Tuesday, June 19, 2012


A while back I posted my crocheted squares pattern. Well let me show you how far I've gotten on the afghan. Yes, it is supposed to look ruffled. No it's not queen sized yet (it is on the conference table at work) it's more a lap sized right now. : /

I just have till Friday morning to get as much done as I can (hopefully completed). It took a long time to get to this point because I had to undo stitches several times because I didn't like how it was turning out. Then I was inspired how I should go forward. I truly love how the Lord works with me and the talents he has given me.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Creation Schedule- Okay, on friday is my service day, or rather prepare for service day.
This is were I make cards and make sure I have on hand items for gifts or to package gifts for service.

Here is a link that might help. Sign up with these gals and a get regular ideas on crafting.
Online Silhouette Classes at JessicaSprague.com (GIVEAWAY)

Write a letter to missionaries and/or military serving. They always welcome contact from home. Get your kids involved and put together something fun for them to display in their room or tent.

Locate the names and addresses of your missionaries on the bulletin board. Military names can be there too, if not ask!

Father's Day

Here are some links to help with Father's Day ideas if you don't have something yet.
Father’s Day Round-Up: Quick & Easy Ideas
Our 9 favorite Father's Day ideas
       Father's Day Surveys        
       Father's Day Candy Bar Wrapper       
A "Pringle" Proclamation Treat    
   Father's Day Ideas       

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Joyous/ Creation Schedule/ Sewing

Yesterday I posted my Creation Schedule in which a base my TO DO list.

Today is Tuesday/ Laundry-Sewing day

I love to sew and do a lot of it especially when I volunteered for the Empress Theatre here in Magna. I sewed all of my boy's halloween costumes and most of Charly's.

When Charly was born, I was SO excited to finally have a girl. I knew she would want to do things like mama. So when I found this toy sewing machine, I got it for her.

It really is just a toy, though it said it could sew. These are available at  "J?????" fabric store or even online. I was lucky to get mind at the thrift store.

This last year our Relief Society sisters went on a tour of the Beehive House, downtown Salt Lake City. It was one of the home of Brigham Young.  While there we went by one of the children's rooms. The guide told us the President Young had toys for the children to help them learn basic skills. He supplied fabric for the girls to make cloths for their dolls, and tools and supplies for the boys to build things.

I was really impressed by that, and while I did make sure my boys got a tools box when they were Bears in the cub scout program, I wanted to now get things for Charly. So I started looking and found this machine that she got for this last Christmas.

It is battery power, however you can get a AC adaptor for it. It does just a basic straight stitch, but that is a all this little girl needs to make fashions for her toys. I got it at "W" for about $20.00, by Dritz, however they are also available at other fabric stores ranging from $20-$75. Watch for sales. You can sign up for ads and emails from "J" and "H" fabric stores here in the valley.

She also got a sewing basket with pins, thread, pin cushion, bobbins, patterns, tape measure, another small things to get her started. (She loves pink and I was able to get a lot of these in pink).

Here is Charly working on her first project, she designed.

Tutorial: Reusable Swiffer Duster Cloths.

I hate to say it, but I LOVE cleaning products. Not cleaning, just the products. Even more, I love DISPOSABLE cleaning products. I hate that they're full of chemicals and are wasteful and expensive, but I love the convienience. Somehow having the latest cleaning gadget helps to motivate me to clean. It makes it more fun. Not that it's fun to begin with. I've wanted to make some changes to my habits when it comes to cleaning for a while now.

One of my favorite cleaning products is the Swiffer duster. They are so handy and work so well. If only it weren't for the disposable duster cloths they use (and use, and use). I've been wanting to make a reusable Swiffer duster cloth for a long time but hadn't gotten around to it. I guess I was saving it for Go Green Month. I love the reusable flannel duster cloth. It can be washed over and over again, and really does a great job dusting. I HAD to share the tutorial so you can all make your own!

This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make your own reuseable Swiffer duster cloth. The best part is that the more it's used and washed, the better it will work! From start to finish, you should have your new duster made within 30 minutes!

