Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Haul

What happens when a person sells a bunch of stuff, clears out a ton of space in her house, has a free weekend, and the BEST ESTATE SALE EVER is on?? I'll tell you...that person comes home with a BOATLOAD of stuff!! I made three trips back and forth hauling my purchases, partly because it was too late on a holiday weekend to rent a u-haul, partly because each time I went back to load an item into my Honda CR-V, I bought something else!

I spied this sweet little cabinet in the corner of the basement, and it was love at first sight. I have a weakness for a chipped, dirty, old, beat-up piece that needs a little love.

This table was waaaay up high on top of a shelving unit, but I caught sight of the gorgeous legs, pulled it down, showed them that it was in pieces, and got it for $15.

It had all the pieces, so with a little wood glue, it will be as good as new!

I saw this gorgeous table pretty early, & asked for a price. When they said $100, I practically grabbed the blue masking tape out of their hands to mark it sold...I never handed $100 over so fast!! I STILL had to guard it, as so many people kept coming over and looking at it...I lost track of how many times I said "I'm very sorry, this is sold". Here it is, cleaned off & set up in my home:

The house was tiny & packed, so while I waited for room to move the table out, I decided to poke around in the garage. That's where I found these old doors. They, too, were's a good thing it was warm and sunny out this morning!

I propped one up next to the cabinet once I got them home.

The last item I bought was a cabinet I had been eying from the minute I walked into the house. I literally had my last (I thought) item loaded in the car, and was chatting with one of the people running the estate sale. Next thing I know, I hear myself making a low-ball offer on the cabinet, which was accepted immediately! Maybe he figured since I'd spent my whole day (yep) at their sale, I was entitled to a discount, or maybe because it was 20 minutes until the end of the sale & he didn't feel like loading it onto his truck...but I took it home!! It was awful trying to get it loaded, and worse getting it out of the car & into the house (did it on my own...sorry Mom!!), but worth it is all set up:

I stood on line outside in the rain for an hour to get into this estate sale, and spent the whole time wondering if I would come out empty-handed. Truth be told, I probably could have spent more time and money, but I ran out of both!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Mona Kay

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Upcycling Fabric

I have found the most BEAUTIFUL fabric at the thrift shops this week! Adding my Florida thrift shop finds, and I'm sitting pretty in soft cotton florals & stripes, and some gorgeous linens and other textiles for accents and linings for my tote bags. Here's some finished & unfinished:

What have you found this week or weekend??
Mona Kay

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Lazy Weekend...

It's funny...I couldn't wait for this weekend so that I could finish a couple of the tote-bags I've been working on....but now that it's here, I just can't get motivated. I did, however, re-arrange the front room, and my studio. I'm very happy...there's SOOO much more room in the studio!

Didja notice the library card catalog? It was last week's Craigslist find, & my new pride and joy (don't worry workspace table and sewing machine table, I still love you...)

Now I'm watching Tombstone on TV, & wondering where my excitement to finish my bags went. Oh well, there's always tomorrow....

What are you doing or putting off this weekend??