Friday, March 23, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Upcycling and More

I'm going to start out this week talking about the bedroll that I am currently crocheting.  Making bedrolls with plarn (plastic yarn) is the latest request from the agency First Call for Help.  They will then give them to the homeless.
I've been busily cutting the tremendous amount of plastic grocery sacks that we have here at the house, and then crocheting them into making the bedroll.
I have a LONG way to go before this is 6 ft long, and I'm guessing well over 200 bags to make it.

I've been wanting to get back to crocheting with plarn and this is the perfect project to start with.  I MAY make more after this one that will go to my middle daughter and her family for their primitive camping.....or, I might move on to making more of the grocery sacks.  I also seen to make placemats and coasters as well.

This past week my online and app earnings included:

**$2 to my Perk Plastik card from PerkTV.  (use code 860efbf6 for bonus points for signing up)
**$25 PayPal from Swagbucks (notice this is the 3rd week in a row I've rec'd $25 from Swagbucks?)
**$2 amazon from C+R Research
**$9.45 to my checking account from a sale in my Etsy shop. (I forgot to go pay the fees and shipping before it was transferred to my bank or it would have been less, and now the fees and shipping still do need to be paid)

Here is this week's Friday Freebie:

Free thinkThin Bar for Kroger & Affiliates

And, your weekly Recyclebank points to check out:

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

For fun this week, I'm also including a list of sweepstakes to enter.  Good luck!!

Win a Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera & Photo Paper

Win a Year of The Bestselling Books from Penguin Random House

Win a Trip to Cancun Mexico

Win an Honor View10 Android Phone worth $499

Win a $250 ArtDeco Beauty Shopping Spree

Win a $500 Visa Prepaid Gift Card

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- Another New Project

When our quilt newsletter came out, there was an article about something else that the agency First Call For Help would like made to give out.  That something are plarn bed rolls for the homeless.
I've been wanting to crochet with plarn again for a very long time.  This is a good time to start.  Great way to get rid of the over abundance of plastic grocery sacks that are piling up at our house too.

I wonder just how many bags it will take to make a 6 foot long bedroll....
I am adding these on to my 6 list for the year.  I'm putting bedrolls as I do intend to make more than one.  I'm not sure if they will go to charity past this first one though.  My middle daughter and her family primitive camp and they could use these mats too!

I did more work on my Penny rug this week.  I got a few circles sewn on and started to trim around those.   I highly doubt I find time this week to get it out again.  I want to though! 

I put together 3 sets of double folded hotpads to sew up.

Lastly this week, I did more cutting.  Everything I cut is not in this picture, but you get the idea.  The biggest, and hardest part for me, is actually putting what I cut in with the project I've cut it for!  I've spent some time this week attempting to find my other bags of cuts and put them where they belong, but I have a long way to go on that!!

I made myself a promise to work on something each and every day no matter how little time I find for it.  If I can keep it up like I have this past week, then things will start getting done-----that is if I can stop myself from starting new projects so often.  😳😀😣

I should close now and get busy!

I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Freebies, Earnings, and More

Let's start with free candy!  You know I love my sweets.  This week's Friday Freebie with Kroger is an Oreo candy bar.  These are really good too!

Free Oreo Milka Chocolate Candy Bar for Kroger & Affiliates

I'm going to move right on to Recyclebank.  They have a good thing right now, and that is for every person you get to sign up that verifies, you will receive a $5 Target gift card.   If you aren't a member, I hope you will check it out using my link highlighted above.
Here is your free point listings for this week too.

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

Do you have your YesWay Rewards card?  I got one in the mail some time back and never did anything with it.   Don't be like me!   You earn one Smile just for registering for your card.
Then, you earn 10 points for every dollar spent and every 250 points earn you one Smile.
Oh my!  You can redeem ONE smile for lots of different things like a donut, a cup of coffee, fountain drink, small bag of chips, regular size candy bar, bottle of water, roller food item, and more!
Or, you can save your smiles for other things.  TWO smiles can get you (free) things such as Powerade, King Size candy bar, breakfast burrito and/or chicken biscuit.   Save them up even more to redeem for free coffee or fountain mugs, xxxl chips, or Red Bull.
It's really a great deal---PLUS  the first time you put gas in your vehicle after registering for a card, you get 10 cents off per gallon of gas too.
Thumbs up!

