Friday, December 31, 2010

Pajama Pants

 I bought 9 yards of fabric today. I think its safe to say I have the sewing bug. I got some gray polka dot flannel for $1.50/yd to make pajama pants.
I used instructions from here which uses a pair of pants you already own as your pattern and only two pieces of material! It was pretty simple. I used a pair of jeans for the pattern. Next time I think I will add an inch or so to the crotch and thigh because they turned out a little snug for pajama pants.
I also bought these fabrics:
I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Skirt

I ordered the complete set of Homestead Blessings DVDs and I've really been enjoying them. They're inspiring me to try lots of new things like candle making, soap making, canning, etc. I watched the sewing video today where they made a tiered skirt. Well it inspired me to try my own skirt (floor length a-line). It was SO easy with only two pieces and four stitches. I used the measurements given on this website and started sewing! It only took me an hour or so to finish. I get frustrated easy when sewing so I try to keep it simple. Here it is:

and at 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Bakin' Up A Storm

I've spent the last two days baking (as I'm sure lots of you have). Yesterday my niece and I made treats for all the men in our lives.We made Reindeer Sugar Cookies, Pretzel Turtles, and Pebble Snacks
Then this afternoon Mike and I made mini banana bread loaves and a peach cobbler to take to his family tomorrow. 
My baking is complete and I'm about to go to the Christmas Eve Service with my family. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas filled with family, fun, and the love of Christ! :) 

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." 
-Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Shopping with My Niece

My niece decided to buy presents for literally everyone she knows this year. I'm pretty sure she bought for more people than I did. I had the privilege of taking her to finish her shopping yesterday and here is what I learned: It doesn't matter what you give. It doesn't matter what you spend. All that matters is that you show your family and friends they're loved. That's all gift giving is anyways, right? It doesn't matter whether we spend $100 or $1. It doesn't matter whether we bake cookies or send a card. Each gesture is showing someone that we love them. Gift giving doesn't have to be complicated or expensive as long as its given in love. Happy Christmas Eve Eve Eve everyone!! :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Easy Holiday Treats

Watch this adorable video tutorial on how to make Pebble Snacks from 10 Million Miles:

Here's a recipe I've made that is similar and really delicious:

Pretzel Turtles
Rolo Candies (unwrapped)

Preheat oven to 250.
Line pretzels on a cookie sheet.
Place one Rolo on each pretzel and bake in the oven for 4-5 minutes.
Place one pecan half on each Rolo and lightly press down.
Let cool and enjoy!!

These are seriously addicting!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Old Meeting Hall

I found this poem in MaryJane's Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook and it really struck a cord in me. It makes me long for the days gone by.

The Old Meeting Hall 
by Dick Warwick

An old grange hall stands bereft
In a field of waving wheat;
The people all have long since left,
Where once with flying feet

They danced the fiddle's lively reels,
And do-si-doed in squares;
But television and automobiles
Have ended such affairs.

The neighbors all came form their farms
For camaraderie;
From tiny newborn babes in arms
To the deaf and doddery.

And they knew each other well, with all
Their virtues, strengths, and faults;
They'd get together in the hall 
For the foxtrot and the waltz;

To share their pies and socialize,
Talk of kids and kitchens-
Of critters, crops, and days gone by;
Mark births and deaths and hitchin's.

For we were all one family then,
Though perhaps not blood related-
Yes, I remember way back when
We all cooperated.

We helped each other in a pinch
Or sometimes just for fun;
If you needed help it was a cinch
Your project would get done.

Though times back then were somewhat lean.
Entertainment-it was free;
When folks would in that hall convene
And friends and neighbors see.

And that old grange hall speaks to me
Of things gone quite askew
In our present-day society
With its hype and ballyhoo.

For folks now travel fast and far,
Meet schedules with precision;
And when they're not out in the car
They're watching television.

The art of actual conversation
Is rather antiquated-
We've lots of information,
But can't communicate it.

Oh, sure, we can download it
And shift it place to place;
But there's few who can decode it
Into words of style and grace.

So I miss the meeting hall of old,
And I wish you could have known
How it was to cross the threshold
Of that place, now overgrown.

And dance all night with the neighbor gal
That you'd known since you were small;
Or meet your fated femme fatale,
and in love forever fall.

Now that old building stands forlorn
Yet still foursquare and sound;
Though by the wind and weather worn
It could someday rebound.

For it hasn't yet been set aflame.
Nor from its footings torn.
And it may yet receive acclaim 
From dancers yet unborn.

So keep the roof in good repair
And doors and windows sealed;
For past and future meet right there
In that grange hall in the field.

Linked at Raising Homemakers

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Weekend Reading Materials

I got a subscription to Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home for my birthday and I got my first issue this weekend! I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on here or not, but I'm very interested in homesteading and becoming more self-sufficient. I have plans to get chickens in the spring and plant a garden. I would also love to put up a clothesline and install a rain barrel. Eventually we will end up living on Mike's family  farm so I'm just getting a head start on things. :) 

I also got my Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Catalog! If you've never heard of this company they offer the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the United States. Excerpt taken from catalog:

"All of our seed is non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented. We do not buy seed form Monsanto-owned Seminis. We boycott all gene-altering companies. We are not members of the pro-GMO American Seed Trade Organization! We work with a network of about 50 small farmers, gardeners and seed growers to bring you the best selection of seeds available! Many of our varieties we sell were collected by us on our travels abroad. We offer over 1,300 fine varieties from 70 different countries!" 

I've never ordered from them, but based on the paragraph above I highly recommend them! It is so fun to look through the catalog and read about all the different varieties of fruits and vegetables God has created! I've already picked out most of what I want to order for the spring and I'm so excited to grow my first garden! I'll try not to get my hopes up too high because I know gardening is a trial and error process. Is anyone else planning their gardens already?

This post is linked at Raising Homemakers

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Sing-Off

I've been watching the Sing-Off and I love it! It gives me chills. It's a show on NBC where 10 of the best a cappella groups in the nation compete for a music contract. Oh my goodness. They are all sooooo good. Here are my favorite performances:

I could keep posting but I'm sure no one's gonna watch these anyways so I will stop. :)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Simple Wisdom from Winnie-the-Pooh

"If you live to be one hundred, I hope I live to be one hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you."

"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, "What about lunch?""

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." 

"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday."

"I am a bear of very little brain, and long words bother me."

"Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would I'd never leave."

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Tour of Our Home

I've been busy decorating for Christmas this past week! :) The inside of the house is pretty much done. We bought a real tree and I made the tree skirt out of clearance fleece from Wal-mart.
 Here is my new table centerpiece. I bought the sleigh at a thrift store and the rest with a Hobby Lobby gift card for 50% off. 
 This is our new "entry" table. I love the Christmas book basket. Everything here, except two of the books, is from the thrift store. I really love the choir girl because she reminds me of the fifties. 
 I bought this sign at the Salvation Army for $2 which, at the time I thought was way too high. Ha I'm so cheap.
 I added berry swags to the fireplace also from Hobby Lobby for 50% off.
 I changed my couch pillows which I've found to be an inexpensive way to "redecorate." The solid one is from our guest room and the plaid one is from (guess where?) the thrift store! :)
Here is my new kitchen island centerpiece. The coffee mugs are from (a shocker) the thrift store and the flowers and candle I got for my birthday.
Lastly, here are my angels and church that
I got from Hobby Lobby for 80% off.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour!  Happy Decorating!

This post is linked at Raising Homemakers
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