For those that sew, thread is 50% off starting today at Joann Fabric, going through the end of the week (I think). There are other things on sale also, so I would check out the ad and see if anything you need is on sale!
After I planned out our garden for the spring, I realized that we are going to be able to start planting some vegetables in the next few weeks. Because of that, we need to get the soil ready in the garden! Since it got cold, I haven't done anything to it, and it is completely overrun by weeds. We went to a nursery in Round Rock and were advised to cover the dirt with black garbage bags to kill the weeds and their seeds, so we did that today, but we had to pull out everything that was in the garden. The onions were larger now than at Thanksgiving, but still didn't grow big bulbs. I think that part of the problem was that I planted them too close together. For the spring, I will plant them further apart.

Our garlic didn't turn out too bad! One of them rivals the size of grocery store garlic. The others are a bit small, but they were so easy to grow that I will definitely do these again next fall. Garlic turned out to be a very low-maintenance crop!

Some of the garlic plants had what looked like a second bulb growing above the first bulb. Has anyone seen this before?

I washed and cleaned up the garlic and onions, and here is what they looked like afterwards. Nice and clean and ready to eat!

I also cut off what was left of the bibb lettuce and had a salad with dinner.

Before we covered the garden with plastic bags, I transplanted the lettuce plants into pots indoors to see if they can make it until the spring. They haven't had a single problem growing in the cold, so maybe I'll get to plant these outside again in a few weeks!

I'm pretty excited about gardening in the spring; I have so many different vegetables planned! I bought some seeds online that should be getting here soon, and we are working on getting the soil into good shape, adding compost and mulch and whatnot, so hopefully this spring and summer we will have a large yield.
I did some stocking up today, using up all of the bucks I earned last week and from Black Friday. Here are the deals I got:
  • 2 Nature's Bounty Fish Oil Supplements, 15.99 each, B1G1F and $3 ECBs, two $1 off newspaper coupons = 10.99
  • 2 Pantene Pro-v Shampoos and Conditioners, on sale 2 for $7, two $3 off 2 Pantene newspaper coupons = 4.00
  • 2 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 2.99 with $2 ECBs each, with two $1.50 online coupons = $1.02 profit
  • 1 Schick Quattro for Women, 8.99 with $5 ECBs, $2 newspaper coupon = $1.99
  • 4 Excedrin (two back and body 24 ct, two migraine 24 ct, totaling 20.26), $10 ECB, two $2 newspaper coupons = 6.26
  • 1 Nova Max, 9.99 with 9.99 ECBs = free
  • 6 Kleenex, 2.19, B1G1F, with two .50 newspaper coupons = 5.57
  • 1 Charmin with one $1 coupon = 4.88
  • 1 Bounce with one $.25 coupon = 5.63
  • 1 Bounty with one $1 coupon = 4.88
  • 1 shaving gel (full price, I was out!)
  • 2 newspapers
I messed up the Excedrin a little bit; I forgot to print another coupon, and a third coupon that I had was expired. And the cashier accidentally charged me for 7 Kleenex instead of 6, so I ended up paying more than I wanted. But after two trips to CVS today, I'm done! So not a money-maker day, but a good stocking up day. These sales are when I spend the money I make the previous weeks! There are some good January deals coming up on Thursday, so start getting your coupons together now!
Here are the good deals for this week at CVS.

