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Friday, December 19, 2014

Frugal Friday With Marsha---Christmas is Almost Here

I have spent a lot of time this morning again trying to get pictures that I want off of this disc.  I thought it was my reader, but when I put in other discs they read fine.  Sigh....  I can't share more crafts that I have made as gifts.

Let's talk about some of the deals that I've gotten lately towards this Christmas.
I have been following the hashtags over on TSU of freebies, coupons, Target, Walgreens, etc.
I love it there and so many share the deals in posts!
(p.s.  If you haven't joined TSU yet and would like to, my link is  It's like facebook only ad revenue is shared with the members.)

I was able to get 2 movies at Target for $4 each---Rio 2 Sing a Long DVD and the Home Alone Movie pack for $3.99 and $4 between the sale, $5 printed coupons, and an additional 10% off using Cartwheel.  Plus I printed the 2 coupons from swagbucks so will earn 20 points (20 cents) there for printing and using them.

As I showed you last week, my grown children pretty well expect a health and beauty box from me each year.  This year I don't have as much because I dwindled down to nothing with my coupon shopping.   However, Target has a deal to buy 4 products and get back a $5 Target card.  I had coupons for each of the 4 items as well.  So, I was able to get a couple body washes, and a hairspray for gifts.

I also did another Target deal--buy 2 razors and get a $5 Target card, which I also had a printed out coupon, again from swagbucks, for buy 1 package get one free.  The razors were $9.99 per package meaning I paid that for 2 packages and then got the Target gift card to spend on something else.  So, 2 are getting razors.

Target had the Purell small hand sanitizers buy 3 get 1 free, and I also had coupons.  I did that deal twice, so 8 people are getting those in their Christmas bags.

Can you tell that I love Target????   I earn Target cards through the shopkick app, the PerkTV app, and through swagbucks as well as the ones I am getting for purchases.  Target is providing a whole lot of my Christmas this year.

I think that is enough of my deals for this week as my post is getting really long.
How is Christmas shaping up for you?  What deals are you finding?

I look forward to any posts you would like to share in the linky (and they don't have to be shopping posts--any frugal related post will do)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Writer's Unite-- 12/18/14

How is everyone doing this Thursday, just a week before Christmas day? 
The business of holiday preparation has affected my writing this week for sure.   Sunday I thought about my weekly review post---got busy wrapping gifts and didn't think about it again until almost midnight.   Monday morning was a Christmas party with my quilt guild and then work.  Again it was midnight before I realized I hadn't done a post.
For the record, I won't be doing this post next week on Christmas day.

I am still wanting to come up with some regular posts for Saturday and Tuesday.  Probably not posts with linky's like most of my other regular posting.  I have an idea for Saturday--Super Saver Saturday.  Or actually, just post deals that day, doesn't have to have a title except what the deal is.

This week I'm going to choose to share 2 of my recent bubblews posts.    I look forward to what you choose to share!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday 12/17/14

I feel like I've had a pretty productive week of sewing.

I've continued to work on the hand quilting on the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quilt.  I still hope to finish it before Christmas although I'm not sure who will get it.   I am taking it this afternoon to Needlers group at the quilt shop to work on.

I took my 13 year old grandson to a Mom and Me Apron sewing class at the quilt shop on Saturday.  It was an all day class and we had a blast.  Right away I thought I would like to make an apron for my son for Christmas since I was short a gift for him.   I have found something else now.  I will plan the apron for his birthday instead.    I only have a picture of me in my apron because my camera decided to die.  By the time I got out a different camera to use my daughter had 'claimed' the apron my grandson made and had taken it home with her.

I took an evening to work on my fractured pineapple blocks.  I hope to do this at least once a week, but won't again now until after Christmas.    I decided instead of making one at  a time I would work on my remaining 15 all at once.  So, that pile of papers each has 5 of the 29 pieces done.   I purchased black fabric as I will use that as my sashing and binding.   I plan to put it together in quilt as you go.

