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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thrifty Thursday, Latest Creations & My Giveaway Revealed

P5130564There will be no Funky Junk for me this week, so instead I have some thrift store finds.

The revolving spice rack will be great when I have a craft room, for keeping jars of buttons or beads within easy access. I found a set of double vintage sheets, that came with 3 pillow cases for some reason. I finally found a decent sized crochet hook, and I got it free! Also free was a bottle, and the scrabble tile, I think the woman just couldn’t be bothered adding amounts that were under $1. Also got a couple of things for the tea party, a couple of little bags full of random bits of lace and ribbon, and a vintage table cloth/runner. There’s a couple of things missing from the photo: underneath all that stuff is a cool vintage suitcase, not in the best condition, but great for holding some craft stuff for my crafting weekend away, also got a huge ziplock bag full of broken bits of jewellery, artificial pearls, beads etc.

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These are the only crafty things I have had time to work on this week, with hospital visits and getting ready for the big weekend. My daughter helped me paint the piggies, then I stamped some words and images on them. Some of them are stuck onto pegs, some are on magnets. The two tiles at the bottom got the same treatment, but they will be made into pendants.

P5130480 And now for the GIVEAWAY!!! I heard about Giveaway Day on Kelly’s blog Reclaiming Me, and I thought, why wait until I have 18 followers when I can do it this way. I had all the stuff already (except the fudge), all I had to do was put it all together, and this is what I got.

P5130483 The package will include: A set of 4 gift cards and envelopes in a pouch, a mini crayon roll which holds 4 jumbo crayons, a magnetic notepad & matching pen, a little notebooks set which comes with pencils & erasers, a gift card with gumball machine (sentiment reads “wishing you the sweetest day ever”), a vintage pillow case, a necklace with bird design, red glass bead memory wire bracelet, six little pegs (3 yellow ladybug & 3 yellow bird), two small doilies, a packet of chocolate fudge (YUM!! That is if I can resist the urge to eat it!!), and the best part…..

P5130487 BUTTONS!!!! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE me some buttons!!! I think it’s a pretty common love among crafters, you either have, or dream about having a HUGE collection of every button imaginable. I have a pretty big collection, because I have been collecting buttons FOREVER! I remember when I was a kid, only about 6 or 7, being taken to an op shop and given a couple of dollars to spend and buying jars full of buttons….ah the good old days. Anyway, somehow over the years of moving a trillion times I managed to keep (or hoard) m0st of my buttons, while still adding to the collection. In my fantasy world buttons are the currency, the more beautiful they are the more they are worth. So I am parting with a (relatively) small part of my button collection, in the name of love, because I love my followers, those wonderful people who stop by, see things they like and leave lovely comments. You are worth so much more than 60 beautiful buttons, but that’s all I could bring myself to part with on this occasion. These 60 buttons are in sets, some are only pairs, some are triplets, and there are even a few quadruplets and quintuplets. They are wrapped up securely in a little purse.

So, to be in for a chance to win, all you have to do is be a follower. I’m going to leave this open for international followers too, but if you win and you live outside of NZ, I may not be able to package it all nicely in the basket due to the cost. So if you are already a follower, leave a comment to let me know, and if you become a follower leave a comment. That’s it. I don’t have a facebook page, I don’t do twitter, and as of yet I don’t have anything listed in my felt shop, so I don’t have any other way for you to get extra entries. Maybe if you leave me a super uber nice comment, or tell me about your button fantasies, I will slip in an extra entry for you. Giveaway is open until 20th May. Good luck, may the force be with you.

P3230373 Wondering why this is the longest post ever and why I’ve jammed a whole weeks worth of stuff into one post??? Because I am going away for the WHOLE WEEKEND, on a child free, girly craft weekend. How lucky am I?!?!?! But I have changed my mind about going so many times these last couple of weeks, because it’s the first time I’ll be away from my little man, and I’m going to miss him like crazy! Of course I will miss the hubby and my daughter as well, but they don’t need me as much as this cutie does. I wish I could smuggle him in, but that would defeat the purpose of a child free weekend. So when I get home on Sunday the house will be a mess, there will be piles of laundry and dishes all over the place and I will have some serious recon to do, so blogging will have to be put off until I can see the floor.

126 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh those eyes on that little guy, melt ya right in your slippers. too sweet! Buttons. I think there are alot of us 'button junkies' out there. My latest crave, daisy kingdom buttons. Not the ones shaped like critters or anything, but the round pearly ones, pinks, yellows, yummy green.
Love them. And love the spice rack idea! I never would have thought of that!!!! Space is at a minimum in my 'playroom' and boy that is a great idea!!! Thanks! Love your blog. Whats not to love? babies, bargains and give aways! ha! thanks!!

