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They're back...Craft Casserole classes! It's been a year since i first introduced Craft Casserole in my little corner of the world. It's also been a year of learning and sort of making it up as i go along. We took a good long break for the holiday season because I was too busy and so were you! But, i have been receiving more and more requests to get crafty again. So, now i've got two fun classes that i'm offering this month and registration is underway.
It's such a fun way to get your craft on...with friends, a little vino, and a lot of great conversation. We'd love it if you joined us!
If you're local, you can register here. No need to bring a thing...all supplies are included!
Registration for our Craft Casserole for kids classes is also in progress. You can register your kids for crafty afterschool fun here.
Found this funny sign at the checkout at one of my favorite places to go antiquing...
Those gals (two of my fave neighbors) and i decided on a last minute roadtrip to Exit 76 Antique Mall in Edinburgh, Indiana (about an hour from home). It's HUGE. Took us 5 hours to shop the entire building. Aisles and aisles of fun!
I've blogged about this awesome place before here.
The term "antique" is widely interpreted here. That's what i love about antiquing. We found some great stuff! When i spied this display, i knew immediately that i had found my friend, Jenny Elkin's booth...she's so clever and artsy fartsy.
She is a hoot and a very talented mixed media artist. I've blogged about her many times. She's my creative mentor.
Then i spied this purse...and considered buying it for purely sentimental reasons. Anyone who really knows me, knows that i have a soft spot for The Golden Girls. This is just like Sophia's beloved bag. I also loved the vintage gold gloves, but put them both back. Limited antiquing budget...'nuff said.
But i did grab this beauty...for $3
and i'm going to turn it into a purse! Then you can all call me "moneybags"! LOL!
There is such awesome vintage signage everywhere. I saw this one, held back my gag reflex and sent a pic of it to my sister Kim for giggles...she knows about my general disdain for feet. Seriously...why would you want to own this sign? Ick.
the girls and I had fun looking through thousands of vintage postcards. I bought this one, which was special to me as i used to spend my childhood summers on the Cape. I LOVE the sweet poem at the bottom. It reads...
"I love to walk on the seashore, on the clean white sand so bare, I love to walk by the rippling waves, for i find refuge there. I love to walk by the seashore when a white fog's in the air; when a pallid mist o'shadows the beach and no breeze is stirring there. I love to walk by the seashore and watch the waves in motion. I love the sea in all it's moods for God made the mighty ocean."
By Theodore R. Rowley
But, the sweetest part is the handwritten note on the back and the postmark from 1936...
It's always interesting to see what some people sell at these places. These novelties cracked me up...
and this one...
Not sure who Tennessee Jed was. But this booth had a stack of his paper masks...
I scored this sweet little paint by number for $4. I will display it at Christmastime.
and this is my absolutely favorite find!...
The price tag said $24. I thought it was too good to be true because we had seen another identical tonka winnebago in a different booth for $125! I thought for sure that there was either something wrong with it, or that it was a typo. But, no! I brought it up to checkout and even got an additional 15% off for paying cash! I am in love with this sweet thing. The top opens to play inside...
When i was little, my family went to DisneyWorld with our cousins in a Winnebago. Oh, the memories! This guy is going to live on my fireplace hearth and currently will serve as a countdown to our summer vacay!