Thursday, April 8, 2010

My Yard Sale Challenge - Week 1

I will admit it... I love going to Yard Sales!

I first ventured into the challenge of the hunt when our children were toddlers. They were quickly (and often) outgrowing their clothes and our money was very tight (can anyone say "limited income"?) so to prevent streaking of wee ones, I turned to Yard Sales to clothe them. I soon found that I loved hunting for treasures.

The kiddos have grown up now and buy their own clothes (can anyone say "woo hoo"?) so I no longer look for clothes at Yard Sales. However, if I continue on my weight loss road of success, I may have to start looking for smaller clothes for myself. (WOO HOO!) I wouldn't want to be the one streaking! EEK! By the way, I want to thank all of you who have read of my healthier me journey and for the sweet words of encouragement and congratulations that you have offered me. It means more to me than you know! Hugs!!!

Now, back to the subject of Yard Sales and the point of today's blog post...

I've decided to challenge my Creative self this year. I've given myself this challenge - every week that I get to go to Yard Sales, I am to search for and buy something that I will use in creating a card. I will post the "find" (and what I paid for it) and the finished card on my blog. It might be an actual stamping/scrapbooking item, or it might be something that isn't specifically designed for that purpuse. Some ideas? A button off of a piece of clothing, a piece of jewelry, a toy (or part of one), a kitchen magnet, a page from a book, etc., etc. (If you have ideas of things I should look for, please let me know by posting a comment. Thanks!)

I went to my first Yard Sales this past Friday (funny thing is, there weren't any Yard Sales on Saturday this time). It was such fun... and I actually found a real paper-crafting item for this week's treasure hunt.

Sizzix Cowboy Set #1
I paid $2 for this found treasure - more money than I will normally spend, but I wanted to splurge.

Here's the card I made with my found Treasure:

I used a Wild West Anya image for my card. I don't own this stamp, but I have a friend who does and she gifted me with some images. THANK YOU, Michelle! (Love ya, General!)

I hope you've enjoyed My Yard Sale Challenge this first week. Be sure to check back next week and see what treasure I'll find.

Image: The Greeting Farm Wild West Anya
Cardstock: Stampin UP Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, and Mellow Moss
Designer Paper: Colorbok
Yard Sale Treasure: Sizzix Cowboy Set #1 Die
Embellishments: Sampin' UP! Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware and Stampin' UP! Rose Grosgrain Ribbon


dweatter said...

What a great idea. You are so clever. I have this die...thanks for the idea.

dweatter said...

P.S. Love the card

April said...

I'm with Deb, gonna have to find me some yard sales, partner! (twirling lasso inserted here)

Kate said...

I love this great idea I will have to go to the flea market to see if I can find anything. This just sounds like so much fun

:: BlueInks :: said...

Your card is so cute! Love the ribbon and boots.

Michelle said...

Cute card! I love your challenge so much that I think I am going to try it too.

coldwaters2 said...

Oh Jeanette I have loved reading your story about yard sales and the treasures that can be found and for 2$ I think this is amazing and what you have created from it is just wonderful inspiration I love it, look forward to seeing next weeks.
Lorraine x

Anonymous said...

I love it! What a neat idea and a wonderful way to stretch yourself creatively. You did a fantastic job your first week. Awesome card :)

Anonymous said...

You are so good at this Jeanette...way to go. Love this card and the way you used your treasure...woohoo.

Carol W