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Friday, October 24, 2014

Frugal Friday 10/24/14--Crafts as Gifts

This week I'm going to continue to share crocheted gifts that I have given.

I started crocheting these cotton washcloths/dishcloths several years ago.  They have been a common gift for the women over the years.

Last year I gave making crochet topped towels a try.  They came out really well.   I still have lots of towels since you only use half of the towel to make each one.  I wonder who would like another one this year?   I didn't have a pattern.  I just took the one that I own and made my best guess.

I had won this cookbook in a raffle at the grandkids' elementary school.  I knew I wanted to give it to my sister-in-law for Christmas.  That gave me the idea to also crochet her 2 of the double thick hotpads and then make her the matching coasters and cross magnet with plasttic canvas.
Not sure why I thought they needed to match the cookbook, but they did.

I'm going to go off the track of the crochet now and show you a latest project.  I was approached by the PR firm for and asked to make Trick-Or-Treat bags with some of their Halloween-Themed Bandanas
I did one post with the giveaway, but want you to be on the look out tomorrow when I will put up a tutorial with step-by-step pictures of how to make the bags.

These are gifts too.  A bag for each of my 9 grandchildren that live in town.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Writer's Unite 10/23/14

Good Thursday to all! 
I haven't caught up with my blog posts, but I did get my new Super Sunday Reviews series started.
I am adding a linky there each week as well for you to share reviews you've done in the past week.
I will share that post in the linky today.

I had some questions about what can be shared in this Thursday linky.  Share whatever you like!  It doesn't have to be something that you wrote this week.  It can be something you wrote last year, 10 years ago, or yesterday.  The choice is yours on what you would like others to take a look at.

Thanks goes out this week to Ruthi Cox for getting the word out about this weekly post.
You can find Ruth many places online including:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday 10/22/14

Somehow I'm not feeling as productive in the area of sewing this week.   I only have 2 pictures to show you this week.

Let's start off with my hexagons.  I'm working with brown, black and gray on the soscrappy challenge. (See button at the bottom of my post).
I stopped making them in to flowers because I needed to free up pins for other projects.  I did get all that I had papers pinned to put together.  Hopefully this week I will get at least a few of these made in to complete flowers.
Then I completed 4 more Charming Stars blocks for this month and the sewalong with Terry's Treasures. (See button to the right)
I have them hanging on the 'design wall' now.    I'm enjoying these blocks.   I already told the quilt shop owner that I intend to put the top completely together for this at the upcoming retreat November 7th and 8th.   It will be here soon and I'm so excited!
Wait!!  I did do more sewing than this.   I knew I had to have!    I finished up 7 more of the Halloween bags.   The giveaway for the bandanas is over, but I will soon be putting up a post with step by step instructions on making the trick-or-treat bags.

Here is my UFO list........ I was looking in my sewing room for one thing last night.  I was going through my too many to count bags that either have these UFO's in them, or projects that I've not started yet.  My mind was boggled.   It's not even been that long since I made up all of these bags of projects yet I still had forgotten about some of them.  I need to get busy and STAY busy.

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
40 Hot Pads (22 done)
Christmas bags (total of at least 25) (9 done)
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug

I am linking up with the following blogs:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Monday, October 20, 2014

All Business Monday---Online Craft Mall
This week I would like to introduce to you the Online Craft Mall at Under The Rainbow.

Under The Rainbow, Online Craft Mall is your source to buy and sell quality crafts!
It's a real craft mall for craft shopping, not just links to other sites.

Are you a crafter looking for an outlet to sell your wares? Do you enjoy buying hand made items?
If so, then the Under The Rainbow Online Craft Mall is for you!

I've been a member of the mall for 10 years now and have never been disappointed. You will NOT find a better deal on the internet.

Online Craft Mall with a LOW one time fee of only $10 to join!

Including myself, there are currently 23 crafters.
I have several of my crafts listed there and need to add more.

Marsha Cooper, Crafter     Gifts Galore and More, Owner
Hutchinson, KS     
I'm Marsha, a mom from Kansas. I have 4 children, with only one left at home. I have 10 grandchildren. I really enjoy my crafts and keeping my hands busy at all times. I've really been enjoying making upcycled, or recycled crafts and I've been learning more and more about quilting.

