Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bits and Pieces Paper Challenge

I was thinking today about the kind lady (P.L.) in the ATC (artist trading card) club who shared her bits and pieces of clip-art with me during the JAM portion of the club meeting. I asked her how she came by her sandwich baggies of paper embellishments that we used to glue to the atc's during the JAM session of the meeting and she said she collects and throws all paper bits small enough for artist trading cards that come in her junk and happy mail, from chipboard boxes, swaps, old calendars, etc. into a basket; then, when she sits down at the TV, she trims the extra paper away from the images and stores them into sandwich-sized baggies so all she has to do is grab a bag to bring with her to club. She said she has some rubber stamps, but why not make use of all the FREE goodies that come into her house for this purpose.
 
I wondered just how much mail actually came to her house and then decided I ought to challenge myself to find out how much I can scrounge up to recycle from now until the next meeting which is the second Sunday of August. The images need to be small enough to place on an atc or be something I can tear off pieces of to mod-podge onto one,  so I grabbed a sandwich size zippy bag from my pantry today and started putting stuff into it. I bet I can make some paper piles I have around here disappear quickly.
 
So far today I have these images and words from: those freebie digital calendar stamps from Crafty Secrets (they are a little big, but we can cut or tear them down);  a Joann's coupon mailer (I cut out the coupon, a dolphin, a jar, a picture frame & the word "MAKE,"); 2 notepad imagespostage stamps from several returned envelopes (we just had a family reunion & I'm secretary); 3 beat-up recipe box tab dividers that I was getting ready to toss (they have the distressed look LOL!); and  3  tea boxes (while I was at it, I made me a cup of hot tea to drink while I cut out those little stars from a Stash tea box, a heart, recycle emblem, a tag,  a teacup, tea envelope, a teapot, and words). I think I'll separate the words and put them into that pencil box I mentioned in my last post.

Anyway, I'll come back and update you from time to time on what other goodies I find, so come back to read the next installment to this post! At the end, I'll upload a photo, also, of just how much I have found. Good time for "spring cleaning!" Cleaning house is NOT my favorite thing to do, but this is a good challenge to spur me on to get some stuff done that has stacked up for awhile. Come to think of it, I NEED a checkered or cherry lanyard to wear around my neck to attach a small pair of scissors to! The son found a pair of his Fiskars kindergarten scissors out in the yard that I must have dropped sometime while I was transporting stuff between the craft barn and house.  I still use those scissors that he had way back then and he's 20's something! So that tells you how well those scissors stand up to wear and tear!

 7/18/2015 Update = I am amazed at how much scrap paper this generates. Thot maybe I could make more paper with the scraps if I were so inclined, but I'm not. I don't think I need another project to do on top of this one, so my little trash can next to my chair is full. So here's what I've collected today: postal meter strips, old Posh stamp-offs, words and images from an old historical society newsletter, emblems from stationery letterheads, more postal stamps and printed address labels. I had an extra reunion reminder, so I cut out the good parts of it (a flower, borders, & letters) and I cut up a security paper business envelope. I figured we could tear off bits of it to use as background paper. One of the guys was throwing out a car magazine, so I snatched it out of the trash and now I have itty-bitty cars to put on a masculine style jam card. My sandwich zippy bag is getting fatter.

7/19/2015 Update = Well, I made a small dent in our stock-pile of junk mail. *wink*  You know, the bad thing with ad mailers is that prices are often printed over the product, however, I was able to glean some bikes, sofas and a barbeque grill from one. I also obtained more security envelope backgrounds. It's just amazing the variety of small patterns that these have. I also began another baggy for Mary Engelbreit like images. Some of the security envelopes had checked type patterns which I put into it and I discovered a ME scratch pad wallet with several used sheets that I pulled out and trimmed a few Anne Estelle portraits from the bottom of the page. Oh, and did you know that Michaels will no longer be carrying Mary Engelbreit products except at Christmas? BOO! I also found the small print on the back of some junk mail letters that would do in place of dictionary pages (I dislike cutting up old books), so pieces of that went into the bags. I obtained 2 fake credit cards (good for spreading paint). And tiny maps and photos of exotic places from a couple of travel guides.