Megan said...

ooh i have a pretty little button collection ever so would love to win your giveaway! love that spice rack idea too. I went to the salvation army on cameron rd yesterday and got a cool jewellery organiser so was happy about that! have a great crafting weekend away- sounds awesome!

Kelly said...

ooh love those sheets! You're going to have such a great weekend even if you Little Mr's snuggles

What a cool, cool prize! I made Xmas decos out of buttons (and salt dough decos) last year because I refused to buy them. Elijah had fun threading and mixing colours.

Do I get an extra entry if I let you keep the fudge ;) ;) hehe

Stella said...

Hey, I just discovered your blog through KMB - and what great timing! I would love to enter your giveaway, what a stash of exciting goodies! And that weekend away sounds blissful - I think I'm beginning to need a weekend like that pretty soon! :-)

Virpi said...

I just found your blog and became a follower. I don't actually collect buttons but I do have quite a lot of them. Some of them are from my grandmom's collection and I never even have seen her since she died few months earlier before I was born.

Vic said...

Those buttons drew me in I'm afraid... I am a button fiend, an addict, an incurable hopeless button maniac...

I am now following intently!

lili said...

What a great giveaway! I love buttons. There's a shop here in Melbourne called Buttonmania and they have an annual sale that is basically the BEST THING EVER. I love making wool/fabric creatures and picking exactly the right pair of eyes for them!

bbjbsewing said...

oooooooooooooh buttons ........ and fudge mmmmmmm

I now follow

aeonie said...

I share you love of buttons! I was hooked from a young age when my grandmother would let me sort, and resort, through her collection!

Magdalena, The Craft Revival said...

Woah, blogspot is in meltdown tonight! I just wrote this massive comment on then it gave me an "oops" screen. Oops yourself www! So here goes again. I ADORE buttons. I have quite a neat little collection of buttons myself which I sparingly use in various sewing projects. You are very brave to be parting with your precious little gems. I am in AWE of your crafty goodness giveaway. I personally am eyeing off the doilies and the fudge (along with the buttons of course).
P.S. don't feel guilty for having some "you" time. If you don't your family will end up suffering for it. Plus you will appreciate them all the more by having time away for yourself.

Marsel said...

Yup, the buttons clinched it for me -- even before the fudge! :)

intastellaburst said...

Oooh, buttons! I'm a follower!

angelina said...

fun stuff!

sookhyuniee said...

what a great giveaway! i love everything! thanks for the chance to win. i adore your blog! :)

i'm now a follower via google reader !

Artemis said...

AWESOME! Really awesome, hope your weekend away was great. I'm a follower now also!

Geraly Unite-O'Day said...

greetings from chicago! found your blog via sew mama sew. the whole package is fantastic, but i especially love the buttons you've pictured!!! hope you had a relaxing and fun weekend! :)

~felicia~ said...

ooh, buttons!! this is probably the best giveaway i've come across so far today i hope i win! i am a follower!

Cheryl from West Texas said...

I am amazed at all the creative things you've made from repurposed items! Thanks for the inspiration.

Cheryl
sayitaintsew10@yahoo.com

skippedydoodah said...

Buttonsbuttonsbuttonsbuttonsbuttons.... Yum. I feel the same - loving your giveaway (and your smooshy baby, yum yum) :)

Am now a follower. Cheers!

Meredith said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love repurposing so this post really 'hit home'.
Plus, those fat cheeks and drool... oh man. My youngest is almost 3 now, and I miss her kissable fat neck, enjoy yours!

Jingle said...

Oh, for the love of happy baskets of goodness! LOL! I LOVE vintage buttons! I've been thinking about going hunting for them this coming weekend since I have some time! This is a fabulous giveaway!!!!

Rachel Locke said...

Oh. . .LOVE the buttons. What great giveaway.
Thanks for the chance.

Marla said...

Oh yes... LOVE buttons! Great giveaway. I used to have a whole jar of buttons for my kids to play with, we made all kinds of things iwth them and then I think I sold them or gave them away, now why did I do that, when I love them so? Marla

Amaranta said...

I am a new follower
Thanks for the cool giveaway!
escuishi(at)hotmail(dot)com
http://hello-my-little-world.blogspot.com/

Mare said...

