Thursday, June 25, 2009

~Confession Time~

Confession time: I don't do windows. Not because I have an attitude about it. Just because....hmmm, I'm not really sure why. Part of it is procrastination (I'll do it next week) and part of it is perfectionism (if it can't be done perfectly, why do it at all). The sin of perfectionism doesn't always mean that your house is spotless!

So anyhow. We've lived in our house for nearly 4 years. And I've washed the windows maybe two or at the most, three times. *Blush*

Yesterday I set out to wash my front window. Not the whole house. Not the whole front of the house. Just the living room window. I needed a starting point! Because I bought a junky, store-brand knock-off of "Windex" I didn't have anything suitable for actually doing the job.

So I looked in an old magazine I had and found a solution for window cleaner:
2 quarts water
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 teaspoon dish soap (ultra concentrated such as Joy)

You can either put this in a bucket and apply with a rag, or put the solution in a spray bottle.

It did the job rather nicely. While I was working it dawned on me that I could have used white vinegar instead of the rubbing alcohol for a "greener" cleaner. Well, I'll try that next time.

And now, since I'm such the expert on cleaning windows, I'll give you some tips:
  • Look at the window (or mirror) at a 45% angle instead of straight at it. You'll be able to see the streaks.
  • Streaks are caused if you leave any moisture on the window. Make sure to rub the window completely dry.
  • I didn't do this, but I should have - on the outside move the rag up and down, and on the inside of the window, go back and forth. Then if you see a streak, you'll know which side it is on.

There you have it! I'm looking out my (mostly) streak-free window, enjoying my pretty flowers that are on the front porch!

I need to do my windows more often!

Something cute: it was hot and muggy out yesterday, and when I was hosing off the window screens, I saw two boys walk by. Soon I heard, "Excuse me, Miss. Could you spray me?" I laughed and adjusted the nozzle to a gentler water stream and the little boy walked into the spray, spread his arms out and said, "ahhhhhh". *Smiles* I was tempted to spray myself! It looked really refreshing!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Just a few pictures...

My Crocs drying in the sun after my yardwork:

"Welcome" to my home! My mom made this for me when I was first married. My decorating style has changed a little, but I thought this would be perfect by the front door. I hung it with a Command hook - no need to pound a nail through the siding!

A jean quilt waiting to have the backing sewn, and then tied (probably won't happen today though!):

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

~Ottobre Sewing~

I'm pleased to show you my first outfit using Ottobre patterns!

Both are from the 3/2009 issue, and I made them in size 68. They are a bit big on The Baby, but that's ok. She's growing constantly! :-)

The Toffee Tunic:

and Hennina Pants:

The frill on the pant leg:

I bought the fabric from a local store. I was disappointed to see that their selection of fabric has dwindled. I guess the economy is hitting them too. I found the fabric for the top right away, but they didn't have any coordinating prints for it. I looked and looked and finally found a green that matched perfectly. I was so pleased! It was from a Christmas line of fabric, but it doesn't really look Christmasy to me!

I had quite an adventure tracing the pattern, and figuring out where to add seam allowances and where to not add seam allowances. I cut the front pant legs out only to realize that I hadn't added the seam allowance along the waist. Thankfully, I had enough fabric to cut it out again!

I'm looking forward to using more patterns from my Ottobre issues!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Do you like olives? Olives are one of those things that you either like or dislike. I happen to love olives - both black and green! Yummy!

Please answer the poll --------> and feel free to comment as well! :-)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

~Lemon Cream Scones~

I love scones! When I was working full time, I would sometimes walk down to a corner cafe and buy a scone for breakfast.

I hadn't even thought of the possibility of making scones until just recently. Really, they are quite simple to make! And so much cheaper too!

I found a recipe on for Lemon Cream Scones. The recipe calls for raisins, which I have used. But I've also used dried cherries and Craisins. Also, I juice the lemon I've just zested, and use the juice in place of the water. These scones are so yummy!

I made them yesterday, and in an attempt to make them a little healthier, used half whole wheat flour. They turned out very good - not quite as "pretty" but very tasty!

On my wish list, from Williams-Sonoma:

(wooden lemon reamer)


(Microplane Rasp Grater)

Both would make the job of making these scones a whole lot faster! :-)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


So...after living 32 years without earrings, I decided I would like my ears pierced! :-) Now that the studs are out, I am looking for cute earrings. For those who have their ears pierced, where are your favorite places to get earrings? I have looked at a few Etsy shops, in stores, etc. do you store your earrings?

Do tell!

Monday, June 15, 2009


When you see a product endorsement on my blog, it is because the product/company is one which I enjoy. I receive nothing in return for my endorsements, and it is unprompted by the company.

A few months ago, I came across a code for a free Hallmark card. This wasn't a card at a store though - it was for a completely customizable card which Hallmark then printed and sent to the recipient of my choice. How easy was that?

Since then, I have used their online service for several more cards. It is not the cheapest route to go when sending a card, but neither is it the most expensive. For under $4, you pick your card, customize it (on some cards you can even add your own pictures!), and then Hallmark prints and sends it out for you.

It's a fun little way to send a card! Another benefit to this is that you can order cards ahead of time, and they will send them on the date you choose. I'm always forgetting to get birthday cards out in time - this would be great for that!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

~I'll Do it All for Jesus~

I had several questions about the song in my post below. I searched online, but I could not find even the lyrics. I have it on a record from Children's Bible Hour. It appears that CBH Ministries have compiled their old records onto CD's, and "I'll Do it All for Jesus" can be found in Songtime, volume 2. I love the older music from Children's Bible Hour. It is very bouncy and cheerful. I have had the record for several years now, and sometimes I would put it on when I did my housework. *Smiles* The CD's are only $10 each and I plan on getting them so that The Baby has some good music to listen to!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

~Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies~

These only look like an ordinary chocolate chip cookie! The peanut butter adds greatly to the yummy factor of this cookie!

