Thursday, January 19, 2012

Treasure Hunting Yarrr!

I'm sorry dear readers, I've been rather quiet of late. It's not that I haven't been sewing (boy have I been sewing) or that I don't have anything to say (scads of potential posts dance in my head). It's just that I've had no desire to write any of it down. I've been in a bit of a funk lately, and that means I haven't really wanted to share much of myself.

Now that I realize this, I'm going to work on beating it. I'll try to make it up to you with all the posts that's been dancing in my head. They really need to be evicted.

The post ideas started off slow, gentle. Lovely to consider, but easy to put aside for another day.

But then they became this:

A little bit harder to ignore.

So in an attempt to ease my way into this again, I'm going to share the results of my adventures last week and weekend! Not strictly related to sewing, but tangentially related. That counts, right?

Of course it does!

So, a bit of back story. When I moved into my place, I bought this couch:

Ugly, eh? I thought it was ugly in a lovely way, but within a couple days I couldn't lie to myself any more: it was just plain ugly. I couldn't do anything with it! How could I make fun and lovely pillows when they'd go on that monstrosity?! So the couch had to go.

Last week, I found this gem on kijiji, and after a thorough check over, bribing a helper with a truck, and a steam cleaning, it's replaced my monstrosity. SO MUCH BETTER and so much more comfortable! And the best part is I can make funky pillows for it now! (The crochet owl pillow came with the couch. BONUS!)

See, tangentially related to sewing!

So now that I've got some living room furniture I'm not utterly ashamed of, I want to start finding some art for my walls. And since I've been cruising past the Mulvey Flea Market twice a day, every single day on my way to and from work and it's only a 20 minute walk from my place, I decided that Saturday was going to be TREASURE HUNTING DAY!

And boy what treasures were there to be found!

I got these two framed pictures for my sewing nook area (sorry for the crummy quality pictures), because who can resist Victorian ruffly dresses? Got the pair for $40, which I think is a pretty good deal, considering the crap I've been seeing at the stores lately for a lot more than that.

Now if I could just find the hardware to my cork board and hang the thing up, my sewing nook will start looking quite respectable. (Although I really need to tidy up and do something with that chair. A bit of paint and new fabric maybe?)

Then I found this art deco-y nouveau (thanks Fuss!) mirror, which is looking lovely on my living room window sill. I paid $20 for it, which is maybe a little steep, but I fell in love immediately and even managed to haggle the seller down a bit (I'm pants at haggling).

Seriously, I love the woman peeping into the mirror. This is something that's staying with me for a loooong time!

And finally, I found an oval mirror for my entry way, because I'm sick of stomping across my living room with my boots on to see if my scarf and hat are on decently straight. Plus it reminded me of one my Great Aunt had that I adored. $15, thank you very much.

Top it off with a hot cuppa coffee at my new favourite local independent coffee shop and a bowl of homemade potato dill soup, and I call the day a success!

Next actual sewing project! Remember, keep your eyes peeled for treasure, in whatever form you find it in. :)


  1. Wow, I can't put to words how much I love that first mirror!!!!!! It's more art nouveau than art deco and freaking amazing. But then I totally love art nouveau. $20 for it was a totally reasonable price imho.

    Glad to see you are posting again! Hopefully it will help clear away that January funk.

    1. Oops! I don't really know my art styles, but I knew this was something along those lines. Thanks for letting me know, I'll go fix the post now.

      I thought $20 was pretty decent, but I'm a cheap 'Pegger, and would've been happier to get an even better deal. :D

  2. I agree, that art nouveau mirror is a total steal! I would be hanging on to that forever... The couch looks great, too. Can't wait to hear what you've been up to. :)

    1. Thanks! The booth I found it in was absolutely packed with stuff, but it was the first thing I really zeroed in on. It immediately stole my heart and had to be mine. Precioussss.

  3. You did great on everything! That sewing project looks really familiar... :-) I'm glad you're back.

  4. Good choice to replace that couch. It might have worked with some pillow re-stuffing and a slipcover though. However, I LOVE that mirror and the girl peeking at herself is so charming. You got it for a steal.


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