt Kitty said...

Lovely new treasures.p shopping is one of the great joys of life as you never know what you will find. China, glassware & vintage linens are my weakness. I can't wait to see the gray cardi all jazzed up. Off to check out the blog you recommended too. Sounds like a lovely Sunday! Tracee xx

Anonymous said...

Very dangerous to have a nice shop near the school of DS. I'm curious how that cardigan is going to look after you finished it.

Sue Niven said...

Some really lovely finds Vikki. Especially the pear, I can imagine the pretty cardi all glammed up with your lovely colour sense.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Lots of pretties! Many years ago my mom took a class with Elinor Peace Bailey.

Diane H said...

I'm so jealous of your fab finds, Vikki. Look at those teacups! Lovely to hear from you. Hugs.

Nancy said...

Wonderful finds. The teacups are gorgeous! The pear IS very photogenic. I wonder with a star filter and the proper lighting if you could get bursts of light on it. I love pears. I just got a stash of quilting scraps from Freecycle and there are a couple of cut pear shapes. If anyone does applique, contact me and I will be glad to send them to you. Aren't thrift shops wonderful? I live two doors from one and always find treasures - except for one thing - vintage fabrics. Never seem to find any. When I lived in Maine, I had no trouble finding them.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Ahhh... nothing like a bit of op-shopping or thrifting Vik. Good haul this week. The pear is quite amazing.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Farm Gate Creations Incorporating Hummingbird Quilting said...

Fabulous finds! I love op shopping, it is amazing as to what little treasures one may find. Can't wait to see how the cardi turns out.

Allie said...

Such pretty finds, girl! Love that pear. Can't wait to see what you do with the cardigan, I know it will be spectacular!!


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