Another day, another project

You know the plastic grocery bags you get from shopping? Yeah those. Well I have a lot of them. We use some for the cat litter to clean out the box, my wonderful husband uses them to take lunch to work, well that is about it. So last night I went through most of the bags and pulled out the bags with no holes to set aside for the cat litter. What should I do with the rest? A while ago I had found online how to fuse the bags to make sheets of plastic to sew together for bags, purses or whatnot. I also know you can crochet with it. So I took the latter option and started making plarn (plastic yarn). Once I cut up a few bags I started connection the pieces together and crocheting to make a reusable bag. Not sure how well it will turn out but at least it will give a purpose to the plastic bags! 

 

I am still working on work4free.tk. Over $70 made so far and a few great things redeemed. A train set, phone cover, screen protectors, $40 in Wal-Mart gift cards (and another $10 one on the way). I haven’t been spending much time on it lately even though I should with Christmas around the corner. It is a great way to buy gifts you otherwise could not afford! 

Updates in the life of this Crafty Mommy…

Well potty training the little monster has been a challenge. But isn’t potty training always a challenge? Trying to get him out of diapers to create one less thing we have to buy but the only thing that is happening is me taking him to the potty since he won’t tell me he has to go. Still less diapers being used which is always a positive!

I have been trying to plan Christmas gifts since September and still only have two gifts. So my planning has gone no where fast. Oh well I still have a few weeks left since Christmas is getting celebrated early due to family going out of town before the wonderful holiday. I have found quite a few ideas though that I want to make. Just have to find a way to get the money to get the items to make said gifts.

First is Photo Coasters from Oopsy Daisy. I am going to try these using Mod Podge and acrylic sealer paint. Need to get some cute pictures of the little monsters though so that I can make them!

The second one is Gel Air freshener’s from One Good Thing by Jillee. I think these would go great with my family since they have pets that tend to stink up their homes.

Still trying to look for other ideas though since I don’t know how well those will work once I try them!

My lovely husband is all done with Deer season. So we have chunks of meat in our freezer from the harvested deer’s of two people in his hunting party. We have used some for roast, stew and meatballs. Still need to cook more and get used to the taste!

And finally, I have a blanket I started when my handsome toddler was born. Well I finally started working on it again, using my leftover yarn to continue the crocheted blanket. A lot of different colors and probably big enough for a twin bed right now but I think once all my scrap is used it will be big enough for my bed!

Potty training and more…

Well all in all it has been a success. I started over a week ago and just let the 21 month old monster run butt naked around the house. It has worked. And he doesn’t wet during naps, or short outings(less than 2 hours) so far. Night time has been hit and miss but if I catch him at the right time he stays dry all night. Tonight he fought me to put a diaper on so I think he likes not wearing a diaper. Granted he won’t wear underwear either without having an accident but that may be because he just doesn’t like briefs. So I will try boxers next time I get to the store. For now he can just run around the house in shorts 🙂

 

On another note. I have received quite a bit from Points2Shop. I have gotten a train set, a phone cover, screen protectors for my phone, and $40 in Wal-Mart gift cards. And counting. All this in a month and a half. If I were to spend more time on the site I would make even more but hey I am not complaining since it is just a little time to earn and I can get things I wouldn’t be able to afford normally! 

Trying new things…

Potty training is going with the toddler. Not always successful but there are still some successes all the same. Less diapers to be used!

Last night it sort of dawned on me that all the diaper boxes we get when we buy diapers for the kids, well I can reuse those to make cat scratchers instead of tossing them out. And I have been buying diapers and the cardboard scratchers for how long :/ Oh well never too late to start recycling! We do recycle glass and plastics though. We are also going to try to potty train the cats. Less litter we have to buy, therefore less waste. But in the process of doing that we are going to try to use shredded paper in the box(the already read newspaper, all the random papers we get and don’t need, etc…).

We have always tried to recycle glass and plastic. As of last night I am going to start using the newspaper for the cats, and the cardboard diaper boxes to make cat scratchers. I have a lot of cereal in my cupboard right now (8 boxes worth, we buy it but never eat it) so I am trying to find something to do with those.

What do you do to reuse or recycle?

Oh the joys…

Of potty training. This stay at home mommy has begun the process with my 21 month old. So far in two days of running around butt naked there have been two accidents each day. Mostly success though is using the toilet. Even though he doesn’t use very many words, let alone to tell me he has to poop or pee.

Just have to take it one day at a time like every other parents going through potty training!