June 2013 - Rachel Teodoro

Junk Salvation show by Funky Junk

It was a beautiful Friday night in Western Washington.
For months I had heard talk of the Junk Salvation show at the Washington State Fair grounds, and the date was finally here!  So in place of our normal garage sale finds Friday, I'm doing a recap of my recent visit to the Junk Salvation show.

The tickets were a steep $20 for opening night, but I was busy on Saturday morning hitting garage sales, so I sucked up the expense and was glad that I did.


The Junk Salvation show has been rated one of the top traveling vintage market in the USA by Flea Market Style magazine and it's been named one of the top 25 flea markets in America by Romantic Homes magazine.  It did not disappoint!


The first stop I made was to J Project Clothing a traveling clothing and accessory boutique.
I met Jaime the artist behind this beautiful bus turned boutique.
Jaime had some of the most amazing original silkscreen shirts I have seen.
She also offered hand stamped necklaces and the most adorable striped maxi skirt around.


Just a few steps away, I was drawn in by the wire baskets.


Don't you just love this LOVE typography sign?
It's amazing.


While I hate to pick favorites, the booth that really drew me in was Euphemeral Designs.
Two booths combined to make up this glorious space of cream, grey and teal.
Everything worked together to make a cohesive looking booth space.


These huge blooming paper flowers were only $2 a piece!


This painted rocking horse was amazing.


I'm sure anyone could find a place for this "wish" sign.

Lots of vintage goodness to be had.

 And a basket full of blooms


My most favorite piece was this armoire in the most amazing grey color.
It takes real talent to distress just the right amount to give a piece the most character.


I thought that this deconstructed lampshade made the best jewelry display I have seen.


Inside the big red barn I had to pause and take it all in.
The barn itself is just a cool place to be.
Fill it with "junk" and it's a little slice of heaven.


I see used golf clubs all the time at garage sales.
This golf club rack is an ingenious way of using those old clubs.


If my husband would allow it, 
I would have snatched these old theater chairs up from Millesime Designs.
The antlers are right up my alley too!


I thought that this metal star was one of the most unique things I have seen.
It would be so great on top of a pink or white Christmas tree don't you think?
You can find more vintage art and antiques at Michelle Renee.


This ruffled quilt is darling.


And since we have 5 people in our family, this 5 sign caught my eye.


Of course my friend Mandi from Persnickety's had a booth.
I even spied a few things that I brought over.



Usually jewelry is a dime a dozen at craft fairs.
I don't tend to waste my time looking because once you see one piece you have seen it all.
But that was so not the case with Whimsical Details.


Not only was the jewelry one of a kind amazing, the handmade crafts and signs drew me in too.



Ah, coffee filter wreath.
Why I haven't I made one yet?



I'm always drawn to burlap so this booth took me right in.
I grabbed a card from these junk fair professionals, and can't for the life of me find it.
I would love to link to them, so if you know who they are, leave a note in the comments.


I loved the silverware displayed and the wire for hanging.
Everything was well thought out for the display.


This booth also had the most amazing tent awning that they hand painted.
You can tell this couple learned a thing or two from having a booth at show after show!


While I love my mini van, this truck is probably my dream car.


One of the last booths I stopped at for the night was Burley Creek nursery and antiques.


Rusty fire engines for little people are some of my favorite.


I love old stuff with the names of towns that I live in or love.
That's why this Tacoma Times newspaper apron caught my eye.


Of course it never fails that the most expensive item is the one that I want the most.
This vintage airplane was listed at $350.
A little out of my price range, but awesome nonetheless.


There is something about an already sold item that makes it that much more appealing.
This round day bed made my heart skip a beat, but it was already sold.
Isn't it the most amazing thing you have ever seen?
It's toddler size, and I can only imagine the small sweet heads that have been tucked in after a long day of play.  
Since I no longer have toddlers, I thought it would make an awesome dog bed.
My fat dog wouldn't be able to get her buns in it though!

While I hesitated at the hefty $20 entry fee, this show did not disappoint!
I would definitely go again!
Did you go?
What were some of your favorite items?
Come back next Friday for our regularly scheduled Garage Sale Finds Friday.
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Pennies for Pillowcases another way to help with Paula's Pillowcase Project +$100 for your cause!

This week has been such a fun week crafting for a cause.
It's not too late to sew along with us and make pillowcases for kids with cancer.
But, if sewing isn't your thing, I have the perfect option for a way to help.
Recently, I learned about an on-line fundraising tool called Razoo.

Razoo is a place where people who make generosity a part of their everyday life gather.
Razoo allows you to donate, fundraise and collaborate to spread the word, raise awareness and support organizations, groups and causes all around the world.

For years, I've been a small part of Paula's Pillowcase Project.
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I have spent a Saturday once a year sewing my buns off as Paula likes to call it.

I've stood side by side talking with moms about their kids treatments quietly thankful that the worst thing my kids have had to be treated for is a small gash in the head from a run in with the staircase.

I've pinned and ironed next to teenagers with frail bones and wispy hair talking about the excitement of graduation and their future college plans, all while having to be half cautious just in case their current treatments don't work.

I've sewn seams with cousins and siblings who have lost their playmates to cancer or who got a little too close to comfort knowing that they could have been lost.

I've rejoiced in seeing Paula's son Gary, who is now completely cancer free, make an appearance like any young teenager can at a sewing event.

