Thursday, July 16, 2015

BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS...


When I last stopped by my little blog, I showed you the "before" picture of our Master Bath.  WOW, things have REALLY progressed since then!


Here it is, all gutted!  I am SO happy that we chose to do this project NOW, as we found three different areas of water damage!  I shudder to think of the mess I would have had in my kitchen below if we had not caught the problem when we did!!!


Here is the bathroom with the wallboard started.  It's getting exciting...


The shower system has been installed, including a wonderfully big bench to make cleaning our "tootsies" easier!


Here's the little "niche" that will hold our soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.  I am LOVING this big shower!

Yesterday our wonderful contractor started the tiling.  I can't believe how quickly things are moving along.  I could show you some "in progress" pictures of the tile, but I would rather save them for the big Ta-Da! (grin).  Suffice it to say I am in LOVE!!!  I took a big chance mixing tiles from two different "lines", but they have turned out beautifully.  My choices seemed to "gel" really well in the store, but I was really worried that once on the wall I would see that they did, in reality, clash!  Whew!  All that worry for nothing!  

In other news, all of the annoying, WORRISOME, pain in the buttocks medical testing has come back...NEGATIVE!  I am SO thankful.  It has been a scary couple of weeks with heart testing as a result of a change in my EKG and breast testing as a result of an abnormality seen on my yearly mammogram.  I am sick and tired of being "sick and tired" and told my Dear Hubby that nobody had better suggest any further medical tests for quite a while now!  Those unexpected tests, in addition to my normal testing, have meant a full month of running to and fro...all medically related.  I need some time to get back into the swing of things here in my home!

So today I have spent the morning "frugaling" my little heart out.  I have added to my "points" on five different websites, downloaded 3 free embroidery patterns and 2 free quilt patterns and entered 24 different contests!  There is so much available for free out in the world wide web if one just takes the time and makes the effort to acquire all that is possible!  I also needed to buy some ink for our printers.  I made what I call a "triple play" at Office Depot with my purchase.  I placed my order at Office Depot through the MyPoints website.  That will give me 3 points on my MyPoints account for every dollar spent and 2% back.  I had two coupons that I could use, one for $20 and one for a $15 gift card.  The one for the gift card was not working, so I called customer service and they entered a $15 discount on their end.  I have a rewards number at Office Depot and earned 10% back on my purchases.  AND, I dropped all of our used ink cartridges into a gallon zip-lock bag to return to Office Depot for more credit!  In my mind it has been a GOOD frugal day and I am more than happy to be back in the swing of things!

Toodles...





Thursday, July 2, 2015

MOVING PAST THE MADNESS...FOCUS ON FUN !

Sorry I have been away so long.  Life has been totally crazy, and a call from the hospital yesterday just added to the madness!  More tests and more worries to come.  Sigh...  I won't bore you with the details of all that is going on, but suffice it to say...I'm ready to let the good times roll!  Life is meant to be LIVED! 



Soon (hopefully as early as Monday), I will shift my focus to updating our home...beginning with our master bath!  Now THAT is something FUN to focus on!  Our home is over 25 years old and the time has come to begin the overhaul.  Our master bath has held up pretty well, I guess.  However, a water issue behind our shower tiles and a huge soaking tub that we haven't been able to use for several years means it is time to bring this room up to snuff in function and decor! 

Stay tuned as I bring you along for the ride with "Before", "During" and "After" pics.  Let the good times roll!!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

ASKING FOR PRAYERS...


A routine doctor appointment yesterday revealed some unsettling test results.  I have to have more testing in a few weeks.  Quite honestly, this surprise has me more concerned than most of my other issues.  Any prayers and good thoughts would be most appreciated!

WOOHOO...MY NEW HANDBAG!


It took a while (more on that in a minute), but it is finally finished.  I. ABSOLUTELY. LOVE. IT!

I cannibalized the handles and the heart from old purses.  Additionally, I pulled out the magnets from my old purse and used them as the closure on this purse.  They are STRONG magnets and the purse stays closed wonderfully.  Using that type of closure, however, required a bit of "improvising" on my part...but it was well worth it! 


