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Shopping, Sandpaper, and More Random Thoughts

Don't you love having a productive day?  I feel as though I've gotten so much accomplished the past two days and am hoping it continues.  It feels amazing to actually get some things done!  I've worked on some projects to share with all of you in the upcoming months, painted two great stools (One of which is pictured below in it's "before" stage ), worked on painting some chairs to go with a table for my mom's dining room, did some work outside, cleaned, AND went to work.  I feel great!

On a different note, I thought I'd share a few of my recent Goodwill/Yard Sale purchases......(I apologize that the photos aren't a little better!)

At Goodwill, I purchased a great heavy wooden tray, an old pepper mill with a really unique top, a metal cookie press, a red basket, a clipboard (to make another Kitchen Chalkboard....I've sold a ton of these!), and a vintage spool that had a cow painted on it.....Keep reading to find out about the spool!

At a yard sale, I purchased an awesome old handmade stool, a huge wooden candle stick, a little measuring cup, and three really unique bowls....All for $4!

I can't wait to transform these finds and share them with you....The stool is actually already done and I'll be posting the project next week!

On to my next random thought.....In the past I shared with you how just a little white paint can change a thrift find into something fitting for your decor today.  Sandpaper can also be your friend in changing thrift finds!  I purchased this wood spool (shown above in the basket) for $1 knowing that the cow could be sanded off.  While it was nicely painted, cows aren't really my taste.  The picture came off easily and I rubbed a little stain over the body of the spool to blend the wood tones and the simple job was done.  Who could pass that purchase up?

And my final random thought for today.....There are times when it seems like I'm not posting any projects for you, but that doesn't mean I'm not working.   From November 21 through November 24 I will be having an open house with all the things I've made or found plus all the things my mom has made....she's incredible at sewing, one of the skills I'm greatly lacking!  Both of us work on Christmas projects for the entire year to prepare for everything we need in order to have enough to sell for four days! You'll eventually get to see projects for much I've what I've been working on, but who wants to see snowmen in the summer?

The open house is part of a big event in my town that has been going on for about 18 years called A Christmas Gathering in Brockway.  There are businesses, churches, and restaurants that join in with crafters who sell products out of their homes.....28 total different stops this year!  Everyone has something different, so you definitely won't go home empty handed.   This will be the 11th year that my mom and I have participated and each year I think it gets better and better.  We've actually learned a few tricks to make it a little less stressful, too!  (Between the set up for the show and the tear down, we loose the front half of our house for about a week....Not fun, but totally worth it!)

So, if you live anywhere near central PA, this is something to put on your calendar.  I'll be sharing more about what we are selling closer to the event.

If you want more information, you can visit our website  or send me an email and I'll send you a flyer for the event.

Wow....That was a lot of different ideas in today's post, but I guess everything is related in one way or another.  Be sure to check back tomorrow....I have a great dessert that you'll have to try!

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