I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend,neighbor. I actively sew, crochet, garden, cook & bake from scratch, read, learn, expand my horizons in any and every way I can. I dream of a house lined with books filled with home-made items that speak of the love, hopes, and dreams that reside there.
I am frugal by nature – having been raised by a single mother, and having spent several years as a single parent myself. My FIL teases me saying “Girl, I was raised to squeeze a quarter ’till the eagle screams, but I’ll be damned if you don’t squeeze ’till it stops!” While said in jest, that’s high praise coming from him 😉
The first jelly I ever made was Dandelion Jelly – because we had a yard full of blossoms, and I didn’t want to spend $20.00 + on fruits to find I couldn’t do it, or that I hated it and would never do it again…Well, I did enjoy it, and I didn’t ruin it – and the Dandelion Jelly is now a family favorite.
My first quilting project was a 9-patch pillow made from discarded denim, followed by a quilt made with the same design, and materials. I’m currently cutting through a stack of denim that is too far gone to even be donated to repeat the process. Maybe, a different pattern this time. I’m also planning on making pot holders with some, for gifts this holiday season. The plan is to embroider designs on them to personalize them for the recipients.
Crafts from recycled items are my favorite. There is just something very satisfying about taking something that no could use or want and turning it into something new, that can be used and wanted. Not to mention the fact, it really offsets the budget for a crafting family like mine.
Right now, I am working through my stash of yarn and fabric. I’ve made a promise to myself not to purchase any more until I have used up what I have. This in itself is proving to be quite a creative challange, and I am enjoying it to the fullest.