Wednesday, May 31, 2006
As you can see in the picture, they are not identically striped. The yarn that I used did not lend itself to making two identical socks. However, I've seen many, many stripey socks online, and quite a few of them do not match perfectly! I'm just glad that the striping is very subtle. (The flash brings out the lighter colors.)
It's a good thing I finished them, now that we're having such freezing weather. *Grin* It feels good to get projects finished, no matter if I'll be wearing them right away or not!
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Here you go:
Rhonda posted her apron picture, noting that the stains are on the apron, not on her clothes!
Kelleigh poses as the modern June Cleaver, showing that housework can be accomplished in pretty clothes, when you wear an apron, of course!
Courtney found a darling apron at Goodwill, and her blog readers got a sneak peak of it here.
Mrs. Wilt showcases her "serendipitous thrift store find", and in an earlier post, her readers were treated to an Ode to Aprons.
Awww, look at this "Berry" special apron worn by a "Berry" special mother, Kristi! Kristi and her daughter show us her grandmother's two aprons (what a treasure!)
Jennifer recently purchased a vintage serving apron. What a great find!
Dawn's friend gave her a gorgeous vintage apron. What a sweet gift!
Inspired by this show and tell, Cindi sewed a vintage looking apron, using some lace that she made herself. (Wow, now I want a fancy sewing machine! Hehe)
Lori has quite a collection of aprons, from her grandmother and great-grandmother. What a collection to treasure!
Deb (in her brand-spankin' new apron) and her daughters share their lovely aprons.
Edit to add: Lora's daughter is busy making her an apron, using overalls and bandana fabric. Cute! Once you're there, click on the picture to get a better look at it!
In previous posts, I've shown my aprons: here and here.
*Sigh* There's nothing that says "homemaker" more than an apron!
Monday, May 29, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
My all time favorite film is The Shop Around the Corner, played by Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. The actors and actresses all did a fantastic job; so fantastic, that I usually watch this movie several times a year! *Grin*
The review on Netflix.com says:
In Ernst Lubitsch's charming, Budapest-set romance -- later remade as You've Got Mail -- Klara (Margaret Sullavan) and Alfred (James Stewart) fall in love, even though they've met only as pen pals and don't know each other's names. Over Alfred's objections, Klara is hired in the shop where he works. As they continue their loving correspondence, they embark on a combative working relationship. What will happen when the truth comes to light?
Thursday, May 25, 2006
The busyness of the evening is well worth the refreshment we receive at church! Our pastor leads a Bible study (just recently he concluded a fascinating study of the book of Daniel) and then we break for prayer. The ladies and men pray separately, and break into small groups. Our prayer time is a time of knitting hearts together as well as praying to our Lord. If I decided to skip our Wednesday night services at our church, I would have missed out on so much! I’m thankful for our church!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
As ladies, it's still fun to show off a bit, isn't it? *Grin* That's why I'm organizing an Apron Show and Tell. It's similar to a carnival, but it won't be recurring.
If you'd like to participate, it's simple! Within the next week, post a picture on your blog showing one or more of your aprons, and tell us about them. After you've done so, send me an e-mail with the link to your post. If you don't have a blog, you can send me a picture, and I'll post it along with the entries. Next Tuesday evening, I'll post the entries. If you have your entry in by 6 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, May 30, it will be included! How easy is that?
I have recently found out that being in carnivals and the like is a fun way to add more traffic to your blog, and maybe gain a new friend or two in the process! Feel free to post about the Show and Tell on your blog, so that we have a lot of participants!
Now all we have left is the border on the side. We're only putting one layer in on the side, since the basement windows and our air conditioning unit determine the ground level.
Living in Michigan means a short summer season for growing flowers and vegetables. Next fall, I'm going to plant a lot more bulbs around the house, especially some crocuses. I think it is safe to plant now; however, there was a frost advisory for some parts of Michigan last night. I'm just glad that we were in a safe area, because I didn't want to lug in all my plants!
TTFN~have a wonderful day!
Edit: OOPS! I forgot to take a picture, and now it's dark! Well, I'll get one taken tomorrow! =)
Monday, May 22, 2006
I post so many pictures, and wanted a place to keep them all. I found an easy to use website maker, and have started loading my pictures on it!
It's finished for now, however, I'm sure I'll be updating it periodically. (I will post when I do so.)
There is a link on my sidebar as well as the link above.
The instructions are on the JoAnn's website, and for a company that sells fabric and patterns, one would think that they could write a decent set of instructions.
I have been sewing since I was eleven years old. For those not interested in doing the math, that means I have been sewing for over eighteen years. I have followed many patterns; and have made up my own patterns, both from instructions and of my own design.
