My husband Richie is a pretty great chess player.  He first played when he was a kid but took it over again when someone gave him a box of chess boards to use in his GT classroom.  Richie started playing himself and has really done well the past few years.  Right now he is playing in the Arkansas Chess Association State Championship! Good luck Richie!

A website, a contest, a book

I love crafting and I am always hunting the web for crafty goodness.  Recently I came across a site called Cut Out + Keep.

Cut Out + Keep, a Scotland based site, is full of great craft projects, recipes and all kinds of great stuff.  Their online magazine has some interesting articles about indie business and music.  Recently the site hosted a competition to create a piece of artwork using garage sale items.  The prize was a book titled Garage Sale America.  I entered a photo of a wind-chime I had made earlier this spring for a swap on Mary Janes Farm.

My wind-chime is made out of an old pie plate and old silverware.  My wind chime was actually selected as one of the winners in the contest!  Last week I received my book!

Garage Sale America is a great little book showcasing many different garage sale finds.  Bruce Littlefield does such an excellent and thorough job of describing his garage sale adventures you feel as if you are traveling right along with him.  Along with great finds there are tips, tricks and hints to making the most of garage sales and finding the greatest deals.  A resource section in the back of the book will direct you to some of the countries greatest, longest and largest sales.  This book is a must have for any serious garage saler or thrifter!

Thanks Cut Out + Keep!