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Are you having a great weekend so far? Mine is really good. The Oregon heat is doing me in..I think we're due for a summer rainstorm soon!!! My dad and I went to the grocery store to take in some of our bottle returns. I had enough to buy another skein of Lily Sugar 'n Cream Yarn at Joann's Fabrics...so off we went in the nearly 100 degree heat ;) Thank God for the air conditioner in the car!!!
OH, but I'm getting a little ahead of myself. I'm making Saturday the day where I keep you all up to date on my craft projects....and where they're at in the process..I was trying to come up with a cool title for today's post...something like "Like Money Flying Out of My Wallet, So Are the Craft Projects of My Life"..but I wasn't sure...so I went with something more generic :) :) If you like it, let me know..and I can use that next week!!!
The last time my dad and I were in Ashland, I stopped at The Web*sters and bought this really nice variegated yarn made out of 100% sugarcane fibres!!! It's really pretty. The first photo is the shop bag. Isn't it cute? I always ask for one. It's cute to carry around town AND it's a great form of advertising for the store!!! The second photo is the yarn itself. I love the soft colors...AND if you notice it's in a zip lock baggie with a tiny hole cut in the center for the yarn to come through. That's a great tip for any knitting project, if you can't afford a yarn bag to hold a single skein of yarn.. You can put your yarn a ziplock bag and pull the thread through that hole. It helps to keep the yarn in good condition and wards off tangles...
Here are some more yard sale finds that I purchased the same day I went to Ashland!!! Actually, all of these were purchased in my hometown. The retro vintage Nestle Tollhouse cookie tin was $1 and the metal Westinghouse ice cube tray was only $0.25. My dad and I actually use that now. The yarn was purchased at Joann's Fabrics. It wasn't on sale...BUT it's really inexpensive 100% cotton and great for making dishcloths etc. This is going to be a project for a friend :) :) :) I'm knitting ballband dishcloths. I'll post pics of the progress and the finished product, too!!!!
Here's a close-up of one of the adverts from 1942, plus on another side there's the actual chocolate chip cookie recipe from Nestle Tollhouse!!!
This is the metal ice cube tray I purchased for $0.25. They don't make these anymore..I was really surprised. I love these so much better than the plastic trays. My dad and I are actually using this now. Although, only half the ice cubes are coming out like cubes. The other half is coming out like crushed ice. Does anyone have any tips for making better ice cubes?
Now we come to today. After my dad and I redeemed the bottles for cash at the grocery store, we went to Joann's Fabric for yarn. I had enough to buy one skein with the money we got from the bottle returns. More on that story later... On the way home, we saw this huge fundraiser/church yard sale in the parking lot of the Mucho Gusto restaurant!!! Great burritos by the way...It was after 1 p.m. and EVERYTHING was HALF-PRICED. All the books and cookbooks were FREE..So here's what I ended up with...
This lovely serving dish with delicate pink flowers...starting to fade a little bit, but still beautiful. It was originally priced at $2...but I only paid $1. The backstamp is Johnson Bros of England...
This cookbook was absolutely free!!! I took it because of the title..."Money-saving...." Sometimes I feel like I'm so poor, I owe myself a quarter...but since it was free, I thought I'd give it a try. I can always give it to someone else if I decide it doesn't meet my needs :)
This is a super cute rustic country tissue box cover!!!! There was no price on it, so I asked one of the church helper's how much they wanted for it...I only paid $0.25. I do use tissues...however, this will be repurposed for something else. I also included a photo of the artist stamp on the inside!!!! Any ideas for a use, besides a tissue box cover?
This was a handmade lace chocker..at least that's what I think it is. This was just $0.25 cents, too :) :) You can see the little button closer in the second photo. I'm actually going to add fabric in the center and use it as a plate liner. It'll be a nice way to protect my plates from getting scratched...
Now this book was also FREE.. I didn't take it home for myself so much as I thought one of my collector friend's might like it. It's fairly old..not sure of the exact date, because there was no publishing date anywhere in the book. All I know is that it is a first edition!!!
This I'll keep because it reminds me of the late 1800s up to the 1930s..This is actually an anniversary edition of the Gregg Shorthand book. The original was published in 1892....the one I have was published 1929. This was another FREEBIE..remember, by the time I got to the sale, ALL books and cookbooks were FREE.. :) :)
Here were a couple more cookbooks that were FREE. The one on the left was published ca. 1994...recipes from the ladies at the First Church of the Nazarene in my hometown. The other book was recipes from Fulton, CA. Now this one was funny, because it had advertisements in it for local businesses along with the sweet reminder "Please patronize our patrons" :) :) :) If I decide I don't want them, I'll give them away.
This was definitely the steal of the week...two KING-SIZED emerald green satin pillow cases with ruffled-edge...for get this...originally $1 for a set of two. However, I only had to pay $0.50 because it was half price. So I actually have two of these, plus a free pants hanger that these came on. My dad later said, when he saw me pick that off the rack he knew he'd end up waiting for awhile :) :)
Oh, since I've decided to make Saturdays "Heather's Crafty Saturday"...here's what I bought at Joann's Fabric today with the bottle return money. Oh, now this is a super-sized skein...and it's normally $2.79. I got to the front register and the lady asked if I found everything. My reply "Yes, I always find more than my wallet can afford." Her response..."Thank you..how about I give you a 50% discount?"...seriously, that's what she said...Okay, I'm no dummy...so I took it. I ended up only paying $1.39 and that was it. There is no sales tax in the state of Oregon...so what you see is what you pay!!!! I'm so thankful to God for little blessings like this...this was definitely not one I was looking for or prayed over for that matter...but God blessed me anyway, because He loves me :) :) I'm convinced He'll do the same for you. Just keep your eyes open to the good things God has blessed/and is blessing you with :) :) :)
More ladies decided to join my blog totally out of the blue. What a pleasant and very happy surprise...!!!!
WELCOME TO: Linda May of Blueridge Boomer. Click here to check out her blog :) Linda, I'm looking forward to reading your blog and getting to know you a little bit better :)
WELCOME TO: Karen Long of Glass of Sweet Tea. Click here to visit her :) She has a really neat story and she's a really nice lady :)
WELCOME TO: Mary of Vintage Comfort. Please click here if you'd like to pay her a visit. She has some really super cute vintage things to look at:) :) Mary, you're a sweetheart. Thanks for updating your profile so I could include your blog here for everyone :) :) :)
So God is really good to me...and I'm so thankful that you all consider my blog worth your time. I love Jesus Christ and I hope that comes through in what I write!!! I'm almost finished with the "Redeeming Ruth" Bible study. I'm thoroughly enjoying that. Click here if you want to listen in. Pastor Mark Driscoll can be a bit brash sometimes...but if you listen to the heart of his message. It's so good. I'm encouraged as a single lady. I feel more loved by God since I've started this study...and I realize that God has place for single people. Sometimes I think the church forgets singles...but God doesn't...remember that!!! God loves each and every one of us. He has a plan for our lives, even if we can't see it yet :) :) Just look at Ruth!!! I think the story of Ruth and Boaz also provides some great guidelines for choosing a spouse, too...but those are just a couple of the things that I learned in this study so far :) :)
I love all visitors and comments, too :) :) If you are new to my blog, would you please tell me how you found me :) :) I'm always interested to learn that!!! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!
That's the news from Oregon today. Love and hugs, Heather :) :) :)