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.

Adopted Motto

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

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Cleaning is discovering treasures again (and garbage too)

In the midst of cleaning my desk, I found a bookmark my 18 year-old made me when she was seven years old.  Ha!  I'll have to laminate it now.

I found lots of things I didn't remember having - cards and writing paper, books, stickers for cards and letters, and a bag of candy I had hidden in the "keyboard slide out drawer" to keep the kids from finding it.  Well, the candy went in the trash, ha ha!  I guess I hid it too good.  I found an entire file folder of badge work I had been working on for Mary Jane's Farm sisterhood program - those were trashed too.

My youngest drew this for me years ago.  Notice what she wrote on my shirt in the drawing - Writer Mom.  I could not resist, so it's up inside the desk, reminding me what I need to be doing.

I was on a roll, so I headed on around the room and cleaned my "craft corner" I allotted for. 

I filled yet another trash bag.  


It was bound to happen.

Those unfinished projects just pop up when you don't want them too.

There you have it.  Four unfinished projects - felt cut for two more bottle cap necklaces, two shell ornaments that need beads glued on, a few laminated flower bookmarks that need crocheted tassels, and one styrofoam heart Christmas tree ornament that is decorated with recycled postage stamps and simply needs ribbon glued to it.  

The heart was meant for our tree years ago, and I have a bad habit of putting off one for our own tree, and working on the ones I gift.  I'll finish most of them, but some may not.  The felt bottle cap necklaces did not sell at the Farmer's Market.  They drew the attention of young folks, but instead of buying them, they snapped photos of them when they thought I wasn't looking.  I'm not sure I'll make those, unless the girls want to wear them. 

I'm just thankful it's not another half-finished crocheted blanket or other large project. 

Speaking of bottle caps, my brother stopped in for a visit a while back, and gifted me some very cool bottle caps.  I've never seen any like them before.

They are stored in a recycled pill bottle (also donated to me by family), and will be made into something, just as soon as I get caught up with all the other projects. 

Before retiring from cleaning, I tossed items into the washer, including my reuseable duster mitt, and called it a night.  

I dug out some embroidery floss to stitch up a few kitchen towels for our oldest daughter's upcoming 21st birthday.  I'll have a photo to share with you soon (they are not your normal pattern towels).  I also have been playing around with the herbs again.

Poor Hubby has been having a very bad time lately.  I joked last night that I was going to use him in a children's book, about his "very bad, miserable, rotten day" and the kids got a good laugh.  He's been driving my car, and on his way home stopped to pick up a paper.  He locked the keys inside, and called home for us to rescue him.  It all worked out, because one daughter was home (the only available vehicle as well), and her car needed gas, and he had the cash with him.  Time will tell if he's continuing his story today or not.


Mama Pea said...

You've been finding all kinds of lost treasures! I have a feeling if I ever get the courage to jump into the thorough cleaning of my desk, I'll find some long-lost items, too! Whether they'll be treasures or not . . .

That postage stamp covered heart is perfect for Valentine's Day. Put the ribbon hanger on it and hang it on a cabinet door knob for the holiday!

Hoping your hubby's streak of not-so-good luck comes to a screeching halt soon!

Kim said...

You need to frame that picture of
"Writer Mom" it is precious.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Mama Pea, he's on his way home with the truck, but it still needs the brake line replaced. He's not having a good day today either (they are going on strike tonight at his place of employment).

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Kim, that is a great idea. I'll have to add that to my shopping wish list.

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

Sometimes I wonder if I let things go just so I can clean and find a treasure hunt! LOL! I have one room that will be more like an archeological dig when I get to it! But what fun and I am definitely at the stage where I am able to let go and throw stuff out which for awhile I wasn't. Good for you!
I hope your hubby has better days ahead!

RB said...

One way I've found useful for storing small items is baby food jars (or larger jars for larger items); and if you glue a magnet to the top of each one and have someone with even basic carpentry skills affix a 1x4 or 2x4 beneath a cabinet (like in a kitchen, laundry room, bathroom or office), you can attach one of those flexible magnetic strips to the bottom of the board and affix the jars to the bottom of it by their magnets. Gets them off the counter/tabletops and organized where they can be found. Can even do something similar in the bathroom beneath the medicine cabinet (if it sticks out) to store small things like cotton balls, swabs, etc.

God bless.


Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

RB, thanks! That is a very good idea.