What eventually caught my eye, though, were the items made by a lady from Bayard, Iowa who repurposes stray pieces of silver flatware. I purchased a dinner knife in the Queen Bess pattern that had been honed down to become a letter opener, but she also had used the decorative ends of some pieces to make key fobs, rings and other small treasures. ("Spoon rings," of course, have been around for decades - but, I'd never seen these other ideas before.) I couldn't get a very good picture, but here's a bad picture of a really pretty letter opener:
On another note, I'm curious if anyone besides me buys garments at the thrift store just because they like the fabric and intend to use it in a craft project?
I recently bought a sweet little lavender skirt with a violet pattern...
and then this week purchased a blouse that's way too small for me because of the red toile pattern of the fabric.
And, although it's not a garment, I also bought a single curtain panel because of the soft, buttery yellow corduroy it was made of.
For some reason I'm envisioning pillows from each of these - it will be a matter of putting them each with the right coordinating fabric.