Getting things done

DIY, general, Sewing, Uncategorized
This weekend has been a busy weekend.  After buying lots of fabric on Friday and even Saturday!  Yes, I went back and bought more.  I went WAY over my budget, but I have fabric to last me years and years.  Just like everything else I try not to ever buy my fabric at retail prices.  I bought loads of fabric a couple years ago when Hancock fabrics closed several of their stores in the area. That inspired me to work on some of my UFOs = Un-Finished Objects on Sunday.  My husband watched my daughter while I did some of them.  Then we all worked on organizing our office.  Perfect spring cleaning. Getting Things Done My goal for this year is to list out all the things that need to…
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Gardening 2010 – The Box, the Dirt, and the Seeds

DIY, Gardening 2010, Uncategorized
Last Saturday we put together "The Dirt" for my Square Foot Garden.   See my first post HERE. My hubby created the box a couple weekends ago.  He decided to use pre-treated wood for this project.  There is some controversy of using it because of the chemicals that are used such as extra copper so its up to you if you want to use it. It will last for many years which is a big benefit.  See more information HERE from Home Depot which is where we purchased it. Seed Starter Kit at Home Depot: $15.98 Strongly suggest stopping at Walmart and picking some up.  I saw them discounted down to $6!  I might pick up 2 for next year just to have the peat moss starters.  Not a bad price.…
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Gardening 2010 – Our first Garden

DIY, Gardening 2010, Uncategorized
[caption id="attachment_2824" align="aligncenter" width="291" caption="Lowes Trip 4/2/2010"][/caption] Gardening 2010.  I can't believe it.  I'm going to garden this year. This year my hubby and I have decided to try and grow a vegetable garden.   This is not only frugal but also healthy and educational too.   We live in the woods where the deer are plentiful, so that has caused us some doubt so we aren't getting our hopes up.    We decided a couple months ago to create a small garden in our front yard where it would be easy to maintain with our toddler daughter. Then earlier last month I was looking at my favorite organizer site DIYplanner.com and saw this Garden Planting List which is based on the Square Foot Gardening method, so I had to check it out. …
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DIYPlanner.com – Check it out! Get Organized for 2010!

DIY, Financial, Uncategorized
Organization is a never ending battle.  No matter what life throws at you, you will be disorganized at one time or another.  There have been times I have been so organized it felt great, but life does happen and that planner gets left at home, or the monthly to-do list gets misplaced on the kitchen table with the mail.  Now, that I'm a working outside the home Mom, being organized is a dream!  Even in my About Me I mention my struggle with organization - "I hope as time goes by I will have the opportunity to learn to organize my time better and post deals as well as shopping trips." I was a Day-Timer fan for years.  I still have a place in my heart for the Day-Timer concept,…
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How to Defrost Chicken

Food, Meal Planning, Recipes, Uncategorized
I'm spending the day with my daughter today inside since it is snowing!  We're trying to relax but that's not easy when she wants to run around.   Right now she is napping and I'm taking a break! She wasn't interested in playing when I was preparing the crockpot for the  Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan,  it took several attempts at distracting her in order to defrost the chicken and get all of the ingredients  into the pot.   I found a great tip on how to defrost chicken without making it rubbery. Tip: Check it out HERE! This is for one chicken breast. Put it on a piece of foil while you heat your oven to 200 degrees. When it reaches 200, turn off the heat, throw the chicken and foil in…
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How to make a Stocking?

DIY, Sewing, Uncategorized
I guess you can say I've always been frugal in some way or another.   I might not have used coupons as much as I do now and I didn't always reach for the lowest out of pocket expense but I loved to make crafts with scrap fabrics.  Did I mention that I like to quilt?   I haven't had much time since I have a little girl, but I do love to sew. You may have seen my post on - How to make a Baby Bib? A super easy project that you can make in about 15 minutes as long as all of your supplies are in reach. Today, I'm going to show you how to make a pretty stocking right before you need to set them up for  tomorrow…
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Making your own Holiday Envelopes!

DIY, general, Gift, Uncategorized
This last year I got Martha Stewart Living for free!   The magazine has a lot of creative ideas. This evening I was looking for Christmas labels and I found this creative idea for envelopes. Using the Martha Stewart method and you don't have to spend any money! Use some of the scrap wrapping paper from gift wrapping. Unfold a regular envelope. Choose patterned paper larger than the envelope (or stick mismatched pieces together with glue). Trace the envelope onto the paper, fold (use envelope as a guide), and secure with glue stick. If mailing, add a label. A couple years ago I found Floral Vintage Collection: Cards, Envelopes, Tags and I created cards and envelopes for peoples birthdays and other celebrations. Image source: MarthaStewart.com Note: I am an affiliate with…
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Calligraphy Project – Christmas Cards and Wedding Invitations

DIY, general, Uncategorized
Besides starting Christmas shopping and finishing up Thanksgiving turkey, in the evenings I've been working on practicing my Calligraphy for a family member's wedding invitations. Here is an example of my Calligraphy version of "Virginia".  It's funny how words look odd after you look at them for a long period of time.   As I practice, I'm also writing my addresses for my Christmas cards.  Might as well!  Practice makes perfect. I found to be really helpful if you are interested in learning Calligraphy to watch the following videos. Videos: Writing Complete Words in Cursive Italic Image: Discoverahobby.com
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How to make Liquid Foaming Hand Wash?

DIY, general, Recipes, Uncategorized
I'm a huge fan of Dial complete and other liquid foaming hand wash.  For several years I would buy the refills at Walmart.  Now, I look for good deals everywhere I go.   I've tried in the past to make my own but it would come out foaming for a day and then it would stop working.   The best deal I've found to buy it at Aldi I believe it is under $2 last time I was there. Then here is the recipe for refilling your container! 1. Find some gel like liquid soap.  I recommend gel form because it needs to dissolve.  The creme version will not dissolve and the pump will not be able to foam it.  You can get the gel form really cheap!  You could even try…
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