Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving, Pie, and a Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful day! We spent a great day with our small family - we got to ride bikes, make some turkey cookies, enjoy a yummy meal- complete with pie!

I wanted to share a couple of recipes we tried this year as it is the first year my mom is eating gluten-free. She was diagnosed with a casein allergy a couple of years ago (no milk or dairy) and even through she doesn't have Celiac, she now has a wheat allergy. It is such a blessing that there are so many good sites and recipes and books out there that have wheat and dairy-free recipes.

She had really been wanting apple pie, so we made this gluten-free pie crust - and she got to have apple pie! It was pretty tasty, actually. We need to add a bit more moisture next time, but it was good.

We also made this pumpkin bread using a Betty Crocker yellow cake mix - and it was good, too, plus super easy!

My very favorite pie ever is my mom's Derby Pie. This recipe is pretty close. :) We omit the pecans and Bourbon.

I also wanted to post our weekend code for the shop! Our sale will run from now until Monday night, November 28. Use code CYBER15 to get 15% off any order. We have lots of new goodies to add - coffee cozies, car trash bags, mug rugs, fabric, scrap bundles, and more, so please stop by!

Monday, November 21, 2011

One Hour Fat Quarter Tote

I've been trying hard the past couple of weeks to stick with the idea that a little bit of sewing still accomplishes something - and it has! I had a great time working with my Kate Spain charm pack. I made some mug rugs for the shop and saved enough charms to sew myself a tote. I also have a batch of Christmas mug rugs and a table topper all ready to be quilted. We plan to have a Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale in the shop. I'll post info about it on Wednesday.

I got a burst of energy last night and decided to give this One Hour Fat Quarter Tote tutorial a whirl. It took me a lot longer than an hour, but I did finish this bag in an evening + 45 minutes this morning. I started with half yards and yards, so I know it took me longer to cut the fabric down to fat quarter size. It would have gone together more quickly if I had started with fat quarters.

I really love how it turned out! I think this will be a Christmas gift for my mom and I hope to make a few more - one for me for sure! I made a few changes (used fusible fleece), but this is a great tutorial and the tote is really roomy and sturdy. It will be a perfect library bag.

Are you working on any Christmas gifts right now? Please share!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ebates, Swagbucks, and More

With Christmas coming, I am always on the lookout for ways to save a little money by earning cash back on online purchases or by finding deals that allow me to get free gift cards. Here are a few of my favorites and some that are new to me:

Swagbucks: Sign up for Swagbucks here and then use their search engine to do searches. Searches can generate Swagbucks which can be redeemed for gift cards and products. A $5 gift card is 450 Swagbucks.

StumbleUpon: Sign up for StumbleUpon then go here to get your referral code. You can share your unique referral link on Facebook, Twitter, your blog or via email. When 5 of your friends sign up for StumbleUpon, you earn a $10 gift card.

Ebates: I always forget to use Ebates but I will try to remember as I shop online this Christmas season. Sign up for Ebates here.

Then, make sure to log in to Ebates each time you shop online to earn cash back on your purchases. You have to log in to Ebates and access the online store you want to shop at in order for your purchases to be recorded and to earn your percentage back on your purchase.

Do you have any other favorite places to save when you shop?

**Please note, these links are my referral links.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Here are some outfits from this past week. We had a lot of windy weather, but some pretty warm temps for November in Ohio.

Wednesday - Dance for my daughter, Tween Game Night at the Library: Black t-shirt - Penney's ($2), Khakis - Lands' End, Orange Corduroy Blazer - St. Johns' Bay (Goodwill), Jewelry Set (Avon - I need to get a close up of it - really pretty and vintage-looking.)

Sunday - Church: This was the first time I've worn black and brown together in a really long time - if ever. I was inspired by several pins on my Pinterest style board that mixed black and brown plus the wide belt. I would have liked the boots to be a bit lighter, but overall, I was happy with the look. - Dress - Target (75% off), Cardigan - Target (75% off), Belt - Goodwill, Boots - Target (75% off), Jewelry - AvonMonday - Work: Brown Shirt - Worthington, Corduroy Jacket - Lands' End, Skirt - Made by me from this fabric, Boots - Target, Belt - Goodwill, Jewelry - Same Avon set again - I guess I like it!

