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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WIP Wednesday 3/4/15

I actually got my sewing machine out this week.  Yay me!

I finished sewing up these 9 lined bags that I had kitted up for months.  So far 2 of them are listed for sale in my Etsy shop

I finishing sewing the blocks together for my five and dime quilt.

I worked on the pink hexagon table topper.  I had hoped to have the last round on and working on hand quilting it by now, but such is life.

Yellow is my favorite color and it's also the color for March with the SoScrappy blog.   How can I resist not trying to do something with yellow?  The problem is that I don't know what!   This is all of the yellow I found in my scraps, so I have some decisions to make on what I will make with it.


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
5 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Blue hexagon table topper
Pink hexagon table topper

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

All Lovely Things -- A Field Journal That's a Pinterest for Your Inner Soul

Released today, March 3, 2015, ALL LOVELY THINGS: A Field Journal for The Objects That Define Us is by artist Lea Redmond.
It's an illustrated guide that asks you to do just that; get to know yourself better through the objects that are the inanimate companions in your life.

It works as a "Pinterest for the inner soul". ALL LOVELY THINGS is filled with illustrated prompts and the space for you to examine what the items in our lives really say about who you are. Maybe it's a sweater from your date. Maybe it's a favorite kitchen item, or an old toy.

This one-of-a-kind book will prompt you to draw portraits of yourself or people who you know, admire, or imagine. It will prompt you to connect specific objects to important people in your life. It will prompt you to create sketches, collages, or descriptions of the key items in your life, and how they contributed to who you have become.

Every Spring you are surrounded by message to clear out the clutter in your life and move forward. It's supposed to be a time of discarding what no longer serves you, bidding good riddance to the physical stuff in your home and life that weigh you down.
But....what if before you throw those items out, you take some time to remember what they have done for you?
What if.....creativity can come from those objects that mean the most to you?
What can better know yourself and those you love through creating art of the the things you love?
What if.....there is serenity to be found in your stuff?

In your hands, ALL LOVELY THINGS becomes an engaging celebration of how you collect the things in your world and how, in turn, they make you who you are.

The book is 203 pages including 13 pages of introduction on using the book as well as 14 pages in the back of the book for more ideas and story archives.
26 pages throughout the book are illustrated prompt pages. The rest of the pages are for your life story.

Author Lea Redmond is a maker. She crafts objects, ideas, and activities. Leafcutter Designs, her creative studio in Berkley, California seeks to create a more playful, peaceful world by offering curious goods, surprising services, ad participatory projects.
You can connect with Lea at

Disclaimer: I rec'd a copy of this book along with promotional materials for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own. Post does contain affiliate links.

Monday, March 2, 2015

All Business Monday -- February Online Earnings

Good morning on this first Monday of March!

I've added up my online earnings for February to share with you today.  

PerkTv -- $20 in gift cards (amazon, Target, and Walmart) (If you sign up, use code 860efbf6 for bonus points)

Swagbucks -- $50 in gift cards (amazon, Target, and Walmart) (if yo sign up use the code HIP70 on the sign up page for bonus points)

Pinecone Research -- $6 paypal

apptrailers -- $4.77 paypal (if you sign up, bonus code predictableuranus2 for bonus points)

bubblews -- $48.29 paypal

hausernet -- $15.75 paypal

shopkick -- $4 Target gift cards

Walmart Savings Catcher -- $3.84 to my Bluebird card

neobux -- $8.82 paypal

chatabout -- $5 paypal

checkpoints -- $2 amazon (if you sign up, use code marsha32 for bonus points)

zig marketing -- $25 check

This comes to a total of $188.47.   
I need my monthly total to far surpass what I am earning right now.  Several of the sites and apps on my list I could have, and should have done better on.  I am working hard to keep organized and establish earning routines!    What will March bring?  I can't wait to find out and share it with you!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Super Sunday Reviews -- Thinking Anew

Thinking Anew Harnessing the Power of Belief by Eugene F. Moynihan, Jr. and Richard F. Quis is one of the best things that's happened to me in a long time.
This book is 200 pages of awesomeness.
Ok, there are only 36 pages of total reading, including the 2 author pages in the back of the book, but those pages are mighty powerful.

In Thinking Anew, the authors teach you to think anew, change your life for the positive by not only positive thinking, but writing those positives out as well.
The rest of the book are notebook pages just like a composition notebook would have. They do have the words Thinking Anew at the top of each page.

