Jack of All Trades. Master of Many.

December 2016 Frugal Momster Expense Report

The end of the year was quite a doozy for us! We went on a bit of a shopping spree for household items and various projects in addition to the holiday shopping and gift giving season. You’ll want to sit down for this one.

Chimney Sweep, Fireback & Vertical Rack

Our new beautiful fire was burning hot.

The first of our major costs was scheduling to get our chimney cleaned and inspected.

Also, we decided to purchase a reflective fireback and a vertical fire grate since we had some difficulty with smoking in our fireplace. These two combined cost well over $1,000 when all was said and done.

The fire grate that was in the fireplace when we bought our house was rather large and came out a bit too far in the front of the fireplace. Couple that with two amateur fire starters and there might be a small issue… Since we started using the new, and rather expensive, new chimney fireback and rack we’ve had several astonishing fires that burn hot and smoke-free.
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Crazy About Crocheting! New Etsy Store!

I’ve gotten a bit crazy about crocheting lately, so I’ve decided to open up an Etsy shop to see if there is any interest in the items I make.

Mostly, I crochet to give as gifts, but oftentimes I find myself crocheting items just to learn something new and try it out. I recently came across these beautiful Messy Bun Hats from RepeatCrafterMe and I just love them! I made 3 this week while off, and I posted one online if you’re interested. Check out my new shop for new items at katenesi.com/etsy

My first listing!

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7 Days of Crochet: Duckling Hat

I didn’t get a chance to take an “official” photo of the duckling hat I made for my brand new nephew. I gave it to my sister-in-law at the beginning of November for her sprinkle. I had to work it up quick to get it ready in time!

It turned out a little big, but her kiddos always grow super fast. So, I hope he’ll get to wear it this winter, if not he should definitely fit into it by next fall and winter.

Amigurumi Animal Hats: 20 Crocheted Animal Hat Patterns for Babies and Children (affiliate link)

Amigurumi Animal Hats Growing Up: 20 Crocheted Animal Hat Patterns for Ages 6-Adult (affiliate link)