I've been so happy for you ever since you said Sharon had invited you to join her little neighborhood, D. It just seemed so perfect for you, for all the reasons you've mentioned. It was so much fun to watch your house project grow and finally become reality for you, too. You seem so happy there, both with the house and your new family.
Last year when I modified the bed in the camper, I had to take the folding shelves off the ends of the cabinets. The shelves were above the bed, but they can't fold down now because of the bedding underneath them. I've been trying to figure out what to do about the shelves since redoing the bed because we need the shelves. My ideas have all involved making narrower shelves, which would not be as nice as the factory shelves. I didn't think about modding the bedding until this morning. The bedding is T shaped, with the bottom of the T being only about a foot high. The corners under the arms of the T have cabinets in them. That area is too short for us to put our feet in when we sleep. It occurred to me if I take the stuffing out of the comforters, bedspreads, and blankets, and remove the corners of the mattress pad and replace them with sheet fabric, the area where the shelves have to fold down would be much, much thinner so wouldn't stick up nearly as high. It might be enough of a difference to allow the shelves to work. All that bedding is also tucked under the mattress in those areas, so it's twice as thick. I think getting rid of that bulk would make a big difference. It's not like our feet would be cold because we don't use those little corners anyway. Dang, I hope the snow melts soon. So much to do.
03-17-2019, 01:06 AM
sounds like a great place to live dcompton! glad you know what you want kathyb.
well everyone in facebook group for caron cake yarn was posting clearance yarn ..had been very good about not going to michaels for weeks but was working right across the street from them so stopped in. got a clearance macrame kit for $15 too for the gift stash. half price for the yarn 4.97 each
I finally got back to some crafting yesterday - I finished the taller basket for the yarn balls. I like it a lot so plan to make a couple more. I’ll get a pic soon. It’s colorful and functional and chewed through a lot of variegated stash.
I also continued making headway on the general clean up. Through the last couple of months decluttering has involved a couple of “for now” containers. It’s time to deal with that stuff, the things that are a pain to do. This goes here, the next thing in another room, the third in a less accessible place ... you all know that drill, I’m sure. Or maybe you don’t. If you don’t, I am overwhelmed with admiration for you. I am determined to keep pegging away at it until it’s done.
That’s on the agenda today, along with laundry. Washers and dryers are among mankind’s most impressive achievements. That’s a core belief and nothing will make me change my mind on it. If I had to haul it down to the creek and beat it on the rocks it just wouldn’t happen.
03-18-2019, 01:02 PM
Pretty yarn, martha.
dc - the baskets are a good idea, especially for holding yarn. I usually use the cloth shopping bags for my projects but I do like the idea of the baskets.
Got a good amount of work done on my w/b afgan over the weekend. The skeins will probably take a fair amount of time since they're longer than what I normally use (although about the same weight). So I"m still working on the same skein - it's about skein #4 since I started it in the fall and set it aside to make afgans for others. The afgan is now just passed my knees (which includes the amount covering my stomach while I crochet).
03-18-2019, 02:11 PM
Yesterday I made some progress on the house and some on the basket. More of the same on today’s agenda.
03-18-2019, 03:12 PM
I hate dealing with the 'for now' stuff. It's the worst to deal with because if it was easy, it wouldn't have ended up in the 'for now' boxes.
I got eight baby pockets sewed. Four of them are done. The other four just need the ribbon ties and little bows, for which I will buy the ribbon tomorrow when we go to Duluth. I have four pockets left to do and then I'm quitting for summer, most likely. I will have about thirty pockets and about the same for gowns, I think, so enough to ask in GR if they want some and also check with Spearfish to see if they need more. I hate to ask in Duluth because that's the regional hospital and I don't know that I would be able to keep up. I have no idea how many people lose babies each year there, but from what I've learned lately, miscarriages are way more common than I ever thought. The high risk pregnancies probably end up there too, which probably raises the number of gowns they would need. I'm glad I have this many gowns and pockets ready now. It's taken me way longer than I expected, but I've learned some tricks to speed things up and will do better next winter.
I looked at that giant train that came with the giant gown I got in Rapid City last time we were there, and it still has all the beads and sequins on it. I removed most of that from previous gowns. It will be a whole new adventure learning to sew these gowns with all the pearls and beads still attached.
