One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and slower paced life.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Thursday, October 30, 2014

From the Handiwork Journal . . .



. . . crocheted tiny flowers and glued them to paper clips.  These are quick to make, add color to your work space, and are fun to gift.  I loved they way these turned out - adorable!



These tiny flowers could be added to handmade cards, bobby pins, and so much more.  I glued them to large paper clips using a clear drying, strong craft glue.



I am crocheting two flower patterns for making these.  I do like the first flower better.  

I keep a box of "tuck in" gifts that fit in an envelope or card, and my stash is dwindling.  So many of these are going in the box.

The patterns for making flowers are in this book:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Color ~ Clothesline

While walking to the mailbox, I noticed my snapdragons are adding some vibrant fall color to the flower beds.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Winter Prep List ~ Dishwasher Detergent

Yesterday I gave my master bathroom a good cleaning, but the tub was left to scrub today.  I made sure I had porch time.  I also got the bills paid and propane ordered, so a big cup of coffee was needed this morning.  

My coffee cup today is actually pink with white polka dots.  The early light in the kitchen makes it look different.  

We are making progress on the "Winter Prep" list, but

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

 I'm joining Diary of a Stay at Home Mom today.

Fillin' Up ~ Dried Leaf Art


Sunday morning consisted of more wood splitting and stacking.  It feels good to gain on that job.  We are trying to get all the wood inside the barn split first, before we tackle the monstrosity pieces again.  We are getting another tree soon, and that wood needs a place to dry inside the barn.  I'm excited to get a bit ahead on our supply.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tuckered out


Camping?  Well, after a full day of splitting wood, we were too tuckered out to mess with the camper, ha ha!  We did sleep well, even if it wasn't in the good ol' outdoors.

Truth be told, I think if we put up the camper early, and then did the hard work, it would have worked.  However, that wonderful morning chill is back today and I would have not wanted to leave.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Routine ~ Pink


Yesterday I watched the sunrise whether I had intended to or not.  It's darker out now, and the sun rises later now.


Jesse is