Friday, November 30, 2012

November Clothing Purchases

November Purchases

It's the last day of November - time for a run down of what I spent this month on clothing and accessory purchases. I am trying for $50 a month on fashion-related purchases. I went a little over this month - got sucked in by a few good Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales!

I don't have pictures of everything, but here's what I got.

  • Sonoma plaid shirt from Goodwill - $3.65
  • White Lands' End button down - $3.75
  • Turquoise and black polka dot blouse from Elder Beerman - $5.33
  • Owl necklace via Amazon - $1
  • Casual graphic print t-shirt from Kohl's - $2.12
  • Striped knit blazer from Target - $8
  • Mustard flats from Target - $6.37
  • Red bubble necklace from Caroline G. - $5.95
  • Layering tanks from JCPenney -  $9.56
  • Aqua and Silver shirt from Kohl's - $4.43
  • Sparkly embellished t-shirt from Kohl's - $4.26
  • 2 pairs bubble earrings from Groopdealz - $3
Total: $47.80

I used  Kohl's cash for at least one purchase and I ended up doing a little extra shopping to get something new for a wedding we're going to tomorrow. I think the sparkly top will work well for the wedding and the upcoming holidays - it seems pretty versatile. The tanks and plaid shirt have been on my list for awhile, and the white button down and blazer have also been worn a couple of times already.

**Editing to add - when I tried on the tanks, I discovered they weren't going to work for me, so they are going back. Good news is, that puts me right under $50 - bad news is, I really need some new tank tops! :)

I got a few more pieces today, but since they were birthday presents, I don't have to count them in my budget for the month. :) I got a pretty red and black print blouse, black pants,  and a lovely raspberry solid scarf.

I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers at Franish!

For Sale

This is not one of my typical posts, but since I know I have some quilters that read my blog, I am posting this here. My mom is selling her Janome Memory Craft 6300 sewing machine. It was purchased new (very recently) and used for a little over 2 months. She purchased it for $1099 and would like to sell the machine for $899 plus shipping costs. We will entertain offers, so please email if you are interested.

The machine includes all the feet, accessories, etc. including the original packaging. Included with the machine are the following:

  • Zig zag foot
  • Overedge foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Satin stitch foot
  • Blind hem foot
  • Cording foot
  • Overcasting foot
  • Auto button hole foot
  • Basting/Darning foot
  • Quarter inch seam foot
  • Even feed foot
  • Open toe satin stitch foot
  • 2 screwdrivers
  • Set of needles
  • Lint brush
  • Seam ripper
  • Spool holders in large and small
  • 3 bobbins
  • Quilting bar
  • Quilting bar for the even feed foot
  • Cloth guide with screw
  • Instruction book
  • Power supply cord
  • Foot control
  • Accessory box with a foot storage compartment inside
  • Knee lifter
  • Extension table
  • Cover
Stored in a nonsmoking studio. If you are interested or would like more information or photos, please contact me via the email in my profile. Thanks so much!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Charm Square Wreath

We started getting out our Christmas decorations this weekend. I knew I wanted to make a new wreath, but when I went to Pat Catan's to look for supplies, I got so overwhelmed, plus I didn't want to spend a ton of money to make a new one. I have a lot of craft supplies, so I started looking around on Pinterest for some ideas that would use what I have. I found a fabric covered wreath from Craftiness is Not Optional, and thought I might be able to use some of my fabric to do something similar.

I already had a 12" foam wreath form and I also had a charm pack of some cute Kate Spain fabrics from her Joy line. (I got it on sale awhile ago.) I started playing around with the charms and tried to figure out how to wrap them around the wreath form. I ended up cutting each charm along the diagonal to form two triangles. Then, I wrapped them, one triangle at a time, around the wreath form and hot glued them onto the wreath. I alternated directions - one triangle with the wide part at the top, then the matching triangle with the wide part at the bottom.

The whole wreath took 16 charms. I used some striped ribbon I got at Joann Fabric a few months ago (for $0.25!) to hang the wreath. When I finished, I decided it needed something else. I used the Coffeetin font to print out letters to make the word "joy". I have a tag punch, so I used it to punch out each letter, then used a regular hole punch to punch two holes in each letter. I strung the letters on a piece of grosgrain ribbon and used two straight pins to attach the little banner to the wreath - hot glue would work also.

I love the colors - aqua, green, red, and white and am so excited I made it without purchasing anything new!

I'm linking up to Made By You Monday at 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book Review: Christmas in Apple Ridge

Reading Christmas books is a great way for me to get into the spirit of the season. I recently finished reading Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall. This book included 3 separate novellas in one volume. The titles included are: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, and The Dawn of Christmas. The first two titles were previously published and the third is brand new. I vaguely remembered reading The Sound of Sleigh Bells, but didn't remember all the details, so I enjoyed reading it again.

