Thursday, July 1, 2010

Welcome to the Fruit Loop

I was poking around a local thrift store recently and found some pieces of linen carefully rolled together and tucked in a plastic bag.

And here's what I found when I unrolled them.

A bunch of linen calendar towels, perfectly preserved and never used (not a speck of anything on them) with beautiful vintage fruit crate graphics from the area where I live. 

One of the things we're famous for here is the Fruit Loop.

This one is my favorite. I love that peek of Mt. Hood which I'm lucky enough to see in person every day.

I'm sure you can guess what happened next.
Must. Make. Pillows.

And please allow me to veer off topic for just a moment.
That white chair is my newest photo prop, purchased at the local re-building center for $5. 

Do you have one of these type of stores nearby? I LOVE this place. It's an amazing source for all kinds of vintage, rusty, chippy, patina-ed, worn stuff -- parts and pieces of houses, buildings, machinery -- anything that could possibly be reused somehow. Amazing prices too. 

Don't even get me started on the old chippy doors they have!

There's also a large shed filled with cans of paint -- perfectly good paint -- maybe an 'oops' color or just someone's leftovers that didn't need to end up in a landfill. Also bargain prices. I went for the paint and came home with the chair.

Maybe next time I'm there, I'll pretend I'm a blogger and remember to take some photos.




31 comments:

  1. What a treat to find them in such great condition!!! Love these types of linens!!
    And that birdcage below....are you gonna sell it on Etsy??? What a find!!!
    We have a resale thrift here in town like that and you are right they have the best stuff and sooo cheap too!!
    Happy Thursday!

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  2. Oh my gosh! What a wonderful treasure and even better when you are done making such gorgeous pillows:>) I love this!

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  3. Those are fabulous! What a great find - unused and beautiful. Love, love your pillows.

    xo
    Claudia

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  4. Amy,

    What a find. Those were so meant for you! That pillow turned out perfectly. Love it!

    Have a wonderful fourth
    ~Molly

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  5. I once saw a quilt made from those linen calendars and it was really gorgeous. Great find on your part!

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  6. Loving the towels....another jack pot find!!
    Wish we had a store like that where I live!
    Awesome!

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  7. Please please please make many pillows for your shop!!! You really scored with the calendars and the chair...I'm so jealous,
    Annette

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  8. So if I send you something and just put your name and Fruit Loop, Oregon, on it, will it get there? Seems like it should. I am just amazed at those calendars and even more amazed that they ended up with exactly the right person. And yes, as soon as I saw them, I knew what would happen. But I didn't know which one it would happen to. Way to go, Defiance Brand! Also (and my goodness, this is a long comment) your mention of the building store gave me such a good idea!!! If it works out, I'll let you know.

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  9. I found a stack of linen calendars at a rummage sale a few years ago. I turn them into totes when I find a good lining fabric. Pillows is a great idea wonder why I didn't think of that. We have a couple of re-use centers here that I haunt... Love them. I like your chair. And love the calendars... I didn't find that special.

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  10. I bet the doily factory is churning out pillows at breakneck speed! And it needed to be done. Those towels should be made into something pretty, instead of just drying dishes or hanging on a wall!
    Happy 4th!
    Carol

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  11. Great find! They make fantastic pillows.
    Kimberly :-)

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  12. Fabulous finds!!! and I love what you did with the pillow. Have a great holiday weekend.
    xoxo
    Donna

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  13. Those calendar towels were found by the PERFECT PERSON to put them to a PERFECT USE! Score girl...and great project!

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  14. Can I go thirsting with you? You have the magic touch! Pillows are gorgeous!

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  15. Oh Amy! What fabulous finds! Love the pillows! You have such a marvelous eye for putting these things together. Love them!

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  16. Great pillows! and chair, too. I have one of those places (recycling) down here in Springfiel, OR. I have not been in a while, I should go.

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  17. I have just found you and glad that I have. The linens are amazing what a great find! Love the chair and the cushion. Love your blog as well and am a new follower now.
    Pam

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  18. Wow Girl, Great towels and sweet pillows. So glad that I found your blog.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  19. wow! how fun. i have to do some investigating. the rebuilding center sounds like an unbelievable resource!

    xo
    elyse

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  20. Goodness girl - you find great stuff when you go out! Those are beautiful. And the chair - vintage, chippy perfection.

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  21. Aw, what lucky finds...good for you! Love old fruit labels, but never saw them on calendars...the pillow is sweet. I wish there was a place to take all my own oops paints, they are stacked in the garage and I'd rather someone be able to use them...need to investigate.

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  22. OMG!!!!! You must have been so thrilled! What charming mementos of the infamous Fruit Loop. I can't believe it. Would you do a special order with some red and aqua for a neighbor across the river? It would be such a special treasure in our new addition. They officially started our project yesterday....85 days to go if it stays on schedule. Hope all is well with the Doily Factory!

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  23. I am so jealous you found those. But you are quite a sluth!

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  24. Wow! What a fun find! I know you were thrilled! Love the pretty pillow ...I love making them, too! ♥

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  25. OK, I'm headin' to the salvage store! Even though it's over 30 minutes away and not near a thing I need!

    The pillows are so, so fabulous!!!

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  26. Loving the chair, and the pillows! Very cute!
    Michelle

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  27. Amy - love reading your blog!! I love all that you do - so talented. I especially love the vintage fruit fabric/calendars found at your special place. I wish I had the patience and knowledge to find the treasures that you do.

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  28. Our habitat re-store marks a hefty price on chippy old doors. (I guess b/c they are solid wood.)

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  29. okay...i just stumbled onto your blog. must i say i love it? yes, i must. absolute joy!!! thanks for inspiring me this morning. i will be back again and again!!!!!!!!! super fun.
    sue

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