Sunday, June 12, 2011

Car problems, travel and aquisitions, and giveaway ideas

Singer 301
 Car problems this week.  My transmission has been giving me problems for quite some time, but, when I take it in, they can't find anything wrong with it.  Well, this time they did, to the tune of $1500!  Eek!  The SUV is a 2005 and it has over 110,000 miles on it.  I really haven't had any problems with it other than new tires and regular maintenance.  It drives differently, now, but, it made it to the middle of Wisconsin OK on Saturday.  Of course, when we were almost there, my son, who was driving his own car so that he'll have a car at camp, says that the service engine soon light was on in his car.  He'll have to deal with it on his own, poor kid, since I am now 4+ hours away in another state. 
antique quilt
 After I dropped my baby at camp for the summer, I decided to take the back roads home so that I could hit the yard sales and thrift stores.  I only found 1 yard sale, it was an Estate sale, but, I got a sewing box with lots of notions in it and a small amount of fabric.  Whohoo! 

I found this great Singer 301 at an antique store.  They wanted $135 for it, but, I was a good girl and passed it by.  

cute kids hand crank sewing machine
doilies and mini quilt
 I also saw several beautiful, old quilts at the same antique store.  I didn't bring any home today.  Check out the cute children's hand crank sewing machine.  It's sitting on a childrens toy stove.  The decals were sew pretty!  Again, I was a good girl and passed them by.  What I didn't pass by, were the doilies or the vintage hankies.  I found 7 hankies at a thrift shop for $1 each, BUT, I found a bag of 22 hankies at the antique store for only $8.  SCORE!  I also got the  5 doilies for $5. 
29 vintage hankies

I went to a church rummage sale on Friday, before I left.  I found several pieces of cotton fabric, another bag of almost all cotton fabrics, and...  the cute mini quilt in the picture.  It is hand quilted.  It only cost me fifty cents!  I grabbed that quilt and held it tight! 

I want to have a giveaway.  What do you want?  Fabric? Vintage doilies and linens?  Patterns?  Books?  Notions?  Let me know.  If I get enough ideas, I just might have to have more than one giveaway.  I promised that if I ever won a giveaway, I'd have a giveaway.  Well, I won a giveaway, so, now it's my turn.  Fair is fair, don't you think? 


  1. Congrats on winning!

    Everyone loves fabric! - Just an idea for a giveaway!

  2. OMGosh, I totally love vintage hankies. You really DID score! Lucky girl. :)

  3. GiveAways are ALWAYS fun. I havn't won one yet. How exciting!!

  4. I have dropped in at a good time:) I think a bit of fabric is always a goer. I am not into vintage anything. Couldn't resist seeing who you were with a title of Teapots2Quilting! I love teapots and quilting :) Sorry to hear of your car trouble. Doesn't seem to matter what goes wrong it costs a fortune to fix these days. Love your blog.

  5. You really have a good eye for a bargain. Those handkerchiefs look like the ones my mother used when I was a little girl. She used to buy them at Woolworth's. That 5 and dime was like heaven to me.

  6. Hi Cheryl,
    I stopped by your blog after I saw you comment on Amy's post about her 15-91. I LOVED what you called her problem...S.M.A.D. Can I use that term? I KNOW I have it!

    I see you like thrifting too. I call it junkin', and I'm addicted to that too.

    Where in Illinois do you live? (Sorry, I am being nosy, but you are close enough to Iowa to cause my curiosity, and I HAVE met a couple really nice bloggers by being nosy, like Amy!)


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