7/21/2015 Update = I intended to come back and add more last night, but our son was not feeling well and ended up going to the ER during the night. He's going to be fine and the doc gave him meds so that he could go home. And speaking of docs, me bad. Yesterday I found a "personal appointment itinerary" for my next eye doctor appointment in a pile of papers on my nightstand and had to reschedule it. I put it in my Documented Faith planner that I set up so I would NOT forget it this time. I also added in a prescription insert to use in place of dictionary pages too. Perhaps this paper challenge is a God-kick-in-the-seat-thing! LOL! Anyway, I have a neat and tidy wrapping paper drawer now. I pulled all the bits of paper I have been saving and cut out Christmas trees, Santas, and various other bits to add to my bag. Also found some more "paint spreaders." And a utility newsletter to which I cut out the clip-art from. By the way, do you know how to cut paper quickly? Do you move your scissor hand or your paper hand?

7/22/2015 Update = Baggie #3. O.H.I.O (Only Handle It Once). I found all kinds of catalogs today that I'm still cutting down, but I have found phrases, quotes, faces, patterned paper, angels, crosses and thumbnail sized books in them.  I also cut out a cartoon dino from a library pick-up card. I was getting ready to toss a cracker box when I noticed some stripes around the wording on the box, so that got cut out and the little man on the vanilla wafer box was cut out too. Then I went over to the frig to unload my "bulletin board" and found outdated coupons that were harvested for the pics. I looked over all the papers stuck to the frig for images and the ones not needed anymore, if they were printed on one side only, went into a little drawer on my desk for scratch paper. So now my frig front is neat and tidy.  I began next on the kitchen table. We used to eat there, but it's now become a catch-all. I found theatre tickets, baseball game tickets, a little paper mustache and a Chinese fortune strip, decorative clothing tags, a used Christmas tag, and a torn paper bag with paper twist handles that got cut off (good for projects that need crimped paper like a thatched roof on a beach cottage). I think that's it for today. I'll still be working on the catalogs tomorrow, I think. I have several more to go through. And by the way, I watched a glue Youtube video by Jennifer McGuire this evening. She switched out the glue bottles' own tops for fine-tip no-clog quilling glue nozzles. I'm going to have to look for those nozzles because they would be just the ticket for some of these tiny images that I've been cutting out.

7/23/2015 Update = Etc, Etc, Etc. Still working my way through the wrapping paper and catalog pile, however, I've been thinking of design while cutting this paper out and thought I would head on over to Youtube and see what I could find on making collaged atcs. Found several - for your viewing pleasure -- one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go! I also found some background techniques using catalog pages which I'm going to keep under my hat to use as backgrounds for my cards. By the way, I'm not fond of glue sticks. They are okay for preschool kids to use in their artwork, but I figure if I'm going to all the trouble of making atc's and cards, then I'm going to use something a little more permanent.

7/24/2015 Update = Still working on the pile of paper, but also did a little research at Pinterest too. One thing that became apparent to me in researching collaged or altered ideas for those paper bits is that we only have 15-20 minutes "JAM" time to assemble the cards. Would we have enough time to shellac this paper down on an atc with gel medium and have it dry in time so that the next person would have time to add their bits onto the card too? My friend, Julie, assured me that we would if we put a thin coat on under and over the card (kinda like "decoupage"). Maybe if I hit it with a heat gun that might speed up the drying time? I'm gonna have to experiment this next week and see how much time it takes. I almost forgot, I found a magazine subscription card that had an atc size photo of the magazine on it!

