Vinyl Decals

With the addition of a new Silhouette machine,  I’m now able to offer customization on many products.  I’ve been sewing infinity scarves,  customizing chalk boards, monogramming baking dishes, windows, clothing and more.  I’m working on some wine glasses and water bottles to add to the shop soon.  If you’re in need of a gift for a friend, mom, teacher, or your derby wife I am happy to help.

Email Carlie at evavillain@hotmail.com or visit my Etsy Shop for more info.

Bountiful Basket

A friend recommended that I try this, and I am so glad that I did.  We received our first ever Bountiful Basket this week.  I was so excited.  Look!  ImageIt’s loaded full of goodies- a mountain of fresh oranges, mangos, pineapple, cantaloupe  lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, corn, butternut squash, and tomatoes.  I will definitely keep doing this.  If you’re interested, go to http://www.bountifulbaskets.org/ to sign up.  It’s $16.50 each time you order except the first time which is $3 more.  They come every 2 weeks with different produce and goodies.  There are add ons you can do too, or get all organic for an additional fee.  I love that it’s not a subscription. You can choose to participate each time.  I can’t wait to see what is in the next basket!  It’s surely going to get my creativity going to figure out new ways to cook with ingredients I may not usually pick up.

Catching up on the clippings…

Every week it’s the same thing.  Buy the papers, clip the coupons.  Well, I waited a little too long and had 2 weeks piled up.  This was a 3 hour mess last night.  ImageI buy 5 papers a week, and then I inherit the remainder of my friends’ leftover coupons.  I’m not sure how some people get hundreds, but my family couldn’t use much more than 5 of anything anyway, so I’m cool.   I usually spend Sunday mornings sorting through the expired ones, clipping away and scouring the internet for the best deals of the week.  I know most couponers use a binder, but I prefer my good old rubbermaid bin.

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I use index card dividers and sort them by manufacturer.  I’m thinking that I may need to invest in a paper cutter for as much as I do.  I’m not as diligent as others, but save (on average) about $100 a week (more or less) on my grocery bill.  When I get a great deal and pick up a ton of something, I share, or donate it.  I see no point in hoarding more than my family could reasonably use.  That being said, in the event of zombie apocalypse, my family is covered in toothpaste, croutons, deodorant, and breakfast pastries.

Rested. Finally.

ImageAfter an incredibly long night working on a rug and stressing about an upcoming mural and photo session, I rolled over and awoke to something amazing this morning… silence.  It seems that my dearest-most-amazing-husband-in-the-world has left me an impromptu present, allowing me to sleep in.  I love these little surprises he gives me.  He woke up for work, and got my son ready for school and took him without waking me at all.  This means that little miss Eva slept in as well.  I woke up and had coffee, breakfast (yes, it was fruit loops- don’t judge) and a SHOWER all in peace as she slept.  Aaaahhhhh…. mmmmm.  I absolutely adore that man, and fall more in love with him every day.