Grab Bag #01 - Birthday Mink-Coat Ensemble
Price: $179.00
Availability: out of stock

    For my 60th birthday, my daughter Meg and I travelled to Kansas to celebrate with a chapter of glampin’ farmgirls. As we pulled up to the designated campground in our rental car, we found a half dozen glamped-out campers, along with apron flags flapping in the wind, and cozy campfires being stoked (it was early spring, and the weather had turned cold). Without a doubt, we knew we were in the right place. Thanks to the influence of my grandmother, I had thought to pack a vintage mink coat, chicken feather hat, faux diamond earrings, and sparkly skirt to wear for my special day. Because I have my 70th birthday outfit ready to go for 2023, I thought I’d find a new companion for my 60th birthday good-luck outfit.

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    Grab Bag #02 - Vintage Cashmere-Coat Scraps for Creating Stuffed Animals
    Price: $19.95
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      When I found a bag full of tan cashmere coat scraps in my attic from when we created stuffed animals in our 2017 “To Grandma’s House We Go” issue of my magazine, I was surprised. When I found most of the fur collar still in one piece, I was delighted. But when I found the three vintage once-upon-a-time-much-loved bears that I’d lovingly mended back to life, I had to sit down with them on my lap to ponder, keep or re-home. When I found the Edison record pinkeeper, that’s when I knew. My three bears deserved to live the rest of their lives out-loud in a loving home and my pinkeeper put to good use, rather than stored away in my attic. Meet Papa Oscar, Mama Esme, and baby Estella.

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      Grab Bag #03 - Vintage Sheep-skin Coat with Mink Collar for Creating Stuffed Animals
      Price: $14.95
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        In the 2017 “To Grandma’s House We Go” issue of my magazine, we used vintage coats to make stuffed animals. This fur coat has enough wear and tear on it that isn’t luxuriously wearable anymore but it could be given a second life by turning it into the real deal, stuffed animals made from real fur (coat does not shed at all). Or perhaps something else you can dream up—ear muffs, hats, pillows, a rug?

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        Grab Bag #04 - Vintage Sheep-skin Cape Coat for Creating Stuffed Animals
        Price: $14.95
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          In the 2017 “To Grandma’s House We Go” issue of my magazine, we used vintage coats to make stuffed animals. This fur coat has enough wear and tear on it that isn’t luxuriously wearable anymore but it could be given a second life by turning it into the real deal, stuffed animals made from real fur (coat does not shed at all). Or perhaps something else you can dream up—ear muffs, hats, pillows, a rug?

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          Grab Bag #05 - Vintage Fur Coat for Creating Stuffed Animals
          Price: $14.95
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            In the 2017 “To Grandma’s House We Go” issue of my magazine, we used vintage coats to make stuffed animals. This fur coat has enough wear and tear on it that isn’t luxuriously wearable anymore but it could be given a second life by turning it into the real deal, stuffed animals made from real fur (coat does not shed at all). Or perhaps something else you can dream up—ear muffs, hats, pillows, a rug?

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            Grab Bag #06 - Vintage Fur Coat for Creating Stuffed Animals
            Price: $14.95
            Availability: in stock

              In the 2017 “To Grandma’s House We Go” issue of my magazine, we used vintage coats to make stuffed animals. This fur coat has enough wear and tear on it that isn’t luxuriously wearable anymore but it could be given a second life by turning it into the real deal, stuffed animals made from real fur (coat does not shed at all). Or perhaps something else you can dream up—ear muffs, hats, pillows, a rug?

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              Grab Bag #07 - Vintage Fur Cape for Creating Stuffed Animals
              Price: $9.95
              Availability: out of stock

                In the 2017 “To Grandma’s House We Go” issue of my magazine, we used vintage coats to make stuffed animals. This fur coat has enough wear and tear on it that isn’t luxuriously wearable anymore but it could be given a second life by turning it into the real deal, stuffed animals made from real fur (cape does not shed at all). Or perhaps something else you can dream up—ear muffs, hats, pillows, a rug?

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                Grab Bag #08 - Vintage Ribbon Hat
                Price: $55.00
                Availability: in stock

                  This hat came off my head and onto my fruit ladder while I was picking pears one day. Hmmm, I thought, photo? As it turns out, it graced the front cover of the “Summer Magic” August/September 2019 issue of my magazine.

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                  Unique Button Collection
                  Price: $459.00
                  Availability: in stock

                    Button, button, who’s got the button? I do, close to 300 pounds of buttons to be exact. To be the owner of such a large stash of buttons has been a privilege, and to be truthfully on the mark (and on the button, as the saying goes), a major sorting and cataloging endeavor. My button stash started out more than just a few pounds heavier, actually, something like 400 pounds heavier. They were offered to me many years ago by a neighbor: “My husband’s family owned a button store in Seattle for more than 100 years. When it closed, we brought the buttons here to our barn. If you want them, they’re yours.” As I recall, I paid $1000 for her stash, and that’s when we began to sort out our button life. Along the way, I filled all my vintage canning jars full of buttons (shelf décor), made button art, lamps, and jewelry and gifted little cloth sacks of precious buttons to everyone and anyone. Two of my grand girls sold buttons on their Etsy shop. At some point, I scored two big nail bins from a hardware store that was being remodeled and continued to sort, and then sort some more. All the buttons are perfectly organized in clean, new Ziplock baggies of appropriate sizes. Presently, they’re sorted by colors in paper sacks that can be easily folded, stacked, and tucked into boxes for shipping. That’s where you come in. I’d like to re-home them to just one home, business, quilt shop, yarn shop … Each button is a precious gem, a thing of beauty.

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