Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday: Sewing Thread

There is thread that's virtually invisible! It's clear nylon thread and it's with the other threads wherever it is you go to buy thread. If you sew, it could save you bizillions of dollars in thread because you can go from sewing a dark fabric to a light fabric and not have to change threads at all. It matches everything!

Look at the photo above. The machine is threaded with nylon thread and it's hard to see in the photo. It almost feels like a fine hair, if that makes any sense.

In this photo, you can barely see where it's coming off the spool. Actually, it look like white thread when it's on the spool--white thread with a sheen.

In this photo, you can see where I serged the edge with white, but it's hard to see the invisible stitching about 3/8" to the left of the serge.

You can iron over invisible thread just as you would any other thread. It does have a small amount of stretch to it so you need to go as slow as possible when you're winding your bobbins to minimize this. (I haven't found pre-wound bobbins with nylon thread yet.) I thought the ends of it may feel "itchy" when they stick out, but, so far, we haven't been able to feel them at all!

Saving money on thread--saving time by not having to switch thread--that Works for Me!

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

More Hoppes Homestead Photographs

More photos from our day with the Hoppes Family!

A Very Nice Day

The girls and I visited our friends at the Hoppes Homestead yesterday. So much fun! They have four new baby goats, lots of chickens, rabbits, and a big fenced-in yard. I knew the girls had fun because they were dirty and tired at the end of the day.

By the way, Kim cans the BEST pickles! Maybe she'll post the recipe on her blog some day!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Making Friends

I've been trying to make friends with the serger again. (I would say "MY" serger, but it actually belongs to my mom--although I don't think she's ever used it!)

Since buying the new sewing/embroidery machine, I've known that I really need get the serger out and see if I can get it working again. Something went wrong with it about FOUR YEARS ago! I was trying to change the thread color from white to red. The tension was then off. The loops were off. I read the instruction book trying to re-thread it. Nothing was working. I put it aside and covered it up. It's sat there, lonely and unused, for a long, long time.

Last weekend I blew the dust off, uncovered it, and tried again. It worked! I've been serging up a storm. It's been mostly used for finishing seams on dresses for the girls. I've done a little sewing with it too. I just keep talking nicely to it....and apologizing for neglecting it for so long.

Monday, March 17, 2008


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by the name of Common Sense who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valued lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge). His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition! It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, spilled it in her lap, and was awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone
(This is from the Internet.)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Breaking Free!

Yesterday I did a photo shoot for a friend of mine who has started a ministry called "Breaking Free Women's Ministries". They minister at the local jails, providing a Bible study, prayer, and support after the women are released. They are currently working on a big fundraiser in hopes of opening a halfway house in the county.

The shoot was a lot of fun! They haven't even seen the photos yet, and I'm still in the process of editing them. Wish I could do things like this more often.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Tag! I'm It!

Cyndi tagged me today! Here goes!

1. What was I doing ten years ago? I was living in Jasonville, Indiana and was working as a dental assistant for a company that provided services to nursing homes. A LOT of traveling was involved. Rick and I hadn't even met yet.

2. Five things on my to-do list today. Do a photo shoot for a friend of mine, start editing process of the photos, work on figuring out how to use my embroidery machine, take the girls outside to play, watch Survivor.

3. Snacks I enjoy? Popcorn, chocolate, nuts, BBQ Pringles, apples with peanut butter.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire. Have college/trust funds for my children and my neices and nephews. Start several scholarships for homeschoolers' needs. Fund my business with things it needs. Pay off the house. Pay off my parents' house. Pay off my siblings' houses. Give millions to the church. Do Random Acts of Kindness that are anonymous--like Oprah's The Big Give.

5. Three bad habits. Too much of the snacks listed in #3. Staying in my pajamas all day. Letting the girls stay in their pajamas all day.

6. Five places I have lived. Bloomington, IN; Jasonville, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Carlisle, IN; Short Hills, NJ. Yes, New Jersey.

I'm tagging anyone who wants to play! Be sure to let me know so I can visit your blog! Be sure to visit Cyndi's blog also!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

She Bringeth Her Food from Afar

She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar
Proverbs 31:14

Katie and I made our monthly shopping trek to "the city" yesterday. It usually takes us all day, and we make it a fun day together. It's a learning experience for Katie. We talk about everything we see. We compare prices (as much as she understands it), pray for guidance before we go into a store, look at the ads, and practice good habits like courtesy towards everyone.

At CVS I spent a net of just over $3.00 and got $38 worth of products we use. That also included $7.00 for mouth medicine that Katie needed and we usually don't buy. We used coupons combined with sales and the ECBs we'd accumulated. Not bad!

Kroger went really well too. Rick LOVES seafood and they had some crablegs that are normally $28 marked down to $10 so that was my first item. We also got 6 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal that were on sale for $1.99 and I had a coupon for $2 off EACH BOX making them free! (We'll eat a lot of that, but some will be donated also.) We found milk marked down to $2/gallon and bought 3 of those for the freezer. Two cake mixes were for my mom and were on sale also. All together, I spent $28 and saved over $40. It's like I bought the crablegs and got the rest for free!

We also stopped at the meat market, Aldi's, Walgreens, GFS, the bread store, Wal-Mart (where I used $14.50 in coupons), and the Farmer's Market. Other than adding in a few fresh fruits and veggies in a few weeks, we're set for the month!

Our excitement for the day happened while I was having some fabric cut at Jo-Ann's. My cell phone rang and the conversation went something like this:

Me: Hello

Rick: You've gotta come home. Audrey has a BEAD stuck in her nose!

Me: What? Are you serious???

Rick: Of course I'm serious. Come home soon!

(At this point, I'm trying not to laugh. The woman who was cutting the fabric was giving me the oddest looks..... Keep in mind that I was at least 25 minutes from home! I get my fabric cut and hurry to the register.) The phone rings again....

Me: Yes?????

Rick: I got the bead out. You can finish your shopping. I'm throwing away every bead in this house!

Me: You got the bead out???? She has no bead in her nose???

(At this point, the cashier starts giggling and I can't help but laugh too!)

Rick and I hang up and I finish my errands. When I got home, Rick had indeed thrown out every bead he could find. (Katie and I love beads.) Knowing Audrey, she'll just find something a bean, or a piece of cat food, or a small toy.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Karate, anyone???

The questions for this quiz are hilarious! You can click on the box to take the quiz yourself.
(Not that I would ever, ever, ever take on 5-year-olds for any reason....)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

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Summer Jammies

I made Audrey some new summer jammies this weekend. I cut them out for Katie, well, two years ago!

Technically, they're "lounge wear" since the fabric is cotton and not flame resistant. I'm sure she'll wear them to bed.

The pattern for the top originally had a curved hem. I started pressing the hem up to sew it, but curved hems are a pain. So I just chopped it off straight! Problem solved! Now, of course, it's a little short...but she's only wearing it to bed.

She was standing over the heating vent when I took the photos. It's too cold here for summer jammies today! The blowing heat made her look like one of those models in front of a fan.

Please disregard the unmatched socks. :-)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Easter Cactus?

Our Christmas cactus started blooming in the fall and is still going strong! Lovely, isn't it?

Easy-to-Do Rag Quilt

I made the girls a quick rag quilt for their dolls from some scraps I had in my sewing room. You can view the tutorial here. It was very easy to make and would be a great gift for any little girl. The hardest thing about this quilt was finding scraps that hadn't been prewashed. Using new fabrics would, of course, solve that problem

This quilt would be simple to make larger for a baby, or even larger for an older child or adult.