Monday, December 08, 2014

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day

Today I'm excited to join in with the girls from Sew, Mama, Sew! and giveaway a set of three wine bottle bags.

These bags are made of felt and include a satin ribbon for tie closure.  Designed to hold all standard sized 750 ml bottles, they're eco-friendly, reusable, and colorful, too.
    


Use coupon code SEWMAMASEW to save 50% in my Etsy shop this week! {Code expires 12/14/14.}

To enter the giveaway for a set of three {various colors}, use the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!



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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mason Jar Fruit Cups - Simple, Easy, and Frugal!


There are some members of my family who will eat an entire fruit bowl in one sitting.  And, there are others who couldn't even tell you if we have a fruit bowl in the kitchen.  So, in an attempt to moderate portions for the fruit lovers, and to make fruit more easily visible and accessible to those who forget to eat fruit daily, I created these Mason Jar Fruit Cups.  

They're super simple really - so easy that I feel kinda odd writing a full post about them instead of just posting a pic on Facebook or Instagram.  But, nonetheless, here I am, typing away.  


Most of the fruit was from my Aldi trip today, so the majority of the prices are from that store.  I live and shop in the Orlando, Florida area, so prices will surely vary by geographic location, too.

Pineapple: $2.29
Bananas: $1.50 for the bag of 8.  I used 2 bananas, so that's $0.36. 
Kiwi: $1.89 (it was a bag of 6)
Blueberries: $1.99 (1 pint)
Strawberries: $1.39
Apples: $0.66 each, I used 3, so $1.98 (I had to google the average price of apples, since I had these on hand and coulnd't recall a price.)

Total invested:  $9.90 (not including tax)

I had a stash of pint sized jars on hand (more info below), but if you didn't have that already, you could add that as a one-time investment.  


I washed and sliced all the fruit.  I opted to eventually slice the strawberries, but you could put whole strawberries in the jars.  I wanted to keep it easier for my kids, so most of my fruit was cut pretty small for their little mouths.  

I lined it all up in order on the counter.  This made it really fast to assemble the jars once I got it all ready.


Side note here:  For years, I avoided buying pineapple because I couldn't figure out how to slice it.  I absolutely loved pineapple, but was too frugal to buy the pre-sliced in the deli section, and canned pineapple just isn't the same.  Then I found this gadget.  Y'all.  It's awesome.  Seriously, I will never pass up a pineapple again.  


I have a stash of mason jars in my garage.  I save them all and just stash them in my garage for days like this.  It's just one of those things I can't bear to purge at this point.  I pulled out all the pint sized jars, rings and lids I could find from this stash.  

So, just because they'd been in the garage for months, I gave them a good wash in the sink.  


I layered my fruit in this order:  

Pineapple
Apple
Kiwi
Strawberries
Blueberries
Bananas

I did this for a few reasons.  1) The apple is nestled between the two most citrus fruits, helping it not to brown.  2) The fruit ranges from hardness to softness (bottom to top).  This keeps my bananas from getting mushy and my blueberries from getting crushed.

After I made all of these, I realized I had watermelon in my fridge that I could have added, too.  Oh well.  Next time.  

This made 9 pint-sized jars.  I would have made more, but ran out of lids.  I did have a good sized bowl left over, so overall, I would say that this amount of fruit would have made 12 jars (if I'd had enough lids).  


So, for $9.90 invested / 12 jars = $0.82 per jar.  MUCH cheaper than the deli section!

I took the leftover fruit out on the patio and served it to my kids, who gobbled it up!  

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Last Jane.com Deal of the Year!

I'm back on Jane.com for the final time this year!


This deal is for my classic lip balm holders, but with a few new patterns and designs.  They're selling fast, so don't delay.

If a pattern you love is already sold out, check my Etsy shop.  I have a few overstock items there.

Merry Christmas!
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Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Twelve

 

This series has been so fun!  Today's the final day!!!

Each day, I'll feature one of the other six shops and tell you more about the shop owner and their amazing items.  I'll also share more details about specific items from my own shop.  Finally, each day will reveal a coupon code which will be honored at ALL SEVEN SHOPS!

Rather receive this info each day in your inbox?  Sign up here for daily emails (through 12/12/13 only).

Follow our Pinterest board here.


Today's featured shop is The Polka Dotted Sunflower.  Owner Kelly has only been on Etsy for just over a year, but already has over one thousand sales under her belt.  Way to go, Kelly!  You can read more about her history on her shop's about page.

Her shop is now closed for the holidays, but I wanted to repost her info below.  If you love her items, be sure to favorite her shop or ask to be notified when she re-opens.


Kelly offers personalized wine glasses, water bottles, beer mugs and tumblers.  She also some pretty amazing personalized tote bags and even a personalized ring!

These stemless glasses would make great co-worker gifts, boys of any age would love this water bottle, and this would be a perfect teacher gift!

Wine Glasses / Chevron Tote Bag / Mother of Pearl Ring
Discover all of Kelly's items in her Etsy shop, and be sure to like her on Facebook, too!


I'm back today on Jane.com!  This is my final deal of the year with them and my Etsy shop will close next Thursday or Friday for the holidays.  




Today's coupon code will qualify you for free shipping on any purchase of $25 or more.  It's valid at all participating shops (listed below).  