I bought the cutest fabric for this bag. Since the pattern called for twice as much fabric as necessary (that, I think, was a conspiracy as well LOL), at least I still have fabric to make a decent bag with. The pattern drafting instructions are very unclear, and the sewing instructions are even more so. Oh, and Susan had trouble with it too, but her bag turned out nicely! (unlike mine, which looks like a terribly silly attempt at a purse!)
But, now that I'm interested in making handbags, I think I shall buy an actual printed pattern, and see how that goes. After all, I've got some adorable fabric that needs to be made up!
Alternately, if anyone knows of a good pattern online, please do share with me!
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Mike's Grandma's Chili
(I have no idea who either Mike or his grandma are...this recipe is taken from Gooseberry Patch's book Celebrate the Seasons.)
1 lb. ground beef
1 c. onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
15-oz. can kidney beans, undrained
1 qt. tomato juice
1/2 t. cumin
1 t. chili powder
1 t. oregano
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed (I usually use less sugar)
In a large soup pot, cook ground beef, onions and garlic until meat is browned and crumbly. Drain meat, return to pan, add remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 30 minutes or longer. Makes 6 1/2 cups.
This recipe makes a small amount of chili. Often, I will triple it, and we'll have the leftovers for lunch the next day, and freeze the rest. This chili freezes very well.
Very easy, nice and quick!
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Well, that's what I thought.
We decided to do a little home improvement today. Our flower bed borders were wood, and were quite rotted away.
The herbs Holly bought for me:
And the flowers that will be going in the beds once we get them finished:
They match the geraniums perfectly!
If you look at it, you can tell that it was made out of handkerchiefs. I looked at it last night, and it appears that it took four hankies to make. This must have been somewhat popular to do at the time, because I've seen hankie aprons here and there in antique stores.
Another apron that I have in my collection is a handpainted Christmas apron. I'm guessing it's from the 60's or 70's, since fabric paint was popular back then. Rebecca, my sister-in-law, was given some vintage lines, and she passed it on to me. I haven't worn it, but I did bring it out at Christmas time, and hang it on my apron hook.
I forgot about these aprons when I made my original apron post. I have quite a few aprons, hmm? And yet, I still want to make more! *Grin*
Friday, May 19, 2006
It started out with an apron pattern in a library book that featured lots of lace and insertions. I went off to the fabric store and came home and made the apron, all in one day. The others were made using various patterns that I either had or bought.
I had planned to make an apron a month, and be finished in November. Hahahaha...have I mentioned before what a procrastinator I am? I had four to make the week before Christmas! But I got them all done! The older girls are all saving their aprons in their hope chests, and my mom uses hers.
The apron makes a lovely gift, whether hand made or purchased. It is something fun to receive, and most ladies do not wear aprons these days, simply because they do not have one.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Make a Colonial Apron out of a dishtowel
Gardener's Apron to make
Child's Fun Time apron
Garden Apron and Gloves
I love the apron patterns that Paisley Pincushion sells! One of these days, I'll buy them!
Aprons to purchase
Ooh, la, la...Red Polka Dot apron I think this apron is adorable! Check out the other aprons linked on this page.
Apparently even Desperate Housewives need aprons. Having *never* watched the show, I do not endorse it in the slightest bit. However, the apron they are selling is cute...
Real Simple's retro apron
Hillbilly Housewife talks about aprons.
Tie One On--a blog dedicated to aprons. Each month, the theme is different, and readers share their creations.
And even an apron for your dish soap bottle! LOL My grandma had one of these when I was a tiny tot, and I thought it was the neatest thing!
The In Grandma's Attic book series has a very memorable story about aprons in it. The jist of the story was that the mother had been so busy that day, that she put a clean apron on about 6-8 times...she didn't even have time to take off the dirty apron. So at dinner time, as she took off each apron, it told the day's story.
The above links are not an endorsement of any website.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
I wear aprons often for cooking and cleaning chores. Wearing an apron puts me “in the mood” to cook and clean! Each of my aprons has its own story, thus the lengthiness of this post!
The apron that has seen the most wear is the cream colored apron. I use this apron when I’m canning or cooking something really messy. I made this apron using a vintage thrift store apron as a pattern. My mom bought the original apron, and I liked it so much that I made a pattern from it and made one for myself. I showed the back view as well, since it is a little unusual.
When I was engaged, I bought materials for two aprons, and finished one before I got married, and one afterwards. These two aprons are the half aprons—the pink flowered one with rick-rack and bias tape; and the blue gingham with rick-rack and cross stitch.
The denim apron was made out of a jumper that I had. It got a little worn out, yet I didn’t want to part with it. So I made an apron!
I acquired the blue striped apron at a church yard sale. It was free, since it was the end of the day and we were taking everything that hadn’t sold to a thrift store. This apron seems to be the apron I wear the most! It covers me well, and since it had a few stains on it to begin with, I’m not worried about ruining it.