7/26/2015 Update = I didn't get any paper cut up here at home yesterday as we had to get up early to be somewhere else to sort and break down recycled boxes. The company my husband works for schedules a community service project once or twice a year. It's strictly a volunteer thing, but it's a two-fer,  for it helps any employee's high schoolers who need community service hours to graduate and helps those in need. Yesterday's service project was at the  Harvesters warehouse which rescues and collects food for the hungry from local groceries, restaurants, community gardens and donations and distributes it to several food pantries and schoolchildren in a several county area here in the midwest. We were to pile the flattened good  boxes back up on pallets and wrap them in plastic so that they can reuse them at a later date. The guy who ran the pallet jack could turn that puppy on a dime! Tonight I found a R. M. Palmer's Easter candy box to cut up.

7/28/2015 Update = By the way, take a look at R. M. Palmer's website. They have crafts for the kiddies on their site. Finished cutting up my last piece of wrapping paper for my Mary Engelbreit baggie and found several decorative paper bags to cut up for background pieces and images. I cut out cartoon characters and letters from a couple of cereal boxes and cut the scottie doggies from a Walker shortbread cookie box, also,  for my Mary Engelbreit baggy. And my husband ordered a Mary Engelbreit rubber stamp for me from eBay (I need it for my September atc) and it came wrapped in a magazine page, so it got looked over too! I think that's it until tomorrow.

7/29/2015 Update = Happy Birthday to my sisters! They have birthdays ten days apart! I received my 2nd ME rubber stamp in the mail today -- one I need for the August swap -- and my envelope had a RAK inside as well as the stamp. A whole envie full of punchies! I certainly wasn't expecting that! *smile* I've been working on laundry and typing today, so didn't get much scissor work done, however, I did dig out my Quik Trip plastic drinking glass full of used dryer sheets. I cut an X into the snap-on lid  and stuck them inside after pulling them from the dryer. I've used them in the past to make interesting backgrounds with liquid glue.

7/30/2015 Update = I just knew I would find some paper goodies out in my craft barn and I did! My in-laws have been saving empty tissue boxes for me ever since I began making little notebooks as prizes for my Sunday School kids, so I have a ton of them. Most have floral patterns, but I did find a few with cartoon characters that I brought back into the house to cut out. I also looked at the bottom of the box and decided instead of punching out scalloped circles to ink clouds with on atc's, I could cut out the "Puff cloud" on the bottom to use as a mask instead. It might last a little longer than a paper scallop too. I figured the floral patterns on tissue boxes might be cut down to use as atc backgrounds during the "JAM" session, so I began taping on cardstock  to the back of the cut-down chipboard pieces to write out what we put on the atc. Certainly cheaper than adding scrapbook paper to one and a little sturdier than flimsy cardstock.

8/1/2015 Update = Been a little busy, but have good news!

Toodle do! Until next time . . .

Monday, July 13, 2015

Artist Trading Cards

I was able to finish my artist trading cards (atc) down at the motel where we were staying while my hubbin's family reunion was going on this last weekend, but then didn't have any time to collect materials for the "jam" session Sunday afternoon after we got back, but all the ladies were generous and shared with me. Perhaps I can do in kind for them sometime.
 
Two of the ladies that were there last time were missing, but we had a new-to-me "friend" who had been a founding member of the club who came back to visit and she selected several of my extra cards. Perhaps it will give her an incentive to come back! *wink* 

One of the missing ladies had an idea I forgot to mention in the last post that I really liked and that was a plastic container full of sentiment strips (phrases, words) that she had collected while working for the former K & Company. I liked that idea so much that I've been collecting all the atc -- sized sentiment stamps I have into a pile, so that I  can stamp off some too for a box to take with me to the jam sessions. I wondered if I should cut the paper into strips first or wait until my sheet is full before I cut it down. What's your thoughts on that?
 