Coupon Code
12DAYSFREESHIP25
Free shipping with any purchase of $25 or more
Valid only 12/12/13

Participating Shops:




Coupon code cannot be used on previous purchases.
One coupon code per transaction per customer.
Customers with local pickup will be refunded shipping costs.
Coupon code valid only at Etsy shops listed above.
All other details are at individual shop owner's discretion.  
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Eleven

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas is my gift to you!  It's twelve days of coupon codes valid at ALL SEVEN participating shops.

Each day, I'll feature one of the other six shops and tell you more about the shop owner and their amazing items.  I'll also share more details about specific items from my own shop.  Finally, each day will reveal a coupon code which will be honored at ALL SEVEN SHOPS!

Rather receive this info each day in your inbox?  Sign up here for daily emails (through 12/12/13 only).

Follow our Pinterest board here.


Today's featured shop is Vintamod.  My friend Sara and I actually started this shop several months ago.  We both love vintage finds and were looking for a way to share our items with the Etsy world.  Thus, Vintamod was born.

It's been fun running an Etsy shop with another person.  Sara is a professional photographer and does all of our item photos.  I handle all the shipping and the Etsy shop management.  And well, we both love the shopping for vintage items!


We've got one of the largest collections of vintage buttons you'll ever find.  You'll also find pyrex dishes, vintage Christmas decor, sewing patterns and supplies, and vintage clothing.

We also have a large variety of vintage garlands, and we're giving one away!


a Rafflecopter giveaway
   
All of our items can be found the Etsy shop, and you can also find us on Facebook.


From my own shop, there's a new item to share:  Wine Bottle Bags!  These bags are QUICK SHIP and are ready to go!  They are perfect for taking a bottle of wine to your next holiday party or event, and they hold most all 750 ml standard wine bottles.  They're in fun prints and colors, and can be reused over and over again.


All of the wine bottle bags can be found here.  


Today's coupon code will save you $2 on any purchase of $10 or more!  It's valid at all participating shops (listed below).  

Coupon Code
12DAYS2OFF10
Save $2 off your purchase of $10 or more!
Valid at ALL participating shops listed below
Valid only 12/11/13

Participating Shops:



Coupon code cannot be used on previous purchases.
One coupon code per transaction per customer.
Customers with local pickup will be refunded shipping costs.
Coupon code valid only at Etsy shops listed above.
All other details are at individual shop owner's discretion.  
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Ten

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas is my gift to you!  It's twelve days of coupon codes valid at ALL SEVEN participating shops.

Each day, I'll feature one of the other six shops and tell you more about the shop owner and their amazing items.  I'll also share more details about specific items from my own shop.  Finally, each day will reveal a coupon code which will be honored at ALL SEVEN SHOPS!

Rather receive this info each day in your inbox?  Sign up here for daily emails (through 12/12/13 only).

Follow our Pinterest board here.


Today's featured shop is Ballerina Rose Designs  Owner Ashley offers wedding invites, shower invites and holiday printables in her Etsy shop.  {Her shop is on vacation this week while she's moving, so I'm reposting her previous items below.}


Ashley loves vintage typography and vintage photos for weddings and showers, as well as cute illustrations for birthdays. Whatever the occasion, she wants it to be perfect!

   
All of Ashley's items can be found in her Etsy shop, and you can learn more about Ashley on her shop's about page.


While I've used this space in the previous nine days to share about items from my own shop, I'd like to take this day to remind my long-time readers {and inform my new readers} that 30% of your purchase is given to a family or cause of my choice.  


This is my Give Back! program, and it was started in January of 2013.  Since that time, I've been able to give to two different missionary families and one church.  And at the beginning of 2014, I'll be able to give even more to my sister and her husband, who are church planters in NYC.  


So while you are shopping through my Etsy items, know that your purchase is valued, appreciated, and a percentage is donated to those dearest to my heart.


Today's coupon code will save you 20% off your entire purchase!  It's valid at all participating shops (listed below).  

Coupon Code
12DAYS20OFF
20% off your entire purchase!
Valid at ALL participating shops listed below
Valid only 12/10/13

Participating Shops:



Coupon code cannot be used on previous purchases.
One coupon code per transaction per customer.
Customers with local pickup will be refunded shipping costs.
Coupon code valid only at Etsy shops listed above.
All other details are at individual shop owner's discretion.  
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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Nine

 

If you're just joining us, here's the deal:

Each day, I'll feature one of the other six shops and tell you more about the shop owner and their amazing items.  I'll also share more details about specific items from my own shop.  Finally, each day will reveal a coupon code which will be honored at ALL SEVEN SHOPS!

Rather receive this info each day in your inbox?  Sign up here for daily emails (through 12/12/13 only).

Follow our Pinterest board here.


Today's featured shop is The Lollipop Boutique.  Owner Rachel specializes in hair accessories and boutique items, and her items are made to order.


These felt bow hangers are simply adorable!

      

All of Rachel's items can be found in her Etsy shop.



For years, I've partnered with Sew, Mama, Sew!'s Giveaway Day.  There are two fun giveaways to enter below. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Today's coupon code will save you $1 off any purchase of $5 or more - this is THE coupon for all your low spenders!  :)  It's valid at all participating shops (listed below).  

Coupon Code
12DAYS1OFF5
20% off any purchase of $20 or more!
Valid at ALL participating shops listed below
Valid only 12/9/13

Participating Shops:




Coupon code cannot be used on previous purchases.
One coupon code per transaction per customer.
Customers with local pickup will be refunded shipping costs.
Coupon code valid only at Etsy shops listed above.
All other details are at individual shop owner's discretion.  
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