I ended up adding another project to my list.    I was looking through a box of fabric that my mom's friend had given me awhile back.  I was looking for fabrics that might be 'manly' to make that apron for my son.  Instead I seen Elvis fabric!  My mom loves Elvis so I decided to make a lap quilt for her.  In the box was also the fabric with the records printed on it.  I hope to get it sandwiched and pinned today.  The picture isn't complete as I did put a border on it last night after taking the picture.

Now let's talk UFO's.  They remain the same and I didn't add the Elvis quilt to my list.  I wonder if I can still finish anything on this list before the end of the year?


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quilt

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

Friday, December 12, 2014

Frugal Friday With Marsha ---A Frugal Christmas

My computer is still not reading my picture disc for some reason.  The disc has pictures of crafts that I've made as gifts that I hadn't gotten around to building into a lenses.   Since I can't access those pictures, this week I am going to share blog posts from a few years back instead.
I did a series of posts on my frugal Christmas that year.   Each picture will be clickable to the actual blog post if you are interested in checking the full post out.  Each post will talk of costs and such.

Steak boxes filled with art supplies for each grandchild.  The supplies were all bought before school started when they have the 5, 10 and 25 cent sales!
My Frugal Christmas Part 1

Health and Beauty boxes for my adult children and their significant others.   Of course everything in the boxes was bought throughout the year for a little bit of nothing with sales and coupons.
My Frugal Christmas Part 2

Fabric bags made a filled.  Breakdown of what is in each bag and the costs are in the post.  I did buy the fabrics for the bags at Walmart, but each bag only took half of a yard to make.
My Frigal Christmas Part 3

Hot pads made with scraps of fabric leftover from making quilts.
My Frugal Christmas Part 4

And last, but not least, Christmas baking.   Holiday baking isn't always frugal....or cheap.  I make boxes for lots of people and families.  You might want to click over and see just how I made that year possible!
My Frugal Christmas Part 5

  I hope you have enjoyed the frugal Christmas tour.  This, is typical of my Christmas every year.  This particular year I just got motivated and shared!
I look forward to what you will share this week.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Writer's Unite 12/11/14

It's Thursday again, and time to share some of the things you've been writing.  Actually, what you share doesn't have to be something you have recently written.  If you want to share older content, please do so!  In fact, I'm going to share 1 of my older blog posts today and one of my older bubblews posts.

This year is coming to an end. I'm already making goals for my writing next year.  In fact, I just got out a notebook to be specifically for taking writing notes.  Notes of what I am writing, what I am updating, what I am sharing where.  This will keep my mind clearer on where I'm at.

I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday 12/10/14

I have been busy sewing this week as much as I could.  However, I still have gifts to get made too.
I think for the new year I will plan to take one project bag off the wall and try to exclusively work on that project until it's done, then move to the next. 
I know what you are thinking---yeah right!  LOL
That would be, of course, outside of handwork such as making rugs, hexagons, yo-yo's and such.

This week I got more work done on all of the doll bedding sets that I am making:
I worked on, an finished the rest of the 4 patches for quilt tops for charity at sewing club at church:

I got out the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quilt and got it sandwiched.  I tied the corners of the pictures.  I am currently working on hand quilting designs in between each picture and around the edges:
And....I completed the 40 five and dime blocks and have them on my design wall:

I told you that I've been busy!

Here is my UFO list, which should be where I start one by one after Christmas to complete.

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quilt

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

Monday, December 8, 2014

All Business

I'm sure that most of you are familiar with  It's an ebay company and a website where you can sell books,textbooks,movies, music, and games. 

I currently have 88 books in my store.

I enjoy  It's easy to list there.  You simply put in the ISBN or UPC number and it will take you to the item.  You choose the condition, make some comments about it and add a short description.  They even give you a suggested selling price (which I always go under).

Not all books and such are on the website though.  If something you want to list isn't on the site, you can fill out a form asking them to add it.  I've actually done that several times but haven't gone back to check it if was added or not.

