Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WIP Wednesday-- Home From the Mission Trip

It was an awesome trip.  I'm writing posts on mylot about different parts of the trip.

While on the train and while at the mission I was able to do SOME work on the blue and brown yo-yo table runner.  I have 10 more yo-yo's to make to have enough to finish it.  I must get busy and stay busy on it!
So many other projects that I also want to do!


I will also share with you the photos that I have shared so far from the trip in my mylot posts:




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
Blue and Brown yo-yo table runner
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
T-shirt toothbrush rug

I link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Mission Trip to Immanuel Mission



Just a note to my readers that I will be gone on a mission trip.  We leave on the train early tomorrow (June 11th) about 2 am and will return about the same time on Saturday the 18th.
The we is myself, my grandson Allen and Hanna from our church.  We are traveling with a group from Emmanuel Lutheran.

We are going to Immanuel Mission in Arizona.  I have included a video at the top.  If you would like to see or learn more, please visit http://immanuelmission.org/

We will be building houses during the day.  The last we've heard we will be putting up sheet rock, mudding, and painting, and if time, we will even be digging a foundation for a new home.
During the evenings the youth will be hosting Bible school.

We will have very limited cell phone access if any at all while there as well as no internet.  It's going to be good for me to be away from technology and serving the Lord.

See you when I return with lots of pictures!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Online Earnings May 2016


I am up in earnings from what April was, and June will be interesting to add up since I will be gone on the mission trip with no mobile data or internet while I'm gone.  Yep, it's going to be interesting!

I'm still waiting payment on 3 of the 4 websites that I noted about in last months post.  It might just be a lost cause at this point and time to stop surfing those.    I will do some heavy thinking and soul searching while on the mission trip away from technology.

In May I was paid by:
Apptrailers-- $2.43 paypal
http://bit.ly/uWgfNi  (if you sign up, bonus code predictableuranus2 for bonus points)

zubeezone $3.10


swagbucks-- $25 amazon and $25 paypal
Join Swagbucks!
You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What's Online at Swagbucks.com


redstaghits-- $11.86 paypal


mylot--$1.82 paypal

magicaljourneydownlinebuilder--  $7.95 paypal


TESufSocial -- $14.71 paypal


squirlytraffic-- $5.37 paypal


postmanhits -- $9.45 paypal


redstagmailer-- $13.70 paypal


lucktastic -- $5 amazon


These come to a total of $125.39.  After subtracting $36.39 that I paid in upgrades my total comes to $89.00.

Can I top $89 in June even though I am gone for 8 days?  It's a personal challenge to myself to do so!

Until next month, Happy Earning!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Frugal Friday with Marsha --Gift Giving


It's that time of year--time for the birthdays of the grandchildren.  I thought it would be fun to share the gifts that I give them in my Frugal Friday posts.

First came Skyler's 13th birthday.  He's my step-grandson.  I was busy worrying about not having much for him.  All I had in my stash was a Star Wars spiral notebook that I had picked up at Walmart for 50 cents on clearance.
My daughter then suggested that I crochet him hacky sacks.  I would never have thought of that, but went right to finding a pattern online.

I used the pattern found here:  http://www.freshstitches.com/how-to-make-a-hacky-sack-crochet-easy/

I rounded up all of the materials to make them, which I had plenty of around the house.  I decided to make him 3 of them because not only does he like to hacky sack, he also likes to juggle.
He loved them.  His friend at his party thought they were cool.  And, they had a family hacky sack game after we went home.


Other than making gifts, a lot of my gifts come from items that I get in for review.  Some of those I do get in free, and some, like this game, I do pay a small amount for.   I chose to get Rooster Race because I knew Jacob would like it.  He's been playing card games with my mom most every evening.

A little review:  It's a really fun learning game. Each player gets 14 cards then one card is turned over in the center.   On your turn you guess if your card will be higher or lower than the card on top of the pile.  If you are right you get to take a cute little ear of corn from the center.  If you are wrong you have to give back an ear of corn.  The winner is the one with the most ears of corn once all 14 cards have been gone through.  He's had a lot of fun with it.


