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This Week’s Frugal Accomplishments

I harvested tarragon, rosemary, and Swiss chard from my garden. I cut zinnias and rosemary from the garden and am enjoying them on my kitchen table. I picked narcissus from the garden and I am enjoying them in my sewing room. My narcissus return every year in November in the garden. I made homemade laundry soap. I…

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A Gift a Day: Day Two–Scarves

It’s only the second day of official Christmas and birthday gift making, and already I am feeling such a thrill of knowing that I have presents that are completely done! For the second day of A Gift a Day, I chose to repurpose some hand-me-down curtains to make a scarf. I cut a piece of sheer…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day: Day One–Flower Barrettes

   For the first day of A Gift a Day, I chose a really simple gift that’s super-quick to make. Flower Barrettes Supplies: inexpensive polyester satin (You only need a tiny amount. so if you’re buying some, you can buy 1/8 of a yard and be fine). embroidery thread (yellow and black) 50 mm barrettes (I…

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day

Each weekday in November (except for Thanksgiving) I will be making one gift a day for my children and writing about it. I am focusing on quick gifts during the weekdays, that can be done during afternoon naptime or at night after the children are in bed. On Saturdays, I’ll be working on other gifts that…

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This Week’s Goals

I mistakenly thought that having a shorter list last week would make it easier to accomplish my goals. Then my family got the flu–one child on Tuesday, three late Wednesday night, one Thursday morning, and the baby and I Friday night. Now my husband is feeling ill as well. Last week’s list was tossed. Instead, I:…

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Goals for the Fourth Week in October

Last Week’s Goals 1. Work on green dress for Winter 2. Finish skirt for Winter 3. Continue to embroider handkerchief at night. I took care of the baby several evenings instead. 4. Plant more seeds in the garden 5. Put together items for speaking this week (Tuesday and Saturday) 6. Take pictures for tutorial. 7. Spend…

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Goals for the Third Week of October

The week always seems to change so much than I what I plan. I ended up spending a whole day going through the girls’ cold-weather clothing, which I hadn’t planned. They won’t need it for a couple more weeks, but now we’re ready. I ended up with no time to sew or prune, but I…

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Emptying the Freezer

A major goal of mine for this month is to make as much room as possible in our freezers for turkeys and hams in November and December. The trouble is, they are all full right now. (What a blessing!) While I don’t intend to completely empty them, I do want to make plenty of room for at…