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Monday, October 13, 2014

This and That Monday

Happy Monday everyone!

Mandy, Piper and I have had a productive morning at Costco.  Our Costco card expired in July and we're experimenting with not having one.  With just the two of us, it's hard to justify the $55.00 a year cost of membership.  I don't think I actully use it enough to save $55/year.  So this morning we went to Costco using Mandy's card.  I spent $150.00!  So easy to do there.  You have to buy such huge amounts though, that I think I have enough toilet paper, paper towels and ziplock bags to last Dennis aand I for years!  Does anyone else find that the savings don't seem all that different than at, say, Walmart or is it just me?

The shower gift is finished, laundered and gift wrapped.  Two blankets, two sweaters, two hats and two pairs of socks.  Whew!  It was a marathon of knitting and crocheting and, of course, I still played with Miss Piper too.  :-)
A  little closer look.
Now I'm working on a doily in a CAL with Pammy Sue over at Scotty's Place (on my sidebar).  I'm on row 17 and I fear I'm far behind everyone else since I wanted to finish the shower gift first.  The pattern is more complicated than most doily patterns I've used and the directions don't seem very clearly written, but that could just be the way I'm reading them.
When we moved into our house a little over 12 years ago it was newly built and we put the "cheapo" vinyl miniblinds in, because, frankly, with landscaping, AC and all the other things that have to be done with a newly built house, that was all we could afford.  One by one they "bit the dust" so to speak and we were left with just four blinds working out of 11 windows.  This weekend Dennis and I bought new blinds at Home Depot.  They are 2 1/2 inch slats and white faux wood.  We installed three of them on Saturday and four yesterday.  I must say, we've gotten pretty good at the installation.  Whereas the first window took about 1 1/2 hours, by yesterday we were slapping them up in about 1/2 hour!  Hubby put them up and I trimmed the excess slats from the bottom.  We were like a well oiled machine and are thinking about hiring ourselves out to install them for people.  Just kidding, although the $25.00 a window that home depot charges for installing them is an incentive to me!

This is in Mandy's room (or the upstairs guest room).  That picture on the right is one that Mandy drew in the 8th grade.  Yes that's a wallpaper border by the ceiling.  I know they went out of style years ago, but Harumi, one of our Japanese girls helped me put it up and I just can't take it down.  I miss her.

Blinds open.
Blinds closed
A closer view of the "molding" valance at the top of the window.  It's  little hard to see because the wall color is so close to the blind color.  One of the things that I like about these blinds is they don't have the wand thingy to open and close the slats.  They have two strings that you just pull up or down.  So easy.
We had to special order the blinds for the three narrow living room window and they should be in this week.  The rest of them they were able to cut to size right at Home Depot.  We still have the kitchen window to install but we ran out of time yesterday.  I am really happy with them and wish we had done this a long time ago.  The gentleman that helped us at the store was great!  Very helpful and knew just what sizes we needed.

Here is a shot of Miss Piper on Saturday.  It was a cool day and she wore her new "Princess" fleece outfit that she got for her birthday from her other set of grandparents.  She looks so serious here.  I think she had been counting her money.  Very important business!  Papa gave her five pennies and she carried them around all day, actually she's still carrying them around and counts them constantly.  And of course, Elmo slippers.  We gave her the slippers for her birthday and she loves them.
I hope your week has started out well for you all and I'll see you all again soon my friends

"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is he one who takes refuge in Him." Psalm 34:8

Blessings,

Betsy

14 comments:

  1. What absolutely gorgeous gifts!! Love them!
    Great job you two on the blinds also. :)

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  2. The gifts are so lovely. I know they will be treasured and much loved. :) Love those blinds! You two are always doing the coolest things. I believe there isn't anything you two can't do! You both are amazing! :) Little Miss Piper is so cute. Wishing you a most lovely day sweet friend. :)

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  3. The baby gifts are so beautiful, Betsy. Such a generous and kind thing to do for them. I love your new blinds. We had custom honeycomb shades put up in some of our rooms a few years ago and while they were expensive, it felt like a good investment because they are attractive, easy to use and effective. I know what you mean about Costco; some things aren't enough of a bargain but then there are things which are so I think it balances out for us at the moment but I don't know if it always will. I hope you're having a good week so far. :)

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  4. Those babies are so lucky to be receiving those extraordinary blankets, sweaters, hats and booties! You're one of the most generous people I know. You could be Mother Teresa! :-) I wish you were close enough to go on adventures with us. Miss you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Some things are bargains at those warehouse prices, but some are just not!

