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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Keys are MINE!


FINALLY!!!...after a whole ton of ups and downs and almost not even GETTING the house...oh, and a whole lotta prayer....The keys are MINE!!!!



 Now, the real work begins!  Today, we closed on the house, tomorrow, we dig in and start renovating!

First up: Demolition!  We are going to remove the rest of the carpet from the dining room and kitchen, as well as the kitchen cabinets.....

Delima #1.....Where to find cabinets that are less than the 1,000 price we are looking at now....We have been looking on craigslist and ebay, but we have a "galley style" kitchen, which means, not a lot of space and NO corners...the cupboards are on two opposite walls only.  Gotta save money on the cabinets!!!

This is a pic of my kitchen..."before"...ICK!

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. eclectic kitchen

An example of how beautiful a galley kitchen CAN look....WAY above my price range though!
Oh, and bigger than my kitchen too!


Stay tuned....I'll be posting pics of tomorrow's demo soon!!!!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Life's getting PINteresting....

Still waiting for the actual closing on our house.....having to jump some hurdles and hop through some loopholes, but, In the meantime, I've been planning my list of things to do and the order to do them in.

AND....I'm dreaming a lil....wanna dream with me?  Come find me on Pinterest....my pinterest name is Volleysoft!!!!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT IS EXPIRING TOMORROW!!!!

GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT IS EXPIRING TOMORROW!!!!!

All you wonderful friends who are following my blog, I'm gonna MISS you......UNLESS>......you follow me on Linky Followers!!!!  Here is what the linky widget looks like:


PLEASE feel free to  LINK up so I don't have to MISS YOU!!!!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm SEW cheap takes it to the NEXT LEVEL!

WOW....It's been a while since I've posted anything!  Life has been EXTREMELY busy!  Since I've last posted, a new beginning has presented itself into the SEWcheap family....We're MOVING!!!  We've gotten an opportunity to relocate closer to our church and more central to pretty much everything, YET....it's still not in the city limits!

That's the good news....the bad news...the house STINKS!! No...LITERALLY!  It's a repo and whomever had it before us must have mistook it for a doggie litterbox!  Not to worry, though, it's not a NON-fixable stink.  We've had some professionals on the job and they've told us what has to be done to "DE-smell-ify" (extremely technical term! lol) 

That's the good, then bad news, now here's the good-er (purposefully bad English...must...refrain....from.....fixing......!) news.  We're gonna fix it ...and Y'ALL get to watch us do it....CHEAPLY!!!!!!!

THAT, my online friends, is why I say I'm taking my cheapification (I should write my own dictionary!) to the "next level".....Even if I DID have tons of moulah, I WOULDN'T wanna spend it all on costly reno that I can do MUCH more affordably (by God's grace). 

WAIT>.......I see you out there, looking at your computer screen and FREAKING OUT.....CHILLAX!!!  I'm NOT going into this alone with my unskilled self....No "Renovation Realities" here....(although, I'm SURE there will be some, er, snafu's here and there)  I have friends in skillful places!  I have a friend who is a  plumbing/heating guy, another who is a licenced journeyman electrician, still a few more who are builders (one owned his own building business...before becoming a pastor!), and still a plethora more who are skilled in areas such as drywall, painting, interior design...etc....BREATHE......I've got it covered! (Oh, did I mention, I've got GOD on my side? he's the MASTER builder!!!)

OK, so enough, type, time for pictures of the DISASTER waiting to be a DREAM!!!


Good evening ladies and gentleman and welcome to the tour of my Macaroni and Cheese Colored Mansion!  Yeah.....the color's gna go!  Leaning toward a light mocha with a light tan ......but.....hmmm....


 The garage door looks broken, but as you can kinda see in the next pic, it's just popped off ....easy fix.  This door is the reason I'm leaning toward mocha/beige/tan colors...kinda hard to paint a fiberglass door and...why buy a new one...this one's in good condition!


