Sunday, March 1, 2009

Treasures and Repurposing

Louie and I went junkin' this weekend, and here are some of my treasures! I saw this round jar, and I decided I loved it, and needed to bring it home. Now, believe me, it did not look clean and sparkly when I bought it, but I washed it with nice hot soap and water, then added my Bottom Line thread, and I love it. More eye candy!I found two more Queen size pillow shams. I need a 12 step program, I swear. 'Hi, my name is Michelle, and I am a pillow sham junkie! I know I will figure out lots of neat things to do with them, but in the meantime, I'll just keep collecting them! I also found an accessory box, which I will probably put, well, accessories in, and some Maxi-Lock thread. Now, don't gasp in horror, because I know some of you would NEVER dream of piecing with serger thread, but now the secret it out. I have used serger thread to piece ever since I moved up from the regular size 'spool's of thread, to the big honkin' cones. I actually had another hunter green and teal colored cone of thread, but I shared them with my sisterinlaw Polly. The teal case is a credit card/wallet thinky, and I don't know why, but I had to buy it. I think it was because I liked the color, AND, I know it is VHS, but I have always loved the movie 'Baby Boom', and I think I only have it on a recorded VHS tape, so for 88cents, I bought that too.Oh, look! I found some more pillow shams! These are standard size, but very very thick and heavy. They will turn into great 'something or others' someday, I just know it! I also found a couple of sheets for quilt backs.Ok, here goes my imagination. A couple of months ago, I was looking for plate holders for some plates I had bought. I couldn't find what I was looking for, so I went to Hobby Lobby and bought three individual ones. Of course, a few weeks later, I found this one. It has been leaning up against the wall of the garage for several months now. Then, one day, just out of the blue, I thought, 'Oh yeah, I know what I can do with that plate holder...I'll set quilt books on it!' Ok, so now there are a few screw holes through the wood on the ends of my bookcase, but if I can't enjoy it, then what good it life? Life is for living and holes can be filled with wood putty, right?Sew, remember the Queen size pillow shams I told you about up at the top of this post? Can you see how they match the standard size pillow sham I got awhile back?(there is one covering the machine sitting on the shelf to the right of this machine). Well, I decided to make a sewing machine cover for my new Janome. Ok, I know you all think I am strange....admit it! I didn't like how the cover just drooped, especially since the machine is recessed in the cabinet, so I was thinking of a way I could get it to be more 'boxy' and sit more rigid over the machine. Sew guess what I did? I went up to my office and got out a few of my unsharpened pencils. I shoved one up and across the inside of the over right next to the seam line I sewed to box the ends up, but I wanted to make sure the pencils stayed in place, so I got out my trusty ice pick, and poked three holes per end though all the layers of fabric, then put a thin ribbon through the eye of the biggest needle I had, and tied the ribbon very tightly around the pencil through the fabric, then tied little bows. I did that on both ends. Then, on the needle end of the machine, I wanted to make the bottom of the cover 'square', so I put a pencil inside the hem I turned up to make the cover short enough to be the right length from top to bottom, and I poked more holes, and tied more knots. So, what do you think? Look out world! I have more pillow shams!SOS

Where can I store more fabric?
My sewing room shelves are crammed!
There's no more space beneath my bed
And the guest room closet is jammed.
I have a friend with an attic
Who would let me store some there,
But such separation from my treasures
Would be more than I could bear.
Meanwhile there are three bags full
From the big sale I went to today
And I can't think where to put them --
Or what my dear husband will say!
Jacquie Scuitto







11 comments:

Suzan said...

Great thrifting! I love your machine cover - very clever.

Kristie said...

Looks like you found a bunch of great stuff! I just love your ideas for the shams! Oh, and for the record....I use alot of serger thread too. I bought several cones on clearance a couple of years ago and I have never had any problems piecing with it!
Kristie

Amelia said...

Some more great finds while out "junkin" this weekend. Must say you were being very creative in the way you handled the machine cover..WOW!

Have a great week...stay warm.

Kelly said...

Great job on the cover and I love the mazagine rack idea.

Sue said...

That was a great thrifting trip! You are ingenious. I love the plate rack for the books. Love the machine cover...pencil was a great idea.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Michelle you are so smart! I love the plate holder for your books - I never would have thought of that. And I desperately need a cover for my Janome. I'll be looking for a pillow sham next time I go to Goodwill. blessings, marlene

KyQuiltlady said...

That is a good idea with the jar and the thread. Looks cute! I like the blue pillow shams and the sewing machine cover is very thoughtful. Looks great! The magazine rack is neat! You can find a place for everything. I will have to start looking for sheets at our Goodwill. You find some pretty colors.

Julie said...

Beautiful machine cover!!! I loveeee the idea of putting thread in the jar. I just love you sharing your thrifting adeventures!!

Blessings,
Julie

Hazel said...

Why would we think you are strange no sir I think you are a gem ,with all your wonderful idea's .Now if I could just find a plate rack like that .Oh I to have used serger thread shhhhhh don't tell the quilt police .

Nancy-Rose said...

Michelle! I have a jar full of thread almost identical to yours! I filled mine with old wooden spools of thread that I'll never use, but love to look at. Great minds think alike!

Susan said...

Hey, great blog. Congrats on your serger. I am slowly becoming a master of my beast. I took a class yesterday and it boosted my confidence. Now I can at least read the manual and figure out tension balance. You might be able to find a manual for your brother on line. I found a manual for a Montgomery ward sewing machine online, and you know that is old!

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