Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #7

I did better this week, instead of getting to sew 1 day (as I did last week), I got to sew for 2 days for at least 15 minutes each day!!!

This puts me at having completed 17 of the 100 days of the challenge!

Want to see what I worked on ... good, because I want to show you ...




I stitched up these pillowcases for 2 very special little people in our lives ...



Since their mommy and daddy recently purchased them new sheets and pillowcases, I decided to purchase new pillows for these pillowcases so they could use them as 'extras' or even 'play pillows.'

What about you, what did you get stitched up this week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


Monday, August 14, 2017

The Ways of My Household 8/14/2017

We've had a rainy, humid and hot week weather wise which meant not much outside work was done.  We had plenty of things that kept us busy though!  Here's what our week looked like pantry and savings wise ...

I made this low-carb granola.  The only thing I did different was I left out the stevia extract and used ¼ cup Gentle Sweet instead of Swerve.  It was plenty sweet.  I really like this so it’s going in my collection of low-carb recipes.  (I used a coffee/herb grinder to grind up the nuts.) 

I earned a $10 Amazon gift card through Swagbucks.  


We found Skippy Natural Peanut Butter on clearance, 2 (40 oz jars) pack for $5.91. We were glad to find this as peanut butter was something we were getting low on.

We also found 5 lbs of Red Mill gluten free flour on clearance for $.91.  We added a couple of bags of that to our pantry as well.

We found cherries on sale for $3.49 for a 3 lb container.  This made them a little over $1/lb which is a very good price!  I had intentions of  de-seeding and freezing them to go in the freezer for smoothies … but that didn’t happen!   They sure are tasty!

I finished reading Harvest of Blessings by Charlotte Hubbard and started reading The Christmas Cradle also by Charlotte Hubbard.   Both books came from the library!

The horn went out on our vehicle.  My husband purchased the needed part and repaired it himself.  This saved us quite a bit!

I read on Harvest Lane Cottage about how Laura treated a cut on her finger that had gotten infected, using colloidal silver and bentonite clay.  This goes along with the research I've done on both of these, so I've added it to my herbal/home remedies.

We continued to do our normal savings things, feed the compost bin and cook from scratch.

That’s it for me this week, what did you do to build up your pantry or live frugally?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Photo Friday ...8/11/2017

A little summer beauty ...



Enjoy!

(The trees to the right are a hedge of trees that back our property. They belong to our neighbor ... who happens to be a good neighbor.)

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #6

Oh my, did I ever have to scramble to get in even one day of at least 15 minutes of sewing this week!

But, I did it!!!

I have now done 16 of my 100 days of sewing!!!

Here's what I did ...


I stitched up the second pouch that I had cut out, I sure am glad they don't take long to sew up!


lying flat ...


... standing up ...


... a peek at the inside! 


What about you, what did you get stitched up this week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27





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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Ways of My Household 8/7/2017

We found fresh green peanuts on sale for $6.99 a ¼ bushel bag. (Regular price $9.99/bag.) My husband loves home-canned ‘boiled’ peanuts so we purchased 4 bags and I canned them. 

We were given several fresh catfish.  My husband worked and worked to get them all cleaned and processed.  We wound up with about 30 pounds of meat after they were cleaned and dressed.  We divided it all into meal size portions and added them to the freezer part of our pantry.

I harvested the last of the elderberries.

Eye exams and new glasses were on tap for both my husband and I this week.  We do not have vision insurance so we told the eye doctor up front that we were not interested in a lot of bells and whistles but wanted something that would meet our needs economically.   He was very helpful and didn’t waste our time or his showing us things that were not in our price range. Sometimes in hunting for the best deal you just need to be up front and honest.  It paid off for us this time as we both got new glasses at a price we could manage.

I did a one day pantry inventorying and re-organizing marathon. I put like things together again so that I can tell how much I have of each item at a glance.  (No matter how hard I try to keep things organized in my pantry it still needs a good over all re-organizing on a regular basis.) Now, I can tell what I'm getting low on at a glance.   The picture is of one area of my pantry.

I had a JoAnn's Fabric coupon for 60% off any regular priced item. I've had my eye on a Ponte Roma knit fabric that was $14.99/yd for a while. You know what I did? We needed to be in the town where there is a JoAnn's and so I stopped in armed with my 60% off coupon and another 50% off coupon and I took my husband in with me thinking he could use another 50% off coupon from his phone. I found the fabric and got cut what I needed for 3 different pieces (I asked to make sure it was not on sale before the first cut was made, otherwise the coupons would not have worked.). I think I was blessed to get one of the nicest cashiers I have ever gotten at JoAnn's. We (she and I) were like kids trying to figure out the best ways to use my coupons. The end results ... I walked out with $125.62 worth of fabric for $56.66 and that included one pattern. Blessed indeed!

