Can you believe January is almost over? Since I'm down in Texas, this means we've already begun...

seed starting! Woohoo! Two friends and I started our seeds on January 15th, about 8 weeks before our final frost date. In our Jiffy seed starting greenhouses we have tomatoes, peppers, basil, and broccoli, most all of which we purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. We prefer the Jiffy peat pots over other brands because of the netting they have over the dirt, making it much easier to move around the pots after they have expanded. (You'll want to buy these at Home Depot or Walmart, though, not online. Much cheaper.)

Hubby and I set up the old garden bed for some square foot gardening using some nails and twine. I set aside every other aisle as a walkway since this one backs up to the fence, but there's still a TON of room for growing veggies. I planted some lettuce, spinach, carrots, peas, cilantro, dill, and chives (all from seed) last weekend. The weather's been beautiful recently, but this week it's going to drop into the 20s, so hopefully the seeds will still germinate.

A few months ago I had a red potato that started sprouting and wrinkling in the pantry. I didn't want to throw it away, and I remembered reading about potato bags, so I thought I'd try it out. It's pretty easy - pour some dirt in a bag, cut up potato so each eye is on its own piece, stick it in. Done.

Lo and behold, they started growing. This picture is two months old; the greens are huge now. Something keeps poking around in the bag (Chase, I'm talking to you!), so I keep re-burying the potatoes, but last time I found some tiny, round red potatoes. As in, potatoes are actually growing! Root vegetables can be hard because you can't see what is going on under the ground, so I'm very excited to know that there are tiny potatoes growing in my bag.

What are you growing this year?

One of my cousins is having a baby boy soon, so I sewed up some burp cloths and some bias tape bibs for her. Instead of using a traditional bias tape bib tutorial that uses the tape for straps to tie, I used McCall's 5604 and added bias tape around the edges instead of sewing right sides together and turning.

The fabric is Robots by David Walker, and the bias tape is half-inch double fold bias tape, Pin Dot in Bright Yellow (available in the shop). My favorite part is the little robot dog.

I used my usual snaps from Cowgirl Snaps, which I still am very much loving. So cute and functional at the same time!

CVS, Week of 1-16

I am SO excited about this week’s purchase! This is the firs time I’ve seen such a good deal on natural toothpaste. I bought:

  • 1 Crest toothpaste, $2.99 with one $1 P&G mailer coupon and $2 ECBs = free
  • 2 Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, $3.99 each with $3 ECBs each = $2
  • 1 gallon of milk (not pictured) = $3.49

Net cost: $4.62. Yay for toothpaste without a bunch of weird chemicals!

YTD OOP: $10.65
YTD Savings: $122.24
YTD eBay sales: $1.81

I finally finished the compilation of bias tape resources that I promised you. It's located along the top bar for easy reference. These were the best places that had explanations of what bias tape is, the different kinds, cut on the bias versus cut on the grain, and how to apply it in your projects. As always, if you have questions about bias tape that aren't answered here, just ask! Enjoy!

I am SO in love with these new potholders I made. The main fabric is Metro Market Red Beaters from Kaufman. I bought it on clearance a long, long time ago and just couldn't cut into it. Then I saw this tutorial from Prudent Baby and knew it was just right. The binding is made from Paula Prass' Summer Soiree, Mints in Lime.

I knew that I wouldn't be able to line up the pattern on the pocket with the back exactly, so I turned it sideways. I also used quilting tape instead of double fold bias tape for the extra width since the dots were so spread apart.

My favorite part? Probably the loops for hanging. (smile) If you want to get your hands on some of this quilting tape, it's here in the store.

CVS, Week of 1-9

There are a ton of great items on sale this week at CVS. I bought:

  • 2 Scott 10pk paper towels, $10 each, along with two Kleenex 3-packs, $3 each, with two $0.50 newspaper coupons and $10 ECBs = $15
  • 6 Finish dishwasher detergent packs and 1 Finish Jet-Dry, $3 each with $7.50 in newspaper and internet coupons and $10 ECBs = $3.50
  • 1 Starburst, $0.89 with $0.89 ECBs = free
  • One $5 off a $30 CVS email coupon

Net cost: $13.94. That’s pretty good for 20 rolls of paper towels, 120 dishwasher detergent packs, and 6 Kleenex boxes! Woohoo!

YTD OOP: $7.92
YTD Savings: $106.35
YTD eBay sales: $1.81

CVS, Week of 1-2

What a good way to stat out the new year! I bought:

  • 1 GE Energy Smart Light Bulb, $3.99 with one $1 internet coupon and $2 ECBs = $1
  • 2 Listerine Zero 1L mouthwash, $5 each with two $2 newspaper coupons and $5 ECBs = $1
  • 2 Revlon tweezers, $7.29 each with $7 ECBS = $7
  • One $4 off a $20 purchase email coupon

Net cost: $5.87. Pretty good, I’d say!

YTD OOP: $2.09
YTD Savings: $32.36
YTD eBay sales: $1.81

I whipped up a knitting needle roll for my friend Beth's birthday a few weeks ago. This was such an easy project! I used this tutorial with prints from Heather Bailey's Pop Garden, cream linen, and dark brown bias tape. The taller pockets are a great length for knitting needles, and the shorter pockets are perfect for crochet needles.

I used bias tape in place of the ribbon since I didn't have a good coordinating ribbon on hand. It worked perfectly! Happy Birthday, Beth!