Saturday, September 3, 2011


It has been a few good days this past week even though I was on the phone twice about 3 hours two days...but that is another story. I was doing a swap with our sweet friend Linda from Parkers Paradise and I finally got these in the mail yesterday.It took 10 days from the time she mailed them until they got here. I think the U S P S hired the Amish to bring the mail by Horse and Buggy. We were both getting very depressed over it. Now that I have them I have to pick Lindas brain for the best way to use them I tried to frame a few of them but they will be coming back out of the frame..They just look very blah all except for the little one on the left. I will be sending that to one of my sweetheart Daughter-in-laws who is always there when I need something and she even made my Business Cards and they are awesome. They are just black writing on white card stock since it does cost me for the ink to print them and I do wonder how many people that take my card ever even look at it again

Then another dear friend of mine put tops on all these dish towells for me to use for Christmas gifts and I think they are awesome and she did a great Daughter-in-Laws and a few friends are going to Love them

I had a crazy quilt piece that my Grandmother made in 1902 and I cut the one and made a Teddy bear and had some little scraps. Well..I don't do crazy quilts so I mailed the pieces to my friend thinking maybe she could use them somehow and just look at what she did with them for me...a candle mat that I am really going to enjoy using and she did such a good job that I can't even see where she sewed them together. She used ticking on the back which she knows is one of my favorite fabrics :)

The package from here in the mail box waiting for me when got home today from the Corn Fest in Arthur,IL about 30 miles North of us
There was a thrift store near the Corn fest and I was thrilled with my finds there. I got this neat tote like thing on wheels and it zips closed on the top. It is like a tapestry fabric and I love the print. I got it for $5.00 and I saw some at the craft sale booths for $30.00. I will take it every time I go to a thrift store...fabric store and even Garage more carrying bags.
I also got this really neat old saucepan that was enamel and kind of rusty in the bottom. I think I will just paint the bottom and then decoupage a nice picture in it and use it in my gatherings I am working on to sell.

I had the flash on when I took this picture so it is not that great and I will do the happy dance when my son comes if he can figure out how to reset the software on here for my DC
We heard about a place near here that had a lot of neat fabric with good prices and low and behold we passed it on the way home and boy did I luck out there. They had a seperate building right next to their house and right on a main street.This is one of the vests you cut and sew and I just had to have it to make for a gift for someone. I will of course line it and put pockets inside since there is no where to put them on the outside. I think my friend will like it a lot
Then I got a big piece of the blue stripe fabric and it is nice and heavy like denim..The Burgandy piece is flannel and has a few flaws near the edge but I can work around them to make my raggy quilt I needed some flannel for. The same thing with the red ck piece which had some tiny holes and he gave me extra and I can work around the holes on that too when I cut squares,,,The green piece is really kind of ugly but no one will see it when I use it for the inside piece on my raggy quilts
I am really really thrilled with this awesome John Deere fabric that I will use for more raggy quilts
I can not imagine sitting under a canopy and pay $100.00 to sit there and try to sell stuff. There was a lot of jewelry and T shirts and of course no one was having sales to brag about except the trailers selling the Crushed Ice drinks..This is one of the 3 booths selling the metal signs
They even had a rock climbing wall and some young girl was brave enough to try it in 100 degrees heat

This was a display for the Big Pumpkin patch in Arthur and we wanted to go there but couldn't find it and traffic was crazy

The band was awesome and there was a good turn out of people willing to sit in that heat and listen

There was one booth that kind of caught my eye and she made all kind of neat things for people that were handicapped and in a wheel chair or used a cane..I just loved this nice big apron with the dog print and would have even liked it for myself
There was another booth that had a lot of items but they said they didn't make them and had someone else making their items. They were having a clearance sale on these totes and selling them for $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00..They were just thin fabric and had batting in the middle but I couldn't resist buying 2 and I did use them to carry my items that i bought
There was a nice quilting fabric shop in town too and I got some really nice and very different fabric to use in my gatherings and other items I want to make to take to craft shows in Oct...hopefully I will have both my sewing machines fixed in time to use them to finish up a lot of things
There was also a booth there run by the Amish and they were selling a lot of fabric and other sewing needfulls. I got this nice fleece..Navy Blue and 60" wide for $1.00 a yard. I bought 3 yards and already have some cut for the back of baby quilts and burp pads (hopefully I will get my machine back this coming week to finish these too)
Overall it was a good day and I had fun spending money and did a good job on getting a bang for my buck.

My next post will have a give away and one of the crafters at the Corn Fest donated an item for part of my give away and of course I will includ a link to her web site and hopefully she will get a few sales :)


Dani said...

What a great day! and a lot of good the John Deere fabric...

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

My goodness! You guys have getting out and about. We've been sitting home for so long, I may have forgotten how to drive--lol
Seriously--there a couple fall shows we really enjoy. The one has a buckskinner's rendevous and it is very similar to your Indian thing. They throw axes and cook everything over an open fire. It's pretty nest. Glad you are liking your stitchings. I am sure you will love them when you get to put your touch on them! I just attach them to some homespun or calico.
Enjoy your holiday, dear friend!

OldeAnniePrimitives said...

Looks like you had a nice day and got some great deals. Love your pic up top of your babies. They look nice and cool. Whether they are or not is another story! LOL! Sweet pic! ~~Annie

nancy huggins said...

Bianca is kind of stuck up and thinks they are all pests (especially the pups)
For some reason they like to go under the swing when it is already in the shade. It will be a real job to try and get some grass to grow there . Water dept messed it up when running new water line in :)

Cora said...

Sounds like a great day, Nancy! Nothing better than finding fabric shops and thrift shops. I remember the days when I paid $500 for a 10x10 booth at a craft show. Those days of that kind of selling are long gone. And yes, I always envied the booths that sold the cold drinks. They seemed to be the most popular!
Glad you had a good day!

nancy huggins said...

Yes Cora..This was a very good move..Best Landlord ever..Fence up for my Pups and they are happy..a little far from town but found a great place to buy fabric and they belong to a nice Lutheran Church I will be checking out. Some of the Lutheran Churches have services on Sat night which will be better for me with my back that is always bad in the Morning. We are happy campers. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fun you had! I love the bags you bought to carry things in! I would have snatched up a few, too! One year at a festival I bought a basket to carry my items! I love festivals...I'm posting about one later! Hugs to you my friend! ♥

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Sounds like such a fun day and what a great stock pile of pretty items! blessings,Kathleen

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Sounds like you had a fun filled day!
Look at all the wonderful finds ~ looks like your going to be a busy gal!
Thanks for sharing!
Prim Blessings

Denise said...

Look at all that wonderful stuff.. Now that our weather is cooling off I am in the mood to get out in my shop...... I need to makes something!

Have a blessed Monday...... 60 degrees here.... OMG such a welcome feeling after the summer we have had!