Sunday, July 23, 2017

{Estate Sale Tempations} ALL the Cross-Stitch Kits

Do you drive past garage sales because they don't have much stuff spread out on the lawn or driveway?  I do that all the time, but maybe I shouldn't. Because I never ever would have stopped at this one if I hadn't seen the Craigslist ad with a box of what looked like old cross stitch kits with "$3.00 Each" written across the front. 

And I would have never known what I missed out on. 


There were several boxes of kits. The ones for three bucks each, the ones for five bucks each (supposedly because those were more expensive kits, but I couldn't see a rhyme or reason to which was where), and the ones for fifty cents each. Those are the ones in the top picture.

In the box of five dollar kits was a plastic bag full of little kits. I could see one of the Mill Hill Halloween kits and what looked like a bunch of the smaller beaded kits. All for five dollars. (That worked out to thirty-five cents a kit, in case you're wondering.)


I looked through the boxes of three and five dollar kits and almost bought one before realizing that it was embellished cross-stitch, which isn't my style at all, and then bought the stuff from those first two pictures, all for ten dollars, and went off to do the grocery shopping.

All the way through Winco and Costco I kept thinking about the yarn. It was a dollar a skein, which is probably the least expensive way I'll ever be able to try that ruffled novelty yarn...and the sale was due to end soon, so maybe they'd be negotiable on the prices. The ad did say "Everything must go!"



When the lady saw me looking, she said I could have the yarn for two bucks if I took the whole bag. At that point, I wasn't even sure any of the ruffled stuff was left, but for two dollars I'd happily knit scarves for the library's annual mitten tree.

And then she told me that the kits were marked down to two dollars each...


Instead of asking myself what I was absolutely sure I'd get around to stitching I went through and picked out all of the kits that even sort of fit my taste. Did I mention that none of these have been opened?

The whole haul only cost me twenty-six dollars and I doubt I took half of the kits they had, not to mention whatever was there on Friday. I doubt I'll ever stitch them all, but I can always pass them along or resell them or, for what I paid, use the  fabric and  floss for something else.

As for those other sales I've driven past.... I doubt they had anything like this!

How about you? Do you judge yard sales from your car window?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blue Sea Socks and Busy Days

Here's another pair of completely uneventful socks... 

Yarn: Drops Fabel, Blue Sea 

The yarn and needles and not-a-pattern all did exactly what they were supposed to do and there's not much to say about these except that they're pretty and I assume they'll fit since I used the same number of stitched on the same needles that I've used for the past half dozen pairs or so. 

Within minutes of binding off these a few days ago, I cast another pair onto the same needles with a different color of Drops Fabel. It keeps my hands busy while I'm waiting for other things to happen. Or watching television. And it soothed my nerves while I was waiting for the appliance delivery guys to show up. 

If you live in a 1920s farm house, measure the doors before ordering appliances or you'll be taking off the door frame. Which I guess we would have done even though we measured, because going with a smaller fridge isn't really an option with soon-to-be-three teenage boys. I need all of the shelf space I can get. 

Today's post is late because I've been shopping for stuff to put in the new fridge, after a couple of weeks of making due with the tiny fridge in our travel trailer. I'm going to have to get used to the arrangement of the shelves in this one. Now that I'm putting food in there I'm kind of convinced that whoever designed it didn't use actual groceries in the process. How can there not be room for 2 liter bottles without moving shelves around? (I'm also thinking I vaguely remember taking a shelf out of the old fridge to make it work with real food.)

Now that Hubby is done with his vacation and I've got a functioning kitchen again, I've got all kinds of plans. Mostly for sewing. Did I mention that the door from the front room to kitchen is only thirty inches wide and that we had to take everything out of the dining room corner that I use for my sewing so they could bring it through there? The past few days have been a huge, not very fun, adventure.

But I found an estate sale that made up for it all and I'll post my haul tomorrow. Hopefully with a video and giveaway, if I can pull it all together. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {7/21/17}


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

{Junk Store Temptations} Where My Husband is Likely to Stop

My husband isn't  big fan of thrift shops. Junk stores are more his style. Especially if it's a place like this one... 


That's only half of the front. When I pulled up, they were adding a still to the collection of stuff. That was priced, but not much else is. Plates, furniture, appliances...all sitting out in the elements with a few tarps thrown over it all when it rains.

There are even a couple of sewing machines buried in that mess...


Inside, there's slightly more method to the madness. This was my first visit in years and it definitely smelled better than it did last time.  I've been down these aisles with toddlers in tow, but I don't recommend it.


One electric mixer and dozens and dozens of sets of beaters...


And lots and lots of tools...


Honestly, I don't think I'd buy anything from this store that I couldn't bleach. But I've found a couple of treasures over the years and there's a food chopper I'm going to take my husband back to look at. It's not exactly the one he's after, but it might be close enough.

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