Thursday, December 14, 2017

December Thrift, Polish, Share

A month for family preparations, celebrating, sharing, customs and lots of hugs.

Quick tutorial on making the stencil and sign 'tis the Season for my front door wreath at end of this post.

Who could resist vintage brass kitchen tools hung from a brass holder - kitchen art.

December thrifted finds are often Christmas or gift related.

I went to a small bazaar/tea/white elephant on December 2nd and had the pleasure of hugging and catching up with two old friends (we all worked in the same building many, many, many years ago).

The thrift store I enjoy the most had a 50% off their 'vintage' shelves - ie - the more costly of their stock. I had been keeping my eye on the very worn and vintage 4 sided grater - and my battery operated white lights fit inside nicely.

I admit the Tupperware Children's play cooking pieces are from a November 25th Church Bazaar and White Elephant event. It was quieter than last year (maybe because it was on the Black Friday weekend). Less bits and pieces than last year too. Still, there were interesting things to find and bring home.

There was also a November 25th Moving Sale. The dark blue enameled tea/water server (often used on farms when taking lunch to those working in the fields) should have a wire bail handle and a deep round flat top. It has many hard wear dings.

The child sized heavy red handled electric (no cord with it) iron is a treasure - but I would never have let a child use it - I think it may be a small adult iron (and the handle has been replaced)

A small screw clamp is always useful. I use several to temporarily hold shelving units together in my booths, keeps them from any movement (one unit is always screwed to the wall and a second is held in place with two or three screw clamps).

Sometimes something special is sitting on a bottom shelf, blocked by a chair, in a thrift store - and last Saturday - oh my, 8 rimmed bowls - Brown Transferware. George Jones 1885. Birds and Bloom. Reg No. 5652. 

The antique brown transferware butter pats were found earlier this year. 


Tutorial: Making a 'tis the Season stencil 

While looking for 'stuff' in my shed I re-found the side pieces for a dresser drawer. The widest piece was just the right size for my 'tis the Season stencil.

The words were a 'free from Cricut' Christmas promotion. The word had 3 layers so I separated them, discarded the base and top layers and used the plain words. I sliced the letters that had no 'open areas'.


Taped the stencil to the board, used a ponce stencil brush and CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal.


To see how I work on any stencil check here for using a Cricut to create the stencil and here for using the stencil with paint/stencil ponce brush to make the stencil on a board.

Didn't add a painted background, sealed with hemp oil.

Links to my 2017's Thrift, Polish and Share posts - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

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Thursday, December 7, 2017


Past Decembers Revisited

Foggy evening after a foggy day.

Icy slippery morning, a time to be very careful and hold on to the railings.

Revisiting Past Christmas Favorites


Loved the metal Christmas Tree

The Nativity Scene was a treasure.

Who can resist a JOY banner when their first name is JOY.

Old sled and ice skates on the front porch.

2017 Christmas Wreath

  Yes the NOEL sign was a 'made on a Cricut' stencil which lead to a sign that fit into the large wreath on the front door.

One more 'look back' to Christmas 2013. I loved this post, each vignette was 'found' junk from around the house.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

November Thrift Polish Share

November would be a very quiet 'finding treasures' month without Church White Elephant Sales and Bazaars.

A 12" Replo Canada Snowblow Santa was my favourite find this month.

The oil painting below was found in a friend's garage and she gave it to me, makes a great background for the ice skates and Merry Christmas Sign.

My favorite Church Christmas Bazaar and White Elephant Sale was held the first Saturday of November this year. The ladies and gentlemen were so welcoming and one sweet lady announced to everyone - "I know her, she's a friend" and then later, sweetly, when my purchases were added up, asked me very nicely if I could 'round it up' - which I did.

The wooden truck (home built) was a treat to find. Toys always seem so happy.

Grouped the animals from the White Elephant Sale together for a photo op. I think the sheep had quite a bit to say but the mouse just laughed and ignored them. The foxes kept careful watch.

I once had this Christmas 78 record We Wish You a Merry Christmas when I was young and I loved playing it (and all the other great childrens 78's we had, on our portable record player). I found several 78's tied together and bought them without even looking at the records. Christmas plastic train characters add some frivolous fun.

The Size 4 Riedell Ice Skates were found at a school garage sale, I was so happy to find them - they always look great added to a large wreath.

My favorite thrift store gets great donations from the community and shares them out again at reasonable prices, always a pleasure to shop there. Evening photo -  by 4:20 it is night dark.

I may have overdone the photos of November finds, but the Church Bazaars are treasure troves. 

Silver coloured metal wall shelf, 4 candles holder in a tree form and a brides basket (as well as the amber blown glass decorated goblets) and a napkin holder were found at my 2nd favourite Church sale mid-month.

Stencil Project:
I found the two faux bird house feeders at the November 4th White Elephant Sale - and made a Merry Christmas Sign to go with them. 

I used the Cricut/software to make the stencil (it took a few tries to get things to the size to match the board). Read the picture below (see that red arrow) left to right and down then left again.

The letters 'e' and 'a' were 'sliced' when making the stencil on the Cricut and they need to be filled in. My tutorial for slicing is here.

I use a fine brush making multiple tiny dots to fill in the missing pieces of any letters that were sliced.


Next up was sanding the sign edges and any area that looked like they 'should' be sanded. Waxed the sign - clear first then dark - then polish.

I was so happy with my first sign that I made another. Painted the board ASCP Pure White and used CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal for the stencil.

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