Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sparkly Jewels

 Some sparkly white jewelry for White Wednesday.
 I pick up trinkets whenever I can....
for my art....to make jewelry....
 and to sell.
And I love to take pics on this old sewing machine.
See those rusty feed dogs and plate??

Happy White Wednesday everyone.
If you love white, you'll love Faded Charms..

White Wednesday


barbara jean 

Sewing Treasures

so today we will take a closer look.
 spools of thread..as you would expect....
 some other little goodies...
an odd pin, some embroidery thread, and...
anyone know what those little spools of various threads are?
for travel maybe???
 buttons......1 card of black buttons.
 very old buttons.
 When is the last time you saw any for .08??
 and this is one of my fave parts....old needle holder packs.
This old Thriftway was made in Germany......

and this sweet one with the kiddies made in Japan.
There were 2 of these in the box...
and this one has every single needle and the needle threader!!
It is like new!!
So excited to have found these.

Well, that is my bits of pieces of red for Rednesday.
hop on over for more great reds.
Thanks for coming by.

Blessings everyone
barbara jean

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tuesday Treasures.....

Happy Tuesday everyone!!
A bit of newness. Started putting out garden decor.
LOVE Spring....so much more to come.

new little black cubby filled with treasures.

 I found this unique leather coin purse....
sort of "two in one". =)
just in time to make another one of my
coin purse nests.....
(Click photo for tutorial)

Thank for coming by everyone!!
barbara jean

 I'm joining these two events today.
thanks for hosting ladies!!

Knick of Time Tuesday

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fun Finds.....

 OK, here they are.
A few finds from big garage sale yesterday.
My first fishing reel for the store.
Know nothing about them, this one just
caught my eye.
And that black thing to left of it??
They told me it is for knocking the hot coals off
partly burnt wood in the stove.
 another little sewing treasure box....some scissors 
(no clue what they are for)
And a book of 25 old, unused New York postcards.
found another old copper syrup warmer.
 Just sold the last one, so great timing.
a bucket of blocks and toys.

 and last, but most fun maybe, is this box of sewing stuff.
Cannot wait to open it up and check it out.

Thanks for coming by.
More tomorrow.

blessings and happy Monday

barbara jean

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tart Tin Tutorial

Just a fun and easy tutorial on how to make a sweet little sign holder.
These could be used for place setting names too.
any other ideas????


barbara jean

(this is a tutorial from 2010, 
but put on my sidebar now
for ease in finding.)

Beyond The Picket Fence

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

White Wednesday Bits & Treasures

It's White Wednesday.
One of my fave days of the week.
Just thought I'd show you bits of whites from the store.
love this replica of an old sheet of music.
and clipboard fun on a little white shelf made from a  drawer.

Have a wonderful day everyone.
barbara jean

Monday, March 19, 2012

Vintage Treasures

my vintage treasures for today.
gadgets and hardware....

 rusty treasures
 clock keys..
 and this wonderful tin....
 used to be for candy.....

thanks for coming by.
Thanks for hosting
Knick of TimeTuesday, Angie.

blessings all
barbara jean

Brass Stencils For Sale

 No.....Time. Or not enough time anyway..
to do all the things in life we need, and want to do.
Brass Stencils..... $2.50 each.
No Time  $15.00
special - includes shipping in U. S.
size 1" stencil, overall 2 1/2"
other letters and numbers available:
B, C, E, F, G, I, K, L, M, N,
Q, R, S, T, U, W, X, Z
(some more than 1 of them.)
6, 7, 8, 9, 0
$, cent sign
all $2.50 each. minimum order 5.
shipping $3.00 U.S. all orders.
also available:
blanks, dots, comma... $1.50 each...
or all for...(not sure how many there are)

thanks for coming by. 
barbara jean 


Sunday, March 18, 2012


This is a gorgeous picture I found on Pinterest.
I found out it is in a magazine called
Carolyn Westbrook Home.
So, I looked it up to see where I could get it.
I found it... used.... for $130!!!!
142 pages of magazine for $130.
Now, to miss frugal I thought that was a lot of money.

Has anyone heard of this magazine?
Can they tell me why it is so expensive???

I saw several other pics from it, and they are gorgeous.
I mean really gorgeous.....but $130????? for a soft cover magazine???

UPDATE: My friend Sylvia at Little Treasures sent me a note about this magazine.
I found my initial info on Amazon for the magazine, soft cover.
She sent a link and for Hard Cover, for much less money.
I have never understood how hard covers could be less than magazines, but....
they seem to be.
Sooo, I have ordered a copy, and will report in when I get it.

Blessings all
barbara jean


blessings all
barbara jean

PS meaning no offense to anyone.......OK??
Here is link to Amazon:

I'm Learning About Books

I have purchased numerous books over the 4 years I have had the store,
 and I'm amazed at the differences in prices when I look
  them up.
They seem to be one end of the spectrum to the other.

For example...this Jane Eyre/Wuthering Heights 1943 set I have now.
The case they are in is worn some,
but the book covers and insides are perfect.
 I'm not sure the books were ever even read.
 When I went to Amazon to check prices, they
are anywhere from $15.00 to ....hold on to your hats....
$1,000!!!!!  Yes, $1,000!!  Now, who would pay $1,000
for books when they could get them for $15, or $50,
or $300 or anywhere in between?
(is this where first editions come in?
and how do you know if you have one?)
 Now I know if you read the fine print, there are differences,
but I read, and I could not see that much
difference in descriptions of the shape they were in.
Here is another example...on the more
affordable side..=)
Flora of the Pacific Northwest 1973.
It sells used on Amazon for from $34-$157.

 Amazon will buy this one back for $28 in store credit.
(this is new to me).
I thought that was a great deal,
I do not have to wait for just the right customer to
 come in to the store and snatch it up for the $20 I might have priced it.
(My goal for the store is to keep it affordable and fun for people.)

 And here is a beautiful book!!
Janet Marsh's Nature Diary, 1979.
 It is full of her wonderful drawings and watercolors....
on every page!!

It is listed from $5.00 to $68.
Again, the dust cover on this book is worn,
but the inside is wonderful.
Because of what I paid for it,
I would charge $18.(+shipping)
(what I paid for them is always a big factor in what I charge.)

I'm hoping by writing this post someone may be able to 
shed some light on the why's and how to's of books. 

In the mean time....I will continue to purchase what I love and can afford,
and enjoy for them awhile, then pass them on to my customers.

Thanks for all your help

barbara jean

I'm linking up to