Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I had to go back!

This is what I bought on my second trip to the local thrift last week. That’s right, once just wasn’t enough.

I didn’t big score like I did before, but it went well. I got these for a school donation. Twenty five cents a piece! You can’t beat it.

And this cool apron. I don’t know if I will wear it, or use the fabric. On one hand I am pretty messy, but on the other, I’m pretty messy. There is a good chance this apron won’t make it. I think the reason that I like it is because it reminds me of my granny. Plus, you have to have something to embarrass your kids right?

What do you think? Keep it or cut it?

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Local Thrift

Last week I made a trip to the local thrift. I was pretty lucky I think. This is my cache. I finally found some large frames that were under $5.00. Most of the large frames that I have seen lately, even at my small town thrift, have been $25 to $30. I think it’s because they come with art or prints, but usually I think they are ugly anyway and I just want the frames. I would just go to Michael’s if I was going to spend that much. Anyway, my husband’s reaction was that they are pretty banged up, but I think they will look fine after some spray paint and a little magic. I have a crafty plan for the really ugly one of the left.

I scored some what I think is old milk glass. I already have one just like the middle one, but I thought it would be cute to have a couple of it. I might resell the others.

I also got this vintage milk glass grape dish. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but I thought I would get it anyway. If I don’t I could always resell it.

I also picked up some more craft supplies. It's super cheap this way.

Some cute vintage-ie looking fabric. Not sure if it really is though, but I liked it.

Two old children’s books. The truth is that I didn’t even look at them that well. Usually I look and see when they were printed, because there is just something cool about having old books around. I even love the smell of them. Not the dusty old house smell, but the aged paper smell.

A Martha Stewart Good Things Binder. I already had one, but I just couldn’t leave it!

And the pièce de résistance! A Canon Auto Zoom 814 super 8 camera! I never expected to see it. I don’t know if it works, because it takes batteries for the zoom. When I first saw it my heart started to palpitate. Before we moved here, I visited Goodwill almost weekly and it always amazed me how photography equipment seemed to find its way there. I wondered if somehow they figured out that there was a nut that would frequent the store that just couldn’t help her compulsion to bring all this old dusty antiquated equipment home. To a small apartment with no storage none the less. Anyway, that was kind of the same train of thought when I walked up to the register and saw this little piece of shiny metal. How it found its way to this small mountain town, I don’t know but surely it was meant for me. My voice quivered as I asked to look at the camera. I looked it up side ways and long ways. Front ways and back ways, no visible lens scratches, seals looks intact, all the buttons move. The only test I couldn’t do is to release the shutter and hear the rhythmic clicking of the iris opening and closing. I looked at the price tag $25.00 . . . but with no battery I couldn’t see if it worked. You see I have a standard rule that I can’t pay over $25.00 for an antique camera unless it is super cool AND it works. This one defiantly fit the super cool. I asked to speak to the manager. What? Did my ears deceive me? They have a 30 day return policy AND it was marked down to $10.00! I”LL TAKE IT!

See, my rational is that if I was to buy a fake camera piece from, oh say, Pottery Barn, etc, it was cost way more than $10, so as an art piece I think it’s worth it. The only problem is if I can convince my husband to come over to my way of thinking. I think this will make it a little easier. Now I only have to see if it works . . .

Friday, November 14, 2008

First Attempt at Sewing a Bag From a Pattern

Sarah at The Misadventures of Sarah and Jack decided to share some of her crafts that . . . well, just didn’t turn out the way she planned. I think we have all had those crafts. I have a ton of them unfinished in my closet myself. It’s funny how things sort of work when you start to create. With me, I get so excited that I have to finish. If I have to stop or take a break, well they usually end up in the closet unfinished. Or, I don’t get to start. I have a ton of beer themed t-shirts in XXL Ziploc bag in my closet that I bought from Goodwill almost 2 years ago, and still haven’t started on the project.

Anyway, Sarah invited us to join in and share some the projects that just didn’t turn out. Here is mine. This is my first attempt at reading a pattern on my own. I loved the pattern, but hated the bag.

The bag was supposed to have curved edges and when I tried to sew the curves together they came out different sizes. I should have started with a square.

I lined the bag with the same material that is on the outside. The pattern said that it was ok. Well, it looks terrible.

I had to use an interfacing, and I don’t think I attached the sides right. Really I think the inside and the outside are just different sizes.

Another problem is that there is no stability to the bag. The fabric is almost a heavy canvas weight, but this is what it does when you try to carry it. It just flops over. Not what I had in mind.

