Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Money Class or How to Afford Fabric in Retirement?

While playing in my sewing room I listen to book on CD. This weeks book is "The Money Class" by Suzie Orman. Between Suzie and my girlfriend Martha Stewart I am trying to figure out how to save more money so I can retire and still buy ALL the fabric I need! So yesterday I got in one of my rants. I cleaned the whole downstairs...I just can't part with the money for a housekeeper and I am way to private to relax while someone else is cleaning my house. Also, I had just heard on Martha Stewart radio some of the ways to cut waste in your kitchen. That is how to decrease your grocery bill so you can increase you fabric bill. Well, to be truthful she wasn't helping you increase your fabric of those was to take all the veggies in the fridge that are just about to end up in the garbage because they are not so fresh, throw them in a pot and cook them until you have a base for soup or sauce. I threw in wrinkled grape tomatoes, limp celery, onion, dried up little carrots, garlic, a cup of water, salt, pepper and some dried basil. cooked until soft and them took a potato masher to the pot. Now in my freezer they are waiting for when I have a need! The object is nothing gets thrown away! Oh, you wonder what's with the eggs? I saved my dill pickle juice and put some peeled hard boiled eggs in the juice. Make great egg salad sandwiches! I feel like the domestic queen and I am sure both Suzie and Martha would be proud of me!

This is my latest "getter done" project. It is a wool project bag that my girlfriend Lori and I signed up for last year! All my pieces are done I now just have to put them all together, bind, embellish and I am ready to use it!!! When it's all done I'll show you all the little compartments. It really is a fun bag!

Pooped Enzo, too much he must sleep while I work on my bag!

You are not going to believe these next two photos!!!! I was given the name of a woman who lives in MN. who is an artist who does it all! I had seen these items at Phyllis's house who was a previous featured quilter/quilt room of the Woolie blog and wanted my own...real bad!
So, I emailed her and asked if she would create and sell me the same items!!!! They arrived in the mail yesterday and I am telling you....I am in awe of you Pam!!! They are so amazing. If you are interested in purchasing your own let me know and I will forward you request. The acorns were $2 a piece and the snow man was $30...and I am telling you...worth every penny! The work is incredible!

Yes those are real tops of acorns!

Mister Snow Man is so adorable and the detail is amazing!

It is finally happening...spring has arrived in Bend! I walked around my yard and took some photos. A group of golfers asked me what I was taking pictures of and I told them to check out what had survived the winter. The "girl" in the group got out of the golf cart and climbed the rocks to check it out with me! LOL