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Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 10/2/2016

If you’ve been watching the weather at all this week you’ve heard about hurricane Matthew.  I have been praying for all the people that have been affected by this huge hurricane and I hope you have too.  At the time of this writing no one knows the direction hurricane Matthew will take after it makes its turn north westward, but if it doesn’t take an eastern route those of us who live along the southeastern coast line could be in trouble … that includes us.

This week will be spent preparing and praying.  If you are of a mind, would you join me in praying that hurricane Matthew goes east back out into the ocean and that no further destruction is caused by it?  Thank you!

Now, onto ‘The Ways of My Household’ last week …

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

We saved $27.30 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.

My husband earned some extra money this week ... $100

We gleaned 5 bushels of sweet potatoes this week from a local farmer’s field.  After asking his permission we set out early one morning and within a couple of hours had gathered enough for us and to share.  As soon as they’ve cured we’ll start to work preserving some for us and sharing the rest with others.  Saved:  (5 bushels at $20/bushel) $100

I added the book, An Amish Garden by Laura Anne Lapp, to my library this week for the price of $2.99 … regular price is $24.95.  I found it at Ollie’s and was so happy I almost did a happy dance right there in the store!  Saved:  $21.96  

I added compost material to the compost bin. 

I’m still working my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  I am officially at having crocheted for at least 15 minutes each day for 26 days!  (Most of my crocheting is being done while riding in the vehicle while my husband drives.  Since it takes us at least 20 minutes to get ‘to town’ it’s the perfect time to do my crochet lessons/projects.  I need to sew me up a cute yarn bag to carry my projects around in!)  Here are the ‘edgings’ I’ve done this week!  I did 2 of the red hand towels and I think my most favorite thing I've done thus far has been the edging on this washcloth.  (I plan to do more of these.) I love the way it looks and it is quite easy to do if you know how to do a foundation row, a single crochet and a double crochet. Believe me, if I can learn to do this, anyone can!  This is the thread/yarn I used to do the edging on the washcloth.

I’ve also set myself the challenge of learning how to make grub roses using embroidery thread.  Don’t know what grub roses are, don’t worry I didn’t either … all I knew was that they were beautiful and I wanted to learn how to make them.  I saw my first grub rose HERE … I’m just waiting for Annabel to complete her tutorial on them and then I’m going to start the process of learning to do them myself!  Annabel told me that one of the best tips for doing grub roses was to use a straw needle.  In all my years of sewing and quilting I had never heard of a straw needle so off to Amazon I went to see what they looked like.  My first grub rose is going in the corner of the wash cloth that I did the edging on this week. 

I’ve been having a ‘digger’ to do some sewing so one afternoon this week I had a couple of hours free and decided to start a new sewing project … so I started cutting … and cutting … and cutting.  When I finished I had cut out 4 sewing projects! I didn’t actually get any sewing done but I’m ready to start!  Can you guess by looking at the picture what my 4 projects are?

I earned a $10 Amazon Gift card through MyCokePoints rewards.

Not working a job outside my home savings $100. 

Something else I want to get back to doing, I used to do this on a regular basis, is making cards. Wendy, over at My Abundant Life, makes the most beautiful cards.  She and some other women have opened a co-op called The Crafty Mums Co-op. If you want some inspiration or to purchase some of her beautiful work, go check it out.  (Be sure to scroll all the way down so you don't miss any of her treasures!)

The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70 monthly.  In September we spent approximately $400 (This includes what we spent on the ‘T-Bone’ sale we took advantage of … yum they sure are good … and we’re saving the bones in the freezer to make bone broth with, waste not, want not!) that’s a savings of $189.70

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $ $12,078.83, add this week’s amount ($548.96) and I/we have saved $12,627.79.  

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, care for your household or live frugally this week?

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

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

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A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.


