♥Happy Earth Day♥

Today is Earth Day.  On this day I just want to take a minute to encourage everyone to do their part in helping save our planet.  These are just a few of the ways our family is trying to do our small part.  Maybe one of the things we do will give you an idea to implement in your own home. 

In our home we recycle as much as possible; paper, plastic, glass, etc.  We bring our own bags when we go shopping or we ask for paper bags if needed.  Many places are now giving you a nickel back for each bag you bring in.  And, as I love to make my own fabric bags, it is a great way to get to use more of my own creations.  We are using only energy-saving lightbulbs as we replace the old bulbs and we turn off the lights when we leave a room. (Most of the time – still working on this one).  We keep our heat turned down and we try not to use the air-conditioning anymore than absolutely necessary.  With the high cost of fuel, we are trying to make fewer trips to town, thus saving money and our planets precious resources. 

P.S. – I thought of a couple more things we do.  We reuse our bath towels.  We each have our own color of towel so that we do not need to wash them after each use.  We also no longer buy bottled water.  We filter our water through the refrigerator and we have excellent well water to drink.  When we go somewhere, we use our own reusable bottles and mugs.  What other ideas do you have?

So, again this year,  I wish everyone a ♥Happy Earth Day♥!  Remember ~ Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle ~ Restore ~ and Replenish!!

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Spring Resolutions ~ Cozy Reads ~ & Planning Projects

It’s been a long winter and I’ve spent most of my time indoors.  Which means, not getting a lot of exercise and consuming more calories than I have worked off.  It is time to do something about it.  I know many of you have experienced the same thing.  I get so involved in my projects that I forget everything else.  I love “creating” and reading.  I don’t enjoy working out and getting sweaty.  But, I know in order to live a healthy lifestyle I must get some exercise, like it or not! 

I’m not going on a diet!  I eat fairly healthy already and I really don’t eat a lot.  It is just that when a person gets no exercise at all they don’t burn any calories either.  It is also not good on my heart to be a “couch potato” or should I say “chair potato”.  So, because I want to be around a long while longer and I would like to feel better physically, I am going to spend some time during each day getting some sort of exercise.  Hopefully I’ll lose a little weight too.   This is my Spring Resolution.

And now back to the fun stuff!  The library called and I’ve got some more books in.  Guess where I am going today!  I can’t wait to get started on them.  The next author I will be reading is Sue Henry.  This series is about Maxine “Maxie” McNab a 60 something Alaskan widow who travels the country in her Winnebago with her dog.  Another cozy read.  I’ve also got a couple of quilt books coming.  I love just looking at and admiring other talented quilter’s work and getting new ideas.

I am also planning my next batch of projects.  I have a couple of quilt block patterns in mind.  I just haven’t decided which one to start on first.  I really like the Spring Basket Pattern.  I haven’t seen many quilts made up in this particular basket pattern.  It is in the Fon’s & Porter Keepsake Quilting Block Buster.   Another quilt pattern I like is Posy Chain.  Again it is one I have not seen done up too often.  It is one of Marcia Hohn’s patterns in the Quilter’s Cache.  I would like to make this one in all different colors using up some of my stash.  A couple more fabric baskets are in the planning stages, as well as some other small projects I have in mind too.  I can’t wait to get started.  Til next time ~ Happy reading & creating!

New Year ~ New Look

2011.  A New Year ~ A New Look.  I decided I needed a change.  I’ve been in a rut.   I’ve started with the look of my blog, brighter colors and a cleaner look.  I hope you like it and find it easier to read. 

I haven’t posted in a long while.  I’ve been busy making Christmas Gifts.  Now that the holidays are over and life is getting back to being routine, I thought I should get myself motivated and rejoin my on-line crafting friends.  I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. 

I’m planning projects for this year.  I’ve got some done already and lots more in the thought process.  I’ve started on a cross stitch scissor keeper for myself.  I’ve got a really nice pair of scissors that need a home and a fob to go with it.  I’m going to take my time.  I enjoy cross stitching, but it is hard on my eyes.  I’ll be doing some knitting also.  I need new dishcloths for the house.  It seems like a good time to replace the old ones.

Yesterday I spent some time looking for new reading material. I’ve ordered a few books through our library interloan system.  Hopefully they won’t take too long to get here.  I did finish the series I was reading on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Deb Baker’s Yooper Series).  They were all very entertaining and cozy mysteries.  I recommend them to my fellow readers.

