Friday, August 27, 2010

Etsy Treasury

Has today been a good day for you?  It has for me.  Some of my Cashmere fiber was listed in an Etsy Treasury!  It's always a good day when your products are listed in a Treasury. 

Have a Safe and Happy Weekend!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dollar Store Fun

 I've seen the very cool William Sonoma Hurricane Knockoffs all over the blogs that I read and thought that I would give them a try.  So off I went to the Dollar Tree to gather my supplies.  I've become an addict of The Dollar Tree.   There are so many great things to be had at this store.

This is what I ended up with for four bucks:


This was such an easy project.  Glue the candlestick to the hurricane vase (using a glue that dries clear of course) and you're done!  I'm going to cut two round felt circles to place in the bottom to protect the glass, but I have not had time to do that yet.  I have yet to fill them or find a permanent home for them, but didn't they turn out great?  Four Dollars.  Wow.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What Not To Bring To A Consignment Sale

While at the Children's consignment sale yesterday, I was working at a table checking items in to be sold.  There are two piles that these get sorted into: accepted and rejected.  Most of the items that go into the rejected pile have the usual stains or tears.  No big deal, everyone of us that have children has some of their clothing that has these.  We don't take these to be resold and we don't think anything about them really when they come in with the rest of the stuff.  It's so easy to miss a stain.  I did it too.  I had no idea a stain was on that shirt.  We just took it out of my pile and didn't think about it again.

What does get talked about though are some of the oddball things.  Someone tried to sell a half used bottle of baby powder. Another person tried to sell a "vintage" crib toy that was yellowed and OLD.  I know, I had a crib toy just like it when I was a baby.  Not to say I'm old, of course, just "vintage".  In another ten years I'll be an antique and so will that crib toy.  It was similar to this one, but older and very yellowed with age:


There's no new mother that I know that would buy the one that was brought in, not one.

How much does it say about the economy these days that someone would bring in to sell a half empty bottle of baby powder and an ancient crib toy? 

Of course, those are nothing compared to the used and uncleaned potty chair that I saw brought in to a sale one year.  ICK!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Magic of Blocking

Want to see an example of the Magic of Blocking?

Here's a before pic while Summerflies (Ravelry link) was on the needles:


Now check it out after it's been blocked:


Now do you believe in the Magic of Blocking?  Yep, thought so.

This was such a lovely little knit.  It's quick, never boring and turned out just right.  Just think, some dude decided that he didn't really like the dark green sweater that his Aunty gave him and donated it to Goodwill as soon as her back was turned.  A few months later and it now looks like this:


I love recycling!  And you know what?  This lovely shawl cost me about $1.00 total, maybe.  I still have a mountain of this yarn left over.   How cool is that?


The only modification that I made was due to the size of the yarn.  I went up to a size 10 in order to get gauge.  That's it, no other mods to see here folks, move along.

By the way, I will not be home much this week due to working the children's consignment sale so there may not be a lot of posts.  Please be patient with me, I'm trying to help a lot of needy children get set up for the winter!