Archive for June, 2017

Saving Money!

June 17, 2017

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record — Sis came over for craft day but before we started on crafts, we ran to some estate sales, (which are really becoming addicting), then back to my house for our coffee and popcorn, then crafts.

Well, it was the same this week as well. We’re really controlling ourselves at the sales, however. Only buying what we really could use as opposed to just “cute stuff.” And getting things at very reasonable prices. Like this week, my best buy was a couple of plastic bins, that would have cost me pretty big money at W-M, for $1 apiece! I’ve been wanting to get a few more to organize my yarn so it’s easier to access. What a buy!

Sis didn’t even buy anything at one of the sales and all I got were some nice wooden hangers to hang my shawls on at the craft sale this Oct. They cost me a whopping five for $1 compared to about a dollar apiece at W-M.

I love saving money!

At craft time, we just cross-stitched on bottle aprons again. We have eleven each to make except Sis made one of mine because we started one apiece while we were waiting for people to come shop at my garage sale. She didn’t bring anything to work on because we thought we would be busier than we were. So she started one of mine and then took it home and finished it.

Anyway, she’ll have all of her aprons finished by next week I’m sure. Me, however, not so much. Of course I’ve been working on getting this garage sale ready, etc. But pouring myself into it this week, I hope I’ll have most of them finished when Sis comes again next week. And hopefully we’ll be able to get into something else.

However, I did manage to get our bassinet babies finished by working on them in the evenings while listening to my audio tapes.

And I finished up another mandala one evening.

I kind of enjoy working on these. I found some smaller wire hoops in my stash of supplies, so I might be making another one or two of them.

The next day was Hubby’s birthday. He doesn’t like birthdays, so we didn’t do anything like a party or something. We just went shopping and had lunch out. He bought a new gadget that he’s been wanting for a long time but too tight with the money to get it. (Actually we didn’t “buy” it. We used our rewards points from Sears that we got when we bought our new fridge and range a few weeks ago. Have I mentioned that I love saving money?)

It’s a multi-purpose tool with twelve different tools in it. He already had a cheaper version but that one doesn’t have this many tools plus this one also has scissors. He’s pretty happy with it.


Another Garage Sale!

June 12, 2017

For the past several weeks (or months), I’ve been working toward some Spring cleaning and gathering up little or no use items to get rid of and make more room around here. Mostly it was my craft items and stuff from my shop. We also had a patio set to dispose of because I got my new set earlier this year. It’s amazing to me how things accumulate. We just had a sale two years ago, and yet here was our garage full of junk again!

We’ve been dragging seven to ten totes of fabric around with us since I worked in the Wally World way back in ’87. Nope. Not kidding. Not exaggerating. I was determined to rid myself of most of this. After all, if I haven’t used it by now, chances are I won’t be using it in my lifetime.

It took me almost two days to go through all of those totes. What was I thinking when I bought 6 1/2 yards of blue velour? I asked myself this many times — with the exception of filling in the “velour” with different fabrics names. (I really shouldn’t be admitting all this — it’s kind of embarrassing.)

Finally I was ready for the sale. Sis came over on our “craft day” as usual. But (after running to a couple of estate sales 🙂 ) instead of crafting, she helped me put up all my tables and spread out the many, many sacks of junk that I’d gather up. It took us all the rest of the day.

She had a few things to put in the sale as well. However, she took a few of my things home with her. Yay!

The next morning Hubby helped me and we were out at 6 am to start putting it all onto the drive-way. It turned out to be a beautiful weekend, weather-wise.

We had the sale for two days. Sis came and sit with me on the first day. (She’s such a trooper!) We cross-stitched on our bottle aprons in-between customers. The second day was slower but ok. A lady came at the last minute and bought a lot of my fabric. (Big smile!)

We loaded the rest of all the stuff into the truck. Monday morning, we’ll make a trip to the thrift store to make a nice donation. And I’m not looking back!

It’s nice to have all this behind us now and we can move forward and get on with life again. Garage sales are a lot of work; but in the end, it’s all worth it — we have more room, things are organized again, AND I made $135.40!

I wonder if I’ll have this much for another sale two years from now. (Oh No!)


June 5, 2017

It was at Sis’s house this week. Our crafty day, that is. There were two estate sales this week, and both of them were on Sis’s side of town. So instead of a lot of back-tracking, we decided to craft at her house.

I packed up my bassinet fixin’s and headed her way. After too long at the sales and not buying much at all, we settled at her house and had our coffee, popcorn, and visiting, then went to work on our bassinets. Sis was having trouble figuring out how to do the rim on the bassinet; so putting our heads together, we got her on the way again.

For our “show and tells” this week, here’s a pic of some of the bottle aprons that we’ve been working on in-between crocheting the bassinets.

I haven’t been to her house for a while; so before we got into crafting, she gave me a tour of the house and what all she’s been up to. She made herself a topiary tree for a corner of the livingroom,

She had to show me how she’s rearranged her sewing room plus the little gift she made her son’s girlfriend for her birthday in a couple of weeks.

The girlfriend, “A”, likes to decorate with whimsical items for the holidays. When I was trying to down-size my craft kits and supplies a while back, Sis saw this kit for a toilet lid cover that I’d had  forever. She thought of “A” and how it would tickle her to have something like that. So I gave it to her.

This is the top of the cover,

And this is the back side of the cover that you see when you open the lid,

It turned out so cute! I’m glad someone will finally get some fun out of this kit.