I'm a new follwer! I love buttons, i have this big glass jar full of buttons, some new some very vintage sonce a few weeks ago i got tin with my gradma's collection! I love to add buttons to different things specially because I have to spill them and choose, I keep them with some lavender buds too, so they smell awesome!
Greetings from Chile!
mmimica(at)maimonides(dot)cl

CupCakeCutie said...

amazing give away. TO cute and fun. LOVE the buttons. My button dream is to have HUGE glass jars full of buttons. First I need glass jars, then buttons. I have tried other ways of storing and I always loose them. I have a two year old who LOVES buttons too. And a 10 month old who loves putting buttons in her mouth. Feel free to check out my giveaway.

Sarah said...

I'm so addicted to buttons it's ridiculous. they make the best eyes for stuffed animals. :D
thisisdishy(at)gmail.com

cat said...

i'm a follower and love this giveaway..thanks!

Lynne said...

Wow! What a goodie basket! I love the pillowcase and the buttons. (and who can say no to fudge:) Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a follower.

bethany said...

lovely thanks!

The Mangerchine's said...

what a nice prize pack! i'm a follower.

shannon.mangerchine(at)gmail(dot)com

Crystal Hendrix said...

I am a follower now and wow what a nice giveaway!

debbie said...

I am a follower, and my son would love the buttons.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Lottie said...

I am a follower - and a fellow button obcessive!

Shirley said...

Generous giveaway. I'm a follower now. I wish I had a button collection but I never find buttons at the charity stores or flea markets. I wonder what Finns do with them all.

Laura said...

That is a fun basket! I have my grandmother's button collection. Some of the old plastic ones are disintegrating. Also she was a practical lady and saved buttons from worn clothes, so the vast majority of them are grey, black, brown or white.

carmel said...

he is so cute
thanks for the great giveaway
i became a follower as well
thanks!

Jo said...

Fantastic giveaway! I was so excited when you got to the buttons! I definitely have an obsession with collecting them and finding ways to use them.

Lichtlein said...

Wow, I'm deeply impressed!
Would be so nice to be the lucky one.

Kind regards from Germany
Claudia

frauknopf@gmx.de

Anonymous said...

Hi (stands up) my name is Emma and I am a button-addict....

Please count me in!!

Emma x
qotfu72 (at) yahoo.com.au

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Oh wow... It's prize enough that I am finding all these wonderful blogs. If I win it's just an added bonus!! Woohoo... The buttons would be right at home in my studio in their own designated colour button jar.

xo Steph

Cathy said...

A child free crafty girl weekend?? You lucky lady!!! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. I became a follower and look forward to looking around your blog!

Nanbon44 said...

great giveaway please enter my name in your lovely drawing
ladycolmn(at)aol(dot)com

Shelly said...

I'm a follower now! Thank you soo much for this awsome prize package!!!

NinjaEema said...

New follower. Thanks for the opportunity.

Trish said...

What a lovely collection! Of course I would love to win.
Trish www.quilttalesandcattails.com

Trulyana said...

Truly delightful post, and wow what such a caring giveaway!

I have just become a follower of your blog. :)

Amy Seven-Stitches said...

It looks like I am not alone in loving the buttons. i am quickly learning how to follow.

Cook Clean Craft said...

I'm a new follower, and am so glad I found your blog. Some great inspiration here! And I really need to work on my buttons collection...

Ellechim said...

LOL Picture the "Bacon Bacon Bacon" dog treat commercial. Buttons Buttons Buttons... I am a button-oholic LOL
Hope your weekend turns out well :)
I am a new follower.
Thank you!
Great items!

elle8130 (at) yahoo (dot) com

gretamargreta said...

awesome giveaway!

janaemadsen said...

i love the buttons.

Danielle said...

awesome giveaway. I hope you had a wonderful childfree weekend! I'm now following you!

Kate said...

Wow! Neat stuff! I have been inspired by all the cool uses for vintage linens so far during my giveaway surfing, and buttons! Very cool! I am now following you! Thanks!
steeplechaser29 (at) yahoo

Sara said...

I love vintage linens and what a nice mix of prizes for the winner. :)

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

I am a new blog follower and, like you, am a little obssessed with buttons, LOL.

debyeo at hotmail dot com.

Susie said...

Holy Moly, what a giveaway! Thank you so much! am now a follower :)

gill said...

Great giveaway - I'm a button junkie too

Gill

Penelope said...

You're right the buttons are GORGEOUS!!!

Happy to find your blog, I love finding local crafters (and by local I mean southern hempisphere LOL, I'm in West Aus.)

alissa222 at gmail dot com

camelama said...

