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 a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

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

Friday, October 24, 2014


Sparta and the ladies enjoyed a long day outdoors yesterday.  The sun was shining and it was just perfectly cozy.  No dreary skies or fall cold drizzle.  

I spent the morning cleaning, putting laundry out on the line and so forth.  I also spent time putting chili in the crock pot and cooking up some elderberry elixir.  The house smelled pretty good.

The wood stove is cleaned and shining for another heating season.  This time, the chimney service sent two men, and got it done faster.  And, this time they cleaned the glass on the door - spotless.  

Five Minutes for Me ~  Leftover homemade Mac'n'cheese on the front porch.  I was surprised that Timmy didn't join me.  He can smell food a mile away.  Sassy usually comes out to join too.  That cat will eat anything.

I finished this hot pad recently.  It's perfect for taking hot dishes to the porch.  It's not really good for getting things out of the oven.  I found that my #5 is 100% acrylic (Bernat Handicrater #5 crochet thread) and the #3 (Red Heart) is 100% cotton.  Due to the fact acrylic can catch on fire (or melt) makes cotton thread more suitable for a pot holder.  The #5 however, makes a wonderful dishcloth (if you have acrylic thread).  DMC makes a cotton #5, but it's difficult to find in stores here.  

 I do like they way it turned out, and have already started a second one. The pattern (linked) is online.


Mama Pea said...

Your new hot pad reminds me of a beautiful spider web!

We've got heavy fog here this morning . . . even a dense fog advisory for road travel.

Speaking of doing handwork, my quilt room is such a mess right now I can't believe it. Three or four (maybe seven or eight!) projects in the works and nothing put away makes for a real muddle. I want so to get in there and do a good cleaning and sorting, but more urgent tasks keep me from doing it.

Will it be winter soon?

Kristina said...

Mama Pea you sound like me. All my projects are strewn about in my bedroom (of all places). I finished one more today and it's going home with Mom. One more done. Yay!

Sam I Am...... said...

I too am in the same boat as you and Mama Pea. What a mess! Why is it when I clean one thing I end up with a bigger mess than when I started? Interruptions? run out of time? energy? ADHD? Or all of the above? LOL!
I love your hot pad...very pretty and I like that design.
It was beautiful here today and I finally took of with the dogs for a hike and so glad I did. Enjoy your weekend!

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Our chickens have been enjoying the sunshine and the grasshoppers! We've recently had some healthy rain and the grass has 'greened up' nicely-- but that means mowing again. Honey did some of that today and the chickens loved it!
They were out in the grass late after the mowing was done-- collecting the spoils!
I'm needing to finish up my wash cloths for charity... you pot holder reminds me of this. So much else going on, you know? I'll get done what I can!

Michelle said...

If you would like to use them for potholder they need a heat liner. I don't remember the name but most fabric and quilt stores carry it. Just tell them what you need it for and they can point you in the right direction. I have several I made years ago and still use today.