Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lost and found: felt badges and vintage sheets

Lost. . . .

I had big plans, big ideas.  I opened another Etsy shop, wanting to fill it with hand-embroidered felt goodies.  I would focus on badges, brooches and teeny banners to share and give to others -- an award and merit badge sort of theme.

Buuut, I lost momentum.  I lost the desire.  And I really just don't have the time.  :(

So I want to share some merit badges I had made for a swap (which actually inspired me to open the shop in the first place!)  They're about 2.5" to 3" in size. . . . lots of fun, teeny tiny stitches!

I couldn't stop smiling as I stitched these. . . .

These were silly or real awards, for things the swap partner felt they deserved, or wanted to earn.  I imagined the smiles on their faces when they opened their packages. . . .

 . . . and I thought, "Everybody deserves a badge for something."  Wouldn't it be nice to surprise someone with one?  Or even to give a little happy gift to yourself for something achieved, dreamt of or imagined?   I want to make badges for everyone.  :)

And found. . . .

An AMAZING, local thrift store!  Oh, yes, I am overjoyed!  I found over twenty-five vintage pillowcases on their shelves.  Don't locals know what a treasure these are?

And these are just a sampling of the ones that came home with me. . . .

I can hardly wait to go back and raid their shelves hunt for more treasures!

A very sincere thank you for the comments and emails I received last week regarding our losses.  They were exactly what I needed, and I appreciate your kindness and prayers.  Thank you!


  1. I am jealous for your pillow cases!!! And what a charming picture of them just fluttering there on your vintage of you to think of that!!! : )


  2. I love your badges!!!! How much would one cost that says: Math Tutor?

  3. Cuuute! Your badges are so awesome. I love the fruit basket :)

  4. I want a badge! I can't wait to make some. I think I should make a sash, like the boy scouts and add a badge whenever I need to toot my own horn- or win an "award" for the unseen things I do day in and day out. It would just be for me of course and probably hang in my sewing room, but what a fun way to celebrate the mundane/fun/random things that make us who we are! LOVE! Oooh, and what a fun thing to give to the ladies in my life who need a pat on the back for being the cool people that they are. This is such a great idea! I'm smiling just thinking about it :)


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