  1. Patsy, you did a beautiful job on your crochet! What kind of thread did you use on the wash cloth? Thank you! Angela

    1. Thank you Angela, I added the link to the yarn I used on the washcloth to the post.

  2. I noticed that the toilet paper we buy through Amazon Subscribe and Save was getting lower and my local Krogers had a digital coupon for $1.50 off each pack that could be used 5 times in one transaction. It was on sale for $9.99/package (48 roll size) from it's regular $19.99/package! So I bought 5 packages ($8.49 each!!) but then I found a peel off coupon for $1.50 off 1 more so I actually bought 6 (48 roll) packages, saving $69!!! Plus, no matter how bad the winter is, we won't have to face the cold to go out and buy TP!!! Lol!!
    Also bought dry dog food on sale and got $10 off!
    Used some fabric in my stash to make 4 matching lined valances for my kitchen windows and found curtain rods and brackets still in their packages in my laundry room. So by decluttering the curtain rods and fabric, I now have 4 pretty valances on my Windows!!
    I made an art on the go tote for one of my grandson's for Christmas using my fabric stash! I made a baby quilt for my daughter, again, using only stash materials so no OOP cost!
    We had our annual church Decluttering Swap and I decluttered 6 bags of our clothes that no longer fit but are still quite nice and came home with a large Container Store canister that still has the original $16.99 tag on the bottom!! I will use it for some of my kitchen food storage!!
    I have been market testing a new dishwashing product for 6 weeks which means I had free product to use rather than buying any to wash my dishes with plus they are paying me $175 for my opinions about it!!
    I made $91 this week doing some alterations and selling a small wood piece. We also built an outside bench using free scrap pallet wood.
    We have a second bench, different style that we are building too that is using some of our wood storage!
    I bought 4 small appliances- 2 small electric food choppers and 2 small crockpots on sale at Kohl's and after their rebates and discount plus going through ebates to order them, they will be a $4 moneymaker and it will be 4 more Christmas presents done!!
    We are really feeling good about decluttering we have been doing and are glad to know that others will be able to use what we n longer need or want! It also feels good to use materials that we have on hand for things that are useful for us to keep or give as presents! We have been truly blessed!

    1. Gardenpat, you have been busy and wise and prudent all at the same time! Way to go!

  3. The washcloths are lovely. You make me want to start one:) BUT, I'm refraining as we continue to get settled in our new house. My husband got my canning shelves finished this week, and we took the canning we could find out and put it on them. It's lovely to be able to get to my jars again. I know there are more tomatoes hiding in our boxes, though!!! Pesky things--Hope we find them soon:)

    1. Becky, first things first ... get your house set up ... then you'll enjoy crocheting more! LOL about those tomatoes!

  4. Patsy I hadn't heard about that hurricane. I will have to see where it is heading as I have a number of friends over there. I used to sew grub roses back in the 1980s so will have to refresh myself to remember how I made them. They look very pretty.

    1. Nanna Chel, I fell in love with them after I saw Annabel's!

  5. Hi Patsy, will be praying that hurricane Matthew does minimal damage. We were unaware of the hurricane until speaking with DD over Skype today (she lives in the Cayman Islands)- category 5, Yikes!!
    Your crocheting looks great. I especially like the red towel.
    Stay safe,
    Janine (Sydney, Australia)

    1. Janine, your prayers are appreciated and welcomed!

  6. Your washcloths are coming out gorgeous Patsy! I really need to learn to crochet! Thank you for the inspiration :)

    1. Jes, I am having so much fun learning ... even when I have to rip something out and redo it!!!!

  7. Dear Patsy,
    That storm looks terrifying and I really hope it goes out to sea and way from people.You are wise to be preparing though in case.
    I will guess pillowcases or Santa sacks on the sewing project...
    Your crochet edges are fantastic! You must be very happy! Eventually with crochet you get so you barely have to look at it which makes it great for in the car. Aside from foundation rows though!
    You have done such a good job and if you go further and add a grub rose in a wash cloth corner I think you are going to be over the moon!
    What a good week you had. The sweet potatoes are fantastic! I love them! I hope this week is also good and I will be keeping an eye on this storm. With love Annabel.xxx

    1. Annabel, I want to do more of the washcloths and I want to do a couple of muslin baby wraps for summer babies using the same edgings. I'll be adding those cute little grub roses to those also. I just keep adding projects to my crocheting list! Pillow cases and Santa sacks are good choices but not this time. Those are on my gift giving sewing list for this holiday giving season though!

  8. Hi Patsy, I want to try crocheting edges on things also! I looked at that yarn and it says hand wash and lay flat to dry. I always put my wash cloths and towels in the washing machine and I wondered if you or anyone else had experience doing that with that yarn?? Thanks! Nancy

    1. Nancy, I had not read that until I saw it on Amazon a couple of weeks ago. I purchased this very yarn at Michael's craft store... I had a coupon! I crocheted a washcloth using this yarn and washed and hung it on the line to dry before reading what was on Amazon. I have not had any problems at all, it is soft and has retained it's shape really well. It has been washed and hung out several times. In fact, thus far this yarn has become my favorite. Maybe someone else has some additional info that will better answer your question.

  9. Great inspiration! I want to get back to better shopping/couponing once we get moved.
    Moving next week into a house! Yea. Well need a little extra money for 'pretties' to fill it up! I love the roses. They look hard. I'd love to see what you do.
    You inspire. Thanks for sharing. I get your emails and love visiting!
    Have a good week.

    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to trying the grub roses, they do look so pretty don't they? Thank you for your encouraging words!

  10. What fabric did you use for the washcloth before you crocheted it?

    1. Mamabean, I purchased the washcloth at the store and then crocheted the edging to it.

  11. Patsy your washcloths are lovely. Prayers that the hurricane stays in the Atlantic. Stay safe.


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