4 7"x7" pieces flannel
4 4"x7" pieces flannel (can be co-ordinating color)
Swiffer duster handle
Note: I found that flannel works best at dusting. I also tried using microfiber (you can get microfiber cloths at the dollar store for a couple of bucks), but personally didn't like it as much as flannel. It didn't seem to hold as much dust, and made a HUGE mess as I was cutting it up. Polar fleece may also be a good alternative, but I would still prefer flannel, in my very humble opinion :).

1. Place two pieces of 4"x7" flannel on two pieces of 7"x7" flannel, centering smaller pieces on top. Repeat with remaining flannel squares.

2. Join small and large pieces together by stitching down center of all four layers of fabric as pictured. Stack the two sets of flannel on top of each other, with the small pieces on the top and bottom.

3. Next, make the casing for the Swiffer duster handle. Fold the small pieces of fabric to one side, align the base of the prongs at the edge of the fabric, and center the prongs over the middle seam where the small and large pieces were joined together.

4. Trace close to side edge of prong all the way to the edge of fabric, leaving spaces where the curved areas of the prongs are. It is better to leave a little extra space where the curved areas are than to leave too little space. Fold small piece of fabric to opposite side and trace prongs again the same way.

5. Fold top and bottom small pieces to one side and stitch along traced lines, through all four layers of flannel.

6. Fold top and bottom small pieces to opposite side and stitch along traced lines, through all four layers of flannel.

7. Open up top and bottom small pieces at middle seams and lay flat. Slide Swiffer duster handle into the casing you have sewn, in between the 4 large pieces of flannel. Curved areas on prongs should slide into the spaces you left when you stitched the casing in step 6 and hold the handle in place.

8. Beginning with top layer of large flannel piece, trim approximately 1" of fabric from edge on both sides.

9. Continue trimming each layer approximately 1" shorter than the layer beneath it.

10. Turn duster cloth over and repeat steps 8-9 with opposite side.

11. Beginning with narrowest layer, clip edges of flannel at 1/2" intervals along length of duster.

12. Repeat with the next flannel layer beneath.

13. Continue clipping edges of all layers on each side of duster cloth.

14. Ruffle up all clipped edges, and this is what you will have:

15. Throw your new reusable Swiffer duster cloth in the washer and dryer to let the edges fray. You may need to clip some loose or dangling strands of thread.

16. Let your kids, husband, and even you (ya, you) fight over who gets to do the dusting!

Want proof that your new reusable Swiffer duster cloth works? Here ya go.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Okay-right up front I will tell you there are several area's where I struggle here. I am not an expert, but I will share what works for me, plus there will be lots of info on some web sites, books, and resources that have helps for you and me.

Quote; Organize yourselves; aprepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a bhouse of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house ofcorder, a dhouse of God;

One place to start in Organizing Ourselves is to have a plan or schedule if you will. Life is full of so much to do, and we cannot get it all done in one day. So how do we divide all of these responsibilities, or things that need to get done, in a week.

Creation Schedule: My youngest sister came across this idea a few years ago and presented it to me. I took this on to help me be a starting point in being more organized with my time. Basically, you break down the week according to the order the earth was created. There is more than one version, and I chose the one represented in a sacred place.

Monday: Organize Matter
Schedules for the week
Plan menu
Grocery list

When our family has a lot going on, it's good to correlate schedules, so there are few surprises. It's good to have a calendar, where everyone can see it. Each person has a colored pen, family and general gets black. Work schedules, activities, lessons, school happenings, whatever is needed to be kept track of goes on the calendar and by simply seeing the color indicated who the activity was for.

A great resource for a calendar is Organize It Mom.com They have a new website, and are offering a coupon for 10% off everything except shipping. (I will be featuring her a lot in future posts, so keep your eyes open).

I plan my meals by what I have on hand. I get paid my house hold money on Wednesday, and I should have on hand from the shopping all I need for the week. I like the Food Nanny's approach on planning ahead, but I personally cannot do two weeks ahead. She suggest each night having a theme. She also has lots of wonderful recipes (I am a recipe junkie) or you can put in your own to fit.

