Thursday, August 18, 2011

Annual Spending Spree!

Our annual trip to the tent sale at the "Spinrite Factory" took place today! Cathy was the chauffeur this year, and we did our usual route....Our first stop was at a quilt shop. We are getting better about restraint at that shop. Cathy purchased what she needed, and I purchased....nothing! (that is a "first"!)
Our second stop was at the tent sale. We had never been there during the first week before, so seeing so many people in the tent, and so many people in line was a big change...but did not stop us! The first year that we went to this sale, we scoffed at the fact that the staff gave us a garbage bag, presumably to fill with our new "finds". We could not believe that anyone would buy so much yarn. We took home about three garbage bags full of yarn bargains that day. We became "believers" in the tent sale!
This year, Cathy refrained from buying any yarn, stating that she had not yet used up the yarn from last year! (I didn't know that we were supposed to do that before we bought more!??) I, however, was in my glory! I found many colors of cotton which I had not been able to find in our stores, and kept filling those bags. We discovered as we carried them out of the tent sale that cotton is much heavier than the yarn which we usually buy, so it was an adventure getting them to Cathy's car. Cathy carried one of the heavy bags....she goes for another therapy session on her back tomorrow. I hope that the tent sale did not ruin her previous treatments! The bags which are loaded in the car contain all of my "treasures" from today's sale. However, there is still a main building in which to shop. I managed to buy only a regular sized bag in that part of the store!
On our way home, we visited "The Wagon Shed" in Arva, Ontario, which features spinning, quilts, yarns, handmade articles, etc. The owner spent a long time with us, explaining the business, and telling us her stories. What a great place to go to create! I envy her this great spot! She was piecing together some quilt blocks when we arrived, and moved over to her spinning wheel while she spoke with us. Talented, and interesting!
My next chore is to sort out my "candy" from today....move all of that yarn to an appropriate spot in the house! Some has made it to the hall tree bench in the front hall (for immediate use) and I expect that the rest will be packaged in bins, and placed in my craft storage unit....along with the rest of last year's yarn purchases not yet used! :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Great Gift idea....

from a talented artist at "Etsy". A unique way to record the guests name at a wedding rather than a guest book....this wedding tree, personalized poster! A unique gift on its own or with another item, this poster can be ordered already printed up, or as a PDF file to have printed up as you wish. I opted for the PDF file...partly to avoid delivery "headaches" and fear of postal delays, and partly because I was just not organized enough to order it in time for that option! This particular one comes with a stamp pad which the guests use to add their fingerprints to the tree, along with their names. Although I love this option, I feared that the wedding guests might not like to risk getting the green ink on their wedding finery, so I opted for the printed tree.
This printed tree PDF file arrived promptly, and was sent off to the local print shop, where, for a reasonable fee, it was printed on 18x24 poster paper. The finished copy was presented to the wedding couple, along with a frame, as part of their wedding gift. Very pleased with the results and the ease of completion, and plan to order another, which will be printed with colored leaves for an upcoming fall wedding! For other unique gift ideas, or to purchase a wedding tree for a special gift, visit Lovliday's shop at "Etsy"!