Thursday, June 23, 2011

Garage sales with kids in tow

Yesterday I was DETERMINED to hit some garage sales since the weather was nice. It was after 9 am when the kids and I finally got on the road (and then there was the spectacular poop), but we managed to pick up a few things.
9 blue ball jars, about 50 zinc lids and 10 other old canning jars. (The kind with wire and glass lids).
A cute vintage rocking horse for Sammi.

And a pair of wool, made in France, hot water bottle covers. They were kind of pricey ($10) and not so useful, but cute. I might regret them 6 months from now though when I go on another "nothing in this house but crap that is useful" kick.

In fact, I have decided that my recent purging is part of why junking has lost it's rosey glow right now. I spend a lot more time waivering about what I will do with stuff than I used to!

About the comments thing from yesterday - it isn't that I think no one is reading (I do still occassionally check my blog stats), it's more about the frustration of feeling like you've finally managed to make something really interesting and then hearing crickets. As many of you know, blogging is WORK. It takes time to take the pictures, time to type the posts, time to think up the ideas, time to make the "projiks", and I feel very much like 2 years ago if I had made something great I would have heard it was great. Now? Not so much. Which is okay, I would still make stuff for us because it is part of who I am now, but there is definitely no motivation to blog about it. In fact, half the time that I do buy something at a thrift/yard sale I just put it away instead of "wasting" time taking the pictures and blogging about it. I NEVER used to do that.

Now, I don't want anyone to feel like I am putting all of that off on the people who read my blog. I certainly am guilty lately of reading and not commenting. I am usually stuffed into the chair balancing nursing Sammi and the laptop and the boppy and I just find it hard to type. Or I will click through and find that there are 67 comments already on the post and not bother.

Anyway. I have been blogging so much longer than many of these ladies who DO get 67 comments every time they burp, and I am not likely to go anywhere anytime soon, but it has been on my mind. And I can tell from some email conversations on the topic lately that it has been on other people's minds too. Blogging obviously goes through phases, but with the big boom in iphones and ipods and ipads and twitter and facebook it's good to have some conversations about where blogging is going. I think. :-)

21 comments:

  1. Score on the canning jars & lids! Are those the smaller jars? After I had such a devil of a time trying to find some for my soap pumps I was afraid there weren't any left to find!

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  2. great jars! What spectacular thing are you going to make with them???

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  3. It's a good thing you aren't in Florida...you & I would be duking it out in some ladies driveway over those jars! :) Have a ton of them, but that doesn't stop me from snapping 'em up when I see them! Love Jack's quilt too...great reuse of Dad's shirts! Had to leave a comment...you were sweet to leave one on my 10 month old post...thank you for that! I'll hopefully be back to blogging soon...I miss it, and I think I'm finally finding my way out of the gloom that has been hanging around for far too long. *e*

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  4. I've NEVER found a single zinc lid :( , but I do have 3 boxes of the glass lidded jars from my MIL. Love your blog - you're on my "Morning Coffee" (Firefox extension) every Thursday!

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  5. Your blue jars are just fabulous. I can't get enough of those things. I wish I would have have saved more of my grandmother's jars before we sold their house because now I'm paying money for them and they were FREE.

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  6. I am a clutter clearer not keeper. Everything has to have a place when it gets purchased or it gets put back on the shelf. There are a few exceptions. I happen to love those water bottle covers, Maybe framed with vintage wallpaper behind them? Or sewn onto something when you cannot figure it out? Very sweet faces. That horse looks very similar to the one I found lately called wonder! Great colors...smiles...Renee

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  7. Anonymous1:55 PM

    Well, let me take this opportunity to say how much I enjoy your blog! I must admit I don't comment on the blogs I read very often, and I really should. I only discovered your blog recently (I can't recall where I linked to it from) but it has quickly become one of my favourites, and one I often check for updates. The new quilt you have made for Jack is just gorgeous and I love the personal touch of having used his dad's shirts. And I don't think I will ever see too many pictures of gorgeous little Sammie!!!

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  8. Joanna1:57 PM

    Hmmm didn't mean to be anonymous...the above comment was from Joanna in Canada!