Grocery list: Is made by looking at ads and making my menu by what is on sale. Make a list of all you will need to make the planned meals and treats. I also make a list of non-food items needed. "Limit how much you go to the store during the week. If you need to go, be firm with yourself so you stay on budget and don't walk out with more than you went in for.

Tuesday: Divide water from firmament
Laundry day

Laundry day is a stay at home most of the day, day for me. That way I sort the laundry, and when each load is done, I am there to get it taken care of. I wash mine and my husbands things, towels, and often Charly's things. My boys do there own. I keep myself busy in between loads, by sewing and mending, or if there is none, make bread and other prep items in my kitchen. 

I found a recipe on making my own laundry soap that I use:

Dugger Laundry Soap (19 Kids and Counting fame)

1 bar Fels Naptha
1 c. washing soda (not baking soda, found on laundry isle)
1/2 c. Borax

My processor had the chopping blade and the grating blade fits on top so I can grate and chop at the same time.

Grate the bar, then mix with the powders. Use 2 Tablespoons for regular load and 1 Tablespoon for light.

For my whites I also add Mrs. Stewart's Liquid Bluing. When a little bluing is added to the last rinse water, whites come out looking much whiter. This is due to the sunlight reflecting back from the blue, giving the illusion of whiteness. Bluing is especially helpful to use with homemade laundry soap which lacks the many additives found in commercial products.
Here's a recipe to make your own if you would like.

1 ounce Prussian Blue powder (available from the pharmacy)
1/2 ounce powdered oxalic acid (available from the pharmacy)
1 quart soft, or distilled water.
Mix together and store on the laundry shelf.
found in:

Feed a Family of Four for As Low As $10 Per Week: And Enjoy a Nibble of Independence [Paperback] by Marlynn Phipps (sorry no image)

You can also  find recipes for homemade Oxiclean, prewash or Spray and wash and other things to aid in laundry costs (sorry this is typing like this, I don't know why it doing this and I don't know how to get it to stop)

Wednesday: Seasons/Night and Day
Grocery Shopping

Yes this is the day I try to get all of my shopping done as well as other errands that need to get done. That way i am not runnings errand everyday and I am able to get other things done.

Wednesday is also the day most grocery stores start their new ads

Thursday: Earth Grass, Plants
Mow Lawns/Trim/rake
Clean out cars
Wash cars

If you are able to only do gardening on one day, here you go. and it doesn't have to be on saturday.

Friday: Animals and Creatures to Mutliply
Letters to Missionaries

Of course you should do service everyday, but this is a good day to prepare and get things together. Make cards, make a plan, make copies.

I like House of Order.com. (sorry no pic) She has some great ideas on stocking up so your are ready when the need arises.

Of course, as a mother of a missionary, I would highly suggest writing to the missionaries in your ward and or family.

Saturday: Man and Woman

If you get the things done during the week to where you just need to do a little to get ready for Sunday, then the rest of the day can be spent on family. Go on a picnic, to a water park, a hike or bike ride. Whatever you do, make most of the day for the family.

Sunday: Day of Rest
Worship the Lord thy God

With things done, it is a lot easier to relax on sunday rather than feeling like it is another work day. A day of rest as it should be.

Okay-that was A lot for one post. i'll let you catch your breath, let you salivate and get ready for my next post on organization.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Compassionate Repost

The video did not upload. To view it please go to Youtube and put in Iamaldswoman, click on video. The video uploaded weird and is off, but the message is still there.

'From my heart to yours'

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Someone made a comment the other day to me, that they came to a decision that they needed to 'get it together'.

I don't know exactly what she is going through, and I hope to get to know her better and maybe find out and be a friend to her.

But I got to thinking about my response to her. "We've all got to get IT together, it just is different with each one of us.

We all have things in our lives that effect us. Some more than others. I have seen a lot of people seeming to have IT together. They may be sincerely doing well and some are doing a fantastic act of covering IT up.

May I give this friend, you and me something to remember, as you work through you life, be "Gentle" with yourself.

(Even today as I finally get this post completed, I am struggling to have much together. So even as 'scratch' is telling me not to post this, that I'm not good enough, I am going to take a spoonful of my own tonic and be gentle with myself.)

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