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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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 7/17/2017

We went ‘afar’ and did our grocery shopping last week and boy, did it pay off.  Look at the cart of marked down produce we got…

(I prayed before this shopping trip, on the way to this shopping trip and as I entered the store ... God did indeed answer my prayers!)

We were especially excited to find this marked down produce as our fruit trees ... all of them ... bloomed out during our unusually warm February and then got damaged in our unusually cold March.  There won't be any fruit harvested from our small orchard this year so finding the produce was a blessing!

Here's what we did with all this produce ...

Peaches ... I  peeled the peaches, run the meat of the peaches through my nutribullet, poured the mixture into ice cube trays and made peach cubes for using in smoothies.

I also used some of the peach meat to make peach bark.   I spread the mixture out on lined dehydrator racks and dehydrated it to the point that it would break apart. I vaccum sealed it into pint jars. I'll use it in smoothies as well.   

I then took the peelings, dumped them into a crockpot, added some water and simmered them for a few hours to make peach juice.  I froze the peach juice in ice cube trays.  I'll add them to tea to make peach tea.  

Apples ... I peeled the apples and sliced them into approximately 1/4 inch slices and dehydrated them. 

I also chopped up several and dehydrated them that way. 

The slices will be used in cooking and the chopped ones will be used in granola.

I again took the peelings and started 4 more quarts of vinegar and added the rest to a pot along with water to make apple juice.












Peppers ... 
We made stuffed peppers (21 in all) and froze them for future meals. We did have stuffed peppers for a meal last  week.  

For the stuffed peppers I cut the top off straight across.  Did I throw that part away?  No ma'am, I chopped them up and dehydrated them.  I'll use them in soups, casseroles, omelets, etc.  (Sorry, I don't have a picture of the stuffed peppers. They are vacuum sealed and in the freezer and I didn't get a picture before putting them there.)

The tomatoes, avocadoes, mango, pawpaw and papayah were eaten throughout the week.

Not shown in the picture but purchased at the same time were 3 bundles of marked down bananas.  I sliced them into 1/4 inch slices and dehydrated them.  Boy oh boy are they good!

There were also 5 clemetines in the basket and after eating them, I used the peel to make a pint of citrus vinegar. I'll use it in cleaning recipes!

We paid $35 for all the produce and it's value was well over $100!   Score!!!!

One more thing before we move on, I used everything except the peach seeds (There is some debate on them being poison so I didn't add them ... better safe than sorry!) and the rotten spots.  I even plan to use the produce nylon bags to make pot scrubbers!  Waste not, want not!

In addition ….

I downloaded this book for free:  Amish by Accident.   

Gratefully received a gift of bay leaves. (Thank you again Annabel!)

I dehydrated garlic (chopped), the last 3 squash from the garden (I chopped them as well) and some hot banana peppers and yes I chopped them too!

I downloaded this free 18” doll circular skirtpattern/tutorial.   

It was an extremely busy week because marked-down produce won't wait, but that's okay, the end products were well worth the hustle it took to get it all done!

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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Friday, July 14, 2017

Photo Friday

This is just so handy ....


... my craft cart!  (It's made of a lightweight metal, not plastic.)

I purchased this cart at Michael's Craft Store a couple of months ago when I had a 50% off coupon. You can also find them on Amazon HERE.


I brought it home, put it together and added a little 'froo-froo' to it!  The 'froo-froo' is paper flowers that I got on sale at Michael's Craft Store as well.   Similiar paper flowers can be found HERE.

This cart holds my current projects.  Depending on the size of the project it can hold up to three, but that's not the best part.   The best part is the wheels!  I can roll it to where I want to use it and if I'm expecting company I can roll it into another room ... out of sight!

This has just been the handiest thing to keep my craft/sewing 'works-in-progress' organized and ready to work on when time presents itself.

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




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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge ... #2

It's time to report in with how I'm doing on my 100 Day Sewing Challenge!  

Let's see, the first week I was able to sew on 3 different days for at least 15 minutes each day.

This week I managed to add 2 more days where I was able to sew for at least 15 minutes each day and here's what I stitched up ...




These bowl covers ... and 


I stitched up one more royal robe ... I have two more to go and I'll have them completed.


That's what I got done, what about you.  What did you get stitched up?  

(I've added a couple more items to my list of things I want to sew up during this challenge ... my list is growing instead of shrinking!!!!)

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


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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Ways of My Household 7/10/2017

(A group of us harvested and snapped these green beans for an elderly neighbor and his wife recently.  I think the wife told  me they got 49 quarts.   She told me they were done with green beans for this year!!!)

The dog days of summer have definitely arrived and it is too hot to do anything outside that doesn’t have to be done.  We are putting our garden to bed for the summer as the heat has taken its toll on just about everything except okra.  Our heat indexes (feel like temperature) has been over 100 most days.  There are a few more things we’ll harvest from the garden in the next couple of weeks but most of the gardening is over for the summer. 

We continue to feed our compost bin as well as our chickens with garden scraps.

