Monday, March 29, 2010

Thrifty Tuesday

One of my local thrift shops was having a March Madness sale this past weekend.  On one table I spotted several of these thread cones.
5 thread cones for $1.00

For $1.00 I thought I couldn't go wrong.

This is a picture of one wall of my craft room (this is a rare photo of a clean space).
I thought that the addition of the thread cones to the top of my antique cubby would fit right in with my mother's Singer featherweight sewing machine and the other sewing notions I had displayed.

I found three cute black numbers that I purchased at a thrift store awhile back and added them to the thread cones with simple straight pins. 

Here's what the top of the cubby looks like now (I elevated the 2nd thread cone with a lid from one of my silver sugar bowls).
I really like how this simple project finished this area off.

I decided to play around with my remaining two cones using fabric.  I printed a letter "J" on fabric and cut it to size.  I backed it with a colorful coordinating fabric, and with straight pins and some buttons, attached it to the cone.  I finished it off with a ribbon and more buttons (I think three of these cones spelling out BOO will be a fun decoration for Halloween).

My last cone was used for one last Easter project.  I found a vintage Easter image at The Graphics Fairy and printed it on fabric.  I attached it with the straight pins and added a big, colorful bow to the top.

I found one of my silver bowls, placed the Easter thread cone in the bowl and added some paper shreds and a matching egg.

I had so much fun creating with these cones that I ran back to the thrift store and bought all the cones they had!  You will probably be seeing ideas for every holiday.

I'm joining Linda @ Coastal Charm for her Thrifty Tuesday party.  Please join in on the fun by linking back to Linda's blog.

Jane

62 comments:

  1. That price is incredible - what a deal! I adore what you have done with them as well. So creative! I love the Easter version - so beautiful.

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  2. love what you did to those spools! Especially the Easter one with the blue egg. You have such a touch- you know exactly what to do with those thrifty finds! I am always in awe.

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  3. Shoot I just left a comment and it would not post..shucks...anyway I just love it all...so wonderfully displayed and I love what you've done with the thread rolls!!
    Blessings~

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  4. Jane,
    That is just darling! I love your ideas & how you pulled it all together.
    smiles, alice

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  5. You are amazing Jane! I love this so much. First of all, I love finding the cones, but to find them and do something so cute with them, I sure wish I could do that!
    hugs

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  6. VERY cute! Love the creativity you've added to the thread.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  7. Okay, can you come to my house right now and do your magic in my sewing room? It is seriously in need. That is such a wonderful idea for those spools. So creative and cute!

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  8. Oh I love what you did with these spools of thread! You took simple thread cones and made them into something really special!

    Kat :)

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  9. Those are awesome! Very cool and thrifty!!

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  10. Jane- just love these spools! And your craft area is wonderful!

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  11. So so very clever!!! and my what a deal!! I am going to see if I have any big spools like that- I think mine are mostly serger thread size

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  12. Love those! You have so many innovative decorating ideas!!! You should have your own little decorating column in a magazine.

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  13. Hi Jane, You had some great ideas to display those cones! I love those cute numbers! They were just perfect to embellish the cones. I'm glad that you are telling us that your place not always looks so clean ;-). The rack on your wall is awesome.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  14. I love this idea! The Easter one is so pretty. I also love your craft cabinet/counter! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Love the beautiful 1 2 3!! The one for Easter is adorable! Your work space is wonderful! So glad I follow your blog!!

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  16. Excellent Find Jane!
    Love the creative way you have dolled them up!
    Dee Dee

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  17. I imagine you can have a lot of fun changing these cones of thread whenever the mood strikes you! I love how you have your spools of ribbon easily accessible over your craft table and are those buttons in your spice rack? I wish I had a space like that - looks so inviting and warm (a great space to get inspired!)

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  18. Jane,
    Thanks for coming to the PAR-TAY and bringing these cuties! You always come up with so many clever ideas and this one...I LOVE!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  19. How clever! When I first saw the pictures of the spools, I couldn't imagine what you could do with those. I love the numbers!

