Day 106 Giving back

Today’s item is a great example of giving back. My mother-in-law gave me this bead spinner because she knows I do a lot of beading and she thought I would find it useful. I think she may have purchased it at a garage sale or the like especially for me.

It seemed like a great little gadget and I was most appreciative of her kind gesture.  Unfortunately after experimenting with it a number of time I found it did not live up to the expectations I had of it to make threading beads quicker and easier.

This item could then have easily been relegated to the “well I can’t get rid of it because my mother-in-law gave it to me” status but I decided that since my mother-in-law is a reasonable person I would just tell her that I hadn’t found it all that useful and ask if she would like me to return it to her.

She was very accepting of the situation and said she would be happy to have it back as she could sell it at her stall at the next doll enthusiast show. Everyone was happy.

Now that wasn’t so hard and it just goes to prove that if you have a good relationship with a person trivial little matters like this will not spoil your rapport with each other.

Thanks Barb, if you are reading this, it’s good to know that after 23+ years we still get on as well as ever.


Bead Spinner

Colleen’s Helpful Hint of the Day

To get pen marks out of clothing. Spray with hairspray before putting the the wash.

(Always test fabric in inconspicuous place before using this method)

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Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. thanks for the kind words how come i never got the scrapbooking magazines ddont forget me next time

    • Hi Barb,
      I meant every word and it is good to know that you are reading my blog. I hope that means you are furiously decluttering otherwise you are going to have to out live me.