2/28/11

Weekend Joann Fabrics Haul

What is it about knowing a 40 or 50% off coupon is about to expire that drives me to the craft store not in need of any particular thing? And why, oh why, do I always end up spending $20-$50+ every dang time? Meaning, even though I can only use the coupon on a single item, my cart has no less than 5-10 items in it! (Don't even get me started on this happening at Target when I don't even 40% off coupons there!)

So that's exactly what happened on Saturday morning when I happened to glance at the last Joann Fabrics circular and noticed the 40% off an item coupon expired that day. What? Allow such a good "deal" go to waste? No, no no my mind said to me. So off I went. Nothing particular in mind that I needed, but as I drove there I rationalized several potential purchases..a new cutting ruler perhaps? Maybe one of their jelly rolls? Of course, the fun is in the wandering around the store, touching various items, imagining the possibilities. In the end, here is what I bought:


1 Wilton Candy Ring Kit, 2 $1 Spring foam craft kits, 1 embroidery hoop, 1 skein of red DMC cotton embroidery thread, 1 pack of embroidery needles, 3 fat quarters, 1 Dritz marking pen, 1 pack of rotary blades, 1 60mm rotary cutter, 1 45mm rotary cutter

OK, I definitely did not "need" the 45mm rotary cutter, but they were 40% off and the one I currently have tends to be a bit of a pain to replace the blade for some strange reason. The ring and foam craft kits are for Samantha to do as spring crafts in a future "rainy day" weekend. The embroidery items and fat quarters are my upcoming doll quilt swap and the "bright idea" I had walking around the store, which seems a little harebrained now, but I'll see how it plays out in the coming weeks and get back to you.

So, yes, I did end up using that lone 40% off coupon...on the embroidery hoop no less. I "saved" a whopping $2.40 off my $30 tab. And guess what awaited me in the mail when I returned from the store? Yes, the next Joann Fabrics circular! And this one is filled with their "coupon commotion" 40% off coupons...more saving to be had!

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2/24/11

UFO Completion: African Print Doll/Mini Quilts

I've had these cute mini quilts in my UFO pile for quite some time (6+ years!). I hang my head in shame to say all they needed was a sleeve to be able to hang them properly. I decided to just do two 3 inch mini-sleeves on the backs so I could finally get them done quickly and be able to display them in my bathroom. It's amazing how much you're reminded how cute a past project is when you finally unearth it from the pile.







Up next, I'm losing my mind by signing up for several swaps in March...like I don't already have enough on my hands?



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2/18/11

CGM Podcast Episode #4: Baby Love

Show Notes:

Listen to the episode here: Episode #4

Birth Story of Madeline Amaya, born Jan. 20th, just hours after I recorded episode 3.

Quilt Studio Organization and stash update:


I just love my new IKEA Expedit bookcase!!











Projects I completed:



I forgot to mention this little preemie cap I loom knit for Madeline while she was in the NICU.




Mug Rug for my swap partner!

Back of the mug rug.


Review and info. on Quilts & More magazine (Spring 2011 issue)



Review of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert - can't recommend this novel enough! This would be a great book club pick or just an all-around good read this year.

Moloka'i



Thanks again for listening to me ramble. I hope you enjoy the podcast and if so, please leave me a review on iTunes!

Happy Crafting!


Episode 4: Baby Love

Update on our new addition, quilt studio organization, projects I'm working on, a quilt magazine review, and a book review of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. Thanks for listening!

2/3/11

February: What I'm Reading This Month


You'd think having a baby plus dealing with having same baby in the NICU for 2 weeks would slow down my reading, wouldn't you? Nope! Reading is my "comfort food"...even though I still stuff my face with actual food too darned well.

Here are the books I plan to read this month:


Moloka'i

Already started this one, and I'm hooked!


Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson by Maria Murnane - chick/women's lit. This is my "fluffier" reading for the month.



Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

Looking forward to all 3 of these books, and letting you know more about them! What are you reading?

Oh, and speaking of said baby, she is doing well. We hope to bring her home very soon - maybe tomorrow or Saturday!

2/1/11

4 Years Old

I can't believe it's been 4 years...



since you were born.



Everyday has been an adventure, seeing old things through your new eyes and point of view.



Happy Birthday to my beautiful girl.

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