Archive for October, 2010

Take the HANDMADE Pledge!!!

I absolutely LOVE making things. I’m the kind of person that walks into a store and just won’t buy something because, I just know, I can make it with less money. sometimes that’s good, sometimes not so good. Whats funny is my kids have become the same way. They inspect something, look all over it and say “hey mom, I can make one of these”! My heart leaps when they do that. I know I have passed down my desire to be more self sufficient. 

I also love books, ok…It’s an addiction, I admit it! “Hello, my name is Amy and the last time I read a book was 20 minutes ago”. Thank goodness there isn’t such a group! Book stores are like crack dealers for me… “I must stay on budget, I must stay on budget” becomes my mantra when I walk through the doors.  What does my love of books and making things have to do with one another you ask? Well… not only do I make most, if not all of, of the gifts that we give over Christmas. I also have plenty of resources to get ideas. So coming in November I’m going to start “Toot Tuesdays”.  I’ll put up a tutorial on how to make one of the gifts that I’ll be giving this year. I may even have a contest to win one if time allows. I’ve taken the “Handmade Pledge” will you? Work your way up…If you can’t make everything, or buy all handmade then set a goal of 50% handmade. You will be happy with the results, and you will be helping to support us and not China! Not to mention the mulla you will save. A good site to start if you want to buy handmade is etsy.com

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October 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

The Holidays are coming…the holidays are coming

The HOLIDAYS are coming…be afraid, be very afraid! Why do people get so crazy over the holidays? I think it’s the “mob mentality”.  We all do as the “mob” does. It takes a wakeup to break away from the mob and do as YOU want to do.   I love getting up @ 3am on black friday. I love being with the people, waiting in the lines, joking, sharing coffee’s, laughing. I go for the good deals but it does make me sick when the same person I was just laughing with acts totally out of character for an inanimate object made in China! If I get a good deal than yay for me, if not…oh well! It was fun to hang out with people I don’t know and do something different. In all honesty though, I have to remind myself of who I am and my beliefs when I’m in that crowd. Do you get stressed during the holidays? Maybe we should all take a step back and remember what it is that’s important in our lives. Remind yourself, pray, meditate on keeping first things first. We love to have family traditions, nothing major just fun little things we do. We also try to add a new tradition a few years or if one doesn’t work very well, we scrap it. When the boys were little we would take a stack of magazines and make “if money were no object” cards. We would make a card for each person and cut out pics of items we would want to give the other person. We always had fun with it. They always showed how much we really knew each other. We don’t go overboard with “things” during Christmas, instead we love each other and try to give of ourselves. It takes a focused, calm heart to not follow the mob during this time of year. 

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October 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment


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