Not much happening around here. Still watching the snow melt. The tops of the gas tanks on the trailer hitch are starting to appear out of the snow, so pretty soon maybe we can go out and shovel to help get the camper out sooner. Husby finally got the van up the hill today. Progress!
03-18-2019, 07:32 PM
My embroidery in progress so far.
More words late.
03-19-2019, 08:03 AM
Looking good, Kathy. What do you plan for it when it's done? I like how cheerful it is.
We're off to Duluth in a few minutes. Husby has to meet with someone about his pension and get that started. We plan on Hibbing later this week for another appt. Then I think we're done for a while. We both need to do some medical appts we've let slide, but I'm hoping that can be done locally.
Today is mostly about thrifts. Hope I find some good stuff.
03-19-2019, 08:28 AM
I have not decided what to do with it yet. I will probably sew another piece of felt to the back and tack it up in my cubicle. It is kind of an experimental piece and looks pretty beginner-ish. But right now it is kind of a learning experience. It is also about learning what I like and what I do not like.
I have decided that variegated works okay for lines, but not as good for fill.
On urban threads they have a lot of designs that don't do fill stitches. Instead of solid fill there is a bunch of lines and decorative swirls. I think I may try some of that with some of my variegated yarn. I think I enjoy outline stitches better than fill stitches so I may wind up doing mostly that kind.
03-19-2019, 01:32 PM
I like it Kathy..pretty. I think there is all types of embroidery place for everything.. I usually prefer simpler pieces like yours then fancy big flower pieces.
those caron cakes came out a couple of years ago as a 100 yr celebration for caron and were so popular they kept coming out with more colours but you didn't know if it would stay so had to buy what you wanted.(lots on the fb group about it lol) got me back into crocheting. so between that and stress ..I have a lot. then everyone copied them so lots of them in the market and new styles etc coming out all the time. lion brand had mandala..so yes I have a stash lol those ones are colours getting rid of. since they are popular now they are a reg thing product at michaels etc. just wish I could crochet faster. but don't think these will be around for years so stocked up for retirement. my excuse lol
03-19-2019, 02:32 PM
Martha - I think itís a good idea to stock up for retirement. Of course, I am also a terrible enabler. I really stocked up on yarn before retirement because that and cross stitch were my major hobbies. Now that Iím branching out into new things, I probably have too much. However at the time I was on a crochet forum and had the testimony of members there that if they had not had a large stash they would no longer be crocheting, given that the price of yarn kept going up and they were then on fixed retirement incomes. That made sense to me, so I laid in a large stash of many retirement entertainments, shopping sales and current prices while I still had a paycheck. I have kept adding but I could cut that off cold turkey, never buy another thing, and pass a happy and busy retirement with what I have.
I finished the second tall basket last night and started another basket. How tall it gets depends on how far the yarn goes. I worked through the ďfor nowĒ boxes except all the bits and bobs of embellishments and threads. When I finish this Iím going to start pulling out materials for the hexagons and I can put all that away while I have the embellishment/thread containers out. Iíve decided the most efficient way to do this is to choose materials for four or five projects, then put all that away at once when Iím choosing what I want for the next set. That way Iím not perpetually pulling out endless containers.
I took a photo of the tall baskets but my internet speed is creaky. Iíll upload it late tonight when itís runnning at a sensible speed. Itís my fault. When I was sick last week I just sat watching so much YouTube that the company finally slowed down loading time, which I fully expected. It will reset sometime around the weekend. Meanwhile Iím up really late anyway so itís more a nuisance than a problem.
03-19-2019, 04:12 PM
I have looked at the Caron cakes. It looks to me that they are three balls of yarn in one big ball. It seems like you could get the same effect with three different balls. The only difference would be the two joins for the three balls. Or maybe I am missing something. I have to admit the big multi colored balls look pretty attractive though.
I have not done too much crochet recently, but it seems like $5 of the less expensive brands of yarn can keep me going for a month. [I find Red Heart super saver to be a little itchy, but there are lots of *affordable* balls of yarn I use.] Of course I am probably the world's pokiest crocheter. Well that and I work full time so, I don't get much time to crochet. And lately that has been on hold because I have been embroidering. So a stash of retirement yarn is not something I really need to do.
