Thursday, January 7, 2016

16 lbs. of Fresh Laundry Soap

 Yesterday, I made a fresh batch of laundry soap ...
16 lbs. that is!
FYI: I have a 4 yr. old HE washing machinehard water
I have never had a problem using this laundry soap with either!
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Wow, I have been making it for 8 years now and
there is a lot of you out there, make it too!
It washes my laundry beautifully.

I love making it, using it, love the simplicity of it, 
and feel like the homemaker my Mother and Grandmother's were.
Oh, and I grew up using a clothesline!

I learned how to sew in 7th grade and my parents
bought me my first sewing machine when I was 14.
I sewed many of my clothes in high school and
was told I was one of the best dressed students! 

In high school we chose a "Major"
and one that was offered I took
all through high school was "HOMEMAKING"!

Things never changed!
I am still "majoring" in Homemaking!
 Even as a Grandmother of 14 now,
I will always try to be the best homemaker I can be.
With a prayer in my heart and the Lord by my side, all things are possible!

I love the simple joys of life. XO

Monday, December 28, 2015

A Potpourri of Pictures

 On Instragram they have a thingy going called 
2015 Best Nine.
#2015bestnine

Had fun putting a grouping together of my sweet hens, and
a grouping of some of my recent sewing projects.
 Below I made a quilted sewing machine rug/mat.
Making myself one this week!

If I need to slide my sewing machine to the side 
for any reason, it moves it nicely.
It stays in place until I move it, and
my table doesn't get scratched. 

I will be making these for my ETSY shop too!
Wishing you my sweet friends a very 
Happy & Wonderful New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Catch~Up

Picture of the family room.
Hung are 24 stockings I made for
Hubby & I, our children & their families.
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Oh my goodness!
I have not had my computer for 4 weeks
and I have missed you & blogging!

My Apple computer broke, and it broke good!
Lost everything, had to have it rebuilt, and changed programs twice! 

Lucky me, we have Carbonite, and it has saved everything for years!
I got everything restored. 
Relieved and grateful.

Below are a few Christmas things I have done but not able to post. 
Enjoy! 
 Made cookies mixes for family & friends!
An awesome Pinterest find HERE.
 I bought all the supplies at The Dollar Tree.
Except the tags and doilies. 


I made pillowcases for our 14 grandchildren!
I have made these for close to 20 years now.
 Some are in college, high school, middle school, 
grammar school, pre~school to babies!
 You can see gender, ages, and personalities in each one!
 I love making them!
Made lots of mug*rug sets. 
Here are a few of some of the many I made ...

 Some had tags too.

For some misters in my life!


So happy to be back!

Now off to more creating! 
The Christmas crunch has begun!

Merry Christmas!
xox

Friday, November 20, 2015

Front Porch Love

The weather here in CA has been beautiful this Fall.
We are still having summer weather, so we are loving our time on the front porch!

Below are some cowgirl pillows I made a while back for my little trailer,
but for the moment are making their home on the white rockers.

Loving the pink & brown!
 Our porch continues as it wraps around to the front door.
I have two wicker couches there.

To the left is more white picket fencing that my hubby built,
and a locked gate.
We have a doorbell with a live~feed to our iPhone in the house.
We can talk and see who is at the gate and still be in the house! 
We can also be miles/hours away and still know who is at out door!
It's a good thing!!!
 We over look the Santa Rosa Plateau Mountains and 
the sunsets are gorgeous! 
 I love my little white picket fence & gate!
Our little dogs Sammie & Charlie love being out here too.

I hope our nice weather continues!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Hutch Filled with Vintage Quilts

 I wanted display some of my cherished vintage quilts.

I bought this little hutch about three years ago, 
and finally filled it as I intended to do!
 Some of our children's baby quilts, to Grandmother's quilts, 
to special quilts given to us.
 My heart be still …
I have this sweet display in the living room
 so I can see it all the time!

Just warms my heart!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cozy Sewing~Quilting Pajamas

I am SEW very in love with my new, soft pajamas!
I will be living in these no doubt.

At the beginning of the holiday season,
I always buy a pair of new pj's.

I was SEW thrilled to have found these,
because that's pretty much all I do now do in my craft room is sew!

*I bought them at Target.
Such cute little notions everywhere including a Featherweight sewing machine like I have!
Woohoo!
Just had to share!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Changeable Family Bulletin Boards

 For years I added my children's & grandchildren's
 pictures, notes, cards, etc.
to the fridge or inside the pantry door.

I had a vision to clean it up 
and went on the hunt!

I found these large, completed bulletin boards 
at JoAnn's!
They were 1/2 off and I used 2 huge saving coupons!!!
I left the paint the color it was and just added
a little piece of chalk to each upside-down drawer handle.

Above the bulletin boards I added a sign
Families Are Forever
with the Los Angeles LDS Temple on it where we were married.
It was given to us by daughter Shelli.
 As you walk into our kitchen and family room,
you can't miss it on the wall.

Each month I will change out and put "new" news,
add pictures, update new school pics, etc.

I look and ponder everyday day at each family.
I thank my Heavenly Father for blessing Don and I so.
 Below is our daughter Shelli & Craig's Family
Ashley, Kelsey, Austin, Garrett & Blake.
 Below is our daughter Heidi & Shawn's family…
Chandler, Hailey & Asher ~ waiting for Asher's pic :)
 Below is our daughter Tiffani & Phil's family…
Mark & Eric.
 Below is our son Nathan & Stephanie's family…
Brayden, Sadie, Ridge & Jackson.
I love these boards and looking forward to
 seeing what the next month brings!

I LOVE MY FAMILY!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall Living Room Hutch


I always love changing up the living room hutch
with every season.

Fall is one of my favorite times to decorate it.
Sweater pumpkins, vintage books, silver platter,
ceramic pumpkins, burlap, lace, and tea~lights are a good thing!
I collect vintage glass hens.
This amber color hen is my favorite!

She looks so pretty lightly glowing, especially in the evening!
Autumn is my favorite time of year!

I am ready now!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Family Room Mantel

 Fall is my favorite time of the year!

This mantel is in our family room.
The clock does not work and is said to be haunted by some!
Sometimes it starts ticking away!
 I love my antique lace mantle edging.
I use it off and on throughout the year.
 Be scared (or not)!
 I made many of these cat candle holders years ago for 
shops and marketplaces!
So glad I saved myself a pair.
 The witch and cat candles are vintage~style which makes them …
 getting closer to being real vintage. Heehee! 
but I have had them for nearly 20 years.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!