  • Nature's Bounty Vitamins or Supplements, B1G1F and $3 ECBs when you buy two, limit 4, and two $1 off newspaper coupons (final price varies according to which vitamins or supplements you purchase)
  • Pantene Pro-v Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler, on sale 2 for $7, limit 5, and with the $3 off 2 Pantene newspaper coupon, 2 for $2
  • Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 2.99 with $2 ECBs, limit 2, with online coupon for $1.50 off = $.51 profit each
  • Schick Quattro for Women, 8.99 with $5 ECBs, limit 1, with newspaper coupon for $2 off = $1.99
  • Excedrin - spend $20 get $10 ECB, newspaper coupons for $2 off any Excedrin Back and Body, final price varies
  • Nova Max, 9.99 with 9.99 ECBs, limit 1 = free
  • Kleenex, 2.19, B1G1F, limit 3, with various newspaper coupons (mine was for .40 off three)
  • Tide, Charmin, Bounty, Bounce, Downy, 5.88, with various newspaper coupons
Only a few things free, but a good time to stock up on essentials.
Here's my second free sewing pattern that I made over the Christmas break; Chase's Kennel Liner. The only thing it is lacking is some rubbery stuff on the bottom so that it doesn't move around. Amy's liner that we purchased a while back has a fabric on the bottom that has tons of little dots of rubber on them so that it doesn't move around the kennel. Does anyone know what this kind of fabric is called? Other than that, the liner is perfect for him. Now he isn't so noisy in there, and I'm sure he is more comfortable, too. Feel free to comment if you try this pattern out and let me know how it works out!
Over the Christmas break, my mom helped me make some dog bed covers for our sweet puppies Amy and Chase's beds. I wrote up the pattern, so here is my first free sewing pattern: Amy's Dog Bed Cover. Since this is my first pattern to write up, if anything is unclear or hard to understand, please email me or write a comment. And if anyone feels that it would benefit from some pictures, I can add some. I would love feedback! Enjoy!

I hope everyone had a merry Christmas. My husband and I had a wonderful break from working. It is nice to be able to relax and not think about work! I even got to sew some and plan out our garden for the spring, and I am very excited about both.

One of my parents' Christmas gifts to our wonderful puppies, Chase and Amy, was fabric to make covers for their beds. I picked out a cute pink stripe flannel for Amy (and somehow I didn't measure quite right, so hers doesn't overlap like it should on the bottom), and a super cute puppy flannel for Chase.

I had to put a zoom of the fabric for Chase's because it is so adorable. It even says "good boy!"

I also made a kennel liner for Chase's kennel so that his nails aren't so noisy when he is inside. I used a black denim that I got for free from Craigslist, and used a piece of his bed cover fabric to make a bone cut-out. I sewed a diagonal stitch in white around it, and I love it! The next time I make bed covers, I'm going to add this to those.

I'm writing up patterns for both of these to post as free patterns. If anyone has dogs and wants to try these out, let me know!
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I am SO excited about my new sewing desk! And best of all, it was free! Brian and I have been watcing the free list on Craiglist for a while, and last week after church, this desk popped up on the list, and we drove straight there and were the first ones! It belonged to the owner's grandmother, so it is pretty old, but is in very good shape.