Each novella is the story of an Amish couple who faces past hurts and various adversities on their path to love. The Sound of Sleigh Bells is the story of Beth and Jonah. Beth can't let go of a tragedy that haunts her and keeps her from living her life. Jonah is an Amish man that is a talented carver. When Beth discovers his talent, she is captivated, but is he who she thinks he is? The Christmas Singing is the story of Mattie and Gideon. Mattie leaves home to become a cake decorator after Gideon breaks off their engagement. When she returns home unexpectedly after 3 years, she finds Gideon there again and finally discovers what really happened to end their relationship. The Dawn of Christmas is the story of Sadie and Levi. Both have been hurt badly in the past and have difficulties trusting. They forge a friendship and an unlikely alliance, but can it be more than friendship?

These stories are wonderful, heartwarming, and infused with the spirit of Christmas. They are perfect for reading under a quilt next to a fire - with some hot chocolate. :)

For more about the author, visit this author spotlight. Check out an excerpt from the book here

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review; all opinions are my own.

Do you enjoy reading Christmas books? Do you have a favorite title? I'd love to hear abut it!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What I Wore: Simple

White Shirt: Lands' End, Skinny Jeans: Mossimo (Thrifted), Scarf: Kohls, Boots: Target, Gold Hoops: Avon

Sometimes simple is best! I got this white shirt for $3.50 a couple of weeks ago at Lands' End.

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TeamCAC Gift Guide: Part 2

I have three more shops to feature today, so here we go! :)
The first shop today is PrincessEMarie. This shop has the cutest earrings! Made of sequin confetti, these fun dangle earrings are available for lots of different holidays including Christmas, New Year's, and everyday wear as well. It was hard to pick a favorite here, but I really like these winter snowflake earrings.

The next shop up is PACountryCrafts. This shop has a variety of items for the home including baskets, framed stitchery, and personalized wooden ornaments. I have a few items from Lindsay, including a personalized ornament, and everything is beautiful and very well made. I especially love her framed stitchery items that she has been adding, and this purple one is my favorite right now.

Last up for today is our shop, CJ's Craft Corner. Our shop is a collaborative effort, and we've been working hard to make lots of items in fun new fabric combinations. We have coffee cozies, tea wallets, car trash bags, mug rugs, pouches, fabric bins, and more! I love this snowman bin that we recently listed.

We're releasing our coupon code to my blog readers today, so use code HOLIDAY15 to take 15% off any order at CJ's Craft Corner now through Monday, November, 26.
Thanks for reading and happy shopping!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

TeamCAC Gift Guide: Part 1

On Etsy, our shop is a member of TeamCAC - Christian Artists and Craftsmen. This week, I'm featuring a few TeamCAC shops including some coupon codes so you can do some handmade shopping for Christmas!

First up is Marie's Crochet Corner! Here you'll find a variety of pretty crocheted items including scarves, hats, blankets, phone cozies, and more! I bought this pretty cowl for myself last year in a chocolate brown and I love it. Extremely soft and cozy and versatile as well! Convo the shop owner to have this cowl made in your choice of colors!

Look for a great Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale here as well - 25% off! I might be looking into a couple of cowls for my Christmas gift list!

The next shop is Hampton House. Hampton House has a lovely selection of jewelry supplies, vintage items, and even some Fiestaware! I especially love these sweet blue plates

Use code CARLY15 to get 15% off your purchase at HamptonHouse!

The final featured shop for today is OlsenTrademarkCrafts. This shop includes beautiful selection of crocheted items (including dolls), Norweigan rosemaled items (like this pretty bluebird), and other handpainted items. One of my favorites is this custom painted ornament - she paints a picture of your house on the ornament! What a fun Christmas gift!

Stop by and take a look at some of these shops and start your Christmas shopping early!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Winter Snow Fabric Bundle

I had such a good time curating my first collection for the Sew Lux contest, I decided to put together another bundle! This one is full of icy aquas and cool greys...reminds me of a peaceful snowy winter day.

I have a book review coming this week, plus an outfit post, and a little mini handmade gift guide featuring some Etsy shops!

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What I Wore: Checking In

Black and White Sweater: Christopher and Banks, Cobalt Blue Shirt: Riders, Skinny Jeans: Mossimo (Thrifted), Black Ankle Boots: Payless, Blue Necklace and Earrings: Kohl's (Gift)

Sorry the pic isn't better - I seem to only remember to take pics late at night inside!
I haven't posted a What I Wore post in awhile but I have still been working on be more careful and purposeful with my shopping and spending and trying to remix my current wardrobe in the process. I am still using Go Chic or Go Home to see my closet and work on putting together new outfits.

