Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- Playing Catch Up

When my laptop went down, so did my sewing and quilting for the most part.  I missed the past 2 Wednesday's doing a WIP post.  There was about 10 days in there that I did no sewing at all, which made me sad.

I have lots of things to show that have been worked on since my last post, so here goes:

I worked more on the pin cushions, just have to sew them shut and add the buttons to finish these.

I'm still working on the plarn bedroll.  This is such a long process, but eventually it will be to the 6 foot long measurement.

You can't see what's inside my cat bag (with one of our cats behind it), but it's my string quilt UFO, packed and ready to be worked on during the upcoming retreat at the end of this month.  I intend for this to be my sole project at the retreat, and hopefully I can stick to that to actually make good progress on it.

The Arkansas Crossroads is designated my Sit n' Sew project each month.  I have row 6 together and I'm inching my way towards getting all of the blocks done.  Maybe row 7 complete next month?

I bought a scrap bag of flannel at the Mennonite Relief Sale, so I got out some other flannel I had come across and cut more squares for rag quilts.  I so wanted to get my sewing machine out and get to work on these right away after cutting, but didn't get to.  Maybe this week I can?  The flannel strips in the picture will be added to my stash when I get to start a flannel toothbrush rug.

And, speaking of toothbrush rugs, I finally got out the one I had started some time back.  I've been adding strips to the project box as I've cut for other projects and thought it was about time to get it out, organize the strips and get back to work on it.

Last, but not least on my list to share this week is my Sodoku quilt project.  I messed up and am short one black and white fat quarter of having the 9.  I had thought I would use the plain black as the 9th since I had a plain yellow, but then thought better of it once I got home.  I don't think that would be a good choice to use the same as what the sashing and borders will be.  However, once I get that last fat quarter, I can start assembling the blocks.

I'm linking up with the following blogs.  I can't wait to go and see what others are doing, hope you will too.

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Getting Back on Track

I got my new power cord late last Friday.  Thank goodness it was just what my laptop needed to work again!  Not only that, my daughter's boyfriend helped me find one on amazon for just $9.99.
A week later, I am still trying to get back on track with my online routines.

It's been a wild week for sure.  I first would like to report my online and app earnings, which are for 2 weeks since I didn't post last Friday.

$4 to my Perk Plastik card from PerkTV (use code 860efbf6 for bonus points for signing up)
$24.61 PayPal from Debbie Nicholson--this was back payment from a TE that she used to own, and was a total surprise to receive!
$25 PayPal from Swagbucks
$4.74 PayPal from TrendTraxPro
$3 PayPal from Pinecone Research for my amazon data input
$3 amazon from MyPoints

Not only trying to play catch up, but I also joined some new sites as well.  I'm including banners for 2 of the sites as both are outstanding sites!!  The mailer is way too awesome and owned by Clare and Brenton--2 that I am well acquainted with online.   Such a different mailer where you earn rewards for activities, then it's your choice what advertising you choose to exchange your reward points for.

The other is Penguin Surfing.  You surf for your upgrades on this one.  They offer so many games and ways to earn as well.  Lots of fun too!

In other news, my husband has a new job position which takes him out of town for the week.  This leaves me shopping for my own meals for the week.  It's been "fun" to see just what I can get for the little that I have to spend.  The first week I only spent just over $10 for my food for the week.  This included 3 2 ltrs of my Dr Pepper (addiction).  The foods I bought were an orange, a banana, a yogurt, Michelina Manicotti, Armor lunchable, and a Banquet breakfast pot pie.  These along with foods already on hand, and I feel I ate well.
This week hubby is on vacation and we shopped at Aldi.  I must shop there more often.  I am going to shop there for myself this next week and see what I, and for how much.

Ok....this week's Friday Freebie will help me out.  It's Tic Tac gum.   I am working towards quitting smoking and just said last night that I needed some gum.   Link also says Burpee seeds but so far I'm not seeing that coupon on my app or online for my area.  Good luck!

Free Tic Tac Gum & Burpee Seeds for Kroger & Affiliates

Don't forget Recyclebank.  I've not been getting there daily for the daily pledge points, but getting back on track there too.  Almost enough points earned to choose something else free from One Twine.

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

100 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

Since I am still trying to catch up and get back on track, I'm going to close for now and leave you with the link up.  I do hope some will link up this week and motivate us to live a more frugal life.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in April

All throughout April you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link :

2. Earn 300 SB total before May 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $3,408 since joining!!  I cash in for PayPal and amazon most of the time, but have also cashed in for eBay, Wal-Mart, and Burger King.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- My Laptop is Down

My laptop is down.  I can only assume I need a new battery as it won't hold a charge and now it's at the point of if it does come on, it goes right back off and says it's plugged in but not charging.
This makes me very sad, as you probably know.  I depend on my online work for my earning.

