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$8.50 Thrift Shopping Trip

Do you like thrift shopping? I have always loved antiques and antique stores but lately I find I prefer thrift shops because the prices are SO much better. A new thing that my girls and I love to do is visit new towns, find the local thrift stores, and also the best local ice cream. It truly is so much fun! Well, I spent this past week with one of our daughters because she was on Spring break from medical school, and she had several meetings and appointments. Between those appointments, the two of us went crazy visiting many shops and eating at at least three new ice cream stores. Yep, I definitely overindulged last week. It was a blast. So, today I wanted to share the great things that I got ALL for $8.50! Now to some of you, you are probably wondering what I will do with this stuff. So, I will explain as I note what's in each picture. 

The Haul

The Details
These three little cups and this plate will be great for paints. $1.50 for these four pieces really made me happy!

The Stretch & Sew patterns are really unique. I have never seen them before, and my mother hasn't either. She has been a seamstress since I was a little girl. The packets themselves are 8 1/2 x 11, and the patterns almost look like blueprints. And they are printed on heavy paper. You can see a part of a pattern behind the pink packet. I purchased four of these patterns for $2.

Here you can see the grammar book I purchased. It is in great condition, and I paid $1.00 for it.

The "move-in inspection" paper and piece of granite came from a really fun store in Durham, NC, called "The Scrap Exchange Thrift." The paper pad will be great for mixed media work, and the granite is just the perfect size to use as a weight. It measures 5"x7". I have some larger pieces of granite that I have been using but I love this smaller size. The total for these two pieces was $1.50!

Then some of the other items include a hymnal, several zippers, and another pattern. The zippers were $2 for the lot.

The hymnal is from the 1940s and the grammar book from 1928. The hymnal is a large-print book (it is underneath the zippers in the photo above). The inside page says "Several years ago, my vision became such that I began to use reading glasses, and soon it became difficult to read the daily newspaper. But worst of all, when I attended church, I couldn't read the hymns or responsive readings; and thereby was unable to join in the worship services, which always means so much to me. When I discovered books and magazines published in large type, I began to enjoy reading again. Then, the idea came to me--why not have the hymns printed in large type. I wrote our Church Board to have this done, but they responded in a negative way and did not see the need for it. Therefore, I decided to do it and thus this volume. If you have friends that would like to have a copy of the hymnal, please advise me. I hope you enjoy singing and participating in the services as a result of this effort." E.E. Stauber

I think that is SO neat. I have never seen such a hymnal, and I have not been able to find it on the web. I paid $0.50 for this wonderful hymnal!

So, if you haven't been thrift shopping, I highly encourage you to go. It's fun, and the treasures you can find are amazing! And it can be a fun time with family too! Have a blessed weekend!
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Three {Rose} Canvases

This weekend I was able to see each of my girls. I was SO excited to give them the 12"x12" canvases that I painted for each of them. I included a scripture on each canvas which is based off of their favorite hymns. I then wrote a special note to each of them on the back. I pray this is a little something that reminds them of the Lord and of their mama as they see these hanging in their own homes.

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2 "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Hymn: "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

Scripture: Psalm 16:11 "You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand."

Hymn: "Come Thou Fount"

Scripture: Psalm 94:22 "But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge."

Hymn: "Rock of Ages"

Thanks for stopping by. I pray the rest of your week is blessed!
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More Wild Roses on a {Repurposed Card}

Here is another repurposed RSVP card. It started out as a card to practice flowers and to put extra paint. Well, the more I played, I decided to turn it into a card. I am going to mail it to a young lady just diagnosed with Chiari Malformation. One of my girls has Chiari, and I remember those early days and how scary they were. I pray this lifts her spirits in some small way.

I have really enjoyed painting flowers and playing like this. It may be a new addiction. LOL! Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed week!
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Wild Roses on {Repurposed Cards}

You may have seen the cards I have created using the RSVP cards from my daughter's wedding. I really like using them. Well, I recently took an online Wild Rose art class by Laly Mille. Click here to find out about her work and classes. She created on a canvas but I figured these cards would work just as wonderful. So that is what I used for the class. Here is how they turned out.

I sent two of these to two of my daughter's. My other daughter had already gotten her card that I created earlier. The James 4:8 card I am displaying in my studio because that is one of my favorite scriptures. I love that daily reminder to draw near to Him.

I hope you enjoy today's inspiration. Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed weekend!
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A {Little} Color Mixing

If you remember from my January 1st post, I mentioned a free class by Kellee Wynne called Color My Life. I hope some of you were able to enjoy the class also. Unfortunately it is no longer free; however, you can get it by signing up for her other courses. Click here to see her courses. 

Anyway, it was an excellent course, and since then, I found another free course by Emma Witte called Palettiquette Color Theory 101. Click here to see that course. I am not finished with it yet but so far it is good. I am learning so much from both classes mixing colors and playing. It really is fun!

I have started a little book of notes to refer to as I go along. I am using the same book that I use for my travel journal. If you have never seen my travel journal, click here. I use it every year, and it is becoming quite yummy with journaling and color! My trips this year will be the 4th year I have used this journal.

The journal I use can be found on amazon by searching on Global Art Materials Square Drawing Book. I love the square size. I generally use the black journal but for my class notes, I am using a blue book. Click here to see the journal on amazon. The journal can also be found at Hobby Lobby. They do not have all of the colors available but you can use a 40% off coupon. :)

So, let's look at what I have done so far in my little journal. First, I mask off my squares with washi tape. Very fast, and it makes very clean squares when I am done painting my swatches. Once the squares are masked off, I paint my swatches. Then I peel of the washi tape when I am done and everything is dry.

I know this little book is going to be a great reference to me. I have all sorts of ideas that I want to put in inside. I will share here as I go along. Thanks for joining me today, and have a blessed week ahead!
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