Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Buying Local

I heard about the 3/50 project a few years ago. The idea is simple spend money locally with small businesses. Pick three businesses a month and spend $50 total. The idea is to pick the businesses that you would miss if they went away.

Granted items from a local small business generally cost more than the same item from a large chain store. If you are on a very tight budget this could hurt your pocket book just a bit. Maybe when you eat out instead of going to Applebee's find a locally owned restaurant. You most likely will find the same menu items and the food potentially could taste better as the products most likely will be fresher. Try to find a local farmers market to purchase your produce. Instead of going to the Home Depot garden department go to a local nursery instead.

Today I was going to buy seeds and potting soil to get starts going for our vegetable garden. My first instinct was to head to Wal-Mart because I know they have relatively cheap seeds. Then I remembered that I probably should put my money where I live so I went less than a mile down the road to Burien Bark and purchased my seeds and potting soil there. I ended up saving and incredible amount on potting soil. I bought their mix which was a huge bag and only spent $4. The seeds were more than I would have spent at wall mart by probably 40 cents each but I figured it was well worth it. I saved gas and I put my money in a local business.

So the next time you are going to head to a large chain store take a moment and try to think of a local small business where you could get the same items.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Playful Stripes

I have loved the Playful Stripes Cardigan for quite some time. Now with Hannah being older and much more independent I have found a lot of time to knit during the evening. Paul thinks the colors are a bit loud but of course I think they are perfect as I chose them. When I was looking through my stash of yarn I came across this pink and white sock yarn that I have had probably since I was a very new knitter. My children would be happy if all I knit were socks for them so I figured I would make Riley happy. I love how they fit and of course when Riley put them on Jake asked where his were. So you can probably guess what my next project will be. To round out a lazy Sunday post here is a picture from the week. The older kids were watching cartoons and keeping Hannah busy so I could get a few things done. This is how Hannah usually looks when she is relaxing.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Getting My Craft On!

Paul got me a tablet book reader for Christmas. It has already seen a lot of use. Now I am not known as being careful. I am quite the opposite and horribly clumsy. I am terrified I am going to ruin this thing. I went to Barnes and Noble today hoping that there would be a Nook cover that might fit mine. Unfortunately they are a different size and the cheapest one being $20 was not that attractive. When I got home I did a search online to see if there were any I could order which again were boring and cost more than I wanted to spend. After a few minutes I thought, "I know I can make this myself". Another search and a few minutes later I found a couple of cute ideas. It is so easy!

First find a book you don't care about and remove the inside leaving the cover and spine. I found this book at a thrift store around the corner for $2. The win win about this is that the thrift store is a Christian non profit and all of the proceeds go to a local recovery center. I also dropped off some clothes that I had in my trunk forever.

I had all of the fabric on hand. I used upholstery fabric for the outside. I laid the book cover out and cut the fabric one inch larger all the way around. Then I used spray adhesive and sprayed the cover and the wrong side of the fabric and pressed the cover onto the fabric. After doing that I sprayed the inside and folded the fabric over neatly.

I then took a piece of contrasting fabric and laid it over the inside of the spine affixing the same way as before and folding the top and bottom edges under.

For the inside I cut two pieces of cardboard just smaller than the inside covers and covered them in fabric the same way.

On the right side I attached elastic around the corners to hold the tablet. I sort of wrapped it around like you would on a present and glued this on with all purpose craft glue. I then attached both cardboard pieces with craft glue and weighted the cover flat with some books.

And there you have it! I don't have a clasp for the outside at the moment. I did see one person online who found a decorative headband and used that.