more thrift store joys

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I mentioned in my last “gratitude sunday” post that we had spent part of James’ birthday checking out some of our favorite thrift shops. We found some treasures that passed the “does it bring me joy” test and made their way home with us. 🙂

First, the four-book set of the Illustrated Library of Arts and Crafts. Although published in the 1970s, the references provide a ton of information still incredibly useful today, including instructions for making mosaics and wind chimes, boutiquing, scrap art, decorative painting, collage, dough art, flower preserving, and so much more — an inspiring but practical “joy” that I know will get a lot of use in its new home.

Next up — an adorable vintage cast iron small muffin or mini-bundt pan. It’s in wonderful condition and just crying out for some blueberry muffin batter, don’t you think? 😉

And my last joy to share from this excursion: a stack of back issues of The Workbasket magazine, dating from 1952 to 1962. I have been a collector of vintage women’s magazines for several years now, so this little lot brought me great joy (and credit to James for first spotting them and knowing his wife well enough to immediately add them to his shopping basket!). Each edition is full of crafting projects and ideas, recipes (I’ve already bookmarked those for cranberry relish, strawberry tarts, baked eggs in cheese sauce, and “miracle” icing), flower and garden tips — not to mention great vintage advertising, another fave of mine. 🙂

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