The first card is my contribution to the swap. The theme was "Happy Endings." I used a Mary Engelbreit sun stamp and because I wanted a sunset and tried to think of something that would be easy to transport, I chose watercolor pencils to do the background over stamped and heat-embossed clear "stars." I should have used a white embossing powder I think. It probably would have shown up better than the white watercolor paper under the clear. And then I couldn't get the watercolor pencils to muddy up as well as watercolor paint probably would have. Oh well -- live and learn!
 
Click to enlarge.
 

1. Swap Cards, 2. Jam Cards, and 3. An extra swap!
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A New ATC Club

I joined a new-to-me ATC (artist trading card) club Sunday afternoon at the Ink, Paper, Rubber store in Overland Park, Kansas. It's been awhile since I've done any major paper crafting, so I felt all thumbs. I've been doing serious genealogical research on my third great-grandparents and have recently returned from a trip to Lincoln, IL  where I  spoke about their family to the Logan County Historical & Genealogical Society.
This month's theme was "my favorite things" and we were to bring 3 backgrounds finished in any way we liked, however, the website did not say "atc-sized backgrounds," so I brought 3 finished 8.5" x 11" cardstock backgrounds to be on the safe side (in peach, turquoise & purple) and was madly scrambling to cut them down to size at the meeting! I also thought the color theme had to be on each background, but most of the ladies brought single colored pieces of stiff, heavy paper. Oh well, live and learn! *smile* Still, I enjoyed myself and met five very nice ladies!
 
Here's the atc that I made to trade. My favorite illustrator is, as you know Mary Engelbreit, so when I saw this black and white gingham duct tape with cherries on it, I had to have it! The stamp is from ME Ink (wish it had a matching die to go with it; my rough cut did not please me) that I purchased at Michaels, but I'm not sure what brand the sentiment stamp is as it was in a box of rubber stamps a girlfriend was giving away. And the bee brad was from a package that I purchased at a scrapbook convention.
 
 
Here's the cards I received in turn. The turquoise one on the bottom left is an atc-sized booklet with images of her favorite things inside. Click on the photos to enlarge if you want to see details.
The first atc club I was a member of for awhile here in the metro KC area (Candy Worner's "All About Scrapbooking" Westport store), did the swap in the first half of the meeting, then someone taught a background technique in the second half of the meeting, however, this club does something called a "Jam." We were to contribute those 3 finished backgrounds for this part of the meeting and everyone tossed their unembellished cards to the middle of the table. Each were to sign the back of their cards first as the background maker (ie. Dolores J. Rush -- background).
We were not allowed to work on one of our backgrounds. I know this as I reached for one of mine and got scolded for it. *grin* We were to add 1 to 3 embellishments to each card and throw it back into the center of the table after we signed the back with the things we added to the card. After the third person added their bit, the card was considered finished and collected. We continued until all the cards were finished, then each card was lined up on another table and each of us received three turns to draw a number to choose a card. I grabbed one of my backgrounds so that you could see how I made mine. I stamped peachy orange swiss dots first, then pounced on turquoise ink through a checkerboard stencil, and ran a purple inked rolling clay tool "stitch" across the top. You know, (*wink*) layers! I brought the same colored ink with me to do edges if necessary, and all the ladies liked my sponge tool -- a wedge of round yellow clay sponge cut into quarters and "pinched" into a clothespin "handle."  I have a hard time with "traveling" ink -- in other words, I would love to be a neat and tidy crafter, but to tell the truth I'm  messy, so the clothespin helps keeps the ink off the ole fingers, however, the night before, I had purple ink on the back of my fore-arm, (aaak!) my pink shirt as well as on the table top that I believe had squirted out sideways from a reinker bottle. I tried to wipe it all up but some of it started hitchhiking on me before I found it all! LOL!
 
