Category Archives: Second Hand store

Calling All Dreamers

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Good morning lovely people,

I’m coming to you live from Indianapolis, here on the Westside, at my job, at my desk…Yep, it’s as boring as it sounds, lol. Such a shame that I’m here in the middle of my work day, daydreaming about what I want to be when I grow up. Yes, never mind the fact that I’m 41 years old, I have two almost adult children, I’ve been married and divorced, and I work a full-time job as a pharmacy technician. But that’s not my dream job, I mean it pays the bills, barely, but I have a dream of being my own boss one day. Seriously, I know that sounds like most Americans, but really folks, I think I deserve it after all of these years. I mean considering that I didn’t finish college and I’ve been a single mom for years before I got married. I have worked hard all my adult life starting at 14 and I’ve been in so many different lines of work I can’t even count all of the jobs I’ve had. I mean I could try but it would be hilarious and a bit embarrassing. Too bad I couldn’t get college credit for every different job I’ve had. I’ve worked as a waitress, in clothing stores, in hospitals, in drugstores, in the manufacturing field (making airplane engines and the automobile industry believe or not). I mean, I’m not flighty or unable to hold down a job, but I’m a jack-of-all-trades, really, if you teach me something once, I’ll pick it up quickly and I’ll be the best at it. But, with being a single mom for so many years, I went wherever the best paying job with the best health insurance would have me.

So with that being said, I’ve learned over the years, that I’m very creative and I can learn just about anything. I would like to take that gift and use it to my own advantage. I love baking, sewing, and quilting, and I would love to own my own rustic little shop where I can do all of these things all day and get paid for it. Sounds great!!! One day, I’ll make it happen. Don’t mind me, just rambling on, hoping and wishing, and dreaming.

You all have a great day,

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9, 10 ESV)

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Weekend projects

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Good Morning lovely people,

I hope that everyone is having a truly splendid day! I have a couple of things to show you from this past weekend that I was able to bust out on my faithful sewing machine. I had a wonderfully productive weekend, even through a lazy Saturday, a sad attempt at playing softball on Sunday and a splendid migraine on Monday. But I persevered and I made 5 children’s aprons, made from old blue jeans that I found in my closet that I had been holding on to for dear life and hoping that I would be able to fit into again one day. But, don’t dismay, I haven’t given up the fight. The weather here in Indy will settle down one day and Spring will be here permanently soon. Or knowing Indiana weather it will probably go straight to summer, from 30 to 90 degrees in one day. Either way it makes for very unpredictable wardrobe changes, but I digress. I’ll be out in the great weather and working on my fitness, very soon. NO MORE EXCUSES!!!

So I did some alterations for some coworkers. I hemmed a blouse that was too long for a friend and I turned some boot-legged jeans into skinny jeans for another friend.

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They turned out great. And then I busted out those aprons, from my fabric stash and old jeans:

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Then I promised another coworker I would make her baby a quilt (she’s on Baby #3). It was made from fabric leftover from my pinwheel quilt that I made for last month and some white fur fabric that I found at Value World. Don’t worry I pre-washed that furry fabric AND washed the quilt after I was done. It turned out pretty cute. It wasn’t too extravagant, just some 4 inch blocks and some 2.5 inch x WOF strips along the outside to make it a little bigger. And instead of making additional binding, I just wrapped the furry fabric over the edge to the top and used that as binding. I also added a ribbon and added a little furry toy that I bought (brand new from Target) for the baby to play with or Mommie could use the loop to hang the blanket on something. I was surprised how super easy it is in making a much smaller quilt than the one I made last month and I was able to quilt the whole thing on my sewing machine (no quilting as I go, this time).

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So, I’m hoping to learn different techniques as I go. I would also like to bust out more quilts. I have found a ton of quilts I would like to try on http://www.modabakeshop.com. I LOVE THAT SITE!!!

So I’m keeping with the 1 quilt a month so far, but I’m terrified to try that tie quilt. I’m still bouncing around some ideas for the blocks that won’t be too difficult.

Anywho, have a super blessed day!!

And if you’re here in Indy, stay out of the rain, snow, sleet, heat, flood, or whatever it is for the day

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:1, 2 ESV)

Goodwill Hunting

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Good evening shoppers,

I would like to tell you all about my new (to me) thrift store shopping venue. I started going on Goodwill’s online auction website. Where you search for items of interests or just search all items. They have a WIDE array of antiques, furniture, jewelry, vehicles, toys, clothes, I mean absolutely anything you can imagine. And of course it’s just like an auction or ebay, where you bid on items and they’re listed for a certain amount of days. So, I’m too frugal to pay for shipping so I only search for items sold in my state so that I can pick them up (score). So here’s a few things that I’ve snagged on their website:

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Brown Asian Matte Finished Bonsai Tree Tea Set

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‘Japan’ Ceramic Teapot & 4 Cups Floral Pattern

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Northface jacket

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Contemporary chunky style dual light floor lamp

All under $50!!! I KNOW RIGHT!?!?!
Winnnnnning!

Get on there and find that rare item and let me know about the cool things you find!

Goodnight and God Bless,

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. (Luke 6:35 ESV)

Good Monday Rummage Day

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Howdy!!

Well, I’m sure I’ve told you that I work a regular 9-5, that greatly interferes with my need for crafting. But, I love to eat and provide a humble abode to my children, so I work therefore I eat, isn’t that how the saying goes? Well anyway, I’m on my way home and I decide to make my biweekly trip to the local second-hand store, Value World. I don’t know if they are in other states, but we have a few here in Indy. It’s like a Goodwill, but a way better selection on clothing (better prices too). So every week or so they have a certain ticket color that is 50% off for the week, much like Goodwill.

So I’m attempting to make a tie quilt, a quilt made from men’s ties, not the traditional tie quilt of the olden days. So every few weeks I go to the Value World and buy up all of the cute ties that have that particular color tag that’s half off, so I never pay more than 60-80 cents on a tie. SCORE!! I’ve pinned pictures of tie quilts on my Pinterest board and the one in particular that I will copy I mean get inspiration from has about 80 ties, so I’ve been collecting ties for awhile. I also discovered a really neat trick to clean them, because I kinda get the willies thinking where the tie may have come from (I’ll leave that to your imagination). I roll them up and put a rubber band around them and put them in a net bag and tie that really tight so they don’t get loose and pop them in the washer and wash them on a regular cycle with regular detergent and lay them out on my ironing board and let them air dry. I place a piece of cotton on top to iron them and viola! good as new!

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AND, by the way this store sells fabric by the bag!! I have no idea where they get it from, but sometimes it has yards right off the bolt!

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Ok enough about my SUPER GREAT DEALS!!

Have a blessed evening!

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:3 NIV)