Thursday, January 22, 2015

:: Do Something When Energy is low; Pincushion


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I didn’t figure you’d want to see any more pictures of my kitchen for a while—so I thought I’d show you this little pin cushion I made the other day. Vincy was sitting in his high-chair eating animal crackers (not 5 feet away) and I whipped this up on the sewing machine —it took about 5 minutes and was so easy to make! You can use whatever scraps you have for this—and I even used a little tatted medallion, for the tail feathers, I scrounged out of my Granny’s things.

  I’ve been busy doing lots of cleaning, tossing and re-organizing.  I’ve shown what’s in my cupboards, in my drawers – what I’ve found in my closet.   I’ve mopped the floor. I’ve taken the curtains down in the kitchen and washed them, sprayed them with starch while they were drying.

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*A TIP:  If you spray your curtains or throw pillows with starch—they stay clean and fresh longer.  I’ve had these curtains for years! One over the sink, and the one on the step-back cupboard to hide the microwave and in more  recent years,  I used up the rest of the fabric to make a curtain for the left side of my stove.  They resist grimy hands and fingers, and spills and splashes! 

…Oh, AND the pin cushion is some of the last bit of fabric from my curtains.  USING IT ALL UP!  Every little Kernal and making it last… that’s my frugal point of view!

So, I’m going like gang-busters around here. I don’t even like the word De-cluttering, I tell why, here. A variation on the word de-clutter—clutterfree … I’m still trying to follow the clutterfree30 via Instagram.  It’s going pretty well. Some of the things on the list I’ve done already and just didn’t post pictures of—I just skipped those days. If this were a dance-a-thon…I’d have gotten tapped out already. ;)

I DO however, have other rooms where I could be doing the clutterfree30 shuffle-

I’ve got two rooms in my house that have been terribly …TERRIBLY  neglected. I’ve show pictures of them before. I’ve not made head way in them. In fact, when we started the floors in the kitchen, my craft/computer room… became a ‘drop-off’  place.  Now? It’s WAY WORSE! 

I’ve almost decided I can’t show another picture of this room until something is done with it.  I NEVER GET VERY FAR IN THERE!!  I just don’t know what it is about my craft room…  DE-CLUTTERING OR CLUTTERFREEing  is going to take all my energy in that room.   I keep referring to my one little word—DO.

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Whenever I have a free moment to get some little something done—I just get up and DO it.  ON the days when energy is low—I do a little bit of crochet or make a sweet little pincushion! ;)

pincushion Pincushion tutorial

‘Til next time, Be Blessed~


“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in the grave, where you are going.”  ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

:: De-cluttering Finds and my MODE OF OPERATION

Still working on de-cluttering around the house.  I have my list of To-Do’s …and then of course with the de-cluttering going on, I find something that needs my attention. You know…make a decision already!

I was looking for some paint supplies in my paint closet yesterday; and found these roman shades—by Levilor.SCORE!!… again.  Seriously, I bought these from one of my favorite places to shop… BARGAINLAND!  10 YEARS AGO!!! They were of course second hand—but new and still in the box. Why didn’t I put them up?  They were a ‘someday’ project and then…

roman shades pulled closedYou know, out of sight out of mind.  Not forgotten—just, you know STORED.

But I hung those babies up yesterday!  I love ‘em!

roman shades

They’re very crisp white!  But that’s ok… I have some premium royal trim paint…and this trim will get a new coat of paint!

Just like the trim in the kitchen!  That’s what I did last night…

painting floor trim

door and trim paint

…yes, I cheated and painted around the chalkboard.  I’ll paint the door again w/o the chalkboard…later.

floor trim and paint

See that piece of trim running from the door to the wall?  It’s been off for about 10 years. In fact, this isn’t even the same trim—not sure where that trim is—this is a piece from around a door or something, I saw it in the barn this summer when I was taking pictures during the High QUANTITY JUNK EXPONOT FORGOTTEN, JUST STORED.

So ten years for the blinds and ten years for the wood trim… I can’t help but wonder what was going on TEN YEARS AGO…THAT I’D HAVE ALL THESE PROJECTS GOING ON…and not complete them?!?! 

Probably nothing… just my M.O. (shhh… you know I procrastinate, right?)  How about it?  Do you have ten year old projects waiting to be completed, tweaked, or abandoned all together?  Do you finish every project you ever start?  If so… ATTA-GIRL! (…or guy…if you’re reading)

Click here for more post on the HQ JUNK XPO and some of the projects I’ve done with my HIGH QUANTITIES OF JUNK…(from the barn)

‘Til next time, Be Blessed~


“ Whatever you DO, do your work heartily as for the LORD, rather than for men, Knowing that from the LORD you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the LORD Christ whom you serve.” ~Colossians 3: 23-24

Monday, January 19, 2015

:: The Favorite Thing about My New Floor and Hookin’

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Cleaning it!
It’s true—before, I would clean the floor, but it was in such bad shape, it just seemed like wasted effort. I’d sweep, mop and come back in the room and feel like I hadn’t cleaned it all!   I had  a rug in there and I’d vacuum it, but—I’m talking about the wood floor; perimeter and the area on the kitchen side that was exposed.  Just never felt clean to me.

I already have a Mr. Clean Micro-fiber Mop

that I used on my bathroom floor—I love that thing!  But it needs a new mop pad—instead of buying one, the other day, I made this one! I just crocheted (single crochet; back loop, with worsted weight yarn)  it the length I needed with enough to fold over the ends, stitched it closed on the sides and TA=DAH!  

mr clean mop pad crochet

I’ll use it in the kitchen. The thing is it doesn’t take very much yarn.  I can use up my leftovers to make more.  One for the bathroom; and then maybe a couple for my girls—they’d love it!

For the floor, I just use a spray bottle and about

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

  • 1 cup water 

Spray the floor and mop it clean! 

Mr clean replacement mop pad

I like how it looks afterwards and I’m happy it not only looks clean; but have confidence it’s CLEAN when I come back in the room after FIVE MINUTES!

I bought my Mr. Clean Micro-fiber Mop at Dollar General but you can get yours at Amazon. ;)

Mr. Clean 446684 Microfiber Wet / Dry Mop

They also sell refills if you don't want to crochet your own!

 Mr. Clean 446685 Microfiber Wet / Dry Mop Refill

I’ve been ::HOOKIN’  other little things as you can imagine; with the grandbabies on the
 way! I’ll show you that later, LORD willing!  What have you been HOOKIN’?  

‘Til next time, Be Blessed~



“ Whatever you DO, do your work heartily as for the LORD, rather than for men, Knowing that from the LORD you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the LORD Christ whom you serve.” ~Colossians 3: 23-24