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Peeking behind the reseller's curtain

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Taking advantage of fixed price listings for store subscribers, I continue to compile listings of books and CDs. This stack is my next round to photograph, etc., ad nauseum. I don't know why I hadn't ever done a fixed listing other than I don't think I understood how it worked. All my listings had been auction style.  Here is my fancy photography setup. Scoring that thrifted tripod for $3 was a happy day. The fancy buffet length tablecloth was also a thrift shop score at $2.  Sourcing from my own home, there is more than enough to keep me busy.  Too busy, in fact, this does feel like a part-time job. I estimate it takes a solid 8-10 hours to compose 30 listings. From photographing, to editing, to composing the listing, that doesn't include thrifting/sourcing time. I also have templates for CDs, needlework kits, etc.  I pulled all the cookbooks that I never use and put them up for sale. I have 6 containers of Christmas CDs, each holding 25 of them, yep that puts

Doodle Quilt Done

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Zipper and the Doodle Quilt I like to keep my projects moving along so they don't languish, but there was this one. I didn't even list on my project sheets, quilting lines had been marked and was waiting to be quilted for a year. Here is the original post  qwilt-qwazy-queens-and-doodle-quilt .  What a delightful project to pick back up again with its bright, fun colors. I had the last remnants of a Riley Blake Happy Flappers jelly roll for the binding. I particularly love the backing fabric, a remnant piece featuring toy dogs. It will be my car/picnic quilt.  Realizing there is still time to complete a creation for the California State Fair, I did my first fabric pull. I already had source photos, even a name - Quilter in Isolation . I think it will be timely. The website on the fair indicated it would go on as scheduled in July-August at the height of the mid-summer California heat.  Rather than do raw edge applique ( my last state fair submission ), this will be in

Fear Holds Us Back

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Something as simple as threading a bobbin, I was afraid to attempt on my vintage machine. In the grander scheme of things once we are through this worldwide disaster, we shouldn't be afraid to live once again. Maybe there will be modifications to our lifestyles. It seems the Mr. and I have been preparing for this change all of our lives. We tend to be isolationists ( the Mr. more so than me ). We each have projects at home where we tend to lose track of time. That bobbin winder, it works perfectly.  Minimalist plaid quilt top and backing are now sandwiched. This project used up nearly all of my plaid wovens and nearly all of my flannel stash.  I admit I indulged in retail therapy. I had to return the bobbin winder after getting the Franklin machine up and running , and Joann's was open. We continue to be a Covid-free county. It was a great day to be at that retailer because I pulled all half off fabrics or more and they were giving away end of bolt, normally they charge 50%

Stocking versus Stockpiling

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The Mr. and I have played the "What If" Disaster Scenario game for quite some time now. I am not going to list the "What Ifs" because they range from the benign to the extreme.  All throughout the year, we buy a little more than we could use that week or even that month. Around Christmas when sometimes money lets loose, we buy even more for the year ahead.  Over the years, I have collected books and publications, some that have long since gone out of print or have been removed from circulation. Some I have even scanned the contents into my computer.  I have archived 334 recordings (albums) from CD onto my laptop. My music backup nearly filled the 256GB of my Jumpdrive. My vinyl collection is less extensive but encompasses the best of the 60-80s decades. One of note, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition Greatest Hits.  Reseller update: I have 30 active listings now. My goal is to double that by next weekend. I may dig deeper into my projects and let those loose

Welcome to My Self-Isolated World

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While we are sheltering in place, as all Californians are required to do, online activities continue. I may try to blog more often and am looking into starting a podcast.  Posting as tamaschen on Instagram for the IGQuiltfest2020, I took the image above as "favorite block." I was stuck on this project because I bordered the blocks and wanted to sew them together but didn't plan on how to construct them. I solved my own problem using that background fabric between the bordered blocks for the flimsy. The blocks that I bordered now measure 10" square. I have at least 20 of those blocks that measure 7-1/2" which will allow me to make 2 quilts from the online lot. I will post progress, once I get back to this one, it will go along quickly. Retro quilt is first up after sandwiching the minimalist plaid quilt.  This sort of self-isolating for crafters is not a great burden. We tend to lose track of time as we lose ourselves in our projects.  I am hoping that

Dark Days and Crafting Away

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Life has certainly been interesting for us all. The Mr. has always been a prepper. What is the Boy Scout's motto? Be Prepared.  I picked up this book for resale, it seemed appropriate. I think it will sell.  I may soon be working from home for an indefinite amount of time. I am just awaiting word. Not delving into the whole situation, but worth a mention. I think there will be a legion of shut-ins.  Segueing into what I blog most about thrifting, quilting, and a smattering of gardening.  I picked up at thrift a high grade photographer's tripod for $3. No more shaky images!  This weekend's finds included a couple of records, a few CDs, a button book, and some men's clothing at $1 each. The latter I buy to see if it will fit my son, or get credit at Freestyle , a clothing reseller.  The best of the bunch to me was the $3 bag of Girl Scout items, especially the daisy patches. I could put those on a quilt or mini-quilt. The flag emblems are the bomb too! Resell

8.88 and Forging Ahead on YouTube

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Timing for half day off at thrift means not getting there right when they open the doors, but about an hour later, when they start rolling the merch on the floor.  Included in my less than $10 purchase were a men's flannel XL shirt, 4 publications, another bag of fabric ( mainly Christmas ), landscape fabric, and a bag of horses + squirrel pictured above.  Continuing with my series on the Franklin sewing machine, this one focuses on maintenance.   Over at IG for the #igquiltfest2020, the day's prompt is "Fav technique w/tip." I will have to see what other's posting if I have something that will fit that prompt. 

YouTubing It and the IG Quilt Fest

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The leaping last day of February meant a $5 bag of remnant fabric was another violation to my Buy No Fabric Challenge. It was all for me at thrift with that and some 50 cent fun things of vintage thimbles, hair ties and a beaded fabric embellishment.   The remnants were a good purchase though, higher end manufacturers, some novelty prints, some Christmas ( which I don't need ) but intend on whipping up into a quilt at some point.  There is a story behind Christmas fabric. Early on in my quilting career, I tried to link up with a certain group of quilters ( who shall remain unnamed ). I was too late to get in on the ones who were highlighted in the hop, so I linked up my creation in the comments. One would have thought I violated a Biblical rule of quilting blog hops because I received a lengthy  STERN email from said blog host. Linking up my post in the comments was simply not allowed, she told me. I obliged by deleting my comment and any reference to her and her blog. It has s