Monday, July 04, 2011

Patriotic Measures

 ...and while I'm falling off the burlap pillow cliff everyone else leaped from a year ago, I'm folding one of those little star thingies that have been at every other antique store I've visited.  It was time.  I found one a few weeks ago at a scrapbook store for 20 dollars.  That's about the price all these little do dads cost when I've looked (darn big city antiquing traps opportunities!).  I wanted one of these rulers so badly so I could do the above project, I've been eyeing these for the last two years or so, and then I remembered, I haven't checked old faithful for these little foldable rulers, AKA Ebay.  Guess what, I bid on a lot of four and won.  Apparently, I'm the only one left in need of these rulers.  All four were less than the cost of that one (maybe she was charging b/c she had already done the star folding, it did take me about three seconds).  I don't know why I love these but I guess I don't have to explain my love here, but I do have three more I can spend time with if the feelings bubble up again.  We used to have a ruler like this when I was growing up. 
 I'm sure my Mom sold it in a garage sale.  I've been buying back my childhood over the last two years-she sold in garage sales years ago.  I played with that ruler a lot.  I don't think I ever formed a star, many other shapes, but no star.  There is a little extra ruler left over on this guy (I don't know if they are all the same length?). 

I added a bow. You can't call it a wreath until you add a bow, it's a rule...Net tulle (new discover yesterday-net, bigger holes, stiffer, makes great bows) and raffia (old addiction, raffia and I go way back).  Next year maybe I'll get a little patriotic mantel going....this year I'm doing good just to have added the bow before the fourth.

Linking To:  Between Naps on the Porch, DIY Home Sassy Sites Topsy Turvy Tatortots and Jello Funky Junk Be Different Act Normal

9 comments:

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Awww...so cute! Lovely DIY!Thanks for sharing this great idea:)
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Happy Forth of July:)

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Very cute!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Love it! I have a thing for stars :)

Sam Findlay said...

Cute! I love stars!

Terry said...

I can remember as a child that my dad had one of these and I would play with it all the time. I love the star design and now I want one. Thanks

Jamie said...

I saw one of those rulers at a swap meet last weekend. I almost grabbed it but changed my mind. Now I wish I had. Thank you for linking up at http://diyhshp.blogspot.com I can not wait to see more great ideas next Monday.

junkermidge said...

I love those folding rulers too -- there's just something so fun about them! Love how you formed it into a star for a patriotic wreath.
Midge

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I love these rulers, too. I'm so glad you got yours and made this cool wreath.

Beth said...

Found your link at Funky Junk blog. I had needed one of these folding rulers too & found one at my next door neighbor's garage sale for 50 cents! I know I'll have enough left over to make one of these stars too! I might just go see if he has any left, there were half a dozen there.