For my online and app earnings rec'd this past week.....

**$25 amazon from Swagbucks 
**$2 to my Perk Plastik card from PerkTV  (use code 860efbf6 for bonus points for signing up)
**$27.36 check from Inboxdollars
**$2.43 from Promoslice --  This is a site where traffic exchange owners go in together to offer promos.  Most all of them have 1 or 2 "grand" prizes and then an amount that is shared between each entry.  I really enjoy doing these knowing that I am guaranteed something extra over what I am earning at the exchanges as well.  However, there are a LOT of exchanges that take part and most of you (my readers) don't want to be like me and join hundreds of exchanges to take part in these promos.  I love it, but it's not for everyone.
**$9.26 PayPal (after fees) from the Watch4Dollar app.  This was a long time coming, over a month.  They posted of being behind due to so many cash ins.  I'm glad they did pay, this is my 2nd payment from them.  If you would like to give them a try, please put in the code W4D4AFC8 so that I receive credit.
**$3 amazon from mypoints

  Save $2.00 on any ONE (1) ORE-IDA Breakfast Bake Product (40 oz.)

  Save $1.00 on any two (2) JUST CRACK AN EGG products

  Save $0.40 on any TWO (2) Campbell's® Condensed soups

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- Some Progress

I got out my Arkansas Crossroads quilt top to work on after it's been in it's project box in the trunk of my car since at least last October.   For some reason I thought I had made all the strips to make the blocks.  I was far from wrong.  I only had enough strips for 4 blocks!    I made those 4 blocks then worked on my strips for blocks.

I took this picture with the row of 4 blocks as well as the 5 rows that are done as a reminder to my readers of what I am working on.

I put the penny rug on the floor and pinned all the circles on.  I'm anxious to work on this rug more but I found it much easier to have the table out to work on it.  That's hard for me to do when the babies are here.  I'm wondering if this would be something I could enter into the fair, making myself a goal to finish it in time for it.

Also this week I spent a whole afternoon bringing things out of my craft/sewing room to look through and see what I could find to take to the members sale at our guild meeting later this month.   I have a box full and out in my trunk ready to go.  I know there are more things in my room if I find time to do some real sorting in there (not to mention the things I need that I need to find!).  I am in hopes of selling at least a bit of it.

I link up with the following blogs.  I hope you will check them all out.
WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Clearance Time

It's that time of year.  Time for the stores to clear out Winter items to make room for Spring.  Actually it's been that time for awhile now  😀
My daughter has been having a good time shopping the clearance clothing and even picked up a few things for me while she was at it.  She brought them over last night.  She paid $1 to $3 for each item.
I'm thrilled!  She also brought me a pair of tennis shoes.  I thought she told me they were on clearance for $3, but I didn't see that reflected on the price tag.  I think  she just wanted to make sure that I had a pair of tennis shoes that wouldn't hurt my bad toe.  She's nice like that.  😍

I've been giving LetGo a try.  I sold the pair of tennis shoes that were too small for me right away.  Not having luck with my other listings yet, but I'm not giving up.  I have some things I want to list that didn't sell in the local Facebook selling page.  It's a matter of getting the stuff out, getting another picture and posting.
I also am in the very slow process of going through things in my craft/sewing room.  My guild is having a member rummage sale at the end of this month.  I hope that at least some of my extra will sell and help me make a little money.

In other "news"----

Don't forget your Friday Freebie.  This will make a good snack for the grandkids this weekend.
Free Kroger Tortilla Chips at Kroger & Affiliates

Online and app earnings that I received this past week include:

**$11.16 after fees and shipping from a sale in my Etsy shop.
**$25 PayPal from Swagbucks
Join Swagbucks!
You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What's Online at

**$10.25 PayPal from GlobalHits2U  -- Another of the many traffic exchanges that I do.
**$9.41 PayPal from MagicalJourney Downline Builder-- This is a site where lots of the TE's offer $1 prize hunt days as well as celebration promos for chances to win.  It's fun and I've had good luck winning recently, including winning $50 at Christmas time in a promotion! 
**$10.39 PayPal from SotukTraffic--Yes, another traffic exchange.  Honest owner, lots of ways to earn, automatic payout each weekend if you've made the $10 minimum.  I choose to be a gold member here, but even free members earn pennies nicely as well as your sites and banners and text ads do get seen here.

