Friday, October 22, 2010

I know it's been a long time....

I know. I know. (hanging my head in shame here). This has probably been the longest Blog Posting Drought I've had in foevah - but since about the end of September thru this month - - - it's..... just NOT been "NORMAL" for us here at home..... and sadly the twins are **STILL** wearing pullups despite my every effort to train them. Can I just go hide in a cave until they are using the potty like every other 3 year old in the world? :/

Trust me, I've not forgotten about my blog, nor have I ran out of things to post about - with a home of 3 kids, there's always LOTS happening to post about... LOL I've even emailed my blog account sevedral photos for future postings in the past month... just have not had the time to do anything with them. I know. I know. What about wordless Wednesday posts Bonnie??

I even missed out on the "Fall into Fall" blog hop giveaway things... I didn't even know it was happening until after it was over!

I'll try to share over the next week or so and make post dated entries - if you have me saved in your Google Reader then you'll see the new posts as they are published - otherwise when you visit just scroll back to older dates...

but I will share with you real quick some exciting news.... last night was 3rd Thursday ;) which means GUILD night!! :)

It was the night of our "Guild Garage Sale" and I had purchased a table for 1/2 price of the $5 b/c I was only setting up for the night meeting and not able to make it for the day meeting...

Anyone care to guess how I fared after my guild garage sale last night?? :) I counted up my earnings this morning after I returned from taking Nora to school...

Every time I've got a lot of loose change & dollars to count up, Kenny Roger's "The Gambler" Song comes to mind!
You gotta know when to hold em... know when to fold em....
know when to walk away... know when to run..

You never count your money, while you're sitting at the table...
There'll be time enough for countin..... when the dealin's done!

What's that? Now the song is stuck in your head too??? You're welcome! :D
So did you take a guess???

‎*giggle*giggle* DRUM ROLL PLEASE.......last night I made $303.70 at the guild garage sale!!!

I will say that when the coordinator Mona called the night before to ask me about setting up she asked if I had a lot of stuff.. and I said well... not really.. but I could be wrong.. LOL

I quickly told her a summary of my stuff and also told her about all of my 2 yard cuts of Civil War fabrics.... and she asked how much I was gonna be selling them for....

Yesterday morning, Mona had "slept on it" haha and called at 8:30am to ask if she could have first dibs on my CW's... and asked if it would be alright if she bought ALL OF EM! wow sigh unseen! So I made $260 before I even unpacked anything out of my van b/c she met me in the parking lot :) *giggle*giggle*

Mona made off like a bandit with these in her hands, and I made out pretty good too! ;) I'm happy to report that I doubled my investment from buying them a couple years back at Granny's Attic going-out-of-business sale.

While Mona was taking them to her car I started toting my stuff inside and thankfully I had been saved an empty table near the door for faster set up! My friend Kathy was sucha angel and helped me spread out my stuff while I stuck price stickers onto everything.

I didn't even get to get a photo of my table and stuff for sale b/c everyone paid my table a visit before the meeting even began! Talk about feeling like shark bait! LOL I had new stuff that they just couldn't wait to see! LOL I didn't mind b/c most everyone walked away with a purchase in their hands! :) Cha-CHING!

From the stuff on my table I made $43.70....... not too bad I suppose... but I sure brought back home a lot still. :/ a lot of work for just $43 - I ***WISH*** I had somewhere to donate what didn't sell??

Oh and after I was driving home, I got sooo mad at myself - for over pricing some things that probably could have sold had I not.... I spent days cutting and cutting up shirts thinking that since THE Bonnie Hunter was just at our guild in August and sold out of all of her "Scraps & Shirttails books that she brought with her when she was here.....

I had hoped that with her recent visit, that people would be interested in getting some shirts... right? well I cut and rolled up sleeves into "jelly rolls" looking bundles... more like "Sloppy Joe's" b/c they were not as neat and tidy as those jelly rolls you find at the LQS... but no less I tried to make them nice.... and had those priced at $5 for a roll of 30... good size and variety of colors.. I had 6-8 of those and also bundles folded up of the front panels without pockets... and other bundle sets with pockets... again lots of variety of colors... 40 count each bundle of the panels...

and b/c I ran out of time for folding and rolling... I had 2 USPS tote boxes full of loose sleeves for $0.10 each pick your own...

and... did. not. sell. a. single. shirt. part. or bundle. :(


But even still I now have $303.70 in my pocket that I didn't have before!!! Yippie! I have to fork over 10% to my Quilt Guild b/c this was a fund raiser for them... but the rest of my Proceeds will go towards my trip next year to NC for the HGTV retreat! :)

no idea yet on how much change is in the cookie jar but I keep adding and adding as I find change and loose bills.... I'm getting there... and hopefully with ONLY cash to pay for my plane ticket, hotel and retreat fee and of course SHOPPING MONEY for Mary Jo's Cloth Store!!!!!! ;)

So does your guild ever host a garage sale among members? Have you had much luck? I'd love to hear about how you set up or the things you take...

Thanks for those of you who have checked in with me by email... I've missed blogging too and I promise to come back again soon and share what all has been going on in my life...

I'll have more time after I get my current scrappy 4 patch blocks swapped!!! You remember I hosted this in the summer... well I'm also hosting another one and they are all here in my house!!! ALL ....are you ready for this....

ALL * SIX * THOUSAND * PLUS Blocks!!!! yep, over 40 swappers all sent in over 6,000 blocks to me for swapping so I better get back to it... It's been a week and I'm working in tid-bits... catching 20 min here and an hour there....

wish me luck!!

Love from Texas!


  1. Bonnie, I've been to other blogs that have listed their surplus fabric/patterns/etc for sale. It would involve some time, but you could picture items that you want to get rid of, with price, and see if you can sell some more stuff. Of course the buyer would be paying for shipping. It's a thought.

  2. glad to see you back...started getting worried

  3. As a mother of 35 year old twins, I can tell you that yours will potty train when they are good and ready. And not a second before. This is one of the few things in their lives they can control. So relax mom, it is not up to you.

  4. Congratulations on your garage sale proceeds! You may be able to sell g the "sloppy joes" on Quilters Flea Market or Stashbuster Fling It All.
    As for saving gimmicks--I learned a new one yesterday: at the end of each day look at all the $1 bills in your wallet. Each has a letter indicating one of the Federal Reserve banks. Choose a letter--you might do B for Bonnie--put any $1 bill with that B into savings.

  5. Congrats on your sales - great job! Aren't people funny ... with Bonnie Hunter recently visiting your Guild and selling out of her book I'm astonished people weren't fighting over those shirt parts. Sure wish I had been there as I don't think you overpriced your bundles. If it wasn't for the cost of overseas postage, I'd be itching to buy them. Maybe you could offer them on the Quiltville list? "Nowt queer as folks" :)

  6. Way to go, Bonnie!! You "freed up" some space and have some cash besides and that's a double bonus.
    I have been missing your posts.

  7. I might be interested in the lighter color jelly rolls. I realize I will pay the shipping costs.

  8. Phew! Glad to see you and the family are all OK.

  9. both my kids were 4 before they were potty trained! don't stress. they won't go to the prom in pullups.

    good for you for selling the stuff you didn't want any more...life is too short to sew with fabrics that don't make you're heart sing!

  10. Great job with your fabric. And don't worry, by the time the twins start kindergarten no one will be asking when they were potty trained.


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