I am grateful for my 2 tablets, my plan phone, and 3 other phones that I run apps on.  I've been surfing on my plan phone, along with the 2 tablets.  But, now I have to also do my email from my phone as well.  No idea how I can even come close to doing it all.

In the meantime, here are the earnings I rec'd this past week from websites and apps:

$2 from PerkTV to my PerkPlastik card
$13.05 PayPal from MagicalJourneyTE
$10.48 to my checking account from Etsy after fees and shipping, including these from the previous order as well.
$13.29 paypal from Gardenmails
$3 PayPal from Pinecone Research
$1 amazon from the checkpoints app

It seems I can't put in links or banners without the tablet freezing up, so if you would like more information on any of the sites in my list, please contact me with Facebook messenger.

I also apologize for no recyclebank links, or Friday Freebie link, or the weekly link up.  It's not letting me even open a new tab to see if I could cut and paste!

Make sure to check out the Friday Freebie with your Kroger affilate store--it's a Kinder Joy!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WIP Wednesday --Lots Worked On

Does working a little on lots of projects add up to getting a lot done.  It actually adds up to getting nothing "done" 😀😉

We had our member sale this past Monday at guild.  That was loads of fun.  I got some great deals!

One thing I got was 2 yellow fat quarters for $1 each, some black and white (given to me out of a scrap bag that someone else bought), and a whopping 60 x 62 piece of black Kona for just $3 (lots of this still left!).
I got my start on my Sodoku quilt top finally. I bought the pattern 4 or 5 years ago!  It will be added to my "new" list once I get this post done.

I got a good start on making pin cushions.  6 finished ones were donated to the guild to be used as free gifts when someone buys tickets for our opportunity quilt. 

Some more rows added to my plarn bedroll that will be given to a charity that will give it to a homeless person.  This is going to be a long project as I'm nowhere close to the 6 foot long.  You can find a write up and instructions on making plarn bedrolls HERE.

Here's a UFO that's been hanging in it's project bag for a couple of years or so.  I got frustrated while quilting it as the back kept folding over.  I put it in the member sale figuring if someone bought it fine, if not, I would frog stitch and use my 505 spray and try again to finish it.  I got the frog stitching done.  Hopefully will work towards finishing this, this next week.

Lastly, this past week they had "Git R' Done" day at the quilt shop.  I pulled out this Charming Stars quilt that I hadn't worked on for almost a year.  I'm really close now to getting the hand quilting done around the edge.  Of course who knows when I will pull it out again.  Knowing me, it will be at Git R' Done in April.

I hope to get as much done this next week as well.
In the meantime, I link up with these blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Upcycling and More

I'm going to start out this week talking about the bedroll that I am currently crocheting.  Making bedrolls with plarn (plastic yarn) is the latest request from the agency First Call for Help.  They will then give them to the homeless.
I've been busily cutting the tremendous amount of plastic grocery sacks that we have here at the house, and then crocheting them into making the bedroll.
I have a LONG way to go before this is 6 ft long, and I'm guessing well over 200 bags to make it.

I've been wanting to get back to crocheting with plarn and this is the perfect project to start with.  I MAY make more after this one that will go to my middle daughter and her family for their primitive camping.....or, I might move on to making more of the grocery sacks.  I also seen to make placemats and coasters as well.

This past week my online and app earnings included:

**$2 to my Perk Plastik card from PerkTV.  (use code 860efbf6 for bonus points for signing up)
**$25 PayPal from Swagbucks (notice this is the 3rd week in a row I've rec'd $25 from Swagbucks?)
**$2 amazon from C+R Research
**$9.45 to my checking account from a sale in my Etsy shop. (I forgot to go pay the fees and shipping before it was transferred to my bank or it would have been less, and now the fees and shipping still do need to be paid)

Here is this week's Friday Freebie:

Free thinkThin Bar for Kroger & Affiliates

And, your weekly Recyclebank points to check out:

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

For fun this week, I'm also including a list of sweepstakes to enter.  Good luck!!

Win a Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera & Photo Paper

Win a Year of The Bestselling Books from Penguin Random House

Win a Trip to Cancun Mexico

Win an Honor View10 Android Phone worth $499

Win a $250 ArtDeco Beauty Shopping Spree

Win a $500 Visa Prepaid Gift Card

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- Another New Project

When our quilt newsletter came out, there was an article about something else that the agency First Call For Help would like made to give out.  That something are plarn bed rolls for the homeless.
I've been wanting to crochet with plarn again for a very long time.  This is a good time to start.  Great way to get rid of the over abundance of plastic grocery sacks that are piling up at our house too.

