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Unicorn Restyle (& I am, yet again, a terrible blogger.)

I need to write like 5 blogs, about various, very exciting things. And I will, but I can’t right now, so here is a quick post about a very simple restyle of a thrift store find : )

There is an amazing little country thrift store in Hartington, Ontario where everything is $5.00 for a garbage bag full. Today my husband and I managed to fill half a bag, that’s $2.50. I got an adorable and very useful teal canvas raincoat, a purse, some sandals, a book about gnomes for a special little boy and Phill got some old records. I also grabbed this…

Sticker said "Silver Plated, Made in China."

All unicorns have potential, even tarnished ones : ) So I grabbed my trusty spray paint and 2 coats of black and 1 coat of clear gloss later, our noble beast is so chic he can hardly stand it.

I love the enamel look of how this turned out.

This basically took about 10 minutes, including drying time and cost an estimated .50 cents. I think the clear gloss really gave it that extra boost to make it look like enamel. Now I need to go buy more stud earrings so he can have an abundance of bling!

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Sorry, sorry, sorry

Yeah, I have no excuse except laziness and being busy. Lame. Anyhow, I am two months behind so I am going to do a quick picture rundown of October and November!

I finished knitting my first sweater!!

I am not as thrilled with it as I could be BUT it was a very informative learning experience and I am now about half way done my second cardi and I think I will like it much better.

Phill and I went apple picking at Spring Meadows and this led me too way more forays into canning; vanilla apple butter, chai apple sauce, lemon-thyme apple butter (Phill’s) and I even made some dill pickles! (The dill pickles are to freaking die for. I call the “For-Serious Dill Pickles”.)

Halloween came and went in a blur. I won two costume awards. (Even though I am not thrilled with any of the pictures of me from Halloween this year, this one with my awards isn’t so bad.)

November has been a blur! We made a quick trip to Toronto to see ROH and I of course made a trip to Romni for some yarn therapy. And I met Mark Brisco! (This is only going to be a big deal to me.)

I have also been having some great luck at the thrift stores. My vintage jar collection is growing more by the day it seems.

And I found some other really great things lately.

And of course a ton of knitting has been going on. Mostly Christmas knitting, so I can’t share a lot of pics but I did take a break and make myself this lovely green thing! Called “The Limey Bastard” hat. I really like how it turned out.

Phill became a beardo for Movember. I don’t think the beard will be going anywhere soon. I actually don’t mind it so much with his long hair.

I had a job interview this week that went very well and I have another scheduled for next Wednesday so hopefully soon I will be back to work.  I have really enjoyed my time off, but I am starting to get bored and miss having extra money, so back to the grind I go! December is shaping up to be busy, busy, busy, but hopefully I will be more on the ball then I was in October and November : )

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Jars, Jars, Beautiful Jars

So, I am a little obsessed with Crown mason jars. I want to have 500 of them and use them for everything from craft storage, to drinking glasses to actually what they are for, sealing, jamming, pickling, etc. And I just keep finding more and more every time I go thrifting! Last week an unplanned trip to Value Village landed me 15 new jars. I am starting to not have any place to store them. But I just can’t stop buying them!

One of these things is not like the others? (I didn't notice the generic replacement top when I bought them.)

I'll have a house full of them someday.

I’d like to go thrifting in the US sometime and see if I can find some of the old Ball or Strong Shoulder jars. They would be neat to have as well. But for now I will just keep on with my search for Crowns and think of all the great things I will so with them when we get our house.

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Its getting closer!!!!!

Halloween is getting closer and closer!!!! I made a final decision about my costume today… but I am going to keep it a secret for a bit longer. I am really excited about my costume this year. The past two years I have had to revert to back-up costumes, and they were okay, but I am looking forward to really putting my heart into a costume this year.

I have some knitting, felting, sewing and thrifting to do for my costume, which is all part of the fun and *hint, hint* I will get to wear my Grand Nationals : )

I have no idea where we will be going for Halloween this year, but I am sure something will present itself. In the mean time I will get busy and really try and blow people away this year.

And in completely un-halloween related news I finished my “To Kiss A Frog” shawlette. I have been working on it off and on since May and it is finally finished. I can’t say enough good things about the Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted yarn and the colourway “Frog Prince”.  It still needs a good blocking but here’s a finished picture.

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I love thrifting in Kingston!

Something that I missed on a regular basis while living in Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto was thrifting. I know you can thrift anywhere, but for some reason, Kingston just seems to be better. For such a small city Kingston has a large number of thrift stores; 2 Salvation Armies, March of Dimes, A huge Value Village, the Church Mission Thrift store and many other small places. The prices are very reasonable at thrift stores in Kingston and you can bargain at a lot of places. Since I have been a bit bored lately I have been thrifting regularly and I have remembered just how much I love it!

Today was a great thrift day. I LOVE old glass top sealers and I am always on the look out for them. Today I got 2 Crown sealers (my favorites) and one large Gem sealer.

$3.00 for a box of jars, I only took these 3 and left the other new sealers.

Found at Church Mission Thrift Store

I also got a pair of Clarks sandals and a pair of Earth Shoes for a total of $7.00.

Over the last few weeks I have had good luck with finding yarn at thrift shops. As previously posted I got the Briggs Little yarn at Sally Ann a few weeks ago but the other day I got some really beautiful angora that trumped that find. A new knitter (I am assuming by the look of the knitting) was trying to make mittens with it and then gave up half way through.

This is what the yarn looked like when I bought it.

After frogging and winding I should have enough for a nice hat.

I can’t wait until we get our house and I can start bringing home bigger stuff!

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