Friday, July 29, 2011

52 Weeks of Organizing--Week 30 (Week 7 for Me)

I say week 7 for me, but the first week I didn't complete anything.  I also didn't complete anything last week.
With my wedding tomorrow evening I wouldn't have completed anything this week, except for the fact that we are having company over all throughout the day tomorrow.

One of my projects was to clean off Steve's desk.  Let's bear this in mind.  We had a drawer in the hallway with nothing in it yet.  That drawer now has all those misc. papers in it that you see in the before photo.  In other words, those papers still need to be looked through and organized in some way.

This is related to this week's topic over at orgjunkie, which is organizing school papers.

 After: (ignore my sandals still on the floor  LOL)
 Now if I could just get my own desk done.  I still have a couple other organizing projects I set up for myself after I see the challenge.  Click the button below to go to orgjunkies blog and see what others have been organizing and de-cluttering this past week.

Frugal Friday Link Up 7/29/11

I decided to change the title...maybe more will realize this is a linky post each week and come and share with us?

I told last week about my wedding, so this week I will add more on that. There have been some developments....mostly my oldest daughter bought me a beautiful wedding gown at a yard sale for just $30. It's a dream dress so the wedding got stepped up a bit.

We are now going to be using the candleabras at church as well as buying 2 dozen roses for the altar. The roses are on sale for $10 for 2 dozen so you sure can't beat that!

I also went and bought myself just a basic veil for $6. We still have to buy Steve's wedding band good batteries for my camera, and hopefully a guestbook.

We fancied up the reception area a bit more too. That didn't cost anymore money, but may cost if I have to have the tableclothes we are borrowing from church pressed.

I am planning on doing a whole Wedding on the Cheap post at some point. However, no matter how you stack it, a wedding is not cheap. At least not if you are struggling to even buy groceries like we are.

Moving on, here are a few more items from the 99 Cent Solutions book. I'm still sharing about baking soda.
1. Make a stovetop sparkle. Cooked on food stains are hard to remove. Dampen the stains and then sprinkle on some baking soda. Scrub with a sponge and the stains will lift right off. Far faster, more effective and more environmentally friendly. This also works well on the greasy dirty black build up on the edges of other kitchen appliances.

2. Salvage a burned pot. Scrape out as much food as you can and then fill the pan a quarter full with water. Pour in 1/2 cup of baking soda and bring the pot to a boil. Turn it off and let it sit overnight. In the morning you can clean off the black stuff with ease.

3. Keep garbage cans fresh. Sprinkle a dollop of baking soda in the can before putting in the new liner. When you take the trash out, dump any dry soda still left in there and add more before the new bag. You've got a natural deodorizer right where you need it most.

Thursday, July 28, 2011, Review, and Giveaway!

I've been given the opportunity to have a 30 day membership to   I am having so much fun with it.  I've been searching for photos to use here on my blog, in my squidoo lenses, and in my gather posts.  I'm searching for words such as sewing, quilting, crocheting, and different colors.
Here are just a few of the great photos I've gotten for future use:
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Squidoo Hopping 7/28/11

Good Thursday to all! I hope you've had a good squidoo week. I've been in and out as usual.
I only got one lens updated this week. My daughter sent me a youtube video of her boyfriends son giving instructions on making some Lego Linkies. So, I added it to my Legos lens. I know at least Ruthi has already seen it.

Have you all joined the Spotted Squids group on facebook? I'm glad that Ruthi invited me in to the group and let me know about it. It's a great place to post links to your lenses and get more exposure, get help you need, and make new friends.

I'm going to call this good for this week's post. Never know, one of these weeks I might surprise you and just get loads done in squidoo!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WIP Wednesday 7/27/11 major work in progress is my wedding, of course.  Three more days!   

I did finish my fabric bag order and the order for the washcloths and got both out in the mail.

I worked just a bit more on the jelly roll that I am doing.  I don't know what the size will end up being...I'm sure just a lap quilt, or toddler bed size maybe.  I wanted to sew more on it, but knew it had to be put away.  
In the photo it's folded over and laying over the top of my sewing machine.
I am also still working on taking out the binding on this patchwork quilt to re do it.  It wouldn't be so hard if #1 I hadn't used the smallest stitch on my machine to put it on, and #2 there weren't so many places where I missed catching the front or the back of the binding so sewed again, and sometimes again.
 I'm very doubtful that I will have anything to report next week at all, except maybe working on that binding.  The wedding is Saturday.  Today we are setting up a bunch of things at the church.  Tomorrow I have to go out of town.  After the wedding we are going on a trip for a few days.  I"m debating on whether any crafts are going with me or not.  I'm rather thinking we should just relax, hike the nature trail, swim etc....not bring too much from home with us (other than our laptops  LOL)
I am linking up with these three blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mailbox Monday 7/25/11

Rec'd a few pretty cool freebies this last week.
Magazines:  Ok!, 2 issues of Time, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, and People.
A few pieces of hausernet mail
Can of Alpo and $1 coupon
Office Max coupons
Bambi collectible lunchbox from Disney Rewards
Free coupon for Ritz, Wheat Thins or Triscuit from mycokerewards
Ipad looking clock/calendar/alarm also from mycokerewards
(our cat Molly in the photo is just a bonus  LOL)
Email was pretty good this week too with a $10 paypal payout from Superpoints and $25 paypal from sidetick.

Frugal Friend
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