Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New in the Shop!

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Bit of Hand Sewing: Felt Needle Book

I used to think needle books were silly. Who needs a whole book just for needles? Then suddenly it dawned on me that they really are a useful and charming thing! My needles have been living in the plastic they came in for years now. How boring. Anyway, I got the urge to make one tonight. It's simple, yet effective.

Now my needles have a home! I had plans to do some embroidery on the front and a blanket stitch around the cover, but its late and I'm tired. This will do for now.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

What Do You Do With Your Eggshells?

I don't compost, but I do keep my rinsed eggshells and once I have a big pile full I put them in the blender….
 …and turn them into powder to spread out in the garden.

If you try this, be forewarned...

…you will have egg dust comin' at you when you remove the lid...

…and it really doesn't smell that pleasant.

Do you put anything in your garden such as
eggshells, leaves, or coffee grounds to help the soil? 


**This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered.**

In celebration of my new Etsy Shop I'm hosting a giveaway! 
Here're the prizes:
A framed "faith, hope, love" print hand stamped by me 
2.5 yds (approx.) of vintage Christmas fabric!
This would be perfect for an apron or a tablecloth.

Here's what you have to do to enter:

Visit my shop and leave a comment here telling me what your favorite item is and why.

That's it! You don't have to be a follower to enter. You can leave your e-mail with your comment or you can e-mail me your address if you're the winner. I will randomly pick a winner on Wednesday December 7th.  Good luck!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

My Kind of Black Friday

It's no secret that I love thrifting, so why would my Black Friday shopping be any different?! :) One of my favorite thrift stores was 50% off today! The whole store!!! Woohoo!!! I got everything above for less than $30. Yea baby. Happy Black Friday everyone!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Skirt from a Sheet!

I made this skirt from a fitted sheet I found at Goodwill for $2. I love making floor length skirts for myself because store bought "floor length" skirts are more like ankle skirts on me. And let me tell you people, ankle skirts just aren't the same. To learn how to make an a-line skirt you can go here. This is an easy skirt to do with only four seams, but for some reason (probably because I didn't follow any directions) it gave me lots of trouble. So my advice is to use the link above and actually measure your pattern pieces! P.S. I wanna know who has sheets this wild anyway? :)

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I Am Thankful: A Poem

As Thanksgiving Eve comes to an end and the cooking, baking, and fellowship are just beginning (I'm in charge of the PIES!!!) I hope we can all stop a moment and thank God for what He's so graciously blessed us with. I'll leave you with my very favorite poem on thankfulness. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

I Am Thankful:

For the wife who says its hot dogs tonight,
Because she is home with me,
And not out with someone else.

For the husband
who is on the sofa
Being a couch potato,
Because he is home with me,
and not out at the bars.

For the teenager
Who is complaining about doing dishes
Because it means she is at home,
Not on the streets.

For the taxes I pay
because it means I am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party
Because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

For the clothes that fit a little too snug
Because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work
Because it means I am out in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing,
Windows that need cleaning,
And gutters that need fixing,
Because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining
I hear about the government
Because it means we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot
I find at the far end of the parking lot
Because it means I am capable of walking
And I have been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill
Because it means I am warm.

For the lady behind me at church
Who sings off key
Because it means I can hear.

For the pile of laundry
Because it means I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles
At the end of the day
Because it means I have been capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes off
In the early morning hours
Because it means I am alive.

And finally for too much e-mail
Because it means
I have friends
Who are thinking of me!

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Repuposed Bags in the Shop!

The tote is made from a vintage cross stitch wall hanging and the clutch is made from a placemat! Check them out!

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The Joy of Air Drying Clothes

I realize everyone may not find *joy* in air drying their clothes, but it makes me feel good that I don't *have* to use my dryer. I like the idea of being less dependent and more self sufficient, no matter how small a step it may be. As you can see my laundry room is more of a closet, so I'm having to be creative and efficient in drying a weeks worth of clothes! I only have one small load of whites left and I'll officially be dryer free for the week!!
 I used my shower curtain rod to dry our long pants.
And of course I used my new drying rack that I found at the thrift store a few weeks ago! If I had just one or two more of these I could handle air drying a bunch of clothes, no problem. 

Benefits of Air Drying:
*Saves $ on electricity
*Prolongs the life of your clothes AND your dryer 
*Eliminates accidental shrinkage in clothes
*Adds moisture to the very dry winter air (I LOVE this benefit!)
*Satisfaction in doing something by hand

Do you air dry your clothes during the winter? If so, do you have any more benefits or tips to add?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Introducing: The Honey Bee House

Guess what? I decided to put some of my creative energy to good use by starting an Etsy shop called The Honey Bee House. I plan on offering an eclectic mix of vintage, upcycled, and handmade items. Right now I have a few great vintage pieces up for sale. If your interested in seeing what inspires me, then click on over and take a look! Be sure to check back because I plan on listing some of my own upcycled items soon.

Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, leave a link in the comment section. I'd love to visit and see what you've made! 

Growing Home

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Menu Plan: Nov. 20th - Dec. 3rd

Sunday: Baked Potatoes, Baked Beans
Monday: Hamburger Hash brown Casserole, Veggie, Bread
Tuesday: Birthday Dinner
Wednesday: French Toast, Sausage, Eggs
Thursday: Thanksgiving Leftovers
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Dinner w/Family

Sunday: Baked Potato, Baked Beans
Monday: Pizza Pasta, Bread
Tuesday: Cheesy Bean and Rice Burritos
Wednesday: Baked Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Brown Rice, Deviled Eggs
Thursday: Parmesan Chicken, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Leftovers

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Benefits of Prenatal Exercise

Did you know that pregnant women who exercise regularly tend to have shorter, less complicated labors? According to this article (with info from a study done by Dr. James F. Clapp), regular, moderate exercise is beneficial not only to the mother, but also to the unborn baby. Here are some of the awesome benefits for the mother:

Women who participate in regular, moderate exercise for at least 20 minutes, 3-5 days per week, throughout their pregnancies:

1. Tend to have shorter and less complicated labors, and less need for medical intervention.
2. Have more energy during their pregnancies and recover faster following delivery.
3. Return to their pre-pregnancy weight sooner than less active woman.
4. Gain less weight during pregnancy.
5. Tend to experience an improved body image, enhanced self-esteem and a general sense of well-being.
6. Experience less tension, anxiety and fatigue than less active women.
7. Experience a decrease in common discomforts of pregnancy.
8. Maintain cardiovascular fitness.
9. Increase muscular strength.
10. Experience fewer colds and other respiratory viruses.

Who wouldn't want just a few of these benefits to be true? The way I see it labor is a strenuous and physically demanding event that should be trained and prepared for just like any other race or physical activity in your life. Here's a list of some appropriate exercises for pregnant women:

Resistance Training

Before beginning any type of exercise program you should consult your doctor or midwife. You should also avoid contact sports, keep your heart rate from becoming too elevated and avoid lying flat on your back during the last two trimesters. If you start to feel uncomfortable or dizzy at any time you should stop exercising immediately and consult your doctor if the discomfort continues. 

Benefits will be greater when you eat a healthy, well balanced diet. 

 Have you found any of these benefits to be true? 
What are some challenges that you've experienced while trying to exercise regularly during pregnancy? 
What kinds of exercise do you prefer for pregnancy? (I love doing pilates)

Growing Home

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Another Top with New Look 6025

I made another maternity top using New Look 6025. Can you guess where I found this fabric? That's right the thrift store!! :) I took an inch out of each shoulder seam to help with the gaping neckline.

What do you think?


Monday, November 14, 2011

Applique Baby Bib Tutorial

Who wants to applique some baby bibs with me?? Since I've been sewing up several of these lately I decided to do a quick tutorial just in case anyone else wanted to make some too. I'm no expert and I realize there are other ways of doing it, but this is how I do it with the resources that I have. Also, I apologize for choosing such a light colored fabric. It would have been wiser to use a darker one for all the pictures. Sorry! 

You will need:
fabric for bib (flannels, cottons, and knits work nicely)
fabric for applique
fusible interfacing
fasteners (such as snaps, Velcro, etc.)
sewing machine w/zig-zag stitch
fabric scissors

1. First, you will need to get a pattern for your bib. You can either print one or use a bib you already have adding a 1/4" all the way around. 
 2. Next you will need to draw or print the shape that you want to applique and cut it out.
 3. Now that you you have your patterns it's time to start cutting the fabric. You will need to cut two bib pieces, one applique piece from the fabric and one applique piece from the interfacing (with the shiny side up)
 4. Next you will iron your interfacing to your applique piece per the directions on your interfacing. Then pin your applique piece to the right side of your bib, making sure to pin it straight and even.

NOTE: My interfacing is only fusible on one side. If you are using the kind that is fusible on both sides with the peel off back, then you will need to pin it to the applique piece AND the bib before you iron it. Also, remember to peel off the backing! :)
 5. Now you will sew all the way around the edge of your applique using the zig-zag stitch. Go slow and be sure to shift your fabric accordingly, remembering to back stitch at the beginning and end!

NOTE: You can set your stitch to the smallest size for a closer and more secure zig-zag stitch. The stitch I have shown here is a large sized stitch.

 6. Next you should pin your bib pieces right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam leaving 2-3 inches open so you can turn your bib remembering to back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
 7. Next, clip your curves being careful not the cut into your seam.
 8. Now you can turn your bib right side out and iron it.
 9. Pin the open part of your seam so that the edges are turned in and even with the rest of the bib. 
 10. Now you need to top stitch as close to the edge as you can all the way around your bib remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end.
 11. Choose the fastener of your choice for the neck straps and your done! Yay!

Now wasn't that fun?!?

Growing Home

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