A Modification of a Michael’s Idea

Michael’s Mason Jar Curling Ribbon

I cheated and did a very simple version of this with clearance sale plastic mason jar knock offs from Deals for $2 each.  The one with the ribbon works very well without ever getting tangled.  The one with yarn can only be used with small amounts, but using it just for wrapping presents works very well.

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Christmas Tree Skirt

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I’ve been making our Christmas tree skirt for this year.  I didn’t really follow this pattern completely, but the part I used in underneath and I included a link to the pattern also.   I decided I liked the skirt plain since we never have a tree without presents under it right away.

Pattern I used:

Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, * 1, dc in next ch; rep from * across; turn.

Row 2: Ch 4, skip ch-1 sp, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 12 groups of 4 dc.

Row 3: Ch 4, skip ch-l sp, * [dc in next 2 dc, ch 1] twice, skip next ch-l sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn.

Row 4: Ch 4, skip ch-l sp, * dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next sp, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 12 groups of 6 dc.

Row 5: Ch 4, skip ch-1 sp, * [dc in next 3 dc, ch 1] twice, skip next sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4.

Row 6: Ch 4, skip sp, * dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in sp, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, skip sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 12 groups of 8 dc.

Continue in the manner of the last 2 rows: adding a ch-1 sp at the center of each of 12 groups on right side rows and working 2 dc in that same sp on wrong side rows, until there are 12 groups of 44 dc on last row. The last (wrong side) row would be worked as follows: Ch 4, skip sp, * dc in next 21 dc, 2 dc in sp, dc in next 21 dc, ch 1, skip sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4 – 12 groups of 44 dc. Fasten off.

Lower Edging-Row 1: With right side facing and larger hook, attach one strand each CB and CC in top of last dc; ch 3, dc in next sp, dc in next dc and in each dc across (skip all other ch 1 sps), dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in first dc, * skip next dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in next st; rep from * across. Fasten off.

Center Opening Edging: With right side facing and larger hook, attach CB/CC at opening; ch 1, sc evenly up center opening edge, across opposite side of beg ch, and down next edge. Fasten off.

Tie: With larger hook and CB/CC, ch 150. Fasten off. Weave through the ch-1 sps of Row 1. Knot each end. Trim.

What I’ve been doing instead of posting on this blog:

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One Dog Paws Christmas Stocking done and one to sew together.  Are they not adorable?!

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Another Christmas gift I completed this week is for my best friend’s coffee table.  Open the book and

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Scripture Stones for her to write her favorite scriptures on!  Lovely bags of etched stones from Hobby Lobby for $4.99, minus my 40 % off coupon from the Hobby Lobby app.

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I also completed my own coffee table display of Scripture Stones

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Rotisserie Chicken Dinner from Pinterest was delicious and easy!

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with Banana Bars for desert as well as delivering a tray full of bars to Ben’s school for the teachers dinner.  Parent/Teacher conferences were Wednesday night.  A lady, Carolyn T., I use to work with gave me this recipe and I’ve never found a more delicious banana bar recipe.  The sour cream is the secret.

Frosted Banana Bars

Cream together in large bowl:  1/2 cup softened butter and 1 1/2 cup sugar.  Add 2 eggs, 1 cup sour cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  In separate bowl whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, and 1/4 tsp. salt.  Gradually add to butter mixture.  Stir in 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed. Spread into greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.  Cool completely then frost with cream cheese frosting.  Store in refrigerator.

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I also tried a recipe from Pinterest for leftover mashed potato soup that was good!  I added bacon bits and 1/2 tsp. Celery Salt to this recipe.  It was soooo creamy and thick!

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And finally, Izzy has been in training to be a gift wrapper?

10-21-14 Izzy

Frugal Finds

Save on Groceries and other purchases:

Couponing 101

Ziplist allows you to add your recipes, make meal plans and print out your grocery list for those meals.  Being prepared means spending only what you need to spend.

Buy in bulk during seasonal sales and freeze for lean times.  A list of foods that you can freeze is hereWhat to buy and when:  (A monthly sales cycle).