I think my retirement income will be better than most people though. It will be less than my current earning, but after paying off debts and finishing the mortgage, the standard of living will probably be about the same. I am a little flexible. My goal is to living in walking distance of attraction, but I think I could settle for a short bus ride. I realize that the whole walking distance thing is a reaction to my current situation. To get from my current condo to where the good stuff is downtown takes about an hour. So I really want to be in a situation where stuff is easy/easier to get to.
I could probably swing something that would shave a few minutes of my commute. I am not sure I want to spend a lot of money for that. Not to go from a long commute to a slightly less long, but still long commute. A short commute is still out of my price range for the DC area. I think I would rather save the money and put it toward retirement.
03-19-2019, 09:56 PM
I hate shopping. Today was a 12 hour sojourn, 4 hours drive time, 1.5 hrs meeting with the retirement guy, and the rest driving around Duluth from place to place or shopping. We found a few things, nothing too exciting.
One of my goals was to find a wedding gown. My budget was $30, but if it was perfect, I'd go to forty. I was also hoping to find some other colors of gowns. We got to the big regional GW which was a big disappointment, mostly. I did find a very pretty wedding gown marked $30, but it was half price. SCORE! I'm really happy with it. There was also a mostly plain baby blue gown, NWT, with a large gored skirt marked $20, also half price, so I grabbed that too. It will be a perfect color for boys, and the fact it's plain is a plus. We picked up a few little things besides, and went to pay, where we were informed we look old enough to qualify for the wrinkly discount of 20% off everything. SCORE AGAIN! I got both for $20, well under my goal for the wedding gown alone.
We hit another GW where I found a NIP bed and bath lockset in the color and style of the one that broke last week. It had the original price sticker for $8.50, but GW marked it $4, minus 20%. GIMME! Found a masher for the camper for .80 and a few other small things.
Next we hit Savers and weren't finding anything except an FQ with little princess crowns on it, marked .69. It will be cute to trim some little gowns. We were about to leave when I decided to check out the far back corner of the store. First I spotted a Sterilite under bed tote marked $3. OH, YEA! I poked around some more and found a Rubbermaid under bed storage tote with 2 shallow trays for $4. I grabbed that, too, and we went to check out, where we were told again we looked old enough for the wrinkly discount, which was 30%. Excellent! I can't find the Rubbermaid tote online, so don't know what it would cost retail. The Sterilite is $22 online at WM, which seems outrageous. We bought 2 just like it in Spearfish 3 years ago and I know we paid less than $10 each at WM. But we , quite a savings. The two totes and the lockset were all on the list for WM and Menards, so by getting them so much cheaper, the savings paid for our gas today. That worked out nicely. The totes need to be washed but they will clean up easily and look new, so I don't mind. I was tickled to find them, and I will be well paid for the little bit of time it takes to wash them. I wanted them for storage under the guest bed.
We hit the 3rd GW on our way out of town where I found a couple pieces of fabric. I also found a very full floor length skirt in a bluish lavenderish color that will also work for boys. It was marked $7, but was 20% off. Third score!
At the 4th GW, I found 2 cones of serger thread for $1.20, a mere pittance.
We were planning to go to Hibbing later this week, but the truck brakes are acting up. We will most likely wait to go till those are fixed.
All in all, a good day. JA was a disappointment, but I'm sort of getting used to it now.
03-20-2019, 01:17 AM
I just finished pulling stuff for the first five hexagons. The first, the black one will need some switching but Iíll do that tomorrow. I chose thread first, but as I pulled out trims and such, they drifted pretty far from the thread so Iíll need to change that. Anyway, finally ready to go on that long deferred project.
Here are the tall baskets.
03-20-2019, 08:55 AM
Love the baskets, dc, especially the purple one.
Finished off skein #4 (not sure it's actually #4 but I'll go from there) on my w/b afgan. Started skein #5. Definitely past my knees now. Yay. This afgan is going to take a long time but at least it's coming along. I may alternate between working on this one and a couple of other WIP to keep from getting frustrated on how long this one's taking.
