Tag: Goodwill

Seaman's church scarf

Have you heard of Seaman’s Church?

I was getting ready to ditch some leftover yarn and that got me to thinking about knitting and that got me to thinking about finding some new patterns to use up the bits and pieces, and  that, of course, led to Pinterest and ultimately this great website. know, this is It’s a charitable organization called Seamen’s Church. You can find the site here. 

The site encourages knitters to knit certain styles of scarfs and hats for seamen. When you are done, you box them up and send them to this organization and they distribute them to the seaman. I found the patterns interesting as some of them are quite specific for reasons the site explains.

Here’s one I’m making from some leftover yarn.  I had to take these pictures with my cell phone. There was no way I could download them directly to my computer.

Seaman's church scarf

Here’s a few others:


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Seamen's Hats

I  was a little surprised at the pink, and blue items. Doesn’t seem “seafaring” to me but then I remembered all the men’s pastel shirts I find in the department store and I guess it’s appropriate. Besides, think of every “sea and ocean” movie (outside of the Titantic), they’re dark and moody and everything is kind of gray. So I guess these colors would brighten one’s spirits.

This really appealed to me because of something else I’m doing this Christmas. I’ve knitted scarves for the Rescue Mission for years, about ten or so. Last year, after Christmas, I went kind of nuts buying yarn at JoAnn’s. Plus, I’m always finding yarn at thrift shops. So-o-o-o, I thought, why not see how many scarves I can knit for this Christmas?

When the months were really hot, I didn’t knit as much, but I’m still on track. I’ve also been sewing some infinity scarves from fabric as well. I’ll let you know the final count.

It’s really going to warm my heart, to know I’m warming the heads and necks of these seafaring men. (Maybe women, too, I don’t know. Are there seafaring women?)

Oh, and please take make the insensitive remark, “She has too much time on her hands.” Besides, it’s always the busy person that gets things done. Just so you know, the bible says the same thing. 🙂

So the Seaman project was a perfect fit for me.

God bless and have a good day.
















alled http://cas.seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea


I decided to look up some websites for encouragement and perhaps some direction. I particularly liked this one from Apartment Therapy.



The week in review and what’s up with Goodwill?

So….. this week was much better than last week.

Monday I posted about how much I love curbside junk. In fact one piece I found last year is now up at the bunk house getting a re-do. I’ll show you the pics when I’m done.

junk on the curbside

Tuesday I offered some encouragement for those who were feeling “down”. I hope someone was helped.

Wednesday I continued to offer hope by writing a post about what to do when bad news overwhelms us. The point here was to make it a point to remember how God has blessed us in the past.

God is love

Thursday was an updated re-post about one of my pet peeves as far what I hear Christians spout way too quickly. And that is the assuming that every open door has been opened by God and every closed door has been closed by God. While God does open and close doors, it’s rare and usually only after prayer and reflection on our part.

open door

When I hear people say that I would love to know how they’ve come to that conclusion. We ourselves very often are the ones that open and shut those doors. And I’m not pointing fingers. I’ve done it myself but I’ve learned some hard lessons when I’ve been too quick to walk through an “open” door and too quick to assume it’s been “closed”.

Friday I posted about a funny piece about my not-so-good previous day. Hope you enjoyed it.


And finally, what’s up with Goodwill. I stopped by one today and almost croaked at some of the prices. I almost went to one of the clerks and asked them, “Who did your pricing? These prices are ridiculous.” I didn’t but I was close.

Seriously there was a bunch of ratty looking branches of something. Guess how much?Fifteen dollars!!!! That was retail pricing.

Then there was this picture, big but not huge, just a print–thirty dollars!  Come on now, Goodwill. Get with the program.

I sure am glad garage sales are starting.

So that’s enough of my rant. 🙂

God bless and hit some garage sales this week-end. K? (And be sure to let me know what you find.)

chalk painted furniture

the week in review and we’re headin’ home

This week posts have been all over the map.