Understanding the Grocery Store Sale Cycle

Free Printable Coupons:

Betty Crocker Coupons:  LOTS of coupons and more!

Coupons.com

SmartSource.com

Staples.com

E-coupons:

Savings.com

SavingStar

Hobby Lobby

Michael’s

JoAnns

Earn Cash back with:

Walmart Savings Catcher

Checkout 51 

Receipt Hog

Ibotta 

CardStar:  Consolidate all of your rewards and membership cards together on one cell phone app.

Check this out before you shop:

Favodo App:  compares prices for products at all stores surrounding you to give you the lowest prices.

Sarah Titus has a pdf list of when to stock up on grocery items (the lowest price you will find) that looks right to me.

Do a Google search to find free shipping or coupons before buying anything online!

Swagbucks is a search engine that rewards you with Swagbucks for searching. You can use it just like Google and you will be randomly awarded  5-10 Swagbucks a day. Swagbucks can then be redeemed for a variety of different free items, such as Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and more.  This article tells you how to earn even more Swagbucks.

Money Saving Mom has coupons, sales and deals, and just about everything you can want.

Other Ways to Save:

Amazon’s Subscribe and Save Deals

Best Birthday Freebies

Freetree.com  Ways to save on entertainment and activities.

Freegal Music:  Get 5 music mp3’s or music videos for free every week

Redbox Movie Rentals free by signing up for Get the Text at bottom of the page.

Freegal Movies:  get 3 free movies streamed or 48 hours of TV free every week

Once a year General Mills offers free Movie Admissions for Aug-Oct.  Check here

BookBuy:  Free or almost free e-books!  Great selection.

Free Magazines from RewardsGold.com

Christian Classics Ethereal:  Free classic Christian literature online.

Amazon Trade-In Program:  Trade your books, cds, and dvds in for Amazon Gift Cards.

This site states that she will give you weekly updated Photo Deals and Coupons

Save on Printer Ink by buying in bulk and changing the font setting from Times New Roman to Garamond.   “Garamond” is a strikingly similar font that uses less ink.

Still want more?  Try 101 Blogs Thrifty People Read  and Frugal Living 101 Series

Christmas Ideas

Free Christmas Fonts

Everything you need to hold a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

Free Christmas Printable Labels/Tags with optional auto fill

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Helping Hands

Because you’re so special,

the things inside these gift gloves

have a special meaning too!

Put them all together and they say,

We really appreciate

all that you do.

Lotion: Thanks for helping our day run smoothly!

Nail Polish: You help our students shine and add a sparkle to our day.

Emery board: Things would be rough without you.

Packet of Kleenex: You soften my load. Thanks for wiping tears and noses.

Disinfectant: Thanks for promoting a healthy attitude.

Gum: Thanks for “chew”sing to help us! We appreciate it more than you know.

Chap stick: Your help is soothing.

Life Savers: You are one!

Mentos: You are worth a mint!

Rollos: Thanks for rolling with us. You help to make things fun.

Chocolate Bar: You are so sweet, bar none!

Candle: Thanks for brightening our day and filling it with the warmth of your smile.

Bracelet: Love is sharing & caring like a circle without end. Thank you for being our classroom helping hand and friend.

Gloves: When you slip your hands inside feeling the soft cozy warmth that makes you smile, know that’s how you make us feel. We appreciate you and wish you a very Merry Christmas; filled with everything and everyone you love the most.

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Fun for Kids:

Lego Christmas Ornaments

Santa’s Reindeer Cam

Printable letters from the 9 reindeer, Santa’s Head Elf, Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus himself!

24 Christmas Jokes for Children Print Out

Just enough Elf on the Shelf

Build a Graham Cracker House

A Bit of Christmas Music:

Music Sheet Christmas Gift Bags

Free Printable Christmas Music Sheets

DIY Sheet Music Star

Stuffed Music Sheet Christmas Ornament

Jesus is the Reason:

Nativity Ornament

Printable Candy Cane Poem

25 Beautiful Advent Calendar Ideas!