Sunday, August 29, 2010

Life is going along....

Not too much excitement, but just enough.

Monkey 5 found this little guy in our yard!  We let him go immediately, of course.

Some good news. . . .

in the cold, clear spring water at Balmorhea

Christine is doing very well.  I think we are finally close to a diagnosis!  Her new specialist believes that she has been misdiagnosed (again,) and a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan are on the horizon!  Your prayers are being heard. . . . thank you for all your prayers, words of encouragement and support.

Chicken news. . . .

Roosters: 15, Hens: 5.  Yep, we miscounted, and the two wayward roosters have been granted a conditional reprieve.  As long as they're behaving, they're welcome.  And they're behaving very well these days.  Still no eggs from the hens.

I've been sewing. . . .

. . . a few items for the shop.

Plus, a crochet hook holder for a friend. . . .

I used this pattern.  It's so well-written, and a lot of fun to make!  A beginner could easily master this project.  If you crochet, or know someone who does, you should definitely try this pattern!

In the sewing room, I've unboxed my fall fabrics, and am so excited to begin working on new totes and pouches in fun fall colors and textures.  I foresee lots of coffee and Etta James in store for these sewing sessions!

Oh, I'll be giving an update on my Stash-Busting progress this week, so please drop by again soon!  Have a lovely and blessed Sunday!

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Out of the twenty chicks we purchased this spring, which were plainly labeled "pullets," by the way, thirteen of them were roosters.  THIRTEEN.  And they were very mean, very aggressive, always fighting to be top rooster.  They began attacking the Monkeys and me, so it was time to make some changes.  The Dirty Dozen of Evil Roosters had to go.   I had to remind myself that this was for the good and safety of my family, and for the good and health of the flock that we are keeping.

Now that the mean roosters are gone, the change in our hens (plus the one remaining rooster) is incredible.  Night and day!  They're so docile and gentle, and are pleasant to be around.  Maybe now the hens can sit in peace, and have a moment or two to actually lay an egg.

Another change. . . .

Dryer sachets are back!   I've had so many requests for them, that I've decided to bring them back to my Etsy shop.  My sweet sister is helping me with them, otherwise, I could never keep up with everything.  I am ever-so-thankful for her!  (pssst... there's a "secret" sale code over on my Facebook fan page, if you're interested!)

And yet, another change. . . .

Decluttering my sewing room, I've uncovered some interesting, forgotten supplies. 

So, I whipped up a little batch of homemade deodorant!  I've been wanting to make it for quite some time to replace store-bought, chemical-laden products. . . . 

This recipe is so easy to follow, and it took maybe 3 minutes to make.  The deodorant is creamy and soft -- not gritty at all!  (Just my personal preference, I will add a tad more baking soda to my next batch.)  And so far, in 100+ degree heat, it works great.   Since I used new-found stash, I've added this recipe to my Stash Buster Link section!  (I've added it to my Stash Buster To-Do list, because I plan to make more deo, and try my hand at some lotion, too.) 

Now, I'm off to work on a few little nest boxes for our hens.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


As I sipped my coffee and perused my favorite blogs this morning, I found myself wondering, "how do these women find the time to do all this stuff?" 

My Monkeys hit the ground running in the mornings, as I drag my tired, old body out of bed to shuffle to the coffee pot.  To be sipping my coffee and reading blogs is pretty much stolen time to begin with.  And then there is school, chores, chickens, etc., until the kids are in bed around 8 or 9.  I then have the evening hours to work, sew, create... but usually, I'm just too tired, or want to unwind.  A lot of unwinding.   I don't have the time to make stuff everyday, and then post beautiful, inspiring pictures about them everyday.  I very much wish I did, but that's not life for me.  I'm beginning to suspect that if I were to accept that fact, perhaps life would be... simpler.  But still:  How do you do it??

So, today, all I have is this.  Tiny lizards caught by tiny hands. . . .

Tiny stitches.

(More on the tiny stitches later!)

So this is all my tiny amount of time blogging will allow for today.  Again, how do you do it all?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Out of control, and a new plan

I was sitting in my sewing room last night, and I looked around.  It's approaching Hoarders status.  Floor to ceiling stacks and bins and piles of fabrics.  So many beautiful fabrics, untouched.  Many have been hanging around for 3, 4, 5 years.  Why?  It's so wasteful. 

And earlier this week, a friend asked me how much we spent on paper towels every month.  I cringed when I told her we go through a bulk package at least once a month.  That's A LOT of paper towels.  Again, so wasteful.

So, I've decided to address, no, attack my stash, plus our addiction to paper towels.

I've compiled a list on the left-hand side of my blog detailing my plans.  I'd love it if you would follow along and cheer, or scold, if you feel the need.  I hope you'll be inspired to get creative, crafty and thrifty, too!  I'll also be sharing links and tutorials for these projects as I find them.

One little project I've already begun. . . .

I made a little batch of reusable snack / sandwich bags for a swap yesterday. 

Some are lined with white cotton fabric:
And some are lined with hot pink rip-stop:

All have velcro closure, and are washable.  And all fabrics were from my stash.  These are so incredibly easy to whip up, that I can't wait to make our familiy a whole mess of these.  I winged these, constructing them as I would my zipper pencil pouches (just without the zipper.)  So easy!  Here's a tutorial that's similar to how I did mine, if you'd like to make some for yourself!

I'm looking forward to your comments, suggestions and ideas on my list and stash-busting efforts!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Why I love Etsy.... Reason No. 5,897

Beanie lovingly handmade by Liz, of The Lavender Lizard, for my gigantic-noggin'd Monkey.  We love it. . . and it hasn't left his head even for a second!  Thank you!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

And recently....

Another fairly random post about stuff going on around here.  I hope to get back to some craftier posts soon, but until then. . . .

Last week, my skilled, creative, and very generous family blessed us with a new roof and ceiling for my laundry room.  The laundry room is actually a small building right next to our house -- not attached to the house at all.  I know.  It's odd.  But it works.

Anyway, it was a total laundry shack, with the ceiling drooping and leaking, and scorpions falling out of it.  Yeah.   Awful.   I'm glad I don't have any before pictures.  I probably wouldn't share them anyway if I did, it was that ugly.  But now I have a strong, insulated wood ceiling, and a shiny tin roof on my laundry room!  It's sooo much nicer, and I can't wait to paint this room.  Maybe hang a banner, some curtains.  Is it silly that I want to decorate in here, just a little?  (A HUGE thanks again to my dear family!  I appreciate and love you all so much!)

And then yesterday. . . .

I whipped up this bag for myself. 

I've sold a couple of totes similar to this one in my shop, and I just loved them.  I wanted to make one for myself, so I cut the fabric for this bag two years ago.  TWO.  YEARS.  AGO.  And I never got around to making it.  That's pretty sad, if you think about it.  What was I waiting for?  I'm really happy with how it turned out, and from now on, I plan to make myself a pretty little thing every once in a while.

And last night. . . .

I finished the bag just in time to take it to the Rock the Desert concert! 

Skillet!  Yeah, here I was waaay in the back with the old folks.

My teen daughters have been planning, stalking, talking and dreaming about this event for months now.  I expected to hear some decent music, and come home with a headache, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I had a wonderful time with my lovely daughters, and heard inspiring testimonies and beautiful music.  I am already planning, stalking, talking and dreaming about next year's concert!

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