Do you ever wonder what you'll do with all your free time when the children grow up? I do. It is a time I both dread and eagerly await. One of the many things on my future to do list (besides walking to the coffee shop several mornings a week to read the newspaper and having a clean house last more than two minutes) is becoming a Friend of the Library. They host many functions and raise funds to buy more books for our library. I love opening up a library book and seeing the book plate that reads, "Presented by Friends of the Library". My favorite event hosted by the Friends, and the event I look forward to working one day, is the monthly used book sale on the first Wednesday and Saturday of each month. I started going to the book sale when Avery still fit in a Baby Bjorn. Now I let the kids loose in the kids section to find their own treasures. I realized I had become a regular a few months back when an older gentleman remarked how much my kids had grown up over the years.
I don't make it to the sale every month, and sometimes when I go I find very little, but this past Wednesday I scored big! Here are a few of my treasures, all costing about a quarter a piece:
I also found last spring's copy of Martha Stewart's kids magazine, two copies of Strunk and White's Elements of Style, an atlas, two large reference books on birds, a hard back copy of Anne of Green Gables, Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm, and Capitalism for Beginners, which I can't wait to read.
This week I even completed a project I came up with several years ago when I found a thousand piece floral puzzle at the library sale. I knew at the time I would use the pieces for an art project, and the pieces finally found there way out from under my bed and into my new spring wreath.
This is an very easy project to do with any puzzle pieces. I simply cut out the shape of a wreath (using two different sized bowls) and started gluing the puzzle pieces one layer at a time. The finished wreath has three to four layers; I kept adding pieces until all the voids were filled.
I am almost done with my second wreath and would love to send it to one of my friends out there, along with my second copy of Elements of Style, because even though I love the book, I don't need two copies. Unless of course I come across this version at the Friends of the Library sale. So leave a comment and I will announce the winner next Tuesday. This weather is making me crazy happy, and perhaps I can spread it by mail. Have a crazy happy weekend my friends!