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Dr. King’s speech was moving and made people think. I believe, even now in 2008, we need to rethink our commitment to tolerance of other races, ethnicity, and orientation. To judge people by their character, to treat everyone as human beings, to love one another as we love ourselves.

You can read the rest of Dr. King’s great speech here.

In his honor today, practice a random act of kindness: pay the tab for the car behind you at the drive through, the toll for the car behind yours, take some blankets or toiletries to a homeless shelter, or deliver cookies to a neighbor that you know is struggling.  Let’s honor Dr. King by honoring one another and showing that all men are created equal.

I have a dream! 

Loving me some Kermit!

I am going to have to try that poncho!

Yesterday, my friend Brenda and I were heading out to lunch in Richmond followed by a visit to Torman.  The weather indicated that we would have mostly rain as the snow would be more to the west of us.  Well, wrong-o!  It started about 8:30 a.m. here with heavy snow flurries followed at 9:30 a.m. by a round of sleet and about 1 p.m. turned to all rain.  So Brenda and I both stayed put where we were. 


Since I had a lot of time on my hands I decided to add the other touches to these pendants (in the middle of the post).  I thought they looked a bit blah and needed some beads.  I had to wait for my order of bead pins to arrive from PetiteSpoon

Yesterday was spent placing the beads and jump rings onto these pendants.


The front has images from storybooks and the back words or quotations.  The background is  6 layers of dictionary pages.

Pretty good for a snow day, huh?  Hope your day was filled creatively, too. 

There’s a woman who leads a life of crafting
To everyone she meets she stays a stranger
With every move she makes another chance she takes
Odds are she’ll craft until tomorrow

Secret agent crafter, secret agent crafter
They’ve given you a deadline and taken away your glue gun

Beware of pretty pictures that you find
A pretty picture can change your mind
Ah, be careful what you show
Or you’ll give yourself away
Odds are you’ll craft until tomorrow

Secret agent crafter, secret agent crafter
They’ve given you a deadline and taken away your glue gun

Swingin’ on the yarn one day
And then layin’ in the glitter alley next day
Oh no, you let the wrong glue slip
While pursing persuasive lips
The odds are you’ll craft until tomorrow

Secret agent crafter, secret agent crafter
They’ve given you a deadline and taken away your glue gun

Secret agent crafter, that’s my name!

(This post brought to you by the Oh So Charming Itty Bitty Valentine Swap.) Dolly, if you are reading, consider this your sneak peek!  Pretty packages containing itty bitty sweetness. 

Remember my rant about my lying weatherman, Tom Patton?  Well today’s forecast was brought to me by Andrew Frieden.  Andrew never lies to me!  He never builds up my hopes, he never crushes my dreams! 

Andrew said “a slight chance of snow flurries today.”  Slight doesn’t have me peeking out the windows every few minutes, it doesn’t have me giddy with the anticipation, it just has me hoping a bit. 

At 11 a.m. Tuesday morning I looked out my window and what did I see….. SNOW, lots of big, fluffy flakes.  None of them stuck or accumulated, but I got my snow. 


For a little bit it looked like it might amount to something.  Then the sun peeked out from the clouds and as quick as it came, it was gone.  For those 10-15 minutes it dropped it like a champ! 

Well done, Andrew!  You didn’t lie to me!

let it snow

There is a new blog on the blogosphere.   I had mentioned the Prpldy previously and had met her through a swap-bot Dotee doll swap.  There is nothing BrendaLea cannot make and her creativity overwhelms me.  She has started a new blog to document her craftiness.  She is new to the bloggy world and just starting to dip her toe in.  Stop over at Purple Lady’s Art and Life and see what she is making.  And do me a favor and leave a comment on her Pay it Forward post.  You WANT to receive one of her creations!

Since I commented on the post here is my PIF challenge to reciprocate her generosity.

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on this post requesting to join this Pay It Forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow, or next week, but you will receive it within 90 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. So basically, if you comment and you’re on, I’ll send you something crafty that I’ll make!

Once you sign up, copy and pastethe above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work.  Sounds like a lot of fun!

There has been a lot going on here at Craftyville.  First, let me show you my mail.

From the giveaway I won at The Sky is Pink Lera sent me a handmade pouch, some bakers twine and some chocolate mint soap that she made.  Good thing she put the disclaimer on the label or I might have taken a bite.  It smells heavenly and makes me what candy every time I open it. 

lera’s package

Thanks, Lera, I love it!

Next up in the mail are a couple of Etsy purchases.  First, from the Merchant of Kismet are these sweet coffee pot buttons.  I first saw them on Lupin’s Bugs and Fishes and had to have some.  Not sure what I will do with them, but they were too cute to pass up!  Maybe on the cup cozies?  Hmmmmm….

MOK buttons

From Heidi at Everyday Cookies the sweetest felty heart brooch for Valentine’s day.  I love the way she packages her items using her papercraft skills.  I also love the paper heart she included in my package.  Heidi has a blog and we seem to have a mutual admiration society going on. 

heidi’s brooch

Thanks, Heidi!  Fabulous as always!

