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I took everything out of our pantry, washed all the shelves and walls inside and then adjusted the brackets to reposition the shelves for a better use of space. I was able to clear out all the containers with little dabs of this and that left inside and get them used up. I was also able to get everything reorganized and put away while rotating items to put the oldest things in front. I made a list of the items we are low on and other things I want to stock up on for winter.
I made a big batch of refried beans and four pints of vanilla yogurt.
eBay gave me 20 free listings this month so I listed four more items. I sold three of the items I listed the week before and relisted one of the unsold items. Then I added three more items to my listings.
Monday evening I turned my daughter's bed pillow into two pillow forms. She is a fitful sleeper and somehow managed to tear the insides of her new bed pillow nearly in half. I gave her a new one and decided to see if I could do anything with the damaged one. After washing it with hot water, laundry detergent and bleach I ran it through the dryer. Then I simply cut it in half, added some polyfil stuffing to even out the gaps and stitched it closed on the ends. When I was finished I had two perfectly good pillow forms. I plan to make a couple throw pillows for our home.
While at work I got a text message from the girls on Tuesday telling me that there were two eggs in the coop. Then on Saturday Penelope, our Americauna, laid us a green egg. Now three of our chickies are laying. Hooray!!
I was really big on the "no money" shopping tactics this week. I did some more Christmas shopping and bid on some sewing supplies that were listed on eBay. I used some of my earnings from my eBay sales to pay for those items. Then I used my JoAnn's gift card to buy three small 1/3 yard pieces of fabric for some things I want to make for my Etsy store.
I took one of the pillow forms I made and turned it into a throw pillow for my bed using fabric I already had and a piece of lace appliqué trim I was given from a vintage wedding gown. I love how it turned out.
We fed kitchen scraps to our chickens. I composted coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, grape stems, a lettuce core and garlic skins. I harvested tomatoes, lettuce, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers and cucumbers from the garden.
I was blessed with a gift of $75 to go shopping at the new grocery outlet store that opened a couple of weeks ago. I grabbed my $10 OFF a $50 Purchase coupon I received in the mail and the girls and I checked it out. We love the new store and we made quite a haul. I treated us to humus, spinach dip and a variety of cheeses. I also stocked up on baking supplies and items for school lunches as well as several other items we were low on. The girls had a great time and we had a little Friday night party to celebrate our mini windfall. We will definitely be going back.
I cut out a new tea towel and ironed on a chicken transfer. Finally! Let the embroidery begin!
The girls took the city bus to the library to check out books and borrowed a Wii game. We played the game on Family Movie Nite. It was a lot of fun and good exercise for the youngest now that she is a little more mobile.
The chickens blessed us with 12 eggs last week. I love my chickens!
How thrifty were you last week?