                                             The garage is of the two-car variety, lol

Here we have the master bedroom (12x15) the wall on the right is going to have a door framed into it to get into the room in the following pic. Notice the AWESOME windows????  NEW!
This pic is a little deceiving.  It looks like the walls are mildewy or something, but it's just a bad pic...and ugly blue paint!  This will be the spare room and a place for hubby n I to keep our dressers, winter clothes, etc. (maybe the treadmill too!)




 This bathroom brings new meaning to the title "powder room", um don't think the inventor of that name intended for the room to be POWDER BLUE!!!! ICK!!!!  BYE BYE POTTY and BYE BYE TUB!!!! Seriously, though, The tub is very small.  Also, across from the commode and hidden from view is a badly designed linen closed.  Gna rip that out and build some shelves above the new toilet.  The new space will allow for a bigger tub. I'm cheap, so the Tile on the walls stay and all the decor will become tan/white with white potty/tub/sink (yeah, sinks goin too!) Did I mention "NEW" meant what I can get for free, from craigslist, the paper, scratch and dents at the store, etc?  HOWEVER...the potty has to be new!  CHEAP, but new!

Here we have my tiny kitchen.  BUT....as you can see, I have a separate dining room, so I DON'T CARE!!!  Hoping to find cheap cupboards somewhere (old ones a builder's getting rid of or something).  Notice the floor?  That is CARPET!!!  Those are NOT just food/foot traffic stains!  ICK! 


This is the dining room.  We have new sliders and frame already (FREE!!!!).  Light fixture's gna grace a dumpster....notice the floor?  More ICK!  Gna tear up both rooms, don the haz-mat (LOL) and then, sand/grind glue from floor, bleach water wash floors and walls to doggie height, next, its on to using a paint similar to "KILZ" but stronger, called "BIN" (anyone seen any sales? lol)  The wall to the left of the sliders will eventually have a row of cabinets on the floor with a countertop that matches the kitchen.  There will be another row of cabinets going across the ceiling with a mirror in the middle (might do two full length cabinet end caps...whatever I find cheap!)



This is the upstairs living room.  I should mention here, that all of the rooms with paneling will be covered with a special paper that mimics drywall...CHEAPER than replacing with actual drywall!
Also, up comes the vinyl flooring and down goes the BIN...then on to fake wood flooring!  We'll use the same flooring in the bedrooms and hallway upstairs.  The bathrooms, kitchen, and dining room will get tiles.



The basement stairs....not a problem...for now.  Hubby wants to eventually make them wider and the vinyl has to go!



Here is our beautiful blank canvas known as the basement!!!  At the far end on the left, is where you will be one of two more 12x12 bedrooms (there is also another 12x12 bedroom upstairs that isn't pictured).  On the right at the same end will be the other bedroom.  Then, coming back toward the screen on the right will be a framed in laundry room, then a storage room that goes up to the stairs (not pictured, but on the right).  On the left, after the bedroom, will be a family room.  See the door on the left?  That is a badly framed in storage closet, It's gonna GO!  Also not pictured is a nice little pantry which will stay.  LOVE this basement!!!!!

I can't wait to get started..and SHARE it all with ya!!!  PLEASE post any ideas, tips, and links you think would be helpful along the way!!!

*For those of you interested in the AMAZING way God allowed us to get this home, keep watch for a post titled:  "God is SEW good!"

**Also anyone waiting to see my tutorial on upcycling jeans to a skirt, be patient....it's comming!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Vision Forum Wish List

Once a year, EVERY year, it comes in my mailbox......It sets in my lap, I look at it, excited to see what amazing goodies are in store.  What is it?  My Vision Forum catalog, of course!


Then, I begin to open it, pen in hand, ready to circle all my favorites.....creating my wishlist for the entire family!...

First, I think of my youngest, Valerie.  She LOVES dolls and stories too.  You better believe This catalog has both!  My pen circles the Beautiful Girlhood Book and Doll Dress Set . 

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As I read the story of Sacagawea helping Lewis and Clark to find the Northwest Passage, she can dress her dolly in a matching outfit and be part of the story.......or she can pretend she is Pricilla Mullins as  I read the story of her voyage to New England.....These books teach my daughter about the past while helping her imagination to blossom at the same time!

