Money Saving Monday

Money Saving Monday.

Money Saving Monday

Originally posted on Caroline Renae:

There are infinite ways to save on your favorite fashion finds. Most people suddenly think coupons, or online promotional codes. However, my methods are a bit unconventional. I’m sure you’re all familiar with eBay, but have you ever heard of Poshmark? Poshmark is an app that operates very similarly to eBay, however its comprised strictly of fashion related items.

My favorite recent purchase from Poshmark were my two pairs of Nike Roshe Runs. They were both brand new, and retailed for $80.00 per pair. I managed to get both pairs for $80.00. The woman was selling them because she received them as a gift and merely didn’t care for them. I was happy to take these off of her hands at an incredible price.

A recent purchase of mine through eBay were the Steve Madden “Lilianne” boots. I had tried them on in stores, and instantaneously knew that they’d be…

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Stumble Upon

Here is an idea for those unattractive cords we all have around.  It is on Stumble Upon.

I hope you enjoy the ideas shown.


Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery,

Quilting with a Walking Foot

I stumbled across this web link in Craftsy by Jacquie Gering. If you are new to quilting, you may find this interesting.


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Facebook Page Update

A neighbor is helping me update my company’s Facebook page. A video will run showing some of my tea towel and bookmarks.  Check it out at Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery in Facebook.  Let me know how you like it.

‘Til later, Charlene


Twitter: @charlene079

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File Cabinets of Dementia


Worth reading.

Originally posted on Dementia Mind:

Every single day is different with my mom.  Today when we went to visit she was pretty sad and crying.  It took us a little bit of time to bring her out of it but after about 1/2 an hour of affirming how beautiful and wonderful she is mom put on her happy face.

mom on the patio

We sat outside and talked and just sat in the quiet area of the outside patio.  The patio area is subdued and comfortable.  It was a little bit cooler today but still the sun came out and warmed us up.  There are flowers and green bushes surrounding the area with a fountain that sits in the middle of the patio and it makes it sound like you could be sitting next to a river.

Mom was having a little trouble hearing today so I cleaned out her hearing aids and put new batteries in.  It is…

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Disney Cartoons of Yesteryear

While listening to classical music through the years, I have been struck by the fact that Walt Disney incorporated classical music as background music in his cartoons like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and some of the other cartoons he created for children in the 1940s and 1950s.

Today’s children, to my knowledge, do not have that early exposure unless their parents play classical music for the children or for themselves.  Classical music was never played in our household.  My dad only allowed music that didn’t bother him, which was the programs on TV.

My question to you is, “How will children growing up today be exposed to classical me? Or will many not know the classical composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Verde, etc.  My favorite is chamber music. Who is your favorite composer?

Until the next time,


Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery.



Last week was the one year anniversary of my Aunt Darlene’s death. I have been thinking about her many times this week and the past year.  It was a great personal loss along with a great family loss. She was an Owens by marriage and very different from my grandfather’s quiet and speak only when necessary, second family (Uncle Glenn was her husband and my dad’s brother).  She was always warm and friendly with a welcoming smile on her face. She was the one who kept us together as a family. She would pass along news of a wedding, a birth, or a death in the family. Whatever needed to be communicated to other member was done through Aunt Darlene. Family members felt comfortable talking to her.  If it hadn’t been for her, I may have lost touch with many of the other family member.

Her eldest grandchild ask if he and his fiance’ could be married at the farmhouse she and my uncle purchased after retirement. When Aunt Darlene invited me, I didn’t think twice about traveling to Iowa, my dad’s and uncle’s growing up years were spent there. I arrived a couple of days before the wedding. Aunt Darlene already decided I was staying with my cousin, Steve, just down the road. That was great to be around his wife and family. Aunt Darlene said my Uncle Glenn was excited for me to visit and to show me around the farm and nearby areas.  I would not have known and he would not tell me.

Luckily, my dad came from a large family. I have one aunt and one uncle remaining.

I decided any years ago not to follow in the Owens’ footsteps. I was very shy, so I got a job was a waitress. I had to communicated with people. Then I moved on to

As the years pass, I feel family is more and more important. It is not that I did not feel that all my life. It was a difficult decision to move to Montana those many years ago because I had grown up with my aunts and uncles around me.  We spent many Sundays visiting. Every holiday was an occasion to have dinner at someone’s house. As the families grew, we started holding these special days at parks. I remember when I decided to take a job in Montana and then to stay there, it was a very difficult decision.  I knew my relationship with my family would change. I was too far to drop by for the weekend.

Enjoy the good weather,

Charlene, Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery,

New Towels

Trout Tea Towel $15.00

Trout Tea Towel $15.00

I am always exploring new embroidery designs. Here I am introducing “custom state tea towels” and a “trout tea towel.”  There are many more at my shop, Soon I will be adding embroidered tissue covers for those small tissue packets to keep them from tearing open.  Also, I am working on cosmetic bags for lack of a better term.  They are small zippered bags to keep this or that when traveling or at home as a nice embroidered bag for your cosmetics. So stay tuned.

Calling All Crafters

A friend and I have been brainstorming about our blogs the past couple of days.  We would like to post other crafter’s blogs with a link at my sidebar titled “My Creative Friends.”  All we ask is that you do the same for us with a link on your blog sidebar.  The goal is to create a network of blogs.

You may notice that I changed my profile picture. It is my lovely dog, Lily, and me after her first day home with me.  She was a rescue on death row.  She was to be euthanized the next morning because her time at the shelter ran out.  She was pulled out of the shelter in San Bernardino, California and somehow made it to Power of the Paw group in Big Fork, Montana.