Snow Day Saturday

Last Saturday I was on deck to take care of Kelli’s kiddos.  She worked Friday night overnight and needed help with the kids on Saturday so I could sleep.  I typically help her out once a week.  Kayla was scheduled to come with Jasper and Spencer too…and I was supposed to have Kalissa’s boys for part of the day.

Earlier in the week I had told them all I wouldn’t be around until 8:30 am as I had plans to go to a bid vintage clean-out sale in the morning before they all arrived.

The Friday the weather report came in.  They had put us into a winter weather advisory saying we were to get 3-7″ of snow.  Well we all can drive in the snow being we are from Iowa, but we avoid it when possible.  I went to bed Friday night knowing I probably wasn’t going to the clean-out sale. Kalissa’s kids weren’t coming and Kelli and the kids were coming anyway as they didn’t have anywhere for the kids to go.

Kelli and the kids wouldn’t be here until 8:30 or 9 am so I decided I would sleep in.  I ended up waking at about 7 am and couldn’t get back to sleep.  BLAH.  So I got up, looked out the window and there was no snow.  WOW!  If I went immediately I could make it to the sale and be back before Kelli got to my house.  I scrambled and was out the door in 10 minutes.  As I was getting ready to back out of the garage my phone dinged.  It was Kelli and they weren’t coming.  Ok…that’s awesome.  I’d miss seeing everyone but I could really use a snow day!!  I was getting a snow day!!  All of my plans were canceled and I had the day to myself.  YAHOO!!

I ended up at the clean-out sale and got some goodies…

I collect Little Golden Books.  I actually have a pretty big collection but, I didn’t have these…

I was SUPER excited about the one below.  That one is one that my niece Jody and I loved and played with all of the time.

It’s funny.  I don’t remember the story but I totally remember the cover.

I bought this little bowl of trims.  It was $2.50 for everything you see including the metal bowl they are in.  So cute.

I love how the lace is wrapped around an old fashion clothes pin.

I might use a bit of the lace when I finish some of the cross-stitch pillows I make.  We’ll see.

I also picked up this runner.  See the big medallions?  I’ve been wanting to stitch the piece you see below to the left but haven’t stitched it yet as I’m looking for a crochet piece to attach at the bottom as the designer did.  I would rather do mine antique-y like the one with the initials BA so I’d have to likely coffee/tea dye it.  We’ll see.  It’s a little bigger than I thought so I’ll consult with my daughter Kayla and see what she thinks.

I picked these up for my brother Jim.  He is a baseball nut.

I bought this big box of safety pins for $4.50.  I will pass the pins to the gals that put together the pins for Lutheran World Relief baby kits.  Each kit requires to safety pins..or maybe 4.  I don’t remember.  Either way they will be appreciated by them.  I’m saving the box and will put it in my sewing room as decor.  I think I can make the cut in the box less noticeable.

I’m a sucker for wooden spools.  I don’t why.  So they came home with me too.

I bought the time cut and the heart jewelry box.  The cup will either stay here or I might attach a cross stitch to it or in it.  We’ll see.  For now, it’s just hanging out here.

I bought this frame for $1.  Again, I was thinking of using if for a cross-stitch finish.

I bought this old jewelry box…again possibly put a cross stitch finish in the center on the top.  I was a little more expensive than I typically pay but with the right piece, it would be perfect.  By the way, the key works!!  The other box, I couldn’t pass it up either.

I bought a stack of linens for a friend of mine.  Aren’t the ones of top so pretty?

I bought two quilt tops that will be for an auction in the future.

I bought these bundles of linens.  I could see that they were very stained.  I was mostly interested in the trim.  The bundles were only $2 each.

I ended up opening the packages and felt so sad.  Someone put a lot of work into these to dress them up…and what became of them, rags.  Originally I was going to just cut the trims off and toss the rest but now I have it in my head I should try to save them.  Does anyone have any good suggestions of something I could soak them in to get out the stains?  I would totally use them if I could get the stains out.

