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Inexpensive Clogs: Clog Outlet Review

Inexpensive Clogs: Clog Outlet Review

My favorite kind of shoes come in a size 40- that is, they are European.  I appreciate the high quality but continue to struggle with the price tag.  When I want high-quality clothing I buy used.  This strategy doesn’t work for clogs that wear-in to fit your feet perfectly. I...

Fair Week Results

Fair Week Results

Although I loved the county fair as a 4-Her my fair project excitement has lapsed.  This year was my first year bringing projects to the fair as an “adult.”  It is a goal I have had for awhile. My brushed cotton quilt won first place in the Machine pieced/Machine quilted...

Steamed Eggs

Steamed Eggs

Spencer has taken an interest in weight lifting and his enthusiasm is contagious.  I have been looking for some quick snacks away from our regular sweets. In college I learned that “hard boiled” eggs should actually never be boiled.  It will make them tough and rubbery and give a green...

Fussy Cut Fair Projects

Fussy Cut Fair Projects

Fair week starts tomorrow!  True to character I am completing my projects last minute.  Here ^ I am adding binding to my fussy-cut flower quilt. It was a great opportunity to try out my new (to me) White 670.  I was so impressed!  The presser foot is a perfect 1/4″. ...

Free Crochet Pattern: Granny Square Sampler Coaster Set

Free Crochet Pattern: Granny Square Sampler Coaster Set

If a full fledged granny afghan is too “groovy” for you this coaster set could be your cup of tea. Or, more correctly, hold your cup of tea. Granny Square Sampler Coaster Set Each of the four coaster measures 4” across without picot. You will need #10 crochet thread in...

This and that…

This and that…

Hi there!  I am up at my parents for a few days hanging out with my family.  Yesterday we went shopping near Fairbank, Iowa to the dented-can grocery store.  I found some great deals including 25-cent Luna bars, $1 boxes of Total raisin bran, and $.65 cans of Progesso soup....

My First Shuttle Tatting Experience

My First Shuttle Tatting Experience

This, my friends, is my very first piece of anything tatted with a shuttle. People say knitting and crocheting is a dying art… tatting is on its deathbed.  I learned to needle tat quite a while ago and made a cross bookmark from an old Workbasket magazine.  Needle tatting is...

Thrifted Kitchen Love

Thrifted Kitchen Love

Next up on our wedding to-do list is registering for gifts.  I am not a fan of wedding registries, especially for people like me who have already established a household.  Besides, thrift shops do not offer registries. My Pyrex casseroles go from oven to table to fridge with style.  Here...

Estate Sale Purchases and Freebies

Estate Sale Purchases and Freebies

After my thrift tour Thursday my adventures continued at a weekend estate auction.  I met Spencer in Dyersville, Iowa on my way home from my parent’s home.  The sale took place Friday night and Saturday morning.  We found a lot of treasures at good prices. I purchased several flats of...