Sunday, October 4, 2009

Back to the real world

We are back from our shopping excursion through seven states. Other than a small disappointment in the Cranberry Festival, we had a great time. Before I show you what I found on the trip, I have to show you this. It's my new license plate, and it was waiting for me. Is it cool, or what? I think it says it all!


These are a few of my bargains. The gingham apron is like the one I made in 7th grade Home Ec. It was my introduction to sewing, and I loved both hand stitching the x's and using a machine. It was a whopping $1.99, as was the small oil can. Now, I can make one of those pin keep birds from With Thy Needle. The vintage photos are my favorite to find. I always wonder about these people. What was their story? I love to use them in collage art, which I've neglected to do for a very long time. The ideas are there. The four women are going to become awesome witches. I'm sooo glad I don't have to dress like that!
My prize find is the crock on the bottom right. I didn't realize that it was such a cool and different color until I placed it with the others.

We stopped at a couple of farmer's markets, and I picked up some gourds. For now, this big boy is sitting in the entryway with the fake pumpkin. When it's dried out completely, I'll make another bird feeder out of it.
No trip back to the Midwest is complete unless I bring home some real bittersweet. I swear, in my next life I'm going to be a bittersweet farmer. This batch cost me $10.00, which I was more than willing to pay. I'd love to have tons of it growing all around me. More than anything else, it says that fall is really here.

To those of you who are patiently waiting for me to fill your orders for needlework sets, I promise I'll get to them this week.

25 comments:

Glenna said...

What great finds, especially the photos and the crock! And I love the license plate--it's perfect. (and really, AZ does a nice, unobtrusive design also).

Sherry said...

Oh, I just love your new license plate! All your other treasures are wonderful too! Bittersweet is so lovely!

Glenna said...

Yes, I'm doing Sarah Woodham. Are you? I had it in my hand at the LNS and put it back because I was already buying so much and I figured I could always get it from Shakespeare's Peddler if the LNS ran out. It's a really pretty design IRL, but smaller than I expected. Maybe just the package was small--I don't remember whether I read what the stitched dimensions were.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I love the license plate, how neat is that:) The color of the crock is neat also...great finds!
Rondell

missy said...

I love love love your license plate!! Great finds on your trip.

Margaret said...

Oh wow!! I love all the stuff you brought back home! Now how did you know that crock would fit perfectly with the others in size? It really is a nice color! I love your license plate so much -- but of course the holder is an important part of it! :D Welcome home!

mainely stitching said...

WONDERFUL finds!! I'm so happily jealous of you, and can't wait to see what you create. Your new license plate is too cool!

Theresa said...

Wow!! Look at all these goodies!!!!! Would you please take me treasure hunting next time? :-)
Love your new license plate~~ I think it suits you perfectly!!!!!!

Siobhan said...

Tanya, how clever!! I just love your license plate--that is so neat. :) Your finds, omg. That crock! Oh my. Beautiful. I'm so glad that you're back, safe and sound and posting again!

Alice said...

This is so strange Tanya because my first registered affix was Bittersweet. I also collection old photographs and wonder about the lives of those people. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Love all your finds and the number plate is absolutely you.
Alice

pj said...

Wow, great finds. Sorry to hear you were disappointed in the Cranberry Festival. Please tell us more. Was it the weather? It wasn't a very nice weekend for it. Hope to hear from you soon. pj

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your new license plate is fantastic
Tanya... it says it all. LOL Loved looking at all your new purchases. TFS

Melissa said...

What a great license plate and so suitable for you! Thanks for sharing the goodies from your trip. I love the crocks!

samplerlover said...

Hi Tanya,
Thank you for your lovely comments regarding Betsy. I hope you have as much fun stitching her as I did. I am now working on her Sister Betsy Manchester.
What a lovely lot of things that you have picked up on your trip. Your collection of crocks are lovely.
What a wonderful licence plate for a sampler lover. - Sandra.

Susan said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I love your new license plate - how cool is that.

Michelle said...

Love love love your new finds!!! That new crock is lovely!

Terry said...

Tell us about those sweet little birds near the bittersweet! Terry

woolwoman said...

Tanya - I bet you had an awesome time on your journey. Memories, laughs and a few purchases make for an excellent trip. Enjoy your toys! Mel

Cari said...

I just love the license plate - perfect!

What wonderful finds along the way - your crock is great, and the oil can (I'm on the lookout for one), and your pictures - I can't wait to see your collage art.

It sounds like you had a wonderful time - it's always so refreshing to have girltime.

Enjoy your week.

Barb said...

I love your crocks! We also have quite a few of them. I agree about the bittersweet. We now live in the Pacific NW and can't grow it out here! It grew wild in the woods of Ohio and I really miss it- the fake kind isn't the same. Have a great week!Barb

Dona said...

Wonderful finds, Tanya! The four ladies will make wonderful witches. Old photos always catch my eye when I'm shopping and Iwonder about their lives. I always worry that someone's family lost a little piece of their history.

I do love your license plate, too.

The apron you made in 7th grade is very sweet - I know you're glad you kept it.

Brigitte said...

You found some wonderful treasures. Enjoy everything.

Kim said...

Wonderful finds!!! That crock is awesome!!

Julie's Keepsakes said...

I'm sooooooooooo jealous of your plate!!!!

Bertie said...

What a cool licence plate, wished we could do that in the UK.
Your crock pots are wonderful and the samplers just breathtaking.