Sunday, January 25, 2009
Some Thrift Store Treasures
A great day at the thrift store that had a 49% OFF sale yielded many treasures: clear elastic that should fine a use in my making of things; velvet red ribbon... and this little unopened bottle of Mental Leaf Adhesive Size. I have no idea what it is or for...but decided it looked artsy and would learn from YOU what I need it for and then be glad I bought it. LOL These rubber stamps with wooden backs are very expensive in the store... I got them for next to nothing... And this bunch of fabric looked like wood or earth an will certainly find it's way into an art quilt one day... This was the GREAT FIND that I did not know I had until I opened the rolled up fabric today. The bright colors and promise of "states" got my attention. When I opened it and found this full map of the United States with all the capitols and state birds listed I decided I must quilt it for the grand kids room. They will be learning these things soon enough, and already do as they fly from California to Massachusetts to visit family. Or drive or fly to Oregon to visit other grands. The circles and arrows at the bottom say things like "My grandparents live here" or "My cousins live here." Etc. Fun!!! The BOOKS are FREE...and I found three I wanted. The Time of the Butcherbird by Alex La Guma is set in west Africa and since I now know several South African bloggers I thought it good to learn some of the history and ways of that country. The Middle book: Blindness by Jose Saramago won the Nobel Prize for Literature and looked good too...and the third I am unsure of as they made a movie out of it and I am never too impressed by the movies made from books, except maybe Schindler's List, Spielberg did that one well. This one grabbed my attention as it's How To Make An American Quilt by Whitney Otto. One quote on the cover says: "Remarkable...It is a tribute to an art form that allowed women self-expression even when society did not." Jill Mc Corkle. We shall see. It may just have redeemable qualities. I also got a fourth book that about Love Friendships and quilts. It's upstairs and did not pose for photos. The top box is a brand new never opened box of Full book and complete Backgammon game. My son likes this game very much so I thought I should learn it and be able to play it should he come to visit one day. And one more thing was a plastic bag full of two little flat paper/magnetic dolls with magnetic clothes that will go in my Grandma's Bag. The kids will love playing with these. I think I spent a total of $8. Amazing yes?