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  6. Fyi I recieved my pattern, thank you. I don't know when I will get to it I too am doing the doily from Pammy Sues site. I'm on row 28. So far so good!
    Your blinds are awesome, nice work! Piper is so serious about her money, how sweet.

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  7. Such beautiful gifts for the twins, the blinds are looking good and Piper looks so sweet in her slippers.

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  8. Wow, you made all of those things so quickly! I love that pattern, but I've never made it myself. I'll have to do that some day. Yours are wonderful, and they will be much loved. Wish I crocheted when my babies were still babies! Your blinds look great.

    Yes, that pattern is weirdly written and not clear. I've heard all of her patterns are that way. That's why I've never made one of hers before. I needed to challenge myself and try one though. I have a LOT of her pattern books.

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  9. We don't have Costco but we do have a Sam's (about 30 miles from us).. We do have a membership and go to Sam's at least once a month or more.. We buy our milk there since it is about 50 cents a gallon cheaper than Walmart or Kroger's... George loves their cherry tomatoes. We buy spices there (big sizes --cheaper in the long run), our big jars of pickles, our Protein Bars, etc. We have done our research --and do not buy their toilet paper/paper towels/detergent, etc. there because we can get it cheaper at Walmart by buying Walmart's own brand. So many of the brands at our Sam's are 'name' brands --which do cost more. We always use generic when possible...

    The blankets and sweaters/hats are absolutely adorable. WOW--you do such good work... Someone is very very lucky to get those.

    We got those beautiful new blinds (like yours except ours are brown) a few years ago for our bedroom. We love them --but have not yet changed out those old ones in a couple of other rooms... One of these days we'll buy some new ones --and you and hubby can come and install them for us... Okay???? ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. The baby items turned out great and I love the yarn (and design) you are using for the new doily! I am with Piper on Elmo--in fact I believe I have a Tickle Me Elmo doll here somewhere:) Ahhhh--wooden blinds sound totally awesome and look great. Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Aimee
    PS: I awarded you the One Lovely Blog award this past week. Feel free to keep the award with no strings as I know you are busy. I just wanted you to know how much I value you and your blog:) Here's a link to your name: http://aimeeonthemountainside.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-liebster-award-and-first-awards.html (the actual award is on the post prior to this one). Also, feel free to delete this post if you don't allow links.

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  11. Betsy you will not believe what I found in my mass collection of crochet patterns! Yes! I found the pattern to this same blanket and a matching sweater. It's called Rainbow set. I have a huge over 40 years of crochet books and I'm in the midst of cleaning and organizing the whole mess. It's all in my library and I hired an organizer to help me with it all. Thank you so much for all your help with this afghan! Im such a ditz , I knew I loved that pattern and now I know why!

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  12. Betsy! My how I miss you my special friend, but I am so glad you post on you blog and help me keep up with some of your news! My thoughts on Costco are much the same as yours, but I still have a membership...for now, but I rarely shop there and when I do I spend so much I am not sure what I saved! You always inspire me, Betsy. Your energy and productivity and creativity are stellar!!! Your latest stitching projects are precious and sure to be treasured. I love how you and Dennis work as a team and you just might make your fortune installing those wonderful blinds :-) Miss Piper is no doubt concentrating on being a frugal steward with what the Lord provides her :-) I am so glad you are having this wonderful time with her and Mandy! And thanks for sharing the Scripture verses. Blessings always xx

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  13. The blinds look great, I think we have the same ones and we have been in this house 13 years, so they last. Those shower presents are just fantastic, such a lot of work and love involved in every stitch. They are going to be received with such joy. As for Costco, I feel when I go I end up spending far more than I wanted to, my husband goes sometimes but I rarely go. And Little Pipper is so cute, money is serious!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  14. Your gifts are lovely. I need to make a baby hat soon as well. Piper is so cute. Its funny how a bit of money can make them happy and if its lost. Hugs!

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