Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WIP Wednesday--Finally Back to Sewing!

I know it's been a long time since I've done a WIP post.  It's been a long time since I've actually done any crafts/sewing/quilting.  All I've worked on basically in the past couple of months is the yo-yo table runner.  By now, I'm sure the gal who ordered it won't still want it, but I truck along when the mood strikes to work on it--or I go to a sewing group to work on it.
I still have 50 more yo-yo's to put on before it's finished!

For sewing club at church I actually finally got around to working on the baby blanket quilt.  I won't pick it up again until next months meeting, but I will also finish it then.


I bought myself a Five and Dime ruler through amazon.  Once it came in I couldn't wait to use it.  I already had my stack of items for the quilt.
Here is what I have so far--the stack of 10 inch squares with the 5 inch pinned in the middle.  IN the meantime I also came up with a nice rainbow stack of 5 inch squares and some leftover 10 inch squares from the pile of fabrics that I pressed and cut.



I have a quilt retreat this weekend with our quilt guild.  I am so pumped about it!   I have several projects packed to work on---none of which are the ones in this post.  Oh how I wish it was Friday!

Here is my current UFO list, although I don't know the name of the pattern I've chosen to use with the five and dime squares.

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
Crazy colored quilt with the five and dime blocks


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

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Paintly Days Patterns Coloring Book for Watercolors!



We all know how popular the adult coloring books are.  They are fun and a great way to de-stress.

Author and Artist Kristy Rice has put together a series of 3 coloring books for watercolor!  If painting is your passion, these books are perfect!

The pages are thick watercolor paper.  They are double sided so you can practice on one side and then paint on the other side for keeps.  There is no bleedthrough.
The front and back covers pull out and have tutorials, art supply suggestions, a color wheel, and artistic inspiration.
It has easy tear out pages and they are the perfect size for framing.
The outlines disappear as you paint.

Here is an example of 2 designs in the book:

Here are 2 more pages from the book.  There are several that have quotes or sayings.  These would be awesome to print and frame.


More about the author:
Kristy Rice started her love of art at the age of 5.  She would get under her covers with a flashlight and make art literally day and night.
For the last 14 years her personal obsession has evolved into an innovative brand named Momental Designs.
She has transformed event stationery worldwide.  Notable celebrities such as Jessica Simpon, Katy Perry, Sean Parker, and Alexis Bledel have used her work.
Kristy's work has been credited in People Magazine, OK! Magazine, Good Morning America, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart Weddings, and others.
Her artwork has also graced the products of well known paper brands like Envelopments and Papyrus.  Even TJ Maxx and Target offer products featuring her unmistakable artwork.

You can follow Kristy on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/momental/  or https://www.instagram.com/kristythepainter/

You will find her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/painterlydays


Here are all 3 books in the series:




Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of Patterns in exchange for this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

Friday, July 1, 2016

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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.

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