Saturday, August 28, 2010

Garage sale finds.

Some of my garage sale finds this week:
The book was 25 cents, the set of silver coasters was $5.00, the little glass jar was 10 cents, the white scarf was $1.00, and the little orange pouch was 5 cents. I think I'm going to use the scarf in some kind of fabric collage.
The "diet award" was 75 cents, I'm planning on painting over it and using it for a collage background. The square thing was labeled as a lamp finial and was 25 cents, not quite sure what I'll be doing with that, but it is pretty cool looking. Below that is a box that was $1.00, and two heart pins for 25 cents each.
The blue doily was 25 cents, the bunch of flowers was $1.00, the square doily was 25 cents, the handkerchief was 25 cents and the green glass was $2.00.
Head on over to Debbiedoo's for more finds.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy WOYWW

It's Wednesday again (well not at the moment I'm typing this, today is Saturday, but I wasn't sure what I'd have for Wednesday and I got some really cool stuff at garage sales today, so that's what I'm showing). I got some great deals on some stuff on garage sales today, plus a neat triptych in the mail today. So, in the picture above is a bag of oil pastels I got for $1.00, there's also a pack of Hello Kitty shoe charms, that I'm planning on sending to a friend in one of my Yahoo! groups, a nice Halloween triptych I received in the mail (more on that in a minute), the squareish chipboard pieces that I believe I mentioned last week (but forgot about when putting stuff on my craft table), and a bag of beads that I got for $.50.
Here's a close-up of the triptych. When I got back from my garage saleing, I saw a brown envelope in my mailbox and wasn't quite sure what it was. I opened it up and it was this, the fences are wooden, the ghost, bat and jack-o-lantern are foam. It is a RAK from a member of another one of my Yahoo! groups, she sent it to give me a smile after hearing about Ames' flooding problems, and it did give me a great smile. On the flooding, we're pretty much back to normal, when I got back from Okoboji on Monday, we could drink and use water like normal. Business that got flooded are still cleaning up, but the river and creek are back in their banks and unless we get 3 nights in a row with more than an inch from thunderstorms, I believe we won't have any more flooding, on a side note, I have a lot of bottled water now.
And here's some more goodies. In the bottom corner are some cute little toys, then there's two cloth doll blanks that I got for $1.00, I thought I could use them for some art dolls, which I've never really tried before. Next to them are some Hannukah (sp?) stamps, an angel stamp, the blue things are a set of underwater stamps, then there are some Christmas stamps, a red ink pad, a blue/green ink pad, and underneath that some skater stamps. I got all the stamps in the same bag for $1.00. Above the stamps is a cute little pink bag that had the box of beads in it, got that for $1.00, I thought I could do something cute with the front of the bag. And last of all, there's a bag of foam shapes that I got for $.50, those are always fun to use.
Hope over to Julia's blog to see what other people have on their workspaces. I love getting comments.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