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  20. How fun are these, Jane! I love this and how perfect they are with the vignette on top of your cubby. I like your craft area, by the way. Love the printed fabric you did and the Easter one is so cute. Great idea using straight pins. I think I might try that printing on fabric this weekend.

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  21. Well...you did it again! What a great idea!! Love the numbers! And the easter one!! They just look awesome!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  22. Jane you find the neatest things and then create the cutest things....love, love your Easter cone....hugs, Linda

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  23. Those turned out so pretty! I love those numbers you found too!

    Jody

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  24. I've always loved the look of thread cones, and you've made them look even prettier! Love that cubby, and how the cones look up there. And I had no idea that you could print on fabric. Did you just use a regular printer? Does thicker fabric work better than a thinner fabric such as muslin? I think you need to do a tutorial, because I have a feeling ALOT of people are going to want to try this!

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  25. Hopping over from Coastal Charm... oh my, what a fab idea to decorate with those cones! So fun!

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  26. I've seen those thread cones while thrifting before & didn't have the vision to put them in my basket. :o(

    I receieved your egg carton yesterday & I am just thrilled w/ the carton & the contents. Thank you so much Jane! Your packaging was adorable & kept everything in it's place. I hope your carton arrived w/out the contents being strewn all about.

    I'll blog about our swap later in the week....thanks for being such an awesome swap partner....it was fun!

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  27. Well now how cute are those?!? So creative! I am into all the numbers being used all over the place right now, so those are my fave. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Ok ADORABLE.. Loving it, GREAT idea, And your craft-sewing area so cute ,organized i wish mine looked like that.. There are always needles-or thread everywhere.. LOVE your BLOG.. WOuld Love to FOllow yOu my friend.
    So Inspirational - your ideas are great..I want one of those thread things..
    Karryann

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  29. This was all so clever! My favorite is the spool you did for Easter. But, I like the numbers too! That ribbon you used is beautiful. Love your craft room too! I have craft room envy!

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  30. Hi Jane! I wish we were neighbors! :) I'd love to live next door to you and see in person all the great things you do with your thrifting finds. Also I'd love to go thrifting with you! Your room is just fabulous!!

    Thanks very much for your visit today. I have a hard time keeping a following when I blog so hit and miss sometimes!

    Donna

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  31. what a great idea, very creative :) love it all!

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  32. Jane, my dear, you are just the craftiest, thriftiest person ever! All your ideas are so very clever and cute. Love those black numbers and how they just pop off that white cone. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the world. Why do doctors always say we are "too young" when everyone's body is different. Too young for what? A change is bound to come. :) Have a great day! Tammy

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  33. A dollar? Are you kidding me? I saw one in an antique store here and they wanted $60 for it!

    Love what you did with them!

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  34. Great finds Jane and I love how you dressed them up!! Your creative space is to die for!
    xojanis

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  35. Oh My Goodness!!

    1. I love that craft center. It's so awesome I'm making sure Hubby sees it. I'd love to have something like that in my home. You are very lucky to have such a great space for your hobbies.

    2. Could those thread spindles be any better? Love each and every one, decorated in their own special way. You have such an amazing talent and I'm so happy to be one of your followers.

    Hugs, Marla

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  36. How cute, Jane!
    My sewing area consists of a spot on the dining room table... so i am turning green just now.
    Can't wait to see how you use these for all the other holidays!
    Thank you for stopping by my home!
    Blessings from my home to yours!

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  37. I wish I'd been there to get some of those! I love what you did with yours. You have a Singer Featherweight too. I had to put mine on layaway a few years ago. It's what I routinely sew on. Those things are worth every penny. Very dependable machines.
    Brenda

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  38. Oh, forgot to say I love your craft area. That cabinet is precious!
    Brenda

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  39. Hi Jane,
    You sure got a lot of mileage out of those old thread spools. I love your craft room. Don't know how you keep it so neat!
    I like the numbers on the spools and the way you placed them with your Mom's old sewing machine.

