Hi Everyone....Are you having a good Sunday? I'm having a great Sunday. My dad and I decided to stay home from church today. He's really tired from working yesterday..and he has another super-early workday tomorrow.
One of my rituals on Sunday is to buy the Sunday newspaper because it has all sorts of coupons. Today was like hitting the mother load. There were 5 coupon circulars in the paper today...with many coupons for things I can actually use!!!! So cool....I'll save those coupons till the items go on sale.
When I payed for my newspaper, I made sure to get a little bit of cash back so that I could do...what else...some yard sale shopping...and ladies...I hit the "mother load" of yard sales today....I stopped at TWO yard sales. The first one was a lady who was selling a HUGE collection of craft items. Take a look at some of the items below.
My dad and I happened upon this particular "crafty" yard sale on accident, while looking for another yard sale. I saw this quilt rack. There were actually two of them, but this one was considerably taller. It is as high as my waste. The mahogany/deep cherry color is so beautiful. I have enough quilts now, that something like this will really come in handy.
This quilt rack/stand only cost $7. I almost didn't buy it...but I saw a gigantic SUV pull up and "eye" it...so I decided to buy it right then. I'm so glad that I purchased this treasure. It'll make my home look really nice.
The quilt rack will NOT stay at it's current location. That's where I happened to place it after I brought it into the apartment. I was particularly proud of this find, because they are expensive to buy brand new. The lady who was selling this, had literally about two rooms worth of craft items from laces and embroidery patterns to quilt books and bolts and bolts of decorating fabric. It's a good thing I was on a limited budget!!!! I asked her why she was selling her entire collection. She said that this was just a tiny fraction of what she has at home. Hmm...this is a woman after my own heart...More is more when it comes to craft stuff!!!!
Here's a close-up view of the quilt rack detail. I really am impressed with this. It's very sturdy. It's not heavy at all. It's actually very light and easy to carry. My sweet daddy carried it to the car for me :) :) :)
"Crafty yard sale lady" was surprised to learn that I was a quilter...well, just a beginning quilter. I told her I have a quilt I made, a very ugly yet super comfy quilt that was given to me, a yard sale quilt and a yard sale comforter that I plan to hang on the quilt rack. We both had a good laugh over the "ugly" quilt comment. It was a quilt that a friend of mine had received as a wedding present...but she gave it to me shortly after the wedding...because she didn't like it. I didn't like it either...but ladies, let me tell you something, never judge a quilt by the cover, it's the most comfy quilt ever...In fact, the same friend, gave me other free stuff...which in my household, Postulate Number 1 is never turn down a free meal....or free stuff. Below are two quilts...the one in the front, that is the very first quilt I ever made...and the blue one in the back, that's the yard sale quilt. It was super stinky...so I had to wash it...but now it's fresh and clean :) :)
I'll be moving this to another spot in the apartment...probably my bedroom as a display/storage area for my quilts!!!
Below are some of the other things I picked up at the "crafty lady's" yard sale...specifically the "Cross Stitch and Country Crafts" magazines, the index cards and the crochet cotton. The glass jar on the right was from a different yard sale. Everything else was from previous forays....
I purchased all FIVE "Cross Stitch & Country Crafts" magazines for just $1. There are some really useful patterns in there that I plan on making during the winter. The magazines range from 1986 - 1990. So they are definitely older, but still very cute. Oh, that's an embroidered pink kitty cat on the front cover. The index cards were $0.25 and the crochet cotton...almost a full spool..also just $0.25. The glass drinking jar was $1
This mercerized crochet cotton is the real deal...and very high quality..and it was only $0.25...so I snapped that up right away. I'll definitely use this up...for sure!!!
The case is falling apart. I was really after the index cards with the tab dividers. Now to look for a cute wooden box to store these.
Okay....I hope you don't think I'm cheesy for showing these old magazine covers. The projects on the front cover really drew my attention...and inside, there's all sorts of extra craft projects...and the price...well, all five for $1...can't be beat.
At first I thought this was a rabbit...it's actually a kitty cat. There's a blue version, too!!!
I love the sweetness of the mother praying blessing over her little baby. So this one, the year on the photo will have to change when I make it up...but it's adorable!!!!
CHRISTmas is a favorite holiday. This stocking has really sweet vintage details when you look really closely!!! Did you notice the old sewing machine?
The colors in this blue embroidery project reminded me so much of another pattern I had unfortunately given away. Plus I love this particular sampler.
This glass drinking jar was purchased at a seperate yard sale. The lady running this sale was using the money to donate to the American Cancer Society. My sweet grandmother passed away from cancer. So this would make a perfect "drinking" glass for me...oh, no alcohol because I live in a "temperance household"...but I'm thinking nice clean water, milk, or cold iced tea or coffee (iced).
This jar says "Golden Harvest" above the fall image...and underneath it says "drinking jar". Now if this only had a lid to go with it...
Thank you so much for all the nice compliments on the Victorian lace edgings that I shared with you. I LOVE to knit...among other things...and your comments really made my day :) :) You can click here to read that post and look at the photos.
Now comes the business of sorting everything. Alhough maybe I'll wait until winter to do that. There won't be many yard sales, if any, during that time. Some of you asked about the bookcase I plan on attaching the lace edgings too. It's light in color...but I'll make sure to post a photo sometime this week, so you can see it...and give me your ideas/opinions about color...pink or white or both :) :) :)
Tales from the Pear Tree
I've sure talked a LOT today. Thanks for all the encouragement about work. It means a lot...I feel like I've been tossed to and fro...BUT remember what I said earlier about how God will work it ALL out for the good...and HE is FAITHFUL!!!! So I'll continue to "bloom" where I'm planted and enjoy the ride!!!! The people I work with are stellar and sterling individuals. You can't put a price on that...and if nothing else, I LOVE my job because of these people I am honored to work with everyday.
That's the news from Oregon today. Extra love and hugs to all of you sweet friends, Heather :)