I'm losing my mind

My mood's been off lately, for at least a couple of months. I keep saying it's because I'm waiting to find that really great buy at a garage sale or antique mall, but when I went to Lake Okoboji last weekend, I found some great handkerchiefs and a nice photo album (see previous posts), but I still didn't feel better. I would love to buy some more crafting supplies, but I know I already have enough.
I could blame it on being wicked busy at work and tired after work, but that would have only been from last week. I started full time at the book store again last Tuesday, and I love working there, don't get me wrong, but some days working from 9AM to 6PM standing, is a very long day. I wonder if it's the stress of knowing the other store I work at is closing sometime (probably soon) and I'll have to worry about finding another job. And the fact that my parents now know about it and have been telling me about every help wanted sign they have seen, and asking me what I want to do with my life since I'm now at a cross roads again.
I guess I just need a job that pays a ton whether I want like it or not.
I could also blame it on not really doing anything this summer. I haven't really been in water since Hawaii (that was Jan), I guess Kevin and I walked through the flood waters 2 wks ago Wed. I haven't really gone out and done anything outside this summer. The only time I'm outside is to do errands or go to work. I don't have any close friends here in Ames, and Kevin's been working 7 days a week since July (actually since he started back up in April, but he had some days off over the 4th of July).
I suppose I could also blame it on things falling through lately too. Kevin's work generally pays for their employees to spend a day at Adventureland in Des Moines, but they didn't do that this year. I kinda wanted to go to the State Fair this year too, and I had a chance when my brother said he'd be in town, but he (and miscommunication with my parents) got dates messed up, then he got a great business opportunity in Europe, so of course he jumped on that. Then, someone told me that if it was nice in the evenings last week (which I thought it was) they would call and we could go, but that didn't happen.
I am wondering if it's more on the job front though, like I said I've been somewhat depressed for a few months, and I was told June 1st (or around there), that the store would be closing at the end of that month. And I have found my mind drifting to something it hasn't drifted to in awhile, and that scares me.
By the way, the pictures are from Okoboji, those are the views I had off our balcony of the condo.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pink Saturday

It's Pink Saturday again, and I regret to say, I don't have any new pink items this week, these are some random things from garage sales this summer.
A cute crocheted doily (which I don't know if I have anymore, I might have sent it out with my birthday giveaway, honestly I have no idea).
That cute little vase has tiny pink flowers all around it. I love little tiny bottles, I have no idea what I will do with them, but I still love them.
And this handkerchief I bought last weekend up in Okoboji (north Iowa), has a little pink embroidery on it. I love old embroidered handkerchiefs especially the ones with the lace on the edge.
Check out Beverly's site to see more Pink Saturday items, I'll try to get around to people this weekend, I was at Okoboji all last weekend away from computers, and after I got back, it seems I've been working non stop. I love comments.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Pretty Cool Treasures

Last weekend, I went up to our condo on Lake Okoboji (north Iowa). We went to a couple antique malls and I got some great stuff. At one place I found this photo book:
I has around 50 of these vellum like envelopes, they looked a lot like the envelopes people collect stamps in. Anyways, it looked like it was an Army (?) guy's photo book with lots of photos of (I'm guessing) his wife, her family, and his kid from 1944.
Here's the back of it. It says Wayne Solmonson (37078554) Co. "A" 43rd Engr. Const. Bn.
Here's the front of it. It says Barberton Film Album, and then handwritten on the right edge Wayne Solmonson Co "A" 43rd Engr. C.B. My aunt, cousin and I who went on our mini vacation decided it must have been in some old box of photos someone didn't want. We decided Wayne's child must not be alive now, because there are photos of him at 6 1/2 months in 1944, so he'd be in his 60's now. I got the whole album for about $6.00
I bought this cute little tea cup that's about an inch tall for $1.00, and that tiny little tin, that's about the size of a nickel for $1.00
I also bought a bunch of handkerchiefs. I really do love them, that yellow one is just plain, so I'm thinking about doing my own embroidery on it. The green one, is very sheer and very lightweight, the picture on it, is painted and looks like a pagoda. They were all about $1.00 each.
I also got all these photos for $2.25. I was just mentioning not so long ago, how I could never find old photos for good prices around here, then I find this stack of photos and the photo album above. I don't know what I'm going to do with them, I always think it's pretty cool to have a little peek into someone else's life.
Check out Debbie Doo's for more Garage Salen. I love your comments.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A little fix

