So my husband and I were chatting about how much food costs, and asked what is the cheapest two people can eat on for a month. At first I thought $150. Then I got real, and said $200. Looking at what we really spend (maybe three or four times this much) $200 a month will be difficult, really difficult.
So we are going to challenge ourselves to see if we can eat for a week on $50. This means, no Starbucks, no eating out, no drinking soda. It will mean lots of homemade food. We start Monday. We made yogurt yesterday to get us started for breakfast. I made some hard boiled eggs for high protein snacks and we have a mushroom barley soup cooking in the Instant Pot for lunch tomorrow.
Portland has been snowed in for days. We usually don’t get all that much snow here, but this last storm was a doozy! I have been using my time off well. I have read three books and took the bus to the movie theater and saw Hidden Figures (really good) and spent a lot of time crafting. My rug is about 4″ bigger and I have a bunch of new cards.
For Christmas my friend gave me a gift card to Joanne’s (she is a great friend, indeed). I promptly spent it 😜. I got a cool bird punch. Now, what to do with little birds? Birdday cards. I used cute paper to make the birds and used a heart punch to make wings. It was a co-worker’s birthday and we needed a card, so I made her a Birdday birthday card. Turned out so cute I made some more!
The stamping was a bit tricky as I used stamps with longer sayings to get my happy and my day. I used a Stampin Up! marker to ink up just the words I wanted. Worked like a charm.
Have you every had a really good idea? I mean a really good one. And then you find out you might be a tad bit over confident, overly ambitious? You know, like at the all you can eat buffet. The plate isn’t that big; one little bite of this; just a taste of that… eyes definitely bigger than your stomach. That is me with my new craft project.
My friend showed me her French knitter (knitting dolly), and it looked easy and fun. What an easy thing to do while binge watching Netflix. So I learned how to use it in about 30 seconds and started knitting icord. I made a coaster and it looked great. The I started thinking, “I need a new rug for the bedroom.” I saw some beautiful icord rugs on Pinterest, “I can do this!”
I bought yarn and a bigger French knitter and got started. Two weeks in, I have 9.5 inch rug. I am going for 3.5 feet in diameter. So, I am about 1/10 of the the way done, and hope I can finish in 2017.
Anybody have a good Netflix recommendation? I need a few!
Yesterday I had an hour. So I thought what can I do that is crafty, but quick? Magnets are always quick. So I was thinking about all the cool places in the world and I thought of their subway systems. Have you ever seen the Moscow metro? Gorgeous!!!
So wouldn’t it be fun to make buttons out of metro station maps? That’s what I did.
So it is “Countdown to Christmas” on the Hallmark channel. Did you know that they have two channels? So all day long the play these really awesome (if you like sappy, formulaic, hokey love stories) Christmas movies. You know the kind. A woman meets a man in a ridiculous situation and they do not get along. Sparks fly. You know right away that they will fall in love. Something happens to make them realize that they love each other (usually after a day or two), but they find out there is something big keeping them apart. In the end Santa grants a Christmas wish and they live happily ever after. The last shot is always a kiss.
After two weekend engrossed in Hallmark channel movies, I finally did something. I made ornaments!
You need double sided Christmas paper and a stapler. Cut one inch strips, 2 @ 6″, 2 @ 5″, 2 @ 4.5″ and 2 @ 4″. Start with th 4″ strip put them together with…
So what crafty thing have I done lately? I played with my W R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board and Banner Punch Board. I bought both of these a while ago, but really never used them. We needed a thank you banner at work, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use some of my stash.
The Alphabet board is really easy to use and comes with a booklet with pictures of each step in making all the letters and numbers. I still made a backwards S as I wasn’t paying close enough attention. The letters a 5″ tall and looked great on the banner we made.
I think postage stamps are pretty cool. I am not a collector by any means. Before I went on my self imposed moratorium on buying craft supplies, I bought a few stamp lots on Etsy. One included several beautiful butterfly stamps. So I made some cards with them (I know that is a big surprise for those that know me).
At least ten years ago I went to a scrapbooking convention in Mesa, Arizona. There was a booth with a great deal on paper. A bought about twenty packs of 8.5″ by 5.5″ paper. Perfect for quick cards. So, in line with my theme for the year of using what I have, I didn’t buy anything for these cards. Yay me!
After a stressful week at work that culminated in hosting our company retiree dinner with 170 attendees, I finally had time to try out my new paints. I watched a few YouTube videos so I could see what I was supposed to. I don’t usually do too much research, I usually jump right in. So that’s what I did. I am not so good at using different media and getting a really put together look, but I think I might get better with practice (a lot of practice).
I started with the dylusional paints I bought last week. I wanted to start with a lighter color so I used the lemon zest yellow, tangerine dream and orange.
I dug out a set of baby calendar stamps from Close to My Heart and stamped the month of May on the top right of the page with Tangerine Twist ink from Stampin Up! Then I added a beautiful bee stamped with More than Mustard ink (I think that is the color) also from Stampin Up!, with the word yourself underneath, be yourself. I added the words happy anniversary at the bottom because my husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this month. I know it really doesn’t go together that well, but it is my first try.
I finished the layout with the year 2016 with die cuts from Stampin Up! And a pretty flower with a button center.
I had fun playing with my stash of stamps and embellishments an am looking forward to getting better at this craft. I can see I need to work on this 😜..
I just went to Craft Warehouse and bought a ton of new, cool stuff! That got me thinking that I already have a lot of cool stuff. So I decided to give myself a challenge. That challenge is to use only the things I have for the next year. This will probably be impossible for me, as I have an addiction to crafting toys. So I will need your support! Here’s my pledge:
No new paper
No new die cuts
No new stickers
No new stamps (sorry to my Stampin’ Up demonstrator)
No new crafting toys
Make a project a week with my current stash
So my first project will be starting an art journal with the cool paints I bought today.
I have no idea what I am doing here, so it’s off to YouTube to figure it out!
I never rally watched the show Weeds, although I have seen a couple of episodes. I never got into it like my former boss did. She loved that show. Something about selling weed in the suburbs didn’t resonate with me. But, and there always is a but, I did like the theme song. Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds. It is just a little song about the suburbs and the houses “they all look just the same.” Maybe that is not great for houses, but it is great for treat boxes.
Last year a put up my pretty dress boxes. Last night I got a request to make some boxes in different colors. So I did. So just like the little boxes, there is a red one, a blue one and a silver one, the all look just the same.
Not really the best picture, but it gives you a good idea of what the boxes look like in different colors. Kind of cute, right?