All handcrafted items in the online craft mall are handmade by individual crafters. Crafters join Under The Rainbow online craft mall as independent members and Under The Rainbow works directly with our members to fill your orders. Most members will even customize crafts for you!

Follow Under The Rainbow on facebook to see highlighted crafts and more.
You can also follow Under the Rainbow's pinterest boards as well.

Stay tuned next week for more information  :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Super Sunday Reviews--Learn To Sew with Lauren

When I received my copy Learn to Sew with Lauren in the mail I was ecstatic.
My 13 year old grandson has been asking me to teach him how to sew.
He was the first one to look through the book.

The full title is Learn to Sew with Lauren:  From first stitches to personalized projects.

It's not kidding.   The front 63 pages of the books is techniques starting with understanding and choosing fabrics and ending with setting in a sleeve.  In between you find things such as basic hand stitches, seams, hems, and a lot more.
Here are examples of some of the technique pages:

Pages 64 through 207 are projects.  They start with Beginners--easy peasy through Improvers--more tricky.
Here are a couple of pages from the projects:

The first project in the book is an Envelope Cushion Cover.   I've never made one before, so couldn't wait to give it a try.
The instructions were very easy to follow.  Each project shows plenty of illustrations to go with the instructions.
Here is my pillow cover.  I can't wait to make more now that I know how easy they are to make!

The front and back covers of the book contain paper patterns for the projects that need them:

I attend a sit n' sew at our local quilt shop once a month.  I took the book along this month to get feedback from the other ladies.   They were all impressed with it.  They did notice things that I didn't such as the wording telling that it's published in another country.  It actually is published in the UK.
One lady pointed out that all measurements are given in both metric and standard measurements.
They liked how the instructions were clear with plenty of illustrations.

About the author:
Lauren Guthrie was a finalist on the highly successful Great British Sewing Bee TV series.   A very enterprising twenty-something, Lauren initially trained as a physiotherapist, but gave that up to renovate a historic building in which she has just opened her own haberdashery, Guthrie & Ghani, in Birmingham, England.  Lauren runs extremely popular sewing classes and workshops, as well as a popular blog from her website with news, projects and tutorials.

Book info:
ISBN 978-1845339272
Hardcover, with 224 pages and 7 pull out patterns. 400 total illustrations.
Distributed by Hachette Book Group

Get your copy now on amazon :)

Disclaimer: I rec'd a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. Author and other information was also provided to me. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Introducing New Purex Crystals Aromatherapy (giveaway included)

Purex has done it again!  This time they are enticing us with a New Purex Crystals product.
It's Aromatherapy and it comes in 3 great scents......Energy, Well Being, and Serenity.

Express your mood with each unique aroma.
Each one has that energizing and long lasting scent infusion that we've come to love in the Crystals.
They are citrus and floral scents blended with essential oils.

Stimulate your life with the peaceful bliss and boundless spirit of each soothing aroma of the New Purex Crystals Aromatherapy.

I received the Well Being Scent.

Just pour a capful into your laundry and enjoy.

I hang my clothes on the line to dry.  It was as they claim..peaceful and blissful to take the clothes off the line and have the scent wafting in the air.

I gave my grandson his washed socks, smelling them the whole time I was bringing them to him.  Aahhh   such a fresh scent.
My husband came in dressed for work and in wafted that wonderful aroma.

Three (3) lucky Marsha's Spot readers will each win a free coupon to have the chance to try the New Purex Crystals Aromatherapy for themselves.  Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.

Disclaimer:  The Purex brand provided me with a bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for this review.  They also provided me with the coupons to send to the winners.  However, all opinions are my own.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Frugal Friday with Marsha 10/17/14 More Crafts as Gifts

This is fun, and motivating.
If you've been following me for very long then you remember it was the either 2011 or 2012 when I added the page here on my blog with the ongoing linky for handmade type link ups.  Boy does time fly.  When I added it, it was for inspiration and motivation because I had hoped to have an all hamdmade Christmas that year.  Since then I had decided to always keep the linky open.

Here are some more of the things that I have made over the years and have given as gifts.

My husbands nephew was a big My Little Pony fan so my daughter had me crochet him this My Little Pony for Christmas.   I never have been one to crochet many stuffed animals, so this was a little challenging for me, but he loved it.

Staying along the lines of crochet, I made this cute little bee for my granddaughter, Willo for her birthday one year.  I think it was a free pattern that I had picked up at Walmart.
Speaking of frugal, nothing beats free.  Be sure to look for the free patterns hanging around in the craft areas of any store.

