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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS 3/18- 3/31, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 23, 2010 07:07:10 PM
I am coupon crazy.  a good organizer is one of the things I put on my list of wants.

I saw one in a store the other day that looked really cool...it had little loops with snaps or velcro, so you could clip it on to the handle of the shopping cart!  BUT...it was $25!  How many coupons would I have to redeem to make my money back for that?

Superhooker, are you talking about something like this? http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/2009/08/cart-caddytutorial.html


More like this one:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=40166052

So there is an organizer for the coupons, and then the top flips back and hooks over the cart handle.  I really need an organizer part to keep the coupons straight, or I end up having to leaf through 100 coupons every time I have to find one!


Now that IS nifty.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS 3/18- 3/31, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 23, 2010 01:42:08 PM
I am coupon crazy.  a good organizer is one of the things I put on my list of wants.

I saw one in a store the other day that looked really cool...it had little loops with snaps or velcro, so you could clip it on to the handle of the shopping cart!  BUT...it was $25!  How many coupons would I have to redeem to make my money back for that?

Superhooker, are you talking about something like this? http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/2009/08/cart-caddytutorial.html
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS 3/18- 3/31, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 23, 2010 12:49:59 PM
I glanced through the list and didn't see a coupon organizer (tell me if I missed it) or homemade coupon book or whatever you want to call it Smiley  I saw coupon holder, but that doesn't strike me as quite the same thing. My biggest problem is how to keep the things in order, rather than keeping them in one place when I shop.

For anyone new to coupons, how about a How To Coupon Sucessfully tutorial?
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS 3/18- 3/31, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 23, 2010 10:14:17 AM
Oooh!  I got the most awesome thing in the mail today!!  A coupon for my local thrift shop!
I get 50% off my entire purchase!

I'm super pumped about this, because I can get my son's whole wardrobe for next year (they have EXCELLENT kids clothes!) and a bunch of work clothes for hubby too! Plus I can be a bit extravagant with picking stuff to use for crafting.  With everything half off I can splurge a bit.

I am soooo lucky that I have a boy, and he's only 10...there is no "out of style" to him.  pants are pants, and shirts are shirts...bonus if there's skulls or fire or skateboards or something like that.

I'm hoping I'll get lucky, they often have really cool old ceramic/pottery stuff too.

Can you tell I don't get to go shopping very often? 


Goodwill and other thrift stores are my main source for shirts (my heiny is too big for most of their pants, sadly) and I LOVE getting stuff when Goodwill has their tag sales, but I've never heard of a thrift store handing out coupons. You are one lucky lady!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS 3/18- 3/31, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 22, 2010 05:06:22 PM
After all the great tips from the last round, I finally decided to start couponing. Did it for the first time today and saved $15 on stuff I would have bought anyway. Woo! Makes me super excited about this second round. I'm looking forward to what everyone comes up with as far as ideas and crafts.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS 3/18- 3/31, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 20, 2010 11:09:23 PM
I'm with Itchy and Disco Queen Highness. This is not only a swap where you can bust the bejesus out of your stash, you are actively encouraged to do so. Almost everything I got (the bobbins don't count, lol) in the last round is useful, green, and made of materials any one of us could find around the house. The only money I spent on the last round of this swap was postage. That was it. I used leftover jars from food, yarn I already had, fabric and buttons etc for embellishment.

I loved the first round so much I hopped on board the second almost before it really had time to settle in Smiley I think the best part about the swap was meeting like minded people. It helped me actively think about being frugal, self-sufficient, and/or green when I was in the store or tempted to go to a craft shop.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS 3/18- 3/31, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 19, 2010 02:58:53 PM
I'll probably join. Since I can craft from stash I won't have to worry about it getting too expensive.
First, I must finish another swap that is late. Something about getting a sinus infection AND finding out I was pregnant AND getting morning sickness all in the same 2 week time span really put me off my game for that one! Once I can say I sent though, I'll sign up. Well, if Kaz will have me with my very recent "sent late with communication" that I will be getting.  Wink


Congratulations, cjclark! You could always request baby items, you know. A stockpile of swapped baby goodness. I'm not expecting any little ones any time soon, but spring always puts me in a baby crafting mood. Must be all those spring issues of crochet magazines.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS 3/18- 3/31, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: March 19, 2010 01:46:06 PM
*Pounces* Oh, I am all over this round. I didn't think it would be so soon! Happy day.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "You will be happy, VERY happy"--Future Niece/Nephew's Wall Hanging on: March 18, 2010 10:25:10 PM
Hello there!

This piece was inspired by a particularly harrowing evening with KFHs (kids from HADES). In self-defense I started plottinger, planningthe fates of future nieces and nephews and all the subliminal messages I could send them to improve behavior.

Sadly I came up short on the subliminal message department, but I did end up with this cute piece. Maybe the cheery colors and good wishes I implanted in it will produce a happy disposition at the very least Smiley

This is my second embroidery project. I used back stitch, straight stitch, French knot, and the pretty nifty satin stitch.



Thanks for checking it out!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Birds of a Feather: The Love Birds Wedding Gift on: March 18, 2010 10:22:08 PM
Hello!

I'm a crafty kind of girl, but this was my first embroidery project. When my brother announced he was getting married in May, I wanted to give them something that really captured who he and his future wife were as a couple. That was a challenge since they didn't do handmade things. We've all been confronted with this problem at one point or another.

Things have since changed, unfortunately, but I'm now free to reveal the Big Project, as it were.

I bought the Sublime Stitching book specifically for the love birds and just went crazy. My brother is a musician. Swallows are very important to our family. My brother and father have tattoos of them. Mine is scheduled right after I get over my fear of needles Smiley Future SIL was an aspiring tattoo artist and amazing artist in general.

I freehanded the music notes. I employed the back stitch 90% of the time, some satin stitch, and used the wedding colors for the birds. The eye colors are also true to life.



Thanks for checking it out!
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