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    Nifty Thrifty: Bride of Thrift

    This week’s Nifty Thrifty is dedicated to thrifted versions of one of my favorite animals, owls! I’ve always loved owls and I’m so happy that they’re so popular. (Actually, are owls still popular or have we moved onto unicorns or squids or chupacabras now?) They’re incredibly interesting and occassionally hilarious birds and I can’t help but be amazed when I see one glide silently through the tress. There are several owls in our neighborhood, although we tend to hear them much more frequently than we see them. One of them has the funniest hoot, he always sounds so excited. Since I don’t get to see them very much, I have to…

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    Nifty Thrifty – Son of the Thrift

    If you’re looking for home decor besides sheets and curtains, thrift stores are also lousy with assorted tableware and kitchenware.  Look no farther than the thrift store for a cheap way to get a lovely table setting or add some kitschy charm to the kitchen. I love the look of mismatched place settings using plates that are similar in color or tone. Check out these gorgeous thrifted vintage table settings at Once Wed and Edyta Photography. There are also some lovely vintage tableware at this post on Want. Here are some cute finds I’ve gotten at the local thrift shop. You can turn sweet china cups like this into equally…

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    Nifty Thrifty: The Return of the Thrift

    It’s Nifty Thrifty time again! This week is all about thrifted textiles. Sheets, curtains, pillowcases, and fabric are plentiful and cheap at thrift stores. Check out some of the neat sheets and curtains I’ve gotten:  I love the polka dots on this coupled with the bright flowers. This is definitely getting made into a skirt or dress. I’m not even sure what this is, there’s some weird ruffly bit around the edges. I love the color and pattern though. I think these are curtains, there are ruffles on one edge but they’re made out of what feels like lightweight canvas. I love the pattern though, it’s all gnomes and…

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    Nifty Thrifty: The Thriftening

    Anyone who knows me even a little, or just looks at my Flickr account, can tell I am a big fan of thrifting. It seems it’s gaining in popularity, what with vintage fashion experiencing a surge in popularity and also everyone being poor. Prepare for hipsterness; I did it before it was cool. My childhood Saturday mornings, my parents and I would head to the big AmVets thrift store in downtown Fresno. I think the building has since been torn down for baseball stadium parking, which is lame because it was an awesome old building full of little nooks and cranies and hilarious crap. My mom and I would take turns…

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    Talkin’ ‘Bout My Resolution

    I’ve always been a bit spotty about making and keeping resolutions. There are the ubiquitous ones like losing weight and saving money. There are the abstract ones like being a better person or laughing more. Generally, I like to fall somewhere in between, and I find making plans rather than just goals a lot more helpful. So here goes… 1. Make crafting a priorityMy job is far from fulfilling as a creative outlet, but often I let myself get lazy when I get home. While I have to remember that I need time to rest, crafting is also very cathartic and therapeutic for me. It’s also important to make it…

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    December Baubled Bangled Christmas Tree

    In December I FINALLY got some new glasses (for the first time in about 5 years). There are very nerdy. I wore them with the remainder of my 30 for 30 outfits. I really enjoyed doing this and it encouraged me to try some looks and mix some patterns I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. It is really hard to get dressed afterwards though, so many clothes to choose from! Bats is very big on Toys for Tots, being a huge action figure nerd. He had the idea for this Cobra Commander, which we put on Ebay for charity. He ended up going for $75. Yay! I also participated in All Arts Market…which I just…

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    November’s Gusty Gale

    In November, I participated in my first 30 For 30. I had a lot of fun with it and it’s definitely something I plan to do again.   I made this awesome scarf too. As well as several more and some little quilts in preperation for the All Arts Market in December. And of course I wore the peacock dress. I also made this little commissioned dolly.

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    October With Witches, Goblins, and a Ghost

    In October I enjoyed the spoils of the many thrift stores my mom and I went to during my visit. I love the print on this little skirt! Bats tells me I have too many Halloween shirts, but I take the entire month of October to wear them. Also most other months. Halloween is my favorite! I started the work on my memorail tattoo for my dad. This was my first ever tattoo and it’s kind of huge and in a somewhat tender area. I seriously love it and I can’t wait for it to be colored! The temperatures began to get a little more tolerable and the fall colors…

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    September I Will Ride a Crocodile

    More nerdy plush were made in September. What were you expecting? Beach Head found a loving home. I will miss his teeny gun and grenades. Who knew weapons could be so cute! There were more skirts to be made in September as well. Toward the end of September, it was back to California for another visit with my mom. We hung around in Petaluma again and had a blast. We went to the California Academy of Sciences in San Fransisco. Yes, I voluntarily and gleefully will go to museums on my vacation. This was much to Bat’s chagrin when we went to New York and I spent several hours scampering…

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    August It Will Be So Hot

    The nerdy doll fun continued in August! Since I made Blue Beetle in the previous month, of course Booster Gold wasn’t far behind. I also made a cuddly little Deathstroke. I took a comic plush break to make some cuddly little bats, which are one of my favorite animals. (I am dating Batman after all.) My sewing wasn’t limited to plush. I made several flowy summer skirts from thrifted curtains and sheets. Fabric wasn’t the only thing I found at the thrift store. I also got these adorable little cups. And all this accomplished despite our harrowing caterpillar invasion and subsequent rescue mission. And, obviously, more peacock dress.