estate sale cuteness

This weekend I ventured out to a few estate and yard sales and found a couple of cute things for barely any bucks.

Estate sale haul

This is most of what I got – I also picked up two bushel baskets which I didn’t bring inside yet. This is in hope that we will have fruit to store in the basement!

I will likely make this scarf into Blythe clothing, and stacked are a bunch of brand new in plastic greeting cards.

Estate sale haul

And check out this wee basket and thread spools! The spools are a bit out of scale for Blythe but super cute and were in with the basket so I got them as a package deal.

Estate sale haul

Finally, this adorbs embroidered brooch. I often use a brooch to hold a handknit scarf in place, and this is perfect for that. I think it’s just so sweet!

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vintage silk and lace

After finishing my big art quilt project and clearing off my work table, I was ready to make something quick and easy. Recently I scored some vintage scarves at an estate sale end this offer to an apartment for rent toronto and though some of them have long set-in stains that I wasn’t able to remove, portions of them are perfect for making Blythe clothing!

Dahlia in a new dress made from a vintage silk scarf and matching lace

This cream-colored silk scarf is quite sheer, so I knew I was going to combine it with some lace from my fabric stash. I grabbed a piece (thank you, remnants section at Joann!) and realized it worked perfectly!

Dahlia in a new dress made from a vintage silk scarf and matching lace

I used muslin as the lining for the bodice, since the silk is so fine and doesn’t have much structure. I did take extra care while turning the bodice so that I didn’t put any undue stress on the silk. It was tricky to press it and keep the silk looking good, but I managed it. The skirt is silk with lace on top and I used the existing hem of the scarf as the hem of the skirt – easy as pie!

Sometimes a simple dress can be really elegant given the materials you use. What have you been making lately?

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a day without cheese is a day without sunshine

This is what I learned when I unpacked my spoils from the estate sale I went to over the weekend.

I was pretty stoked to score the bag of buttons (almost every estate sale has one of these) and when I got home and dumped it out, I was even more stoked.

Estate sale goodies

The button assortment was okay – mostly apparel extras, but some interesting buttons. Worth the few cents I paid for it (I like to go on the last day of the sale when things are all half off). However, nestled inside the bag was this treasure:

Estate sale goodies

Cheeselovers International, people! Did you even know that was a thing? I certainly didn’t, but I am so happy to have learned about it.

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new furniture (for Blythe)

Last weekend, I headed over to a local estate sale with a pal to see what treasures we could find. And we found some!

Estate sale haul

My haul included a shadow box (perfect for displaying tiny toys and whatnot, which we have plenty of at Firefly Cottage), a bag of doll furniture from the 90s, a wicker doll chair, and a (creepy?) baby food jar full of googly eyes.

Estate sale doll furniture

This furniture is plastic and in pretty good condition for stuff from almost 20 years ago (P.S. I am old!) (the mark on the bottom says “1996 M.T.H.K. CHINA”). The teacups will be donated to Goodwill, as I don’t have a use for them (not the right scale for anything I’m doing). I’m wondering if I can paint this furniture, though, as I’d like it better in plain white. Anyone out there tried painting plastic stuff like this?

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