Let me just say for myself that I didn’t take Home Economics and my Mom never taught me how to use a sewing machine. That’s right. I’m braving this own my own folks. So like Sarah I’m ready to just toss it, except that I LOVE the fabric. I have already ripped out the seams joining the inside and outside layers. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Big Savaaaaa

Last Friday, I really had to go to the grocery store. I had to bake a cake and I had company coming over that weekend. I always HATE going to the grocery store, because it takes for stinking ever and I always get stuck behind people. Yes, I know I was the one blocking the soup aisle for 15 minutes try to make sure I had enough cans of soup for the coupons I was using. I also have a little helper who kept deciding that we needed to-go tuna and crackers, because I kept finding them thrown in the buggy.

Not only do I hate going to the store, I hate coming home from the store. I HATE carrying in groceries. Really I do. For some reason when we were looking for a house to buy, there just wasn’t any with a basement AND a drive way that was close to the kitchen.

What was I talking about, oh yeah. Anyway, the reason that I wanted to talk about my grocery shop is that I am SO proud of myself! I have been doing the Grocery Game for months now and I love it. Sometimes it seems hard and sometimes it seems easy, but I tell you when you look down at that Savings Today section it makes it all worth it. Usually, I have only been averaging about 35%. I always had those items that seemed to bring down my average. You know the things that are hardly ever on sale like Milk and Eggs. Well, we had already stocked on those last week, but I was still surprised when I looked down and saw how much I saved . . . are you ready . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . I saved a whopping $99.12!!!! I only spend $89.98! That’s right folks I saved 53% on my groceries! Let’s break it down (because really I’m still living in the moment):

Manufacture’s Coupon Savings: $37.18
Bonus Coupon Savings: $9.55
Store Coupon & Kroger Plus Savings: $52.39
Total Savings: (53%) $99.12

It was mostly things that were on my list too, so I wasn’t just buying things because they were on sale. I did get some things that I don’t normally buy like toaster strudel and frozen pie singles, but I do really like both those things. And the price was right!

I still don’t have my coupons fixed exactly like I want them, but I’m working on it. When I get it perfected I will let ya’ll know. That way you can be big saving like me!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Heart Felt Thank You

Peace does not come without war.

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.”
Ulysses S. Grant

“From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.” Thomas Jefferson

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” John Stewart Mill

“Freedom isn't free.” Anonymous

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” George Orwell

“We make war that we may live in peace.” Aristotle

To all the Veterans and their families who serve, thank you

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I am greatly disappointed and saddened about the election. I wish that I had the hope that so many of you seem to have, but I don’t. Frankly, I just don’t want to talk about it anymore. Well except for this post.

I’m afraid that people have forgotten that we are at war, and it makes me sad. Veterans’ day is around the corner, and I think that it couldn’t have been timed better than one week after the elections. What does give me hope is what I saw today on a soap opera, if you can believe it. All My Children had a wonderful scene with wounded veterans. I tried hard to find a clip so I could share it with you, but the closest thing that I found was the ABC report about the episode. If you have the Soapnet Channel it will be on again at 8pm tonight.

Please don’t forget to do something special for the Veterans in your life and your community this Tuesday, November 11. If you can do something special for a service member overseas, then do that too. It doesn’t have to be a huge gesture. A simple thank you note left on a vehicle with a Purple Heart tag carries more weight than you can imagine.

And to any service member or their families who happen to read this, Thank You from the bottom of my heart!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Voting is a Privilege

I want to write a post about voting, but it is a hard topic. I want to say the standard “Don’t forget to Vote,” but I want to say so much more. On one hand I don’t want to be preachy and start a debate. But on the other hand it is MY blog right?

I guess I want to start by saying how important it is to vote. And not for the usual reasons that are given, like “if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” I strongly believe that voting is a privilege. It is a right, but it is also a privilege. Is not afforded to ALL people. It carries with it a weight and responsibility.

This is an important time in our Nations history. And not just because of the variety of candidates. We are a country facing hard economic times. We are also a country at war. Barack Obama has made a pledge to end the war in Iraq. Regardless of how you feel about Iraq, please know that this pledge is a pointless one. Our military will still be fighting this war regardless of whether it is in Iraq or not. More and more servicemen and woman are being deployed to Afghanistan.

Activism in our country has begun to out rank patriotism and service. The only way to change that is to be different, and to think different. To remember that voting is a privilege AND a right. And to not take it for granted. So please remember to vote TODAY.

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I neeeeed it! Sew Katie Sew Fabric

See Katie Sew is having a fabric giveaway! Since I haven’t been sewing long, I really need a fabric stash. I’m embarrassed to show you how ridiculously small mine is. The drawing is Wednesday, so if you go over and leave a comment say you heard it here folks!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Camera Strap Love

The Vintage Pearl is hosting a giveaway for Shey[B]! I really really want to win. What is the prize? Only a camera strap slip cover! How awesome is that. If you blog about it you get five extra entries! I just have to win this giveaway! Why? Because she has one in a faux bois print!!! LOVE. IT!