This book has made such a difference in my life in only a short time. I've always been a positive person, but recently that's become harder for me.
It's pretty awesome the way they have the book set up too. I love that you have your pages for writing right there with the book, and plenty of them as well.
I started writing February 20th. Several times already I have gone back to specific sections of the "instructions" to renew my mind of what I am doing this for.

Eight pages of the 36 are writing prompts to get you started and keep you going. You don't have to only use those as you will think of your own the more you write. I have truly appreciated the prompts.
I also like the suggestion in the book that if you have a picture of something you are writing about, then glue that in to the notebook as well. This makes it like a vision board in a way, although it's already a vision by seeing what you are writing. As of yet I've not done that, but I sure plan to!

I highly recommend this book to everyone, no matter where you are in your life!

These excerpts from some of the information that they sent me with the book will help you understand it more:

"Some people feel like they've totally lost control of their mind and body. They are addicted to drugs, alcohol or food, or operate entirely at other people's bidding. Many feel they've hit a brick wall trying to change their lifestyle. Some people are frustrated that no one finds them attractive or enjoyable to be with anymore. Others are so frustrated by life they feel that nothing they want is attainable.

If you feel like you on cruise control to nowhere is there any way for you to stop?"

Sure there is!

"You start each day by getting out a piece of paper, and writing down what you want to happen. Their new book, Thinking Anew, explains how writing things down can be the simplest and most powerful thing you can do to get yourself moving towards your goals, regain your direction and your confidence, and place you in control over what happens to you."

"Writing down what you intentions are each day focuses your mind on what you want. The act of writing helps you achieve clarity and frees your mind to use your imagination. You decide what is important and you put away what is not. Your subconscious mind then goes to work and helps you achieve what you want for the entire rest of the day."

It doesn't matter what you want to change, whether it's losing weight, changing your behavior, making more money, rid yourself of an addiction, have a better relationship, or any other challenges, Thinking Anew will help you!
As I said, I see and feel such a positive difference in my life just since starting to write February 20th. I missed one day writing first thing in the morning as I over slept. The rest of that day was nothing bu chaos. The power of positive thinking and writing is real!

Again, I can't recommend this book enough.

Disclaimer: I rec'd a copy of Thinking Anew along with promotional materials for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own. This post does include affiliate links.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Frugal Friday With Marsha 2/27/15

Just one more day left in February.  In some ways it seems to have flown by.  I can't wait for Spring.

Speaking of Spring, have you started your Spring cleaning yet?  I'm reading online different places that many have.  I keep commenting back to them that when they are done, they can come to my house next.

I went to a meeting Monday morning and on the way gas was still $2.18 a gallon.  When I got out of the meeting at noon, it had jumped to $2.29 :(  It's holding steady there.  When I put gasoline in my mom let me use her Plus card to get 10 cents off a gallon.  That helped.  I never use our gas points because I let hubby use them when he gases up.   I WISH they wouldn't combine our cards just because we live in the same house and are married.  I would much rather know that points on my card are from money that I spent at the store and the points on his card are his.
Sometimes we go together to gas and gas both vehicles on the same pump.  That's not happened for some time though.

I used all of my amazon credit this past week ordering myself 2 slow cookers.  I have several recipes that I want to make and our 6 qt slow cooker is just too large for them.
I LOVE the fact that I can earn amazon through PerkTV (code 860efbf6 will earn you 50 bonus points) and Swagbucks and Checkpoints (use bonus code marsha32 on sign up)!
Here are the ones that I ordered:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Writer's Unite 2/26/15

February is coming to a close.  It seems this month has flown by.  We've had nice days and we've had days like today where it's 10 degrees outside.  Here in Kansas we've not had the bad snow like so many are seeing around the country.  Every day that passes is one day closer to Spring!

I've been writing more posts per day again on bubblews even though the pay is very low.  They are still messing with finding good advertisers and having some issues with adsense.  I hope they get it right.  Several have come back after at least one other writing platform has closed and a couple of the others are having trouble paying.  I just stick with what I know and what I am comfortable with because I am already trying to do way more than I should be!

How has your writing week been?  I have kept up with my blogging better, but still would like to get to where I am putting in 2 posts a day.

I look forward to what you share with us this week.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday 2/25/15

Oh my.  I believe the only thing I have worked on this past week is the pink hexagon table topper!

 I posted this picture in bubblews yesterday and shared it a few places.  I asked opinions on adding another round and then which of those 3 fabrics I should use for that round and for the backing.
The darker pink gingham was the choice by everyone.
I actually have a start on it, but chose to just go ahead and share this picture.