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  9. "these ladies who DO get 67 comments every time they burp"

    BWAH HA HA! You are more polite than I am, but sooo very on the mark here! I hate to add a thoughtful comment after 67 throwaways or brownnoses. I often don't comment when I'm busy, but I should do better because as a writer, I KNOW ALL ABOUT CRICKETS! Write a story, submit for critique. Crickets. Revise, submit to agent. Crickets. Revise, Submit to publishers. Crickets. Sell book, wait for revision notes. Crickets. Publish book, wait for reviews. Crickets. Crickets make creative people crazy, grasshopper!

    Besides the charming stories about your chubberwhammers (as I like to call adorable, fiesty kids), I appreciate the crafty tips & vintage goodies here as well the fact that you do not appear to be blogging merely to build a brand or get free stuff from people! Novel concept, I know! I also like that you share the warts and bumps of family life. It is great to have a place to read where the writer keeps it real.

    Keep it up!

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  10. Despite appearances to the contrary, I'm much less willing to bring any old thing into the house. (Made my second trip to the thrift store this week to donate, not to buy.) I think those hot-water bottle covers are adorable, however. Many thoughts on your thoughts on comments ... perhaps I'll e-mail.

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  11. I am so behind on blog reading these days because of the end of the school year that I have just hit "mark as read" a few times when I know that I never will get through it all. However, that said, I am also feeling a little burned out on blogging. Maybe I have simply put too many in my reader? Maybe I see too many of the same types of posts. I see a dozen copies of my pink kitchen with no mention of my tutorial etc... Plus, my sewing/crafting mojo is low. I feel you though.

    I am however, amazed that you got a quilt done with a little baby at home! Major accomplishment.

    Also, I am pretty sure you will save a bundle when you put Jack on coupon duty! What a great use for his math talents!

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  12. Sarah, I feel the comments thing, yes, I have some posts with 67ish comments, heck, I have a post with over 200 comments, but my 5 min. of blogging fame was sooo last month, and I'm back to almost normal stats again. Part of that has to do with that I've been so busy I haven't been able to participate in any blog parties, then the computer went on the fritz. So keep your chin up, and remember I've been reading your blog for many years now, and love to keep up with what you have going one!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  13. I know what you mean about the blogging thing. I haven't been blogging or felt like taking pictures of stuff, or if I do take a picture of something I don't get it posted. I too have been purging my stuff and even though I still look for treasures I buy far less than I did, cause I have more stuff than I have storage for.
    I do still however "stalk" blogs but rarely leave a comment! so guilty here, but I promised myself that I would only blog while it was still fun and not a burden. I am hoping that sometime in the future I will find myself having fun with it again. I for one enjoy reading your blog and many other's, but because I have been out of the habit of posting I have forgotten how nice those comments were.

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  14. I always read...but, don't always comment. Keep it up!! :)

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  15. most of the time I don't comment... I just enjoy!

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  16. Love watching your little ones grow up and seeing your finds. I'm not always commenting, but addicted to reading them!

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  17. I would hang up those hot water bottle holders on the wall...maybe in a frame (without backing and glass of course!) Love the rocking horse...perfect shabby cottage colors!

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  18. I hear you about blogging. I am so inconsistent now that pretty much everyone has stopped reading. But I decided to keep a blog to have a record of my own creativity. So I'm really bummed that I'm losing that now that i don't have time to post (two toddlers sucking all my energy.) But if I had to choose (and I do), I'd pick creating over blogging about creating any day. But I still love to read, but again have so much less free time. So commenting goes.

    Love those blue jars. My mom has some for me, and I want to make a soap dispenser (Thanks to Heidi in CO for the idea!)

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  19. Anonymous4:44 AM

    I'm a faithful reader/lurker and love what you write. The highest compliment I can give is that I'd love to be your friend.

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  20. Oh lucky you on the jar find! I love the blue canning jars for decorating but they are hard to find out here....

    Also I know how you feel about the comments... It is strange to see all these new blogs popping up, but good too in some ways. I am happy to hear you are not going anywhere though :) so many of the blogs I started by reading have disappeared....

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  21. Sarah, thanks as always for your honesty. I know what you mean about comments. I'm pretty new to blogging but I don't get many comments at all. I wish I got more. It does take so much work to take pictures and post it would be nice to hear some responses. I'm still learning. I enjoy your blog so much and always stop by to see what you are doing. I don't always comment but frequent every few days regularly. Please keep doing what you are doing! I would appreciate any advice you could give as to how to increase comments and or traffic.
    Thanks!

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