03-20-2019, 12:41 PM
D, your baskets look handy and decorative at the same time, which is my favorite combination.
Sounds like you're making good progress, Ren.
I took some pics of the baby stuff I bought yesterday. The wedding gown is even nicer than I thought. It's going to be fun to make little gowns from it, and the skirt is HUGE. I should get lots of gowns from it. Attachment 48485
This is the blue gown. I should get lots of gowns and pockets from it, too. Love the color. Attachment 48489
Here's the bluish purpley skirt. The panels don't have many seams, so that will help me get more out of it. I love this color too.Attachment 48491
Now I can take the crinoline out of the wedding gown and get stuff washed so it can be packed away.
03-20-2019, 12:52 PM
Wish wedding gowns photographed better. This gown is so pretty. There's a lot of beading but it's understated. The entire top is completely beaded though. Here's a picture of the skirt and hem detail, which still doesn't do the gown justice. Attachment 48493
03-20-2019, 04:38 PM
Those are some good deals you got on the gowns. It sounds like you’re about ready for that project next winter.
I have actually started on a hexagon! Not much so far - just a spiderweb in the center block with silver metallic thread. Since then I’ve basically been looking at it and messing about with what I pulled to put on it. I will use the stitches and techniques suggested, but not in the same way. The next step will be the seam embellishments, some embroidered, some trims. I pulled out a piece of lace that I only have 8-9” of. I don’t remember where it came from. I’ve been trying to see if I can work that in, but I haven’t decided yet. It’s curved so won’t work for a seam. I guess I need to get the seams done and then decide.
03-20-2019, 05:18 PM
Glad you're finally getting to play with the new toys, D.
I got the gowns and skirt washed up and hung to dry. Then I can start deconstructing them, maybe tomorrow.
I also tore apart a pair of scrubs pants I bought because they're a patriotic print of US flags. Don't know what I will do with those yet but they'll be added to the small collection of patriotic fabric I have. The pants were a large size and made with no side seams, so the pieces are a good size.
03-20-2019, 11:51 PM
wow good scores spirit deer! never that cheap here. kathyb and dcompton ..yes cakes are something you have to like. I don't like picking out colours to go together. caron cakes have about 5 colours in them and mandala 7. mandalas missing colours are called mandalcorns lol sometimes you see ones missing a colour and love them. and you have to like 3 weight yarn w mandala. I don't like bulky yarn so it works for me. there was a lot of stress buying the first year. I told dh if I passed away suddenly he can sell it to pay for the funeral. here are a few things I made as gifts. Attachment 48495Attachment 48497Attachment 48499Attachment 48501
03-20-2019, 11:54 PM
this is the cowl I made from a bernat xmas yarn I got on clearance. don't like the bernat much but on sale and for the gift stash. Attachment 48503
03-21-2019, 01:04 AM
Beautiful gowns SD....you sure did score.....
I cleared two totes from garage today....most of the contents will go to the garage sale on Saturday.
03-21-2019, 01:58 PM
Beautiful work, Martha.
I got the gowns deconstructed. Just have the skirt left.
Our mechanic called with the bad news the truck brakes need major work. He didn't give an estimate but we'll be happy if it's under $1,000. :sigh: The good news is it should be done today.
Took Shadow in for a claw clipping. Luckily that's still only $10. She was a hit with the staff. She's a friendly girl and of course they're all pet lovers at the vet clinic. Her claws are so hard to clip and she won't cooperate with us, so it's worth it to have someone else do it.
03-21-2019, 02:49 PM
It’s probably better to let someone else clip the nails so she isn’t miffed at you for paw abuse - lol.
Nice cowl M. It’s an interesting color combination.
I got more done on the hexagon yesterday, but slowly and with mixed success. I’ve decided to take out most of what I did and start again. Some time ago I had started working through the stitch guide in Judith Montano’s Free Form Embroidery. I looked at it again this morning and like it better than the actual hexagon book, so I’m going to work with that one. I’ve also taken out her book on ribbon embroidery. I don’t remember much about it but want to look at that too. I’m in town right now for an appointment but want to get that started again when I get home.
