Friday, June 23, 2017

Frugal Friday with Marsha -- This Week's Deals

With a baby in the house I am glad that they continue to have these good coupons to print.  And, baby wipes are good for a whole lot more than just baby bottoms  :)

Save $0.50 any ONE (1) package of HUGGIES Wipes (56-167 ct.)

Save $2.00 ONE Luvs Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

Here are a few more coupons worth printing:

Save $1.00 on any One (1) International Delight Iced Coffee Half Gallon

Save $0.60 on any Two (2) Lipton Recipe Secrets

Save $0.50 when you buy ONE BOX any Chex™ cereal: Rice Chex™ ? Corn Chex™ ? Wheat Chex™ ? Honey Nut Chex™ ? Chocolate Chex™ ? ...

Save $0.50 when you buy ONE BOX Original Cheerios cereal (the one in the yellow box)

Save $1.50 on any ONE (1) Sun Clean & Fresh Laundry Detergent (250oz Liquid) (Available at Walmart)

Good deals, samples and freebies to check out:

American Flag Fidget Spinner $3.87 + Free 2 Day Shipping

Free Depend Sample Kits for Men & Women

Social Nature - Free Earthkind Stay Away Spiders

Free Chef’s Cut Real Steak Jerky at Kroger & Affiliates

5 Free Recyclebank Points

Free Peace Tea Stickers

Luvs Diapers at Walmart for $1.97 with Coupons  (be sure to print the $2 coupon aboveand join checkout51 below if not already a member!)

A few sweepstakes you might want to enter:  

Win 1 of 5 Wilton Cake Decorating Prize Packs

Win a George Forman Grill Every Week in 2017

Win an Intel Core i7 Processor-Based PC worth Over $2,000

Win 1 of 68 Libman Wonder Mops Instantly

Good Luck!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- #2 out of 17 is Almost Done

Let's start with the yo-yo's.  I did get a few more made and then a couple more rows sewn on to the first valance.

Last week I said I need to make 70 more half square triangles to finish the rows on the Arkansas Crossroads quilt.  That wasn't right.  I have 70 lined now for sewing, cutting, pressing and squaring up, but it's 140 that I need to finish the blocks.  I'm going to still try to work on these before the next sit n' sew, then in hopes of finishing the top at the retreat at the end of July.

I am so close to finally having the blank and white with a little red quilt done.  It's sure been a retreat project for way too many retreats.  I actually plan to finish it today!!  Excuse the bad lighting for the photos.  I can't think of anywhere else to hang for pictures except on the drapes.  The front and back are both finally done.

I actually did put another row on the green string blocks too but forgot to snap a picture.  Those surely will be done this week so I can move on the making blue ones.  I want to work on putting those together at the retreat at the end of July too.

I link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bring Out Your Imagination with Handmade Collage by Seiko Kato

Handmade Collage is by Seiko Kato and includes 15 designs to cut and assemble.

Seiko creates collages on a very impressive scale.  She is an avid collector or found objects with a particular inspiration in antique medical books, etched drawings and encyclopedias.

The projects in the book will inspire you to start your own collection of images.  Images that will allow you to take those smaller elements and make them into something larger and surreal.

The book starts with Techniques, Tools, and Materials.    I'm including links to some of the tools and materials at the end of this post as I found out just how much you really do need them.

The book starts simple with 4 piece designs.  The designs have step by step illustrated instructions as well as each element needed for the design.
The element page is cut from the book, then each piece individually cut out and then created.

When I first looked through Handmade Collage, I admit thinking to myself that these things were on the strange side.  However, once I got started, I realized they really weren't strange at all.  The word surreal describes them well.  I had a good feeling as I cut each piece and then put them all together.
I look forward to doing the other projects in the book!! (Once I get those tools)
I did the first 2 collages:

Each collage gets progressively more "difficult" with many elements to add.  The last project in the book is the Tropical Utopia.  Won't that one be fun?!

I want to mention that there are extras of the elements in the back of the book.  That way if you mess up cutting one out, there is a back up.  If you don't mess up, you could make a second one.  Or......maybe you would like to take those elements and create your own design with them.  

I know that just making the first 2 simple collages that I found myself with the desire to grab the pile of magazines and old books laying around and start finding things that I could cut out and make my own designs.   I felt inspired and it was a good feeling.

Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Post contains affiliate links.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Frugal Friday on Thursday

I have a bus trip tomorrow to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Show and the bus leaves at 6 am.  Yes, I could write this into draft to auto publish tomorrow, but I like things live  :)

A little about the trip because I feel that it's a frugal trip.  If you are going to take a trip, this is just about as frugal as you can get.  My quilt guild is paying for a good portion of the tour bus and each member paid just $15.   Then, the guild bought the entrance tickets to the quilt show in advance, so we paid $15 each for those, saving $2 at the door.

