A few weeks ago some friends
and I threw a diaper shower for our friend Ellie
, who is expecting a little baby girl. I baked The Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls
, and they were quite a hit. I've never made homemade cinnamon rolls before, but these were very easy and so delicious!
We thought some pretty flowers for the nursery would be nice, so I made a felt flower bouquet using this tutorial
We made a couple of banners, including a diaper banner since it was a diaper shower,
and for our gift, Beth and I made cloth diapers. Actually, Beth did all of the sewing, but I did some cutting! We got the PUL from these two shops
, based them off this pocket diaper tutorial
, and used butter suede fabric from Hancock for the stay-dry lining. They turned out really cute. Congratulations, Ellie! We're so excited for you!
What a fun week! I didn't find out until now that there were some mistakes in my transaction, but it's a little late now. I bought:
- 1 Fiber One Bars box, $3.99 with $3 ECBs = $1
- 1 Herbal Essences, $2.99 with one $0.50 newspaper coupon and $2 ECBs = $0.50
- 3 Old Spice Red Zone deodorants, $4 each with two $1 newspaper coupons = $10
- 6 Skippy Peanut Butter, $10 with two $0.60 newspaper coupons and $3 ECBs = $5.80
- 4 Mentos, $0.99 each with four $1 newspaper coupons = free
- 1 Freestyle Lite Blood Glucose Monitor, $14.99 with one $10 newspaper coupon that isn't on my receipt and $5 ECBs = $10, but should have been free
- 1 Blistex chapstick, $2.49 (thought I got one that was $1.59) with one $0.55 newspaper coupon and $1.50 ECBs = $0.50
- One $5 off a $25 purchase email coupon
- One $4 ECBs when you spend $20 mailed CVS coupon
Net cost: $17.93. Ugh! I already donated the glucose monitor to my local food pantry, so I can't take it back. But what I should have had, a net cost of $7.93, is great, and I'm happy with that.
YTD OOP: $130.97
YTD Savings: $1911.12
YTD eBay sales: $31.59
Last weekend some friends and I got together to do some crafting. I sewed as usual, and the first thing I got done was a new kennel liner for Chase. I waited a while to make this one because of what happened to the last one
, and this time I used Jiffy Grip for the underside to prevent it from moving. The little dogs and bones on the flannel are adorable, and as you can see, Chase loves it (and most importantly, hasn't eaten it).
I also sewed up another reversible bag
, this time using some Patricia Bravo prints I had left over. I love this pattern!
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Happy Thanksgiving! It's 80 degrees here today, so it doesn't really feel like Thanksgiving should be here already, but oh well. It'll be cold tomorrow.
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I'm so excited for our meal tomorrow. For the first time ever, and without the help of my mom, I'm making everything from scratch. Aaaah! We looked at getting a meal from a restaurant/grocery store, but it was so expensive, and I knew I could make much better food for much less money. (I was right on the money part - I only spent $50 for everything!) Most of the recipes are from The Pioneer Woman, who has never let me down, so I'm confident that everything will turn out amazing. Here's what I'll be making today and tomorrow:
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at The Container Store. I always love the stocking stuffers here, and last year I had to pay full price, so this is a great find!
Some wonderful ladies and I got together on Saturday for another Sewcial. It’s always fun to sew with other people!
I finally got around to sewing myself a new purse, and I am so glad I did! I am totally in love with this bag. I bought some of Amy Butler’s Love line without a specific plan for it, and I think this worked out perfectly. I used this tutorial by verypurpleperson, which was very easy to follow. And the best thing is…
it’s reversible! I just realized that I put the print sideways on the blue side. Oops. Good think you only see one side at a time! I only had half a yard of the blue print, and I had to piece it together a bit to make it work, but I think I hid it pretty well. I have a feeling this is a pattern I’ll be coming back to in the future.
I also nearly finished a Christmas card holder, made from a McCall’s pattern I bought a very long time ago and never got around to making. It’s pretty cute!
All I’m missing are the paperclips for the cards to hang from. Speaking of which, if anyone sees red, green, and white large paperclips that aren’t in a huge $10 mix, let me know! I only need 28, and I think it would be rather silly to spend $10 to get 28 paperclips. :) I’ve had trouble finding them, but I know they’re out there somewhere.
It’s the time of year when Christmas decorations are already in stores (whatever happened to Thanksgiving?), so I was able to get some yummy candles on sale today. I bought:
- 1 Freestyle Lite Blood Glucose monitor, $14.99 with one $10 newspaper coupon and $5 ECBs = free
- 8 Glade candle items, $2.50 each with four $1 newspaper coupons, one $1.50 off 2 mailer coupon, one $1.50 off 2 internet coupon, and $6 ECBs = $7
- 2 Gain dish soap, $0.99 each with two $1 newspaper coupons = free
- One $5 off a $30 purchase email coupon
Net cost: $1.99. I only paid a penny out of pocket! These candles make great stocking stuffers, too.
YTD OOP: $128.54
YTD Savings: $1841.96
YTD eBay sales: $31.59