**$1 to my PerkPlastik card from PerkTV.  I've been having some issues with the app running correctly.  (use code 860efbf6 for bonus points for signing up)

Here is your list to check out for Recyclebank points this week:  Don't forget to check in daily to take the daily pledge for points too.
10 Free Recyclebank Points

10 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

25 Free Recyclebank Points

I think that's it for this week.  Don't forget to link up below if you have any frugal type posts of your own to share!  All are welcome both old and new posts.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- Penny Rug

Well, babysitting grandchildren, 2 of which are babies, is really lessening my sewing time  😞  I love them, but I must figure out how to get in sewing time!

I only sewed a few minutes one day, finishing up a set of the microwave hotpad/cozies.  I posted a set on Letgo to see how that goes. 

I also got motivated for just one day to work more on clearing out and organizing in my craft/sewing room.  Once again someone ordered something from my Etsy shop and I found the item to be in the very bottom tote.  My goal is to clear a path, then clear off the bigger shelf, then put my items for sale on the shelf.  That way when something sells, I can go right to it instead of digging into totes.
In the process I will also see what I have completed that is not listed for sale as well.

I have pulled out the Penny Rug that I started some time back.  I took a picture of my original progress to remind you.  I included the circles that I have completed and ready to sew on as well.
Now I'm itching to start sewing the completed circles onto the wool blanket.   Cross your fingers for me that I get to at least work on this rug a little each day!

That's it for my report this week.  With any luck at all, I will get things figured out and have a lot more to report next Wednesday.  It's sit n' sew at the quilt shop this Friday.  Barring nothing goes wrong, I fully intend to finally get back to working on the Arkansas Crossroads quilt top.

I link up with the following blogs.  I hope you will hop over and check them out as well.

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Swago: Spring Edition is here! (US)

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their "Swago: Spring Edition" promotion, which runs from now through Monday, March 12th at 9am PT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, March 12th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!
The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, March 12th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

I love the spin and win wheel!  Come on in and get your SWAGO board so you can earn your spins too!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Get $3 when you sign up for Swagbucks in March

Want some extra boost for your budget this month? 

If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up as my referral in March. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me, you can earn an additional $3 bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before 4/1/18. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! 

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend.  

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $3,333 (isn't that a cool total to date??)  I cash in for PayPal and Amazon on a regular basis, but have also cashed in for Burger King, WalMart, and eBay as well!   I love Swagbucks, and I know you will too.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Frugal Friday with Marsha -- Birthday Freebies and More

Let's start out this week with this information that was sent to me to share with my readers.  I've never been one to take advantage of all the birthday freebies out there, but I sure should!  This site has a tremendous list, so check it out.  😊😊😊😊

Many retailers offer birthday freebies, coupons, or discounts on (or around) your big day. While none of this free birthday stuff is going to save you a ton, it's always nice to get some extra treats.DealNews, a shopping comparison website, rounded up the best 2018 birthday freebies from major retailers and restaurants, and put them in a handy chart here for you to consult before your big day arrives.

This week wasn't too bad for online earnings received:

$2 to my PerkPlaskic card from PerkTV.  (use code 860efbf6 for bonus points for signing up)
$25 PayPal from Swagbucks
$1 Amazon from Checkpoints (use my email- for bonus points)
$3 PayPal  from Pinecone Research.  I get this for uploading my amazon purchase history each month.
$3.52 PayPal from BigMailer.  This is an awesome mailer (safelist).  Very active and also awesome low low lifetime upgrades.  I get good results from the ads that I send out through this one!  

This week's Friday Freebie, there are 2 this week!

Here's your weekly list of Recyclebank points for easy access:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Disney Princess Felt -- Perfect for the Princess

This Disney Princess Felt craft kit is perfect for any Princess!

Everything you need is included to make 10 Princesses--
48 page instruction book
Die cut templates
20 sheets of felt
embroidery needle
11 colors of embroidery floss and

You can make these princesses for your princess, or do like I am and give the kit to your own Princess to make her own.   I can't wait to see the face of my oldest granddaughter (whose name happens to be Ariel) when she opens the Disney Princess Felt kit on her birthday!

She can, of course, make Ariel, which I'm sure she will do first, but also Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Merida, Mulan, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana.

Thunder Bay Press has several felt kits available for your crafting pleasure.

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