Friday, August 29, 2008

Frugal Fridays: Turning an old T-shirt into a reusable shopping or grocery bag

Turning an old T-shirt into a reusable shopping or grocery bag is a simple, clever craft to help everyone be "green."

It's a Good Thing that will help protect the environment.

Tools and Materials

Heavy-weight cotton T-shirt

PinsSewing machine

Medium-size bowl

Water-erasable marking pen

ScissorsT-Shirt Bag How-To

1. Turn T-shirt inside out and pin bottom of the T-shirt along the hem. Using a sewing machine, sew bottom of T-shirt closed. Flip shirt right side out and lay flat on table, making sure all seams are lined up.

2. Place medium-size bowl about half-way over the neck hole. Using a water-erasable marking pen, trace along the edge of the bowl. Cut along the outline, making sure to go through the front and back sides of the shirt, in order to create an opening for the bag that's larger than what the neck hole allows.

3. Line up the hems on the front and back side of the sleeve and cut, making sure to go through both sides of the shirt. Repeat on the other sleeve.

``Tip: A jersey shirt would also work well for this craft, as it is already sleeveless, and it's made of a great mesh material.ResourcesWater-erasable marking pens can be purchased at most fabric stores for about $5. To purchase an already-made t-shirt bag, visit

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Am I Selfish?

I have my 4 wonderful children. My oldest is now out on her own. I miss her so much. I want so bad for more children. My mom is so against that and homeschooling. :( Hubby won't even talk about it.

Am I being selfish? I long for more. And my first grandchild will be born 4 hours away (not anytime soon) so I don't have that to look forward to. I see pregnant women and cry inside. I see babies and smile on the outside and cry on the inside.

I long for the growing inside me, the kicking, the wandering if it will be a boy or girl. I love going into labor. The doctor's visits, the heartbeat, then the nursing, the middle of the night feedings. I love it all.

I pray every night that my hubby will change his mind.......Dear Lord Hear My Prayers...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby Girl

My baby girl is 8 years old today. Where has the time gone. I miss the cuddly little baby she was. She still is my cuddly one though. My girly girl. I am so proud to be the mommy of such wonderful kids :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Been working on my Family Tree

My dad before he passed away was hot and heavy into our family tree. I found a website where you can enter your family and then invite those family members to add on their families and such. Wow! My family is huge. Well not immediate family. My grandparents are from families of like 12-15. I just wish I could find the decendants from their siblings to make the tree grow. I am trying to figure out how to get in contact with them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hubby is Awesome!

I found a milk can at a fleamarket. Hubby got the old paint off of it, the rust and sanded it down. He is sprayer by profession so this is what he made for me :)

Spinning Newspaper into Yarn

How cool is that! What an awesome way to recycle newspapers. My kiddos are so excited to be doing this in the morning with our "new-recycled" spinning wheel. One wants a rug, one wants a curtain and I just wanna be "green"

Mountain Morning Homeschool: Quilt Book Giveaway

The quilt I made my now 17 year old daughter before she was born.

The quilt made by my great grandma. I want to fix the middle. It has some holes I would like to use my children's clothing fabric to fix. Any ideas on an easy way to fix the holes?

Brandi has the most awesome giveaways! I even went out and bought The Apron Books just because she inspired me with her giveaway. What a wonderful book.

I have a favorite quilt that I want to revamp. It was made by my great grandmother. It was my grammy's favorite (made by her mother in law) It's been loved so much it has a few holes and I want to add squares from my children's clothing. To make it a true heirloom.

Down On The Farm

Children Are Blessing

What a wonderful heartfelt post. Many Hugs Marci

Monday, August 18, 2008

Count Your Blessings Monday

Being a child of the Lord
My Husband
My wonderful children
My Mother
Being able to stay home with my children and caring for my mom's/our home
My health
My home
My garden
Being alive

I am truly thankful for what life has given me to this point. I do want more but will have to keep praying for what I want. I am grateful to be able to pray to the Lord. Please hear me Lord to make my prayers happen.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mountain Morning Homeschool: Silent Sundays

Mountain Morning Homeschool: Silent Sundays

Today's Harvest

Our harvest from today. Yummy, here we come salsa :) The kids planted a sassafras tree they found in the woods. Josh loves the smell and wanted on in our yard.
The kids' rooms are about done. A few more finishing touches and they will be. Then on to my room. Ugh! My room is full of my fabric, yarn, fleece and so on and so on. I really need my sewing room done. Hubby wants his billiards room done before winter too. It'll be a busy September.

54 Free Apron Patterns You Can Make

54 Free Apron Patterns You Can Make

What a wonderful site! Off to make some aprons. :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What I have been doing...

These above are Chelsea's new bedroom (which was Josh/Wyatt's room)

These above is of our "new" playroom (which was Chelsea's room)

These above is Josh/Wyatt's new room (which was Audrey's room)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Yahoogroup

I just started a new Yahoogroup. It is for mommy's Bible study. I was looking for a Bible study locally but I know more people online and started it here. All my friends are invited.

Tell your friends........

Monday, August 11, 2008

My List of Gratitudes

I have many gratitudes today. I sit here and look at my house and listen to the peacefullness of the quiet house. Just got the kiddos tucked in and watched them for a few minutes. I love watching babies (and older ones as well) sleep peacefully in their beds. Here is my list of gratitudes:

Being alive
Being one of God's children
Being a Christian Wife
Being able to overcome my weaknesses (working on this one)
My wonderful, caring, charming, strong, handsome husband
My children
My home
My mom for giving me this home and allowing me to stay home to take care of it, her and my family
My mother in law

I need will power

I quit smoking 8 years ago August 24 (my birthday). Since then my grandparents and dad have passed away. I have been taking care of my mom and so on....I have put on 40 pounds. I have no will power to quit the soda and carbs.

I want to also follow Titus II and be a good christian homemaker. But my mom never was. I don't have anyone to look up to. My mom was always one with a loud voice. Never one to follow :( My dad was who I looked up to. I learned a lot from him. I miss him so much.

I want to change my ways. I want to bring up my children differently than my mom. I want to talk nice to my family. I want to eat better. I want my children to learn like my dad taught me. So I am going to blog here my steps to bettering myself.

Any help?

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Apron Book Giveaway

I just discovered the most wonderful contest on the web. "The Apron Book" Giveaway! It is for :
The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort by EllynAnne Geisel

I am always and forever scanning the thrift stores for awesome vintage aprons. I inherited my grandmothers (but they are in storage really need to get them out) aprons and my 7yo daughter loves her aprons. I would take pictures but my oldest daughter has the camera with her on a trip. I would love to win The Apron Book. :)


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