Friday, November 24, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha --Hope You Had a Nice Thanksgiving

I do hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and got to spend the day with loved ones and friends.
I feel very blessed that we were able to work around work schedules and get everyone there.  Well, everyone but 3 of the grandchildren. 

My middle daughter and her husband work at a smoke house, so they have taken care of the turkey and ham the past few years.  She also made the pies as well as homemade rolls.
I do feel bad that they provided so much of the food as well as hosting at their house.

Her step-son made the green bean casserole.  My husband and I provided the potatoes and gravy.   My middle daughter provided the cranberry sauce and stuffing.  My son and his fiance provided the candied yams.  And, my mom made her "famous" applesauce jello. 

I took a few pictures.  They aren't the best, but I am sharing them with you this week anyway.

Lots to be Thankful for each and every day.  This is something that we all need to remember every day, not just on Thanksgiving Day.

Blessings to all!

Thanksgiving Card

Thanksgiving Card

by graphicdesign

Grateful Thankful Blessed Rustic Script - damask Throw Pillow

Grateful Thankful Blessed Rustic Script - damask Throw Pillow

by MarshEnterprises

The Family Is One Of God's Greatest Masterpieces Tile

The Family Is One Of God's Greatest Masterpieces Tile

by EnchantingQuotes

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- A Start

I have a nice start to the covered composition notebooks that I am making for Christmas gifts.  9 out of 35 done.  I don't think that I need 35 for Christmas, but what I don't use for Christmas I will donate to my quilt guild to put in our boutique at the 2018 quilt show in Wichita.

In my process of cleaning up around my desk I've been bagging up projects.  I got most of them into a box and into my sewing room, but rug strips didn't make it into a bag.  They were calling my name sitting in a pile on my desk.  I just couldn't help myself but to start a new toothbrush rug.

Of course the rug is put to the side for now in a project box.  I may or may not work on it again for awhile.  I need to finish the notebook covers.  I made 2 more of the double towel scarves with Christmas towels and a lady has already bought those and wants 2 more for Christmas.  Plus, I have 2 orders of the crocheted netting dish scrubbies to get made as well.  Busy busy crafting and sewing is what I need to be.

I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Wednesday Wait Loss Featured Quilting is more fun than Housework

Friday, November 17, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- It's Been a Busy Week

Whew!  This week has flown by and it's been a flurry of activity!

I've still been working here and there on clearing out all this clutter around and under my desk.  I'm not getting even close to being done though.  I should have taken a very shameful picture of just how much stuff I've amassed over time.
Just this morning I found something under my desk in a pile that had I needed that item, I would have never known where to find it!  It's now where it belongs.
In my process of sorting sewing projects I got most of those in a big box, each in their own bag, and at least into my craft room.  I didn't get the strips for rug making into the box....they were still in a pile on my desk and calling my name.  They yelled at me so loudly that instead of getting into their bag, I started a new toothbrush rug with them.  I've been working on it a few strips at a time each day.

I cashed in with Swagbucks for $25 in amazon.  That enabled me with what I already had in my account to order both cat food and cat litter.
I've been buying those through Ibotta since they seem to always have Pet Products in their categories for buying through amazon.

I got in the Harvest VoxBox from Influenster.  I'm always excited to open the boxes when I get them.
I just got back inside from hanging our bedding on the line after washing it in the new Gain Botanicals.  I can't wait to crawl into bed tonight and go to sleep to the great scent of Gain (I sound like the commercial  LOL)
I'm enjoying using the Mane Magic, the Vera Wang cologne, and the shea body butter.

If you are not a member of Influenster already, I encourage you to sign up.  You get great things to try and then do short reviews of in social media.  It doesn't require a lot of your time.  It is well worth it!

Influenster is have Movember right now and for every new member who signs up throughout November, they will donate $1 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  Just another plus of joining!

These things along with all the things I already do both online and offline, plus babysitting for my 10 month old granddaughter and my 7 week old grandson and helping my 13 yr old granddaughter who is now being homeschooled, really did mean for a busy week!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Disney Winnie the Pooh Crochet Kit is Just Too Cute

Everyone in my family just loves Winnie the Pooh.  My favorite character is Eeyore.
My youngest daughter (age 21) treasures the huge Winnie the Pooh that her dad crocheted for her so many years ago.

I am anxious to get the little Winnie the Pooh crocheted from the kit as well as the Piglet.  (He also had crocheted her a large Piglet).  I've not even started to crochet them yet, but I promise that once they are done I will come back and add the photos of my completed projects.   They really are going to be super cute!

Let's talk about the kit:

The kit includes all of the supplies you need to make Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.

6 colors of yarn
crochet hook
embroidery thread and felt.

Also included is the 76 page instruction book.   The book contains instructions to make all of the characters of Winnie the Pooh plus extras:

Winnie the Pooh
Hunny Pot
Little Black Rain Cloud Set
Christopher Robin

The first pages of the book include how to do the stitches with illustrations as well as an abbreviation chart.
Each project has great step-by-step illustrations as well.
Templates are included in the back of the book for the felt eyes for each project.