The top opens up for a place for the machine to sit and a longer table for cutting fabric! I've been so busy this week I haven't gotten to use it yet, but we finally got it up into the game room so that I am not sewing on the dining room table anymore. I can't decide what to make first!
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Wow, this sure was an interesting CVS trip. I went at midnight to be sure to get everything, and Brian was kind enough to come help me since there was so much to buy. I ended up doing 5 separate purchases so that we did not have to spend a lot out of pocket. But then, because of some ECBs not printing out like they should have, and then picking up the wrong kind of one of the items. my order of purchasing got totally messed up, so we ended up with a lot out of pocket and some cash on CVS giftcards now. Here's what I got:
  • 5 Listerine antiseptic (16.9 oz): free
  • 2 Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine nail polish: $3 profit
  • 5 Arm & Hammer Essentials multi-surface cleaner and/or degreaser starter kit: $2 profit
  • 2 L’Oréal HIP Metallic eye shadow duos: $3 profit
  • 2 ThermaCare neck to arm heatwrap 1 ct: $2 profit
  • 5 Right Guard Professional Strength solid 1.8 oz or aerosol deodorant 6 oz: free
  • 1 Zipfizz energy mix 3 ct: free
  • 1 Excedrin Express Gels 20 ct: $3 profit
  • 1 Alteril sleep aid 30 ct: free
  • 1 Halls Naturals 25 ct: free
  • 1 EAS AdvantEdge bar 2.11 oz: free
  • 1 Zantac 150 8 ct: $1 profit
  • 1 EAS AdvantEdge shake 4 pk: free
  • 1 Benefiber drink mix 16 ct: $2 profit
  • 1 Iceland Health joint relief 60 ct: free
  • 1 Slimquick 2 pk: free
  • 5 Sleepinal 32 ct: free
  • 2 Crest Pro-Health toothpaste: free
  • 2 Newspapers
That adds up to a $16 profit (before the newspapers)! I found out when I got home that there were no coupons in the paper today (sad day!), so that money shouldn't have been spent. Looks like I need to check online on blogs to see if the paper is worth getting or not before Sunday. Now, I ended up paying 29.72 out of pocket, but ended up with about $18 on some CVS giftcards, and a ton of ECBs, so I guess that's life. Not every trip ends up working perfectly! Now I know to check my ECBs after every single purchase before I continue onto my next one, and to double check the items to be sure I am buying the correct ones. We're keeping about half of the items and donating the rest to charity. We're making a big trip there tomorrow, and I'm excited about passing on these savings to people in need!
There are a lot of free-after-ECBs deals this week! Using the coupons that I found online or in my stash, here are the free and money-making deals.
  • Listerine antiseptic (16.9 oz): 2.99 with 2.99 ECBs, limit 5
  • Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine nail polish: 5.99 with 5.99 ECBs, limit 2 (1 $3 off two Sally Hansen nail polish CVS Beauty Book coupon = potential $3 profit)
  • Arm & Hammer Essentials multi-surface cleaner or degreaser starter kit: 2.99 with 2.99 ECBs, limit 5 (2 $1 Arm & Hammer Essentials online coupon = $2 profit)
  • L’Oréal HIP Metallic eye shadow duos: 6.99 with 6.99 ECBs, limit 2 (2 $2 L’Oréal newspaper coupon = $4 profit)
  • ThermaCare neck to arm heatwrap 1 ct: 2.49 with 2.49 ECBs, limit 3 (3 $1 Thermacare newspaper coupon = $3 profit)
  • Right Guard Professional Strength solid 1.8 oz or aerosol deodorant 6 oz: 6.00 with 6.00 ECBs, limit > 5
  • Zipfizz energy mix 3 ct: 5.99 with 5.99 ECBs, limit 1
  • Excedrin Express Gels 20 ct: 3.99 with 3.99 ECBs, limit 1 (1 $2 Excedrin Express Gels online coupon = profit of $2)
  • Alteril sleep aid 30 ct: 9.99 with 9.99 ECBs, limit 1
  • Halls Naturals 25 ct: 2.59 with 2.59 ECBs, limit 1
  • EAS AdvantEdge bar 2.11 oz: 1.69 with 1.69 ECBs, limit 1
  • Zantac 150 8 ct: 4.99 with 4.99 ECBs, limit 1 (1 $1 any Zantac newspaper coupon = $1 profit)
  • EAS AdvantEdge shake 4 pk: 7.49 with 7.49 ECBs, limit 1
  • Benefiber drink mix 16 ct: 7.29 with 7.29 ECBs, limit 1 (1 $2 off any Benefiber drink mix newspaper coupon = $2 profit)
  • Iceland Health joint relief 60 ct: 29.99 with 29.99 ECBs, limit 1
  • Slimquick 2 pk: 4.99 with 4.99 ECBs, limit 1
  • Sleepinal 32 ct: 8.49 with 8.49 ECBs, limit 5
  • Crest Pro-Health toothpaste 4.2 oz or rinse 8.45 oz: 2.99 with 2.00 ECBs, limit 2 (2 $1 off any Crest Pro-health toothpaste or $1 off any Crest rinse = free)
With all of the coupons, this ends up being a $16 profit! This is my first Thankgiving and Christmas doing couponing, and I have really enjoyed the sales, but I will be sad to have to wait another year to get them again.