Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ February 20, 2017

The weather.... dreary... threatening to rain again... 66°. 

Right now I am... enjoying a quiet house.

Thinking... about doing a little ironing.

On my reading pile... 

  • 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart
  • The Elusive Miss Ellison
  • Grow in Grace

On my TV... not a thing. I don't have t.v. reception by choice.

Favorite blog post last week...
Wishing for a Valentine? Got One? Listen Up! by Amy at Living in Faith and Fun

Something fun to share...
Blogging for a Very Long Time by Roxy at Living from Glory to Glory

Blog hopping...
The Transformed Wife

On the menu for this week.... 
It's not fully planned yet, but I'm thinking about these things. I'll round things out with salads and veggies. I made the cocoa for my husband this afternoon. 

On my to do list...
  • Insurance and medical papers
  • school records and planning

In the craft basket...

Looking forward to this week..

  • sewing
  • reading
  • church
  • homeschool co-op

Looking around the house... Everyone is reading, studying, or working... except the dog who is napping.

From the camera...
My dear step-momma Annie and me.
On my prayer list...

  • Praying for Kristen, my friend Cheryl's niece. She's expecting a baby, has a blood clot in her lung, and has developed tachycardia. Please pray, too. 
  • Salvation for family members
  • My friend Laurie's husband, Tommy, has a horrendous case of pneumonia that was complicated because he has Asbestosis. He is home from the hospital, but his asbestos spots are getting inflamed, and he has to get CT scans daily.
Devotional... Romans 15:13

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." 

Be blessed of the Lord,

Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.

Warm Hearts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Saving Money on Clothes by Mending ~ How to Get it Done

Saving Money by Mending Clothes

A stitch in time saves nine. Have you heard that old saying? Housewives of old knew that a little job grows bigger when neglected. Mending clothing is a time honored way of saving money on clothes. Torn jeans. Split seams. Missing buttons. Clothes that cannot be worn, but we don't want to discard.  Why do we let them pile up wasting our precious real estate?

Often, our little mending projects pile up simply because we procrastinate. Instead of stitching up a tiny hole or tear, we wait until we have a full sized rip. We go without a favorite blouse, pair of slacks, or dress, sometimes for months, because of a lost or loose button.

Looking at the growing pile can be discouraging, so we just put it off for another day. In truth, most mending is rather simple.  Most projects take only a few minutes if we catch the problem while it's small. 

Here's how you can take control of your mending pile!

  • First, gather everything you can find that needs mending. You can add to the pile as you find things in the laundry that require attention.
  • Go through the items, and see if anything just needs to be thrown away.  I once spent an hour on a rather difficult fix for my son's jeans. I was so proud of myself—until I found out he had outgrown them! If there's something beyond your skill level, consider whether you want to pay to have it mended. If not, toss it. Your pile may be a bit less daunting now!
  • Next, make two piles.  One pile is handwork. This would include buttons, small seams or rips, loose hems, anything you can do with a needle, thread, and a little time. The other pile is for machine work. This might include patching jeans or mending larger seams.
  • Gather your supplies—a needle, some thread, and whatever mending supplies you might need together in a box or basket.  Put it someplace handy. 
  • Utilize small snatches of time.  Use your minutes. When you notice a missing button, it's easier to replace it right away if your supplies are handy. If you'd rather sit down and work on a pile of mending, put it all in a basket. I like to mend while listening to the Bible, a podcast, or watching a movie.
  • The key is to mend regularly. Don't let the basket get full!

Let's take care of the little things before they become big things...good advice for mending...good advice for life.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Daybook ~ February 14, 2017


For Today

Looking out my window
It's dark!

I am thinking
of how I'd like to spruce things up for spring around here. I saw Mrs. Olson's basement kitchen and loved the red and white. The bead board would definitely look nice in my kitchen.

I am thankful
that I have a safe place to live with my family.

One of my favorite things
coconut meringue pie. I baked a couple this morning for Valentine's Day. One for us and one for a special order.

I am creating
an apron using an old tattered apron for a pattern.

I am wearing
a denim skirt, black shoes, purple and navy top.

I am reading

I am hoping
for SNOW!

I am learning
about marriage in The Art of Marriage class at church.

In my kitchen
it's quiet after a morning of baking pies and supper of leftover chili and corn chips.

In the Boardroom

A Favorite to Share
I'm a contributor.

A Quote

"There's no great loss without some small gain."
~ Pa in Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder

A moment from my week
Lowell and I won the candy unwrapping contest with mittens on!

Have a wonderful week. Remember, you are loved with an everlasting love by the creator of the universe, Father God, Jesus His Son, and Holy Spirit. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #93

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am glad you've found me! Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage

I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!

Hey Y'all! 
 It's an absolutely gorgeous day here in Southwest Missouri. It's like an early spring day with sunshine, a nice breeze and 77°!!! It's glorious. 
 If I have my way, though, it will snow next week. ~grin~ Still waiting for our first real snowfall of the winter. Missouri has such fickle weather. After months of looking forward to winter, I just cannot let go of my hopes yet!

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, 
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
Proverbs 13:12
Here's my thrifty week:

  • I cut my husband's hair. I've been cutting his hair for over twenty-five years now! This is a big money saver!
  • I cut my own bangs. I keep my hair long and usually have it cut by a stylist only once a year.
  • We had a super cheap meal of "fried rice" with 3 cups of cooked rice, chopped celery, leftover frozen peas, and leftover cooked broccoli. I scrambled 6 eggs and added them to the mixture and heated it through.
  • Ground venison that our friend gave us made chili a cheap meal.
  • I bought a small one ounce skein of acrylic yarn to use in a project at Walmart. It was the perfect size and the perfect price at just fifty cents!
  • Last week, I used a 40% off coupon to buy more cotton yarn for one of my numerous dishcloths. I make them for shower gifts, Christmas gifts, and for our family's use. I might just start putting some in my Etsy shop. It's time to start adding some inventory!
  • I cleaned and organized my main food cupboards. I threw out some pectin that had been around way too long. Last year I didn't make any jelly or jam since I was working part-time. If I make jam or jelly this year, I want the pectin to be fresh. 
  • I received a new book for review—The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller. 
  • I worked on making an apron using an old beloved apron that is getting tattered. I'm making a tutorial as I go.
  • One foot of real estate cleared. I took some things to our homeschool co-op and gave them away.
  • Price Matcherz alerted me to some Aldi sales. Baby carrots $.49 lb bag, yellow onions $.79 for 3 lb bag (I bought 3!), oranges $1.99 for 4 lb bag, red grapes $1.98 for 2 lb bag, and 6 on the vine tomatoes for $1.69.
  • My daughter, Amy, made some delicious guacamole using avocados I got for $.40 each at Walmart. We substituted white onion for red since I already had it on hand.
  • My daughter, Emily, made some delicious butternut squash soup from some squash her friend gave to her.

Well, that's my thrifty week. 
What are you doing in your home this week?

A peek into my life...

Making Clothes Without a Pattern
I prepared my favorite, tattered apron to be used as a pattern.


...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!