Sunday, September 11, 2011

last purchases at Borders

It's a shame that Borders is closing forever. Our neighborhood one will close in a couple days.  It was a very convenient book store/cafe in the same mall as our local grocery store, JoAnn Fabrics, TJ Maxx, Bed Bath and Beyond, CVS, Michaels, Dress Barn, etc. just a mile or 2 away.  E-Rex liked to sip coffee there every so often, and I loved that I could get iced coffee made with a cold brewing method.

In these waning days, I couldn't help but go over to see what I could find at a bargain price.  A few weeks ago I picked up a couple magazines and an Interweave Press hefty one called 101 Patchwork Projects and Quilts 2011. I wouldn't have purchased it at full price but I think it was somewhere between 50% and 60% off. Since I'm knitting for me this year (which is making me feel a bit guilty, but I'll get over it) I will be sewing  a good number of Christmas gifts.  This bookish magazine has tons of small but interesting projects for gift giving.  (When I'm done blogging tonight, I will be stash diving to match projects with fabric I have.) So, that was a great acquisition.

A friend who does not read this blog - or at least I don't think she does - collects vintage Barbies.  Last week I found a book called I (heart) Ken, My Life as the Ultimate Boyfriend.
I think she'll like it. I know she has a Ken or 2 from her childhood -- very vintage. At the crazy 80% off price, it will be a little "extra" with her Christmas gift.

I poked around the music and craft books after I found the Ken book.  I found Twinkle Chan's Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies. It has some hilarious projects - surely not all to my liking, but I can think of a few people who would find a food scarf a welcome, funny fashion statement. Stay tuned for news of which one(s) I make.

I also found a book that I picked up and put back 3 times because of its title, Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller. Any of you who know me well, know that the Vampire bit was bothering me.  Hey, I don't go to Starbuck's because their logo is a siren!  So, Genevieve Miller got some designers together to create designs themed around the whole Twilight phenomenon.  I haven't and won't read the books or see the movies. I don't do pagan. So there I am in Borders, it's closing and I can grab this book of knitting patterns, several of which are appealing if I can look past the names and inspiration. What to do? Well, I paced around a while.  I concluded that it was better for me to purchase the last copy of the book at that location because I would not be the least bit drawn into anything dark by it, as some might be.  So, I bought it. 

Then, with books in hand, I sifted through a very untidy shelf of "stuff." Lo and behold, I found a set of interchangeable  wax seals. No joke!  I'm sure they were sold for scrap booking, but they would work fine for sealing correspondence. The set I purchased included a handle that had a screw on bezel and a selection of "baby" themed coins, or seals: carriage, foot prints, rocking horse and birthday cake.  I also found some individual coins (the term for the part of the seal that impresses the wax): thank you, heart and a bouquet.  These are not high end, but I like the interchangeability. I have a few other interchangeable sets and at the ridiculous price, it was a nobrainer for me.  

This isn't the set I purchased, but my heart and birthday cake are pictured in this set.  The big surprise was that the sealing wax contained in the set was Stuart Houghton, which surprised me.  Usually, sets contain the junky sealing wax that's really like melted crayons with a little resin in it.  Not good for anything.

I did very well on all these purchases.  I didn't need any of them, but I will make good use of the things I purchased for me and I think my friend will like Ken as much as Barbie does.


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