Three Tips For A Successful Black Friday

Hello! Can you believe it’s finally Thanksgiving week? I say finally because I have felt like Thanksgiving has been a long time coming this year. Probably because it has been – this year, Thanksgiving falls on the latest possible day that it could. I mean, we’re already less than one month out from Christmas!

Thanksgiving means that Black Friday is coming too, and if you read my post last year,  you’ll know that I do love to do some Black Friday shopping. It’s not something I did until recent years – essentially, I always felt it was a way to unnecessarily spend more money. Well, I guess that could be the case for some shoppers, but I found out that for me personally, and for anyone else who prepares beforehand, I was wrong. Black Friday is a way to save more money, especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. Why not purchase some or even all of your gifts on the one day of the year that they are supposed to be the least expensive?

I have found some great deals on Black Friday, and usually prevented myself from any impulse buying at the sight of a crazy bargain. Here are my three tips to steel yourself away from a shopping spree and towards a thrifty and successful black Friday:

  1. Make A List – and check it twice 😉 This is so key, and kind of a no-brainer. If you decide to embark on the mall “hoping” you’ll find some good gifts, you’re either not going to find them or you’re going to find them but also a whole lot more. Lists are a very healthy way to limit your options.

2. Read The Ads. Yes, they’re out there now for a reason! I used to think Black Friday ads were annoying, and maybe they are still a little bit,  but they’re an easy way to help you find out what deals will be taking place this weekend even before you go out. Thanks to ads, you can know if a store has what you want on sale and even what the exact discounted price will be.

3. Shop Online As Much As You Can. The beauty of Black Friday shopping in 2019 is that, instead of getting up and hauling out the door at the crack of dawn, you can shop from the comfort of your warm bed. Many or even most of the deals will be available online too, and you don’t have to brave the crowds. The exception to this would be some of the doorbusters – if you want that TV at Best Buy, you’re going to have to go out after it.

All Ears For Headbands

Sometimes trends are funny – like the fact that big, chunky, Full House-era headbands are back in. Hairbands have been in style for over a year now, but these headbands take that trend two steps further. Instead of a thing band around your head, these new headbands are meant to be a focal point of your outfit: thick and chunky or embellished. Are you a fan?



Personally, I’m not a fan – I think it’s going to be a very short-lived trend (although I could be wrong!) and I always find myself staring at people’s ears when they wear these headbands – because they’re kind of pushed to the front. An additional focal point. Oops.


“So What Do You Like To Sew?”

A question I get asked a lot is: “So what do you like to sew?” You might think it odd that I get asked that question a lot, until I tell you that I’m a sewing instructor. Pretty much any time I tell someone what I do, they ask me that question. And oftentimes, I’ll get asked that question by a student. I think sometimes people picture me at home, at my sewing machine whenever I have a spare minute, turning out a project or two every single week. To which I say: uh no. Not even close. I’m not what you’d call a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. I like sewing, but it’s not one of the great loves of my life. I have a lot of other interests, and truth be told, the design portion of figuring out what to make next is my favorite part of the whole sewing process. And that leads well into my typical answer to the question frequently presented to me:


It depends on the day, but it’s usually something for my daughter or something for our home. Whatever it is, though, it’s almost always something that I have designed. You see, I’m pretty much never going to sew something that I could find an exact replica of in a store. For who I am as a sewer, that’s a waste of time, because I know I won’t really enjoy the whole process and it’s also probably a waste of money, since most items are cheaper to buy than they are to make in our modern world.


So that’s a little bit about me and my sewing mindset. Additionally, I should note that I try (emphasis on try) to only work on one project at a time. I’ve found that helps me to be both more relaxed and focused. Here are a few of my recent projects!


June 2018 – Baptism Gown 


October 2018 – Tutu & Hat for Pineapple Costume


July 2019 – Pinafore-style First Birthday Gown


October 2019 – Vest and Ruffle Skirt for Construction Worker Costume


November 2019 – Quilt (originally started in September 2013!)


Drop a note in the comments and tell me what you’ve been sewing recently!