Not just repurposing, but BEING repurposed......" if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come." ~~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Monday, April 27, 2009

Blessing #7

Dandelions are becoming plentiful this time of year and most people would think of them as anything but a blessing. But when I was a kid, my mom showed me this fun thing you can do with them. So when I see them, it makes me smile.

Pick some dandelions -- the thicker and longer, the better.

No, scissors needed! Just use your fingers to split each end into 4-6 strips.
And drop into a bowl of cold water.

You'll end up with crazy, curly, dandelion art pieces!
Dandy fun!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: "He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. Here you will see him.' Now I have told you."
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28: 1-10,16-20

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Just Junk Hunting

Wow, I guess it's been a while since I posted. I've been a bit focused on last weekend's sale. I figured it would be quite a bit busier than I am accustomed to because of the article. And sure enough, it was a very busy and successful sale weekend. It made me even more hopeful for the future of my business and I was excited to get busy this week. So one thing I did was visit a lady who said she might have some things I'd be interested in. Well, she certainly did have things I was interested in, but none of it was junk. I should have taken pictures. Her glorified garage was filled with collectibles and vintage pieces. It looked like a photo spread from a cottage magazine. But I did manage to leave with a few pieces that she gave me a good deal on.

I got this pile for a total of $10. There's 8 pieces of miniature picket fencing, 4 nice size wooden brackets, a piece of natural slate about 18"x18", and 2 iron grate type things. Not bad.

But Thursday was the BIG Day. My online junk friend Sue (ChicCottage) met me at my shop to begin a day of junking fun. First I gave her a grand tour of the place. Ok, so the place isn't really grand, but there is a lot of junk! I think she was a little overwhelmed.

Then we hit the road. Our first stop was Miedema Auctioneering. They are an online auction house so we couldn't buy anything, but we checked out what was currently in their two giant warehouses. I've gotten some cool things there before. Then we hit the GR Habitat Restore.
I got a can of blue paint. No biggie, but since I only buy oops! paints and I don't have any blue right now, it was a smart purchase.

Then we visited Pitsch Wrecking. I wasn't sure what Sue would think of this place as it is pretty dark, dirty, and kinda scary. But she loved it. I was so glad because I love places like that. I usually don't buy a lot, but it sure is fun to look. Sue and I spotted the box of Bingo cards at the same time and in unison declared "BINGO CARDS!" So we ended up splitting the Bingo loot. I also grabbed this pair of beaters for 50 cents hoping to try Cynthia's garden tulips. Sue ended up buying some SWEET pieces of old wood trim. Fun place, good times. Then it was off to Brann's for a late lunch.

After lunch it was time for me to face the new Goodwill Outlet. My precious Goodwill Warehouse Friday sales are no more. The news wasn't all bad however. Books are still a quarter a piece so I was able to buy these 3 Bibles (a guy at my church does prison ministry and is always on the lookout for Bibles). And the glass turned out to be even cheaper -- 20 cents for the 3. They'll come in handy for making garden totems.
And for just $2 I got this big school chalkboard. With the light surrounding it you could almost hear a heavenly "ahhh aww AHHH ahhh".
So after our awesome junk hunt, we had no time left for getting to work in the workshop. We'll leave that for the next time. And there DEFINITELY will be a next time, it was a great day!
Thanks, Sue