Each year, Paula's Pillowcase Project grows.
Each year, we hear about how more lives have been touched by the simple act of a handmade pillowcase.
We meet families who have been recipients of the pillowcases and are now coming to donate their time to bless another child with a pillowcase.

Every year, as I sew pillowcases I am blessed beyond measure.
I share my day with you on my blog and always receive comments about people wanting to participate too, if only they lived closer, or if only they could sew.

Each year, Paula spends black Friday, in line at Joann's before daylight has even thought of breaking.
She hand selects bolts of fabric for kids that she hasn't yet met, but who she can probably guesses will like the airplanes, or the smiling penguins or sock monkey fabric.
She finds coordinating fabric to go with each and then stands in line for the bolts of fabric to be measured and cut.

When she gets to the checkout, she pays with her own money.
Recently, Paula has been receiving some donations to support the cause.
Each year a jar is set up at the event for "coins for cases", 
but those donations are just a small part of what it takes to buy the materials for this worthy cause.
This project was started and has sustained itself for years on money from Paula's pockets.

Thanks to Razoo, now you can help!
I've started a cause called Pennies For Pillowcases.
It was super easy for me to create an on-line fundraiser and with just a few clicks,
 I'm on my way to helping to make a difference.
You can find my fundraising page here.


It doesn't take me more than a minute to come up with a handful of social causes that I think are worthy of some attention.  I've spent years as a PTA parent, Razoo can help you create a no fuss fundraiser for your latest PTA project.  I've gone to countless garage sales people are hosting to help raise money for their friends international adoption.  I've stood outside the doors to our local grocery store collecting money and supplies for our local peanut butter and jelly project that makes sandwiches for our local homeless population each week. 

Razoo is a fantastic resource for these causes, allowing others to become aware of your cause and enabling the generous spirit of those around you.
I know that you probably have a cause or two {or more!} that you can think of too.
Razoo is donating $100 to one of my readers to help support their fundraising cause.
Just take a second to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here.
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You will be well on your way to meeting your goal!

If you would like to help me meet my goal of providing funding for one year for Paula's Pillowcase Project {only $500!}, please visit my on-line fundraiser here.

You can connect with Razoo on Facebook, twitter and instagram
Check out some of the other Razoo fundraisers for a good cause.
disclosure:This is a sponsored post on behalf of Razoo Fundraising.  All opinions are 100% mine and I fully support Paula's Pillowcase Project and it's cause. Everything is totally legit.
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Sew along with Holy Craft! Make pillowcases for kids with cancer!

On Monday, I announced my first ever Holy Craft sew along!


I am so excited about it!
I want to help my friend Paula take the 2013 total of 222 pillowcases made up to 300!
Think we can do it?

**If you want to help by donating money, please visit this link**

I shared a supply list with you on Monday.
In case you missed it you will need:
7/8 yard main flannel fabric
3/8 yard wide flannel trim
1/8 yard narrow trim

I will be making three cases.
I have this material all washed and ready!

Start by cutting your main body fabric down to 27"


I also used this fabric as coordinating trim.
Cut your smallest trim down to 3"


Your wide trim will be cut down to 11"

Press all of your pieces
Press/tamp narrow trim to 1 1/2 inches
Make sure you don't stretch it!


After all of your pieces are pressed, 
you will be making a hot dog.

To make a hot dog:
Lay your wide trim with the cut edge at your tummy
Layer narrow trim with raw edges matching wide trim raw edges
Layer main fabric right side DOWN with raw edges matching


Hopefully this image will help explain it a bit better


 Roll main fabric up toward you from the un-stacked raw edge toward the stacked raw edge


Bring the wide trim over rolled up main fabric and pin your raw edges together
This is a very important step!
If the edges aren't straight and even, the trim will look bad!


Pin
You now have a hot dog!


Sew it:
Stitch the raw edges of the hot dog with 1/4 inch seam allowance

Turn the hot dog right side out
It's like magic!


Iron the trim from BOTH side really well


Apply a decorative stitch to the lower edge of the narrow trim
For years, this is a step that we didn't do, but Paula noticed that once the pillowcases were washed this piece of narrow trim gets all wonky.
It helps to add a decorative stitch to keep in looking nice after the case is washed.
If you can, great, if you can't no worries!


Square it up
Match trim and raw edges WRONG sides together
Cut off selvage to make it even, cut off the bottom edge to even it up too.
Watch for your printed logos on selvage and make sure you trim all of those off.


Sew it again
Stitch with a very narrow seam allowance along your raw edges (1/8-1/4 inch seam)
If you need to re-trim your seam to make it more narrow, go for it.
We are trying to keep this seam from being bulky
If you find there is bulk in the corners you can trim those as well.


Turn inside out {right sides together}, poke corners out
Iron making sure to open up the seams
Stitch 1/4-1/2 inch seam allowance to encase your previous seam


This is the seam that you are making to encase the previous seam.


 Your seam should look like this

Turn right side out
Poke corners to make square
Iron making sure to open seams
Trim any loose strings
Press entire pillowcase


That's it!
It took me less than an hour to complete three pillowcases.

Once you are finished gathering your friends and making pillowcases,
you can send them along to:

Paula’s Pillowcase Project
C/O Light of Christ Lutheran Church
2400 SW 344th St
Federal Way, WA 98023

If you would like to include a hand written note for the kids, that would be awesome!
Let me know if you have any questions!
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