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And so begins the school year!

And so begins the school year!

Today my long summer draws to a close. I am entering the alternate universe also known as The School Year. Well-written posts may be a stretch, but I’ll do my best to check in on occasion. In the meantime I encourage you to follow me on… Facebook Twitter Pinterest …as...

Thrift Store Scores

Thrift Store Scores

I have found a thrift store close to my home that gives the Depot in Decorah, Iowa a run for its money. The Hopkinton shop (not sure of its real name) is run by a little church.  It is a lovely hole in the wall with garage sale pricing.  Last...

How to fix a faulty computer mouse

How to fix a faulty computer mouse

Just a quick little diddy to tell you of Spencer’s amazing genius. We have moved our computer to our living room so we can watch YouTube and online videos together.  It also means I am composing this post from my coffee table desk. Recently our computer mouse has stopped working. ...

Apartment Garden Progress

Apartment Garden Progress

My little patio garden is finally yielding results!  The drought here in Iowa has been rough on my produce.  My laziness in watering hasn’t been helpful either! The first thing I picked from my garden was this little roma tomato. My vine beans in the background have made a lovely...

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....