I’m feeling pretty awesome about things these last few days.

On Friday, I did some work to finish up this piece

I’m pretty in love with it. It really deserves it’s own post later on this week.

Then, one of my best friends came down and she and her daughter hung out with me and the kids while our husbands went camping and to a Brew Fest in the area. One of the best things we did was hit up the local Friends of the Library book sale. We first went on Saturday morning, and the kids found some cool stuff, and I found a crate full of cross stitch patterns. Now, I’m dabbling a little in cross stitch these days, and would love to attempt something larger. Most of the pamphlets were way too country for my tastes, but I did find a few things (like alphabets) and then I saw these which made me a bit giddy:

The patterns inside (especially the Rainbow Brite ones) are quite detailed and intricate. I am really going to have to commit myself if I am ever going to try one. I was happy with what I had. (These were only 10 cents apiece)

But then we went back at noon today. The boys were back from the campground and so we were able to go without the kids. Today was fill up a paper grocery bag for $3.00! Here’s just a taste of what I got (novels not pictured)

Some highlights include Quilt Place Mat Sets; it has place mat, napkin ring and coaster patterns in Double Wedding ring, Lonestar and other patterns that are done on plastic canvas. They remind me of my grandmother’s house and should be fun to do (maybe I can get my daughter to help). I also picked up some sweet Beatrix Potter patterns that will be adorable to put together for a kid of two at some point.

There were two milk crates to go through, and clearly it was an 80s-90s collection and someone just unloaded everything. The thing that’s crying out for something a little twisted is a pamphlet called¬†Sassy Sweats for Cross Stitchers. It’s from 1987. Not only is the styling pure 80s gold, the sentiments are well, shall we say, sexist.

I don’t even know what to say.

But it looks like I’m going to be busy these next few months.


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