Friday, March 21, 2014

Fun Finds Friday - Knit One, Purl Two

One of my fondest memories is set in the yarn shop my mom owned when I was in the third grade.  It was in a cozy little house in our small country town.  My girlfriends and I would walk there after school and she would make us hot chocolate, feed us snacks and teach us how to knit and crochet while we sat in comfy chairs around the warm Franklin stove.  If I had the money and didn't have to work full time, I would recreate that same little atmosphere and open my own little shop like my mom's, but I would have to include paper crafts classes, which is my main passion.

When I stumbled upon this week's Fun Finds, it not only thrilled the thrifter in me, but it took me back to a very happy time in my life.

I love it when I go to a garage sale and the lady of the house is a compulsive craft shopper!  I feel an instant kinship with someone who has triplicates of the same thing!

Check it out:

I actually gave away some of the items I was able to purchase from this lady before I took this picture, but you can see I hit the mother lode of knitting and crocheting!

Here are some closer looks at what I was to steal!

This set appears to be new.  I checked it out at Joann's and it was $69.99 there!

These are lighted crochet hooks.  They are new.  The little tabs that need to be removed to engage the battery are still intact.  In addition, there were several packages of replacement batteries.  They still have the price tags on them from Hobby Lobby and each package was $2.49.
This is a complete set of crochet hooks.  In all, I think there are probably four full sets or more between all the different styles.

Want to venture a guess on what I paid for all of this?  

I would love to have more followers via Google Friend Connect or BlogLovin'.  I don't want followers because I want to have this huge following and to monetize my blog.  I honestly don't have time to make a lot of blog posts, which you can tell by looking at the history of this blog.  It's just that   it is more fun to create posts when I know I am sharing my fun finds, crafts and Cowgirl Chronicles with other people who may enjoy them.  Can you help me make it to 100 followers?  

In May, I am going to do a drawing with my new followers and will send a package that will contain some of the goodies above.  Comment on this post to be entered.


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Junkin' Joes@thecottagemarket

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Fun Finds Friday - Vintage Jackpot!

Wow!  I really hit the vintage jackpot this weekend with my thrifting adventures!  Just look what I found!

Everything Vintage!
Dress form, old photographs, floral frogs, old craft books, vintage scale, vintage poloroid

I have been wanting an antique dress form for my sewing/guest room, but they have been so expensive.  I basically stole this from the lady that was selling this one.  Shh!  Don't tell anyone!

She is a little rusty on the top and it just makes her more beautiful.  She also has the figure I would like to have!

I have been collecting vintage floral frogs.  I have them in my craft room to display some of my hand-stamped cards and to use for taking pictures of them.  Plus, they are just cool-looking.  And look at the old Kismet cards from a vintage 1975 game.  They are going to become scrapbook and paper crafting ephemera in my etsy shop someday soon.

And speaking of ephemera.....these vintage Workbasket magazines are filled to the brim with really cool old ads and ephemera.  I'll do another post in the near future to show you the insides of some of these old beauties from the 50's and 60's.

Vintage photos are super hot right now and I hit pay dirt with these from an estate sale!  It's beyond me how family would want to get rid of their heritage, but I guess I won't complain since I am the beneficiary of part of this estate.  Many of these are the old kind that are mounted on a thick postcard style backing.  I haven't explored the dates on these yet, but they are all black and white, and I would guess that some of the older ones are from the late 1800's to very early 1900's.

These will be awesome in some paper crafting projects I have planned and will ensure that the pictures, if not the memories of these long ago loved people stay alive.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I'll be back - real soon!!

This has been a year where I have had to just hang on with all my might, but I promise I will be back and posting some Fun Friday Finds, amusing stories and great trash to treasure projects!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Be the Difference - Stampin' Up! Style

This year's Stampin' Up! convention theme was "Be the Difference" and addressed how Stampin' Up! allows us to make a difference not only in our lives, but the lives of others we help along the way.  I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator/Creative Coach for 14 years.  I started because I had three young children at home and, well, I needed to get away from them and this provided the perfect excuse!  I could control my own schedule, make as little or as much additional income as I wanted and make new friends.  The majority of my best friends are a result of relationships built through Stampin' Up!