And, yes, I'm a little late on this one too, and it's not very exciting. I haven't had time lately to work on cleaning out my craft closet. I went on a mini vacation to Okoboji (north part of the state) this weekend, got back on Monday, worked for a few hours, then started full time yesterday, and I was thinking tomorrow was Wednesday.
So, on my way to work yesterday, the strap for my shoulder bag slid right out of it's stitching (or rather the stitching had been giving away, and finally went altogether yesterday). Last night I sat in front of the TV and restitched one side in and then
Saw the other side was coming loose and reinforced that as well. Once again, the photos are a little blurry, they look soo clear on the camera, then I upload them on the computer and they're blurry. I used some quilting thread I bought a few years ago, it's really strong, so any time I need some heavy duty thread, out it comes. I hope this will hold, if it doesn't I'll just have to find another bag, I got this bag a few years ago for $5.00 at Walmart. It's big enough to hold a notebook and some books, so it's really nice for $5

Go over and see Julia, she'll have tons of other spaces to check out. I love your comments.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pink Saturday

Hey Everybody, this is my first time posting for Pink Saturday, I've been reading a lot of blogs that have posts for this event, and thought it might be fun to join in, especially after buying the piece below, today.
This is a nice pink and white doily I found at a garage sale today for $1.00. I love crocheted doilies and am always on the look out for them.
These I bought awhile ago, I love the look of pearls or faux pearls as these likely are. I don't have a good place to put them yet, any suggestions on that?
This glass I believe is depression glass. My parents have a set of their own and this one has the same pink coloring. It also has some etching on the surface of grapes and leaves, I don't know if you can see it that well in this picture. It's about 4 inches tall.
This cute little pitcher, was just way too cute to pass up. It's about 3 inches tall, I have no idea what it would be used for, but's very cute.
This is a silk handkerchief I bought at an antique mall, it has some slight embroidering around the edges and hasn't the nicest feel, I really need to iron it, bet it would look way better without those creases in it. I'm a big fan of handkerchiefs with embroidery on them, I also like the ones with lace edging.
I do have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of pink, which is why I didn't join sooner, but the more ways I see it, the more I like it. I always thought of it as bright hot Barbie really girlie pink. But, as I grow older and see all the different shades, especially with the pink posts I read, I'm really liking pink a lot more.
I don't have a ton of pink items, but I do have a lot of items with pink in them, and as I've seen people post things like that, I think I have a few more things I can post. I hope to be a regular contributer to this event.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Going up north

OK, last post for today, I promise, probably the last post until sometime next week.
The flood/water situation. It seems that almost all roads are open, one I heard sustained quite a bit of damage on the road, so it's still closed. Apparently people aren't conserving water as much as the city needs to refill the water towers, so it might be a little bit longer before we can drink water. I'm stocked up on bottled water, I don't flush as much (which by the way is kinda gross), I took a very short shower last night, I was going to wait longer, but I just felt so gross.

I'm going to go to our condo on Lake Okoboji this weekend. Originally, my brother was supposed to go up for our week, which is usually the last week in August, but since the schedule is a little off, it all depends on how January starts out, he got his dates mixed up. And it turns out my aunt, and cousin and her kid wanted to go for the weekend, and I happen to have the weekend free, so we're going to have a little girls weekend. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to get there, so we're leaving in the morning tomorrow. Check in is usually about 4pm, so we'll have a little time before we check in, but there's always plenty to do.
I've decided I want to shop and go swimming as my main priorities, since we're really only going to be there about 2 days, I have to work at 1 on Monday, so we have to leave early up there. Our condo is right next to the mall, a little further down is a strip mall across from the amusement park (which I haven't been too in ages, haven't been to the condo in 3 years). I'd love to also go to an antique mall there and a thrift store, I'd like to go to the scrapbooking store too and another shop close to it, but it's not within walking distance and we all know I don't need more artsy stuff.
I will take plenty of photos for you all to enjoy, our condo looks right over the lake, downstairs you can jump right into it off the dock.

Starting on Tuesday, I will be working full time at UBS because the college kids are coming back, so between that job, the library and the store I will most likely have very little free time during the week. I do have to finish the bird swap for one of my yahoo groups, and I do have two swaps due on the 30th, and another one due in Sept. I guess I'll have to see how busy I am next weekend, I know one day I'll be working at UBS.

