Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This Silly Cat.....

As I type this he sits on my lap, front paws on the desk and he turns his head up to look at me like..."I do good?"
If I'm working with it, he thinks he must be included. 
I stitched up a couple of things over the weekend, so yesterday I sat down to stuff them and look who thought I needed help............
Okay, so maybe not help.  I think he may of thought this would be a good place for a catnap?
He soon grew tired of my plucking of stuffing and moved on.
And this is what happened.....
...some time ago when I bought a new apron pattern and needed to cut the pieces apart.

I keep some stitchin' supplies in this box and when I took out the current work-in-progress and left the box open, this is what happened.  He can find some of the funniest places to nap.
Cats are funny little creatures, aren't they? 
I had a fairly productive day yesterday.....lots of works in progress.  I even have a doll in the works and I can't remember the last time I made a doll.  I finished a small quilt project, penny rug, and the 'yule' sampler that I've been working on for months.  I'll post pics soon!
I even worked in some housework and laundry and cooked supper!  That's what happens when I get up at 4:30 am!
Time to get busy.....Enjoy your day!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Good Sunday Morning!

Mmm....the feel of fall is in the air! It's a very pleasant 62 degrees out this morning.

I was really glad to see this weeks HL coupon....another 40% off one regular priced item! I was in there the other day and found that they have the boppie cushions. So, I passed it up, taking the chance they'd have the 40% coupon this week and sure enough! How often does that happen?
Did you know that you can also use the 40% off coupons for magazines at Hobby Lobby? Yep!
In-Store Coupon : Weekly In-Store Specials : Hobby Lobby - Hobby Lobby

So just what are you going to do on this day? I'll be going to church this morning, then have a bridal shower this afternoon.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, August 26, 2011

It's beginning to look alot like fall....

.....at Randolph Mercantile!

Fall open house preview is fast approaching!

Friday, September  9 ~ 9am - 7 pm
Saturday, September 10 ~ 9am - 5pm
Sunday, September 11 ~ 10am - 4pm

If you are in the area please stop in!

Besides all of your favorite primitive treasures, there are mums, pumpkins, corn shocks, gourds and more!
$30 purchase receives a free gift.
Spend $100 and receive free gift and Randolph Mercantile T-shirt!

I will be busy busy over the next couple of weeks getting lots of handmades ready and I will post as I get things done!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Do you shop with coupons?
Do you look for items on the store shelves with instant coupons...
...or  rush to the news stands for the Sunday paper for the coupon inserts?
Have you watched the show on extreme couponing?
It all looks and sounds great. 
I know it's called "extreme couponing" for a reason but I've got mixed feelings on this.
I don't know, maybe I missed something in some of the programs....
What grocery stores are they shopping? 
What coupons are coming in their coupon inserts?
I know, clip your coupon and watch the sale circulars for the coupon items to come on sale.
Some grocery stores will double the coupon.
I've got coupons ranging from cosmetics to frozen foods to cleaning products.
I clip/use coupons.
I buy things on sale.
I also buy store brand items.
I like to keep a stocked pantry....
.....on things that I will actually use.
In a timely manner.
When it's time to go shopping,  I make my list.  I'll go through my coupons.  I'll look at the sale ads.
 I'm not finding alot of the sale circulars coinciding with my coupons. 
It's great for those who have the time to do this kind of couponing, but what does it really save you? 
I've heard it said that this is OCD or on the verge of hoarding.
I have seen on some episodes where some items will be donated to charities and that's awesome.

Since watching this show, I've noticed a change in some of the coupons I've been clipping from the Sunday inserts...
The value isn't enough that when doubled the item would be free, even if it is on sale.
They are valid for a short amount of time.  Finding one that might be a year out is rare. I like the companies that will package coupons in/on their product package.
It states on some that you can only redeem a certain number of like coupons at a time.
I really look for stores to change their coupon policies, as well.  I believe I read on one store web site that they will not accept computer printed coupons.

I clip alot more coupons that what I actually use but will continue to clip because every little bit helps!
I just don't have what it takes to be a member of the extreme couponing club.

What are your thoughts on coupons and extreme couponing?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Still in Awe...

Every time I look at her.....I am still in awe.....
She is so beautiful and is such a good baby!

This was taken on the 12th, just one month old...we were waiting to see the doctor.
Before and after the appointment, we done a little girl shopping....

She likes shopping!!!


We got a break from the heat....we actually opened the windows last night!
Enjoy it now before I have to close up again for hayfever season, which is just about here!

Going to church this morning then going to spend the afternoon with stitching in hand.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fall is arriving.....

...at Randolph Mercantile!

Fall Open House Preview
Friday, September 9
Saturday, September 10
Sunday, September 11

New items arriving daily and  I will  get more preview pics posted soon! 
Until then, mark your calendars
so you don't miss out!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Productive Weekend....and some other stuff....

I think I had a productive weekend.
Before running off to do errands in town, I finished up one of the aprons I've
had cut out for awhile and when I got back, I finished the other two.
I feel like I've done a little bit of everything over the weekend....including, pulling weeds out in the flower boxes!
Aprons fnished, a punch needle item  redone and projects planned.....

I even made some progress on the Christmas cross-stitch project I've been working on for months.
I do believe it will be done in time to display this Christmas! (Actually, I think it will hang on my sampler wall
year round.)

I had an unexpected day off today, so I've spent it with more planning and preparing.  And rather than overwhelm myself with the selection and preparing ALL of the projects I want to do, I've prepared just a couple.  Complete them before moving on to the next one.
It's just one month before the mercantile open house and I want to have plenty of new handmades available!

A new episode of American Pickers on tonight so I will sit and stitch and enjoy the show.
Speaking of "pickers"....Have you seen the new show 'Picker Sisters'.  They are interior designers who travel around pickin' though sheds, barns and fields....finding old and unique items and giving them a new purpose.
I love it!  It inspires me to get back at it! 

Well, it's hand-breaded tenderloins for supper tonight so I'd better get off this machine and get the things done up I need to before it's time to start on that. 

Enjoy your day!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Ramblin'.....

August 5th?

So much to do.
So little time.

I had a little shop some years back.
I closed it for a number of reasons.
I've really been missing it lately.
I'm still selling my wares through a local shop. 
It's  the being at home or in the shop.
The cutting, stitching and stuffing.
The drilling, nailing and wiring.
The painting and staining.
The  rooting around in old barns and sheds.
Finding that something old to repurpose.

I  can't say that I don't do any of that anymore,
I just don't get to do it everyday anymore.

Today is a day off.
I'm going to have one more cup of coffee then run my errands which should
take no more than an hour and a half. Then the rest of the weekend will be spent
doing some of the things I've been missing.
I still plan to start listing in my etsy shoppe again because I'm missing that, too!

I'll be back in a day or two so you can see how I'm progressing!

Enjoy your day!