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Get Your Grocery Bags Here

Get Your Grocery Bags Here

Okay, blog readers, you get first crack at my grocery bags. I am ready to take orders. I will fill from current stock, but as that runs out, there may be a week or two lag time while I make more. Eventually, I hope to have a product page and direct ordering capabilities here on the website. I have to build that, though, and it’s going to take some time. In the meantime, here’s the plan:

  • Right now, I only have the premium two-color bags. The exteriors are 10 oz. 100% cotton duck and the interiors are 100% cotton prints. Thread is polyester or poly/cotton.

  • The bags are $25 each plus postage or two bags for $45 plus postage.

  • Priority mail postage is $8 for one bag and $10 for two bags—I compared the costs for Priority and First Class and it’s basically a wash. I would rather use Priority Mail, which is trackable from my mailing software.

  • If you want more than two bags, I’ll work out some kind of pricing discount.

  • You can request a particular color combination, but that may delay your order depending upon what I have. In the future, I’ll only be making bags using the sandy brown canvas combined with either red, dark brown, hunter green, or navy blue canvas. No choice on interior prints at the moment.

  • To order, either go to the contact form under the menu in the upper left-hand corner of the website, or e-mail me at Janet at BigSkyKnitting dot com. Include the number of bags you want to buy and your shipping address. I will also need the e-mail address where you want the PayPal invoice sent. I won’t invoice you until the bags are ready to ship.

Thank you all—some of this is evolving as I go along and I appreciate your patience!

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The husband was hard at work on the new shop this weekend. He put up the posts and the beam that will hold up the other side of the roof:

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This is a nod to his timber framing experience. While I was gone last weekend, he fabricated the bottom braces:

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And the top braces:

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He enjoys welding. He sometimes says that he wishes he had trained to be a welder, but then he notes that he would not have met me in college. Life is just funny that way.

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I always forget how much Holy Week wipes me out. I am sure people are going to read that and wonder what is wrong with me that two evening church services and Easter Sunday could be so exhausting, but the people who are wondering that have probably never tried to be a church pianist. My friend Catherine—who was our church pianist before she died—used to say that it takes a lot of hard work to make it look so easy. Also, I was playing for the Lutherans, and the Lutheran services are so much more liturgical than what I am used to. It requires a lot of mental energy to stay focused on the service and help it to move along smoothly. And at our church, I often am playing out of six different books. I was thinking this week that I may look into doing what some church musicians do, which is to put everything on an iPad or other tablet and play from that. I don’t know how practical that is right now, but it’s a very attractive idea.

Now that we’re past Easter, we start the countdown to DD#2’s graduation from Gonzaga. We have about a dozen family members joining us in Spokane in a couple of weeks. Post-graduation plans are still evolving, but we expect to launch another successful, functioning adult into the world soon.

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