Now you know where I'll be if you don't see me here.

Silver Sunday

OK, this is my first time participating in this, so I hope I do it right. I purchased a silver bowl at a garage sale today, and then thought about these salt cellars (below) and then thought of the Silver Sunday posts.
Like I said these are salt cellars (I didn't know that when I first saw them, I just thought they were cute), I bought them at a garage sale earlier in the summer for $1.00 each, so a total of $3.00, spoons included.
Here's the bowl I bought today for $1.00.
Here's the bowl from the top looking down, it measures about 3.5" across and about 2 1/4" tall.
Here's a close up of the salt cellars, they are actually little glass bowls in these silver colored bottoms, I don't think they're actually silver, I think they're pewter or something. On two of the three the glass bowls come out, I think the third one's just stuck, they measure 2" tall and about 2" wide at the widest point around the middle.
And here are the cute little spoons which are about 3" long. I know they're real silver. I honestly have no idea what I'm going to do with them, but I guess I got a good deal as I was reading on someone's blog the other day how she was having a hard time finding just the spoons at a reasonable price, I don't recall whose blog this was, so if it's yours let me know, and I'll link to you.

Anyways, that's my silver sunday post, a little early as I'm going up north for the weekend.


New finds this week

OK, I'm linking to Debbiedoos Garage Salen party #12 today, I figured I should have done this a long time ago, as I've been going to garage sales all summer. And I might have some more purchases to show, that I guess will have to be linked to next weeks party, as I'm going up north for the weekend, I'll talk about that in a later post tonight.
Today, mom and I went to a church sale, only sale in my neighborhood today, there's one tomorrow I hope I can check out before I head out of town.
This is from an Uncle Wiggly's board game, and after I got the box with the pieces home I realized the game board was there separate and I should have bought it, but I honestly have no idea what I would have done with it. Above are some cards and people pieces from the box. I got the whole box shown below for 25 cents, everything at this sale that wasn't priced was a quarter. Of course, while I was there, there was a lady going around looking at stuff and then pricing it if it wasn't priced, I thought that kinda defeated the quarter thing.
Here's looking at the box for Uncle Wiggly's game pieces. You can see dice, some plastic pieces, the robin's egg blue and cream pieces are wooden, and that sparkly looking blue piece is a button. I would have paid a quarter just for the button. I never knew there was a game, but I do remember my brother having a book about Uncle Wiggly, who was a smart rabbit.
And here are the other items I bought. Those cute gloves are knitted or crocheted, they are kids gloves, but looked like the little white gloves people used to wear all the time, they were $.25. The tiny little Santa figurine was $.25, I'm going to give it to my mom for Christmas, providing I don't lose it before then. The silver bowl, that measures about 3.5" across was $1.00, I seem to be getting a tiny collection of silver stuff, so I'm posting a Silver Sunday post this week, that I'll post right after this one, so check it out. The rubber brayer at the top was $.75, I've been wanting one for awhile, so that was a good deal. And the doily was $1.00 as well, I love crocheted doilies, they're so fun to collect.
So my full haul was $3.50, pretty good deal for those cute items.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

2010 Flood update

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Just a little update on the flood here. Found out there were actually 8 different water main breaks. We're not supposed to drink the water and to boil it before we do anything where it will come in contact with mouths. We're supposed to use toilets very infrequently. I was informed tonight that we may not have water until sometime next week. I'm well stocked with bottled water at the moment.
The Skunk River crested sometime in between 6 and 7 tonight at 26 feet in south Ames, and 18 feet in north ames. The University is closed tomorrow due to the water problems.
My house isn't affected except for a little wetness in the basement, I live in the high part of town and have access to grocery stores and a walmart, so pretty much anything I need (except running water at the moment) I can get, unfortunately I'm also kinda on an island. I did find out at least one street going north is open, so that's good.
I would really appreciate any prayers and good thoughts to clean up the city and of course get the water running again.