You can't really see it in this photo, but the silver handle clasps that I took from my old purse are peeling.  I put those parts of the handles in the back and will look for replacements.


The inside of this bag has a TON of pockets!  Oops, just spotted some threads that need clipping!  Tomorrow I hope to make a zipper pouch out of the same fabrics to hold all of my medications securely.  The pouch I have now is quite beat up.

In the face of "true disclosure", LOL, I did make two mistakes in sewing...which I didn't notice until I turned the bag inside out.  I fixed the missed areas with Liquid Stitch.  All in all, not bad for my first try at making a handbag.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

A VERY QUICK PROJECT...


I have wanted one of these pressing boards FOREVER!  For the past four years I have been using the fold up ironing board that J had in college...and even that takes up too much room on my table!  However, I really didn't want to spend any money on the supplies to make a smaller version. 

Today J was helping us purge through some things in the garage.  We came across an old shelf that was headed to the trash pile.  I asked J if he would cut off a portion of the shelf, which he was more than happy to do.  I used a scrap piece of Warm and Natural directly on top of the board and topped that with a scrap piece of InsulBright.  Since we don't own a staple gun (and I'm not about to buy one, LOL) I used duct tape on the back of the board to hold the batting and InsulBright taut.  Then I found a bright piece of fabric, wrapped it all around and duct taped it in place.  I think MAYBE if I am very careful with pulling off the tape on the fabric, I MAY be able to wash this cute little button cover if it gets dirty.  If I can't salvage it to wash and replace...I'll just wrap it with a different piece of fabric and once again hold it in place with duct tape!  Between MacGyver and J...I've learned to love the stuff!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

I NEED A HANDBAG...


...so this morning I cut out most of the pieces to make myself this ADORABLE Miranda Day Bag! 

My current handbag is wearing badly (it's pleather).  I really wanted a cute little fabric handbag to take on vacation.  Something lightweight and fun...but sophisticated enough for an adult woman.  I would have loved one of those expensive fabric bags (you know which ones I mean), but I REFUSE to spend that kind of money on a handbag that will eventually wear.  I've spent big money on handbags in the past, but they have always been made of high quality leather from the brand name companies who truly stand behind the lifetime warranty on their products.  No matter what the manufacturer claims, fabric handbags have limited lives.

Then I remembered a wonderful handbag pattern that was somewhere in my big box of "patterns to make" (someday, sigh).  After a quick perusal of the box, and quite a few "ooohs" and "aaahs" as I came across forgotten patterns, I found what I was looking for.   An even quicker check through my stash and I had come up with sufficient fabric and batting to complete the project.  But, I was missing interfacing.  I hopped on Ebay and found a store that was offering a great price on the interfacing the pattern recommended (thank you, Shoreline Handwerks).  I was amazed at how quickly it arrived!

I intend to follow the pattern for MOST of the handbag.  However, there are several pieces of my old handbag that I would like to cannibalize and use on this new one.  While the silver and black handles should be an easy adjustment, the closure mechanism...not so much.  My current handbag is a bag by Miche.  Miche handbags are great in that the outside of the handbags are interchangeable...held in place by a VERY strong magnet system.  This strong magnet also holds the top of the bag completely closed so nothing falls out if my handbag tips over.  I'm HOPING (notice I said "hoping", LOL) I can cannibalize the magnets out of the worn out exterior of the bag and use them on my Miranda Day Bag.  Should be an interesting endeavor, if nothing else!

Over the weekend I plan to find a few minutes to begin the first steps of the pattern.  I'll keep you posted on how my "project" is progressing!

Toodles...




Friday, May 15, 2015

SLOW GOING...


,,,but I'm having FUN!  I have a total of 14 tumblers completed, 7 in each direction.  It is going to take me FOR-E-VER to finish this quilt!  However...it is a charity quilt and that makes it all worthwhile!

 
I won this WONDERFUL scrap bundle from Brooke at Silly Mama Quilts!  THANK YOU, BROOKE!  As you can see, one of your scraps is front and center of my two latest tumblers!  Several of your scraps are used in the two tumblers before that.  Thank you, again, for helping me fill out my scraps to complete this quilt!

Toodles...