Sunday, February 19, 2017

Greening of the...table!

St. Pat's Day will be here before you know it, so get to practicing! And, don't let the 'ironing' instruction scare you, there's only one time that you iron, and it's simple. :)

And, for more great ideas, try by Jimmy Ng. He also has a book available with even more ideas.

Happy Entertaining!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I heart you!

New napkin fold!
It's a little late for Valentine's Day. Sorry about that. Better late than never, though, right? Right. :D
I will say, this pictured fold looks very much like a rose, what with the actual rose in the middle. Pretty.

Find more great decorating and living tips at

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

So this is winter??

Temps of near 80 degrees sure don't make it feel that way!
I'm loving the warmth and light, though.

Dh got the boy's trampoline put together, with some help from our nephew.

Got the things to finish the porch like we want (close in the side entrance, add
a gate to the main, to keep the dog off the porch).

MIL's room is nearly complete, all she lacks is a mattress, chair and dresser.

Homeschool continues, but we've slowed down on math and gone back to
multiplication. The boy can't seem to remember his times tables, so we're spending
the month working on that before picking up division again.

Speaking of the boy, he's sick today. Woke early this am with a fever and threw up
once. We're off to AppleCare shortly.

This means that Dh had to take our two trash cans to the landfill by himself. The
neighbor's dog turns them over at the road, and they won't tie him on Fridays. :(

I'm exhausted this morning. Very little sleep. Restless leg/arm/whole dang body
syndrome. Ugh. Once Dh is off to work and the boy situated I see a nap if I can
manage it.

I've been enjoying Victoria on PBS each Sunday. It's a great show, lush and vivid.
If you like costume dramas, check it out!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Repurposing Old Bed Sheets

Thrifty, frugal, and fun!

I especially like the sheets to napkins idea. If you shop at thrift stores on linen sale
days, you can get these for a steal! The comments have more great ideas as well, so
be sure to check them out. What things do you like to repurpose?

I use old butter crocks for storing food (and sending lunch with Dh to work)
Old washcloths for grungy cleaning, or kitchen cleaning (and keep them out of sight)
Old soap pumps for more soap and cleaners
Jars from sauces to store dry beans and rice
And more!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy ( Belated) New Year!

Things are good with our family at the start of 2017.

Christmas things are put away, and we're in that 'in-between' stage where there's no holidays for another month, so no real 'theme' to decorate with or inspire us.

Of course, inspiration comes from life itself, and not any man made holiday. And God certainly gives us plenty to rejoice over every day. Here's a few of mine:

  • Dh is still healthy and working. He did have a couple days in hospital last December, for what they're really not certain. Stomach issues, is all we can say.
  • We are saving money after depleting our savings last year, woohoo!
  • Have paid the credit card almost halfway down. Winner!
  • We have a plan to continue the savings on a weekly basis, with acquiring a second car as our goal later this year.
Homeschool continues on apace. Slightly behind, as the boy and I have our days and nights turned around. The pitfalls of working around dh's shiftwork!

Drake has gone 'hunting' with his daddy a couple times. Our back yard, down near the pond, is host to numerous does and a few bucks, per our game camera. Alas, none for the freezer this year. The neighbor's dog may have had something to do with that (to Dh's temper).

Signed the boy up for Baseball. It is the first of three sports he plays during the year, although we intend to add swimming lessons this summer, after a scare last year. And, it's just time.

I am addicted to tablesetting! Not really the all out, fancy dishes and glasses setups, I don't have but a couple sets of dishes, and one of them isn't enough for our large table. Just a pretty cloth (I now have 7, and want a yellow one to round out the group), with cute placemats (too many sets to count...12?) and contrasting napkins in various colors. Add a centerpiece and done. A good, everyday table that is cute and fun to 'play with'.   Must stay away from Ebay, See 'saving money' above. :D

Hope things are going well for all of you!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

More table fun!

Don't forget the chairs!

Other napkin folds here:

You can find pics of each at the links. Blogger won't let me paste the pics from
them directly. :(