Monday, January 16, 2006


As evidenced by this blog I am passionate about knitting. It consumes my days and nights. I can often be found day dreaming about yarn, knitting or patterns at work or in traffic. It even happens while talking to friends on the phone. It may seem to some folks that all I do is knit but.. that's not true at all.

Believe it or not there is room for other hobbies in my life. One of them is thrift store shopping. I know that might seem weird but in our household one man's trash is another man's treasure. Most often when we need something it's off to the thrift store to find it. Isaac & I have so much fun exploring and we love finding deals.

Here are a few of my favorite thrift store finds (click the thumbnail for a bigger picture):

game boxWhat shall I be?Cherry tree1963 bingo gameangel and encyclopedia'scoffee tableloveseatNeedlepoint pillowSloppy make-up?Self esteem booster #2

Those items are all gems to me!

Some of you may have realized that I also love to cook & bake. It seems so similar to knitting in my mind. You can be creative and make things up as you go along, there are a few simple rules to know and live by and it's soothing (to me at least). Sometimes when I'm frustrated with something I'm knitting I put it aside and go bake something.

So, I leave you with this:

My Grandma Myrick's banana nut bread recipe.

1/2 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar
4 ripe bananas
3 eggs
2 cups wheat flour (or any flour of your choosing)
2/3 cup milk
3 tsp cold water
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream the sugar and oil and add eggs and bananas. In a separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients then add them to the banana mixture. Mix thoroughly. Add milk, water, vanilla and nuts. Mix & pour evenly into 2 ungreased bread pans and bake at 350 for 1 hour.


Oh, I love thrift stores! I have a couple favorites... Life is good when a girl can keep herself clothed in $5.99 Levis and $3.99 Eddie Bauer shirts.
That looks good, I love to cook and bake too.

I am hoping to go to a thrift store sometime soon. I want to try and unravel a sweater.
those are fantastic finds! that board game sounds horribly offensive and probably contributed to an entire generation's low self esteem. love the love seat, too!
I love your thrift store finds. The career game cracks me up. And lovely banana bread... I bet that makes the house smell beautifully when it's baking! I understand the knitting is my only craft thing... it's nice to break out... sometimes! ;)
Your thrift-store finds are great! I need to expand those horizons, because the ones nearby are less then riveting!
Banana bread, however, is ALWAYS riveting. Must try your recipe as soon as I can ripen some bananas.
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