03-23-2019, 09:31 AM
Our cats hate getting their nails trimmed. But the also hate going to the vet. So trimming them on our own is less hassle. Of course I am stronger than a cat. I do not think I could deal with a big dog that is stronger than me.
I got in some wool felt blend I ordered. I have decided I prefer embroidery on felt to regular fabric. I have a bunch of the cheap acrylic felt. But I decided that if I am spending a lot of time on each piece I wanted to go for a little nicer felt.
The black and white sheets are 18 by 11. It was $1.15 for 9 by 11 and $1.85 for 18 by 11. So it is cheaper to get a big sheet and cut it in half than to get two small sheets. One of the black is actually Navy blue. It is hard to tell in person too. The white is also different shades of white and off white. Not actually much difference in real life either. I wanted to try some light thread on dark fabric.
The blue is from a grab bag. Odd sized cuts sold by total weight. The little packs were sample pack of colors.
When I did a lot of embroidery decades ago I always worked on felt. Itís a great base for embroidery. When I was stash building (notice the past tense - hahahaha) I got some in a variety of colors. It will be fun to work on that - someday. For now I will keep working through the hexagons while I try out stitches and practice. Contemporary samplers?
Here is the progress so far on the black hexagon. It would be easier if there was less area to fill. I foresee lots of buttons and lace. Only basic stitches on these first ones. This was the first time Iíve used ribbon. It clearly needs some practice. I guess itís not bad for a first ever attempt but it may take a bit to get a feel for the tension. That shriveled leaf in the middle of one group is pathetic. Iím blaming it on climate change. I donít like the couched perle thread by the spider but decided to leave it. After all these are experiments and not all experiments are great.
I have definitely failed at planning. I pulled materials for several of the hexagons, but that is not working. It was pretty idiotic to think it would. I keep putting stuff aside and getting different stuff out as I go along. Today Iím going to put all of it back for all the projects and abandon that not so logical plan. These are definitely go with the flow projects and a lot of pre-planning is wasted time. I was trying to avoid having to keep pulling out containers as I went along but thatís just going to be the way it is. Sigh. Perpetual table clutter.
03-23-2019, 12:34 PM
dcompton... I love your embroidery! yes the cowl is different. bernet put out xmas colours in cake yarn think it is Rudolph or candycane ..only bought them cus they were on clearance. something for the gift stash to give away. easy project. I did a bit of ribbon embroidery in the past on straw hats ..took a course.
I have clipped cats claws in the past but one cat now wouldn't let anyone do anything. even the vets. so thankfully she keeps them short enough
03-24-2019, 03:40 PM
Iíve had my different kinds of needles in tubes and really didnít like it. So yesterday afternoon I put together a needle book. Itís much more convenient
I did almost nothing on the embroidery yesterday. If it still counts as yesterday. I started around midnight. The new stitch for the day was a colonial knot. For the first several I felt like I was doing it with three thumbs and a needle that was trying to escape, but eventually got the hang of it.
03-24-2019, 10:59 PM
wasn't that the way they used to keep needles in the past ..in felt
03-25-2019, 12:04 AM
I don’t know. I’ve seen similar things commercially made, but this patched together job is working for me. It’s a pretty obvious solution to a problem so I’m sure it must have been used over and over through the ages.
03-25-2019, 12:43 AM
did some research.. had seemed to remember needles coming in book and in older stories in felt to stop them rusting. lots of cute projects out there for them.
went though one popup container in kids craft area..got rid of a bag of old socks had keep for kids to use for sock monsters, bag of fleece scraps too. pulled out a bunch of fleece scarves from michaels grab bags ..type w fringe edges you are suppose to tie together so putting a bunch together.
gave a friend a big bag of xmas decor michaels grab bag and xmas ball I inherited for her xmas wreaths she sells.
03-25-2019, 09:16 AM
Got some work done on my w/b afgan. I'm about halfway through skein #5. The afgan's definitely past my knees which is nice.
I sent the purple and green afgan to my Dad to give to his nurse. She liked the colors and Dad liked the one I made for him (in his University colors). His is a lighter version of the one he already has that I made for him years ago. And it's out of my place, which is nice.
