Thursday, February 24, 2011

Swagbucks and Me, an Internet Love Affair

I'm sure some of you may have heard of Swagbucks  by now, but if not let me give a little explanation.

Swagbucks is a website that rewards you for doing various things like using their web search, using their toolbar, taking quick surveys (which I rarely do) and making purchases.
Every morning when I sit down with my coffee and open up the internet..BAM! 1 swagbuck. I go to and spend 2 seconds clicking on an opinion for the daily poll..BAM! 1 more swagbuck.  I use the swagbucks toolbar to search for things like facebook, blogger, twitter, gmail and...BAM! I generally win between 5-12 swagbucks. There is a little box at the bottom of my page called a "Swidget" sometimes they decide to send codes through the Swidget, if you hear about it, come back here and click where it says "find out of there is a code" and BAM! around 8 Swagbucks.

Now, what the heck do I do with these swagbucks? I turn them in for gift certificates.

 So far I've turned in for 10 cards (I'm waiting on one right now, they take about 2 weeks) ..that's $50 of free stuff from amazon for those of you that don't feel like math...and a $5 gift certificate to the store. You can stack gift cards, you can only have 1 code at a time per their website.

WHY am I telling you this anyway? Well firstly I'm letting you in on one of my little secrets on how I make a few extra bucks for around hollidays and birthdays. Second, their birthday is Monday and from the buzz online, it's going to be full of ways to earn Swagbucks, and in turn, money! Thirdly, I want you to sign up with my referral code, duh! Why the heck should you do that? Well it helps me get Swagbucks, I get a couple when you get a couple..that's awesome for me (hey I did make you wise to this whole Swagbucks thing right?) I'm sure when you get into being a Swaggernaut you're going to want people to sign up under you as ya, that's how I feel now.

My opinion on Swagbucks, I love it. It's a different search engine, but using it gets me money, so I deal. Who doesn't love free freaking money?

Search & Win

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Vintage pins

As much as I love to sew, sometimes I hate to sew. I hate using patterns and I really hate measuring and pinning things. I've lost countless pins in the carpet over the years, bent almost as many and stabbed myself billions of times because I have to push the pins in so hard. Lets not forget the time I actually hit a pin with my sewing machine needle, broke the needle in half which then flew off and hit me right next to the eye.
So I don't pin anymore. This is why every large project I've ever sewn has come out wonky in one way or another. Any time someone complements me on a halloween costume I've made my daughter, I start chanting in my head "oh please don't look at the inside, oh please don't check to see if my stitches are straight"

Which takes me to my favorite sewing thing I own...pins.

I was given all sorts of sewing, knitting and crochet things when my husband's aunt passed away. These, I've cherished from the moment I laid eyes on them.

I've always had the habit of loving something kind of small and inconsequential. I love tiny sugar bowls and glass jars of every kind. It may sound silly, but I just love these pins. I love the discoloration of the cube they're stored in. Something about the light blue and yellowing of age appeals to me. It sings of a time where every woman knew how to sew, because their mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends all did and were taught by example. I'm a little jealous.

Aside from the fact that they have that nifty swirl and come in interesting colors and sizes, they're built really well. You hear it all the time, but they just don't make things like they used to. These pins are long, thick and don't snag. They're a heavy gauge so I never have to shove them in so hard they bend, I'm not sure I could bend them without seriously trying.
I ordered some bamboo terry fabric to make diapers for my daughter the other day and I finally got to cutting and pinning (eek!) them yesterday afternoon and it just struck me, these pins are awesome.

I don't know what the brand is, or what they're called. The pin cube they're in belongs to the plain black pins that are also stuck in there. I have no idea what I'd google if I wanted to find more...but I have the feeling if I ever came across more, I'd pay a stupid amount of money for them.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Free(ish) business cards have arrived!

I got my cards that I ordered for free via's collaboration with Etsy. I can't say I love them..but I like them a lot. I guess the only reason I'm not in love with them is that when you're setting them up, they look so photo-ish. I understand they're not going to be like printing pics from a kodak kiosk, but after seeing them on the website like that while editing it's like my brain just loved them that way, and it's a little sad that they're not like that in person.

 I will warn that the enhance picture option they have brings out any inconsistencies in editing you may have done yourself. As a complete n00b in photoshop, I found this out via my skill (or lack there of) in using the dodge tool to get rid of the background. You can see shadows on the cards. I'm very glad I learned this lesson on a free sample.

They are pretty pricey for full sized business cards, so I'm glad I got this deal to check them out before dumping all that $ on something I wasn't sure about. I think I'll go for Moo's mini-cards next time, they're pretty cute and I could even use them as tags right on my products.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Charity Auction

Bidding has already started, with more to open for bidding on the 7th. Please consider making a purchase or donating an item to help this family out. I've placed a blue fuzzy mini-monkey up for bids.

Stephanie and Dan Devries are a hard-working young family who live in Central New York, along with their 1.5-year-old daughter, Lucy. After months of trying for a second blessing, they were thrilled to find out in October 2010 that they were expecting. On Sunday, January 30, 2011, at just 18 weeks along, Stephanie's water broke unexplainably. They hurried to the hospital, to find that there was nothing to be done but deliver the baby. A beautiful, tiny little boy was delivered via repeat c-section. He was tiny but perfect, and his parents were able to spend time holding him until he passed.
Please join us in donating and bidding on items to help off-set the astronomical costs of the unexpected early delivery and laying to rest their beautiful little boy.

100% of the proceeds of each and every auction will go directly to the Devries family.

If you are interested in donating items to be auctioned, please email KumfyKozies at