Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Busy Bee Me!


Today I got up and got straight to work. Made this shopping cart liner for a shopping cart I bought at an estate sale not too long ago. I love this cart as it is an older one and has cool teal green wheels. Whenever I find a cart with colored wheels, I always try to match the fabric I use for the liner with the color of the wheels. I have used this fabric before on another cart, but had quite a bit left over and thought the color was perfect for this cart.

After finishing the cart I decided I had just enough time to do a little ironing before my lunch date (more on that later), so I decided to iron these sweet vintage aprons to take to Farm Chicks. I have a few more to add to the pile, but they need a little tlc (oxy soak) before they can join the party.

My lunch date today was with one of my high school friends, Michelle. Isn't she adorable? (I look weird of course) It has been ages since we have seen each other. She only lives about 15 minutes away from me, but she is a very busy single mom and we have let our busy lives get in the way of seeing each other. Michelle was my locker partner all through high school (maybe even part of jr. high, I forget, getting old) and we used to call each other "fave" as in favorite person. We have lots of shared memories of our teen years and it was so fun to get together and talk about people and what they are doing as well as get caught up on our lives today. We just recently found out that we are having a 25th class reunion this summer so that of course was a big topic of conversation. There is just something so special about friends who have known you for a really long time. They know all the embarrassing stories, many that you have conveniently forgotten. The best thing about Michelle though, is her sense of humor. We used to laugh at everything. I miss that. Hopefully now that we have reconnected there will be lots more laughter and new memories for the two of us. Wow, does that sound as corny as I think it does? ha ha

After I got home I decided to tackle the mess that was a shopping cart liner gone wrong. I worked on this one at Joy's last week and I either measured wrong or cut it out wrong, but it just didn't work. So I took it apart, cut a new piece for the inside front, sewed it back together and voila.

Not too shabby! It looks better on the outside. It's a little baggy on the inside, but hopefully whoever buys it won't mind. I really wanted this one to work for this cart as it has orange wheels and this was the only fabric I had that had orange in it. There I go again with my matchy, matchyness. I dug into my stash and found this sweet little rose fabric I bought in Paris two years ago to use for the ties. Again, trying my best to use my best stuff and not just hoard it. This is another really old cart and unlike the others, it doesn't fold up. I sold another similar one awhile back that I had made a quilted liner for.

So, two shopping carts, a little ironing, lunch with my good friend. Not a bad day at all. I am, however, thinking of changing my blog name from "A Thing for Roses" to "A Thing for Shopping Cart Liners." Just kidding!

22 comments:

Pat said...

Lisa, I am wondering if shopping carts, such as the wonderful ones you show us, are an area "cultural" thing? I have never seen one here in Arkansas, much to my dismay. You seem to find them all the time and I think they are the neatest things! I love the fabrics you line them with...just the whole concept. We are missing out on something here! Keep up your good work and thanks, again, for sharing. Pat at birdnestontheground

Kelli said...

Your cart is beautiful...you did a great job!
~Kelli

Mary Isabella said...

They are both awesome....Have a happy Friday....Mary

cherished*vintage said...

Hey, I actually found an old cart for myself while I was out thrifting this week. I was beyond thrilled! I can't wait to use it while shopping at the Rose Bowl in June. You have once again inspired me to find something so cool! Have a fantastic holiday weekend!!!
-Karoline

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I just love seeing all the sweet little carts.
I am having a give away on Monday, stop by.

Linda said...

I love the old carts with the bight colored wheels, and your liners make them extra special....shopping in true vintage style.

You both look great! It is fun to re-connect with old friends...I can't believe you are celebrating your
25th reunion....you look too young. Hugs, Linda

Sandi McBride said...

I love that cart...you're the only one I've ever seen do these...I like it!
Sandi

Martha Kohley said...

I will be making my cart liner later this weekend - ready for Farm Chicks! Have to have something to lug all the treasures in! I also just posted my first giveaway! Tell me what you think. Have a great holiday weekend, M.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I have never run across a shopping basket like yours! That liner is too cute.
I'm approaching 27 years out of school...you guys are looking great!

Anonymous said...

Do you sell the cart liners...?they are prescious!
Dianaj

Michelle said...

Lisa,
What wonderful shopping cart liners! Perfect for flea marketing..

How fun to reconnect with your high school pal! You guys look great..

Michelle

Couture de Papier said...

Good idea for my cart!

Branderella said...

I love the unusual shape of the bottom cart. It is beautiful! I love making liners for these carts. I have even gotten my papa to want one, a very guyish one of course =D
~Brandie

Joy said...

Very cute, I love it. It would be great for books.

Our Red House said...

I love those little shopping carts. What a great idea to line them like that. It's great when "environmentally friendly" and "cute" go together.

Kate

Lisa B. said...

I wish I was finding as many carts as you seem to be. I've been finding fewer and fewer and they've been getting more and more expensive when I do. Your liners look great!

I'm so glad you reconnected with your old friend! I agree there is nothing like old friends!

Bobbie said...

Very productive day for you. Love those little fabric covered carts.

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

you seem to be a shopping cart magnet! You find so many, and it is a GOOD thing because you do the most AMAZING things to them!! lovin that fabric

xoox Heather

p.s.- my blog url changed when I switched to typepad, I happened to notice that you have my old one still... :)))

Sweet Treasures of Home said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog and I am so happy I happend upon it. You are sooooo talented and I love all your finds. I will be sure to visit often. Blessings.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

That is so adorable! Nice work!

Joanna said...

I love your cart & the liner. I saw a couple in Canton this weekend. (not for sale, but individuals pushing them around to carry all of their good). do you sale the liners?
xoxo, Joanna

joy said...

Adore the shopping cart; never seen anything like it here in Michigan.