northstory notes – Sept 13, 2013

Let me ask you a question, when you go to thrift stores (if you go to thrift stores) and you come across an item that you know is awesome and you know that you could probably turn over for a bigger profit, do you leave it in the store if it’s not something you’d ever use or really appreciate as much as someone else would?

Or do you buy it anyway?

I may be the most naive human being on the planet when it comes to these situations because I come across these types of really great items all the time. And what do I do? I leave them in the stores. Like this Vintage Singer Sewing machine I came across this week.

singer sewing machine vintage

I mean look at it. Turquoise, vintage and it practically screams eye candy for your home.

And yet I am not very good at sewing. Though I suspect if this machine actually worked it would work better than more than half of the new ones on the market so maybe that would encourage me to sew more? Yeah who am I kidding, that’s not going to happen. I enjoy hand stitching items quite a great deal but no matter how many times I try I am not drawn the craft of sewing using a machine.

So I left it there so that maybe, hopefully, it would find its way to a home that would enjoy it and appreciate it much more than I would. Like if I found a vintage camera. Then we could talk.

It’s the idea of thrifting karma.

But speaking of second hand items, take a look at this amazing RAK – a street library nook.

My friend and former colleague Gregory of The Gregory Project took this photo and posted it on Facebook and I instantly asked him if it was OK to share it here. Because as far as Random Acts of Kindness go, this is not only cool but I mean look at the decor detail. Upcycling 101. Love it!

street library

Onto this week’s northstory notes:

I love a good wood craft and combine that with gift wrapping and you have my creative heart.

Having been unable to find a good inexpensive duvet covers for my girls room, I came across this DIY duvet and now I really want to make one even more.

Ingrid from Now At Home Mom is in the Room For Color Contest on Apartment Therapy. Go vote!

I’ve got a birthday party to plan for Little C and this is my kind of cake decorating and this is my kind of budget conscious decorating.

I really like seeing bloggers make their own furniture and because we can’t stand our current bed frame, I loved this tutorial from The Space BetweenΒ on how they made theirs.

And you know I love thrifting, well the Little House Blog is giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to Value Village. Go enter – today is the deadline!!!

Finally if you are one of the 5 people left on earth that has not seen the Extra ‘Origami’ commercial, I highly recommend you get some Kleenex or are not in a public place when you watch it for the first time. I cried like a baby. It is by far one of the best commercials I have seen in years and completely resonates with what I try to do here in my notes.

The little things, the pay it forwards, the random acts of kindness – they are always the big things in the end.

And I’d like to expand past my world of experience of that. So by all means if you have ever have a good Random Act of Kindness that happens to you, let me know about it so I can share your story and link up to your awesome corner of the internet.

Happy Weekend!


  • Reply
    Heather P. at Fancy Alter Ego
    September 13, 2013 at 8:44 am

    My mom gave me a Singer from the 1920s that she refurbished. It works great, but you wouldn’t know that because I have no clue how to use it. I think I sewed maybe one pillow on it. Right now, it makes a great side table. Kinda feel bad that I don’t know how to use the darn thing.

    I have a hard time leaving brass animals at the thrift shop. I bought two swans once for like, $1.50 total. Went on Etsy later that day and found the same ones for $20 each. So any time I see them now, I’m really tempted to get them!

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      September 15, 2013 at 8:45 am

      The thing with sewing I found is I have to be in the mood to get it all set up etc and clear out a whole day for it. Maybe it’s b/c it doesn’t have a space for it yet aside from storage closet.

      They’re selling brass figures on Etsy for $20 each? Damn maybe I should start a business.

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    Victoria β€’ Restoring our Victorian
    September 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I would wear the sewing machine as a necklace pendant. That is how much I love it.

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      September 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

      See? That kind of sewing machine love. Now if I had known that I would have bought the damn thing for you and we could have sorted out the fact that shipping would have cost more than it did. Ready? $19.99

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    September 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    This machine is probably the same model of my first Singer. Mine was pink. Used it for years until my husband bought me a Kenmore for my birthday and I’ve been using that one for 38 years.

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      September 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Yes and I’ll still totally ask you to sew stuff for me. πŸ™‚

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    Tara @ Suburble
    September 14, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Oh – you have amazing willpower. I would have snatched that Singer up in a heartbeat. Love the idea of RAKs. I’ll do my best to do something nice this weekend and think of you!

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    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
    September 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Wow, thank you so much for the link love!! And I’m with you, would think I should totally buy that sewing machine … but I wouldn’t πŸ™‚

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      September 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Anytime! That bed you guys made is SO nice! I love how rustic and warm it feels. Trust me I keep hinting to my husband to try to get on making a frame vs spending $500 on another one.

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    September 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    That sewing machine is just SO GORGEOUS!! And it looks like it’s in amazing condition to boot. It would’ve had to come home with me, which then would’ve sparked the whole “why? where is that going?” conversation.

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    September 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Thrifting is fun and there have been times that I’ve left something behind, something that later I wished I had of purchased…but it’s all in the thrill of the hunt. Love the mini-library station.

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    Thalita - The Learner Observer
    October 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    That sewing machine is turquoise gold. Honestly, we live like 20 minutes away from each other and I never ever see these things. How!?!?!

    Also, I am in love with these posts of yours. They are totally one of my favourite parts of your blog.

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    Thalita - The Learner Observer
    October 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    OH NOOOOO!!!!

    I just watched the Extra commercial.

    AT WORK!!!

    Crying at my desk. Thank you.

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