 
 
Mine is the on top with the cute little girl and bling that was added to it. It was hard to choose, because there were so many nice cards to pick from. In addition, one of the gals. . .
 
 
 threw me 4 more of her cards from their previous swaps, but I was prepared as I brought my notebook with leftover atc's from previous swaps as well and she took what she wanted. She was delighted with a troll atc that I had one left of. She told me she had troll dolls when she was younger as I did. I had to have that troll stamp when I found it in a bundled cello bag at a thrift store.

And now I know the upcoming themes from July to December. July's theme is: "Happy Endings" and the Jam colors are pastels & silver; August is "By the Sea" and blue, green & tan; September is "Asian" and red, gold, & black; October is "Circus" and yellow, blue, & red; November is "Architecture" with grey, brown, & metallic; and December is "Interactive" with red, green, & white.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Walmart, Are You Listening?

I am really bummed! Last night I went into my local Walmart store to pick up some double-face tape to renew my supply for crafting and for a shoebox party that I’ve been invited to this week and guess what I found? No Scotch brand dispenser refills in the yellow box! Nada! I have a cute little weighted pink & white dispenser that matches my portable crafting bag and the only thing I could find was a itty-bitty clear plastic dispenser with a tiny roll up in the scrapbook section of the store for $5.00. I spent a little more than that on a package of 10 rolls in the box of Scotch Magic Tape. I will admit I am a frugal, thrifty, cheap, bargain-hunter, whatever you want to call it, soul. That’s one reason why I shop at Walmart.
They have been remodeling some of our Walmart stores around here and when I sent my husband after tape, he complained he couldn’t find it, so I thought it wasn’t getting restocked because of the redo, so I’ve been trying to stretch my supply until the remodeling came to an end. Doesn’t everything end eventually? But now I’m desperate and down to one roll.
I not only hate the idea of spending my husband’s hard-earned paycheck on one of those $5.00 dispensers, I can see if a person doesn’t use much tape, only having the one plastic dispenser stashed in the junk drawer, but as a card-maker and scrapbooker, I use a lot of tape and like having the extra refills on hand. Yes, I could buy the tape-runners, but they are almost as expensive, however, I’m tape-runner challenged and so I don’t like them particularly! And then I can’t get around the idea of having those little clear plastic dispensers being thrown into the landfills because they cannot be recycled. That is, not unless they are made of corn-based plastic.  At least the cardboard boxes the tape comes in can decompose.
I like Scotch brand by 3M too. Double-faced tape from the dollar stores and glue sticks aren’t worth the money you spend on them. I don’t like throwing my money away either! They are the unsticky sisters and I don’t like watching my creations fall apart.
Walmart and Scotch, are you listening? I want my Scotch Double-Faced Tape Dispenser Refills in the Yellow Boxes back! Please consider stocking them again! I NEED THEM!
Hey Readers Out There = If you feel as I do, please visit Walmart’s Customer Service  and Scotch to complain!
Maybe the store buyers don’t know tape is our stock and trade and we don’t want to spend BIG BUCKS on little itty-bitty dispensers! Thank you! Sigh. . .

Update from July 11, 2011: When I tried to find my double-faced tape elsewhere, I was told there was a Scotch tape gun, so I went looking for it. Michael's was selling it for $36.00 and it was HUGE and unwieldy in my hand. Needless to say, I did not buy it. Recently, I found a smaller version at Walmart, which is an improvement, however, we still have to refill them from the little plastic tape dispensers.  It also has a sliding yellow safety button on top  that works a cutting blade underneath. Those serrated teeth on most tape dispensers make good knuckle graters! LOL!
I really like the packaging from this new tape-runner too. *wink* I was able to glean some grey plaid tag board which will make an excellent Scottish card background and the clear packaging which I can cut down to use on a shaker card or to die cut  a small stencil!
 
