Saturday, August 13, 2011

Shop Hop Saturday 8/13/11

Happy Saturday!

I'm a little late posting this today.  I got a little sidetracked with housework for one thing.  Even though Steve and I have been a couple for years, actually being married has changed my outlook.  I want to be a good wife, which includes keeping the house clean.  However, being a good wife also means doing my share financially as well.

I have plans on really getting my act together on making my crafts, working on squidoo lenses, and working my many other websites where I earn.

I finally got in to Zibbet.  Zibbet is like etsy where you can sell handmade, vintage, or craft supplies.  I am just doing the free membership right now, which allows me to list up to 50 items.  From now on, I will list my crafts first in etsy but if they don't sell there within the time frame, they will be transferred to Zibbet.   I can't continue to have things not sell, and continue to pay an additional .20 to re-list them.  Zibbet is free, unless I decide to become a premium member and have added benefits.  As I said, that may come later as I see how sales are there.  

Here is my store so far, but it does only have 2 items so far.

I also got 2 more of the fabric bags listed in my etsy store this morning.  Yay me!  I had an etsy order last week for dish scrubbies and a set of baby bibs.  

I am currently working on making birthday gifts for my 3 granddaughters.  They all have birthday's this month.  One of the things I am making each of them are doll quilts.  Not fully quilted with a layer on the inside, just the look of a quilt.  You can check out my blog post that shows a photo of the one for Ariel if you like at:

Handmade Gifts for Ariel

I plan to add the doll blankets to my items to make and sell.  Willo's and Araya's are going to be different than Ariel's.  

I am hopping along with Ruthi at abitosunshine--won't you click the button and join us?

Shop Hop Saturday with abitosunshine 


Handmade Gifts for Ariel

A financial dilemma made me really think about the birthday's of 3 granddaughters this month.
Handmade is better anyway, so what was I thinking?

Today is Ariel's 7th birthday.

I had ran across a squidoo lens about bracelets made from plarn.  That sparked an idea.   I also crocheted her a necklace with beads.  Both are shown in the photo below:

As I sat making those another idea hit me that I had thought of one other time.  Make them quilts for their dolls!   I have quite a pile of different sized squares that are left over from other quilts.  I got to work.  It wasn't getting as large as I wanted it to be so I kept adding on here and there until I thought it was an acceptable size.  I think this is what you call true quilting.
Here is what I came up with.  I have 2 more to make, including Willo's today.  Each will be different than the others.

I will end with a picture of the birthday girl with her cake:

 I hope to start doing more of these frugal gift posts.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Frugal Friday Link Up 8/12/11

Welcome to the Frugal Friday Link up. Sorry for taking the week off last week with no notice!

At the moment I am working on creating things for my granddaughters birthday's this month. All 3 of them have birthdays this month with the first one tomorrow!! I am making them each a bracelet with plarn as well as a necklace with plarn and beads. I am also using up some of my left over quilt squares and making them each a blanket for their dolls. Money to spend on gifts is not an option right now and I would rather make gifts if I can anyway. They always love what I make for them.

Here are some more tips from the 99 Cent Solutions book. We are still in the baking soda category.

#1 Make tomatoes sweeter. This is a tip for next season. It says that if you sprinkle baking soda around the base of your tomato plants that the tomatoes will taste sweeter.

#2 Save a mildewed book. If it's a mild case of mildew, you can save the book with baking soda. Sprinkle it lightly between the pages, then put the book n a paper bag and dust the outside with more baking soda. Let it sit for several days, then remove, shake out and dust off the baking soda, and let the book get a shot of bright sunlight. It won't remove the mildew marks, but if you store it in a dry place, no more mildew will grow.

#3 Take the sting out of sunburn. We had to use this tip when my daughter came home with a bad sunburn from the lake this year. Pour a cup of baking soda into a lukewarm bath. It will take the sting out and lessen the pain quickly.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Squidoo Hopping 8/11/11

First of all, let me apologize for not having this post up last week....and not letting you know ahead of time that I was probably taking last week off from my blog.  Actually, I thought I would keep up with my blog.  Little did I know  he he.  It was a great newlywed/vacation/family week.

