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Pre-Apocalyptic Burn

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Smoke and heat continue to bedevil me and many others here in California. No mind that it is too hot to enjoy the outdoors, but the smoke - that is downright depressing. We can't pull the heat out of the house with the whole house fan in the morning because the smoke is too thick. We are hibernating inside.  On the lighter side of things, here is the cutest pattern of the day from the sewing pattern sessions of listings on eBay.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/185021345540 One thrift shop keeps releasing sewing patterns, Round 3 of my purchasing there garnered another 25 patterns, mainly uncut ones.  While I was in line at hospice thrift, five of the frequent thrifters began conversing and we all shared that 100% of the outfits we were wearing were obtained there. It was a clutch of thrifted fashion!  I added another piece to my Western art collection. This painting entitled "Skyline" by Don Wohl dated 1981 was gifted to Ray on his birthday 8-26-2005. Now, 16 years later, it jo

Does Anyone Knit Anymore?

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The Mr. and I have decided to sell the She Shed Trailer. That means ALL of that product has to be moved to a new location. I began by finally getting all of the books off of the trailer floor and in alpha order onto shelving.  I pulled the non-movers from the book listings on eBay. Thus, my blog title - Does Anyone Knit Anymore? I really don't see a lot of knitted items on trend. I do see crocheted granny square type items though.  I also pulled the jewelry-making books. The vintage 1970s craft/needlework/decor books went back into my library. The last to go from the books for sale were the ones on Vietnam. I still have a couple of the military-related ones on the boards but that genre is not really my bailiwick. Next steps are moving sewing patterns to wire rack shelving. I will have to engage in another sewing pattern session to get the remainder of these 100 or so listed (until I find more!) Just when I thought I had my quilt book collection under control, I discovered more boo

Packed and Ready to Go, and Purchasing the Pyrex

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California wildfires are creeping closer to our locale. Seven years ago this month, 9 of the 10 acres burned on the property.   Glad I've got 3 cat cages, but I could only image the chorus of discontent should we have to pack it up. The cats are rarely confined, the most recent the youngest one having been spayed earlier in the year.  I would be heartbroken if I would have to leave behind all of the sewing patterns I have listed. They comprise the majority of my listings. On the pattern subject, here is the cutest of the sewing pattern sessions. https://www.ebay.com/itm/185005530209 Sometimes parts of the pattern are missing and I can't sell it. This one deserves it's place in the sun for a day, it is missing the pattern instructions.  Quilt update: I had been on the lookout for a border fabric for the Not-So-Western quilt and found the perfect one.  Here is an image of the quilt top, pre-border fabric.  Mystery quilter provided me with this completed backing for a few doll

Wishing Fall Were in the Air

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Hi-dee-ho This date has been branded - National Thrift Shop Day! A favorite past-time of mine that allows me to decorate my home with original art, compile quilts from other's pieced patchwork blocks, and make a decent supplemental income.  Costume sewing patterns are always popular. Here are a few from my recent eBay listings to whet your appetite for Halloween. https://www.ebay.com/itm/184998867533 https://www.ebay.com/itm/185001626512 https://www.ebay.com/itm/185002073303 In my quest to cull itty bitty pieces of remnant fabric from life, I discovered yet another bag I had squirreled away. This thrifted graphic t-shirt fits right in.  Another eBay milestone - I passed the 1,300 listings mark. I hope to have 1,500 listings by the end of September (perhaps sooner). It takes a lot of work, but once those listings are up, it is just a matter of mailing out and collecting 💲💲💲 Ending the post with one of my fav recent songs

Buying Back My Childhood Toys

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Somewhere along the way in my 60+ life span, I lost my childhood toys. When I encounter them at thrift, I buy them back. I didn't have these two exact dolls (49 cents each), but I had ones that were similar. When I found them, I held them in the palm of my hand like magical talismans.  I also buy Madame Alexander dolls. The one and only doll my grandmother bought for me was a MA granny doll. I eventually bought her back a few years ago (she had disappeared too).  So many other toys I don't remember until I see them secondhand or in images from Christmas past.  And on to one of my favorite past times - selling sewing patterns. This is the box where the sewing pattern sessions magic happens. I list a round of 25-30 at a time. September will be the push into the holiday season.  Here is the sewing pattern death pile that totals over 100 of them.  I hit the reselling milestones of $2,000 for a 90-day total and $225 for a one week's total. That is a lot of little items, rather t

Another Abstract Entered My Life

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My longtime readers know my love of art. I especially love abstracts, in any form. My fav hospice thrift shop was closed for a couple of days for repaving so the volunteers were able to restock and rearrange inside the store. The store's Facebook post showed there were a lot of framed pictures in stock. Glad I took the jaunt up there.  Not the best image but here is the framed under glass abstract on paper ($16.99 thrift). I hope to fill my sewing annex room with abstracts! Another fun pattern from my recent purchase of around 50 was this S tar Trek one that sold within one day of listing. Sometimes I keep a sewing pattern. This one I pulled because it is getting increasingly difficult to find cute buttoned up sleeveless collared shirts either retail or thrift.  Resller update: After my 50% off book sale ends this month, I will be culling books that have not moved and will be sending them back to the Great Thrift Shop Beyond. It seems crafting books such jewelry making have fallen

Stuck in the Smoke and That Girl

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While smoke from wildfires is trailing by, I am listing more sewing patterns. A couple of neat patterns came through - this one with Marlo Thomas. For those who didn't experience the 1970s, she starred in a TV show called That Girl .   The idea was groundbreaking at the time. A show about a single, attractive, successful woman living in the city. The 1970s was a period where girls were encouraged to either be teachers or nurses or [insert any traditional woman's role here]. Career paths were pretty limited.  On the subject of careers, I can reveal I do have an interview this week. Very excited! A first round online panel interview for an office supervisor position. I chose jobs that were in-office because I want my work life back. My current position is 100% remote at least until year's end but my peers all voted for 100% remote into the future. I was the outlier with a vote to return in office, at the very least 2-3 days a week.   But back to Marlo, this is my second Marlo

I Have Shopped the Thrift Stores Dry

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I made the round of my 4 local thrift shops and came home empty-handed. One shop, which will remain unnamed, make up their own rules for their sales. Once I drove all the way up there for an oil on canvas hydrangea painting and was told it was full price on their half off sale. Same thing this weekend, anything under $1 was not half off. So the quilting books and sewing patterns I had chosen, all $1 each, were not half off. I told the cashier, "thanks, but no thanks," and left the lot on the counter.  Other times, I pass things by that I should have bought. I hesitated on this oil on canvas priced at $24.99 at hospice thrift.  Even if I wanted to resell it, I probably wouldn't have made much profit. 1967 flowers in his hair didn't quite fit in with my decor. I regret not adopting him though.  I went out of county for sourcing and found the usual suspects: sewing patterns and CDs. My regular readers know that the last product I had been hiding in all sorts of places we