Sigh. Heard on Friday that one of my neighbors put in a noise complaint about me. Problem is I'm pretty sure that there's a limited amount I can do about it. The squeaking noise is either the floor boards (meaning I can't anything about that) or a very squeaky chair I've been using for the last 20 years. I'm going to try and oil the section that's squeaking to see if that helps. The other part of the complaint is about the banging that's been going for the last year or so. Problem is, I'm not the one doing that. In fact, I've been complaining about the same banging for the past 6 months. It's the person next door to me that I (and the person below me) share a wall with. So on one hand, I'm annoyed that this neighbor can't be bothered to talk to me directly. But on the other, if it is the person I"ve been complaining about (and I'm pretty sure it is), it's nice to have a third person on the complaint.
03-25-2019, 11:51 AM
Off topic: SD - which air fryer do you have?
Yesterday was yet another b’day party so I got almost nothing done on the embroidery. I finished the colonial knot section and then mostly just sat and looked at it considering what to do next. I have another trip to town this afternoon so today won’t be very productive either. I would like to get by Office Depot and print out the pattern books that go with the Australian templates, but it depends on how long the doctor appointment and haircut take. I should have had a haircut a couple of months ago. It is no longer negotiable.
03-25-2019, 01:05 PM
The phrase embroidery samplers tends to bring to mind something very old fashioned looking. But now when I google embroidery samplers, I see that most of them are much more contemporary looking. Most of them do not have the ABC's. Very similar in spirit to what you are doing.
I have not bought more thread yet. I was leaning toward thinner thread than what I am currently using, which is size 8 pearl cotton. However, after embroidering for a little while, I am leaning more toward getting the size I am working with. I was thinking of ordering with an online company called Handy Hands Tatting. I am primarily getting DMC pearl cotton. However, I wanted to try out a ball or two of Lizbet thread. I do not see that thread many places other places. I think it is their brand of thread. Anyway, the DMC pearl cotton thread does not have pictures of the thread, just names and numbers. That store just lost me as a customer.
Crochet thread size 20 is about the size of pearl cotton 8. However, the standard size of crochet cotton is size 10. Size 20 is harder to find and not in every brand. Also some brands have it only in white/off white.
I am starting to rethink my idea of trying out different types of pearl cotton and other non-floss thread. (I am not a fan of separating out the six strand threads.) DMC pearl cotton is reasonably priced and available at pretty much any place that sells embroidery thread. Do I want to discover I prefer a brand that is pricey and hard to find?
03-25-2019, 06:03 PM
The town trip went well - all missions accomplished. The dermatologist appointment was very quick, I got the haircut and feel much better for it, and got the booklets that go with the stencils printed and spiral bound. Finally. I had them bind some blank pages at the back where I will trace off another set of stencils to make it easier to use. I’ll do that tonight, probably, and put away what I pulled for the next hexagons, a job I never got to the other day. I doubt I will do much stitching but tomorrow I can get back to it.
03-26-2019, 12:08 PM
I did little of what I planned last night. A few of the stencils, and I divided the stuff to put away into categories - beads, thread, embellishments. Then I worked on the large crochet basket in progress. I almost finished it. I have two or three more rows and the reverse single crochet edging. That won’t take long and I’ll finish that today.
Finishing all of that and doing some housework will make it a busy day. Time to get going on it.
03-26-2019, 06:24 PM
Martha, the needle books you pictured were a heavy paper on the outside with thin paper, usually black, where the needles were inserted on the inside. I have several of those, having inherited them from my grandma. Needle books like those were often given away as a business promotion, so would have the business name and info on the back.
D, our air fryers are both by GoWise. The smaller one is, I think, the 5.8 quart. I wouldn't go any smaller even for one person, IMO. The small ones are really dinky. The only thing I don't like about it is the nonstick coating has not held up very well, and I was very careful with it. The AF oven is great, too. I can cook 3 pounds of chicken breast in it. It comes with accessories including a rotating basket, rotisserie setup, rib rack, cake pan, kabob rack, plus stuff I don't remember. Also 3 items were in an optional pkg but I don't recall which 3 pieces they were. At any rate, the oven is a lot more versatile than the regular AF. We got both directly from the site. They frequently have good sales. I bought the oven primarily because we were buying precooked chicken breast from the store at almost $4/lb which is ridiculous. We can get raw BSCB here on sale for .99/lb so I knew the oven would pay for itself and it is. I like cooking it up and freezing it for quick meals. I also like it for a quick high protein snack since that's a 0 pts food for WW.
