Adventures in Couponing.

Posted by Michelle on August 15th, 2015

I got my coupon on last week.  It’d been a while – and it was fun!

My daughter and I went to Walmart for some school supplies, and I remembered that I had seen a Bic shaver coupon in the newspaper, so I cut it out (all 10 of them as I subscribe to the newspaper to receive 10 on Sunday).  The shavers sold for $2.82 at Walmart, I had a coupon for $3-off, so I got 18-cents overage x 10 = $1.80 going towards the rest of my order.


Fred Meyer/Kroger has a Free Friday Download where you load a free item to your store card every Friday.  These are the items I had on my card for the last 3 weeks, so we went and picked those up.  I have a recurring reminder on my Google calendar at the office reminding me to download the coupon every Friday.  I ain’t tryin’ to miss out on free, y’all.


Walgreens had 2 hot deals that I took advantage of.  Colgate toothpaste was on sale for $3.99, less the newspaper coupon for $2-off = $1.99, but then you get $2.50 back.  That’s a 51-cent moneymaker.


I took the $2.50 and used that to pay for Irish Spring body washes which were on sale 2 for $7, less (2) $2 newspaper coupons = $3 for 2 bottles.  Paid for with the $2.50 from the Colgate = 50-cents for 2 bottles of Irish Spring body wash.  And then I got $2 back from that which I used to pay for the next order of Colgate and kept going back and forth.  Almay makeup was on sale for $4.29, and there were $4-off coupons in the newspaper, so I bought 10 eye shadows for my mom for Christmas at 29-cents each.  The Papermate mechanical pencils were on sale for 29-cents and I used those as my filler item on each transaction as you have to have more items than coupons when you are paying with Register Rewards.  My son uses mechanical pencils, so that was perfect.



Nautical Birthday Cards.

Posted by Michelle on August 11th, 2015

I made a couple of cards last night – again while waiting for Murder in the First to start.

These cards feature patterned paper and ephemera from Fancy Pants’ Nautical collection.  I think I’m caught up on birthday cards for upcoming birthdays.  Now I just need to keep at it to replenish my stock so that I am not behind when birthdays get here.  Have a great week!




Posted by Michelle on August 7th, 2015

I made a couple of cards tonight when I got home from work.  One was absolutely horrid.  I looked at it, kept it, put it aside, looked at it again, figured it’s all about the thought that counts, and then tossed it in the trash.  Pity.  There was a lot of product on it too.  I tried to mix and match too many different collections.  It didn’t work out.  I did the same thing on this card too.  Not my fave, but I’m going with it; it’s already in the mail.

I haven’t bought a new collection in forever.  Two Peas closed and I’m lost.  I have heard of but I’m so cheap when it comes to shipping.  I hear they sell some Dear Lizzy stuff at Hobby Lobby so I may check that out.  I hate Hobby Lobby though and the way they have to key in prices and don’t scan anything and the only way to get a sale price is to tell them to look at the ad.  So ass-backwards.

Rant over, here’s my card.




Summer Birthday cards.

Posted by Michelle on August 4th, 2015

I made a couple of cards when I got home from work last night and while I was waiting for Murder in the First to start.  Do you watch Murder in the First?  If you’re in to shows like the old NYPD Blue or Blue Bloods – police dramas – then this show is for you.  This is my first season watching it and I am completely hooked.  Mondays usually suck, but looking forward to Murder in the First on Monday night makes it all better.  Check it out, you’ll love it; promise.  Anywhozzle.  So I haven’t made very many cards in the last few months.  Just too hot to sit at the craft table, and too busy with work and kids out of school stuff.  But I’ve got a couple of birthdays coming up and there are zero birthday cards in the card box.

These cards feature a Heidi Swapp collection of ephemera made for Pink Paislee on top of some American Crafts patterned paper.
I felt out of sorts making cards again, but I am pleased with the results!




Tassel Necklace.

Posted by Michelle on July 30th, 2015

Tassels are so trendy right now, and to be able to make your own piece of jewelry in an afternoon – or well less – is so awesome.
Today I’m sharing a tassel necklace which is in Hazel & Ruby’s new Crafternoon collection. The concept being that you can make the various crafts in an afternoon.

Check out this fun packaging.  These little kits would make great gifts.

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And on the inside we’ve got all the pieces, plus a recipe card with step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to make it.

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Super simple to start and follow the instructions with some basic measuring and cutting of your thread.

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Take your thread off the template board, and then wind it back on loosely to take off again and form your tassel base.

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They come right off and you tie them in the center.
And then you take it off the template board and wind it back on loosely so that you can take it off easily to make your tassel.

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Fold your pretty little bundles over and tie again. If you can tie a knot, you can make this necklace.

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Cut your loopy loops and fan that tassel out.  Trim as much or as little as you like – some like it clean and perfect, others like it a little tousled.

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Thread your needle and get the chain through the tassels.

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And you should be done in less than a half an hour.

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This is right about the time my daughter came and swiped it from me.  These are her favorite colors.

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But I tracked her down and got her to hold still for a quick snappy-snap.

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