Another birthday coming up this weekend so I will have more gifts to show in next week's post.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WIP Wednesday -- Craft Room Disaster

Since I didn't post last week, I didn't want to miss this week even though it's a lot later in the day than I like to write my blog.  Last week I had a medical procedure and didn't feel like doing much.

As far as crafts go, I started crocheting the Princess Anna doll.  It's frustrating for me to work with something that small and black yarn, so that's not gone far enough to even think of taking a picture.
I made 3 hacky sacks for a birthday gift for my 13 yr old step grandson, but I think I want to share those in a whole other post.
If I worked on anything else, I don't remember!

I really want to get in to my craft room and get it cleaned up and organized.  I am posting these 4 before shots even though I know I won't take the time, or have the time, to start really working on the room until after my mission trip.

Don't fall over when you look at these pictures!!





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
Blue and Brown yo-yo table runner
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
T-shirt toothbrush rug

I am linking with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Uses For Newspapers Part 2


Continuing from part 1 last week, here are some more ways that I have used newspapers as well as ideas that I like, or plan to start using.


Housetraining a puppy or dog.  Actually this is something my mom has always done, laid down newspapers for her dogs in the house.  Her current dog is no different.  He does go outside, but also potties in the house.

Paper mache --  Lots of fun and messy things you can make as a family project.  Making pinatas is the most popular.  We've made large Easter eggs for decoration as well.  Simply mix flour and water into a thin mixture.  Dip the newspaper strips until they are soaked, form them around your creation (usually blown up balloons), and let it dry once done.  If you are making something around a balloon, use a pin to poke and pop the balloon inside once it's done.

Fire Starter-- Lots of times we have just used rolled up newspaper to get our camping fire started if there is no kindling around or if the wood is a little damp.  At one time we went all out making little stoves  with rolls of paper inside cans such as tuna cans, which were then coated in parafin.  Not newspaper related, but you can also use cardboard egg cartons, fill each egg hole with dryer lent, and then cover with parafin.  You then have small fire starters.



Try:
Messy dinner? Newspaper’s a classic tablecloth when boiled shrimp, lobster or watermelon’s on the menu.  We always lay out newspapers when we carve pumpkins, so I'm not sure why I've never thought of using it for other messy type foods.

Smelly fridge? Line a shelf with newspaper overnight. The newspaper will absorb the odours. A piece in the vegetable drawer will keep your produce dry.  Keep the refrigerator vegetable drawer dry and free of smells. Line the bottom with newspaper.  I didn't think of this either and we have one drawer in the fridge in particular that will now be lined with newspaper.  That's the drawer where we keep the fresh fruits and veggies.

Germinating seeds for your spring garden? Spread ‘em between damp sheets of newspaper.  In school we did this in damp paper towels.  It hadn't crossed my mind to try using wet newspapers.  I heard from a friend that we needed to germinate the seeds before we planted them in the little pots this year, and that was probably why we weren't successful.  Here's to next year and doing it right!


 Sources:
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/21-uses-for-newspaper-once-you-50121
http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/101-new-uses-for-everyday-things/10-new-uses-for-newspaper
http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper

This site has loads of art and craft ideas that involve both newspapers and magazines:  https://www.buzzfeed.com/chanelparks/awesome-magazine-newspaper-crafts?utm_term=.hx4EqVW5l#.deBza8MjL

Images courtesy of pixabay.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nickel and Dimed–Book Review



Full title is Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

ISBN 0-8050-6389-7
Published by Owl Books.

This is a book that had been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I'm glad that I got around to it. It's very eye opening, even for a person like myself that has always lived well below the poverty line. Read my full review below.


