Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WIP Wednesday -- All About the Yo-Yo's

It's been a yo-yo of a week, and not just with sewing.   Looking, I see that I've not even written  a blog post since last Wednesday!

Monday at quilt guild we had a sewing day to work on items that we will be putting in our boutique booth at the Common Threads quilt show in Wichita in June.  I worked on the yo-yo's that I hope to get done by then.
I divided them up by fabric type and then packaged materials to make bags of 50 of each of the 4 fabrics.  I have not long to get them done, so wish me luck.
This picture is the ones I currently have done:

Otherwise I am working daily when I can to make the brown and blue yo-yo's for a special order.  I have a long ways to go on these too as the table runner is to be 30 x 13 inches.

I have a quilt retreat this weekend.  I have several projects already packed in my van.  I seem to not be able to work strictly on one project until it's done, so every time there is a retreat, I always bounce between working on several projects at once.  I should have several pictures to share with you next week!

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug--plus more to sell
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
T-shirt toothbrush rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper

2016 Finishes:
Smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Hexagon flower table runner

I am linking up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday --Blue and Brown

Disgruntled as usual that I'm not getting in near the sewing/crafting time that I would like to have.  Such is life as I do have so many things online to do plus I do actually have a life away from the computer--yes, believe it or not!  LOL

I had a request this week for a yo-yo table runner made in blue and browns.  I've been trying to work on getting those yo-yo's made.  It is nice that I can work on them while clicking here on the computer.  I also took them with me when I took my daughter to the doctor.


Unfortunately, this is all I've worked on this week.  Well, that is after I finished the Queen Elsa crocheted doll for my previous review post.  I still need to get Princess Anna done before June.

Also unfortunately, I doubt I get any more orange done for the soscrappy blog challenge this month.

I'm not adding the blue and brown table runner to my UFO list since it's a request, but as you can see, my UFO list is not getting any shorter.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug--plus more to sell
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
T-shirt toothbrush rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper

2016 Finishes:
Smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Hexagon flower table runner

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Disney Frozen Crochet Kit--Review



This Disney Frozen Crochet kit includes everything you need to make Elsa and Anna.

Instructions are included to make 12 projects total:
Queen Elsa
Princess Anna
Kristoff
Prince Hans
Oaken
Young Elsa
Young Anna
Young Kristoff
Sven
Grand Pabbie
Olaf
Marshmallow



The instruction book tells you what is included in the kit, notes on tools and techniques, and 10 pages of crochet stitches and techniques.  Each stitch and technique has a nice illustration to go with it.
All instructions on making the dolls also has step by step illustrations as well.

I had to refer back often to the stitches and techniques as I've not crocheted much lately.  I was sure glad they were in the book, and with pictures!

Here is my Queen Elsa made from the kit.  This is the first time I've made something like this, and something this small.  It was fun.  I will be making Princess Anna next and both will be a birthday gift to my granddaughter, Zelda, when she turns 5 in June.


Fun Fun!!   If you crochet, and you have some little princesses in your own life, I highly recommend checking out this kit.    I know I will be buying more yarn as Zelda isn't the only Frozen fan in our family.  Shoot, my oldest daughter, and mother of 5 of my grandchildren, wants me to make her the Grand Pabbie.

Along with the Disney Frozen Crochet kit, I also received a Disney Princess Crochet Kit.  Watch for my review of that kit in the near future.




Disclosure:  I received the crochet kit in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Post does include affiliate links.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Frugal Friday With Marsha-- Week in Review


Last Friday afternoon I went to the Mennonite Relief Sale to visit the Quilters Corner booth.  I had specific items I was looking for and I found them.  I spent $9 for what I purchased to be used in specific projects: (the pillow panel was a free gift with my purchase)


A friend took me to lunch this week.  That was so nice.  The food was good, but the spending time visiting was even better.
It was sewing day at church this week too.  Sometimes we each bring a part of the meal and eat, sometimes we each bring our own.  This month we brought our own.  I was fortunate to not have to spend any money for lunch because my mom gets Friendship meals and some of the meals she won't, or can't eat.  I ended up with a nice chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, lettuce salad, and cranberry sauce.  (Yesterday I had another of the lunches that she couldn't eat)  Let's just say that food is good as so much of the time I just am so busy that food isn't my priority.

I was complaining to hubby about how I don't have enough windows to open for all of the things that I am doing to earn online.  I think he was joking when he told me to save my amazon to buy another tablet.  I took it to heart though and have made it my goal to save the amazon I earn until I can buy the tablet below:


I will leave you this week with a couple of deals you might want to check out:



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WIP Wednesday--Better Work Week

I still didn't manage to get back to the schedule I have made for myself, but I'm not going to stress over that.  I'm sure it's better if I work on what I feel motivated to work on anyway.

