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Sep. 23rd, 2007 @ 08:42 pm Today was a great day to Freecycle to cap off a freebie weekend
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Although I didn't get everything accomplished that I wanted to today, I ended up having a great day. After lazing about for a bit this morning, I started perusing Freecycle, where I came upon an ad for an Eddie Bauer playpen. I replied immediately and the guy called me almost as soon as I pressed 'send' on the message. We picked it up right away and it is used, but in really good shape. I've checked for the model, but it doesn't appear to have any recalls. I'll Bissell it out soon and it should be good to go.

For free!
I would have unpacked it for the picture, but I figure you all know what they look like, and I'm fairly sure you need some sort of engineering degree to get them set up and torn down again.

Next I hauled out the borrowed serger and decided to try my hand at making some washcloths. That superfine terry material is a total PiTA to work with! Next time I'll make sure to get slightly wider fabric to compensate for the rolling when I'm trying to cut it. Hubby was a total sweetie and cut me an 8.5" square jig out of plexiglass to make the cutting that much easier - I'm sure I'll be using it again in the near future.

Next on the old to-do list, we headed out to look for a new toaster oven. Our previous one kicked the bucket yesterday in a blaze of electrical smoke and sparks, leaving me with warm bread rather than toast (maybe that's why I was grumpy all day). After much surfing, we came to the sad realization that Black and Decker no longer makes the model or any similar to fit into our under counter hanger so decided to start fresh. We ended up with this:



Total overkill, it will (and did) cook a 12" pizza, but it we ended up getting $10 off for no particular reason that we could find, and then, since we bought it at Canadian Tire, I used the CTC money on my card and ended up paying $0 for it!

Finally, as soon as we arrived home I hopped back on Freecycle and found an ad for 5 sets of baby sewing patterns. First to commit to pickup got them, and guess who ol'speedy was?

So, here are the initial 5 patterns that I asked for:


And here is all the material she decided to throw in while waiting for me to arrive:
Fleece, polarfleece, light cotton, yards and yards of fabric!

Back to the serger, I currently only have purple thread, but had a blast. I used some of the fleece that I got from FC today to make a receiving blanket, and then ended up with 21.5 washcloths from the project I started earlier in the day. Most of the cloths have square corners, as I clearly have to work on my rounded corners, but all and all not bad for my first time with the serger (if I do say so myself *g*):



Keeping with the free theme, on Friday I had a visit from my friend Deb and her darling new daughter Vanessa. Not only did I get to meet the new baby, but Deb came bearing gifts of many maternity clothes, from her, my sister, and our friend Jenn. After all the sorting was done, I've now got an additional 17 tops and 7 pairs of pants to wear through the cooler months (and 2 bathing suits if I dare).

Later Friday evening one of the neighbours from down the street showed up at the door offering hosta cuttings. He's been collecting the plants for years and has to prune down his garden. We toured his garden and he added my name to any plants I was interested in. I think I ended up requesting cuttings from about 9 different varieties. We thought hubby was going to be busy digging them in for me this week, but Reg talked to hubby today and we are going to divide them up in the spring - which means I'll get to do the gardening. I cannot wait to play in the garden again!
Who does she think she is?
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From:redgemini
Date:September 24th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
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Wow, now THAT was a productive day! You did an awesome job on the wipes! I think that's a baby item it's very difficult to have too much of! Wonderful on the patterns and fabric too.
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From:neeroc
Date:September 24th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
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I think my sister mentioned to me that she had 70 or so cloths that she uses regularly - wipes, impromptu bibs, everything. I'm hoping to find some cute patterned material and do a bunch more - one store I went into only had black terry! What were they thinking?

I was so happy when I saw both of the freecycle finds today - I'd been discouraged with FC recently so this got me right back on the bandwagon.
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From:redgemini
Date:September 24th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
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Actually black terry sounds kinda practical! Some of the, err, messes you are going to use the wipes for, it would be nice not to see them on the cloth or worry about staining.
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From:neeroc
Date:September 24th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
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I did think about that *g*, but it just seemed so dreary.
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From:logdogs
Date:September 24th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
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awesome freecycle finds!
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From:neeroc
Date:September 24th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
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Aren't they crazy? I'm glad I finally saw a baby item that wasn't qualified with 'only pinches a bit' or 'just needs a bit of duct tape' *g*
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From:aussieteddie
Date:September 24th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
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A very productive day. What agreat pick up from freecycle.
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From:running5k2day
Date:September 24th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Amazing finds on FreeCycle! I joined freecycle a while back but nothing good is ever available in my area (*sigh*).
I am sure the playpen will be a pain in the rear to put up at first, but then you get the hang of it and it becomes as easy as 1...2...3! Those are some really cute patterns and your washclothes came out great!

Glad to see you have some nice neighbors. It's always nice to add to the landscape.
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From:piknik
Date:September 24th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
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I never serged/sewed with the micro terry stuff, but for practicality's sake, it is the best for the little ones. We still use those (store bought) for the kids in the tub. It's just that anything bigger is just too bulky for da babiez.

And good find, with the pack-n-play. They're not that hard once you get the hang of them. ;)
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