Barbara was taken to lunch by her publisher, where he told her the book he wanted her to write.
She was to go out and see if it was possible to live on just $6 or $7 an hour. This was the time of the welfare reform.
She spent 2 years doing her research and getting the book written….1999 and 2000.

Although the research was done that many years ago, this book is a must read to understand what goes on in the lives of those living in poverty.

Barbara was given around $1500 to start with for each place she went to. She traveled from Florida, to Maine, to Minnesota. She held jobs such as a waitress, nursing home aide, hotel maid and house cleaner and even a Walmart employee.
Each time though, she was unable to make it on the wages she was earning.
She was able to pay for deposit and 2 months rent with her upfront money, but it never failed that by at the end of those 2 months she had not been able to save up enough money to pay a 3rd months rent. Sometimes she had a really hard time even finding a place she could afford to get in to. She had to take very inadequate living circumstances.

She was doing this as a single person, not as a person with family and couldn’t do it! Along the way she talks with her co-workers and learn how they are making it (or not making it). Some live in their cars…some with relatives…some with a boyfriend or girlfriend……
They don’t have insurance. Their lunch consists of just a bag of Doritos.

My favorite section was when she worked for Merry Maids. She describes in detail the cleaning of the wealthy home owners. She also describes what she is doing in detail.  What got to her the most about the job was cleaning a home of her own and her appreciation of what she has.

Whether you are among the living poor, or you have plenty of money to live on, I highly recommend reading this book.
Even though this is a true stories book, it is very intriguing. You won’t want to put it down as you will want to find out where her travels and research take her next and just what goes on in her quest for survival.

There are also lots of statistics throughout the book. Although the statistics are from 1999 and 2000, I don’t think they will have changed much from then until now. The back of the book also includes a reading group guide.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Frugal Friday with Marsha -- Uses For Newspapers Part 1





Many Ways to Recycle Your Newspapers!
I guess I've had newspapers on my mind all day. First of all, I needed to renew my subscription. Secondly, I was reading a book on being self sufficient that mentioned using newspapers in your compost pile. Thirdly, I came home and started tearing some of my newspapers up. More on the 3rd one later in this post.

It made me think that there has to be so many ways to recycle newspaper other than just throwing them in your recycle bin. I've been doing some research and want to share my favorite ways.

Enjoy and I hope you learn some things and get inspired too!



Use Newspaper in place of cat litter.
When we had our cat declawed, we were told to use torn up newspaper in his litter box for 10 days (or buy the Yesterday’s News litter that they sell). I used the torn up newspapers. Once the 10 days was over though, we went back to the litter, both regular and scoopable.
A few months ago as a way to save money, I went back to tearing up the newspapers to use in place of litter. I remembered how well it worked when we had to use it before. I have plenty of newspapers laying around, that was for sure…..and I still do!

The newspapers soak up the urine very nicely and are a natural odor absorber as well. It’s super easy to clean the litter boxes too!



Wrap Tomatoes to Ripen Them
Summer before last the tomatoes really took off in our garden……but not until we were on top of frost. My husband got the advice from a farmer to wrap them individually in newspaper and put them in a box in a dark place. We did just that…wrapped each one individually, placed them in stacks of 3 in two boxes. we placed them in a dark room in the basement.
Each week we checked them, taking out the ones that had turned red and putting the green ones back in. Within 3 weeks all tomatoes had ripened and we were able to save over 6 lbs of tomatoes that we would have lost to frost otherwise!



Pack Breakables and Delicates
I’ve always used newspapers to wrap glassware and other breakables when packing them away.
I do recycle the wrapping from the previous year, and use new newspapers when I re-pack the items. An example is all the Christmas decorations that we just put away this week.
There is one things to make note of. When wrapping dishes for an extended time, they will pick up the newsprint and have to be washed well before using them to eat.



