Monday, March 24, 2014

Rolling, rolling, rolling....(Serger Thread on Sale)

Do you get excited when you can buy large quantities of sewing supplies on sale? I do!

Last night I stopped in at Joanne Fabrics. I wanted to take a peak at their supply of stretch fabrics (lycra) for some skatewear sewing projects. Nothing really caught my eye BUT I happened to walk by the bins of serger thread and it was on sale: 4 for $5. Wow! It is usually at least $3.29 so this was such a great deal I decided to stock up.

I grabbed 16 spools. (4 each of hot pink, royal blue, purple and white) The sale is on until April 4th so I will go back for some more later. I wanted to check at home to see what other colors I need.

Not only was this a great deal: 16 spools for $20, but the sales person ran out back for a moment and when she came back she said, "You can be my friend for the day" and she had a 25% off  the entire purchase coupon in her hand. So my total purchase came to $15.00. REALLY! So with the coupon, my thread cost less than a $1.00 a spool. 

I was plenty excited! The sales clerk asked me if I wanted her to double bag my purchase. I said that it was not necessary because I was going right out to my car. I left the store with my bulging bag of thread and barely made it to the car when my bag tore open. 16 spools of thread rolled off in every direction in my car.  It could have been much worse. If the bag had burst in the parking lot, even a second or two earlier, I would have been the proud owner of 16 spools of wet, muddy thread.

If you need thread for your serger, check out Joanne's to see if it is on sale where you live. I think the extra 25% coupon expired yesterday but the sale is on until Apr. 4th.

"A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread."
George Herbert

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty.... in the Kitchen!

I do love aprons and I have come to appreciate them over the years. As much as I try to be neat and not get my cooking ingredients all over my clothing, it is inevitable, especially while sauteing over the stove top,  I will get spattered with something on my favorite blouse and it will never wash out! 

Most of my aprons are handmade and a couple of them can be found on my blog. This apron was given to me by my mom. It is a sweet little confection of rosebuds, ruffles and bows and today is the first time I used it.

Here is a close-up of the little gathered pocket. It is so cute!

...and lots of ruffles!

Even the mitt is pretty!

Who wouldn't feel pretty wearing this in the kitchen? I wore it today while putting together my corned beef and cabbage (boiled dinner) and while trying a PINTEREST recipe--Orange Glazed Zucchini Loaf. I will let you know how it turns out. It smells delicious and is just about done baking, though dinner will be boiling for a couple more hours.

If you want a pretty apron of your own I am providing the link as I was just there visiting the site where my apron came from and the aprons are all on sale!
Victorian Trading Company.

This is a fun site to look at especially if you are a tea lover. Under their high tea category there are these sweet little cameo and button candy molds that I absolutely have to have. How cute will they look sitting on top of  cupcakes?


Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner (We were too busy earlier in the week to celebrate St. Patrick's Day) so we are celebrating tonight!

I used baby red-skinned potatoes for a change and they were delicious! Course you really cannot go wrong!

Cabbage is my favorite part. Add organic apple cider vinegar and black pepper and YUM!

The corned beef was falling apart. Just the way I like it.

We always enjoy our corn beef and cabbage dinner though we only indulge once a year!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekends!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Elusive Spring

My daughter skated in a tropical themed skating show over the weekend and she received some lovely bouquets of flowers after the second show. When we woke up Sunday morning the house smelled like a floral shop. I can tell you that there is nothing that lifts my spirits faster than bouquets of beautifully arranged flowers. AND talk about aromatherapy!

We took our daughter back to college yesterday and she took all of her flowers with her. They were a bright spot while they were here. So bright in fact that I have decided to buy some flowers of my own while I am out running errands tomorrow. Mother Nature is running a little behind schedule and I am getting a little impatient waiting for her. 

While she takes her jolly sweet time producing weather that resembles something even close to spring, I will buy myself flowers to remind me that after the middle of March, spring cannot be that far away.

I am hoping it's just around the corner! Tonight's temperatures will dip down into the low single digits and tomorrow it may only get up into the mid to high 20's. So tomorrow I am going to purchase a little spring of my own and plant it strategically around my house!

"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian Andersen