Thanks all.

2010 Flood

AMES IS FLOODED!!!
EDIT: I just learned that a water main broke this morning, and we are now informed we must boil our water before drinking it, I'd love any thoughts and prayers to get the water main back up and working.
I was woken up at 5AM by the automated city system calling to warn about flooding, didn't think anything of it, since I live in the high part of town. Kevin came by about 8AM saying he couldn't get home because of streets flooded, go here for a map of what's closed. We went out to view streets being closed, here's a couple pictures I took:

This one is at a University housing complex, you can see a fire hydrant there and a dumpster, as well as a car.
Here's a close-up of the car, and not a very old looking one.
Another picture of the water at the housing complex, from what we could see, it looked like the row of houses closest to the water got about 1.5 to 2 feet flooded, but by the time we were there, it had gone down enough that they weren't being flooded.
This is a view looking south to our Target store.
A closer look of the Target, see how the corn stalks are just peaking out over the water on the left side of the picture.
This is a close-up of a piece of art of a person waving, I figure he's about 5.5 to 6 ft tall, and the water's up to his armpit. If you happened to be able to look south a little further behind the edge of the picture, you would see our newer Super Walmart also flooded. Go here to read a story about the flooding, in our local paper.
Here's a view a little farther north but more east of the Target building, closer to the South Skunk River, last I heard at about 1pm it had not crested (reached it's highest point). Go here, and here to see levels of the Skunk in parts of town, and here to see the level of the Squaw River.
The first link is Hwy 30 and the Skunk, which is the south end of town, the second one is Riverside and the Skunk which is the north end of town and the Squaw is about the middle of town. Lincolnway, is the old Lincoln Hwy, what people used before the new highway 30.
On the other side of this tree line is the Skunk River, you can't quite see how deep it is, because this is a pretty low spot, but if you kept going past the right side of the picture, eventually you'd run into the Target store.
Go here to see a video of how flooded Hilton Coliseum is. This is where I work for basketball season, I am happy to see that it hadn't reached the new seats they put in about a year or so ago, but the floor is ruined. If the basketball hoops were in there, they'd be about the level of the red seats you can see, so that gives you an estimate on heighth.
And here is a link to the Tribune's facebook page with pictures looking east on Lincoln way and around the coliseum and the football field. That's the west end of town where the photographer is located.
I remember back in 1993, when we had a big flood, that was a 500 year flood, this one's worse. I remember sandbagging, I don't remember much else, but I do know it will take us awhile to get over this one. Here's hoping the water will fall fast. They are predicting rainfall tomorrow night, but under an inch, as well as under two inches Friday night.
Our house isn't damaged, the basement is a little wet, but like I said before we live in the high part of town, and it would take quite a bit of water to get to us. I am very happy for living in this part of town.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What's on Your Workspace Wednesday

OK, so it's not exactly my workdesk, but this is what I was doing today. Giving my guinea pig a bath.
This is my guinea pig, Val, she's just over a year old. My boyfriend got her for me for Valentine's Day last year. Even though she's got brown fur, she still has red eyes, which I find really strange, but maybe that's the reason she's so timid.
Anyways, she got into something the other day and her fur felt sticky, so I decided she needed a bath. She was not happy, though I thought she looked very funny.
When I turned the water on, she kept trying to jump out of the sink. It was a very funny spectacle.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

A question

A question to all you readers out there. I know many of you have won giveaways or someone sends you something fun in the mail, most likely there's at least one thing in those boxes that you aren't especially extatic to get. Is there a bloggers rule saying you can't take that thing that you know you'll never use and put it in your own giveaway or sell it online?
Now, I haven't gotten anything in a swap, and I've not been fortunate for someone to just send me something out of the blue, but there have been a few things in giveaways that I've won, that I just have no idea what to with them. A few of them are crafting supplies that I just don't know what to do with and some of them are just random items. I know I have included random things in giveaways that I don't know what to do with that I hope other people will.