Lastly, I want to thank everyone that shopped, posted, commented, read, passed the word and viewed the Virtual Thrift Post.  It was a lot of fun to see all the goodies, a lot of work to post it all, but a labor of love for my favorite past time! 

So give yourselves a “high five” and hit the craft rooms! 

Yesterday, I had to deliver the bag I made for Louise after I made it a bit smaller for her.  As I passed the Goodwill it seemed to call me to “come on in, the bargains are fine!”  Imagine my delight and the little dance I did (have you seen Elaine’s?  Mine is similar!) when I found this…

barkcloth bedspreadbarkcloth spread2

I got this lovely for $8.99!  It is the mustard and barkcloth on one side and the patchy squares on the other.  Oh what a find! 

Thanks again and have a great day!

First things first, get your coffee, tea, soda, and the donut/pastry/snack of your choosing.  Now with the caffeine and the carbs the fun can begin!

Here are the details of the thrifty haul from the U.S., Canada and Japan:
(Please note, that due to  time differences some posts may happen later and not show when you click the links below.  I will update with the thrift link as they are posted and will note updated for that link.)
(Updated 4:46 p.m. Eastern) Heidi from Everyday Cookies added the extra twist of making something from her purchases.  Always the OVERACHIEVER, let’s take a peek and see what she found on the Oregon coast and what she created with it.
(Updated 4:47 p.m. Eastern) Suzy from GeorgiaPeachez is carrying the thrift torch for the Tidewater area of Virginia.  100 shops can hold a lot of bounty!
(Updated 1-15-08) Kiva from Musings of a Southern Girl at Heart.  Check out her prizes from south of the Mason-Dixon line.
(Updated) Next, from the state that is round on the ends and high in the middle (O-HI-O), we have Mary Ann of A Very Mary Design.  Check out her finds! *************************************************************************

(Updated 4:49 p.m. Eastern) From the land of the Governator, we have my sweet swap sister and ” thrifty bin” scourer Christy of Mama Said Sew


(Updated 6:12 p.m. Eastern) Laura of All About Prettyhas posted her finds.  She is a girly girl and likes it pretty!  She was a bit under the weather, but she soldiered on.
(Updated 4:52 p.m. Eastern) Also from Ohio is Mitzi of Vintage + Goodness=Happiness.  She surrounds herself with vintage
(Updated 4:54 p.m. Eastern) Is thrifting bigger and better in Texas?  Sarah of Gypsy Mermaid may have proof of that fact. 
(Updated 11:33 a.m. Eastern) MadSilence is joining our shopping trip showing the thrift score from Japan. 
(Updated) Amanda from Kiss My Aster(love that bloggy name!) has posted the massive thrifty haul she found in Indiana.
(Updated 11:40 a.m. Eastern) Vanessa of Bloom Right Here has posted her purchases.  She is located in Arkansas.
(Updated 11:42 a.m. Eastern) Monica from Long Island, NY has posted her finds on her blog Black Olives on My Fingertips.
(Updated 11:45 a.m. Eastern) Maybe Laurie, our second thrifter from Texas, can convince us that the thrifting is all that there.  Check out her blog Stone-Belle to see her larger than life goodness.
Here are the pictures of my thrifty haul from here in central Virginia:

I was truly blessed by the thrifty gods this week. Look at this haul!

The picture does not do it justice. It is in pristine condition! I was surprised that it said rug as it is more of a blanket weight.


The German book has German text. This will make some great backgrounds for collages. Can anyone help me with the title? The Betty Crocker cookbook has the sweetest vintage images. Some little child took a pencil to it in typical little kid fashion so I spent a bit on Saturday with the eraser removing it all.


I love the images in this book. It is amazing to me how similar all of the images from this time frame look to one another. The book is from 1965.

Isn’t that the best image? I love it! Not sure what it will become, but it won’t be used as drapes!
The South Pacific book is a commemorative one on the making of the movie. There is set direction indicated, the costume drawings, and the bios of the various parties. The Art Buchwald book is one I have wanted to read ever since Sunday Morning profiled it on their show months ago. Leave it to Art to make being in hospice waiting to die humorous.
I have a tote in mind for the Mexican one.
Total Spent: $17.99
Thrift shops visited:
Goodwill(Chester and Petersburg, VA locations)
Diversity Thrift (Richmond, VA)
Trash and Treasure (2711 W Broad St, Richmond)
i love thrift

Our virtual thrift shopping day is tomorrow, Monday the 14th.  So far we have 13 people signed up to show their goodies tomorrow.  I can hardly wait and have been busily gathering my own finds, too. 

I found this site today.  You can enter thrift stores and consignment along with your zip code in the search boxes at the top and it will give you the list of shops in your area with the mileage radius.  It found 74 shops within a 50 mile radius of my home and most I did not know were there. 

Remember to check in tomorrow to see the links to the others that have been shopping the thrifts.  I am sure there will be some awesome finds!

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Thrift Documentary

 Remember to join us and make a comment and post your finds on Monday, the 14th.

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is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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