2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream above ingredients together, and then stir in:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Stir thoroughly, then add:
12 oz. package chocolate chips
12 oz. package milk chocolate chips

Using your cookie scoop, drop the dough on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350* for 12 minutes or until lightly brown. Yield: 4 1/2 dozen

This is an easy recipe to cut in half if you only want a few cookies. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Are you familiar with the old children's song that goes something like this...

Shaking mats and scrubbing floors
In the house and out of doors.
Washing, ironing, darning too,
These are things that girls can do,

I'll do it all for Jesus,
I'll do it all for Jesus!
I'll do it all for Jesus,
He did so much for me.

Boys can be as handy too,
With the hammer, wrench, and screw.
Shoveling coal and chopping wood,
They can do it if they would.


Yes, I know. So sexist. Whatever...

I loved singing that song as a child. And when we got to the boys, we girls put extra emphasis on IF THEY WOULD. LOL

Anyhow, today I'm shaking mats and scrubbing floors, washing, ironing, but not darning. It feels good to get things really clean!

What are your favorite cleaners for your floors? I use PineSol for my kitchen and bathroom floors and Murphy's Oil Soap for the wood floors in my living room and dining room.

Image found here. Incidentally, you can purchase this set if you want to. *Smiles*

Sunday, June 07, 2009

~Bookbag #3~

~Made with a thrifted jean skirt that no longer fit me, lined with gingham, and accented with a row of ric-rac~

~Aren't my sisters lucky? *Smiles* Another sister received this tote...this was the last one I made!~

Saturday, June 06, 2009

~Bookbag #2~

~Made with two coordinating cotton prints~

~With a yoyo flower as a decoration~

~A gift for yet another sister~

Friday, June 05, 2009

~National Donut Day~

Today is National Donut Day, which was first started by The Salvation Army in 1917, to bolster the troop's morale.

In honor of the lowly doughnut/donut, I went for a nice long walk to a bakery and bought myself a custard-filled donut.

Just perfect with a cup of coffee.

If you have read any of Grace Livingston Hill's work, you know that a cup of coffee and a "dough-nut" is a very nutritious breakfast indeed.

And since I don't believe that, I am hoping that the long walk zeroed out the calories consumed.

Krispy Kreme is giving out free donuts, and Dunkin Donuts will give you a donut with the purchase of a drink. I figured the cost of gas would be more than the savings of a free donut, so I opted to buy my donut today.

~Bookbag #1~

~A simple bookbag, made with a reproduction retro-print and lined with red gingham, a gift for one of my sisters~

~Enhanced with a flower brooch (tutorial found here)~

Just perfect for carrying books to and from the library!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

~Sharing Recipes~

I love recipes that come to me by way of friends! There is something so connecting in making a recipe that a friend has given to me. I feel close to that friend when I make her recipe. Do you feel that way? I enjoy using recipes posted on blogs too, it makes me feel just a little closer to my blogging friend, like I know them just a little better by making their recipe.

The curious thing about recipes is how differently they will turn out when someone else makes them. When my sisters and brother were here last Thanksgiving, my sister made my soup recipe for dinner one night. She used all my spices and ingredients, my stove, and didn't deviate from the recipe. And yet, it tasted different! Isn't that funny how that works?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Today is my ninth wedding anniversary! My, time does fly! It seems like just yesterday that my dad walked me down the aisle and gave my hand in marriage to my husband!

This past year was quite unlike any other year we've had. Shortly after our eighth anniversary, we got the joyous news that we were expecting. And then, for the following nine months I was sick with "morning" sickness, making it necessary for Kevin to cook almost everything he ate. He got tired of eating the same few dishes that he knows how to cook, but he didn't complain. I got tired of *smelling* the same few dishes he knew how to cook and I did complain, mainly because even smelling them made me nauseated. But we made it! I am no longer sick (hurrah!) and Kevin is no longer having to cook for himself (he says hurrah several times over! *wink*) and we have a darling baby daughter! (hurrah many times over!)

We are very much enjoying life as a family of three. I look forward to what this next year in our marriage will bring! Happy anniversary, Kevin!

~Too funny!~

Oh...I love this! Absolutely too funny!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

~My First Crochet Project~

When I was a teenager, I taught myself how to crochet. I had a book from the library that had a few crochet patterns in it, and I picked a doily pattern and started working on it. I would sneak into my bedroom when I supposed to be doing dishes or some other task - to crochet. Isn't that what every teenager sneaks off to do? LOL

Because I was using a thicker thread than the pattern called for, the doily turned out much bigger than the pattern said it would. But I was enthralled with the finished product, and didn't mind at all that it was twice as large!

It makes a cheerful, summery centerpiece for the coffee table.

Monday, June 01, 2009

~Tie a pretty bow~

Awhile back, I was wrapping a present (a very belated present I must say - I need to get better at getting gifts out on time! But that's a whole 'nother post!) and wanted to tie a pretty bow. I remembered having seen a blog post on this subject, so I went back and looked it up.

If you go here you can learn how to tie a bow on a package that not only looks great, but is easy for the recipient to untie!

Here is my package: