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Sweater Dress

24 Feb

I bought this sweater at a thrift store intending to make sweater pants. But then after looking at it some more I wanted to try and make it into a dress for Aleah. I took in the sides and made the width of the arms smaller.  The neck was really small so it would fit her well.

But the arms were still too long. I loved the brown cuff on the end of the sleeve so I did not want to just cut it off and throw it away.  Instead I cut off the sleeve, a little shorter than the length of her arm, and sewed the brown cuff inside out to the bottom of the sleeve. Now when I fold up the cuff it stays put and looks perfect around her wrist.

I was a little worried that the bottom would be too long but wasn’t sure how I would fix that. Aleah tried on the dress and it fit fine so I didn’t have to deal with that part. Phew! She likes this dress because it is comfy and also keeps her pretty toasty.


Thrifty Thursday

24 Feb

When it rains it pours, eh?

So in this past week three major electronics broke at our house. The DVD player, our baby monitor and the digital camera. Shoot.

The first two appliances were quickly replaced with a run to a great thrift store by our house (for the DVD player) and a trip to target (baby monitor). But the camera is the biggest expense so we are still trying to work that one out.

But even with this flurry of expenses, we had one small consolation.

In the past month I cut out two coupons from our Sunday paper for Crest whitening strips.  One was a target coupon for $5 off and the other was a $10 manufacturers coupon.  I had no idea how much these would originally cost so I just saved the coupons and decided to check it out later.  Jared, the cute husband that he is, went to Target with my coupons and bought the white strips for me for Valentines Day.  What I didn’t know is that the strips were originally $50 dollars!  Sorry, there is no way I am going to pay $35 for those things.

So, when Jared was buying the baby monitor at Target I had him go and return the whitening strips.  He had the receipt and went to customer service to return them.  The lady behind the counter rang everything up and told Jared that there would be $50 put back on the card.  Being the upstanding citizen that he is, he showed her on the receipt that he only paid $35 for the product.  She shrugged her shoulders and said that the system didn’t really recognize coupons that way, and since she hadn’t noticed when she rang it up, the extra cash was ours!

Wow!  $15 dollars in our pocket.

Just some happy news at a time when the wallet was taking a hit.