As I was leaving the sale, it had started to snow.  PERFECT TIMING.

I got home and got everything into the house.  As I was putting things away I kept taking a look at my bird feeders.  It was a busy day at the feeders.  Just then a cardinal landed and was eating.  I never get cardinals.  I went to grab my camera and there in his place was a blue jay.  I never get blue jays.  I got my camera ready and he flew away too.

Then a female cardinal came by…I decided to go out and some peanuts to the tray feeder.  I came back into the house, looked outside and the male cardinal came back again.  This time I got a picture of him.

I really enjoy the birds that come by…I’m so glad I got bird feeders.  I’ve only had them for about 9 months and don’t regret it a drop.

After the stuff from the sale was put away, I thought I would take advantage and go sew after all, it’s a snow day for me..but, my voice of reason jumped in.  I knew I would hate myself later if I didn’t write at least one blog post before I went to sew.  This is the blog post I wrote…and now it’s finished and I am going to go enjoy my snow day.  Even better news, I made a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup last night anticipating I’d have company today…so now I don’t even need to stop to cook myself meals.  So now my snow day has turned into a sewing day!!  YAHOO!!

It’s exactly the perfect day for me!!

Thrifty Finds

On Wednesday last week Kelli, my daughter, called me and asked for some help.  Her boys, Eli and Emmett were sick and not feeling good.  They still get ear infections even though they have tubes in their ears.  She didn’t have someone to watch Georgia so she could take the boys.  I offered to meet her, take Georgia and do my errands.

Of course, for me, errands means stopping at the thrift store.  I have a friend I buy linens and cross stitch pieces for.  I bought these for her.  All so cute/pretty.  My favorite is the Sunbonnet Sues with the chickens.  I have to admit the pig one was pretty funny.

I found some embroidery blocks that I will pass on to Jazz.   She loves embroidery and loves using it for making baby quilts that she makes for the hospital.  I was especially excited about… …

Thrift Store Find: Sewing Basket Goodies

I told you earlier that the thrift store has been good to me lately.  I told about stuff I found in Friday’s post… Check THIS LINK if you missed that.

On the same day, I found this sewing basket.  It had some goodies that I wanted to share with you in its own post.  The basket is pretty dated and was made of plastic.

I opened it up in the store, rummaged through a bit, and decided I would buy it.  My intention was to take what I was interested in and take what I wasn’t interested in back to the thrift store.  Goodness knows I don’t need another sewing basket.

It was priced at $5.

I got it the counter and realized it was cracked in the back.  I was hesitant about buying and said something to the clerk…then realized it didn’t matter because I wasn’t keeping the basket anyway…then before I could say anything the clerk said would you take it if it was only $2.  SURE!!

Here is what was inside.  Take a look and see if you spot what intrigued me.  This is the top shelf… …

Thrifty Finds…

I love thrifting and stop at any thrift store I find in any of the towns I go to.  I had a fun thrift store run that I thought I would share with you.

I told you in an earlier post that I often use sheets for quilt backings. Read my post HERE if you missed that.

I found two duvet covers that were 100% cotton.  YAHOO!!  The first one has all of these funky characters on it. I think they are hilarious and would be so great on a kid’s quilt.

The next one will also be great on a kid’s quilt.  It’s all construction vehicles.  I just love it!!

Do you remember Pat who was looking for quilt panels for her group?  I’ve been looking for panels since I’ve been thrifting and came up with this one with matching fabric.

This is Pat’s info again in case any of you have panels you are willing to share.

Pat Joho
3152 Killington Loop
The villages, FL 32163

She is looking for panels that are appropriate for kids 4-6 years old.  If you have any please contact Pat at

I found some other fabrics.  The two have price tags, the rest were 50 cents each.  The $2.50 is four yards worth and the 75-cent one is one yard.  The unmarked ones are mostly fat quarters.

I got the knit for Carolyn who does the gown sewing for Lutheran World Relief…the pink piece was just for my stash.  They were 50 cents each.

This was my find of the day!!  …

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