Even though pink will end for the soscrappy blog color challenge, I will continue to work on this until it's finished!  This is a promise to myself. 

Hopefully next week I have more projects to share in progress!   In the meantime, here is my list of unfinished objects.


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
5 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Blue hexagon table topper
Pink hexagon table topper

And I am linking up with the following blogs:
 WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Swagbucks Lucky 7 Birthday Code Extravaganza!

Today's your lucky day -- it's a Birthday Extravaganza! Well, maybe not your birthday, but turns 7 today & they're celebrating by giving away a bunch of free bonus Swag Bucks!  Wednesday, Feb 25th, they start giving out Swag Codes at 7am PST / 10am EST and the fun doesn't stop until 6pm PST / 9pm EST!  They are giving out 6 Swag Codes throughout the day for a total of 49 SB. What's even better is that they released the Swag Code schedule, so you know exactly when and where to find all the Codes!! (see my image for the Swag Code times)What's a Swag Code? Well, they are fun little codes made of letters and/or numbers & it's how Swagbucks gives out bonus SB.  They are only live for an hour typically, so you have to know where to find them (or hear from other SB members) and enter it on the site or mobile app to get your SB. Occasionally, Swagbucks will throw a big Extravaganza where they give out multiple Swag Codes in one day along with other fun ways to win bonus Bucks. And all those bonus SB come in handy when it's time to redeem for gift cards. So if you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, now is the perfect time! Get caught up in the birthday bonus Swag Bucks and sign up today!

Join in on Swagbucks 7th Birthday!!

Everyone!! Swagbucks turns 7 TODAY! Why does that matter? Well, it's the BIGGEST day of the year for Swagbucks, where they give their members tons of SB and bonuses! In fact, this year for the first time ever, they are giving away an exclusive bonus that's only available to people who join in on the Lucky 7 Birthday Challenge!

Tomorrow only, Feb 25th, starting at 7am PST/10am EST/3pm GMT/2am AEDT (on Feb 26th, for Australia), you can click HERE to join the Birthday Challenge. Not only will you get your exclusive bonus, but you'll join thousands of SB members to unlock the mystery jackpot bonus.  You see, there  are 7 goals that need to be completed. You contribute points toward those goals by earning Swag Bucks in seven different categories. Once a goal has received enough points, it will unlock a special letter on the Swagbucks slot machine. The new mystery jackpot bonus will be revealed when all 7 goals have been completed.

Here’s how to contribute points:
  • Searching The Web - Every time you earn Swagbucks through search made from a defaulted Swagbucks search engine, you’ll contribute 35 Points to the search goal! If you haven’t defaulted your search engine to Swagbucks Search you can do it now by visiting the Default Your Search page.
  • Answer Surveys - Earn Swag Bucks by giving your opinion and every time you do, even for DQs and OQs, you’ll contribute 28 Points to the Answer Goal.
  • Swagstakes - Any and Every Swagstakes you enter starting at 7am on the day of the birthday will contribute 14 Points to the Swagstakes goal.
  • Mobile Offers (US only) - Every time you earn Swag Bucks from a mobile offer you’ll contribute 21 Points to the Mobile Offers goal.
  • Special Offers - Complete any offer on our Birthday and you’ll contribute 21 Points to the Special Offer goal.
  • Encrave - Discover, earn, and contribute 14 Points to the Encrave goal.
  • Swag Codes - Redeem your Swag Codes through the Swag Button (all countries) or Mobile app (US only) and you’ll contribute 7 Points to the Swag Codes goal.
If you haven't signed up for Swagbucks yet, NOW is the best time. With the birthday in full swing, it's the most rewarding time to be a Swagbucks member! So sign up today on the birthday and start getting bonus SB for your very first gift card!

Monday, February 23, 2015

All Business Monday -- Getting On the Right Track

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I feel like I am on the right track with my business.  If I can keep it up, things will be awesome.

I did manage to post daily here to my blog after missing a couple of days last week.  Eventually I would like to get to where I am doing 2 posts per day.

I listed 2 more books in my store.  I also sold a book this past week.

I finished making all of the pink cotton crocheted washcloths that I could with the yarn I had.  I listed 2 sets of them up in my Zibbet store.

I listed this set of 4 patchwork hot pads in my Etsy shop.  I also got an order for a set of the coasters this past week.

I've been getting in more items for review again, which is always good.  A lot of what I get in are books, so reading has been upped in my life. 
I'm also still keeping up with my paperwork like I should be!

How has your past week of earning been?

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