Monday, June 1, 2009

An All Wool Yard Sale???

My dear friends have been growling at me because it had been so long since I have posted to my blog. I'm sorry. I've been quite busy at work and at home, and although I could have posted... you know that I always like to add some photos so that you can actually see what I have been doing.

This week we have some friends visiting us from Tennessee. On Saturday Rosie and headed off for my favorite auction house in lieu of hitting yard sales. The men headed in another direction to tour the scenic Maine coast on Harleys. About 15 minutes from my house we decided to stop at one...just one yard sale. For those of you who know me...it was a treasure sale!

An elderly couple resided in the home and they have both apparently spend their adult lives spinning yarn, weaving, hooking and braiding rugs. They are in their late 80's, and the wife is almost blind, cannot walk and can no longer make the things she loves. Their large old home is stuffed to the rafters with wool and they decided to downsize. I helped!
Their driveway and garage were covered with items. They did not have anything out that was not wool craft related. I made my pile, which quickly grew to include bags of clean roving ready to spin and bags of washed fleece ready to card. The pictures show about half of my purchases. I have three bags of handspun yarn in balls, and a conewinder and a nice needlepunch set with all the needles. I filled two large bags with nice worsted and sock weight cones of wool yarn. And yes Laura Lee, the purple is for you! They had yards and bolts of wool, and I added about 8 yards to my pile along with a big box of wide strips perfect for hooking. Some bolt wool was too heavy for rug hooking, and I seldom braid rugs. Everything was clean and smells fine. They have 2 room size looms and one 4' wide...and will probably sell them soon. They are holding a nice drum carder for me until later in the week and were encouraging me to buy their "picker" too...for a price far too low to consider passing up. When we left my large station wagon was totally stuffed. The price? Only twenty dollars. Tee hee!!! Rosie and I had to drive back to the house to unload before we again headed on the hour drive to the auction.We had a great time at the auction and I came home with a beautiful antique chair that is recently upholstered. This is my new crafting chair in the living room. Rosie bought about 80 wonderful salt & pepper shakers, as she had to purchase little items that would fit into their car on the trip home later in the week.
Here is another of the projects that took up some time recently. I had purchased an old hutch at a yard sale for $10. last year, and finally had the time to sand it down and paint it gloss black. This hutch is my studio and contains my active projects and tools.
I have also been spending a lot of time outdoors in the gardens. Although they always need weeding, you can get an idea of how much time I spend with my plants when I get home from work and on weekends. I have a vegetable garden back in the field, but the black flies are ferocious tonight so I don't have a picture. I call the above garden my shade garden. The garden below looks messy now but it's still early here, and when it blooms with peonies, purple phlox, lupine and many perennials it's quite pretty.
This garden is behind the house and has a lot of lavender and strawberries, as well as pepper plants and sunflowers. And our cat Rascal!This little garden has the prettiest lilies, and coriopsis, purple coneflower and a few other things. Notice the pile of wood in the background? That was one of the trees that came down in the ice storm. The chainsaw has been busy while I'm at work. My job is to split it, and the splitter is under the blue tarp. This garden we call "Pee pee's" garden because of the statue. It is actually a fountain and when the water is running it appears to be a little boy...well...whizzing on the plants.
This garden is the first one you see when you drive down our driveway. It will be quite colorful in another month!

We have some plants that just show up, and our yard has chives, oregano, peppermint, rasberries and blueberries all over the place.
So as you can see I've been busy. I have also been spending time on the computer of course, and much of it has been working on the Wool Snippets rug hooking group that I co-manage with JoJo. We have made a lot of positive changes in the past few months so if you are a "woolie", please stop by and check it out. http://woolsnippets.multiply.com/ You have to become a member to view the current posts. There is also a Works in Progress site at http://woolsnippets.blogspot.com/ Hopefully this long post will appease those who like to see me post more often. You never know when I'll feel talkative!

15 comments:

WoolenSails said...

Wow, you hit the treasure trove at that yard sale, wish I were with you;) Your yard looks wonderful too, guess we have to come up and visit soon.

Debbie

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Jackpot!!!! What a great yard sale! Your yard is tremendous and I'm sure you enjoy it all.
:)Ginger

Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Life is all about timing. Your timing was terrific. I can imagine when we are 80, we'll be doing the same! What a great "gift" of wonderful wools those folks passed on to a very worthy recipient!

Rag-a-Muffin Collectibles said...

p.s. I love your gardens Miz!

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Miz, what a beautiful piece of property you have. Love the gardens. It is understandable how much work is put into it to keep it so lovely.
Congratulations on the yard sale finds. Can't believe the price! Your hutch turned out very nice also.

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

No wonder you haven't been blogging!! You have a huge yard! And your 'new' black hutch looks great!! And what a wonderful garage sale ~ that would have been a great day!! Glad to see you back!

BeFRuiTFuL said...

Oh my goodness. What a great yard sale to find. I am loving the hutch you finished and that was a great find as well. Thanks for posting all the photos of your gardens. You will have to share them when they are in full bloom.

JoEllen

Joanne said...

Lauri - what a wonderful stop you made on the way to the auction - Wow - bet you were drooling on all that wool! Great find! Your hutch turned out great too!

craftingaplenty said...

WOW!! Need I say it again? Good going! Now tell the truth, have you stopped drooling yet? I love the chair also. Can I come next time(lol)? Enjoy! Glad that you are blogging again.

Kimichris said...

You've been busy in your yard! We have too but we still have a ways to go! Love your finds at the auctions! I need to update our blog. I have much to add, graduation, Ian's concert, and just a great deal going on to share! Thanks for sharing all those pictures!

craftingaplenty said...

The magazine is called "A Needle Pulling Thread"". It is very good, It covers several different crafts per issue. Go to www.aneedlepullingthread.com, and find out more. I beleive I get it every two months.

Sheri said...

Thanks for the link to Snippets. For some reaason, I quit getting their emails and couldn't find them! And I must say...you've got me beat on the greatest find of the year at garage sales. WOW! $20.00. And your gardens are beautiful. I'm having trouble with Japanese beetles. Damn things!?!?!

Cabin Creek Farm said...

What a great yard you have. I enjoyed visiting your blog. I haven't been to the woolsnippets in a while so will have to stop on by for a visit. Glad I found your blog.

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