I wonder just how many bags it will take to make a 6 foot long bedroll....
I am adding these on to my 6 list for the year.  I'm putting bedrolls as I do intend to make more than one.  I'm not sure if they will go to charity past this first one though.  My middle daughter and her family primitive camp and they could use these mats too!

I did more work on my Penny rug this week.  I got a few circles sewn on and started to trim around those.   I highly doubt I find time this week to get it out again.  I want to though! 

I put together 3 sets of double folded hotpads to sew up.

Lastly this week, I did more cutting.  Everything I cut is not in this picture, but you get the idea.  The biggest, and hardest part for me, is actually putting what I cut in with the project I've cut it for!  I've spent some time this week attempting to find my other bags of cuts and put them where they belong, but I have a long way to go on that!!

I made myself a promise to work on something each and every day no matter how little time I find for it.  If I can keep it up like I have this past week, then things will start getting done-----that is if I can stop myself from starting new projects so often.  😳😀😣

I should close now and get busy!

I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Freebies, Earnings, and More

Let's start with free candy!  You know I love my sweets.  This week's Friday Freebie with Kroger is an Oreo candy bar.  These are really good too!

Free Oreo Milka Chocolate Candy Bar for Kroger & Affiliates

I'm going to move right on to Recyclebank.  They have a good thing right now, and that is for every person you get to sign up that verifies, you will receive a $5 Target gift card.   If you aren't a member, I hope you will check it out using my link highlighted above.
Here is your free point listings for this week too.

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

Do you have your YesWay Rewards card?  I got one in the mail some time back and never did anything with it.   Don't be like me!   You earn one Smile just for registering for your card.
Then, you earn 10 points for every dollar spent and every 250 points earn you one Smile.
Oh my!  You can redeem ONE smile for lots of different things like a donut, a cup of coffee, fountain drink, small bag of chips, regular size candy bar, bottle of water, roller food item, and more!
Or, you can save your smiles for other things.  TWO smiles can get you (free) things such as Powerade, King Size candy bar, breakfast burrito and/or chicken biscuit.   Save them up even more to redeem for free coffee or fountain mugs, xxxl chips, or Red Bull.
It's really a great deal---PLUS  the first time you put gas in your vehicle after registering for a card, you get 10 cents off per gallon of gas too.
Thumbs up!

For my online and app earnings rec'd this past week.....

**$25 amazon from Swagbucks 
**$2 to my Perk Plastik card from PerkTV  (use code 860efbf6 for bonus points for signing up)
**$27.36 check from Inboxdollars
**$2.43 from Promoslice --  This is a site where traffic exchange owners go in together to offer promos.  Most all of them have 1 or 2 "grand" prizes and then an amount that is shared between each entry.  I really enjoy doing these knowing that I am guaranteed something extra over what I am earning at the exchanges as well.  However, there are a LOT of exchanges that take part and most of you (my readers) don't want to be like me and join hundreds of exchanges to take part in these promos.  I love it, but it's not for everyone.
**$9.26 PayPal (after fees) from the Watch4Dollar app.  This was a long time coming, over a month.  They posted of being behind due to so many cash ins.  I'm glad they did pay, this is my 2nd payment from them.  If you would like to give them a try, please put in the code W4D4AFC8 so that I receive credit.
**$3 amazon from mypoints

  Save $2.00 on any ONE (1) ORE-IDA Breakfast Bake Product (40 oz.)

  Save $1.00 on any two (2) JUST CRACK AN EGG products

  Save $0.40 on any TWO (2) Campbell's® Condensed soups

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- Some Progress

I got out my Arkansas Crossroads quilt top to work on after it's been in it's project box in the trunk of my car since at least last October.   For some reason I thought I had made all the strips to make the blocks.  I was far from wrong.  I only had enough strips for 4 blocks!    I made those 4 blocks then worked on my strips for blocks.

I took this picture with the row of 4 blocks as well as the 5 rows that are done as a reminder to my readers of what I am working on.

I put the penny rug on the floor and pinned all the circles on.  I'm anxious to work on this rug more but I found it much easier to have the table out to work on it.  That's hard for me to do when the babies are here.  I'm wondering if this would be something I could enter into the fair, making myself a goal to finish it in time for it.

Also this week I spent a whole afternoon bringing things out of my craft/sewing room to look through and see what I could find to take to the members sale at our guild meeting later this month.   I have a box full and out in my trunk ready to go.  I know there are more things in my room if I find time to do some real sorting in there (not to mention the things I need that I need to find!).  I am in hopes of selling at least a bit of it.

I link up with the following blogs.  I hope you will check them all out.
WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

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