The one thing that I don't like about is that when you sell a book, you have to print your shipping right away from paypal.  That part would be fine with me, except they don't pay you with paypal.  They pay you through your checking account and they pay out on the 1st and the 15th of the month.  If I don't have enough in my paypal when an order comes in, this puts me into a little bind.

I used to list at least one new book each week, and I also always sold at least 2 books a month.  I've not been listing lately because....well....I've not been reading like I should!  I also haven't hit any garage sales this past season either.   I plan to work on this in 2015!

Here are just a few of the 88 books you will find in my shop:

Each of those will open a new window to my shop, but you will also find it HERE.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Super Sunday Reviews--Let's Create with Play-Doh

What child does not love Play-Doh? I know that all of my children have loved it as well as all of my grandchildren!
The Play-Doh Let’s Create series is geared towards pre-schoolers for imaginative and creative learning!

I couldn’t wait to show the books to my 2 year old granddaughter, Zelda. Daddy had given her a Play-Doh set for her 2nd birthday and she was excited.
She wanted to get her “doh-doh” out every morning and play with it all day long! Mommy had a hard time getting her to do anything else.

They came to visit us for the day and I couldn’t wait to see Zelda’s reaction to the Play-Doh Let’s Create Books. I chose to have her do the Shapes one pictured here. I also let her take it home with her.

Each book includes an 11 page board book story inside. It also contains 4-1 oz. cans of Play-Doh, shape cutters, a plastic 2-sided play mat, a plastic knife and a roller.

The play mat does have 2 printed sides. One is a story type print, including the shapes. The other side is all about the shapes, and items that are of each shape.

You will see from my video below that this was really a hit! Mommy said she played and played with it at home……that is until she got all of the colors mixed up and they eventually dried.

Never fear little miss Zelda…..Grandma Marsha is buying you tubs of Play-Doh as part of your Christmas. I can’t wait to see her face light up all over again.

Below is a picture of both books that I received. I want to add that I rec'd these over a year ago. The grands still get them out on a regular basis. Even the older ones have a blast with them! Of course I've had to replace the Play-doh on a regular basis.
I can honestly say that if you have a young child I highly recommend these for both learning and fun!

Disclaimer: These book were rec'd for the purpose of review. I was not compensated in any other way. This post does include affiliate links.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Frugal Friday With Marsha 12/5/14 Crafts as Gifts

Christmas is literally right around the corner now.   I have tons of things that I would have like to have made for gifts.  Maybe 2015 will be the year that I actually start working on gifts in January?
I have enough past gifts that I have made to take me until Christmas so that I can share the ones from this year, AFTER Christmas.

Corduroy Teddy Bear Blanket that I made for Killian at his birth.   It's actually not finished in this picture, but I don't seem to have a picture in my computer of it after it was finished!

In 2010 I gave Ariel, Willo, and Araya bags for their birthdays.  The intention was to fill them with things to keep them busy and hopefully quiet during church.  I made each bag from a pillowcase I had bought at a yard sale for .25 each.   The items inside each bag I won with points on Listia.

A quilt for Zelda.  She wasn't born yet when I made quilts for the grandkids.  Just as the quilt above for Killian. (I do still have one grandson that I've not made a quilt for so need to work on that for his birthday in 2015!)

I am having trouble accessing pictures from my disc so that's going to be it for this week.  Please wish me luck on getting my disc to has lots of pictures on it that I don't want to lose! 

I look forward to the frugal posts that you link up this week.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Writer's Unite 12/4/14

I missed writing this post last week, even though it was Thanksgiving.  I felt like something was missing in my Thursday.   I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  We did.  We first ate with my husbands mom at the home and then we traveled to the little town close by where my middle daughter lives and 24 us gathered there to celebrate the day of thanks.

I'm in a scramble for Christmas now.  I do this every year....I guess I'm beyond changing it.  Working on gifts for my family, but also in my writing life as well.  So much to do, and so little time!  It's truly the busiest time of the year for me.

How is your holiday and your writing coming along?

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