Or maybe she can tame the wild west in this Cowgirl outfit .

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Then there are my two boys.......This year I am SO excited about some new additions to the toy area for the boys.  The Stagecoach with action figures set is one of them.
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My 10yr old, who is already excited at the prospect of being a hunter one day, will be TOTALLY excited about the Deer Hunter with bow and Rifle set.

Product image and it's only $9!!!!!

They just don't make toys like these at the local department store!

Here is where I add the two toys that I would have LOVED as a kid:
The Three man slingshot water balloon launcher
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and the Fun Ride Deluze Zip Line
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How much fun would THESE be?!?!?!?!  I'm DEFINATELY thinkin about getting these two!




Then my eyes cross over the Fruits of the Gospel  series.
These Christian Books are great read alouds for the family. Product image They are great stoies to read together while teaching children valuable lessons. 


OH!  I can't forget my two teenage daughters!

My 15yr old has been asking me for the Traveler's Calligraphy Set for two years!

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I have been trying to help my 13yr old find her creative niche' for a while now and I'm thinking she will enjoy the Beauty from the Beach Shell Kit .
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My 13yr old has been asking me for this tea set for as long as my other daughter has been asking for the writing set!

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and ...it comes with this adorable carrying case!


NOW......for my husband...hmmmmmm.......

As the spiritual head of our home, I really think he would like this book:  Proverbs for Parenting . 
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It's a wonderful Christian book that puts the proverbs in catagories according to character qualities and character flaws.....it has such catagories such as self control, obedience, and relationships, among others. It easily breaks down basic teachings to make devotions that much easier!

There a plethera of books for men on personal growth as a husband/father.  They can be found here .
there are books such as these:


Courageous Collection (2 Books and 1 Print)(The "Courageous" set)
Family Man, Family Leader (Family Man, Family Leader)
Father and Daughter Baucham Set (2 Books)(Father/daughter)



There are a ton of DVD's for men, and the whole family as well. I really think he'd like this one:

Into the Amazon
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Here's an excerpt from the description of this series:
"Grab your adventure fedora, head to the Amazon jungle, and uncover seven amazing mysteries to the glory of God! "

Well.....I could say I was done...but NOPE....there's STILL ME!!!

I ....well....I want ONE OF EVERYTHING!!!!!!

........Check out this awesome site for yourself...and order your free catalog so YOU can wait each year with baited breath for YOUR new catalog! .........

What's even better....these awesome sites are all having Vision Forum Giveaways!
A-Wise-Woman-Builds-Her-Home

Life in a Shoe

Raising Olives

Smockity Frocks

Modest Mom

Generation Cedar






Monday, November 14, 2011

Give the Gift of BLOG for Christmas!

The holidays are here....Christmas is fast approaching and this household's attention has turned toward presents for family and friends.  Our family loves to make homemade gifts for Christmas. Besides being SEW cheap, they are from the heart, and mean more!!  This year, the ideas have been flowing in and I'm enjoying getting them ready.  I thought I'd share the ideas with y'all so YOU can enjoy them too!!!

This first idea is a little unconventional, but it truly is a gift that "keeps on giving"!  I have a friend who loves to quilt and another who is a homemaking, crafty, photograph taking, canning....you name it, she does it mamma.....To my surprise, neither one of them have a blog!  One of them didn't even realize the benifits of blogging, the other one just doesn't  know where to start.  My Christmas gift to them....helping them get a blog started!

Do you have a friend/family member who you think could benifit from starting a blog?

Here are some steps that might help you to "Give the gift of Blog" for Christmas!

Picking a blogsite:
There are many different places to go through when starting a blog...hubpages, wordpress...your own site and others.  Then, there's my favorite, blogspot!

Deciding a theme:
What do they like to do? Are they a quilter?  Do they make amazing meals? Are they bookworms? Are they weekend warrior DIY'ers?  Seamstress? Or maybe they could review products and have giveaways......show them some blogs that do things similar to their interests so they can see what others do....it'll get their creative juices going!

