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kindness_Page_0[1]This week’s random act of kindness was small in the big scheme of the world, but huge to a overstressed Mom trying to shop with a cranky little toddler.  I was behind her in the checkout line (a very long line).  She had a few baby items in her cart.  Diapers, formula, wipes, etc.  I assume that she had popped in to get some things she needed for the little baby. 

The baby was fussy!  Perhaps hungry, perhaps sleepy, wet maybe, messy pants perhaps, but nonetheless she was SCREAMING!  I started making faces at the child who was being held against the mother’s shoulder.   At first she kept crying and then ever so slowly started to stare at me.  Then the stare turned to a tentative smile and then to a big smile that lasted the rest of the time we were in line.  By the time her Mommy paid for her items she was giggling at me. 

To me it was a little thing.  I like kids and they seem to like me.  To the Mom it was huge and she thanked me as she wheeled away.  I bet my fellow “line waiters” wanted to do the wave for me!  It was one of those screeching baby wails!  The kind that makes your skin crawl and your ears bleed. 

What small kindness have you showed others recently?

A couple more have arrived.  Some of the European ones have been delayed by the volcano. 

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This lovely flower card came from Leah from California. 

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This lovely birdie card came from Kathy Dillon from Maryland. 

Cannot wait for the rest!  Can you?

DSC03718 (1024x464)This was a weekend for yo-yos!  On Saturday, my birthday, I went to my little brothers so that I could watch his girls (my nieces) so he could go kayaking on the James River with my big brother.   I had a lot of fun and made Brunswick Stew using this recipe for them when they returned.  It was awesome and they all raved about it and asked for the recipe.  It is so easy just dump a bunch of cans into a pot and magic!  The best kind of recipe, no?

I have been knocking a fabric necklace around in my head for some time now.  This weekend, after a packed one I had some time on Sunday to craft.  I made the yo-yos using the scraps again from Vicki, but that is as far as I got.  I guess you will have to stay tuned to see what happens to them. 

I need to get cracking for some craft show makin’!  I have a show on the day before Mother’s Day which I realized yesterday is two weeks away.  ARGH!  But have always been and will always be a last minute girl! 

How about you?  Planned and paced or last minute? 

You make flowers!

DSC03713 (1024x866) Lots of flowers!

DSC03714 (1024x768)Total posie overload!

DSC03716 (1024x732)You leave nary a scrap remaining!  Well maybe the larger scraps remain. 

Thanks to Vicki for the scraps which were mostly her hand dyed creations.  There were all made from the long strip scraps. 

I used to babysit for a little girl, Whitney Ann Tharp.  It was so cure she said her name was Whinny Ant Pharplet.  I used to love it.  One of her favorite groups was the Chipmunks or Chipmumps as she called them.  So I thought it only appropriate that they join the party!

It seems the Beatles stopped by to serenade me!  What a party!

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When you got really, really excited to visit a friend after school?  Well, after work today I get to visit a friend.  I get to see her studio where all the magic happens.  I am so excited…I might just piddle!

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Today in Central Virginia was a big mess of a rainy day!  I am not complaining as I don’t have to water my flowers and we certainly need it!

Today’s random act of kindness involved a trip to Wendy’s for some chili and a poor soaked person.  They were walking through the parking lot and getting soaked.  For some reason I have 3 umbrellas in my car two of which I NEVER use.  I stopped the car, stopped the person and gave him one of my umbrellas!  He smiled and said thank you!  I said, you are most welcome. 

Easy peasy!

What kindness have you extended lately?

My Goodwill has an outlet…

It sells stuff really cheap.

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My Goodwill has an outlet…

It’s prices can’t be beat!

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Textiles and clothing sold by the pound…

It has the best prices around.

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You dig and dig to unearth a treasure…

Then pick it out by hand.

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It’s a mess and all thrown in together…

But you always find a score.

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It is my central spot for game pieces galore…

With selection like this who could ask for more?

I went on Sunday to my local Goodwill outlet.  It is not a place for the faint hearted or the person that likes things to be displayed and orderly.  They have tables and tables of totes with items that made their run through the Goodwill store or were not worthy of the store (they no longer sell open games so they go straight to the outlet).  You don’t have to take the entire game so there are game pieces galore.  There are also large rolling bins filled with clothes and bedding.  The clothes are separated by gender. 

For each of the game pieces that are in the large baggie I had to pick each one up by hand some in the same tote and others in neighboring totes.  I had to dig and dig, but it was well worth the trip.  These plus the two books, the CD, and the Tupperware piece of pie saver, and a tote bag full of stuff was only a little over $10. 

On other trips, I have found some children’s sized Ugg boots, a Dooney and Bourke wallet, some awesome vintage clothing, so great pieces of fabric and some really great old books. 

It is certainly worth a trip!  Check out your local Goodwill’s website to see if they have an outlet near you.  You will either be glad you did or vow never to return, but if you are a hearty thrifter you will be in Heaven!

The ATCs are still rolling in from Kate’s Birthday ATC swap.  It is so much fun opening each envelope to see what is inside. 

DSC03641 (831x1024)This lovely ATC was created by Julie Waldman from California.  I love how she used the scraps and the little buttons. 

 

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Both of these ATCs came from Margareeth.  I love the swirly stitching and the texture of the 2nd one. 

DSC03644 (833x1024)This sweet little bunny came from Barcelona, Spain.  It was created by  Gemma Figueras. 

 

DSC03645 (879x1024)I just love this neon gekko.  It is done in paper and paints and was created by Pauline Charlesworth.  

There are only a few days left until my birthday (this Saturday, the 24th) and a few more cards to arrive.  I cannot wait to see them.

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"What this world needs
is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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