Friday, December 12, 2014

Frugal Friday With Marsha ---A Frugal Christmas

My computer is still not reading my picture disc for some reason.  The disc has pictures of crafts that I've made as gifts that I hadn't gotten around to building into a lenses.   Since I can't access those pictures, this week I am going to share blog posts from a few years back instead.
I did a series of posts on my frugal Christmas that year.   Each picture will be clickable to the actual blog post if you are interested in checking the full post out.  Each post will talk of costs and such.

Steak boxes filled with art supplies for each grandchild.  The supplies were all bought before school started when they have the 5, 10 and 25 cent sales!
My Frugal Christmas Part 1

Health and Beauty boxes for my adult children and their significant others.   Of course everything in the boxes was bought throughout the year for a little bit of nothing with sales and coupons.
My Frugal Christmas Part 2

Fabric bags made a filled.  Breakdown of what is in each bag and the costs are in the post.  I did buy the fabrics for the bags at Walmart, but each bag only took half of a yard to make.
My Frigal Christmas Part 3

Hot pads made with scraps of fabric leftover from making quilts.
My Frugal Christmas Part 4

And last, but not least, Christmas baking.   Holiday baking isn't always frugal....or cheap.  I make boxes for lots of people and families.  You might want to click over and see just how I made that year possible!
My Frugal Christmas Part 5

  I hope you have enjoyed the frugal Christmas tour.  This, is typical of my Christmas every year.  This particular year I just got motivated and shared!
I look forward to what you will share this week.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Writer's Unite 12/11/14

It's Thursday again, and time to share some of the things you've been writing.  Actually, what you share doesn't have to be something you have recently written.  If you want to share older content, please do so!  In fact, I'm going to share 1 of my older blog posts today and one of my older bubblews posts.

This year is coming to an end. I'm already making goals for my writing next year.  In fact, I just got out a notebook to be specifically for taking writing notes.  Notes of what I am writing, what I am updating, what I am sharing where.  This will keep my mind clearer on where I'm at.

I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday 12/10/14

I have been busy sewing this week as much as I could.  However, I still have gifts to get made too.
I think for the new year I will plan to take one project bag off the wall and try to exclusively work on that project until it's done, then move to the next. 
I know what you are thinking---yeah right!  LOL
That would be, of course, outside of handwork such as making rugs, hexagons, yo-yo's and such.

This week I got more work done on all of the doll bedding sets that I am making:
I worked on, an finished the rest of the 4 patches for quilt tops for charity at sewing club at church:

I got out the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quilt and got it sandwiched.  I tied the corners of the pictures.  I am currently working on hand quilting designs in between each picture and around the edges:
And....I completed the 40 five and dime blocks and have them on my design wall:

I told you that I've been busy!

Here is my UFO list, which should be where I start one by one after Christmas to complete.

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
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quilt

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Monday, December 8, 2014

All Business

I'm sure that most of you are familiar with  It's an ebay company and a website where you can sell books,textbooks,movies, music, and games. 

I currently have 88 books in my store.

I enjoy  It's easy to list there.  You simply put in the ISBN or UPC number and it will take you to the item.  You choose the condition, make some comments about it and add a short description.  They even give you a suggested selling price (which I always go under).

Not all books and such are on the website though.  If something you want to list isn't on the site, you can fill out a form asking them to add it.  I've actually done that several times but haven't gone back to check it if was added or not.

The one thing that I don't like about is that when you sell a book, you have to print your shipping right away from paypal.  That part would be fine with me, except they don't pay you with paypal.  They pay you through your checking account and they pay out on the 1st and the 15th of the month.  If I don't have enough in my paypal when an order comes in, this puts me into a little bind.

I used to list at least one new book each week, and I also always sold at least 2 books a month.  I've not been listing lately because....well....I've not been reading like I should!  I also haven't hit any garage sales this past season either.   I plan to work on this in 2015!

Here are just a few of the 88 books you will find in my shop:

Each of those will open a new window to my shop, but you will also find it HERE.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Super Sunday Reviews--Let's Create with Play-Doh

What child does not love Play-Doh? I know that all of my children have loved it as well as all of my grandchildren!
The Play-Doh Let’s Create series is geared towards pre-schoolers for imaginative and creative learning!

I couldn’t wait to show the books to my 2 year old granddaughter, Zelda. Daddy had given her a Play-Doh set for her 2nd birthday and she was excited.
She wanted to get her “doh-doh” out every morning and play with it all day long! Mommy had a hard time getting her to do anything else.

They came to visit us for the day and I couldn’t wait to see Zelda’s reaction to the Play-Doh Let’s Create Books. I chose to have her do the Shapes one pictured here. I also let her take it home with her.

Each book includes an 11 page board book story inside. It also contains 4-1 oz. cans of Play-Doh, shape cutters, a plastic 2-sided play mat, a plastic knife and a roller.

The play mat does have 2 printed sides. One is a story type print, including the shapes. The other side is all about the shapes, and items that are of each shape.

You will see from my video below that this was really a hit! Mommy said she played and played with it at home……that is until she got all of the colors mixed up and they eventually dried.

Never fear little miss Zelda…..Grandma Marsha is buying you tubs of Play-Doh as part of your Christmas. I can’t wait to see her face light up all over again.

Below is a picture of both books that I received. I want to add that I rec'd these over a year ago. The grands still get them out on a regular basis. Even the older ones have a blast with them! Of course I've had to replace the Play-doh on a regular basis.
I can honestly say that if you have a young child I highly recommend these for both learning and fun!

Disclaimer: These book were rec'd for the purpose of review. I was not compensated in any other way. This post does include affiliate links.

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