Sunday, September 27, 2009

Weekend Finds and Two Projects

Once again, this week's garage sales were a bust! My pal Nancy and I went to probably 15 sales, and I only spent $3! And only one thing was worth taking a picture of. Frankly, I can't even remember what else I got, it was that bad! All I can remember is this:
Isn't she a beauty?! An old American Tourister bag. She's in mint condition, and still has the keys to the lock. I'm going to take her with me when we go to the Covered Bridge Festival! The only problem with this bag is that after I got it home, I realized it has a strange smell, kind of like the smell of a hot iron. It's not a gross smell, I'd just rather it didn't smell at all! Any suggestions on how to get rid of the smell?

I won this old lunch box on Ebay. Of course I had to have it! Anything old with a flag has got my name written all over it!

Here is the backside. Gosh, I love this thing!

And here is where it will spend eternity! It's a riot of color up there, isn't it?!

I've decided, after seeing so many incredible handmade things on different blogs, that I want to start crafting again. I'm the type of crafter who doesn't make anything too difficult or time-consuming. I'm impatient! So I took the above items.....

and made a verrrry simple little fall banner. I'm thinking I might go back and add some little teeny tiny yo-yos.

And these items from Hobby Lobby turned into this:

It's so hard to get a good picture of a mirror without reflecting the untidy mess across the room! Well, you get the idea. It was simple. Right up my alley! This week I want to show a yo-yo quilt that I started 15 years ago. That's right, 15 years ago. That's all I'm sayin'!


Anonymous said...

Adore the red bag! Put an opened box of baking soda in it. It should do the trick in about 5 days.


NicNacManiac said...

Your bag is awesome....the baking soda should work over time!! Love your banners...great Fall accessories ...good job!!

Anonymous said...

I remember those bags! Makes me want to be a stewardess! Ha!

I love banners. I think they are so much fun to make Yours tuned out really cute! ♥

Robin Ennis Willson said...

What great finds! Love that red bag, and the lunch pail. I never tire of plaid :)
Hope you have a great day,

Protector of Vintage said...

Cute little lunch box! Your home looks nice and cozy for Fall.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Girl, I'm STILL sewing yo-yos for a shawl I'm making. Only I have no shawl, just a shoebox of lonely yo-yos. But 15 years -- !!! That takes the cake.

Love the crafts you made!

I had that exact carryon -- it smelled like hot vinyl from the get-go -- don't know what to suggest --

blushing rose said...

You did good! That bag is fantastic!

Happy autumn. Have a beautiful week. TTFN ~Marydon

Anonymous said...

Love your F*A*L*L Banner!!


Hi Carol,
Your hubby is cute with his little butterfly friend :)
Congrat's on the award also.
Love your FALL banner and cool lunch box.
Deb :)

Cindy said...

This may sound crazy but, I throw things in our front loader washing machine that you wouldn't believe. It has a gentle setting...why not. If that's too wreckless (I am wreckless) then I'd wad up newspaper and put it in the sun...changing the newspaper every day...

barncat (Lisa) said...

Love your projects, they look great! I guess fall is coming isn't it?