Sneak Peek

  Lots of rain here this weekend, which means Etsy shop products are in the works – here’s a sneak peek ūüôā

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Firewood Carrier

Made this firewood carrier as a birthday present for a friend a while back.  It’s made out of cotton duck (made in the USA – a rare thing for fabrics these days) and an old 1″ dowel rod. And check out those lovely little labels!  You’ll be seeing more of them very soon, Etsy shop is getting close ūüôā

Cash Envelope Coin Purse

I’m a big fan of Dave Ramsey and the cash envelope system.¬† Using cash the last few years has really helped me to cut down on unnecessary spending.¬† You really don’t feel that money leaving your pocket with a debit or credit card like you do with cold, hard cash.

However, I also LOVE me a good Kate Spade wristlet – easily transitions from my work bag to a larger purse, or carry alone for a quick errand or evening out. ¬†But I was getting a little tired of my change and multiple paper envelopes, or stacks of bills paper clipped together, shuffling around in there, and wanted a cash organizer to fit inside. ¬†Many of the cash envelope wallets on Etsy were a bit large for my taste and wouldn’t have fit anyway…so I got to work and came up with my own!
Rather than label the slots, I used different accent colors on the front and back. ¬†Shouldn’t be too hard to remember as I only use 4 categories: gas, groceries, eating out, and shopping (clothes, home decor, garden, etc.). I put the fun stuff, eating out and shopping, on the pink side and gas and groceries on the light blue side. ¬†See…not too hard!¬† And the whole thing fits neatly inside a wristlet:¬†Also made some tasty things to eat this weekend. ¬†Picked 12 lbs of Strawberries plus rhubarb on Friday, and spent Saturday making lots of homemade desert…strawberry shortcake, a strawberry rhubarb pie, strawberry Danishes, and still had lots left to freeze for the year. ¬† This next one was totally random, but turned out to be delicious. ¬†My second to last butternut squash from last fall, fresh kale from the garden, Vidalia onions, and garlic saut√©ed in olive oil with a little bit of salt and pepper, and served on top of quinoa. ¬†Also added Braggs nutritional yeast and liquid aminos. ¬†East peasy, delicious and healthy! ¬†¬†

Knitting Needle Case

My mom has started getting into knitting and I want to make her something for her new found hobby for Mother’s Day. ¬†After browsing several stores and Etsy for knitting needle case ideas, I must say I was sorely disappointed. ¬†Was wanting something that would hold a variety of needle types (straights, dpns, and circular), was well made, and had a handmade, timeless look. ¬†So…I just came up with my own! ¬†Made a few small mistakes and learned a some new things along the way, but overall I’m quite pleased!¬†

  

For comparison, much better than my old, cheapo Michaels version that I bought back in college.  May have to upgrade soon. IMG_1007

Even better…it’s made entirely of stash fabric, which forced me to actually organize¬† years worth of scraps in the process.