Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- Lots To Share This Week

It takes a day away from home sewing for me to really get motivated, and that's what I did last Friday.
My day started in Inman, Kansas where I met with a group of ladies to sew wheelchair quilts for residents of the Pleasantview Home.   What a fun day!!  9 am to 4 pm with fun, food, fellowship and sewing.  Who could ask for a better day than that?

Here are the 2 quilts that I completed that day and I snapped a couple of pictures of others working as well.

That same day was the monthly sit n' sew at the local quilt shop from 6 to 10 pm.  I finally got back to work on the yo-yo projects.   I only put in one more row on the table runner, but from that night until yesterday, I made more yo-yo's.  Hopefully I made enough to actually finish these projects.

I got the next step done on the sets of microwave hotpads that I am making.

I got the Care Bear panels cut and have a nice start on getting those made up for little Amelia's Christmas gifts.

And, last, but not least, the ladies met at church yesterday for our monthly sewing day.  We are working on making quilts for Headstart children.   I did the finishing on one just like this one while the ladies tied this one.  I brought this one home to finish up.

If I can keep up this amount of sewing, I will be overjoyed, and I need to too if I expect to actually get things done!!

Oh yes, I also finished a baby rag quilt that is now listed in my Etsy shop, plus got another drawstring backpack listed for sale.

I link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Kite and the Boy by Aaron Duffy

The Kite and the Boy is a sweet story about a boy who spends all of this money to buy a kite.  The kite is overjoyed that someone has finally bought it.  The boy loves the kite and flies it every day.

One day the kite sees all the birds in the air and wishes it could just fly with the birds.  The kite gets a strong wind, breaking the string, and it's off with the birds.  It doesn't take long for the kite to realize that's not what it wanted and it wanted to be back with the boy.

The boy doesn't give up looking for his kite.  He finds it, tattered and torn.  He saves his kite, repairs it, and loves it just as before.

The story is based on the parable of the Prodigal Son-- with the value of forgiveness and the beauty of redemption.   Although based on the Prodigal Son, there is no mention of the actual Bible story in the book.

My grandchildren have enjoyed having me read The Kite and the Boy to them, and even the older grandchildren enjoyed reading it.  When my husband read it, he immediately said that we needed to show it to our pastor to see if she would like to use it in one of her children's sermons.  He told her all about the book, so I did take it to her.  She loved the story and the idea to use it in a future children's sermon when the Gospel lesson is on the Prodigal Son.  She kept my book!

A great book with a great moral to keep on your bookshelf to read again and again.
Nice illustrations to go along with the story although they are in black and white.  We did find ourselves wishing the author would have chosen to at least make the kite the red inside the book that you see on the cover.  Minor thing.

About the Author: Aaron Duffy is the father of two energetic, independent and curious young boys. He has learned a great deal about forgiving and being forgiven. He is a passionate writer who seeks to introduce children to fundamental truths through relatable stories. Aaron lives in the beautiful mountainous region of central Appalachia.

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 contain affiliate links.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WIP Wednesday --Circles

You may have noticed that I didn't do a WIP Wednesday post this last week.  That was because I did NO sewing.  I really do not like it when I just find no time to sew!

This past week hasn't been much better but at least I did get a little bit done.
I found a couple of times to get out my "penny" circles and work on more of them.  I'm itching to get the wool blanket out and start getting them sewn on, but I MUST work diligently on the yo-yo projects.

I also managed a day to finish cutting my last 4 10 inch squares for the microwave hotpads and have the next step done on those sets.

So many projects and so little time.  I wish I could figure out a way to change that.

I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

US Halloween Sale

Now that Halloween is almost here, Swagbucks has increased cash back at a big group of their Halloween-related stores, so you can earn cash back while getting costumes, decorations, and more for the end of the month. Just click here to see the deals, and sign up for Swagbucks (if you haven't already) to start earning cash back in the form of SB points, which you can exchange for gift cards or PayPal cash. 

****The sale is going through October 31st, and if you sign up through me, you'll get a 1000 SB rebate ($10) after your first shopping purchase through Swagbucks!****

Monday, October 9, 2017

Get more free gift cards during October Swago with Spin & Win

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating the fall with another big "Swago" promotion starting Monday, October 9th at 9am PDT! 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, October 16th 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, October 16th 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 next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

I can't wait to start playing and earning those spins!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Spooktacular Collector's Bills

Swagbucks is celebrating Halloween with a special set of "Spooktacular" Collector's Bills! "Collector's Bills" are special designs that you win randomly while searching the web with Swagbucks' Yahoo-powered search engine. Collect all 6 and you get an additional SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, PayPal Cash, and many more!
Here's all the information for this week's Collector's Bills:
Search the web through the Swagbucks search from Monday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 8th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:
  • 4 SB
  • 6 SB
  • 9 SB
  • 11SB
  • 14 SB
  • 26 SB
When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 6 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Keep searching til you find them all!

