Friday, September 30, 2011

Rotary Cutters

Lets talk rotary cutters. I bought one a while back, when I first got my sewing machine. I did not do any sort of research, as I assumed they were all the same. Boy, was I wrong. I got it home, and had no idea what to do with it. It won’t cut. I finally got around to trying to use this thing and still, for the life of me, cannot figure it out.

I got the Omnigrid rotary cutter that is pressure sensitive (shown above). This means that (I think) you need to push down on it a certain way to get it to cut. I still have not figured it out. Hence the reason I am selling it on ebay.

After watching some YouTube videos I have realized that using a rotary cutter really is not that difficult. I decided to buy the Olfa rotary cutter (seen above). I ordered it on Overstock and should have it any day now.  I am very excited to try the new one, where the blade just pops up and down.

I am hoping I will not have anymore troubles using a rotary cutter from here on out, as I am going to attempt a quilt. Big dreams here people!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Wishing my friend, shopping partner, gossiping, ‘bread-winning’ other mother a very happy birthday.

In bed.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

rest in peace, Mollie

Last night my parents had to put down our family dog Mollie at the ripe human age of 14 (98 in dog years). She was deaf and blind and the doctors said she may have had a brain tumor. At least she is not in anymore pain. Although she lived a full life, it did not make losing her any easier. I wish I got to see her one last time before her passing.

Rest easy little sister.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hoo Are You?!? # 55

Linking up with Night Owl Crafting again for another week of Hoo Are You? Lets get to it.

1. What are your favorite 3 things about fall? The crisp cool weather that is not too warm and not too cold, apple picking, & Halloween.

2. Are you a football fan and if so, who is your favorite team? I am definitely a football fan. I am not a diehard fan like Don is, but I enjoy watching the sport and understand it much better than other sports. Patriots, obviously!

3. What is your favorite Fall scent? Cinnamon apple.

4. Do you have seasonal allergies? I never had allergies growing up, but I think that I am starting to get them as of this year. No fun. Welcome to adulthood.

5. Have you started Christmas shopping yet? YES! Weird, but I already bought 2 things. I am starting to make my lists and figure out what I am getting people, so I will start buckling down soon and actually start real Christmas shopping.


I won tickets to the Red Sox game tonight. I am super excited, even through they are on a horrible losing streak. I went to one game this whole season so far and it was in April. A good way to end the season, I am glad we got to go to one more. I more enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment then the actual game, but that is part of the fun of going to Fenway Park, right?

Monday, September 12, 2011

couponing 101; PART II

People are still fascinated by couponing. A lot of people that have never used coupons in their life are finding the whole process to be completely foreign to them. I wanted to expand a little more on how I coupon. Everyone is different, and I have not ‘perfected’ saving money by any means, but I try to be better at it weekly.

I start out by buying the Sunday newspapers. I get one delivered to my house and buy one more. My sister also mails me tons of coupons weekly from FL. I go through and cut out all of the coupons on items that I would use/buy, NOT being brand specific. I then briefly skim over the sale circulars circling things that I think are a good deal or that I remember we have a coupon for.

After I have skimmed by circulars, I start organizing my coupons. I put them all in piles that coordinate with the labels in my coupon binder. I then start putting the clipped coupons in the appropriate section of the binder. While doing this, I also skim through the coupons already in the binder to make sure none have expired. I always like to make sure things are up to date, there is nothing more embarrassing then going to the register and handing them 4 coupons only to find out they have expired. NOTE: this has not happened to me, thankfully.

After the binder is all set, I start making lists. I start with one store at a time, going through the entire sale circular. The most important thing to remember while couponing is that if it is not on sale and you do not have a coupon for it, don't buy it. It is always best to coordinate sale items with coupons.

So I continue to go through, making lists for all of the stores I need to go to. While doing this, I am taking out the appropriate coupons that correspond with that store and putting them in a labeled envelope. I think you get the most discount when you do different transactions, especially at stores like CVS where extra bucks print off your receipt.

This is definitely a good way to start, especially if you are a beginner. I am only buying for me and my boyfriend, so if you have a larger family, I would probably suggest getting more newspapers. More couponing tips to come!! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

polyvore. fashion love.

Yesterday I enamored over pinterest. Today I have something similar, but it refers to fashion.

I recently found out about polyvore and am hooked (shocking). You can create different fashion looks. Now, mine are far beyond my budget is or ever will be, but I think that is part of the fun of it. Creating something so amazing yet unattainable. Here are some of the looks I made:

My absolute favorite. I love this look. It looks so comfy for work, yet effortless. I could totally rock those $550 pants ;)

This is my second favorite. The bag is to die for. Seriously, what woman doesn’t want a $3,500 LV bag?!? Me, me!!

My third outfit is a great run-around, weekend outfit. Again, way out of my price range, but looks so classy and nice.

What do you think? Pretty cool, huh? To check out the rest of my outfits go to my polyvore. Have fun creating!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

pinterest lovin’

So, I joined pinterest right about when everyone else did. At first, I didn't think all that much of it, until I realized how truly amazing it is. It is an online ‘bulletin board’ if you will and you can categorize different boards to your liking. It is so fun to find new decorating ideas, craft tips, photography inspiration and recipe tips (among others). If you are not on pinterest, e-mail me and I will invite you. If you already have it, follow me if you would like:

Here are some great Halloween ideas I have fallen in love with, thanks to pinterest:


I LOVE this idea. So easy. I may be doing this in October.


This is super cute. So easy and cheap. Very Creative.


Halloween subway art. Love it!

So go ahead and start pinning! I promise, you may not stop!