BUTTONS! Oh the memories i have, hours and hours playing with Mom's button collection. And i remember when Laura made a button necklace for a young relative in "Little House on the Prairie", I thoguht that was SO COOL. :)

macca said...

ohhhhhh buttons are great aren't they you can do soo much with them..
steveandmelissa@ihug.co.nz

Jackie said...

BUTTONS swwet BUTTONS. i have quite a collection too.i hope that package is headed my way.

Nadescha said...

i loooove buttons!! i love using them for my hand-crocheted hats and knitted neck warmers, and am always looking for new funky ones.

please also check out my giveaway at www.cheekyapple.com :-)
mail(at)cheekyapple(dot)com

kiwi living in vienna***

Anonymous said...

What a great giveaway! I Love buttons, watch for them everywhere. Buy clothing - just for the buttons and then put them on something else! Thank you for the change to win! I love your blog and have become a follower. Thanks!
Colleen
Butler83@aol.com

Cassie said...

Ooo following now!! boxes of miscellani are my favourite :P

britt said...

thanks for participating today. lovely items!

Megan said...

how sweet! i am following your blog!!

sales4mp at gmail dot com

Wenchy Woman said...

What a cute little man you have! :)

(following now too!)

Dresden Quilter said...

I am a follower. What a great giveaway. I love buttons. Have a wonderful child free weekend.

MissMary said...

Buttons! [drool] Glad to now be a follower! :-)

Dr. Bec said...

love the giveaway (I'm addicted to buttons, too!)

tong said...

I'm a follower! Love those buttons and thanks so much for the giveaway!

MossyOakLane said...

I followed you as retropixie!

Kelsey said...

LOVE the buttons!! I have yet to create a button "stash" and these would be a great start. I have some projects in mind... Thank you!

409cope said...

I follow through google friend and what a cute baby! cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

RyanSarahN said...

I'm a follower now! What a great giveaway. Love buttons and I think my daughter would love the crayon roll - I haven't made her one yet but I just realized that I should because her favorite thing to do when I bust out the crayons is take them out and put them back in the box.

kathytypestoo said...

what a great batch of goodies. Thanks for the chance to win :)

Mal said...

great batch of goodies - I'm a follower - thanks for the chance to win!

merlinthecat said...

What a great prize! I'm a new follower and I can't wait to come back and visit

supermedic said...

awesome giveaway! thanks

Tara said...

I love those buttons!! Is that sugar bowl Blue Garland by Haviland? I've got several pieces of that and will someday have a full set! I'm a follower now and thanks for the chance to win!

Grace (WhimsyLoft.Com) said...

hello, thanks for the generous giveaway! choc fudge and doilies... hmmm.. :D

i'm a follower.

come visit my giveaway too at my blog.

xo
grace
http://whimsyloft.com
whimsyloft [at] gmail [dot] com

Beetle said...

This is one of the most fun giveaway prizes I've seen, and I'm pleased to be your follower. It's like getting something from Santa Claus (Father Christmas), except the lucky winner won't have to wait until December to get her gifties. Thank you so much for the pleasure of entering this contest and the chance to win! I hope I'm not being sacreligious when I say this, but I'm excited more by all the other goodies than I am by the buttons or even the fudge! It's the sheer number of little things, and their diversity, that makes this giveaway so delightful. thorandellie[at]gmail[dot]com

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

What a great giveaway. I love buttons! Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

Super giveaway! Hmmm Buttons and Fudge = Yum! The pic of your little guy just cracks me up (my little one is 18 months) sang@gci.net

A Time for Stitching said...

What a lovely collection of things. My nieces love it when I give them a bag of little gifts at Xmas instead of one main present and the same applies to me. It would be such fun winning this pile of goodies.

Brightsider said...

Ooh, buttons, what a great prize! I'm a follower now.

Eleanor said...

What a wonderful bunch of goodies!!! I am now a follower via Google Reader. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

eleanorbeasley(at)gmail(dot)com
www.unfamiliarceiling.com

kathyinozarks said...

Hello, I am a new follower

kathyinozarks said...

Please put me in this very fun giveaway.
I am such a button lover, I have drawers full of vintage buttons-I love them, all sorted by color, and I have two huge tins of them that I haven't sorted yet. I like to use them for trade material from time to time-

Lynda said...

Great giveaway and love the buttons!

Kari said...

I'm following!! Please count me in for those amazing buttons...gorgeous!!

Thanks for the chance to enter. xo

karibgillespie at gmail dot com

Attilio said...

oh wow! a child free weekend - am soooo jealous.... but you are kind too thinking of us with your giveaway. thanks becky
bpbajona(at)maltanet(dot)net

Sharon said...

i love buttons!