I bought the green gingham apron at an antique store. It still had the original price tag sewn into the seam. I haven’t worn this apron. I have it on a hook in my kitchen; it makes a nice decoration!
And lastly, I made the apple-patterned apron out of just one yard of fabric, using a new “vintage” pattern. This is an apron that I tend to wear when we’re having company. It looks nice, and goes well with my kitchen. =)
The vintage aprons have more detail in them, and make use of lots of bias tape! I don’t really like applying bias tape, but I love the finished product, so I persevere. *grin*
Today I have been thinking of~
the church my family attended during that time period
the exact pew my family and I sat in (yes, it was the same pew every Sunday!)
playing flute with another lady for the congregational songs
people I haven't thought of in a very long time
my first job as a church secretary
Isn't it interesting how something like perfume can evoke such memories? All morning long, my thoughts have been turning towards that time period in my life. Little snippets of memories have been popping up here and there as I go about my day.
I read once in a book that when you go on vacation, buy a new perfume, and wear it every day of your vacation. When you get home, the author said, do not wear the perfume. Instead, save it for occasions when you wish to remember your vacation. At the time I read that, I thought it was interesting, and wondered if it would work that way. I think it is safe to assume that it would work!
What are some of your favorite scents (perfume, candles, food, etc.)?
Image from arteffects.com
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Here you can see a close-up of it:
When I was a little girl, my mom had a sugar and creamer hot pad set that her grandmother had made. We had a screened in back porch, and we had it set up as a "house". My mom let us play with those hot pads. A move later, and a different back porch...they got wet and then moldy. :-(
Every time I go into an antique store, I look for hot pads like the ones I played with. When Holly, Shelly, Kevin and I were in Ludington, we browsed through stores, and one of those stores was an antique store.
I found some that were made with the same pattern! I was SO very excited! They are a different color (the ones my mom had were blue and white), and they are a little bigger, but they go with my kitchen so well! I was just thrilled to find them!
Here they are:
I'm still tired though. One cup wouldn't hurt...would it? ;-)
Image from sharkyscoffee.com
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Courtney AND Nikki tagged me on this one. Last week was a whirlwind of a week (and a wonderfully fun whirlwind at that!), so I've waited to post this till I had the time to think about it!
Fourteen Things About My Mother
1. She was born in Ohio.
2. She met my dad in college and got her "Mrs." degree.
3. She had me when she was 22 years old.
4. She told us "Lulabelle" stories. I didn't figure out for many years that she was really telling us stories about her childhood. "Lulabelle" had a naughty streak. LOL
5. She almost lost her own mother when she was six years old...but God miraculously healed her.
6. She likes to do crafts and do creative things.
7. She has nine children, eight of whom are girls.
8. She is a good listener.
9. She has been married for 31 1/2 years.
10. She doesn't like public restrooms (I know, who does? Well, I guess I should have said "She HATES public restrooms.")
11. She loves the Lord.
12. She taught all of her children to love the Lord.
13. She really knows the Bible.
14. She is a wonderful mother, and I'm glad she's mine!
Friday, May 12, 2006
After our excursion to the lighthouse, we found a bookstore/cafe and had a nice, warm cup of coffee. Warm again, we headed home.
Now we are home, we've just finished dinner, and then we're going to watch a movie. Tomorrow...*sniff, sniff* they fly on home. It has been such a nice week with them!
In the evening we got a picture of our pedicures. This picture was harder to take than it looks. *Giggle* We had to link arms so we wouldn't fall over!
Thursday, May 11, 2006
I broke my glasses a few days ago, and I'm using my glasses from the time before. So this morning I went and got my eyes checked. I still have to pick out frames, but at least I have the exam out of the way!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Monday afternoon we went to a greenhouse, and bought flowers. The greenhouse is owned and operated by a lady in our church, and it is just gorgeous! Holly and Shelly took over 100 pictures between the two of them. LOL Afterwards, I got my hair cut! I'll have to post a picture. It is drastically different! The things my sisters can talk me into. *smile*
Yesterday evening we went to a Japenese restaurant where they cook the food right in front of you. (Again, more pictures!) Afterwards, we went to a bookstore. Once home, we girls did pedicures. =)
Tonight is church, and then tomorrow and Friday we'll do some sightseeing type of stuff.
Have a blessed day!
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Here we are:
The area we went to wasn't very impressive. There were a lot of nightclubs, bars, and cheap gift shops. We found that the exchange rate varied from store to store, apparently they can charge tourists whatever they please. *Grin* We stopped into Starbucks, a pizza shop, and a gift shop for Shelly to buy a charm for her charm bracelet.
But now we can say we've been out of our country, if just for an hour!