At sit n' sew Friday night I got all of these half square triangles done for the Arkansas Crossroads quilt.  I'm not sure these are enough for all of the blocks, but sure enough to keep me busy on making the total of 80 blocks.  I don't plan to work on these any more until the retreat at the end of the month.

I at least got out the orange hexagons for the color this month with the soscrappy blog challenge.  I still hope to get out the orange to make 4 patches with as well.

I have started working on the crochet kits that I received for review.  This is what I have done so far on the Queen Elsa doll.  I will write up the review once I have her done.  It's a challenge for me to work on crocheting something this small, but it's fun.

I worked more on the t-shirt toothbrush rug.  I only got it up to 28 inches and have run out of much of a variety of colors in t-shirt strips.  I didn't go ahead and finish it off, but will message the lady that had wanted it.  If she decides not to take it at this size, then it will soon be listed in my etsy shop.

I did make a few more yo-yo's for the quild's boutique at the Wichita quilt show in June.  I am carrying a work bag of those in my purse and worked on them during the guild's board meeting.  I wonder how many I will have done by June to bag up for them to try to sell.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug--plus more to sell
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
T-shirt toothbrush rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper

2016 Finishes:
Smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Hexagon flower table runner

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays
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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Frog That Lost His Croak by Anne Toole--Book Review



The Frog That Lost His Croak is such a cute book with vivid illustrations.

A little frog that loved to croak day and night, suddenly woke up one morning and his croak was gone.  While waiting and hoping for his croak to return, he learned some very valuable lessons along the way.

The book is geared towards  4 to 7 year olds, but the moral of the story is a good one for all ages---even adults.

Here is a picture of my almost 5 year old granddaughter, Zelda, enjoying the book:

The author, Anne Toole, graduated with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and taught 1st grade in Augusta, Georgia for 30 years.  She always enjoyed reading and writing poetry.   As a child she loved to listen to nursery rhymes and stories written in verse.  She used nursery rhymes and simple poems in her classroom to enhance the regular Language Arts curriculum.  After retiring, she started writing stories about children and animals, most of them in verse.

The Frog That Lost His Croak is written in verse with most every line rhyming.  I read the book out loud to both Zelda and her little brother, Killian, who is almost 3.  He really enjoyed the illustrations and I had to stop reading as he pointed to the pictures in the story as I was reading it--pointing to the snake, and the bees, and the ducks, etc.  It was so cute!

The book is 28 pages long and is sold though Amazon as well as Outskirts Press.  Maximum trade discount when ordering 10 or more copies through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Also available in ebook form.  You can also visit the author's page at Outskirts Press.



Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I was no compensated in any other way, and all opinions are my own.  Post does contain affiliate links.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Frugal Friday With Marsha--Week in Review


The days just fly by!  It's been a busy week as usual.  Of course, I would go stir crazy if I really had nothing to do.

I've been working more on the rug I wrote about in my WIP Wednesday post.  It's not going to get to 52 inches, but I am going to put these more strips in.  I will then contact the gal and see if she wants it the size it ends up.  If not, it will just go up for sale in my Etsy shop.

I was babysitting at my middle daughters last weekend and took this picture of her table and window of plants.  She is going to try to transplant today.  I gave up right away on my own garden.  I could give you 100 reasons why, but none of them are really good enough....although a lot of it is because my seeds didn't sprout at all.


I'm getting a little smarter.  I always get upset when I cant read at night when hubby is in the bed and I can't turn my light on.  I finally started opening up my Kindle app and reading books that way.   Right now I'm reading Pinch Like You Mean It 101 Ways to Save Right Now.
This one is FREE, so why not download it for yourself?  It's interesting and there are some good tips.  Most I already knew, some I hadn't thought of, and some that don't pertain to me at all, but still worth the read.



I received 2 items in (actually 3) this week for review that I will get written soon.  A children's book and 2 Disney Princess Crochet Kits.   I need to get pictures, and hopefully a start on one of the crochet kits.

I found a website that I hope to share with you in a post as well at a later date.  Just wish me luck there for now please.

Until next week, keep on saving!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WIP Wednesday --52 Inches

I received a message asking if I could make a rug 52 inches across.  I replied that I could.
Hhmmmm....what was I thinking??  Apparently I wasn't because I didn't wrap my mind around just how big a 52 inch across rug is!