I chopped up a couple of heads of cabbage and started my first attempt at fermenting foods.

I also dehydrated 2 heads of cabbage.  I’ll use them in soups or grind them up using a herb/coffee grinder similar to this one and add to burgers.  

We had leftovers for two evening meals this week.

We gladly accepted 2 pints of squash relish made and gifted to us by a neighbor.

I tried a new to us low-carb snack this week, low-carb peanut butter chocolate chip mug cake, both hubby and I like it.  The recipe makes six mugs but I only cooked two and refrigerated the rest to have later in the week.  (In the picture, the top ramkin is the uncooked dough and the bottom one is after it is cooked.)

My apple cider vinegar journey is continuing with everything going well thus far.  It was time to strain out the apple peelings, etc last week and move on to the final stage which is waiting for it to turn into vinegar.  It needs to sit 2 – 4 weeks or a little longer (if it’s not vinegar yet).  I hope I have apple cider vinegar when it’s done!

We found antibiotic free whole chickens on clearance for $.79/lb and purchased four.   We had one for dinner one night and added the other three to the freezer part of our pantry.

I started our annual back to school/stationary supply shopping.  I purchased glue sticks for $.25 each, composition notebooks for $.50 each, lead pencils for $.25 for either a pack of 5 or 6 (sorry, I don't remember which), coloring pencils (I don't remember how much these were), crayons for $.50 for a box of 24, notebooks, purple notebooks to file my collection of Laine's Letters in (I chose purple so that they would be easy to locate and keep together on my bookshelves.)  I have a few more items to purchase and then the stationary part of my pantry will be re-stocked for the year, with a few minor additions later in the year.

We harvested our first cucumbers this week and our first tomatoes! 

I made kefir.

I downloaded the following ebooks for free:



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, July 7, 2017

Photo Friday

What is Photo Friday?  It's where I share a photo from my week and talk about it.  

This week it's about organizing my sewing patterns.  This is something I have been meaning to do for quite some time ... as in years ... and this week with kicking off my '100 Day Sewing Challenge,' I thought it was the right time to STOP putting it off!



I needed a notebook and some clear plastic sleeves ... which I had both of on hand.
I took the actual pattern pieces out of the envelope they came in and filed the envelope in one of the clear plastic sleeves inside the notebook.  This gives me a clear view of the front and the back of the pattern.  This is going to make hunting through my patterns so easy.  This notebook is labeled 'women's clothing.'  I'm working on one for 'children' and one for 'household' as well.

What did I do with the actual pattern pieces ...




I put them in their own brown manilla envelope and wrote the pattern number and company on the outside of the envelopes.  These are being filed in a filing cabinet.  When I've choosen a pattern from my pattern notebook, all I have to do is look the number up in my filing cabinet, pull the envelope and I'll be ready to get to work.

What about you, do you have a system for keeping up with your sewing patterns?

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



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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My New '100 Day Challenge' ... Sewing!

In this post I told you it was time for me to choose another ‘100 Day Challenge.’  Thus far I’ve completed two ‘100 Day Challenges’ …  (1) I taught myself to crochet and (2) I delved into the world of essential oils.  Both were huge successes and I found that I really do well getting things done and learning using this method.

My third ‘100 Day Challenge’ is a sewing challenge.  I chose sewing, not because I don’t know how to sew, but because I have several things that I need and/or want to stitch up and during this busy gardening season there just never seems to be a block of time that I can take to work on them.  So, I decided to make a challenge out of it!

Here are my self-imposed rules:

The 100 days do not have to be consecutive
Work at least 15 minutes each day

That’s it!

I don’t have a sewing room or even a sewing corner … maybe someday!   In the meantime I work with what I’ve got and what I’ve got is the end of our dining room/kitchen table.  Our dining room/kitchen table is long and since it’s just the two of us, I’ll leave my sewing machine out on one end of the table.  This will make it easier to snatch those 15 minutes each day.

I started the challenge on July 2nd and here’s my first completed project  ... 

I’ve been teaching a ‘princess class’ for little girls ages 5 – 9 as a special summer series at our church on Esther.  As the finale, we’re going to have a banquet where we invite parents and grandparents to come see and hear what the girls have learned.  As part of the ‘banquet’ the girls will need their long flowing royal robes so that’s what I worked on … royal robes.  They were so easy to make.  I measured the length of tulle I needed, doubled it as in folding it over and stitched a seam close to the fold about a ½ inch from the fold line.  I then ran a piece of ribbon through the ‘casing.’  I need 5 and have finished 2 of them so far.  (I've decided I don't like the white ribbon so will be changing it out for purple.)


I also started stitching around the 'wipes' I cut out of some of my husbands old stained t-shirts. I still have several of these to do and will work on them a little at a time in and around other sewing projects.

This is day 1 - 3 of my ‘100 Day Sewing Challenge’ and already I feel good about it!  


Want to join me on my ‘100 Day Sewing Challenge?’  Tell me what you’re sewing!

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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