With the instructions the way they are, even a beginner can make these adorable Winnie the Pooh characters.
This makes  a great gift for yourself--create the characters for your own collection.
The kit makes a great gift some someone who crochets--and loves Winnie the Pooh.
The kit is a great buy to make the characters and give them as a gift.

This gets an A++ in my book.

Disclosure:  I rec'd a kit for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Post does contain affiliate links.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- Almost Done!!

I didn't realize until late last Wednesday that I didn't do a WIP post last week.  I went out of town to babysit on Wednesday and just plain forgot.  I hadn't worked on anything except the yo-yo projects.

I am finally almost done with them!!  You might notice in the picture the pins.  Those are the yo-yo's that I have left to "repair".  I am not happy with them as they aren't tight enough.

I do plan to finish this TODAY!   Once these are done I really must concentrate on getting my Christmas gifts made.

I've been getting more items listed in my Etsy shop.  I still have several items to get listed. 

Short blog post this week.   I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.


Quilting is more fun than Housework

I found these on Amazon this morning just by chance and have added both to my wish list!!!  I hope to buy both very soon!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Earn Free Gift Cards during the Swag Feast Team Challenge

In need of some extra spending power as we head into the holidays? Swagbucks is holding a Swag Feast Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes and earn points towards free gift cards and PayPal cash! The challenge runs from Monday, November 13th until 12pm PT on Friday, November 17th.

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. In addition to earning SB, you'll contribute to your team's total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 
Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before December 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 4th place team will receive a 15 SB Swag Up Rebate, Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, November 17th at 2pm PT and will expire on Thursday, November 30th at 11:59pm PT

Friday, November 10, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- One Thing Leads To Another

Per my usual self, I am easily sidetracked when I see something of interest on the internet.
Yesterday it was a push notification from Six Dollar Family.  The post was about her and her daughter moving into an extended stay motel.

They went from a 3 bedroom house to a hotel room.  I have thoughts of downsizing all of the time.  I look around at all of the stuff surrounding us in our own 3 bedroom house.

Frugal living and simple living go hand in hand.  Too many times I've tried to start sorting and getting rid of excess (and it's a LOT!).  Well, I've started on it again just with all of the stuff that is piled around me here at my desk.....under my desk, on the printers, under and around my chair, under and on a TV tray that sits by me.

So far I'm only sorting all of these sewing projects and misc fabrics and such, but it is a start.  It also needs to be a very good start to actually getting all of these sewing projects done.  I guess I just say wish me luck at this point as I'm realizing I only have a few weeks now to even get all of my Christmas gifts sewn!

Here are some coupons and other goodies for you this week.  I hope you find something useful.  And, good luck if you enter any of the sweepstakes.

  Save $1.50 on any ONE (1) 20 oz package of Seattle's Best Coffee®

  Save $1.00 on any Two (2) Aquafina 20 oz bottles

  Save $0.50 TWO (2) French's Fried Onions

  Save $1.00 when you buy any TWO Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Baked Goods Products


Free Amazon Baby Welcome Box ($35 value)

Free Subscription to Town & Country Magazine

Free Subscription to Outdoor Photographer

Free Subscription to Seventeen Magazine

Free Guardians of the Galaxy & Avengers Comic Books


Win up to $5000 in the Wilton Candy Melts for You Sweepstakes

Win an iPad Pro & the Ultimate Prize Pack worth over $2,500

New Amazon Giveaway 11/9

Win $1000 Marshalls Gift Cards in the Holiday Sweepstakes

Monday, November 6, 2017

Get more free gift cards during November Swago with Spin & Win

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating Thanksgiving early with another big "Swago" promotion starting Monday, November 6th at 9am PT and running until Monday, November 13th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, November 13th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, November 16th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The 2017 Swagbucks Holiday Sale!

Swagbucks is offering double cash back at dozens of different stores (like Macy's and Target) during their 2017 Holiday Sale. Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping. There are 

In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Church Rummage Sale Finds

I went to a quilt retreat last Friday and Saturday that ended up being real frugal since she changed the place to host and then the retreat was free!!  Because of being there, I missed putting out my Frugal Friday post last week.

In my previous post I wrote about the few things I had bought early from that church rummage sale.  We went back on Saturday for the $2 a sack sale.  I ended up with the items in the picture in 2 sacks, so just $4.

I got several pieces of clothing and socks for Amelia, a few pieces of clothing for myself, a couple of t-shirts to cut up for rugs and rags, misc dishes, hair bands, and even several little things that are now in my gift stash tote.

It's another busy Friday with it being my mom's payday, but I can't leave you without at least a few coupons to print, freebies to send for and sweepstakes to enter!  Good Luck!!

Save $0.50 when you buy TWO PACKAGES any flavor Betty Crocker™ Potatoes (Excludes Potato Buds™)

Save $0.55 on ONE (1) Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies Product

Free 2-Year Subscription to Field & Stream Magazine

LEGO Mini Model Build - Free LEGO Dog

Free Subscription to Diabetic Living Magazine

Free Items with the Kroger 25 Merry Days - Starts 11/24

Sweeps to enter:

Win a Nintendo Prize Pack

Win a Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera & Lense Kit

Win Holiday Must-Haves from Spanx, Blistex, and Glade worth $85

Win a Country Sampler Holiday Home Prize Pack worth $600

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