I was so excited to find a wide belt at Goodwill for only $2.50. I've been looking for one and this one works pretty well!Tuesday - Work: Purple striped t-shirt - WalMart, Pants - The Limited (Goodwill), Cardigan - Kohl's, Infinity Scarf - Made by me (from $0.75 worth of fabric!!), Purse - Linea Pelle at Target (75% off!!)

Funny story: I decided yesterday I needed a new fall/winter bag. I am a person that changes purses every 2-4 months. I often make them, but don't have the time right now. Imagine my joy at finding this 75% off beauty at Target last night for under $9. Apparently, Linea Pelle is a big designer name...I've never heard of the designer, but I was just excited to find a clearance purse in my very favorite color. :)

Here's a scarf close-up. The fabric is a nice light weight rayon type fabric. It said to dry clean it, but I prewashed it before sewing and it seemed to come out alright. And it only took about 20 minutes to make!

I'm linking up to What I Wore at the Pleated Poppy! Check it out for some fabulous outfit inspiration!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

I managed to get around half of my outfits from last week...

Work outfit: Tie neck sleeveless blouse - Banana Republic (Goodwill), Cardigan - Target, Pants - Lands' End, Boots - Target
Church: Cardigan - Penney's, Pants - Lands' End, Shirt - Ann Taylor Loft (Goodwill), Boots - Target
Work outfit: Shirt - Target (Purchased online for $3.50!), Pants - The Limited (Goodwill), Red Flats - Target, Scarf - Elder Beerman ($4)

Work outfit: Dress - Ann Taylor (Goodwill) and I wore a black tank from Penney's under it, plus a cardigan from Kohl's - Shoes were the same red flats from above. It was really warm yesterday! My daughter took all these photos - she is 4 tomorrow - I think she does a pretty good job. :)

As I am writing about the components of each outfit, I keep thinking to myself - oh I got those shoes for 75% off and that cardigan was 75% off and those boots were 50% off - the clearance racks at Target are some of my favorite places to look for deals, not to mention Goodwill. Where are your favorite places for fashion deals?

I'm linking up to What I Wore Wednesday!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Thank You and a Challenge

Yesterday was our daughter's birthday party. We all had a very nice time and are enjoying a pleasant day of relaxing afterwards. I hope to share a few details and a little wrap up of the party in the next few days, but today I want to say thank you.

I received a fun little package in the mail yesterday from
Anita who sent the sweet quilted pumpkin as my gift from a pay it forward from her blog. I love it and am using it as a mug rug in front of my computer right now! Thank you so much!

Now it's time for my turn!
If you'd like to receive a little handmade something from me and are willing to make something for 3 people

My part: I will make a little something for the first 3 people to comment on this post. It will be a surprise and it will arrive at any time before the end of this year (you can take up to 365 days to make and send yours!)

Your part: To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too. Share the love on your blog by promising to send a handmade gift to the first three people who comment on your blog post. (Of course, this requires that you have a blog.)

3. I must have a way to contact you, and so you cannot be a "no-reply" blogger. If you are, then you'll need to leave your email address in your post.

4. After commenting on my blog, you have to post this (or something similar) on your own blog to spread the word and spread the love.
I would love to hear from you, so please leave me a comment if you'd like to participate. :) I also came across this fun challenge for the week at Joy's Hope and I think I am going to give it a try. I would love to have you join me on this, too. Doesn't the button make you smile? Happy Saturday!!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

This is my first time linking up with What I Wore at the Pleated Poppy! I've enjoyed reading and seeing lots of different outfits there for awhile and decided to link up this week for the first time. I didn't get a photo each day, but here's what I have!

Friday: Pumpkin picking - cardigan - St. John's Bay, jeans - DKNY (Goodwill), turtleneck - Merona, infinity scarf - Mark, suede boots - Mossimo

Sunday: Church - shirt - Alyx (Goodwill), pants - a.n.a, scarf - gift, boots - Sears, earrings - Letmenatalya on Etsy

Halloween: shirt - Ann Taylor Loft (Goodwill), cardigan - Meijer, jeans - Gap (Goodwill), hat - Mark, boots - Mossimo

Tuesday: Home in afternoon, taught workshop (sorry for the terrible pic!) - dress - Apt. 9 (Goodwill), boots - Target, scarf - Mark, wore with a denim jacket from Lands' End

And that's this week! Hopefully my photos will improve! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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