I've worked on nothing else and here it is at just 24 of those 52 inches.


I am going to have to send a message to the gal and back out.  She offered me a price for it, which I thought I could do.  I'm seeing now that it may cost me pretty close to that for shipping alone.
I'm still going to work on this rug more until I get worked in the strips I have in front of me, then it will be listed in my etsy shop.

It's a new month, so I need to head over to the soscrappy blog and see what this month's color is.  Although I'm not linking up there, I am still adding her button to the bottom of this post.

I just got in 2 crochet kits for review, so it looks like crocheting is what I will be doing next before sewing....except for my sewing at sit n' sew this Friday.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug--plus more to sell
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
T-shirt toothbrush rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper

2016 Finishes:
Smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Hexagon flower table runner

I am linking up with the following blogs:
Brand New weekly linky by my friend Winona!  Please check it out.  **  http://adiyday.blogspot.com/2016/04/wip-wednesday-1.html  **


WIPs on Wednesdays
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Monday, April 4, 2016

March 2016 Online Earnings


Earnings are supposed to be getting better each month, but March was not good at all.  I report as monies are received, not just cashed out.
I do have 4 cash outs that should have been in, but still aren't.

In March I rec'd:

Swagbucks -- $25 paypal and $25 amazon
zubeezone -- $4.95 paypal
apptrailers -- $4.44 paypal (if you sign up, bonus code predictableuranus2 for bonus points)
redstaghits -- $24.59 paypal
clixsense -- $7.85 paypal
lucktastic -- $5 amazon
PerkTV - $5 amazon (if you join, please use my referral code-- 860efbf6 and get 50 bonus points)

This only comes to $101.33, and when you subtract the total of $34.57 that I paid out in site upgrades, it brings my total down to a sad $66.76 for the month.  I need this figure to be about 4 times that amount!

I am doing some things differently now such as getting ads out regularly in the mailers I am doing.
The other thing is that I must get to taking care of my crafts--making them, listing them for sale, and promoting them.

I sold a book last month in half.com and I sold some dishscrubbies in the online craft mall.  Both of those had expense for shipping, but I did not receive payment until this month.
I also sold a rug in my etsy store, however, a lot of my etsy listings re-listed so by the time I paid the shipping for the book and scrubbies, shipping on the rug, and the etsy fees, I only came how with a profit of $4.93 for the month.

Add the $4.93 to the $66.76 and my in pocket earnings for the month were $71.69.  Wish me luck for this figure to be a LOT better in April.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Frugal Friday with Marsha --More on Menu Planning


Last week I wrote about my daughter making up a menu plan, then shopping for all of the foods on the plan.
This week I went down and made a list of all the foods in the deep freeze and I meal planned from there.

Interestingly enough, this morning when I opened my kindle app to do some reading in one of the books I've shared with you before, I seen a title on the bottom row that interested me enough to click on it.  The ebook costs $2.99, but I downloaded the sample to read.

It's called Six Dollar Family and it's by Stacy Barr and is how she went from being a homeless mom with $6 in her pocket to where she is now.  
I want the whole book, but being my thrifty self, I don't like to spend more than 99 cents for an ebook.  I will highlight it at the bottom of this post for anyone interested.

In just the sample that I downloaded, she talks about the difference between a thrifty person and a frugal person, yes, including meal planning.  I want to share those 2 excerpts with you today:

"The thrifty person may know what tomorrow's dinner is, but they don't plan their meals or their grocery shopping.  Instead, they often wing it with boxed or packaged meals they picked up on sale, wander through the store buying "what looks good" and often give in to wasteful impulse buys."

"A frugal person menu plans regularly using what they already have in their home first and grocery shopping second.  They often cook meals from scratch and know the "true" cost of boxed meals doesn't always mean just a monetary value."

I fall in the frugal category here, and is exactly what I've done this week----and hope to continue to do. Once the stock of what we have on hand goes down, we can go from there, shopping the sales only on meats and other foods.  I just need to stick with it and give the grocery lists to my daughter.

Stacy Barr has a blog as well that I have checked out this morning.  I see so many posts I can't wait to read and I'm sure you will too.  Check it out!!  Six Dollar Family   From there you can also follow her on on the social media as well.

Here is the link to her book on amazon.  I encourage you, if nothing else to do as I did, and download the sample.  I'm getting a lot out of what I am reading.  So much, in fact, that I'm sure I will go ahead and buy the entire ebook.  On the amazon page where it says customers who bought this also bought these, I see 3 more ebooks right there that I want!



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