Sunday, February 28, 2010


I just finished up knitting a scarf for my mom last week.  She had been commenting on the ones that Lisa and I have everytime she'd see us wearing them.  I was working on it in between making Lisa's quilt.  I mailed it to her and she was surprised when it showed up in her mailbox on Saturday.  Stay warm!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Is It Spring Yet?

The amaryllis I got for Christmas is finally blooming.  The fourth bloom looks like it will take a few more days to fully open.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lisa's Quilt

I've been working on a quilt for my sister since the first of the year.  The fabric had been bought and washed and ironed about six months prior.  I decided it was finally time to get started.

Once I had the blocks made, it was time to put them in place.  I laid them out on the floor and looked at them for several days trying to decide where each one fit best.  I'd think I had them exactly where I wanted them and go downstairs the next day and find two of the same color too close together and have to start moving them around.  Eventually I was satisfied and sewed them together.

Next came the borders.  Once again I had to look at the colors for a few days before piecing together.  This is the point where I had Lisa come over and see it.  I was too excited to wait until it was completely finished for her to see it.
The finished quilt top!  Now Lisa and I need to go shopping to pick out the backing and then get it quilted. 
It was so easy to make.  I keep thinking I need to challenge myself a bit more...maybe next time.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

I finally got around to replacing the ugly kitchen cabinet knobs and the even uglier plates that were behind them today.  I had brought three samples home a few days ago to see which style and color fit best.  I really liked the brushed nickel, but I had to somewhat match the hinges so I went with the antique brass.  What a difference!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ziploc rebate

So not only did I get a great deal on the Ziplocs I bought, I found a $5 rebate for them.  You can send in up to three rebates per household.  When I do my shopping tomorrow, I'm going to see if they're still on temporary price decline and pick up some more.  Even without coupons, it's a great deal.  Freezer bags were included and they'll come in handy for freezing rhubarb this spring/summer.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Shopping Trip

I got all of this at Hy-Vee for $23.13 (27.03 before coupons).  It's not as good a deal as some I see on other blogs, but I did find a couple of really great finds that I just had to share.

Wheat Thins were on sale for $1.88 (regular $3.49) and I had a coupon for $1.  Duracell 8-pack batteries were on sale for $3.99 and I had a coupon for $1.  The packs actually had 10 in them for the price of 8...even better.

I wasn't planning on walking down the paper aisle, but it was the quickest way back to the milk. For some reason my eye happened to catch on Ziploc bags on temporary price decline for $0.89 (regular $2.39). Good thing I had my coupon binder with me because I had $1.40 worth of coupons.  The best part was that I got a $2 catalina off my next purchase because of the Ziplocs making them free plus overage.