We ended up in GR yesterday. My husband is goofy. We go in thrift stores and I'm looking at household stuff, but he runs off to look at gowns, then comes back to report on prices and colors. He's my own personal advance team. At SA, he pointed out where there were gowns so I went to look. Nothing, but a worker saw us and asked if I was looking for gowns. I explained why I was and what I was looking for. She said they had a couple gowns in back she didn't think they would be able to sell, so we went to look. Sure enough, she had one that was beautiful but very outdated. I offered $10 and she was happy to take it. It will make gorgeous angel gowns. SA gets $10 for something she insisted would never sell, I get a gorgeous gown to make over at a bargain price, win-win. Attachment 48529
We went to another thrift that has an upstairs full of formal gowns. We found out the store just changed owners and they're liquidating the gowns. "Make an offer." I located 2 pink gowns I wanted and told the owner I was about to make 2 insulting offers. She was okay with that, so I explained about being self-funded and why I work hard to keep my costs down. I told her about angel gowns and offered $10 on this gown: Attachment 48531
It was marked $150 but it's badly damaged. The owner never batted an eye and said that would be okay, but that under no circumstances would she accept any money for either gown. I tried to argue but she wasn't having it. She wanted me to take both gowns for free. I finally accepted and we went to bag the gowns. Then she insisted I take my $3 purchase of 3 antique jar lids for free, too. I kind of wonder if she lost a baby. I hope not.
The other pink gown is fairly simple, but will make up nicely.Attachment 48533 It was marked $40 and I was going to offer $10. The owner had made it clear before we looked she basically didn't care what she got, she just wants to empty out her space. She said to come back at the end of May and see if anything was left, and I could probably take more. They have wedding gowns too, but I was afraid to even look.
As a bonus, I got one of those giant hinged gown boxes with the wedding gown. I don't like cardboard storage but it's handy for overflow. I think it will store under the guest bed.
I checked prices on those flat totes we got in Duluth because I knew we paid $10 each 3 yrs ago and now they're on WM's site at $22. Sure enough, in store they were $10. The difference, no doubt, is the "free" shipping. I'm still very happy we found the totes at Savers for about $5 total because it still saved us about $15. I'll take that deal any day!
The gowns that made me laugh were the day-glo orange ones. The only thing I could think of was traffic cones. They were that exact color. That color must be a thing now because she had quite a few. The one that had me SMH was the camoflage gown. Really? Someone wants to dress up for a formal event in tree bark camo? I am not and never have been a girly girl but that was too much even for me.
It was an interesting day.
03-26-2019, 09:00 PM
Anyone know what these are? I got them yesterday in a bag of knitting stuff, mostly point protecters. I think these might be point protectors too, maybe for circular needles.Attachment 48537
I found everything else online and stopped counting at around $40 worth of stuff. I got the whole bag for $2. I've wanted point protectors for a long time but couldn't justify the cost because I don't knit that much. I also got most of 2 sets of knitting needle keepers, that pair up knitting needles so less digging to find matches. I've never seen those before but I can see I will like them. They matched up all but about 4 sets of my needles.
03-26-2019, 09:14 PM
SD - thanks for the info. Those are some great deals. You certainly can’t beat free.
I’m taking some time to deal with thread again. I have some that I never put on bobbins, mostly twist type skeins and thread that came in cut lengths, both sort of a pain to deal with. But now I’m using some of them so they need to on bobbins. Some of them are DMC thin one ply wool that I had no idea when I would use them - they came with a thread lot from eBay - but now is the time.
I’m deciding I really like the size 8 perle for embroidery and I don’t have much of it. I think I may use the unexpected check I got from the state for unclaimed money (??) and add some, probably DMC. I just looked on 123 Stitch and they have way more of it than I remember. After I go back through the thread pulling out what needs to be wound, I’ll see what I have and what colors I need.