Monday, February 21, 2011

Taking the bugs with you on a picnic

I have a new item up in my ETSY shop.  It's a ladybug covered snack sak.  Maybe it's because I have a boy, but I got a kick out of thinking of taking the bugs WITH you on the picnic!  And they are ladybugs, so they're cute, right?

Monday, February 7, 2011

I fought the pillow...not sure who won!

I sew.  I am not a great sewer.  I try.  Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes not.  And most of the time, it's somewhere in between.  Kind of like my life.  I am in the process of redoing my sewing/craft/misc room in our house.  It's been fun to redo on a BUDGET!  I have a black and white theme with red accents.  So I wanted to do a statement pillow.  It was supposed to be for a 24 inch pillow.  It ended up being 16 inches.  That's what I mean.  I'm not so exact.  I entered it in Sew, Mama, Sew Blog.  If I win, it will be a God thing!  Here's the pillow:
I used fabric that I had in my stash or that my mom had.  I wanted to use some red ric-rack but it didn't work.  So I had to rip it out and start over.  I ended up using grosgrain ribbon and hand pleated it.  This was a pain!  And I sure there was an easier way.  The birds are actually iron on transfers that I used with my Silhouette Cutter.  Oh, let me mention the pillow form.  Since I had 2-24 inch pillow forms and NOT a 16 inch pillow I went shopping.  Blank plain pillow forms can be $15-$25.  It's really crazy.  So I went to Ross and got a ready made pillow for the inside.  Done.  And it only cost $5!  (Take the cover with you to the store!)

Now I need some ideas for the 2-24 inch pillows!

ETSY Shop open!

So my ETSY shop is officially open.  Of course I have one thing posted in there, but let me know what else you want to see!
Here is the direct link:

Hope everyone is staying healthy and warm!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I love the internet!

Ok, so I really do love the internet!  It's an amazing thing.  The internet saved me somewhere between $250-$600 today.  I know I don't post many pictures on my blog.  I'm lazy that way.  But I do have a rather nice Digital SLR camera, courtesy of my mother-in-law when she 'upgraded'.  I've used it for about a year and have fallen in love with it.  I don't do anything fancy.  I mostly use the auto modes.  At my son's school program, I no longer could zoom.  And when it did work, there was this grinding sound.  NOT GOOD!

I went to the local camera store and was told it would be $250 to fix it.  So then I asked what a new lens would cost.  $600.  Ok, this is NOT in the budget.  So I went on line and googled away to find out what could be wrong.  Seems these lenses suffer from a loose screw.  (Don't say it!)  Then knowing what was wrong, I searched for a tutorial to fix it.  It wasn't the greatest tutorial but after about 30 minutes of working on it, I fixed it!  Wooohoooo!

Have you ever used the internet to save you BIG bucks?  I'd love to hear it!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Meal Planning Tool

In January 2010, I decided I needed to get a handle on my meal planning.  Well, my lack of meal planning.  One of the blogs I read mentioned an on-line tool that seemed worth checking out.  It is called Plan to Eat.  It has a free 30 day trial.  If you like the service it is $4.95 a month or $39 a year (which is like getting 4 month free).  Now, I know there are free options out there, but I feel like this is worth it.  I am sure I save $39 a year in eating out costs because I have nothing planned to eat.
Why I like it:
1. I can input all of my own recipes.  I put in all of my recipes in about 5 hours.  You can search for recipes and import them from the web or bulk input them by copying and pasting.  I love having my recipes on line!
2. It has a calendar to plan out meals, move them around, and help make a shopping list.  It allows you then to remove what you have on hand.
3. You can link it (using iCal technology) to my Google calendar, which is on my phone.  So I can check my phone or computer for what we are having.
4. They are always trying to make the site better.  I love that!

Please check them out!  Use this LINK and I might make $4.  Enough for a couple of Sonic Sodas, but that's another story.

If you try it, let me know what you think!