This isn’t a spiritual post, just a post to share some deals that my husband and I found.
I came home from work the other day to find that my husband picked out some pretty yarn for me at the thrift store. He found 3 skeins of brand new yarn. 2 still had the paper sleeves. He spent $6. Not a steal, but still a very good price for the type of yarn.
There was a yard sale advertised right down the street from me. The house is very large, and was recently sold, so I assumed it was the family moving out getting rid of stuff they didn’t want to haul away. I was wrong. It was actually the new owners having the sale. I am still not sure if it was stuff they had, or stuff that was left behind, but that doesn’t really matter. I was able to find some crafting supplies pretty cheap. I hate to spend money, but I didn’t want to pass up the deals.
I found 2 large tins of buttons that were $5 each. I know buttons can be pricey, so I snatched them both up. I figured that finding even a few that I loved would be worth the $10. I also found a small box labeled Friendly Plastic for $3. I opened it to take a peek, and saw a ton of plastic strips. I knew they were old, but I figured the box was well worth the $3. I paid for my items, while my son was still browsing. He found himself a brand new plastic boomerang for 50 cents. While he was still looking around the woman selling asked if I knew what Friendly Plastic was, and I said I thought it was for jewelry making, and she said it was and told me a bit about how they had used it, and the water method to heat it. Then she asked if I had seen the Shrinky Dink package she had for sale. I hadn’t seen it, but since I have been trying to find some to use with my son I took that too. It was a pack she had found at a yard sale for $2, with 1 sheet used out of the original 12. She sold me the pack for $1.
As soon as we got home I sat right on my porch digging through the button tins while my son tried his new boomerang. He had some luck with it, and enjoyed using it. I found a bunch of buttons that I really like, and some that I think would be perfect to add to scarves or other yarn projects that I make. I also discovered a crochet hook in one of the tins, and a couple of other non-button items that will be useful for crafting.
My son and I then got right into the Friendly Plastic. I looked up some videos on how to use it. I soon discovered that what I had purchased was very old, and had become “snappers”. The fresh Friendly Plastic is flexible, and can be molded easily after warmed in water, or by using a dry heat such as a griddle, or heat gun. The stuff I bought snapped when bent, and could not be cut with scissors, or it would basically shatter into tiny bits. This did not stop my son and I from trying to have some fun with it though. We heated bits of it up on a foil lined griddle and just had fun making collages out of the different patterns of plastic. 🙂 I also used mini cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the masterpieces we had made. I could see these little shapes being glued onto other craft projects like frames, or even used for jewelry. They might be more fragile than if they had been made with fresh Friendly Plastic, but since the company has stopped making it recently there won’t be much of that left to purchase anyway. 😉
My next finds were at a thrift store, where I was rummaging through the craft supplies. I was looking for some knitting needles, and I was able to find some.:) I don’t know how to knit yet, but I figured getting the needles cheap would be the best way to get started. I found a small pair of circular needles(size 8, 29 inch), and a 4 pack of small double point needles(size 8, 7 inch). I saw 2 other needles that were longer, but I couldn’t find the match for either of them in the bins. 😦 I did find a crochet hook, a flower loom, and a Loopdedoo spinning loom with thread. I paid $3 for all of it! The flower loom ended up being a vintage one from the 1970’s I think. I was looking it up online to see if there were instructions or videos on how to use it. I hadn’t seen a flower loom with 2 rows of pegs before. The loom was marked as a Studio Twelve Flower Loom, which is how I was able to find it was vintage. 🙂 I am excited to start using these items, even though it has taken me a week to get this blog finished. Finding time to do it might be difficult.
We have also had some new arrivals here that have been getting some attention. We have ducklings! Out of the original clutch of 22 eggs we have had 12 hatch, and 1 is probably going to finish hatching today. That will leave just one more egg in the nest to watch. The other eggs were either not fertile when we candled them, or they had stopped developing. 😦 We did lose one duckling last weekend. It was fine the first day, but then it just became weak, and was separated from the other ducklings that were healthy. It just laid on its back with its eyes closed and it was barely breathing. It’s very sad to see them dying, when you know you can’t do anything to help. We are selling them, so I am trying not to get too attached. They are absolutely adorable though. 🙂
I am on a vacation from work right now until August 12th when I will have to go back. 😦
Hopefully I will find time to do some crafting, but more importantly I want to get into my Bible, and work on learning more about God’s plan for me and my family. I have prayed that I will have an opportunity during this vacation to be a light for God and draw people to Him through my interactions with the people I meet on our travels this week. This should be an every day prayer, but I admit that I still get caught up in just trying to get through my day for me and my needs. 😦 I am a work in progress.