There was a very pretty park that we went to, right on the river. Now that would have been nice to spend a little time walking in, but we didn't realize how large it was, until we were driving by it. There were a lot of interesting sculputres in it.
Holly, Shelly, and I each have a digital camera. I can see that a good portion of their visit will be spent in comparing pictures. Hehe
It's fun to have them here! I'm looking forward to this week!
Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
British Columbia Canada
England United Kingdom
Edited: If you don't see your state on this list, please don't assume I'm leaving you off. =) I believe that the information above was from the previous 12 hours at the time I posted it. So it doesn't represent every person who has ever visited--it was just yesterday's stats.
It is interesting to see where my visitors come from. I have a regular visitor who shows up as coming from Italy. It puzzled me that someone in Italy would regularly visit my blog...until I figured out that it was actually my aunt, who is in Africa! I asked her about it, and she said that their internet is based in Italy.
Thank you to everyone who visits my blog!
|You are White Chocolate|
You have a strong feminine side with a good bit of innocence thrown in.
Whether your girlish ways are an act or not, men like to take care of you.
You are an understated beauty, and your power is often underestimated!
What happens when a procrastinating perfectionist starts out to paint a room? It takes a VERY LONG time! *Sigh* Maybe one of these days I'll lose a little of the procrastination and a little of the perfectionism and get paint jobs done a just a little faster!
I'll post pictures tonight or tomorrow!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
NEWS FLASH! The painting is done!!! (Ok, don't count the three tiny spots on the ceiling that I'm going to touch up tonight!) I'm just so glad that the job is done!
Last night Kevin and I went shopping, and I found curtains on sale at Sears for 80% off the original price! That's quite a bargain! Tonight after church, I will be working on the room getting everything in order.
It's about time too, because we're having guests for a week! My sisters Holly and Shelly are flying in this Saturday. I'm SO excited about their visit. I have a mental list of all the things I want to do with them while they are here. We probably won't even do half of the things! We'll probably just sit around the house and talk! But that's fun too!
I pray you have a blessed day today!
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Julie, just send me an e-mail with your mailing info, and I'll get your tatted bookmark out to you soon!
And for all the rest of you that participated, thanks! It was a lot of fun to read everyone's responses. In fact, it was so much fun, that I decided to have a contest once a month! So stay tuned...
Accent: None - I grew up in California so I have what a lady from Maine told me, a "tv voice". Just normal. No tracable accents!
Chore I Don't Care For: Dishes!
Dog or Cat: Neither, thankfully!
Essential Electronics: the computer and my digital camera!
Favorite Cologne(s): No favorites
Gold or Silver: Gold
Insomnia: Very rarely
Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Kids: None, hopefully someday though!
Living arrangements: House
Most admirable trait: I'm a hard worker
Overnight hospital stays: Only the first few days after I was born *Grin* The closest I've come to a hospital is last fall, when I sliced my fingers open and had to go to the ER.
Quote: This was my mom's saying through my school years, and I pretty much follow it (though certainly not in the painting department! LOL) "It doesn't have to be fun, it just has to be done."
Religion: I am a born again Christian!
Siblings: 8, all younger
Time I wake up: Ummm, way too late!
Unusual talent or skill: Can't think of anything out of the ordinary.
Vegetable I refuse to eat: Technically, I don't "refuse" to eat them, but I don't care for peas! If at all possible, I don't eat them!
Worst habit: Staying up way too late!
X-rays: Only dental
Yummy stuff I cook: Kevin loves my jambalaya, peach cobbler, and spicy peanut chicken stir-fry, to name a few dishes!
Monday, May 01, 2006
- I love to knit (but I imagine you already had that one figured out!)
- I have eight younger siblings: seven sisters and one brother. And no, he's not "poor". *Grin*
- The first thing I remember getting to cut with a kitchen knife were some apples for a pie.
- I'd rather be hot than cold. I once told Kevin my "motto" was "Never be cold!"
- I was born in South Carolina.
- I like most vegetables, except for peas. I don't think peas are even food, so why do people mix them up with edibles? =)
- I once got in trouble for picking out all my peas and giving them to my friend who was eating at our house. (Ah the joys of little sisters tattling on you!) ;-)
- I was homeschooled from 5th-12th grades.
- I don't really like to paint. (As evidenced by my still-uncompleted painting project.)
- My beverage of choice? Water! So refreshing!
OK! Now it's your turn! In my comment box, post 10 random things about you! On Tuesday evening, I'll put all the participant's names in a hat and draw one name. The lucky winner will receive a tatted heart bookmark, made by me!
This contest idea "stolen" from the gals at Choosing Home.
The contest is closed now! Sis. Julie won!!! If you still want to post your Random Things, go right ahead, they are fun to read! =)