Poppyprint said...

Ok, I'll follow along...I'll do anything for vintage buttons. And I mean anything. Just don't tell my husband, because he might think I mean THOSE kind of anythings, which is not at all what I mean when I say anything.

Stop by my blog to see what I got up to sans kids and hubby last week on my retreat! Hope you have a fabulous time! enter for my mini quilt while you're there!

Stephanie said...

i am a follower.

thanks for the giveaway
atchisonsteph@gmail.com

sandandstarfish said...

new follower :)
your post made me smile :) i couldn't help but smile when you were talking about your love for buttons! too cute!
I'll be back more and more as a true follower but thank you for hosting this. Without it, I don't know if I would have ever found you! so thank you!!
and I'm super jealous that you'll have a kid free weekend... to craft. agh. so jealous!

T.J. said...

I love presents like this - lots of little gifties, trinkets, it's like getting a visit from your fairy godmother! Thanks for giving me the fun of entering this contest. It will be even more fun if I win, of course! thevanandthecart[at]gmail[dot]com
PS I'm a follower now, and I am having button visions -- seeing all kinds of places where I want to add a button here and there. Yay!

Mrs. Darling said...

Wha fun giveaway! I have achubby cheeked cherub of my own that I fantasize about having a weekend without but can't bring myself to actually do it!!! Thank you so much for the fun giveaway! I would love to be included! I am now your follower!

nitzan said...

wow...amazing giveaway!!!

i am a new follower, and i also dont know what the hell is twiter... :)

Johanna said...

That would be so much fun to win! I love packs of goodies like that. And you must had had loads of fun putting it together. I'm now a follower!! :)

Emily said...

This is a great giveaway. I'm a follower.
Veterans Day

Christy said...

Oh my such cute giveaway goodies!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Christy said...

Just followed your blog too!

miriam sappington said...

Oh my goodness, what a great giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win!

sewfunky said...

I'm a follower and I have a slight addiction to buttons (maybe not so slight if you ask my husband) Is there a twelve step program for this type of thing?

Please enter me in the draw and don't forget to enter mine:

http://www.sew-funky.com/2010/05/sewmamasew-may-giveaway/

StephanieS said...

My first weekend away from my son is set for August. He will be 16 months old. I think I have waited long enough. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win. stephspitzer at gmail dot com

CMEH said...

wow, thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I LOVE IT ALL!!!! Keeping my fingers crossed

Lynn said...

I'm now a follower

Beautiful!!

Thanks for sharing,
Lynn
artemisnorth.com

Sarita said...

what a fun package! i'm a follower now.
thank you for making giveaway day as awesome as it is! :)
cheers,
sarita

sarita0818 at comcast dot net

lusks said...

I've become a follower, what a wonderful package. Love the buttons.

SoozeM said...

What a great giveaway! I have signed up as a follower!
(soozemoroney@gmail.com)

Corvus said...

I've added your RSS feed. I'm a button addict too- I've even become obsessed with making the things lately.

corvus.melloriATgmailDOTcom

Celeste said...

I became your follower.
Funny button story. When I was little I used to play with my grandma's buttons. She had tons. I would sort them by color and size and pretend they were people. Mostly I just pretended it was kids in school (that was the little buttons) and the teachers (the big buttons).

kristinorth said...

I'm a new follower! What a wonderful giveaway, thanks so much!

Carrie said...

I'm a new follower and I LOVE buttons.

carrauntoohil said...

I'm now a follower! Thanks for the giveaway! realbeal-at-gmail-dot-com

tatgurl said...

I'm a new follower! love your blog!

From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

I'm now a follower, but I am anonymous. I hope that's okay! I am excited to see who wins!

Sarah G said...

I am a follower :) My button fantasy is a hobo purse covered in all kinds of buttons! Orrrr maybe just all metallic or antique looking ones. The possibilities are endless... thanks for the giveaway!

BrittNeal said...

Great giveaway! I'm a follower!

JBlanton said...

I am such a button floosie- I love buttons!!
following your blog
ejxd95@gmail.com

J. Zachanowich said...

im a follower..NOW I GOTTA WIN ME THOSE BUTTONS!!
jzachanowich@gmail.com

Grace Wong said...

wow, thank you so much for the giveaway!
I love, love, love buttons!!!
xD
shou.milk@gmail.com

Nugglemama said...

He is adoralbe! I am a new follower and look forward to reading more.

marcela said...

Oh... he's so cute. Thanks for sharing.

homemamaoftwo(at)hotmail (dot) com

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