Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
My Name is Mom, and I am also a Pattern Hoarder ~ Vintage Rag Doll Pattern
So, grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, and sit a spell. This one is longer than the last.
I'll spare you the photos of the pile of plastic page covers I have now restocked into the school supplies. While up from my very long nap yesterday (which felt great by the way), I pulled many of my binders and started cleaning them out.
I would have passed those patterns and craft instructions on to someone, but my kids voted they were "old" and needed to go.
Back in the day, I would tear magazine pages, newspapers, and so forth, and place them in plastic pages (and then in labeled binders). I had so much fun in creating fun class party treats, gifts, and so forth. However, my kids are well beyond elementary, and we don't gift teachers anymore too.
Way back in the day, when my kids were 6 years and under, I was also on at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) committee, and of course, one time it was "Craft Coordinator" for the Moms. This meant saving even more at the time. After move #1, I didn't take time to go through it all. I simply packed up it.
While taking advantage of a day in bed, I think I emptied over 300 or more plastic page covers. Some patterns, have stayed, and will be making their way into the utility room, where I am slowly creating my "craft room" (or space). I have already been cleaning in there and have slowly removed items to donate to a charity or thrift. These items are items I have not used in 6 years, so removing them feels great. It also feels great to remove the binders from my bedroom.
After move #2, I was left without a craft space whatsoever. I still have totes in my garage due to space issues. And considering it will be many years before more kids move out, I will share the shelves in the utility room. And on a good note, my brother has donated several shelves to us, and will be also giving us a few cupboards from his kitchen (he is remodeling). These will be installed and create storage space for my dehydrator, canning jars and pot, sauce maker, etc. Which, will allow space to install drawers or covered containers for my yarn and possibly other supplies.
I still have more binders to go through, but I have been pretty good at not over saving my knitting/crocheting/tatting or embroidery patterns.
If you are a pattern saver like me, I'm sharing one (he he!) for those hoarders like me. If you sew, here is a link for (free pattern) making rag dolls: Vintage Rag Dolls (Coats and Clark blog)
The long day in bed did me a world of good, but my ear continues to have fluid in it. In a good way, it cuts down on what I can hear from my chitter chattery kids, but on another, I feel like I'm screaming when I talk.
Today, it's so cold that school was delayed by 2 hours, and if it had been possibly 1 degree colder, they would have closed. Some schools have closed. I was so cozy in my warm bed, I fell back asleep after Hubby left for work, and never loaded the stove. Yikes! I let it go out. Phooey. When the dogs came in and woke me up, I realized how cold the house was. Thankfully, one daughter had started it back up again, but we are running low on wood. We are also burning our last bag of wood pellets today.
It's been the worst winter ever, so we had not prepared for such cold temperatures. This is a lesson to prepare just a bit more for next winter. Hubby said, "I hope we don't have a winter like this for the next 50 years."
Timmy, our black barn cat, came to the door yesterday. He's now inside in a kennel, resting up again. He face is such a mess, eyes a mess, cuts and infection etc. We decided to keep him inside today so he could rest. Out there, in the frigid cold, he will only use his energy to stay warm, and not on healing. At least inside, he will have a chance. I do think it's time to get him fixed this year too.
Daughter said she can feel baby kicks in both goats now, but we are not sure if Misty will have twins this year yet.
Well, that's it for today. We hope the warm up coming will thaw us out completely. I have many chores to complete before spring planting, so I plan to dig out journals and start making plans (like ordering starter onions etc.).