Wednesday had a little bit of a new look at my house. Being an in home childcare provider is not for the faint of heart. The hours are long and childcare related things extend into personal time hours. I have been open from 7am to 5pm for a long time. That’s 10 hours days for those who are counting. I am always downstairs and prepping for the day by 6:45am. I fill cups, prep meals and get activities out for the day. When closing times comes I often had 15 minutes more of clean up….Changing sheets, reorganizing and putting the last few things of the day away.
What people don’t always realize is that there is more time that goes into childcare than that. Often in the evenings there’s book work or extra trips to town for groceries or supplies. It’s long days…This summer I made a hard decision to close early on Wednesdays. Now closing time has moved to 4:20pm rather than 5pm. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot but it’s what I really need. I can leave and get to town, get my things and get back home without wasting a whole Saturday morning on errands. I can’t tell you how much that small changed has made for my attitude. I had one family that ended up having trouble with the change but they had a back up plan so it’s all okay.
Lucky for me my favorite thrift store is open and I can stop when I am out…and Goodwill is open too. Typically I’m not much of Goodwill shopper. I know some of you will laugh but around here…it’s too expensive. This last week I did stop…I didn’t have a lot of errands to do so I figured I had enough time to. I did find this…a bag of fabric for $5
I didn’t know if I should get it. I haven’t been sewing a lot so why am I buying more fabric? Right? Then I saw something in the bottom of the bag and I thought it was maybe a Kaffe fabric…and I opened the bag when I got home and it….was!! See?
YAHOO!! It’s about a yard of fabric all together.
There were some fabric that I’ll be passing on…this….It’s heavy weight.
There were patriotic fabrics that I’ll move on to a Quilt of Valor group…
The floral is 90″ wide but there is only about 3/4 of a yard of it. I’ll be able to use it for a baby quilt…the pink I’ll save for a charity quilt binding.
There were a few other goodies that I’m keeping….The sewing machine fabric I’ll give to Kelli for her scrap vortex quilt. The batik for me and the orange piece is a suede. I have a box that I keep potential doll clothes fabric. It will go there for sure.
Also in the bag was this…two pieces sewn into a table runner of sorts. I’m going to cut the seams off and make it into fabric again.
While I was there I found this little quilt…already in use.
I grabbed it up right away as it was embroidered. I love embroidery but then realized is was a polyester quilt. UGH. Then I felt it and it was super soft..and super cozy on the back. It was only $2 so I decided to get it. The kids love it….yes, they even fight over it. It is known as the puppy/kitty quilt as the embroidered blocks all have puppies or kitties. Who ever thought to embroider on polyester??
Who ever thought I’d meet Kaffe at Goodwill…or get a polyester quilt? It’s part of the adventures that are coming my way now that I’m getting out of work early on Wednesdays. Closing early on Wednesdays (even thought it’s only 40 minutes earlier) is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I originally thought I’d do it for the summer only but nope…I’m almost positive I’m extending it and making it a permanent change.