Clean Glass
This one has never made sense to me…how does newspaper clean glass without leaving newsprint? I still have no clue, but I do know it works! Over the years I have always used crumpled up newspaper to clean the glass on pictures hanging in my house.
When I worked at a motel as a housekeeper we used newspapers (and vinegar) to clean windows and mirrors.
Just use your normal glass cleaner with crumpled up newspaper. As I mentioned above you can use a mixture of half vinegar and half water. This is both natural and economical!



Kids Scoop Page
Our local newspapers offers a Kids Scoop page in each Monday’s newspaper.
This is a learning page. Even though it’s geared towards grade school children, I still had my teenager do them. They were put in her “away from home” school work folder. They give her a break from text books, are fun, and are educational.  Although she is grown up and we no longer homeschool, the grandchildren love these pages.  They are nice to keep in the folder in the van to help keep them busy on long rides or long waits in the van.

The Kids Scoop page sitting in front of me is about wants and needs. It starts off with a definition of both. It has pictures for the child to mark whether these items are a want or a need. Some of the pictures include socks, a comb, skateboard, television. One assignment on the page is to go through the newspapers and cut out pictures of things and then glue them in the wants, or the needs column.
Also included is a vocabulary builder, which is a different word each week. This week’s word is survive.
Puzzles are always part of the page including a word search, a word scramble, etc.



Weave Newspaper Strips Into Baskets
This is something I’ve not tried, but I am intrigued with the thought of giving it a try.
I want to try making the circular newspaper basket shown on this page: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-Basket

There are some who sell baskets made with newspapers on etsy.  Check out this page!  https://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?q=recycled+newspaper+baskets

Stay tuned next week as I will continue this post to part 2.

Images courtesy of pixabay.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stories of Courage and Faith by Isabella Augustus -- A Book Review



Stories of Courage and Faith is a sweet book.  It's written in poetic form to tell the stories of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and David and Goliath.  Yes, stories from the Bible.

The stories are from the Bible and stories that the children learn in Sunday school.  I love that they are in poetic form.  The grandchildren have loved me reading them out loud to them.  They pick up the book and read the stories for themselves.  They are fun to read in this form and the illustrations are a full page with each page of writing.

At our church, Sunday school is over for the season.  Unfortunately we don't have enough children in our congregation to have Sunday school in the summer.  I have gathered materials so that I can still work with them and read to them over the summer.  I am very pleased to add Stories of Faith and Courage to the line up!



About the author:

Isabella Augustus is a parent who aims to teach children valuable life lessons in fun, innovative ways.
You can visit her Outskirt Press page at:  http;//outskirtpress.com/courageandfaith

Faith and Courage go hand in hand and she teaches that in the moments when we require courage, we exercise our faith.  In the book she teaches children about courage and faith in a fun and unforgettable way.  She has written these stories in a fun and unforgettable way that the children will enjoy again and again and again.




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 does include affiliate links.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WIP Wednesday Projects

I spent most of the week working on the microwave hotpads for quilt guild.  Once done with the stack of 9 that you see in the picture for quilt guild, I cut the rest of my cotton batting to make sets for sale.
I only ended up having enough for 2 sets plus 1.  I will make that one for us at home.
I chose to put the green fabrics on the top of the pile so I can also post working with green for the soscrappy blog challenge too.



The ladies at church and I are working on this baby blanket for a church member.  Oopsey, had a mistake cut.  I have it at home with me to hopefully fix it.  We will then finish it up together by tieing it.  It's been a challenge and if I remember, I will take a picture of it to share when we get it finished.



I worked on the yo-yo's for quilt guild this past week and I'm almost done with the bags.  I'm taking the advice of a few gals and only doing 25 each of the other fabrics instead of 50 that I did in the sheer fabric.  I plan to finish these up this afternoon at my Needlers group.



So many projects that I want t work on and so little time.  I must get to crocheting the Princess Anna doll before my little granddaughters birthday gets here!  That is next on my list to work on and finish before working on anything else.

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
Blue and Brown yo-yo table runner
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
T-shirt toothbrush rug


I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays
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