Friday, January 8, 2016

Frugal Friday With Marsha--Free Ebook!

I'm wanting to get my Frugal Friday posts going again.  I hope to find deals for you as well as share different things I've done over the past week.

This past week what tops my list is cutting up old t-shirts that I will make into rugs.  I cut the top parts that I can't make in to strips up to be rags.  They work very well, can be thrown into the washer with a regular load of clothes.....and they save the environment over not using tons of papers towels!
I posted this picture in my WIP Wednesday post, but will post it again.  It's my huge pile of rags and also my pile of strips for rug making.

Now how about the free ebook!  Pinch Like You Mean It.   I downloaded my free copy to my Kindle app and can't wait to read it.  I don't know how long it's free, so get your copy now!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WIP Wednesday Into the New Year

I hope that 2016 is off to a good start for everyone.  So far so good sticking to my craft/sewing schedule that I set up for myself.  Some days are busier than others with lots less working time, but I have kept at it even if I only get to work for a couple of hours.

Wednesday is the day I have set to work on the color of the month for the soscrappy blog color challenge of the month.  I had no idea just how much I had in my box of squares!  I pressed and pinned.  It so happens that this months color is blue, and blue is what I pinned for sewing there on the side of the box.

Thursday is to work on any other UFO, but currently it's a pink patchwork quilt top that I am making for our community service project at quilt guild.  I only have until the 25th to have it done.  I have 5 inch squares cut so far.  I will work on this Friday night this week at sit n' sew for extra time.

Friday is working on yo-yo's but I chose to not take a picture this week of just the few I got done.

Saturday is hexagons, which I also chose to not take a picture since I only added 6 more to my quilt top.

Sunday is rugs.  I didn't want to get my machine out to sew strips together so I chose to finally cut up a stack of t-shirts I've had in my room.  We were low on rags anyway.  The big pile on the side is now the rag pile.  I cut the remainder of the t-shirts that I can't strip for rags.

Monday is working on the Arkansas Crossroads quilt.  I did cut some more squares but think I will save a picture for whenever I finally get all of the fabrics cut in to squares.  In the meantime I ended up with more strips to add to rug making as well as I cut what 10 inch squares I could to add to my microwave hotpad making pile.

Tuesday is my day to work on the doll sets.  I had hoped to finish 2 doll rugs.  I didn't quite make it, but got close.


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug--plus more to sell
Hexagon flower table runner
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt

2015 Finishes:

Locker Hook Rug
re-do binding on blue and peach patchwork
9 lined fabric bags
yellow crazy quilt lined bag
Pink hexagon table topper
Blue hexagon table topper
Yo-Yo Table runner
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Challenge quilt for quilt guild
Autumn wall hanging
18 Hot pad bowls for Christmas gifts

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

Monday, January 4, 2016

Online Earnings--November and December 2015

As you can imagine, December was a full and busy month with Christmas.  I'm very thankful for my online earnings, which enabled me to get gifts for all on my list.
I was slow to get my November earnings and such even added up, but finally have it done as well as December.

November 2015:

Swagbucks-- $60 in amazon
TrafficRoyal--$23.72 paypal
zubeezone--$2.75 paypal
atomicmailer--$12.52 paypal
clixsense--$8.35 paypal
TrafficMagician--$16.68 paypal
redstaghits--$11.46 paypal
postmanhits--$9.62 paypal
PerkTV--$20 amazon (if you sign up, use code 860efbf6 and get 50 bonus points)
Lucktastic-- $10 amazon
apptrailers--$1.15 paypal (if you sign up, bonus code predictableuranus2 for bonus points)
GSN--$10 amazon

This totals $199.38

Upgrades paid---$2 trafficbrowser, $2.99 orbitaltraffic, $6.95 redstagmailer, $2.50 hotflashhits, $6.90 postmanhits, $2.50 zubeedownlines, $5.95 TESurfSocial, and $6.99 trafficmagician for a total of $36.78 there.

This brings my net to $162.66 for November.

December 2015:

Zubeezone-- $5.10 paypal
PurexInsiders -- $50 amazon (gift)
mycokerewards--$10 amazon
redstaghits--$11.03 paypal
apptrailers-- $4.57 paypal
swagbucks --$25 paypal and $13 amazon
shopkick- $2 Target
trafficteams--$19.70 paypal
atomicmailer--$13.09 paypal
PerkTV-- $10 amazon
Checkpoints--$3 amazon (if you sign up, use code marsha32 for bonus points)
Trafficmagician--$11.27 paypal

This totals $178.76

Upgrades paid-- $2 trafficbrowser, $2.99 orbitaltraffic, $27.00 bannermagician (this is a lifetime upgrade so will never be paid again), $2.50 hotflashhits, $6.90 postmanhits, $2.50 zubeedownlines, $6.99 trafficmagician, and $5.95 TESurfSocial for a total of $56.83.

This brings my net to $121.93 for December.

hhmmm--even if I hadn't chosen to go for the lifetime top upgrade at bannermagician I still would have earned less in December than November.

Looking back over the year and my monthly earnings online, it looks like January and February of 2015 were my biggest earning months.  A LOT has changed in the past year.

I did get both my etsy shop and my zibbet store up and running again.  I even had some sales.  Unfortunately, I don't have those figures put together yet.  That will add on to my earnings for both months.    I also sold a book at and am working to add a book for sale here and there to add to my inventory there.

Here is looking on to 2016!!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Search & Learn: Mind, Body, Spirit with Swagbucks

The New Year is here! Take a minute and reflect back on all the goals you set your for yourself for 2015. Did you accomplish all of your goals? Great! Did you fall short on a couple? Not a problem, it’s important to always try and better yourself! 

New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition. There’s is nothing better than giving yourself an official start date to a new you. And what better date than January 1st!

It’s no secret that better health is at the top of most people’s New Year’s resolution lists. Improving the health of your mind, body, and spirit is an integral part to success in almost all facets of life whether it be in your relationships or business! 

Hopefully this month’s Search & Learn from Swagbucks is a step in the right direction: Swagbucks Search & Learn: Mind, Body, Spirit

For those of you who haven’t participated in a Swagbucks Search & Learn, Here’s how it works (Official rules here):

1. Go to the Search & Learn page (you can get there from the button on top left of the Swagbucks home page) each day from January 4th – January 8th.

2. Each day Swagbucks will have 5 new questions related to one of the following categories:
  • Health Nuts
  • Yogis
  • Meditation Dedication
  • Gym Rats
  • Couch Potatoes
3. You can either click on the category card OR search from your defaulted Swagbucks Search Engine to find the correct answer!

4. Once you find the answers to all 5 questions, click on the button that says Win 500 SB on the Search & Learn page and complete that day's survey.

5. Each correct answer (up to 5 each day) will enter you into a drawing to win one of 5 prizes of $5*!

6. Swagbucks will announce the 5 winners the following day at 10am PDT/1pm EDT (Friday’s winners will be announced the following Monday).

ALSO – when you use Swagbucks Search as your defaulted search engine during this promotion, you will be entered (up to 5 times per day) into a drawing to win the following prizes:
  • Grand Prize – $500*
  • Runner Up Prizes (20) – $5*
*All winnings will be paid out in SB. Winners of the Grand Prize and Runner Up Prizes will be announced on Friday, January 15th..

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