But what do you do with those things that you don't really want?

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

What's on Your Workspace Wednesday

Welcome to What's on Your Workspace Wednesday, if you don't know what that is, hop over to Julia's blog and check it out.
Since this is my first time doing this on this blog, I have a little introduction for you:
This is my house. See those 2 windows on the 3rd floor, that's where I live, in a separate apartment from the first two floors. It includes a kitchen, living room, bedroom and a tiny bathroom, plus 5 closets. My craft closet is one of those.
This is my craft closet. It has a sloping ceiling, because it's under the eaves of the house, and way too much stuff for such a tiny space. I'm in the process of cleaning it, and will show you my progress each week (now I have to do it, right?), who knows what I'll do with all the stuff I decide I don't need. That steamer trunk is about 3 ft long by 1 ft tall (it's a tiny bit hard to get a good measurement) and holds all the stuff I have for sale on Etsy. The smaller one on top of it holds all my alterable material like books, various boxes, and some random background pieces. The gray unit on top has quite a few little drawers and at the moment holds all my beads. The white unit and blue unit just hold miscellaneaous stuff at the moment, and all those boxes on the floor, I'm not entirely sure what they hold.
This is my dresser that I had when I was a little kid, it used to have pink bows stenciled on it. It measures about 4 ft long by 2.5 ft tall. Starting on the top left hand drawer and going down, the drawers hold: 1. tissue paper/lutrador; 2. stickers; and 3. fabric and ribbon. Starting at the top right hand side and going down: 1. plain cardstock; 2. any kind of patterned paper, I have both 12x12 sheets and 8.5x11 sheets in there; and 3. my stamps. This probably the most organized piece in my closet.
Here's another view at all the boxes on the floor. See that big roll of ribbon, that box holds what I won from Wanda's birthday giveaway. You can see a box of ATC sized cards and an orange bag of ribbons I bought at a garage sale as well. And the blue tin at the bottom still holds most of the stuff I got from Wanda in the Treasured Tin swap.
Another view, in the left corner, you can see a tub, that tub holds all my 'tools'. I use this term lightly as it includes pretty much my essentials other than stamps and papers. I have ink pads, heating tool, embossing powder, my paper cutter, decorative scissors and other stuff.
Also, you can see the table covered in a purple plastic table cloth, that I pull out into my hallway to play on.
Once I moved that table this morning, a bunch of things fell over, my button drawer that you can see fell over and spilled all over the floor (some even rolled down my stairs), under the table which you can't see are 2 tiny drawers for another plastic bin that fell over on Monday, one filled with Prima flowers, and another with some leaf sequins, also my ATC box fell over and poured everything out. Looks like I know where I'm starting on this clean-up job. I thought I was doing good when i cleaned out enough space to get the table in there.
Oh well, at least everything fits in my space.
Check out Julia's blog for more WOYWW, and my other blog for another post.
Thanks for coming by, and I love comments.