An Apple a Day

What a beautiful fall weekend!  Perfect temperatures (high 70’s – low 80’s).  With a request for apple pie and a desire to be outside, a trip to the apple orchard was in order.  The thought was to pick our own, enjoy the weather and spend less on this seasons expensive apples.  We were told the prices were high do to an early spring and fewer apples.   

The cider mill was packed.  It seems everyone else had the same idea on how to spend a perfect fall day.  When we got to the area where you pick your own apples we were told the workers had already picked them all. The apples were in huge wooden bins with signs depicting the type of apple in each bin.  All we had to do was decide how many apples we wanted (bushel, 1/2 bushel, peck etc.) and pay for that amount.  They gave us a bag to fill and off we went.  It was still a much better deal than purchasing them already bagged and we got to make sure all the apples in our bag were bruise free.  We also got to mix the types of apples we wanted.  We choose some apples that were perfect for cooking and some that were especially good for eating.

With our apples safely in the car, we headed to the building which held the apple cider and fresh donuts.  The cider there is so good we always take home a gallon or two.  And, the donuts couldn’t get any fresher.  They are still warm when they give them to you!  What a fun and relaxing way to spend a perfect fall day.

The apple pie was made Sunday and enjoyed by all.  Plans are in the works for applesauce and carmel apples.  Then again, I’m sure an apple crisp  will be desired too.

Cancer – Chemo and Head Coverings

Cancer is such a cruel disease.  My daughter’s friend is going through chemo and she asked me if I could make her friend something to cover her head as she is starting to lose her hair.  Of course I said I would and I started my exhaustive search for a pattern on how to make the perfect scarf/bandana/head covering for a young woman going through a very rough time.  I want to make sure the covering is not only stylish and soft but would also make her feel good about herself – put a smile on her face.

I didn’t know it would be so difficult to find something I thought would be so easy to make.  I can find plenty of sites that want to sell their scarves and make money from this group of women, but none that talk about how to make them.  I know how to make a bandana and how to sew a rectangle scarf, it’s the perfect size I’m looking for.  Or, how to make the hats that look like tied scarves. 

It is still summer and a knit hat would not only be too warm, I don’t think it is the right look for this time of year. The same goes for fleece hats – I think they would be too warm for our weather right now. I’ve heard that 100% cotton material is the best to use and that silky fabrics do not stay put.  I would think silk would tend to hold the heat too. 

I”m figuring I would need a square that is at least 30″ and preferably closer to 36″ in size to not only cover the entire head, but also give it that dressy look (not the “I’m having a bad hair day” look).  For a rectangle, I’m thinking it would need to be about 15″ wide and probably 60″ or more long to work right.

I’m going shopping tomorrow with my daughter to pick out material and I would really appreciate some feedback from you before I go.  My daughter wants something fun and special in pinks and/or purples.  The friend is only 30, so we want it youthful looking also.

A Little of This ~ A Little of That

I can’t believe summer is almost over.  It sure is going by quickly.  As you know I am moving my sewing/craft room upstairs to a spare bedroom.  I started moving all my stuff the end of June.  But, between having my granddaughters for a visit (which is never long enough), going on vacation and getting a nasty case of pertussis (whooping-cough) (which is still hanging on) and which is irritating my sciatica, it is taking much longer than I had planned to complete the move.

I really like my new area.  I have more light and it feels cozy and comfortable.  In my old room I had plenty of space and room for all of my supplies, but it just wasn’t as inviting or as cozy as I wanted.  Now, I enjoy relaxing and being able to create in my new space.  I am still trying to find room for all of my supplies.  I am utilizing many space-saving techniques , but it is not easy when you are trying to figure out more ways to put an elephant in a shoe box.  It will all work out – just not as quickly as I had hoped.

On the up-side, I have now gone through every box and supply I own.  Everything is organized and neatly put away.  I have found things I forgot I had and I got rid of stuff I no longer wanted.  I am getting a little of my oomph back and I am ready to start creating!  I made it to JoAnn’s for their pattern sale and bought a few dog clothes patterns.  I will be seeing what I can come up with.  Hopefully what I make will fit at least one of my helpers.

On the reading side, I also got to the library over the week-end.  I picked up a couple of books that looked good, but none were #1 in the series so I came home and ordered the books through the interloan system.  Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long.