 
 
 June 3, 2015 Update: I received a Michael's coupon in the mail and I went to use it before it expired. Guess what I found? My near-by Michael's is carrying both the dispenser tool above and the Scotch brand double side tape refills in the box!  YIPPEE!  I picked up a 2-box shrink-wrapped package for $7.99.  Michael's also carries the throw-away dispensers for $5.99 a piece, so I saved a little by buying the boxes.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Scrapbooks and Steampunk

Have you ever wondered who invented self-pasting scrapbooks? Well, wonder no more. They were invented by Mark Twain, the author of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and the Prince and the Pauper, among other books.
 
Mark Twain was tired of making scrapbooks with pots of glue, according the Mark Twain museum in Hannibal, Missouri. He pictured a scrapbook with glue already on the page, ready to moisten and use. He developed this idea and applied for a patent.
 
On June 24, 1873, he received his patent for "Improvement in Scrapbooks." He then took his idea to a firm that began producing "Mark Twain's Patent Self-Pasting Scrapbooks."
 
The scrapbooks were sold in more than 30 sizes and models, from pocket size to ones that would hold almost a half of a newspaper page. Specialist books were developed for druggists to hold prescriptions, as well as other organizations.
 
Of Mark Twain's three patents, this one made a profit. In 1877, about 25,000 scrapbooks sold.
 
Hannibal, MO. had their first Steampunk Festival last year and had more interest than expected with approximately 1000 people showing up.  This years festival will be September 5-7, 2015. I purchased my first piece of steampunk jewelry today in Hannibal's Historic Museum.
 
I've got my thinking cap on -- I want to challenge myself to come up with an ATC or pocket letter with an antebellum/Border War/Civil War images. Do I have any rubber stamps with images that will suit? Will have to dig in the ole craft barn collection. 
 
And, I've been collecting miniature items from thrift stores to make a fairy garden. I have quite a few images/ideas pinned to my miniature Pinterest board "Miniature Scenes." I think I've changed my mind about the fairy garden. I think I want to make a diorama instead with a large glass fish aquarium. In the Hannibal museum, they had 10 dioramas of scenes behind glass from Mark Twain's novel "Tom Sawyer" right in a row. Pretty cool if you ask me!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rainy Day Puzzle

 
 
Rainy Day Puzzle
By Dolores J. Rush.
 
Here's a little activity to keep your children busy on those days when they are bored and have nothing to do! Please supervise children when using the paper trimmers' cutting blade.
 
Supplies:
  • Daisy stamp #440D99 from Stampcraft
  • Dot Design #B2964 from Hero Arts
  • Dot stamp from Stamps by Judith
  • Outline stamp of Wildflower Duet #Z944E from Posh Impressions
  • Outline stamp of Flower Duet #4555S from Posh Impressions
  • Outline stamp of Rose Duet #4528S from Posh Impressions
  • Inks, markers from Stampin' Up!
  • Paper Trimmer with scoring & cutting blades from Fiskars
Instructions:

1. Insert scoring blade into paper trimmer. Score paper lengthwise at 2 1/2 inches across paper & then at 5 inches. Remove scoring blade, insert cutting blade and push paper to 7 1/2 inches and trim strip off.

2. Change back to scoring blade and turn paper 90 degrees. Insert paper into trimmer and score at 3 1/2 inches, then at 7 inches. Change blades and cut off at 10 1/2 inches. You have scored 9 ATC size rectangles.

3. Optional: at this time, you may turn sheet over and lightly pencil numbers in centers. Turn back over.

4. Ink up each stamp with black and center stamp evenly over score lines. Do not stamp off edges as they will be stamped later. Stamp randomly at least 3 times with each floral stamp, more if you have room. Ink up dot design stamp with two colored inks and stamp in centers of rectangles. Finish with Judith Dots in black.

5. Insert cardstock into trimmer and cut first scoring line on the right. Lift cut piece straight up off trimmer and lay to the left of cardstock. Slide uncut piece out and butt edges together. Stamp over cut edges, holding strips together, as you did over score lines.