I finished reading A Mother’s Love by Charlotte Hubbard and started reading Harvest of Blessings also by Charlotte Hubbard.   I’m really enjoying this new to me Amish fiction writer and am glad that our local library has been able to get these books in for me.  

We continued to do our normal saving things, feed the compost bin and cook from scratch.

That’s it for me this week, what did you do to build up your pantry or live frugally?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Photo Friday ... 8/4/2017

Do you see these little things? 

Do you know what they are?



They're the little white plastic things that close the end on bags of produce and some breads.

Thanks to a recent tip from a friend, I'll be using them to mark rows while working on crocheting projects.  How about that!!!!

What would you use them for?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27




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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #5

I stitched 4 days this week for at least 15 minutes each day!  

That puts me at day 15!!!!

Here's what I did ...





Finished the edging on this pillow case ...  (this picture doesn't do it justice!)  I have one more to do!  These are for me, by the way!


Crocheted another face cloth while riding in the vehicle ... this will go in my gift trunk along with the others I've done.  This is the yarn I used.


And stitched up this pouch!  (Here again, the picture doesn't do this justice!)  These pouches are for me as well. I'll use them to organize things in my purse.


What about you, what did you get stitched up this week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27




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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Ways of My Household 7/30/2017

The picture is of Prudence (my sourdough starter.)  I needed to put her on hold for a few weeks so I let her dry naturally and stored her in this jar.   

I harvested more elderberries this week.  This has been our best year of harvesting since planting them a few years back.

I harvested mullein flowers this week and let them dry naturally on my window seal.

I continue to harvest cayenne peppers and lay them on the window seal to dry.  We use a lot of cayenne peppers so I’m diligent to keep them harvested as soon as they turn red.  Some mornings that’s a hand full and some mornings it’s quite a few more.  At any rate, my window seal is currently full and we are so thankful!

I've been using the peach ice cubes I made from this post.  I drop them into a glass of home-brewed green tea.  Hmmmm, it sure is good!

The same neighbor that called and offered to let us harvest his okra last week called again this week.  This time we harvested a 5 gallon bucket full.  We shared some with another neighbor and then I canned 5 quarts using the method found in this postI had a small amount left over so I dehydrated it.  

The neighbor that we shared the okra with gave us a watermelon.   We had been wanting one but didn’t want to pay the high prices at the grocery store.  We had the watermelon for snack one evening and oh my, was it ever good!   We are blessed to be a part of a neighborhood network where several of us share with each other.

I practiced making some of Mimi’s ‘swoosh’ roses.  She’s right these things are addicting!  I'm going to practice a little more (still have to work on the leaves) and then I'm going to make up some cards and gift tags.

I’ve started utilizing the library more for books to read.  

Here’s what I’ve recently read …

TheDiscovery Saga Collection by Wanda Brunstetter  

What I’m currently reading ….

A Mother’s Love by Charlotte Hubbard   
(Yes, I’m an Amish fiction fan … they are my kind of ‘escape’ books!)

It was so hot and humid weather wise last week.  The sun really heats up the house through the windows in the back of our house and one way we've combated that is to close the blinds and then draw the blackout curtains.  It makes a good 10 degree differance in the temperature inside our house when we do this.

We continued to do our normal saving things, feed the compost bin, cook from scratch and this week the only groceries we purchased was a gallon of milk.

What did you do to add to your pantry or live frugally?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Photo Friday ... 7/28/2017

These little boards are so helpful to me ...

What are they?  They are dry erase boards!



They are actually recycled from another use I had for them.  I was using them for the children in the 10 - 12 year old Bible class I taught to write their memory verses on ... they loved using dry erase markers and these little boards for that purpose.

But alas, I will no longer be teaching this age group in another week so I brought these boards home and recycled them.

What did I do ...

I added the roses (the board that has the dark pink boarder is actually pink even though it looks red in the picture) ... love me some 'froo, froo!'

The boards have magnets on the back of them so they will stick on the refrigerator door or a metal filing cabinet.

What am I using them for now?

The pink bordered one is for my prayer list.  Whenever I receive prayer requests I write just enough of the request on the board for me to remember what I've been asked to pray about.  This little board is a visual reminder everytime I walk by it to pray for the requests on it.  It helps me have a more active prayer life and I love it!

The other one is my craft/sewing to do list.  As I come across things I want or need to make I write them on this board.  That way I always have a ready list of things to work on and it helps me get the things done that I want to do.

