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Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011
We wrapped the garage sale signs I made up in saran because there was a chance of rain, had a giant party tent hanging around to cover the driveway and lend some shade (see? I don't know where half of this stuff comes from!). Borrowed folding tables from my in-laws, set the coffee maker to start perking in the morning and set the alarm clock for an ungodly hour. I couldn't even take an in focus picture of my cup of coffee in the morning! Even old Shadow the cat was wondering what we were all doing at such an hour.
Customers! We had a lot of people! Thankfully that means we moved out quite a lot of stuff. I haven't participated in a garage sale since I was a kid. I forgot how crazy cheap some people are! The nice part was we got to meet quite a few more of our neighbours that live around the corner from us. We're lucky, we really do have pretty great neighbours all around!
After we were done, we put the remaining stuff at the end of the front lawn by the street with a sign saying 'FREE', minus a couple things that will go onto Kijiji. Whatever is left from that will go to goodwill. Anywhere but back inside the house lol.
After cleanup, time for some BBQ! My husband manned the grill to serve up some yumminess for all of us, including some family that dropped by for the evening. Well deserved I'd say!
Tips for a successful garage sale:
- Make legible signs from poster board in bright colours with the print in a contrasting colour. All of your signs should be the same colour! Make sure the text is BIG
- Detailed signs should be on the main road. Put smaller signs with an arrow along the way to reassure your shoppers they are on the right path to your house
- If there is a chance of rain, wrap your sign in saran wrap so it doesn't fall apart / ink wont run
- Advertise! You can post ads on Kijiji and Craigs list and some local news papers for free. Take advantage of it and be detailed as to what you are selling. Include photos if you can.
- Have change. Make sure you have some small bills and coins ready to make change for people.
- Be courteous! Smile and say hello and goodbye. It will go a long way!
Friday, 22 July 2011
So I'm on a dying binge. This happens. I go through phases of crafty and creative endeavours in cycles. They always come back around. Right now, it's fabric dye.
I did the pillow cases for my sofa throw cushions recently. They turned out a lovely purple :) Then I started looking around the house... what do I hate, but don't care to spend money replacing right now? It's like spray painting. You see something old, you spray it, it feels like new. Well my eyes went to my ugly light fixture in our sitting room. It came with the house when we moved in and four years later it's still there!
My brain is on overload as there is so much going on right now in general, in life, at this time of year... so that's why posting has been a little erratic lately. Hang in there with me. I've got some stuff coming shortly!
We've got this huge garage sale we've been working towards for a long time. I'm talking years. As in, oh darn... we've run out of weekends to do the yard sale this year... and oh... there is too much to deal with because we're getting married this year...and oh it's too hot and I'm big pregnant, we'll do it next year... and oh... yeah, you get it! Once it's all over and things get back to 'normal', my head will be able to focus more.
Thanks for sticking with me!
Monday, 18 July 2011
Whether it's faded black clothes or other drab linens, fabric dying at home in your own top loading washing machine is a great way to add some new life to old material. Bed sheets, curtains, pillow cases, tote bags, clothes, shoes, you name it. If it's fabric you can probably dye it. My mom used to do our clothes all the time. It was like getting a whole new wardrobe!
What? You've never tried?? It's soooo easy! As long as you know a few tips and tricks.
Click on the post for complete instructions!
Thursday, 14 July 2011
You can also do this with a piece of paper secured to the highchair tray for something of a smaller scale, which we might do next time!
Friday, 8 July 2011
Since the paper wrapped cardboard is not permanently attached to the display boxes, I can easily take them out and wrap them in a different paper if I want a change.
Kind of addictive... now I've got my eye on the bookshelf in my bedroom....
Take a look around, you might have something you can pretty up in your own home in just a few minutes like I did!
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Ever had homemade pickles? Aren't they way superior to store bought? I think so! I started making my own pickles a few years ago and I don't think I'll ever go back. The great thing about it, is you can pretty much pickle anything. If you have a garden that is starting too brim with fresh veggies, take advantage of the abundance and do some pickling!
Here is the most very basic brine recipe. You can add anything to it you like to season it or flavour it in different ways or leave it just as is.
Click on the full post for the complete recipe and instructions to make your own pickled mini cucumbers. Alternatives and additions are listed at the end of the post to give you some ideas!
Monday, 4 July 2011
Remember these? I don't think I've had them since I was a little kid. I mentioned them to my husband and he had never had them ever. Tragic! Well that was enough convincing for me to search for and make these no bake, coconut packed, cocoa cookies. Perfect on a hot summer day when you want a treat without having to cook the entire house with the oven!
Click the full post for the complete recipe and instructions.