Tuesday, 16 July 2013


I am about to start working on a new project.  You might guess by the bag of shells that this might turn into something of a nautical theme!
If you want to see this finished come back next week, (probably Thursday as long as my scheduling works)!
The frame was in the clearance section of Michaels!  I couldn't believe what a bargain it was!
 Here is the rest of my haul!  Almost everything here was on clearance!  I certainly went on the right day! I did actually sneak back later in the day and picked up one or two more things, well at those prices it would be a shame not to!
And something to work on when the sun goes down and the family want to watch some tv.
Now don't look too closely, this is a first, I am learning from You Tube videos.
If you have been putting off learning to crochet like I have (I did know the basics but only by working on a blanket already started) try this Crochet Summer Camp by Slugs on the Refrigerator.  Even clearer than the videos!  Next, I need to learn to follow patterns!

If you would like to know more about WOYWW or would like to join in then pop over to Julia's blog for more details!


Bernice said...

Oh - you're a day early for WOYWW!! What a lot of lovely new stuff - its always great to get a bargain! Your crochet is looking good - I prefer it to knitting as it's so fast and you can even crochet the squares together instead of sewing them up (the bit I hate!)

Anonymous said...

Great bargains, I found myself wondering "what else did she buy" before I saw the second picture! Great crochet, that is one thing I will never master so no point in ever trying again. I have done my first cables though, and I'm currently knitting a bag! Well, got the plain bottom done and working on the cabled handles at the mo!

Brenda 1

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Holy cow. I must have missed it. But I live a long way from Michael's and my car no longer has AC, so it wasn't the best time to think about going. You got a real haul, though. Good for you.

Happy WOYWW from #2.

voodoo vixen said...

I soooo miss Micheals... nothing better than going in there and finding all the bargains. You got a fabulous haul and that 7G frame is lovely! Annette #8

Spyder said...

I do wish we had a Michaels over here. I got soooo much good 'stuff' from there, luckily we took an extra empty suit case which was full on the way home! Happy Crafting!

Happy WOYWW!
((Lyn)) #11

Monica said...

Yes the season ends for shoppers are good at Michaels, sorry I do not live closer. Their online sales are hot.

Krisha said...

Great bargains!! and looks as if your on your way with the crochet. I love that Granny block pattern, it's quick and easy.
Krisha #5

Unknown said...

Your really picked up some great bargains. Your crochet work is looking good. Happy crafting #13

Unknown said...

I think your granny square is looking pretty darn good for a beginner. Your Michael's haul looks fun. Who doen't love a good clearance sale?? I'll have to check our local Michael's. As a homeschooler I get like a 15 or 20% discount on my purchases at Michael's. (and AC Moore,& Joanne Fabrics) Can't wait to see what you do with your Beach theme. Happy crafting!!! (((HUGS)))

Robyn Oliver said...

Wish we had a Michaels here in Australia - no bargains in my home town :( You did especially well but I must say I have so much stuff I made a new years resolution to not buy more just dig into my drawers more. I'm enjoying so crochet and knitting too, cheers

trisha too said...

Oh yes, bargain shopping for arty stuff is good stuff, that's for certain. Your crocheted square looks fabulous to me, by the way!

#27ish this week
with mail art

jill said...

Great pile of stash on your desk , have lots of fun with the shadow box.
Jill #29

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ooh like others Micahel's makes me drool too, well done Deb and also love the crotchet too very therapeutic! Happy WOYWW , thanks for sharing, Shaz in oz.x #30

ddazzled71 said...

It definitely looks like you have found some great bargains with your new stash and your crotchet squares take me back to being taught how to do this by my aunt. Love it!
Danie #34

heidy said...

Look at all this yummy stuff,have fun using it Deb!!
XXX Heidy

ike said...

Ooooh !!! Yummy goodies - you are so lucky having 'Michael's'... don't get those in Greece :-(
Great crochet - I find it so relaxing :-D


IKE x # 33

Eliza said...

OMG what an awesome clearance sale you have snagged, I so wish I could go to Michaels and shop till I drop we dont have that store here in Aus.

Like the color combination on your crochet too.

Happy WOYWW Eliza 26

Helen said...

Looks like you snaffled some good bargains! The crochet is great, looks like you have it mastered (unlike me!) Have a good day - will look out for your finished project. Helen 19

Julie Lee said...

