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when a cashier at the store could tell you the total with tax BEFORE they ring up your items.

when a cashier would count your change back to you after the transaction.

when cash registers didn’t tell you the change to give back.

when sales tax was figured using a chart and added onto the register total.

when clerks looked you in the eye and said “thank you” as they gave you the change.

Do you remember, too? 

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This week’s random act of kindness involved a small boy and a toy he wanted to buy.  He was in front of me at the checkout at Wal-mart.  He was trying to buy a toy, but was lacking about $2.  His parents were no where to be found and the cashier had already rung it up. 

I had him give me the money he had to spend and then had the cashier add it to my groceries.  The little boy left with a smile.  I left with one, too! 

DSC05119 (1024x738) I saw a blog post a long time ago about a shawl that had several moth holes.  The owner of the shawl used needle felted circles to fix the holes and it gave the shawl a polka dot effect.  I thought the finished product looked so cool, that I had almost been itching to find a hole in one of my sweaters.  I cannot find the blog post, but here is a tutorial on Martha’s site to tell you how to do it. 

On a trip to my local Goodwill, I found a vintage Scottish wool scarf with a few holes for $1.99. 

I got out my wool roving and my needles and had a go at the holes on the scarf.  It didn’t take very long and it was all finished. 

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I could have changed up the roving to make multi-colored spots, but I was trying out the technique.  I think it ended up kind of cool and was a great way to fix an item of clothing to extend its life with a stylish twist. 

Is anyone interested in the scarf?  I can’t wear wool around my face or neck as it give me a nasty reaction.  I can wear sweaters, but have to wear a t-shirt between it and my skin.  With a scarf that is not an option.  So if anyone would like my experiment, speak up!  I will be happy to send it to you.

and a song in my heart today… 

The weekend was a great one outside beautiful weather and low humidity.  Perfect for some flower picking. 

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I found the flower charms on Ebay and had the vintage beads in my stash.  I have some darker cord, but didn’t feel like digging in my yarn bin for it so got the cord that was on top.  It went together in minutes.  It looks really sweet on the wrist, too.  Now I can take my garden with me wherever I go. 

DSC05135 (726x1024)I finished my shirt over the weekend and I love it!  I cut out 6 of the images and then bonded them on using Wonder Under.  I then zig zagged with some variegated threads around the edge.   I placed 4 images on the front and two on the back. 

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I cannot wait for Halloween to wear it.  I am sure I can eek out a few other times to wear it between now and then. 

feeling on top of the world.

thinking my fellow men were ants.

wondering how far I could lean without spilling me out!

praying it didn’t stop too long.

loving it when it went backwards.

Do you remember, too?

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This week’s random act of kindness involved buttons that I picked up a while back.   Helzberg Diamonds has a campaign to spread the message of love.  You can go to their stores and get a limited supply of the buttons to hand out in 11 languages.  I had a bag from a while back when they mailed them to you.  Mine said simply I am loved

The other day I went to my local Target to get a few items.  I parked my car way back in the parking lot and then randomly left the buttons on the roof of the car above the driver’s door so they would be sure to be found.  Then I went on my merry way. 

As I was leaving, I saw a woman find one on her car, smile and put it in her pocket.  That made me smile, too!

Everyone needs to know they are loved, so if you have a Helzberg stop in, scoop a handful, and spread the love. 

Halloween here in central Virginia is a mixed bag.  Weatherwise you never know what you will get.  Lately it has been mostly warm.  The scarf I made worked for one year, then it never was cool enough to wear again.

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This year, I am altering a denim shirt to wear.  I went to my local Goodwill and found this denim shirt for $4.99.  It looks almost new, but has been washed enough to take out the stiff. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Ebay, I found this great Alexander Henry fabric called The Ghastlies.  I plan to cut out images and appliqué them onto the shirt randomly.  I would have finished it this past weekend, but instead spent most of Sunday watching some of the “new” DVDs I picked up at the Goodwill. 

I plan to work on it this weekend as this is the first weekend in a while I have nowhere to be or do. 

Stay tuned to see what I conjure up!

 

 

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I have received more charms from the Flickr Altered Dominos & Other Game Pieces charm swap.  I believe with this batch it leaves 2 more to arrive. 

 

This sweet little home charm using a Monopoly house was made by Linda Freeman.  I love the mica home tag and the bit of lace.  So sweet! 

 

 

 

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This altered scrabble tile charm was made by Eda.  She lives in Louisiana so the fleur de lis is big there.  I also love the added grace charm.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last is the chubby checker made by Nina.  I love the checker body, the beaded body parts and the little scarf tied around its neck. So great! 

 

 

 

 

 

I have plans to make a Kumihimo cord to hang the charms on.  I am waiting until I have all of them to pick the yarn colors to use.  Stay tuned!

The winner of the Poe brooch is…

Loralynn!!!!!

She commented with her very best Welcome Back Kotter impression!  It will be on its way to you soon.  I hope you enjoy it!

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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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