I have not done a thing with any of my lenses.  I keep thinking of it, but letting other things get in my way.

So today I'm going to share some of my lenses that have dropped below the 400,000 ranking mark and are in the pink.  As always, as you look at them, if you have suggestions, please feel free to let me know.  There seems to always be something you can do to a lens that will give it an update.

When Ghosts Speak-Book Review  --

This is a book that I won as a spine chilling book package from  This is a very interesting read for sure.  One that I want to read again.

Online Craft Mall  --If you make crafts to sell, you will want to check this one out.  Ralyn does a great job running the craft mall and membership costs very little compared to other sites like it out there!

Meatball Subs  --  This one was a recipe lens assignment through rocketmoms.  I know Ruthi wants to know more about rocketmoms so we need to get her an invite to join in on the next session.  Rocketmoms is a group on squidoo where you get assignments on lenses to build for 6 weeks.  To graduate you must complete all assignments.  Along the way there are bonus assignments.  Everyone helps each other out with ideas and ratings.  I've been honored to be a part of the group.  I've not kept up very well with future assignments after my graduation, but have done some of them here and there.

Kansas--Our First Lapbook!  -- I love this lens, and the lapbook that we made.  We get this one out quite often.  Jasmine is really too old now to make the lapbooks but I'm still in hopes of interesting her into making more anyway.  She could even make it a project to make them for the younger kids to learn from.


That's all for me this week.  I look forward to getting back to work in squidoo and clicking along as you add to my linky.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WIP Wednesday 8/10/11

Happy Wednesday all!  I skipped this last week, as I did all my blog posts.  It was a great newlywed/vacation week!
I didn't work on any crafts at all until this past Sunday evening.

I sewed some on a couple of fabric bags.  I didn't picture them, and I didn't finish them, but I needed the pins to finish pinning the binding.  I now have the back of the binding sewn on and have started sewing on the front of the binding.  Won't take me long to finish it once I get back to blue thread in my sewing machine.

It was sewing club day at church yesterday.  This is Betty sewing on the edging material on the jelly roll top that I sewed and showed in a previous WIP post.

This is Anita and Goldie at sewing club working on finishing up a quilt that I sewed the top to.  Our quilts are donated to the domestic violence center locally.

When I got to sewing club I immediately started cutting strips of gingham material for another jelly roll type quilt top.  I had meant to have the strips cut before our next meeting but with the wedding and all I just didn't get it done.  This is how far I got on the cutting.  I'm saving the yellow for the edging.  I'm thinking there might be enough to do 2 quilts.
Betty arrived a few minutes late for sewing club and the rest of us had gotten to work on previous quilts.  She announced she was calling a meeting.  Pastor has asked that we make a special quilt to send to Global Missions.  Betty had a book with pattern ideas as well as a quilt she had made before.  We chose to make the one like she had made before.  3 or 4 of us got busy cutting and sewing squares for it.  Betty and I sewed up 31 of the 48 squares needed.  I brought home the strips to try to finish up this week.  We are meeting again next week again because we have less than 6 weeks to complete this quilt and get it sent in for display and then eventually distribution.

I think that's it for this week's updates.  As always, I have lots of things in my mind that I would love to get started on.....too bad I have to sleep!  Also too bad I have to now deal with a 2 yr old grandson living in our house that touches everything!  I can't just leave my sewing machine out anymore, which is a pain.   I am working on a craft order that includes dish scrubbies, but those will be completed this evening and the order in tomorrows mail.

I am linking this post up with the following blogs:
  WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mailbox Monday 8/8/11

I didn't get this posted last week so this is 2 week's worth of mail. I'm not going to make a complete list, but have photos for both weeks.  The highlights are another can of Alpo dog food (notice it's empty since he's eaten it), a pink ribbon pin from,  sample of Unstopables (we love this stuff!), Dillon's coupons and a book for review, Migal's Daughter and free Pantene coupon. (address labels--first I've gotten at our new house, but now my last name isn't the same  LOL)
The only paypal I rec'd was .08 from matesgate, but I did get in $9.97 amazon from crowdtap that I forgot to put in the previous post.

Frugal Friend
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