Craigslist – amazing free resource

Seeing as I found this blogging opportunity through Craigslist it seems appropriate to write this article about Craigslist.com. Though I found the opportunity via the “jobs” section my focus for this article is mostly the “for sale” section and the ‘free’ sub-section. Let me start by sharing with you things you can find for free everyday on CL.

10 things you can find forFREE everyday on Craigslist (at least in Phoenix, AZ)

  1.  Televisions
  2.  Spas / Jacuzzis
  3.  Moving Boxes
  4.  Fill dirt
  5.  Pallets
  6.  Furniture / Mattresses
  7.  Appliances
  8.  Toys
  9.  Rocks
  10.  Building Materials

Next, 10 surprising things I have seen more than a couple of times for FREE on Craigslist

  1.  Mobile Homes
  2.  Walk in freezers
  3.  Timeshares
  4.  Pianos / Organs

    Found under "free" in Monterey's CL page

    Found under ‘free’ on Monterey’s CL page

  5.  Vehicles / Boats
  6.  Horses / Goats
  7.  Tickets (even good ones)
  8. Used oil

    free used vegetable oil

    free used vegetable oil

  9. Nearly new furnishings
Found under 'free'

Found under ‘free’


AND my favorite (for creativity) 

10. You pick ‘em greens (basically weeds listed as mustard greens, dandelions, and clover)

 

 

 

 

I think most of us know that you can turn to Craigslist if you are looking for a job or a place to live or you want to buy or sell a vehicle. But, below I have listed 10 Things I bet you did not know you could find on Craigslist

  1.  Craigslist TV – a Youtube channel of weird, wild, and wonderful stories of craigslist users.
  2.  a variety of Open Source projects (I would tell you more but this area is a little above my level of understanding & participation)
  3.  Craigslist blog
  4.  “Craigslist Joe” A movie based on a man on a mission to live a month off of Craigslist alone. He sets off with a cell phone,  bicycle and a backpack. No money, no contacts.
  5.  Best of Craigslist
  6.  Discussion Forums for everything
  7.  Lost and Found – A great place to post an ad for a lost or found item or pet.
  8.  Barter – Under the “for sale” category there is a section for people to trade things.
  9.  Rideshare –  whether you are looking for a ride somewhere or you do not like to travel alone this is where you should look.
  10.  A Date –  Yep Craigslist has a ‘personals’ section where you can find others looking for love, a LTR, BBW, SWM, SWF, SBM, etc. – always use caution when finding love online.

And my final topic:

5 Things you would expect to find for free everyday on Craigslist but can’t.  Don’t get me wrong I have seen all of these things listed for free but not very often.

  1.  Computers
  2.  Cell phones
  3.  Aluminum cans (many people like to collect cans for others but not here)
  4.  Game consoles (we all know gamers need to update their systems every couple of years, where are the old systems going?)
  5.  Bicycles

I think it would be a great challenge to build and furnish a home using only things found on Craigslist. I am ready for this challenge just need to find the land for free. And a jurisdiction that would be willing to work with this building concept. It would be difficult to keep with traditional methods and materials so imagination, and ability to work with what is available are a must.

Thanks for reading and Take Care.

The Relaxation of Crafting and Sewing

Do the holidays or even everyday life cause you stress?  Normally we can go shopping to relieve some stress but not during the holidays. During the holidays shopping can cause more stress than it could ever alleviate. Because it is true that it is not the stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it that kills us; I am writing this blog to propose a way to react to the stress you may be faced with; I propose you try a sewing or craft project to help keep stress levels low. Sewing and crafting can be a great stress reliever as long as you choose a project that is not too challenging for you.

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Many people use sewing as well as other types of crafts and or hobbies to relieve their stress. My mother (also the mother of my 12 siblings) always had her knitting bag with her wherever she went; this  was after raising all of us. When she would come visit she would be knitting away as we talked about what had been going on in our lives. If we went to anywhere that involved sitting in one place and not eating, she would be knitting. She knit so much that she had her items for sale in a few stores. Not only was it therapeutic for her it was also very rewarding. She loved when people would go on about how beautiful her work was and would ask if she could make something for them.

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When people find that they are bored, lacking enthusiasm, or they just need something to keep them busy, they should try sewing
and/or crafting to relieve their symptoms. Sewing and crafting are both great ways to keep busy and avoid being bored. If you do not know how to sew there are numerous sewing classes out there such as the free online classes at www.craftsy.com/Sewing and at youtube.com (use search at top of Youtube’s page). There are the classes that meet up locally including the ones offered at Sew From the Heart and at Sewing Nuts both located in Scottsdale. These classes usually cost money. And there are numerous volunteer opportunities out there that can be quite rewarding emotionally.

Need an idea for a project?

Go to www.pinterest.com/sasfabricssuperstore and browse the many tutorials, project ideas, patterns, etc. to find an inspiration. Make a list and get started.