6. Turn all pieces of cardstock to the right and repeat step five. You may color in flowers at this time.

7. Finish cutting out rectangles along score lines and mix up pieces. See if you can put the puzzle together without looking at your placement numbers. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Colleen B. Hubert Flour Sack poem

Verna sent me this poem today via email.
I wondered how many of the squares in my blog background
were flour or grain feed sacks.
 
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1930 Flour Sacks


 
BY COLLEEN B. HUBERT
 
 
IN THAT LONG AGO TIME WHEN THINGS WERE SAVED,
WHEN ROADS WERE GRAVELED AND BARRELS WERE STAVED,
WHEN WORN-OUT CLOTHING WAS USED AS RAGS,
AND THERE WERE NO PLASTIC WRAP OR BAGS,
AND THE WELL AND THE PUMP WERE WAY OUT BACK,
A VERSATILE ITEM WAS THE FLOUR SACK.
 
 
PILLSBURY'S BEST, MOTHER'S, AND GOLD MEDAL, TOO
STAMPED THEIR NAMES PROUDLY IN PURPLE AND BLUE.
THE STRING SEWN ON TOP WAS PULLED AND KEPT;
THE FLOUR EMPTIED AND SPILLS WERE SWEPT,
THE BAG WAS FOLDED AND STORED IN A SACK
THAT DURABLE, PRACTICAL FLOUR SACK.
 
 
THE SACK COULD BE FILLED WITH FEATHERS AND DOWN, FOR A PILLOW,
OR T'WOULD MAKE A NICE SLEEPING GOWN.
IT COULD CARRY A BOOK AND BE A SCHOOL BAG,
OR BECOME A MAIL SACK SLUNG OVER A NAG.
IT MADE A VERY CONVENIENT PACK,
tHAT ADAPTABLE, COTTON FLOUR SACK.
 
 
 
BLEACHED AND SEWN, IT WAS DUTIFULLY WORN
AS BIBS, DIAPERS, OR KERCHIEF ADORNED. 
IT WAS MADE INTO SKIRTS, BLOUSES AND SLIPS.
AND MOM BRAIDED RUGS FROM ONE HUNDRED STRIPS
SHE MADE RUFFLED CURTAINS FOR THE HOUSE OR SHACK,
FROM THAT HUMBLE BUT TREASURED FLOUR SACK!
 



AS A STRAINER FOR MILK OR APPLE JUICE,
TO WAVE MEN IN, IT WAS A VERY GOOD USE,
AS A SLING FOR A SPRAINED WRIST OR A BREAK,
TO HELP MOTHER ROLL UP A JELLY CAKE,
AS A WINDOW SHADE OR TO STUFF A CRACK,
WE USED A STURDY, COMMON FLOUR SACK!


AS DISH TOWELS, EMBROIDERED OR NOT,
THEY COVERED UP DOUGH, HELPED PASS PANS SO HOT,
TIED UP DISHES FOR NEIGHBORS IN NEED,
AND FOR MEN OUT IN THE FIELD TO SEED.
THEY DRIED DISHES FROM PAN, NOT RACK
THAT ABSORBENT, HANDY FLOUR SACK!


WE POLISHED AND CLEANED STOVE AND TABLE,
SCOURED AND SCRUBBED FROM CELLAR TO GABLE,
WE DUSTED THE BUREAU AND OAK BED POST,
MADE COSTUMES FOR OCTOBER (A SCARY GHOST)
AND A PARACHUTE FOR A CAT NAMED JACK.
FROM THAT LOWLY, USEFUL OLD FLOUR SACK!


SO NOW MY FRIENDS, WHEN THEY ASK YOU
AS CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS OFTEN DO,
"BEFORE PLASTIC WRAP, ELMERS GLUE
AND PAPER TOWELS, WHAT DID YOU DO?"
TELL THEM LOUDLY AND WITH PRIDE DON'T LACK,
"GRANDMOTHER HAD THAT WONDERFUL FLOUR SACK!"