Here we have a crocheted Minni Mouse hat that I made for Zelda when she was a newborn.  Unfortunately, it barely fit her when she was born.  It was so darn cute though!

I got on a hair tie kick for awhile.  Gosh, I made these for everyone, and I mean everyone....well, ok, just the females.  I made so many that I donated a bunch of them to different charities at Christmas time too.   I didn't have a pattern, just kept crocheting around until they were the size that I wanted.

I actually have bee asked to crochet some little dolls from a book......I wonder what I did with those patterns.....hhhmmm.  I just ran across them the other day, but of course I don't know where I put them now.  If I find them I will share the book with you in another post.

For now, how about some of the supplies you will need for crocheting?

Don't forget to share any type of frugal related post you have put up this past week :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Writer's Unite 10/16/14

I think it's been a good writing week for me.   I still have a few posts to get up to get caught up on my reviews, plus series that I hope to get started, but I feel like I am getting there.
I put up 2 giveaways this week, those I will share in this week's linky.

There's been a lot of negativity surrounding the changes on bubblews.  I am sticking around.
I have always wondered just how they could possibly be getting in enough revenue to pay us a penny for each view, like, and comment since I started writing there back in April of 2013.
I feel very blessed that they paid that much for so long!   Even with a drop in what we earn, it will still be the highest earning website that I do.
There is my little take on it.

I have some decisions to make on the jobs that I am currently doing outside of the home.  I am in hopes of seeing more earnings from the computer so that I can pass those jobs on to someone else and relieve myself of so much stress.   I guess wish my luck with my endeavors.

I really look forward to you sharing some of what you have written over this past week!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Bandana Fun from wholesaleforeveryone! Giveaway included! has a great variety of Halloween-Themed Bandanas to choose from.

How fun!

Here is an excellent DIY craft for Halloween with the Halloween bandanas.....make your own Trick-Or-Treat bags. 

Each bags uses 2 bandanas and they are easy to make.  Very economical, and can be used from year to year.
Be sure to check out the Halloween-Themed Bandanas as most all of them are on sale for just $10 a dozen, so less than $1 each.

I have 10 grandchildren who are going to love using these bags, not only this Halloween, but also Halloweens for years to come as well.

The directions for creating the Halloween Bandana Tote are here. offers many prints and plain colors of bandanas, but they also offer back packs, doo rags, flags, and more.  Be sure to check them out.

Wholesaleforeveryone has graciously offered a prize package of 2 dozen Halloween bandanas to one lucky Marsha's Spot reader.
Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.

Disclaimer:  I was supplied with 2 dozen Halloween bandanas by wholesaleforeveryone for the purpose of making the trick-or-treat bags and writing this post.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are my own.


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WIP Wednesday 10/15/14

I've still been in my sewing groove this week.  I didn't finish a thing, but at least I am working  LOL

Let's start with my 'design wall'.  I went and bought a vinyl tablecloth.  I didn't realize that the backing isn't the same as it used to be.  It's not working as well as I would like, but will work until I can get something different.
On my wall is my progress with the Charming Stars quilt with Terry's Treasures sewalong. (see button to the right)
Friday was sit n' sew at the local quilt shop.  I worked on making the lined Christmas bags that I am making for gifts this year.   I completed 7, so just 18 more to go.
I had hoped to finish the hot pads.   I did work on them and really hope to finish them this week.
Well, I took a picture, but apparently I didn't save it with a name before deleting.   I would take another picture but my camera is broken so it's hard to get the memory card in and out.

so...moving on...  I have a book to get a review done on.   I made the first project in the book, which is an envelope style pillow cover.  This is the first time I've made one and now I'm wondering why!

Just FYI  this is the book.  I will be getting the full review of it done soon.

I've been working on the brown, black, and gray hexagons for the soscrappy color challenge.  (See button at the bottom of my post)

Finally, yesterday was our monthly sewing club meeting at church where we sew for charity.
I actually ended up having enough time to sew the rows together after I took the picture.  Now the other ladies will sandwich and finish it when they have time.

Now for that UFO list.
 Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
40 Hot Pads (22 done)
Christmas bags (total of at least 25) (9 done)
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug

I am linking up with the following blogs:
 WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
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