Sunday, May 22, 2016

Free Money for Shopping...YES PLEASE!

OK, so I normally don't post about non-stitching related stuff on my blog. However, I have to make an exception here.  And technically it can be stitching related.

One of my friends sent me a link to a company called Ebates.  I had heard about it before, but never checked it out.  She's been using it for awhile now and gets money back each quarter.  They have over 2,000 stores linked on their site.  The way it works is those stores pay Ebates to bring them customers.  I figured I was doing some online shopping this morning anyway, so why not give it a try.

I signed up for the Ebates site and used their link for 6% cash back from Kohl's.  While I was on the Kohl's site I was still able to use my 20% off coupon as well as my Kohl's rewards when I checked out.  I waited about 1/2 hour and went back to my Ebates account.  Guess what was there waiting for me...an additional $6.48 in cash back rewards!  Yay!!  

The cash back rewards are paid on a quarterly basis.  So everything I purchase using their site between now and June 30th will get paid into my PayPal account on August 15th (you can also get a check, but too many things get lost in the mail here in LV, so I opted for PayPal).  If you're still skeptical, think about it like earning cash back rewards on your credit card.

And the best part for all us crafters... 
Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's and Michael's are all listed on their site!!  :)   
All you have to do to earn money back on your purchases is to link through your account on the Ebates site.  Can it get any easier than that?  And remember, you can still use all your normal coupons just like if you went straight to the store's site.

If you're interested in giving this a try, I've put a button along the right side bar of my page that will take you to the Ebates site where you can sign up.

Until the next time...Happy shopping & earning FREE money!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Great Wilderness Afghan - Block #1 of 20 complete

You may remember back in December I talked about finally getting around to starting my Great Wilderness afghan after it being in my stash for a lifetime.  Well I'm happy to say, this past Tuesday evening I finished the first of 20 blocks.  Woohoo!!


The first block I chose to work on was what we all thought was a sun, until I started looking at the directions on the chart and it says to "backstitch the craters of the moon...", so my moon, 3,200+ stitches of various shades of yellows and creams, is now done.

And since I've made this my Sunday piece, and I'm typing this post on a Sunday for future publication, I'll be starting my next block later this afternoon once I'm done with all my chores.  That block will be the tops of some trees.  So, as the ladies in my Saturday stitching group pointed out yesterday, instead of complaining about all the yellow, now I'll get to complain about all the greens, LOL!  Hopefully with more stitching time on my agenda again, I'll be able to get this next block done quicker than the 4-1/2 months the moon took me to do.

Until the next update...Happy Stitching!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Stitch From Stash - April 2016 Recap

Phew!  I actually feel I had a "decent" month.  :)

Opening Balance = ($76.66)
Finishes = $25.00
Purchases = $0.00
Balance Forward = ($51.66)


Finishes
Llama Silhouette = $10.00
January Patchwork Pincushion = $5.00
Great Wilderness Afghan Block #1 = $10.00  
 
Now that my life and daily routine are getting back to "normal", I was able to get some stitching done this past month.  I finished the model for my Llama Silhouette (available for purchase), the model for my January Patchwork Pincushion (still be to released) and the first of 20 blocks on my Great Wilderness afghan (a post on that will be forthcoming).

I also finished my secret thread-a-day project, which will be a gift for someone.  Because it's a gift, none of the expense or the finish count in my stash diet.  I will share a picture of it on a future post after the recipient(s) have it.

Purchases
I am very happy to say I didn't spend a single penny on anything that would contribute to my stash.  Woohoo!!


Hopefully I can continue making progress out of the red during the month of May.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Llama Silhouette

All you fellow bloggers out there...do you have a day where you KNOW you need to write something, but you just can't wrap your brain around it?  Well, I'm having one of those days.  Instead of sitting here wanting to bang my head against my laptop trying to thinking of something witty to say about my latest silhouette design, I'm going to keep it short, sweet and to the point.

This is my new silhouette design.  It is a llama.  I named him Llarry (yes, with 2 Ls and 2 Rs) while I was stitching him.  He was created using DMC #310 on 28 ct. "DaVinci" by Picture This Plus.

If you like him, you can buy him at any of these places.


Until the next time, when hopefully I'm felling more literary...Happy Stitching!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Stitch From Stash - March 2016 Recap

Oh March, why were you so mean to me?!?!

Opening Balance = ($21.76)
Finishes = $0!!!
Purchases = $54.90
Balance Forward = ($76.66)


Finishes
I have to honestly say, I don't remember when the last time was I had ZERO finishes for a month.  Not even a simple greeting card!  All I can say is work, travel, and the "kids" visiting me here in Vegas for 8 days left me basically no time for stitching.  I'm looking forward to getting back to "normal" in April and having more stitching & creative time again.


Purchases
I honestly don't know what happened.  I went to the Stitches From The Heart stitching camp/retreat in San Antonio and somehow when I got home there were some gorgeous Picture This Plus fabrics in my stitching bag and some money missing from my wallet.  Do you think I could have been sleep purchasing?  LOL!  

Honestly though, I was trying to hold off until the PTP Christmas in July sale for a re-stock, but saw some gorgeous fabrics I just had to have!  I picked up pieces of Orange Creme, Crystal Pickled and Phoenix.  They will be fabulous with future designs!  And to the lovely ladies at PTP...if you ever happen to read my blog, the designer wouldn't mind "sampling" some of your fabrics for you.  *cheesy grin*


Oh well, what can I say...I guess red is my color.  Someday I'll be in the black.  We'll just have to see how quickly I make it.  April is a new month and finishes WILL be completed to offset my spending.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!