I got the boards at the Dollar Tree several years ago for $1 each. The boards are about 4 inches wide and 8 inches long.  I stock up on dry erase markers during back-to-school sale time.

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27




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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge ... #4

I'm all the way up to day 11 out of 100!   I'm really burning it up, aren't I????  Really, I'm doing just fine and am satisfied with my progress.  This was never meant to be something to rush through.  I'm intentionally working for short periods of time when I have time and I'm fine with it ... it's working for me and I'm enjoying my sewing time!

So, what did I get done in the 3 days I was able to sew this last week ...


I stitched up the second pillowcase and started crocheting a simple edging on it.


I also cut out fabrics for 2 different zippered pouches.  (The bottom pieces are the outside and the top pieces are the lining. The small rectangle is for the zipper ends.)  All supplies came from the sewing part of my pantry, including the zippers!  I buy them on sale or in bulk from HERE.


What about you, what did you get stitched up this week?


patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27





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Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 7/24/2017


(It looks like we're going to have a bumper crop of grapes this year!!!)

The big news last week was the heat and humidity in our area.  At times it felt like you could literally scoop it out of the air!  We've been under heat advisory warnings for a good part of the week.

Needless to say we didn’t spend a lot of time outside and when we did, it was early mornings!  I even was out mowing the yard at 6 a.m. one morning this week!  


Here’s how our week looked …

I harvested this cucumber from our garden on Monday and made a cucumber, vinegar, onion, salt and pepper refrigerator salad.  Yum, it was good!

I also harvested some jalapeño peppers, cayenne peppers and hot banana peppers.  The cayenne peppers are drying on my window seal and the jalapeño and hot banana peppers were chopped and dehydrated.  

I had some ginger and horseradish in the refrigerator so I chopped and dehydrated those.  It will be good to have both of these on hand when it’s time to make cider fire again.

A neighbor called and asked if we wanted the okra in his garden.  We said yes, and went and harvested it early one morning.  (We don’t turn down free food … period!) We added 3 extra large vacuum sealed bags of okra to the freezer part of our pantry.

I needed to put my sourdough starter on hold for a while so I fed it like I was going to use it and spread it out on a parchment paper lined flat pan.   I put it in the oven with the oven light on and placed a wooden spoon between the stove and the stove door to keep it from closing.  (This is the only place I can dry it due to the extreme humidity in our area right now.) I did this so that it would dry without getting too hot which would kill the starter and to remind me that my starter was in the oven as it will take a few days for it to get completely dry.   After it is completely dry, as in breakable, I’ll break it into small pieces, put it in a jar and close it up with a screw on lid.

The only groceries we purchased were a box of sausage!  This was made possible because of keeping a well-stocked pantry.

We continued to add to the compost bin.   We’re working toward some good compost soil for next year!

I spent a good portion of last week sketching poster size characters for a chalking class I help the instructors prepare for each year. I don’t teach the class but I do help with the sketching as they need 500 – 600 sketches for the students to chalk.  I used up 2 pencils and 100 pieces of poster board!  Don't know what chalking is ... read this post.

What did you do to add to your pantry or live frugally?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Photo Friday ... those toe things!

You know ... those foam toe things that you put between your toes when you're painting your toenails to keep from getting your polish smeared???

Well, I have another use for them ...


I keep my full or partially full sewing machine bobbins in them!

These were in a box of stuff a dear friend from Tennessee gave me while visiting her.  I knew immediately what I would do with them once I got home.

The bobbins fit perfectly, there are no hanging threads and I can see at a glance what I've got.

When it comes to bobbin storage and care, in my book, it doesn't get any better than this!

How about you, how do you store your sewing machine bobbins?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27




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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #3

Hoot! Hoot!  I've gotten to sew 3 days since my last sewing challenge post!  

That puts me at 8 of the 100 Days!!

Want to see what I stitched up???    

Here you go ....


I finished the robes for the princess class I'm teaching.  The girls will wear them in our finale in a couple of weeks!


I stitched up this pillow case, I have one more cut out ready to stitch up and then it will be time to crochet an edging on each. 

Not shown, but with the scraps I cut 2.5 inch strips, 2 inch strips, 1.5 inch strips and 1 inch strips.  The 2.5 inch strips, which are the widith of the fabric, are being added to a jelly roll I am putting together and the other strips (various sizes) are going into a plastic container specifically for each size.  What do I plan to do with these strips ... use them in a quilt, of course!


And finally, I stitched up these two bed buddies.  They have rice in them and can be thrown into the microwave to heat and then use!  I made them out of flannel.

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



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