I just collected my second collector bill and wanted to make sure that my readers didn't miss out!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- In Honor of All New Babies

It's been a crazy week and with new baby here, I thought I would highlight anything that has to do with babies in this week's post.

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  Save $2.00 ONE Pampers Swaddlers Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

  Save $2.00 ONE Luvs Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

This looks interesting and looks like a great site for mom's to join too!
Free Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks with Moms Meet

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- New Grandbaby

The biggest WIP this past week has been all about the WIP we've been waiting on for 9 months!

Little Jordan Riley was born Monday September 25th at 8:17 pm weighing in at 8 lbs and 4 oz.

I did, however, get to work on my pennies for my penny rug while we watched a movie at church Sunday after noon, and while waiting for little man to make an appearance.

I must must must get back to work on the yo-yo projects so wish me luck with that!!

I link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Little of This, Little of That

Last week was tremendously more busy than what my life usually is, and I didn't get a Frugal Friday post written up.  This past week has also been busy!

Frugally in my own life, I'm not sure what's gone on really.

Dillon's (Kroger) has had a catalina deal going that for every $15 you spend in Pet Pride products you get a coupon that is good for $2 off your next shopping order.  It's good through October 7th.  When I seen that a month ago, I stopped ordering my cat food from amazon with earned amazon codes and started buying the cat food at Dillon's.
Honestly, it's cheaper to buy it at the store anyway as it's $9.99 for 16 lbs.

Here are a couple of good blogs to follow to keep up with the current Catalina deals:
TheCentsableShoppin and

October 7th will be here too soon when the offer ends though.  This morning I used my most recent $2 off any purchase coupon and was able to only pay 50 cents for a gallon of milk.

Funny story when I was buying the milk......there was a lady in the store also buying milk.  She asked me if I had heard about the kidnapping.  Here I thought she was being serious until she then told me it turned out ok because he woke up.  LOL!
Her next joke was to ask me why seagulls live by the sea.  Well, if they lived by the bay they would be baygulls (bagels).
It was pretty early for my brain to be processing jokes  hehe.  They were both cute jokes though.

Laugh Own Jokes Funny Quote Postcard

Laugh Own Jokes Funny Quote Postcard

by EnvyClothing

The Kansas State Fair had it's last day this past Sunday.  I love going to the fair and just walking around, but it sure is a hard thing to do without money!  I had my 6 gate passes that I got for just $3 each for entering items in to the fair and hubby got 2 free gate passes from work.  
We found that we could go take an agriculture test and get a coupon for a free ice cream cone at the Dairy Bar.  We did that twice.
We took our own food and drinks in with us, which we always do.  It's a really rare occasion that we actually buy any food inside the fair----as good as it is, it's so expensive (and unhealthy).
You walk through the buildings and pick up free items---notepads, pens, pencils, clips, toothpicks, emery boards, books, and more.  There are also all the dips and soups and other foods that you get to sample as well.
We couldn't afford to go to a concert so we just stood outside the grandstand and watched it for free on the big screen as we listened to the music.  It was Charlie Daniels that I wanted to hear this year.
Here is one of the pictures I took that night of a ferris wheel, and one that I took at the free acrobat show as well.

I think I will end this post with some sweepstakes you might want to enter:

Win a $500 Amazon Gift Card

Win a Popcorn Factory NFL Tin worth $45

Win a Set of Cast Iron Skillets

Win a Google Pixel Phone from Android Authority

Win a 2017 Honda Civic Coupe in the Hot Wheels Sweepstakes

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WIP Wednesday--State Fair is Over

As I suspected, I didn't do a post last week. Of course, being so busy with the state fair and going there so much as well as 5 days of a fundraiser at church, and a celebration of life for my friends daughter, I did no sewing whatsoever that week.

On a good note, I was so surprised to get 2 white, 3rd place ribbons out of the 4 items I entered into the state fair.  I'm still surprised, in fact.    I wasn't expecting to win anything, just wanted to enter items for the first time ever.
I got white ribbons on my yo-yo table runner and my selvage rug.

This past week I've put in a little sewing time.  I am trying to have this baby blanket done by Monday, but the other WIP going on in my family is my daughter having her baby!  In and out of labor and delivery and they just keep sending her back home.  It is getting ridiculous, as she says, and quite annoying  LOL
They are doing a showing at guild on Monday of quilts made with Eleanor Burns' patterns.  This is the one and only one I have.

While I had my cutting mat out, I got a start on getting microwave hotpads started as well.   It sure was nice to have my sewing machine out again!!

Wish me luck on getting things done---most especially getting the yo-yo projects out that must be done by the end of October at the very latest!

In the meantime, I've been linking up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

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