Here is what I have been doing

I haven’t been here for a while which is really bad. Bad Amy, Bad! Slap on the wrist. I have been searching online on different ways to make money from home. You see, I went a little overboard last Christmas and my regulare job, well, my at home on the phone job, hours are becoming harder to find. So, I have been searching every lead, trying a variety of different things. Some are working out, but the money is very low and it takes a very long time to make anything.

Here is a list of some of the ones that seem to be working.

Chatabout is my favorite. You earn points just for chatting. It’s easy, it’s fun and I love it. I am almost up to my $50 payout but it’s taken me two months to get here. But you can get a variety of things, gift cards and small trinkets.

Amazon Mechanical Turk is excellent for taking surveys. There are hundreds of surveys and they tell you what they are looking for if they are looking for something special. They don’t pay that great, however you have a lot of choices, you won’t get rejected or get the message “you don’t qualify”.

Bubblews is great, it’s just a blogging sight that you get paid in cash for points and you get points from each like and comment you receive on your posts.

Postloops is another great one but it’s hard to find forums to comment on that match your interest.

Those are some of my favorites and I do at least a little each day. Swagbucks is a popular one however I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but still working on it.

 

Anyway, there are these little creatures that I have been working on also, my kids just seem to love them. They are simple to make and fun and the kids can help out with them. This is a picture of my two favorite ones. I just finished them today and they are ready and waiting for when the kids get home. I hope you like them!Image

 

Also, I joined a site that I get freebies for and my first mission is for these wonderful vitamins that taste amazing. It’s a 30 day challenge so I will let you know how it goes. Feel free to check it out at this link…

http://smiley360.com/2919214.cfm

Or if you want to find out how you can get in on this, check out this link…

http://smiley360.com/2831582.cfm

For the first mission, they send me much more than what I was expecting actually and I do highly recommend it.

Happy at Last!

Happy at Last!

This is Sam. Two days ago she was telling me how sad she was because she wasn’t pretty enough. Well, I have been talking to her and we went on a long walk through the forest and we talked. She had never been in the forest before and it made her so happy! She forgot all about trying to be someone she isn’t and found something that makes her happy, NATURE! She found a leaf with a lady bug on it and an acorn. They are her treasures and she loves them so much! She just doesn’t care about trying look like a girl, just call her Sam. She loves to be outside all the time looking for new treasures. She will be on Etsy within a few minutes.

Please meet Sam

Please meet Sam

Meet Sam, soon she will be my newest addition on my Etsy shop. She is still missing something but I am not sure exactly what yet, but I know she needs something feminine. She was born with dark blue gingham skin and and feels like she looks like a boy. I added outstretched arms because she really needs a hug to feel pretty. She prefers to be called Samantha, however everyone just calls her Sam whether she likes it or not. She really wants to be pretty but she whispered to me that she feels very plain and ordinary. I of course told her she was beautiful just the way she is but it just doesn’t seem to help her. She does not want to be put on ETSY until she looks more like a girl, so I promised her I would find just the perfect thing for her. Look for her soon at

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BadStitches

A New Doll

My new sewing machine is working like a dream! For a few days I spent working on my doll. I have tried one of these dolls a couple of years ago and I just couldn’t get her to look right, but this time I know a little bit more about sewing and how things go together. I really think she is coming along really well so far. I am very excited to watch her come together. 

I decided to take a break and today I made a curtain for my window. It’s not all the way finished, and I still have another one to make for the living room but once I get them both up and hanging, I will show you what they look like. 

I am so excited for my doll to come together. My sewing machine is really doing great and I have yet had to re-thread it because it breaks or knots up! Woo-hoo! ImageD

 

The new issue of Stuffed is coming out in Feburary!!!

ImageThere are so many reasons to look forward to February. First, on the 9th, is the return of my favorite TV show of all time, The Walking Dead! Ohhhh I can’t wait to find out what happened to everyone!

Then, There is Valentines day. My husband I don’t really do anything anymore. However, I love to help the kids pick out there Valentines Day cards and this year will be my daughters 1st School Valentines Day. Last year she was so sad that her brothers came home from school with boxes of treasures but this year she will get her own box and I am so excited for her.