Ready to get started? The first place to start is a visit to

SAS Fabrics Superstore

9840 N 19th Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85021     602-943-7777 

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At SAS Fabrics Superstore you will find all kinds of fabric, notions, and other related items. When you go to SAS Fabrics Superstore be sure to allow yourself about one hour of time to browse the isles and find your treasures, inspirations and to just get your creative juices flowing. Once you decide on a project or two gather the items needed and get started.

While at SAS Fabrics Superstore be sure to take a moment to check out SAS Fabrics Superstore’s Customer Showcase Window. It is located to the right of the store entrance. The Customer Showcase Window is where customers of SAS Fabrics Superstore can display their work and promote their business’. You can even sign up to have your work displayed in the Customer Showcase Window.  Who knows you may be on your way to discovering a hidden talent that even you did not know you have.

Be sure to share your finished project here or on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/sasfabricssuperstore

Thank you for reading SASsy Sewing’s blog.

Take Care and Happy Sewing.   : )

Hidden Characteristics That can be Found in Fabrics

I was looking at the colorful, lacy, stretchy, crochet-like and somewhat hippie fabric we have in stock at SAS Fabrics Superstore this Spring of 2015.

April 2015

April 2015

As I was checking it out and brainstorming for ideas and ways to display this fabric in our storefront I discovered it has hidden character. I do not know if this is common with fabrics of its type or not. I do know, however, that I do see similar techniques used often in upholstery fabrics.

It is easy to see that the fabric has the obvious pattern of colors in a geometric theme that you see when you simply glance at it. These colors and patterns remind me of hippie apparel. I am not really sure if anyone else would relate the appearance to the 60’s hippie fashions but I do.geometric pattern

When you look at the fabric you see that it resembles crochet work as it has an open weave.   When you look closer you may even ask yourself if the holes (open weave) are an intentional character of the fabric or if maybe they were unintentional and caused by an insect of some type. Well, these are the things that went through my mind anyway.

As I was doing my brainstorming I thought maybe this fabric would benefit by being backlit. So, I held it up where it had some good backlighting (I had a piece of white satin behind it already) and what I saw took me by surprise. My reaction to what I saw was something like “What the heck, check that out?”

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I saw that those ‘holes’ in the fabric were not only intentional but they also created a paisley pattern. I have no clue what the fabric designer may have envisioned when incorporating  this character into the fabric but I can see that if used in the right application it could create a very unique result. IMG_8472

As you can see when you look at the fabric under these backlit conditions, the paisley pattern becomes almost more dominant than the colored geometric pattern.  Before I discovered this hidden character in the fabric I was thinking of using a shimmering fabric behind the lacy hippie fabric to create a long flowing skirt. It would look something like this.

with glittery base fabric

The fabric will work great in an application of this type. But, I am really curious what a professional may be able to do that would show-off the otherwise hidden paisley pattern.  For now I will just wonder and hope that one of the readers of this article will be inspired enough to run over to our store to pick up some of the fabric and create an item that brings out the paisley pattern then takes the time to share the results with us.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the hidden characters that can be found in fabrics.

Take care.  : )

Holiday Gift Ideas that are Easy to Make

Happy Holidays SASsy Sewing Fans

Today I want to share some easy to make and very affordable gift ideas that are not only fun to make but fun to receive. Being that it is already December and we do not have much time left before Christmas day I browsed the wide world web for great gifts you can make in a jiffy.

Gift Idea #1

The first item is the amazing all zipper purse. If you have never seen one of these before it is definitely worth checking out. One way to make these purses even more fun is to use two different colored zippers of the same size and same size ‘teeth’ (I do not know if they call them teeth but you know the little guys that hold it closed). Buy at least 2 colors of the zippers that we have available by the foot at SAS Fabrics Superstore then unzip them all the way and take one of each color and zip them together so you have a zipper of two different colors. Then proceed to this great tutorial I found. Continuous Zipper Purse Tutorial  Enjoy!

Zipper Purse

Continuous Zipper Purse

Gift Idea #2

The next item I think you may like is the trash bag for your car. Sounds pretty easy to make. Customize it to match the vehicle or to compliment the personality of the one you wish to give it.

Click on this link to go to the instructions Vehicle Trash Bag Tutorial.

vehicle trash bag

Trash Bag for your Vehicle

Gift Idea #3

Okay, this is the last one for today. It is going to take more time to make than the other items here but I believe it will be worth the effort. This link takes you to a YouTube video that shows you how to make comfy warm moccasins or booties. You can find a great selection of faux fur at SAS Fabrics Superstore that would be perfect for this project. We also have a nice selection of leather if you are a brave adventurous creator. In fact we carry everything you need to do all of these projects.

 moccasins

Make Someone’s Feet Happy with these Booties

Be sure to visit SASsy Sewing for other Holiday gift ideas and Christmas Decoration tutorials.

Enjoy your Holidays!

Take Care

: )