Sunday, March 8, 2009

Providence Wintertime Farmers' Market

Here in RI, the Farmers' Market moves inside for the winter. The winter location is about two minutes from our house, but until this weekend, I'd never been there. I meant to go, I wanted to go, I intended to go, but it never happened. Yesterday was finally the day. Of course there wasn't much produce in March, but there sure were lots of other cool things.

I picked up some of the best feta cheese on earth from:

The mozzarella and ricotta I got from them was awesome too.

Then there was the bread from:

Oh man! We got sourdough raisin and walnut and Italian bread. Yum!

There was even some yarn there, although I was a good girl and didn't buy any. Now if it had been alpaca, I might not have resisted. Thankfully, the alpaca people weren't there. I guess that's a good reason to go back! Or maybe it's a good reason not to go back. Gotta think about that!

Monday, March 2, 2009

$23.70 Room Re-do

(Before I start, please forgive the quality of the pics in this post. Our digital camera is beyond repair, so I took them with my ancient cell phone.)

Our spare bedroom, also doubles as my craft area and yarn stash storage. It's kind of "my territory", and Don has the entire basement workshop for his. I was sick and tired of the room looking so yucky, so I decided to re-do it. Only problem: money! There was no way I could justify spending a whole bunch of money at list point in our budgetary lives, so I set a limit of $30. I only ended spending $23.70! Here's what I did:

1. Declutter! Mostly old books and dusty cat show ribbons. Cost: $0

2. Wash hardwood floor. Cost: $0 (I used white vinegar from my shelf.)

3. Buy 2 on sale pillow forms from Joanns. Cost: $6.59

4. Tea dye quilt with tea already on hand. Cost: $0

5. Buy two- 1/2 yard cuts and one 1 yard cut of Thimbleberry's fabrics from RYCO to match the throw rug in the room. Cost: 14.96

6. Buy 1 yd ribbon from Lorraine Mill. Cost: $1.34

7. Recover lamp shade.

8. Cut apart an old throw pillow to get the "guts".

9. Make three new throw pillows.

10. Hem curtains to bottom of the window.

11. Make trim from leftover fabric and sew to bottom of valance.
Here are a couple of truely horrible pictures of the result!

Anybody know a good place to get a camera cheap?

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