Then, sometime in February, I will start called Barnes and Noble on the February 1st to see if they have it yet, is my favorite magazine of all time. When I first found this magazine it came out quarterly, but now it is only twice a year. That makes me rather sad, however I do get incredibly excited when its time for the new issue. It is the ONLY magazine I read cover to cover, every single page. I love seeing the unique creations and the stories that go along with them. My dream is to get one of my creations into the magazine someday. Oh I can’t wait!!! 

A new Machine, A new Inspiration

I am so excited. This week I received a brand new sewing machine. My old machine was a very cheap one, I bought it several years ago, 4 about, the cheapest one I could find, ( it was all the money I had) to buy a machine. I didn’t really know what I was doing, I inherited my mothers fabric collection. Anyway, a few weeks ago it was acting bad, it was something with the bobbin. I learned to fix it, but my fix didn’t work for long and I got so frustrated that I couldn’t get anything done. I didn’t sew for weeks. Last week my favorite sweater had a ripped seam, so, I took it over the machine and attempted to fix it. The dang thing wouldn’t budge. Well, it budged, but all it managed to do was make a tangled nest a bird would not want. I screamed in frustration, I NEED A NEW ONE!

Well, I did it. I ordered it, and it came! Its nothing fancy, but it is double the price of what I paid for the first one ( after all I am more familiar with sewing than I was then) and it has a few more bells and whistles that I just can not wait to try! Sadly, I have had a horrible week. During the last week all three of my poor babies came down with a stomach bug. I have had kids home all week, some days one, some days, 2 and one day all three. Sigh, I spent the week looking at my new machine all clean and brand new , all set up and ready to go, while I cleaned up things that are not fit to talk about on a decent blog. I finally turned it on last night, just to see it light up and to hear to what noise it made, but then I turned it off and went and cleaned a toilet. 

Today, only 1 kid is sick and he is on the road to recovery, my housework is getting caught up and the sun is shinning! After I give the bathrooms a good disinfecting cleaning, I will sit down and start designing my new creature. I can’t wait!

My daughter is hiding everything I make

Well, I wish I had some pictures to show you of the things I have made this week. I made my first Trouble Keeper, thanks to a magazine called Mollie Makes I played with wool felt and made a felt bird key ring and after cleaning the garage I found my Felted Zombies book and made my first Zombie bunny out of felt. This morning, I wanted to take photo’s of them, the good ( the key ring and the trouble keeper) and the bad ( Zombie Bunny) however, my daughter has hidden them. 

The trouble started early this week when I finished my first Trouble Maker but decided it just wasn’t quite right, no personality, and so I set it up where I could see it several times a day until I was inspired with what personality it was telling me. Well, Lilly, my  daughter who just turned 5 decided it was perfect and really wanted to keep it. Well, I couldn’t tell her no because she seemed to love it so much. 

Before starting the next Trouble Keeper, I had this project that came free with issue number 26 of Mollie Makes just waiting for me, so I did it. I was a bit intimidated by using felt as I have only experienced the cheap polyester felt and never cared for it. However, when I opened it and realized that this 100% wool felt was much nicer, it was stiffer and did not shed I became excited and within a couple of hours ( I have 3 kids so I get interrupted a lot plus I made a mistake where I had to take apart one side of the bird completely) I had an adorable bird key ring. Well, Lilly also thought it was adorable and I told her she could look at it but couldn’t keep it because I wanted to proudly wear it on my key ring. Well, it’s missing now. 

Okay, well I was inspired by felt and went searching for my book I bought a few years ago about Felt Zombies. I had to clean out my garage in order to find it, but alas I found it! Since I have not been able to find any wool felt in my area and did not want to wait for it to be mailed to me, I bought the cheap polyester type. After 2 hours I had a relatively cute zombie bunny ( and I learned not to even bother with the polyester felt, the wool felt is much better). However this morning when I went to take a pictures of all these things, I could not find them. When Lilly wakes up, as I know for a fact that she is hiding them somewhere, I will attempt to get her to confess and bring me these small treasures so that I can take photos. 

Anyone else have the problem of you’re kids wanting almost everything you make? Right now, it’s a problem however I know that my kids will get older and won’t give two hoots about what I made, right now they love them and I love them so I guess it’s not so much of a problem after all.