For the last several weeks, I have been finding lots of coins. They’ve been in the street, on top of trash receptacles, and on the floor in elevators. Fortunately, they have all been heads up. I was taught by my mother that picking up a face up coin brings good luck, while a tails up coin brings bad luck. So I will only pick up coins that are heads up. I feel like I have been having good luck in the last several weeks, and it keeps getting better the more coins I find. The odds against all of these coins being found heads up are very low, so I feel strongly that my good luck is coming from finding these heads up coins.
Those of you who know me know that I am a very logical thinker, not a person who would normally believe such things, but my early training from my mother about good and bad luck runs pretty deep. Here are some of her most popular superstitions. Do any of them sound familiar or ring true for you?
To this day I won’t get out of bed on the other side of the bed, ever; I never put a pair of shoes on a table in my house; and I have thrown plenty of salt over my left shoulder in my lifetime.
I think there are things in this life that we know on some level but don’t know how or why we know them. So, it makes sense to me to do what I can to try to encourage the good and discourage the bad.
Wishing you abundant good luck and none of the bad this spooky season,
When someone says “the holiday season” most people think of the end of November to New Years. But really “the holiday season” starts at the end of September when you see pumpkins pop up in your local grocery store and scarecrows adorn your neighbor’s yard. It’s the time of year when the weather gets cooler, leaves begin changing color, and suddenly pumpkin flavor is in everything you eat or drink. But if you’re a crafter like me, “the holiday season” really starts during summer when you begin planning your fall crafts. If you’re planning to make your loved ones gifts for Christmas, you may have to begin crafting well before Halloween.
Sometimes it is a struggle to get motivated and to find the time especially when all of the holiday celebrations are filling your calendars. Right about now I am realizing it’s the first week of December and I am running out of time to make all the special holiday gifts and decorations I had planned!
This is the time of year when a procrastinating crafter goes to their nearest craft store (my personal favorite is Michaels) and frantically buys a lot more than they intended because they are in a rush to get everything done. Often times that leads to unnecessary expenses and a lot of leftovers that will likely never be used. Instead of falling into this trap, I head to my local nonprofit thrift store and browse their supplies. You will likely find many unique items with which to craft and you will spend a lot less money. Once you get what you can at the thrift store, then head over to the craft store if you need more supplies.
One of my favorite gifts to make is hand painted glassware. This includes wine glasses, water glasses, candle holders, frames, dishes, and more. If it’s glass, I’m game! I can get the glass pieces to paint from a variety of places, but thrift stores provide more unique options, making my craft truly a one of a kind gift. I save money, and the money I do spend goes to a good cause. Some of my favorite pieces ended up being the least expensive. So while you scramble to complete your handmade gifts this holiday season, consider heading to Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop for your supplies. You never know what treasure you may find!
Guest blog post by Tiffany. Tiffany made Seattle her home a few years ago, after she and her husband moved here from Southern California. She loves exploring what the PNW has to offer. She works in recruiting/HR, and is always looking for ways to inject her creativity and help those in need.
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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