    The initial and the graphic add such a nice touch.

    Great job!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  40. Unbelievable!
    How do you come up with these ideas?
    I bought one of the types of cones and the only thing I use it for is in my garden, to tie up plants. Boy, do I feel like a nitwit.

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  41. What a wonderful idea...who would of thought? Love the Easter one especially.

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  42. Just love how you dressed that cone up for Easter. It's so rewarding to find a good deal like that!
    Tracey

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  43. Love your idea, what a gorgeous sewing spot!!! I love the vintage machine!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  44. Well just slap me silly, how very adorable is this??? This Ozarks farm chick is in awe of that beautiful crafty space ya got goin' on there. (turnin' a bit of green here)

    From the hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa, ya'll have a wonderfully blessed Wednesday!!!! :o)

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  45. ... oh my for the love of all things sacred... You knocked my little white work out socks right off!!!

    your brain must run in overdrive ...
    wish we were neighbors

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  46. Five for a dollar, but you made them look like a million dollars!

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!
    Anne

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  47. You are just too creative! I love them! I would have never have thought to use them that way.

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  48. That is fabulous! Wish I could find some numbers like those!! And of course, the letter "J" LOL ~ Very nice craft room too Jane :) Judi

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  49. 5 for $1? Are you kidding? What did they have a truckload to get rid of? That's just amazing.

    I am coveting your mother's featherweight! I have been outbid on several occasions, trying to acquire one for myself!

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  50. You are so creative and crafty! I love seeing your ideas. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  51. Being a sewer, I loved those thread cones and the price before I even saw what you did with them. I love the 1,2,3, idea and displaying them with your sewing machine...then you outdid yourself with the others. The Easter one is so stinkin' cute. Can't wait to see what else you do. Would have never thought how cute they could be.

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  52. Jane, your thread cones and rosary beads (from an earlier post) really grabbed my attention. I chuckled when I saw your pix of the thread cones, because I've been helping my mother crochet a shawl with crochet thread. She never worked with thread before and kept cursing it as she moved through her entire project. It was quite funny, but she never gave up!

    The rosary beads are important to me. I am Catholic and have various rosary beads stashed throughout the house, including my daughter's plastic ones. For Lent I've been saying a decade each night (forgive me Lord for those nights I fell asleep). My daughter makes her first holy communion next month, and I'm quite excited about this. Thanks for sharing and thanks for reminding me to say my prayers tonight! Victoria

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  53. That is so creative. I NEVER would have come up with that!

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  54. These are just a great find and you were SO creative with them. I just love the Easter one - so cute. Truly creative.

    Chelsea

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  55. Hello! I am over from Cami's and glad I came. YOur blog looks too fun! I will be back to wander thru your past posts when I have time to take my time.
    Love this post - very good ideaas and HOW ON EARTH did you find those threads for $1? My goodness, they'd cost $5 each here in SoCal. Lucky you!
    Have a great day! and Happy Easter!
    Karen - Some days are diamonds

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  56. Jane,
    It feels so good to get back in blog land and visit again. You certainly got a deal. Like what ya did with them!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  57. you are sooooo clever!!! I love your craft space.

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  58. Brilliant!! So cute and what a great deal :)

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  59. Jane, You were blessed with such a beautiful imagination! Wow! And what neat treasures you found!

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  60. There you go again being so clever....with a couple of thread spools! I think you got an extra helping from the creativity pot. Fantastic!

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  61. Jane, Jane, Jane...I'm convinced you could make garbage look attractive! What a great idea! My favorite is the numbered spools! I have the perfect spot for these. Now to find the time. Thanks for dropping by...I miss keeping up with you and your great projects. School is going well! It's just keeping me much busier than I expected! Next week I have three exams and several projects due.
    Have a good weekend!

    Lisa

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