Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Get'er Done !

I found this wonderful old woolen blanket at one of my favorite Thrifts, and even though it had a small 1" 'L' shape tear in it,,, I still bought it, brought it home, tossed it in the washer/dryer and then did a little sewing magic on it. I cut 2 patches (one for each side of the blanket) from some scrap fabric ( this is why we never throw away our scraps!) and used a little "WonderUnder/StitchWitchery" iron on adhesive, attached them together, ironed and then zig-zag stitched around the patch. Voila' cute repair!

The Faribault Woolen Mills was started in 1865 and closed it's doors in 2009... then 2 local Minnesota gentlemen decided to take a chance, bought & re-opened the Mill in 2011. This Summer the production line is expected to start releasing it's woolen products. You can check them out on http://faribaultwoolenmills.com

Now onto another UFO... I bought this lamp shade with a very worn out fabric cover,,, about a year ago. I got inspiration from a re-purposing project from one of my Maryjane Farms magazine. It was sooo cute, and a great way to use up bits & scrap pieces of lace and ribbons.... now I just have to sit down and decide which lace to use where and then glue it on. I'll be sure to post a picture when it is finished.

Oh and yep, the lampshade frame was a Thrift find, just $1.49...not a bad investment considering what replacement store bought shades cost!

Sometimes I get over-whelmed and frustrated with all the bit's and pieces of lace, trim and fabric that I save, but then when I put it to use,,, I am so glad I didn't toss it out! I use old vintage suitcases to stash my linens, lace, needlework kits and yarns in,,, they stack nicely and are easily identifiable with the cute 'shipping tags' attached, listing what's inside.

Ok, off to finish some more UFO ( UnFinishedObjects)... oh & if you are wondering about the 'License Plates"... well that's a whole 'nother story & you will have to go visit my Trailer blog!


  1. Can't wait to see what you do with it...and I forgot to look what numbers are in that plate?

  2. I can't wait to see your finished projects!

  3. Oh...I love WOOL....and now that I'm in the South I rarely see any...hmmm....wonder why? LOL! I'll have to check out their website! Thanks for the tip! I love your little patch and you reaffirm my desire not to purge too much..not the good stuff at least. I keep telling myself I just need to organize it better and everything will be fine! (yeah right).
    I love the lamp shade "skeleton". I keep looking around at my old lamps and a couple torn shades and that's a project I need to do also and it looks like fun actually!
    Brenda at www.cozylittlehouse.com is always embellishing lampshades and has quite a few on her blog. Take a look...she's got some cute ideas using trims and such...embellish is my word for the year! You go girl! I can't wait to see the finished product.


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