I've been using my PerkTV points to add money to the Perk Plastik card.  That will be the most of my spending money for the day.   I'm glad I thought of that!
I have cash also just in case some of the vendors don't take a Discover card (which is what the Perk Plastik is).   I reached payout with inboxdollars.  They pay by check.  I cashed the check and have that money for just in case.

If you aren't a member of Perk already, please check it out HERE.  Use my referral code 860efbf6  to receive a bonus for signing up.    Please note that Perk has tons of ways to do not need a smartphone as you can do a lot of earning right on your computer!!

InboxDollars is an earning site that's been around for a lot of years.  If you've not checked it out, you won't be sorry.  There are so many ways to earn from watching videos, doing searches, offers, printing coupons, surveys and more!  Payout is $30.  (I earn pretty quickly by running the InboxTV videos on my phone each day).

If you know me, you know that I also have my bag packed with snacks and drinks for the trip as well.  The last time I was on a bus from this tour company they offered wifi right on the bus.  Just in case, I am taking along just one of my tablets.  Of course I'm hoping for wifi as there is a promoslice that I really want to work on.  I am also taking along my box of hexagons to sew as well.

I'm not leaving today without sharing some sweepstakes for you to enter.  Good Luck!!

Win $10,000 Cash in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt Giveaway

Win a $1,295 Custom MSI Laptop with Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Art

Win a Speed Queen Washing Machine and Dryer

Win a Dooney & Bourke Purse

Win a Trip to the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WIP Wednesday --My Machine Was Out!

I actually had my machine out---twice this past week!

The first time was at the quilt shop for sit n' sew.  There I got the 5th of 10 rows added to my Arkansas Crossroads quilt.  Then I sat and figured out just how many more half square triangles that I need to complete the rest of the blocks.  I am a little sad that I still need to make 70 more.....I should grab those and start working on them once I get this post done.

The second time was here at home.
I worked on the space themed coasters and got another step closer to finishing the green string blocks.

My friend found a couple smaller pieces of black and white fabric in her stash and gave them to me.  I'm heading Friday to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Show so I knew I had to get the black and white with a little red quilt top out and see if what she gave me would be enough to finish the blocks.  I wanted to know as to know if I needed to be on the look out for more while at the show.
Yes!  I was able to finish the remaining 14 blocks.   Hoping to work more on this quilt over the next week.

And, last, but not least, I got more work done on the yo-yo projects.  I put a few more yo-yo's on to the first valance, but the lighting was so bad that I was having a terrible time working with the invisible thread.   I decided to get more yo-yo's made instead.  I still have quite the pile of fabric in my box to make in to yo-yo's.

If I can continue to have this much to show each week, I will feel like I am actually accomplishing something!  Wish me luck!

I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Don't Miss the Sweet Treat Team Challenge -- US

To help make your June a little sweeter, Swagbucks is holding a fun team challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the "Swag Wars" Team Challenge, begins Monday, June 12th at 8am PT.
Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting June 12th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 
Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before July 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 60 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 4th place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate, Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, June 16th and will expire on Friday, June 30th at 11:59pm PT.

I almost missed this and didn't want any of my readers to!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Drawing Calm -- Book Review

Drawing Calm:  Relax, Refresh, Refocus with 20 drawing, painting, and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet and More.

Written and illustrated by Susan Evenson with a foreword and commentary by Mary Rockwood Lane, R.N, M.S,N., PhD, Creative Healing Educator.

I find it relaxing just to look through the book.  Drawing Calm will teach you the importance of taking time away from your busy life and calm your brain with any of the workshops within the book.

After the Getting Started section, which includes setting up your workshop, tools and materials to gather, your soundtrack and the fine details, there are 8 chapters.

The chapters include:
Warm-Up Exercises
Maintaining the Calm

Throughout the book you will also find what they call Sidebars.   To me they are inspirations---the reasons these workshops are so important for you and your life.  They are written by Mary Rockwood Lane and include subjects such as Creative Repose, Concentration and Mindfulness, Communicate and Connect and more.

My daughter flipped through the book and seen that some of the workshops include using magazines.  Right away she said she wanted to work on those and start getting good use out of the magazines she has stacked up.
She liked the Catalog of Dots in the Maintaining the Calm chapter.

I see several workshops that I would like to give a try, but as a quilter, I was immediately drawn to the Doodle Quilt in the Rhythm chapter.

I am definitely adding this book into my craft/sewing room.  As I work to clean out and reorganize, I WILL be setting up a corner for my "drawing calm" work space!   I need these.

Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own.  Post contains affiliate links.
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