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The best things in life are free

August 3, 2011 Leave a comment

So what helps make DIY items even more affordable?

Part of the thought that must go into DIYs is…will it be cheaper to make this myself or will I pay more buying the supplies? Should I just PSE (pay someone else)?

When all the supplies are free, I figure I have to at least give it a try. Enter Freecycle. I love that not only am I getting items (like wine bottles and Christmas lights) that others no longer want, but I have this warm fuzzy feeling of my community giving me a hand. And picking up the items, I see different parts of the city I work in and live in that I normally wouldn’t see otherwise.

And let’s face it, sometimes it’s just fun to see what people are offering thinking someone else might be interested in having it! An alligator head anyone?


Stopping Unsolicited Mail

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Last year I posted about how many credit offers I receive in a day, and what I did with the envolopes inside.

Sure the game is fun sometimes, but when receiving SIX offers from Citibank at one time…it’s getting to be a bit much!

Oh the wonders of Facebook! I posted about how much junk I was getting, and thankfully, my cousin Jeannine offered another solution!

The FTC lists on its website the numerous ways you can stop phone calls, emails, and yes! Even mail!

I’ve already visited this morning to stop both credit marketers and direct mail advertisers. I feel better already! (even though the junk will still show up for several weeks.)

I feel guilty for what this could do to the postal industry, but at least I’ll spend a lot less time taking out the recycling full of junk mail every week!

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Finished Projects, Old and New!

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

This photo will be replaced when I remember to relocate my camera cable!

I realized over the weekend that I never blogged about my last two pillowcase dresses. And these are the ones I made completely by myself! Embroidery and all.

My favorite part about this whole project, I think, was when my cousin opened the present containing the dress for her daughter. I had used a pillowcase that came from my grandmother (hoping this would be extra special)…and to make it EXTRA extra special, my aunt immediately recognized the pillow case as one she had taken to college. I couldn’t have planned it better! It was also my favorite dress out of the bunch! (it’s the one in the middle of the photo at the linked blog.)


I mentioned last week about my Pay it Forward project for 2011…and over the weekend I succeeded in completing my first project for it! Yay for getting started early! It was actually rather easy since I’ve been making these felted balls for years with leftover yarn, but at least I was given a good reason to go ahead and string them into a finished project.

Pay it Forward!

And additionally, I started a birthday present (and am halfway done) for my sister-in-law whose birthday isn’t until February. Hopefully all weekends in 2011 can be this productive!

I would also like to take a chance to thank my boyfriend for my awesome phone for Christmas. The first photo (unless you’re reading this in the future and I’ve replaced it) was taken with my old sub-standard blackberry. The bracelet photo was taken with my new iPhone 4. Isn’t the difference amazing? The iPhone photos are actually able to be used!

O Christmas Tree

December 14, 2010 2 comments

I finally got my tree decorated yesterday (due in large part to not wanting to work on my final paper for class!).

I’m not a huge fan of the tree itself. If it weren’t for my allergies I’d have a real one because at least they smell pretty. but to me, the tree is really just a venue to hang some of my favorite things on. The ornaments are really where it’s at!

I’ve found it rather odd when I’ve run into people who buy ornaments. Other than to give to other people, I’ve never bought an ornament for myself before. My tree has no “theme” or cohesion to it, other than the fact that it’s a story of my life. From the “1980” ornaments I was given the year I was born to the very angel that tops the tree, every piece has a story behind it and a person who lovingly picked out that special ornament for me to have. And each year, I get to remember those special people and times in my life when I unpack the box and unwrap the carefully packed pieces.

Dee Dee's mice. They like to hang together on the tree so they don't get lonely. And they're always on the front. Anything with a face goes on the front. You wouldn't want anyone to miss seeing anything!

My angel made by DeeDee, when I was probably 4 or 5.

Not my first Christmas, but pretty close!

My baby ornament. I think also made by Dee Dee. And in thinking of Dee Dee, this one is also stored during the year in a small Parkay tub.

Pacman. Hand-crocheted by either our neighbor Irma, or Mary Steelman.

My prettiest ornament. I don't know that this one was mine to start with, but Mom gave it to me when I had my first tree of my own.

The first angel ornament my dad gave me as a teen. He always called me "Angel Face" and for quite a few years, gave me an angel ornament.

Another one from, you guessed it, Dee Dee. She seems to have had a thing for mice in the '80s.

Christmas Presents, Complete!

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Shirt #1. Post cut, pre-sewing (and ironing obviously)

So after only a few months (yeah right) of planning to make my nieces and cousins’ Christmas gifts, they’re finally done with only a few weeks to spare! (Ok, I’m not completely done, but the other two are technically for birthdays)

Enter, the pillowcase dress!

I hate cutting patterns so I cheated just a little bit. I did it sans pattern. When I was home over Thanksgiving I had two nieces stand up straight for me and I taped butcher paper to their backs. I traced about how long I’d need the dresses, and how large the arm holes should be. I fudged these to approximate the sizes of the other three girls, making shirts for the two oldest girls, and full length dresses for the younger ones.

Three done! Only two left.

The thing I love most about using the vintage cases, crocheted hems. There’s no way I would have been able to finish embroidering 5 pillowcases on my own, let alone crochet hems on all of them! I really think that makes the dress look more like a dress and less like a pillowcase.

Honestly, I have no excuse for not starting earlier. The first dress took me nearly an hour to sew, but that time was nearly cut in half once I knew what I was doing!

Another Project To Do

September 14, 2010 1 comment

I’m always on the look out for easy kids gifts I can make (and if I can make them cheaply, all the better!).

A while back posted a free pattern for these scottie dogs. They’re just too cute! If I ever finish my pillowcase dress project, these might be the next goto. I love that I could use up all my scrap material in them!

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Mosaicing with My Seesters!

August 27, 2010 2 comments

Two friends and I have committed to getting together at least once a month. We switched to having them at each other’s houses instead of Uncle Julio’s to same some cash (we can still remember when margaritas were $4 during happy hour. Ahh the good old days!).

I have to say, we’ve kept up with this tradition quite well! And somewhere along the way, we started adding in crafting.

This month we met at G’s for homemade pizza and a smashing good time! We worked on mosaics, inspired by G’s recent summer trip backpacking through Europe.

I don’t know that any of us really knew what we were getting ourselves into…but it ended up really fun!

Angie was our banger. She seemed to enjoy sitting on the hearth smashing stuff (mostly my old wine bottles I scavenged from my recycling bin). I have to say my Saratoga water bottle made an excellent sky!

The easiest thing to do was probably using up my bottle caps I’ve been saving for who knows how many years. My father would be so proud of me! He started collecting them which made me think maybe I should too. But then he also saved an entire cabinet door of banana stickers. We never found a use for those…

Thanks Seesters for another wonderful time! And for teaching me that evidently, I’m an expert grouter 🙂

Next month, we’re thinking of painting wine glasses at Angie’s!