I found the style blog Blue Paper Lanterns recently, and her annual clothing budget is $600. I feel like $50 is a reasonable amount for me to spend each month on clothing, accessories, etc. Part of this amount comes out of the clothing line item in our budget and part is my monthly "mad money" or money I make selling on Etsy, Ebay, etc. 

So far, I've spent around $14 this month on 3 shirts and a necklace. I need to spend some of this month's budget on some black pants.

I'm also reading What I Wore by Jessica Quirk right now. It has been really helpful for me in that I have been able to identify some of the core items that are missing in my wardrobe right now.

I'm linking up to The Pleated Poppy!

Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas eBook

Happy Tuesday!! I'm just dropping in quickly this afternoon to share about Money Saving Mom's newest eBook Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. I am excited to read this eBook - I'm sure I will get a lot out of it as I have from her eBooks in the past.

The eBook is only $0.99 right now! Let me know if you decide to buy and read this. I'd love to hear what you think!

*The link above is my affiliate link.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sweet Fabric Bundle

Over at Sew Lux fabrics, they are having a fun contest! Basically, they are asking participants to browse the Sew Lux shop and select 8 fabrics to coordinate with each other. Sew Lux will select their 10 favorite entries and those 10 will be voted on. The winning bundle will be for sale at Sew Lux during December and the winner gets the bundle he/she created for free! Super fun!

Participants can enter up to 2 times, so here is my first entry! I'm calling this entry "Sweet". I started out with the green floral print called A-Line Dress in Rosemary from the Hello Luscious line by Basic Grey. I used the color palette of pink, red, green, and plum to pull together a variety of other prints from different lines. I tried to mix and match florals, geometrics, dots, and solids.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Book Review: The Bridesmaid

The Bridesmaid is the newest book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series by Beverly Lewis. A few months ago, I reviewed The Fiddler, the first book in the series. One thing that I really like about this series is that each book stands on its own. Each book contains a story that begins and ends within a single book. There is overlap from title to title in terms of the setting and some of the characters, which means if you read all the titles, you will get to know certain characters quite well.

The Bridesmaid is the story of Joanna Kurtz, a young Amish woman who is still unmarried, despite being older in the eyes of the Amish. Joanna is surprised to meet a pleasant young Amish man named Eben Troyer while both are away from their homes and visiting family in Virginia Beach. The twosome spend several days becoming friends and decide to write to each other when they return to their homes in Pennsylvania and Indiana. As Eben and Joanna grow closer through letters and phone calls, they run into a number of obstacles that cause them to question how their relationship can ever have a future.

I love the characters and the setting in these Hickory Hollow novels. Both aspects are developed well and make the novel extremely rich and enjoyable. Joanna and Eben both learn to trust God despite obstacles and both experience a tremendous amount of growth throughout the novel. Both discover that when God writes your story, he has your best interests at heart. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction, especially Amish fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review. All opinions are my my own.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


It's fact a week of November is already finished! I've enjoyed a little blogging break, but wanted to stop and say hi to everyone! :)

First, I wanted to let you all know that Barbara won the fall craft bundle giveaway, so congrats to her! One of my goals for this year was to have a giveaway of some sort on the blog each month. I know I've done several so far this year, so plan on November and December giveaways, too.

We been sewing up a storm and stocking our Etsy shop with lots of goodies for gift giving. I also have been getting ideas for Christmas gifts to make. My daughter and I made a fabric bookmark tonight, so I guess we've made one thing already!

I thrifted one time last Friday and found a cute plaid shirt that was on my list. I was excited and plan to stay out of Goodwill until at least the middle of the month. The time away from thrifting has been wonderful.

There are so many good challenges and series going on right now online. I mentioned the 30 Day Give last time, but I am also following along with a few others including Money Saving Mom's 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home and Women Living Well's Making Your Home a Haven. Not participating in everything, but trying to do some of the activities when I can.

Look for a book review and giveaway coming soon! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

31 Days of Seeking Simplicity: Thank You

Yesterday was the last official day of the 31 days series. I missed a few days here and there, but for the most part was able to keep blogging throughout the challenge. I was able to spend some time thinking through some things that were bothering me and even resolved a few. I want to thank all of you that took the time to read during the last month!

I am excited about November and the ideas we have for our Etsy shop. We've been creating lots of new items, working on updating our listings, and more. We'll have a coupon code at some point as well - probably over Thanksgiving weekend. I had a few ask what all we were doing to get ready for the holidays, so I might share a bit about that as well.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, too! I'm hoping to get some gifts started and purchased and create some new family traditions.

For the blog, I have a stack of great books to read and review - and maybe even give away! The craft bundle giveaway is open for a bit longer, so stop by and enter if you are interested.

I also love the idea of the 30 Day Giving Challenge. What a perfect time of the year to challenge ourselves to give to others!

Again, thanks so much to all of you that read here!

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