I started Tuesday (Honestly, don’t know what happened to Monday’s post.) with a post about some decorating ideas you might want to try. They were from my favorite store in Florida called, The Beach House. Most of their furniture is repurposed with chalk paint and you know how I like painting! Here’s one picture. Look closely and you will see very ordinary pieces that have taken on new life.chalk painted furniture

Wednesday I shared some great clothing items I had found at a Goodwill store.

Thursday I explained how selfishness is often selflessness. Earlier that morning (hey, that made up for Monday, huh?) though I posted about my great success with transferring my photos from my phone to Google Drive and then to Google photos. I know that’s  probably not a big deal to most of you but for me it was major.

Friday’s post took a twist. It was supposed to be a light-hearted funny post about my big purchase of pecan log rolls. No, really.

But then my husband had a bout of food poisoning in the wee hours of Friday morning and I got scared. Again. I counted the number of emergency room visits with my husband over the last fifteen years. There have been six. That’s five too many, right? So you can understand why I panicked a little. So that post was about being a Christian and admitting to fear. 

So when you read this we are headed back to Michigan. We loved our two weeks down here but frankly we’re glad to be headed home.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

And p.s. remember if your depression is looming this week-end, try to plan your time. Remember,

Distraction is a wonderful thing.


Goodwill chair

the week in review-time to catch up

So last week was a busy one.

I’ve been cleaning up and organizing my craft supplies. Cleaning closets, etc.

Plus I cooked some stellar meals.

It’s been a good week. Not a week without concerns . There are always concerns, aren’t there. Always someone or some circumstance that needs our “prayer attention”.

Monday was all about some great bargains I found at Goodwill. The chair I passed up still haunts me.

Goodwill chair

I had every intention of going back the next day because they would be on sale, but a snowstorm stopped me. Went back today and, of course, nothing was there. https://faithsighanddiy.com/2016/01/11/i-found-a-great-bargain-at-goodwill/.

Tuesday was about why I didn’t want to win billion dollar lottery. No worries. I didn’t.

Wednesday was about what I learned when I added pureed squash to my mac ‘n’cheese. https://faithsighanddiy.com/2016/01/13/how-my-faith-was-really-challenged-by-simple-mac-n-cheese/

Thursday was about my crazy, funny dream and dream interpretation.

Friday was supposed to be about living a holy life but even though I scheduled it, it never posted so that will be carried over to next week.

I like doing the week in review when I do because it shows just what I did and did not get accomplished. This week I did pretty good.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.



Goodwill chair

I found a great bargain at Goodwill

Yesterday, I found a great bargain at Goodwill.

Problem is I didn’t buy it. Lost opportunity.

Don’t you just hate it when you see something that just sparks a response in you. You don’t have a clue where you can use it, but still…….

I took a picture of it so I could think about it some more.

I went to check out, having snatched some other items, and there it was. Some one else saw it’s “cuteness” just like I did and she took it immediately to the front so they could hold it while she looked around.

I almost told her, “Hey, that’s my chair! I saw it first.”.

You do know, don’t you, that the person who spots the bargain first has “dibs”.

Anyway, here is the chair that “got away”.

Goodwill chair

Only me would probably see this as a little beauty. You can’t see it, but the back is concave. It was very comfy.

Oh, well.

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

But all is not lost:

Here’s the items I “tucked away” for discount day.

cast iron griddle

small cast iron fry pan

Small cast iron fry pan

ceramic pheasant

This is a ceramic pheasant with a really long tail that shoots upward. I didn’t take a good picture. I was still sobbing from my loss. 🙂  Ordinarily I wouldn’t do a thing to it but I will probably spray paint it various shades of metallic silver. My daughter-in-law has these but hers are a heavy metal so I would like to imitate that.

Hair waver

An electric hair waver.

I’ll let you know if they’re still there.

God bless and have a good day


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