Monday, August 02, 2010

My weekend

If you're interested in my garage sale finds this week, you'll have to check out my other blog, since they were all art-related I figured it was better to post them over there.
I was planning to go garage saleing, then come home and go to the Buick car show, then go to Target and Walmart. But we all know what happens to the best laid plans. I had texted Kevin on Thurs saying if he wasn't too tired (ya know from working 12 hour shifts for the past 3 weeks, no day off), we should go garage saleing on Sat for some furniture (since he needs a couch and desk), I figured since it was changing of the lease weekend (August 1st), there would be plenty of furniture, but since I hadn't heard from him by the time I left the house, about 8, I just went along with my other plan.
He calls me at about 8:15, and meets up with me and we bounce around. Both of us were pretty disappointed, after driving all over town (more or less), by 11, we were ready for lunch. We migrated over to the Chinese buffet we hadn't been to in awhile, after that we went south to see if there were more sales, no such luck. He was going to drop me off so he could go home and sleep (for about 5 or so hours), but I said I at least had to give him something I picked up last week. Needless to say, he never made it home. He decided to sleep at my house and then we had a late supper and he went to work. It was a great day.
Sunday, I don't really recall what I did before I went to work, I do know I mowed the lawn and watched TV afterwards.
Today, I planned on getting my charms done and all my other things needing to be mailed, mailed. I got the charms done, and after much deliberation on what to do on them, finally settled on something that turned out very cute if I do say so myself. You'll have to check out my other blog on Wed, as I'll be posting them for the What's On Your Workspace Wednesday. As I was leaving for the post office, I decided I should go ahead and package up Linda's package and take it, as it was ready to go. I wandered down to the post office and spent less than I thought I would for her box, an envelope for an Etsy purchase and the tiny flat rate box with my charms for my charm swap (ok, there were a few other things in there as well). I'm thinking about heading over to HY-Vee after work to pick me up something yummy as I'm annoyed with some things (and people) and feel I should be able to treat myself especially for being the more mature person.
Tomorrow, I plan to go up to the mall and browse the end of the summer sales at Penney's and Younkers, as when I went to put on my shorts Sunday for work, my zipper broke. Hopefully, they'll be some shorts that fit me left, as tomorrow's the last day of the sale. I was not pleased about my shorts.

A few of my favorite things

...to find at garage sales. So now that I've been to quite a few and totally look forward to the weekend when I can visit more, I've decided there are some definite things I LOVE finding and adding to collections I never knew I wanted.
I love finding handkerchiefs: This pink one I found at an antique store in Boone on my birthday, the green stuff on top is tatting. I would love to create some kind of fabric collage some day.
Tea cups, or at least tiny little cups. This one I got in June some timp, I'm pretty sure it's some kind of pitcher as it has a spout, but it was still cute and a really good price.
Crocheted or knitted (I don't really know the difference) things. I have no idea when I got this, but isn't it cute? Also, I have been using some of the plain cream ones as stencils with my new glimmer mists (read about those on my other blog).
Another crocheted or knitted thing, I've already used this one as a stencil and now it is a nice light teal color.
Once again with the tiny teacups. This was my first one and it has a nice matching plate. I remember it was $3.00, maybe a little steep, but I thought it was so cute.
Here's another hankerchief. I got this one at a sale that had quite a few, I believe the whole box was $3.00 for about 20, but I only really liked this one, and I partially regret sending it to my Vintage Tin partner, but I know I'll find something else cool soon.
Another thing, which I guess I don't have a picture of is jewelry, mostly pins. And they have to look really cool, I don't but the gaudy looking things. I love getting any of the above items for under $5.00. Unfortunately I haven't found any really cool buys in awhile. But, it seems July isn't a great month for garage sales, it's the in between month, people are busy with other things. June, the summer is just starting out, people are cleaning out places. August, the first is moving day here, so if not last weekend, they're might be some really good ones this weekend, closer to the end of the month, college starts and soon after that the rest of the schools here, so might see more school stuff. But, I still have a month before the end of the season.
I also have a couple stores here in town to browse through, one an antique mall that covers two floors and plenty of different spaces to look through, I'm thinking of visiting that sometime this week, the other one a consignment shop (that brings up a question for people, what's the difference between a consigment store and a thrift store, or is thrift store the new name now?), that's ok with prices, but sure fun to browse. There's another one that's been here about 2 months that I haven't gotten to yet, it's clothes, and I get to walk by it every day on my way to and from work, and their window displays are very cute, I should get there before summer ends to see if they have any cute summer dresses for good prices.
And now I really need to finish some charms for a swap on one of my yahoo groups, they're due Friday, and I decided they need to be in the mail today (along with some other items I need to mail).

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On our way home from Chicago, we stopped off at a Hobby Lobby, but unlike some other stores I feel all Hobby Lobby's have the same stuf...