I thought it would be fun to share the "Be the Difference" Convention video.  If you look carefully, you will see me on the bus for our Headquarters tour.

If you have ever thought about becoming a Creative Coach just for fun, for money, or for relationships, now is a great time to do it!  We have special offerings to make it almost irresistible to join now!  Check out the special "Pick a Kit" offer for new Demonstrators.  It's only $99 to join and you receive a kit valued at over $190 (including business supplies) in addition to the Pick a Kit offer!  Click here to sign up!  Use "thestampqueen" for your password.

Dates: July 15-August 31, 2013
Kit Options:
The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog and the last option is from the annual catalog.
OptionKit DescriptionItemTotal Value
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit
Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle

I look forward to having you on my Team!
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fun Finds Friday - Stamp Holder and other Awesome Vintageness!

It's been a long, long time since I have been able to go to garage and estate sales because of illness, death in the family, vacation and just being too busy overall.  I was SO glad to be able to go this week and I was able to get some great treasures!

Vintage Stamp Holder, Bone China Teacup, Frame, old rodeo brochure, vintage state flag brochure, 2 containers of lace, candlesticks, baby items, clock, luggage rack

I was so thrilled to find the stamp holder!

 I have been debating about getting one of the new ones for my craft room because I haven't found an old one, and this one came complete with several vintage stamps!  I have also been looking for a luggage rack for my guest room.  This is also a hard-to-find item, so I hit the lottery on Friday!

I have plans to repurpose the frame, candlesticks and clock.  Watch for it here.

And no thrifting is complete without fabulous toys for my sweet Brodee!

Hope you had a terrific thrifting week!

Linking to:
HomeMaker on a Dime
It's Overflowing
The Scoop
THT Thursday
Thrift Share Monday@ApronThirftGirl
The Crafty Blog Stalker
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pinned and Rated - The Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Pancakes

The other day, for my birthday, my Managers took me out to the Pop Diner in Dallas for breakfast.  I had their Sour Cream Pancakes.  They were absolutely delicious.  Pancakes are not my favorite thing to eat, but I would definitely order them there again.

So, tonight when thinking about what to make for dinner, I decided to try sour cream pancakes.  When I Googled them, the recipe from Pioneer Woman came up first.

From "The Pioneer Woman" website

Mine actually looked exactly like hers, which is good!  I thought they were quite good.  The Cowboy didn't think they were anything special.  They were light, tasty and super easy to make.  I would probably rate them a 7 or 8 on a scale of 10.  The Cowboy would probably rate as a 5, so I will go with a rating of 7.  Final answer.

 There was another interesting looking recipe that differed quite a bit from The Pioneer Woman's.


If anyone has tried the above recipe or has one that they think would top the one I already tried, I would love to hear from you!

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

And Now....The Rest of the Story.....

From my Journal:  January 3

When I posted this story on my facebook page, all my friends and acquaintances bugged me for a few days to let them know how it ended.  I just realized, I never updated it here.

And now….the Rest of the Story….(from this post)

It’s Wednesday morn at crack of the dawn,
I roll out of bed and stifle my yawn.
I’m tired and cranky, not really sure why –
Until I remember last night, (with a sigh.)

There’s always something stealing my rest
While putting my patience and good humor to test!
I contemplate what the Cowboy has done
As I exit the front door, by which rests - a large gun.

I decide there and then that ignorance is bliss
Since knowing the answer could put my spirit amiss.
So, my friends, I can’t tell you how this story ends-
The interpretation thereof, on you, it depends.

All I can share is when at home I returned,
Out in the front yard a HUGE bonfire burned!

The End.
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