Monday, February 8, 2016

Updates on a couple of past posts..........

the stinky towel issue, didn't resolve itself.  They are not as bad, but not 100% cured.

I cleaned out the washer, I leave to door open all the time, and I am not allowed to hang out laundry where we live.

Original post is here.

Remember the Chamomile scented toilet paper?  Original post here.

Now I am not saying I am totally relaxed because of the scent, but will admit it is very pleasant and will continue buying it.  So thumbs up for whomever invented this.

Went to Wal-Mart and picked these three onsies and paid a total of $3.23 for all three you can't turn them down at that price.

Remember my to-do list from the beginning of the month?  Here is my progress on that:

     decorate the powder room - that is totally doable, so I see no problem doing that (will be starting on that on Tuesday)
  • decorate the master bedroom - that is iffy, that job may go into March - no progress here
  • menu plan - that was only partly done in January, so need to work on that - did it last week
  • finish knitted baby blanket for dd, we should know the sex of the baby by this upcoming weekend - we hope - nearly done
  • finish two baby quilts.  One is cut out the other is not - one finished, other not started need to order some more material.
  • encourage dh and help him in the basement to get all the framing done and make a good start on the electrics.  There are a lot of bulk heads to make in the basement which equals a lot of work. - done a little more
  • sort out the basement and see what we don't want and try and sell those unwanted items. - haven't started
  • knit a pair of socks - this is proving to be a pain in the butt and I think it has something to do with the yarn I have? - need a new plan of action here
  • cut back on grocery spending and use what is in the cupboards - menu planning will help with this - work in progress
  • try and save as much money as I can and not buy anything online all month. - so far so good, but I do need to order material; however I have the money put aside for that
  • sort out my blue air miles card, as I want to be able to cash in for groceries not just goods. - done!

  • So overall not too bad one week into the month.  How is your to do list progress going so far this month?

    Sunday, February 7, 2016

    In no particular order.........

    I am back to knitting the baby blanket..........can you guess what dd is having!

     I picked up the February issue of Simply Knitting and it came with the knitting notebook and it cost me nothing as I had a $10 gift card.
     When Our Little Munchkin see's her baby sister for the first time, she will give her a present and I suggested this would be great in a newborn size to bring her home.  Dd agreed, so need to pick that up at Wal-Mart, maybe later on today.  They had onsies on sale for $1 in baby sizes, so I picked up a couple the other day and will look for more today.
     I bought these via a friend, free run/range eggs.  Quiche will be on the menu this next week for sure now!  Menu planning is on my to do list today as well.
    Finally finished the baby quilt, so one down, one more to go for this month.

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

    That's one way of getting my butt into action......

    Angie at The Knitting Basket is having a competition and you have to submit photos of how you organize your stash of yarn.  So I decided to sort it all out and put it in some sort of order and without spending any money.

    We have some Ikea storage baskets in the basement so figured I would use one of those. 


    As you know I have been knitting less than a year, but have been quilting for many years.  So I knew all about "stashes," and as I have enough material downstairs to sink a ship, I was determined not to go down that path with yarn.  I can safely say I have failed!!  However I do know I can/will use this yarn at some point, just as I can/will use my material stash at some point!!!

    If you are on Facebook I will post the link to the contest, maybe you can vote/like my photos, as that is the way to win this, by getting the most likes for your photo(s).

    Friday, February 5, 2016

    Lovely advertisement.......



    I love that advert.  The colours and the song is perfect.  I have never been to Newfoundland and Labrador, but this advert makes me want to go. (IF YOU HAVE TIME, WATCH THE ADVERTS AFTER THE INITIAL ONE AS THEY TOO ARE LOVELY)

    The song is sung by Catherine Allen from the group Fortunate Ones.  You can read more about the group here.  Personally I have never heard of her or the group, have you?

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Is it summer yet?

    We have had some glorious weather these past few days and what have I been doing, staying inside and sewing........I know I should have been out enjoying the weather, but other than going to the mail box haven't left the house.

    I am determined to have as many no spend days as I can; and one way of achieving that by not going out.  I was tempted to go out on Wednesday as I have a $10 gift card for Chapter's that has an expiry date on it.  However I decided that doing more sewing on my quilt was more important.
     
    The online shopping diet is also going well. And so far so good with sticking with the menu plan I did at the beginning of the week.  I will be going out today as it's my knitting day.  It costs a whole $2 for the sitting fee, which in turn gets donated to our local humane society.  Angie is very generous that way in donating to the community.  So along with that $2 and $2 for a coffee and muffin at McDonalds, it's a cheap day out for me.

    I am not taking knitting though this week, as I want to get the binding hand sewn on the quilt I have been doing.  Here are some photos from it:





    This uses a total of nine fabrics, seven for the main body, one for the border and one for the binding.  I bought it as a kit and then did my own thing.  It measures approx, 40" x 44" which is a decent size for a baby quilt.  To my mind it is more of a boy quilt than a girl one.  I have some pale mint green, grey and white fabric that I am going to make the next one in.  That is more girl like than boy like and when we see what "R" has she can take which one she wants or both, it's up to her.