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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Didn't I tell you after that button-up shirt fiasco that I would craft something cute out of some of hubby's old socks? I did! Aren't they adorable? Want to make your own? Then head on over here! But, a couple of things I did differently that may give you some ideas for if you want to make your own:
* The eyes are sewing pins since all my buttons seemed too large and crazy-looking to be eyes (brown for me and blue for hubby).
* The clothing on mine is a leftover long-sleeve from a nightgown I once modified into a short-sleeved nightgown (one good reason to keep random fabric scraps in your arsenal - for random Saturday night crafts). The bow scarf is also leftover ribbon. I used some small silver pins (the kind you get in nice men's dress shirts...yup, I keep those, too!) to make the lovely shape of the bows on both the neck and the head since I can't tie bows worth a darn!
* Hubby's clothing consists of an old black sock and a scarf from...wait for it...a pair of hubby's old pj pants! The hat is just the toe of the black sock, pinned in the back to give it shape and to stay in place.
So yup, these little "snowpeople" were made completely from leftover socks and scraps! I'm already decorating for Winter even though it's a crispy Fall weekend here in the Mid-West. So, what's next? :)
Posted by Alison at 1:37 PM
Saturday, November 5, 2011
For a good laugh, you've come to the right place today!
Here, we have a no-sew tutorial for a women's shirt/dress/call-it-what-you-will-but-I-call-it-slutty that was recently floating around on Pinterest:
And, here's what it looks on your average housewife who's a little ADHD when it comes to doing housework on a Saturday (See shirt on floor. Rather than putting in laundry hamper and continuing on with cleaning, think of Pinterest pin.):
Moral of the story? Some things on Pinterest should just be left alone.
And now I will go finish crafting some other old clothing item of my husband's into something more worthy of the weekly pin-did challenges over on the awesome Modern Marigold blog. Oh, and putting the shirt in the laundry hamper. One thing at a time, Ma, one thing at a time.
Posted by Alison at 2:59 PM
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I am the wife of an MD/PhD student who earns a small stipend and a stay-at-home-mother of two small children. According to the US government standards, we are considered to be below the poverty line but I think we live quite comfortably, eat very well, and the only current debt we have is our home mortgage. Yes, I'll willingly admit we currently qualify and use WIC (women infant children food assistance program). But we also shop quite frugally and manage to stretch our dollars quite far!
If it’s alright, I’d like to pass some of my frugal grocery shopping tips on to you. You can also learn more by just Googling for more frugal shopping and even frugal cooking tips. Lots of people write blogs and websites devoted to shopping on tight budgets. Heck! I’m still learning and I'd love to hear from others what sort of money-saving techniques you use when grocery shopping as well as favorite blogs on the subject!
Price per ounce – shop with a calculator to figure out which package of vegetables will give you the most for your money. Sometimes, beggars can’t be choosers and one must buy the store-brand if it’s the cheapest. Some store-brands are even better than the name-brand!
Shop for sales and keep track of prices with a small notebook in your purse so you can record what a good price is when you come across it. Look at the store ads, clip coupons. Stock up on things to keep in your pantry you know you use often rather than waiting till you run out. Peanut butter on sale? Stock up if you eat it often. Mayonnaise? Pickles? Cereal? We're also in the market for a chest freezer so we can stock up on awesome priced frozen vegetables and meat.
Buy some items in bulk – dried beans, brown rice, sugar, flour, oatmeal, etc. It’s intimidating but a big bag of brown rice is a smarter choice than little boxes of minute rice and stores well in five-gallon buckets in my food storage room. Brown rice is also healthier and fills you up more than white rice. And you don’t have to be a family of four or more just to buy in bulk. Even my husband did it when he was a bachelor!
Food storage – Yes, I’m LDS. I grew up learning about food storage. It’s not just about being prepared for a natural disaster or job loss but stocking up on things you eat when on sale to easily have on hand. I stock up on canned food, boxed cereal, etc. Anything that has a good shelf life and that we eat often, I’ll buy when I can. I’ve also learned from my mother’s mistake of buying red wheat that she never could really use. Don't buy in bulk what you just won't eat!
Make dinners from scratch – I must confess that Stouffers lasagna is quite tasty but it’s expensive and actually not all that healthy (too much cheese also gives my nursing infant painful gas, anyway). I can also make a bigger pan of healthier lasagna for less than those frozen meals cost. Left overs are also just fine in our house. My husband made a huge batch of chili this weekend in our stockpot. He doesn’t mind eating it for lunch almost every day this week. And no, he’s not that gassy because his body is used to eating beans and able to digest them. (Besides, if you know anything about my sense of humor, I think farts are funny!)
Gardening – I can’t talk about this one but someday, I’ll find my green thumbs and figure out how to cultivate a garden of fresh fruits and veggies and learn how to preserve them for the winter months.
The list can go on and perhaps I'll write again in the future about smart shopping but this is what I've come up with in just one morning while my daughter watches some Cailou.
Posted by Alison at 1:14 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Born June 11th, 2011 at 10:42 pm
8 pounds 9 ounces and 21.5 inches long
Posted by Alison at 9:11 PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Yes, we're all still here, alive and well.
* Lizzy is growing tall, like the pretty dandelions in our lawn (yes, I think they're kinda pretty), that I can only buy clothes for her if she is right there with me in the store so I can hold them up to her and say "nope, next size". She has quite a vast vocabulary of words and sentences like delicious, what doing mommy?, nuffin', sorry mommy, and so what?
Posted by Alison at 8:43 PM