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Coming to Terms and Has Your Health Taken a Hit?

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Without revealing my personal health information, in the past few months I have received two health diagnoses. I had attributed it to my age but got to thinking that maybe these problems were an outcropping of remote work and pandemic stress.  Has your health deteriorated or have you put off medical attention?  On a lighter note, let's talk reselling. Looking back, I see that I only have 40 patterns left of my original vintage sewing pattern collection of 200+.  Never would I have imagined them to be so popular. All death pile sewing patterns should be in by the end of next week. Then, I have to turn my attention to books. I have them hidden under the bed, secreted away in corners of the house, and catch heck when the Mr. discovers them. 😁 They need to live in the She Shed trailer (that means they are listed on eBay).  In my personal library, I have an entire shelf of craft books - Flower fabrication and arranging, Ikebana, painting, needlework, jewelry making, and quilting (stack

Checking Off All of the Boxes

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My quest for June was to find a piece of original art as a birthday present to myself. This $4.99 thrifted still life acrylic on canvas fit the bill. I love obtaining Other People's Artwork (OPA). At my same hospice thrift location I found a real Burberry bag. I couldn't believe my eyes, priced at $9.99, that came home with me too along with 2 bags from a mystery quilter.  Mystery bags of fabric were priced at $3.99 each. The best of Mystery Bag #1 were these cross-stitched days of the week and a few other usable pieces.  The best of Mystery Bag #2 were these appliqued quilt blocks. Sadly, there was only one of these retro Dresden partially completed blocks.  While worth the money spent, 80% of the bags were unusable. Either ugly fabric (I give it away), or pathetic patchwork. It is a well kept secret among quilters that sometimes other's creations are downright ugly. Here is evidence of that in orphan blocks in odd colorways.  I took the opportunity to clean out all of my

Do you know what condition my compression is in?

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A slight play on words to a great Kenny Rogers song. Compression gloves have made a huge difference in my life. These fingerless ones I wear all day, with the exception of eating and preparing food, and take them off at bedtime.  Another compression benefit are the knee high socks. I wear those a couple of hours in the evening and take those off at bedtime. My mother, now 93, is frail and has lost the use of her legs. She was always active and walked daily up until her late 80s.  Will these changes benefit me in 30 years if I live into my 90s? Thrifting update: I continue to find sewing patterns, fabric and quilt books. Book finds in general have slowed, but I did pick up 3 Red Plaid cookbooks at Goodwill in Washington. My newest eye candy quilt book is 1989 Clues in the Calico , a guide to identifying and dating antique quilts. This will join the keeper collection.  Reseller update: A book on the Soviet Navy from the Naval Historian's estate sold for $50! I have more than made bac

There Is A Work Around

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In an attempt t o limit my hand-use activities,  I have installed the Microsoft free dictation app and have ordered a pair of fingerless compression gloves. I will be  using my hands for work and then resting them off hours.   It means sewing and patchwork piecing will take the hit. I have kits and PIGS (projects in grocery sacks) *even though mine are in zippered clear plastic* and orphan blocks. I will winnow down all of that stuff.  I have added enough to my death pile to make it through another pandemic. I've tended toward listing the sewing patterns because they are so easy to scan in and don't require special photographing. They also are very popular and tend the sell quickly. I am thanking the Thrift Gods for the gift of 20 uncut Vogue patterns from a collectors estate. Mystery collector must have loved Vogue (who doesn't?). My current round of listings of those amazing patterns will total $250-$300 in value.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/184864201987 This is not a paid

Giving It All Up

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My avocation as a writer may have come to an end. I have recently been diagnosed with another medical condition, this one affecting everything that I do with my hands.  Those things coming to an end, unless I can convert to voice dictation, are my work, my reselling, my college courses, gardening, and sewing. It is a huge blow. I dearly love reselling and perhaps I could hire a person to create the listings. idk Those things I can still do, walk, talk, read, watch, maybe even podcast. I will figure it out. I mourned the loss of my non-remote job a long time ago.  On a lighter note, these 1969 wedding and bridesmaids sewing patterns were in the lot of 25 I purchased recently.  One is McCall's, the other Simplicity, both feature empire waistlines, a classic late 60s look. 

American Art and the Sewing Pattern Sessions

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! A shout out to all who have served.  The 300+ sewing patterns I have listed on eBay have now been edited to absorb the $$ I made on shipping and shifted to the pattern price. They were listed as Parcel Post and changed to First Class Mail. The 50 more awaiting listing will all be at the higher price. The days of vintage patterns at rock bottom prices are over.  Not only that! On my return from my weeklong vacation, I hit up my local county route of 4 thrift shops and what did I find? A sewing pattern resellers dream, vintage patterns at 29 cents a piece. My favorite time periods with those from the 1960s and 1970s.  While I do sell the majority of what I find, there are those that are forever keepers. I fall in love with the graphics. Perhaps one day I will sell them. This 1971 Simplicity pattern was the look when I was a teenager.  Very excited about my next art history class - American Art! An 8 week session that doesn't start until the middle of Octo

Mary Mary and the Mallard

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Quite Contrary! There I said it. Mary Mary in her original box was a $4 yard sale find. With that permanently startled look, how could I resist her? How does your garden grow?  I haven't picked up a Madam Alexander doll in quite awhile. I have about 7 of them now, all but one thrift shop finds.  I also found a cashmere *sings the word* lavender long-sleeved sweater - $1! All sorts of new stuff to wear when I am visiting mom next week.  Finally getting some well-deserved time off, a week in May and then another week at the end of June.  Best recent CD find, this 1982 Wolftracks by John Kay & Steppenwolf. Added to my wooden duck decoy collection, this one a Mallard, a $5.99 thrift shop find. I have decided to change all of my sewing pattern listings on eBay from Parcel Post to First Class Mail and then raise the prices. There has been so much b****ing and moaning about the shipping price, I will just adjust so the profit is realized in the price.  Greenhouse update - here is ho

