Friday, May 25

the thrifting and the listing...

as the weekend is close i have had myself a wee strawberry daiquiri after a long week, so i shall proceed with caution and i suggest dear readers you do the same...

last night our #1 asked me if i would take her to the thrift store, tears welled up in my eyes, what a proud moment in a mama's life. i have taught her well in her fifteen years of life. and so as tired as i was, i realized it had been a whole six days since i had set foot in a thrift store.
we jumped in the car (eeek, with her driving and me clutching my bag to my chest and pressing imaginary peddles every now and then)...she was after shirts and necklaces, myself the usual, slips, fabrics, pillowcases, nighties and sheets.

while i was looking through the slips with ever increasing despair, our #1 comes up and mentions she's seen quite a sweet sewing machine and i should take a look...well what a treasure she had unearthed all in its original case with the accessories, straight out of 1956. i have very little use for it, but i had to have it and i know why, it was that pesky little craft book with the cute sewing machine on the front...if i own this machine then i too can have a lovely life like the front of the book...so there it is, i now have to find a place for it amongst all the other stuff i keep bringing back, (thinking of introducing him to Miss. S. Machine, who by the way is doing much better today, thank you)...i only managed to unearth a few bits of fabric, but they look like they will work very nicely as apron skirts!


on another note, at the beginning of this week, our #2 asked me what my 'goals' and 'turn over rate' was going to be for the week ahead, i told her that i had big plans to get lots finished and listed so the shop was bulging. maybe she could help with a schedule. she accommodated me with a 'to do' list, if you can't read this small picture than look over here...


so lets recap shall we...

MON: six full slips - check
TUES: six half slips - only managed three
WEDS: two to three bags - check
THURS: two cushions - check, one to two bags if time permits - check
FRI: make two to three more bags - managed half a bag
SAT: make more slips and more 'stuff' must continue slaving away until fingers bleed - "for your information our #2, i don't do saturdays and my fingers aren't quite bleeding yet but my neck, shoulders and back are completely seized up, hence the STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI!!!!"

tearing her hair out 'cause those pesky lines are playing up again...
see you on monday ~ Tif

9 comments:

alison said...

What a great find! Does it have that lovely dusty smell that most vintage sewing machines have?

There's nowt wrong with a list Tif. To be honest, I don't think that I could live without them. I can now cross 'Check out Tif's blog' off of my today list!

Not sure what the time difernce is (see your last email to me) but I think that it might have been you who was up early!

17.33 Saturday evening.

dizzyjadey said...

Hi! I love reading your very funny and witty blog. Your creations are so pretty and unique, too. Anyway, just delurking. :-)

dottie angel said...

it has a very lovely old smell to it and i believe you must be way in front of me...i am typing this at just gone midnight, heading into Saturday morning...thanks for adding me to your 'to do' list, makes me feel very special...have a great weekend..

Kristy said...

I just ordered myself that book too.I love the front cover so much and have even dug out an old childs sewing machine that was lurking in the attic.Because of course now I too will have a house like that won't I?!

Hear Me Roar! said...

You must be so proud of #2, as it sounds like she is well poised to become the Donald Trump of the crafting industry. My gosh Tif, we should sign her on as our manager, we would have full shops and bleeding fingers, but we'd feel so accomplished!

I'm missing some random facts, have we hit 7 already??

Violette Crumble said...

Again, I look at the to do list and see how much you actually did and am in awe. Are you one of those crystal meth moms? (Please know I'm kidding).

I thought of your creations the other day in my favorite store. They have many vintage velvet millinery flowers and small lacy things. Some is for sale online:
http://www.tinseltrading.com/catalog/catalog-index.html

dottie angel said...

it would be easy to mistake me as one...but no, i am just driven by the need to get my daily 'fix' from crafting...it keeps me sane in my little world :)

Secret Agent Peanut said...

I just came across your blog today after linking from Etsy, and I wanted to tell you how beautiful your items are! I have been sewing, crocheting, embroidering, and making jewelery for years, and I just finally started getting serious about making the stuff to sell that I've been giving away to people forever now. It's such an inspiration to see smart and crafty women making such lovely things. I've really enjoyed getting to know your blog!

I'll be checking back periodically, dreaming of living in your lovely crafty life!

She'sSewPretty said...

Not sure how I found your blog. it was late...etc...
I love it and I love your Etsy shop too. I'll be visiting both often. Now I just need to make some money and lose some weight so I can buy one of those cute slips!