Wow! That's quite a pile of bargains! Of course in the UK we don't have Micheal's. I buy all my materials online, as I don't know of anywhere nearby I could shop for supplies. Have fun using all your lovely bargains! They look gorgeous, I can't wait to see the finished project! Julie Ann x #45

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh, I'm soooo jealous! I wish we had Michaels here in the UK! Anyhow, you got a heap of bargains there, gal, enjoy using them!
And I'm very impressed with your neat tension on the crochet..I learnt off YouTube too...much better than from a book. Even though I can decipher the thickest knitting patterns, crochet ones are beyond me...Double Dutch in fact! Come on LLJ, get a CAN do this :-)
And we're staying in Blightly for our hols, just a cottage somewhere..we couldn't be bothered to drag ourselves through an airport! And I've made a date to meet up with another WOYWWer, so that'll be fun!
Hugs, LLJ 46 xx

Claire said...

oh, I miss michael's!! I could get lost in there for hours...
well done on your bargain stash :)
happy WOYWW!!

glitterandglue said...

Good timing at the store!! You certainly enjoyed your visit there. When you have learned how to follow crochet patterns
.... well, do pass on the secret. I can do the squares, and join together squares to make a blanket - and there I come to a full stop! Can't manage anything else :(
Have a great week.
Margaret #48

ria gall said...

Hi Deb
I can't wait to see what you make with your frame and shells I am sure it will be stunning.
Well done on learning a new craft there is no end to your talents
Have a great day today and enjoy the rest of your week
Ria #75

Monique said...

What lovely goodies on your table. Lots to play with =)
Happy WOYWW and I wish you a lovely week.
Monique # 70

Jane said...

Ooooooooo look at all that yummy stash!
That is so weird...Gail and I started learning to crochet last week....what a scream we had...a bit of a disaster to start with but then we got it! So far have only managed a basic square shape but really want to be able to make the wee animals! Might be a while!lol
Enjoy your goodies xx

Elizabeth said...

Hello Deb, you did pick a lot of lovely goodies - you can't beat a bargain - in particular, the enamel dots caught my eye as they are my current favourite embellishment. It looks as though you picking up how to crochet very well too. I like the colour combination in your square and it is the perfect craft to fill an hour or two in front of the TV. Enjoy your day and have a great week. Elizabeth x #47

Annie said...

wow! fabulous bargains - wish we had shops like that over here! your crochet is looking fab .. .. my nan taught me many years ago but I've forgotten how to turn the corners - your pic has reminded me so I might just have a go .. .. when I'm not stitching that is!
hugs, annie x

Unknown said...

what fab bargains you hauled, would love to see the finished crochet item, thanks for the snoop

Jay NO.65

Gita said...

My sis and I went to Michael's on the 4th and they had a sale on their clearance section. I also picked up a 7 gypsies shadow box, a little bigger though. Great sale...I have a 25% off coupon (I think they have it online this week) for entire purchase including sale items. I'm bummed they don't have Tim Holtz on sale though. Brigita #25

Anonymous said...

What great bargains you got at Michael's! I wouldn't have been able to resist either. I just about fell on the floor when I saw they had enamel dots there (since they tend to be waaaaay behind trends.) Hope you have fun using all your new goodies. Happy WOYWW! ~ Laura #101

shazsilverwolf said...

Lucky you! definitely picked the right day for a shopping trip. Love the crochet, well done. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz xx #50

Anonymous said...

that frame looks awesome! Can't wait to see the finished project :-)
I'm so jealous that you get stores like Micheals, Uk craft stores are not up to scratch at all!

Mistys Mum said...

Wow your purchases look great - when I see these things I wish we had a Michaels here in the UK.
I am a crocheter (is that a word?) too & your granny square looks greta.

Mistys Mum #74

Shoshi said...

What a marvellous haul of goodies! I love the letters, and that lovely little pack of red ribbons and braids. You are going to have such fun with all this!

My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was quite small. I've always enjoyed it - it grows much more quickly than knitting! (I love knitting too.)

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #116

Julia Dunnit said...

wow, you did well, I cant resist any alphabet that is on clearance..we couldv'e cleaned them out together! well done with the crochet...I've just made two things following patterns. dont be scared, they really arent as difficult to follow as they are to read!!!

Nan G said...

What a neat haul! I'm never so lucky as that when I go to michael's. nice job with the crocheting. Once tried back in high school...flunked home ec! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #104

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