Stash building, on a budget - and a golden giveaway :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Good morning, all.

Saturday morning, my mail lady dropped a beautiful package on my doorstep - my monthly subscription bundle from Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics.

My little family of four survives on a single income (hubby's) in this big city of Chicago. We coupon. We thrift. We walk instead of drive. We live on a very tight budget. This has been a difficult transition for me - in Vancouver, I made more money than my husband, using the ample number of letters behind my name; we owned a home; had 2 cars; lots in the savings account. Here in Chicago we rent. I don't work (couldn't until I got my green card). Have one car. And now, we have two little ones.

My husband and I have an allowance of $20 each for each pay-cheque. $40 a month. If I want to buy any fabric or sewing supplies, I use my allowance. If my husband wants a bottle of single malt, he uses his allowance.

Here's what I spend half of my allowance on each month:

The "Around the Color Wheel" monthly bundles - every month you get six fat quarters or half-yard cuts (depending on your subscription) in a given color - either prints or solids. This month, the color is 'gold'. Love it.

The bundles come in either solids:
Marmalade's FQB Around The Color Wheel Bundle, March: Solid Gold: Solids ($12.60!!)

or prints:
Marmalade's FQB Around the Color Wheel, March: Gold Prints ($17.50!) 

Last year I subscribed to Tammy's solids color wheel, and it was a fantastic way to build up my solids stash...

...this year, I've subscribed to her prints color wheel bundles... and for the month of March, look at this beautiful bundle I received in the mail Saturday:
golden gorgeousness
YUM YUM YUM! "Gold Prints" bundle.

I absolutely *love* the subscription. It's no obligation - meaning she sends you a request for payment each month, the payment isn't automatically charged, so if you need to skip a month, you can.

The bundles are so affordable, and never fail to impress. Last year the solids I received were totally awesome, and colors which I use all the time.

And what's better than receiving a squishy package once a month with a beautiful surprise inside? NOTHING I say, nothing. Tee hee. It's like Christmas, monthly.

And Marmalade has an awesome points program, fantastic lightening-speed shipping, awesome pricing, and fantastic customer service. Tammy, the owner, is *so* sweet and fantastic to deal with!

I was so happy to have Marmalade Fabrics join me in sponsoring my blog - and in celebration, Tammy is giving up a fat quarter bundle of some Golden Goodness for one of my lucky readers!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway - you don't need to have a Facebook account to enter, just log-in to the widget with your email address.

Good luck everyone! The giveaway will remain open until March 31!
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19 comments:

  1. ohhh I would love some of the purple prints, love purple and those are just awesome.

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  2. THANKS ERIN + MARMALADE FABRICS!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  3. Thanks for introducing me to Marmalade Fabrics. I love the color wheel idea and think I'll be joining.

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  4. what beautiful fabrics .. enjoy .. and well done for managing your family budget xx

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  5. Great fun! Love how you think with spending your 'allowance'.:)

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  6. Wonderful fabrics.I follow you by email and GFC.Thanks!!

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  7. Thats a cool story and a budget I should do.... but the kids are grown now and require more fabric. LOL plus all the grandkids.. LOL

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  8. Is the giveaway is open internationally? I'm in the UK. (I have already entered).
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  9. Great ideas (color wheel bundles and budget). Thanks for the giveaway svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  10. The fabric looks beautiful! Thanks for the chance

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  11. Beautiful selection!!!! I would love to win!

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  12. wow did you ever convince me that I need to join this color wheel club

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  13. Glad to hear I'm not the only one on fabric-buying rations. Sometimes I feel a little left out when others are buying, buying, buying, but then I remind myself I always have enough to keep me sewing, so that's enough.

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  14. Beautiful selection of fabrics. Love the color wheel bundle club plan. I would love to both solids and prints. Thanks ever so much.
    katztoo@excede.net

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  15. Beautiful fabric. I used to live in Chicago. It's not easy but start going to garage sales. You can find great stuff especially in the Spring.

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  16. Beautiful fabrics. Enjoy your blog a great deal.

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