It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas?

I know, it’s only October. We aren’t even through Thanksgiving yet (for us Canadians) and I’m already talking Christmas. Sorry if that’s hard for you. Normally I’m pretty much done my Christmas shopping by now, and I have barely started, and I really don’t want to think about that because it will send me into a panic. And don’t even get me started on this fourth pregnancy of mine either. I’m 7 months! How did that happen? This baby is due in early January, so once Christmas is here, this baby could arrive any day! Ah! But none of that is the point of this post. This post is about the handmade world.

In the handmade world, you have to plan way ahead for the Christmas season. Not just if you make Christmas themed items, but for people who buy your items for gifts. My shop falls into both of those categories, my earrings and hair clips make great stocking stuffers, and I’m going to be selling Christmas tree ornaments too. So that means planning way ahead of the season, so that items can get made and in the shop before people start looking for them. And that is pretty much now. Hopefully I’m not already behind!

I’ve picked a few patterns already, so I have an idea of what ornaments I want to make, but I was stuck on colours. I want some classic red/green/white obviously, but I feel like people like other colour combinations on their trees too. So I have been searching for inspiration all over the internet. And than Christina over at Handmaid Embroidery shared this post on her 31 day Etsy adventure to starting her own shop. A palette builder that you can upload any picture in to. AMAZING!

So as you can imagine, I have been making palettes all day now. And I thought I would share some with you in case you needed a little inspiration for Christmas decor, crafting, or anything really. Enjoy :)

shiny brite ornaments-palette



Can you tell I’m loving vintage things? Those classic vintage Shiny Brite ornaments are so fantastic, I just love how bright and yet muted almost pastel some of the colours are. Perhaps they go more pastel as they age, either way, the colours are from my childhood and I love them! And that retro wrapping paper? I love the bright red and taupe with the more green being a little more teal than classic bright green, just a little different from the traditional Christmas colours.

I can’t wait to get to work on these new projects, and get them up in the shop, and eventually hung on our family tree too!

Joyfully Made Crochet

I mentioned last week that I was working on opening an Etsy shop, and it’s finally open!

A few delicate earrings and some fun bright hair clips are listed do far, please watch for much more coming in the future!

Check it out if you have a minute, Joyfully Made Crochet
 And find it on Facebook and Instagram too!

Where Am I Wednesday

Just thought I would pop in and share a little update with where I have been these last few months…last post was way back in May (opps!) and those posts were struggling to be anything more than weekly meal plans. Life has been busy, and so the blog suffers because of it. Why has life been so busy? Well, here is a break down:

  1. Baby #4. I’m nearly half way through another pregnancy! This little one is due in January, and though I have been feeling great, my mind is always up for forming sentences and getting those words out on here.
  2. Mother’s Group. Over the past several months I have been working on getting a Mother’s Group started at my Parish. With the help and guidance of Dorothy Pilarski (of Dynamic Women of Faith), and the approval of the Arch Diocese of Toronto, she has launched a great program, that I am helping a little bit with in my area.
  3. Summer. A house full of kids makes it hard to think straight sometimes. So I am very hopeful that once school starts back in a few weeks, and I’m left with just the 1 year old at home, blogging will become more regular again.
  4. Trips. Going with our summer vacation, we went on a family trip. We drove across the US and Canada to visit family in Saskatoon. And yes with all the kids. A 6 year old, 4 year old and 11 month old. 10 days, lots of driving, but also lots of fun stops. It was fantastic and we all cant wait to do something like it again.
  5. Etsy. I have wanted to open some kind of Etsy shop for a few years now. I just love the community, and all the amazing products they sell. I finally decided on crocheted accessories, starting with earrings, necklaces and hair clips. I will share lots more with that once it is officially open, but you can follow on Facebook and Instagram. Joyfully Made Crochet is the shop name, and I’m hoping it will open in another week or so.

As always, you can follow Not A Coupon Queen on Facebook, but for the most up to date stuff on my life, Instagram is one place I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth!

I hope you all have been enjoying your summer, and I hope you stick around for much more in the next few months!

Meal Plan Monday May 11 2015

Oh goodness what a week! I had such grand plans. Blogging ideas, organizing and cleaning tasks that needed attention, but none of it got done last week. We were hit with a stomach bug, and hit hard. We still aren’t all perfect yet; this one is brutal! It seems to come and go, like one day you are fine and can eat anything, and the next you are throwing up again. My poor son has had it the worst!

So as you can imagine, my Mother’s Day wasn’t all I dreamed it to be, since most of us were sick to some degree. But my husband (only ever sick with a head cold) managed to still spoil me and take care of everyone! Gifts, flowers, food, and lots of family time watching Netflix. I turned out to be not half bad!

This week kicks off the crazyness that is baseball season. This year, two of our kids are playing, so that means early dinner twice a week. This also means those nights have to be meals that the kids will eat without fuss. We don’t have time to site there for 45 minutes convincing either of them to eat! I’m still hoping to keep things healthy, and not just give them Kraft Dinner twice a week ;).

Here is what we are eating this week:

Monday – meatballs in bbq sauce with roasted veggies

Tuesday – honey lime chicken with Greek salad

Wednesday – homemade mac and cheese with ham, and broccoli salad

Thursday – homemade pizza

Friday – baked fish with coconut ginger red beans and rice and roasted veggies

As always I am linking up with Org Junkie, happy menu planning!


Meal Plan Monday – May 4 2015

May the 4th be with you! Happy Star Wars day!

So, it’s been how many weeks since I posted? I hope there are still a few of you out there waiting anxiously for these posts  ;).

Life is super busy right now, and I ma having trouble fitting everything in to ever day. Keeping 3 kids alive/fed/happy, keeping a clean house, keeping up on laundry, finding time to work out, work a few days a month, and now I am working with my Parish to start a Mother’s Group too. You know, because I’m not busy enough! And as much as I love writing, blogging started to feel like something I had to do, and thus made me not want to do it. I really hope I can find time to get some posts out, especially ones others than my meal plans, but no promises. I hope you stick around to see what, if anything, gets posted!

I do love sharing our dinners with you, to show just how great planning ahead is, and that you can eat healthy meals on a budget. So here is what we are eating this week:

Monday – homemade burgers and salad

Tuesday – pork tenderloin with easy potato skins and roasted mixed veggies

Wednesday – sweet and sour meatballs with roasted veggies (different ones than on Tuesday)

Thursday – spring veggie tortellini bake (I make a homemade cheese sauce, instead of all the cream cheese)

Friday – Greek dip platter with pita bread

Happy meal planning everyone! As always, I’m linking up with Org Junkie.