Friday, January 22, 2010


Oh how I love the grocery outlet... its like going on a treasure hunt. I went yesterday at lunch and this is what I got.

2 Bottles of White Grape Juice
2 Bottles of Pear Nectar
1 Box Organic Clifford Os (like Cheerios)
2 Cans Bush's Chili (for uhbby)
2 Cans Organic Sliced Carrots
4 Jars Marinated Artichoke Hearts
1 Box Organic Beef Broth
1 Box of Organic Cake Mix
2 Cans of Vanilla Prosting
1 Bottle of Dried Oregano
2 Cans of Whole Button Mushrooms
2 Cans of Cut Green Beans
2 Jars of Organic Apple Sauce

Not Pictured:

1 Kids Cuisine Frozen Dinner (a treat for Nate)
1 Bag of Organic Sugar Snap Peas
1 Box of Frozen Shrimp
1 Diet Iced Tea (treat for me)

Not bad for $34.86!

Thursday, January 21, 2010


I am skilled in many crafts... sewing, beading, card making, cross stitch, ribbon embroidery, and probably some others too. My problem is that I don;t really seem to have the time. Work takes up an awful lot of time... weekends are for family activities and pesky things like laundry and cleaning. By the time Nate is in bed on weeknights and dinner is made, cleaned up from, lunches are packed for tomorow, etc. I am too darn tired to do much more than flop of the sofa. So, I have found myself taking days off from work and hitting one project hard. This was the case with my denim skirt.

I was able to get mt tan skirt (from the same pattern) cut out while I was on winter break, but I fear I will have to take another day off to actually get it sewn together.

ALl of this makes the fact that I created something that is super cute and functional in one night from things I already had in the house all the more amazing!

Behold... my first coffee cozy!

The fabric is a batik that I had in my stash (love me some batik!). I used felt instead of batting for the inside which is trimmer while still insulating and was what I had in the house. The loop on the left is a hair elastic and the button is vintage and came out of a bag of buttons my mom found at a thrift shop a few years ago. It is fully functional and I love it.

The pattern I used was free online and can be found here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Blog to Read!

A friend of mine has put on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy (with twins) at something like 23 weeks. She decided to blog about her experience of being sofa bound at:

Check it out, its pretty funny... oh yeah, and I make several appearances ;)

Sunday, January 03, 2010

As Time Goes By

Week one of my break is over and I really haven't touched anything on the list I made. I was able to get my ironing done, mop the kitchen floor, and get my tan skirt pinned and cut out... Now just finding the time to sew.

On the list for this week:

- make pumpkin bread
- make low carb bread
- condition the leather furniture
- go to Michaela and have picture frame
- buy a 2010 calendar

Hubby was off this week as well and it has been really nice being all together. All of our holidays were VERY low key which wad SO nice.

I hope everyone had a nice holiday season and accomplished some things on your lists too!