Designing(the fun part!)
Next, show them some neat sites with free blog backgrounds. A blog with an adorable background can mean more readers! These sites are usually pretty foolproof....(I know, cuz I can use em! lol)  They explain things in "See Dog Go" so even NON-computer geeks can understand.  Here are a few sites I have found to be good :

HotBiggityBlog

The Cutest Blog on the Block

Simply Blog it Backgrounds

Background Fairy

Now, why did I say this was the gift that keeps on giving?
Because, when their blog starts making money, it'll be like YOU'RE giving them the money.....a continuous gift!...here are some hints on how to get the moulah to start rolling.

Monetize:

Show them how to begin to make money on their blog.  Start by showing them how to get set up with "Adsence" if they're using blogspot.  Then, show them how to use amazon associates.  Next explain Adsence affiliates to them. 

These are just some basic steps to get them started on their trip into Blogville....there are, of course, many other things that can be done, but once you get them started, chances are, they'll catch the blog bug and take off !!!!







Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dishcloth swap and Giveaway WINNER!!!

After a TOO LONG hiatus from internet in my home, I'M BACK!!! FIRST oreder of business: Pics from the dishcloth swap and notification of the winner!

The swap rules, in a nutshell...crochet 2 dishcloths and swap em w/ ur buddy. When all the swappings done, a winner will be chosen to receive 2 skeins of yarn and a crochet book....

 My "swap buddy" was "DONNALEE"   BUT, she didn't send me two dishcloths, she sent me 6! AND a set of adorable handmade oven mitts! (I'm using the other one...so its not in the pic!)

Also, Donnalee and I were the only two in the swap to "complete the transaction" , so, that makes Donnalee the winner! WHOOP WHOOP!

Show her what she's won Bob!....








Friday, August 12, 2011

IT's FRIDAY!  Time for a blog hop!  WOOHOO!!!!  Here's where I've placed my lilly pad today!




Friday, May 20, 2011

"My Favorite Friday!"

TGIF! WOOHOO!!!  Today, on "MY FAVORITE FRIDAY"  I'm featuring a favorite Blog site of mine:

Keeper of the Home !!!!

Her subtitle, which says "Naturally Inspired Living for the Christian Homemaker" is SO true!  Her posts inspire me to be the best "homemaker" I can be for my family and my God!

The current post up at "Keeper of the Home" is "Fun Frugal Memories to Make with your Kids this Summer"  What better post to put up in such a financially strapped time?  The ideas she has are wonderful! 

The most helpful post I've found so far has been Creating a Homemaking Binder. Here, she leads by example with this amazing binder.  I strive to be a more organized homemaker.  This post is easy enough to follow that I feel I can do it to!  I can't wait to finish my binder and begin my more organized lifestyle!

So, don't hesitate...>GO, NOW ....click HERE and check out this awesome "Favorite Friday" site!

FYI.....Here's where I'm hoppin this weekend!:





Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Wish list...or I SEW wish for these....!

 I have been on a FREGGIE crave lately.  I have no desire for pasta, burger, steak, chicken....(still want fish!) right now....I'm not vegan, nor am I a raw foodie, YET....(I'm secretly a raw food wannabe!)  Having a family of 7 makes going raw difficult, to say the least.  However, my body is telling me that I totally need fruits and veggies right now, and I'm listening!  That being said.....I have a Freggie wish list!....Lemme share it with y'all:

1.  A dehydrator!


I can't even tell you the ways I could be SEW cheap in the long run with this puppy!
Imagine the money I'd save on fruit leather alone!
AND....you should see some of the awesome things you can make like: Pizza  or Cookies!


2.  A Saladacco or Spiralizer!

After seeing videos using both, I think I would preferr the Saladacco (plus it's cheaper!)
But, I would get this spiralizer too...whichever one I find at a yard sale first!

3.  A Juicer!

I would love to have something to turn my Freggies into a drinkable delight! Plus, I want to add greens to them!



SO, this is my current wishlist....If/when I get them...from some yard sale or resale shop,most likely, I'll review them on the site and let you know how they work!

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