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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Selective Shopping

Growing up I had a friend whose mother used to tell us stories about her childhood.
About how she would make skirts out of flour sacks.
Coming from a more suburban upbringing I didn’t understand this rural concept.
I pictured her poor mom in burlap sack skirts!
And I always felt so sorry for her!
I didn’t get it until I started quilting and learned about the colorful flour sacks the manufacturers made in the 1930's specifically for the ladies to make clothing.

I was thinking about this as I was making the bed the other day.
(Hang in there, there is a point, I promise!)

As I was tucking in the sheets I was thinking how much I don’t like the fragrance of the fabric softener I am using.
The fact that I’m using a liquid fabric softener is odd too.
But I bought it because I like (and need) the bottle it came in.
It’s a lovely bright lime green.
And I need it to make more ‘diminutive sneakers’ for some of my creatures. 
So I find myself perusing the aisles of the grocery store looking for the right kind of packaging regardless of the product!
I wonder if the manufacturers know this…..

I think it qualifies me as a real and true artist! Don’t you?


  1. It is great the lengths you go to to make just the right sneakers. Yes I think this does qualify you as a true artist.

  2. Now, that is shopping with a purpose! lol ;)

  3. hahahahahaha…..I would love to see your grocery cart at the check out stand! And YES…no bout adout it…you are an artist. :)

  4. looking forward to seeing the sneakers, they should be spectacular

  5. My comment disappeared into cyber space! I hit publish and whoosh, it was gone! Ah well, at any rate, of course you will use something that you don't like and do it willingly as what mama won't do that for her newest babies? Lol.

  6. Oh believe me I get it - I do it all the time. ANd I am constantly pulling things out of the recycle bin! So much potential in the packaging! (can't wait to see the lovely shoes!)

  7. Yes, truly creative and resourceful. It reminds me of G.K. Chesterton's thoughts on creativity: "Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance... economy, properly understood, is the more poetic. Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste. It is prosaic to throw money away, because it is prosaic to throw anything away; it is negative; it is a confession of indifference, that is, it is a confession of failure. The most prosaic thing about the house is the dustbin, and the one great objection to the new fastidious and aesthetic homestead is simply that in such a moral menage the dustbin must be bigger than the house. If a man could undertake to make use of all things in his dustbin he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare."
    I just ran across your blog and want to peruse it further. :-)


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