Friday in the Middle of May

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My remote work station continues to evolve. I replaced the bulky tapestry with a curtain panel made of the zoomy purple print fabric backed by corduroy fabric. A $2 thrift shop find. It is the exact length from curtain rod to floor that I needed.  While the California State Fair has been put on hold, the Amador County Fair will be going forward. I have never entered my crafts at the county level, and it is high time that I do! In light of my desire to enter a quilt in the fair, I cancelled my summer session art history class. There is no way I can complete an entry and another 8-week class prior to the July 9th deadline. I am even considering entering my plum jam into competition.  Reseller's update: A crocheted blanket finally sold, if only for a few dollars profit. I nearly pulled it from the listings. I have one left to list but it is a black-bordered granny square one with colorful centers, with those being more popular it should move quickly.  I discounted my listed CDs to hal

Happy Post Mother's Day from Mystery Quilter

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I'm glad I pushed myself to visit a couple of smaller thrifts, one in Jackson, California, that consistently produces fabric and craft-related gems. This $12 wrapped bundle included 29 completed blocks, a partially completed block with instructions, and at least 4 yards of the beige fabric. This will project will push all the others, I am tempted to sew all the blocks together without borders or sashing. The colorway matches my living room decor.  Is it any wonder I can give away so much fabric when I buy it at $1 a pound?  Fabric cube 1 Fabric cube 1 contents And a sewing pattern to boot! I kept about 1/3 of it and thrifted the rest back.  Fabric cube 2 Fabric cube 2 contents I am back to collecting plaid wovens. I still want to do a Storm at Sea patterned quilt in those fabrics.  An internet local downage gave me the chance to scan in 45 sewing patterns for listing. That makes a big dent in my death pile. After I get those babies up for sale, it will put me beyond the 1,000 total

Another PBN has entered my life

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It has been over two, and perhaps three, years since I have found a completed Paint by Number at thrift. This seascape was $4.99, and I snabbed a frame at $3.49, not quite the right size but the right color. The poor picture was in an awful frame, with masking tape used as the matte/border, and some staining on the inside of the plastic frame (which luckily didn't translate to the painting).  I took a strip of batik fabric and taped it to the cardboard backing.  I cleaned the glass and then removed its original hanging wire and replaced it with a new hanging wire with hardware.  Picture was taken at an angle to avoid the glass reflection.  I have three of them now which include a landscape, and a duo of cocker spaniels.  The PBN was found at a hospice thrift and the frame at Goodwill. My route included 6 thrift shops. During pandemic, I was spending around $100 a week (it was cray, cray) but now it has slowed down. My total spent for visiting all 6 was approx. $25.  I had some don

Wrapped in Fabric and it is May Day!

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My system of wrapping the majority of my eBay orders in protective fabric for mailing is starting to pay off. One entire tub of fabric has been emptied. I still have an entire bolt of hunting-themed fabric that will experience cuttage probably later this year.  I also mail men's orders in men fabric and women's orders in women fabric. How does one determine that? Well, the usual pre-identity raising ways such as blue = boy, pink = girl, floral, flouncy - girl; stripey, polka-dottey - boy. There are some gender neutral fabrics like scrolls, sconces, and paisleys. It is all very scientific and based on my own made-up order of things.  Moving on to a bit about quilting, as I have moved through the different stages, my tastes and what I like to do with quilting have changed.  QUILTING STAGES Stage 1:     Buying, organizing, sorting, color coordinating fabric (everyone likes this stage).  Stage 2:     Planning the blocks and quilt layout (major fun too).      This is Stage 2 of the

Zipper Von Zalez wraps up the AtoZ challenge

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  Zipper, our German wire-haired pointer, loves to play Frisbee. After I throw it, she will "Hollywood," standing for a second holding that pose.  Greenhouse update reveals the plant growth during the past month. Here are the end of March images: And the end of April image: The war with the deer continues. I have wrapped the grape vines in chicken and other wire to keep them away. I rescued a few clumps of grapes from last year's crop.  Thank you for visiting my blog during this challenge. My regular programming includes a focus on thrifting, quilting, and reselling, and I post regularly and often.  For those of you who have been following along, I have included recipes from the 1954 edition of The Escoffier Cook Book . Ending with a recipe from my recipe file: Zucchini Pizza Crust 1-1/2 lbs. zucchini 1/3 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup each shredded Mozzarella and shredded sharp Cheddar cheeses 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 tsp. basic 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. garlic salt Topping

You Get One Free Pass and One Time Around

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My "Y" letter day has typically ending up being You Get One Free Pass.  I have been wondering if my blog and these posts will be analyzed by someone in the future. Maybe in 2121 a retrospective on bloggers, a mere 100 years away.  Will our social media footprint survive into the future? Or will there be so. much. information. that our blip in time will be forgotten?  Here, I have given you all of the reseller, eBay tips and yet I have to reveal that my sales overall are down. I don't find it surprising. We are all sort of like chickens being let out of the coop. Will you be doing lots of indoor activities now? My mindset is I want to Go, Go, Go. I realized I have always enjoyed driving and I make excuses to travel to nearby cities on some of California's most scenic routes (Highway 49) and other highways in Amador County.  I believe there is an overall change in attitude of those of us who have survived intact the last year+. We want to be outside and going places, an