We’re Moving

November 22, 2010

My original idea for this blog was a place to share my design ideas and a venue for attracting customers to my store.  Over the course of time (3 years) the theme of my blog has changed.  It has now become necessary for me to move my blog to another site that will better accomodate the direction of this change.

I thank all my loyal readers and invite you to continue to follow my journey at my new blog, Patti’s Place.


A Sign of the Times

November 2, 2010

I think everyone can identify with my current situation, if not now-at least at some point in there lives. Too busy to think straight!

Last month was so busy creating pioneer and Pebble’s outfits that I just did not have time to do any posting.  Things have truly been hectic around here, but the extra business was a real blessing.  My husband got laid off about the time my business picked up so we viewed the extra business as an answer to prayer.

The business has slowed down again, for awhile, and now we are trying to organize our home.  Again!!  Our house has been on the market for the last six months and we have had things packed away and in a storage unit.  The house did not sell and now we are bringing everything back home.  This has been quite a job and we hope to finish this week.

We are heading to South Carolina for our granddaughter’s birthday this weekend and are looking forward to a much needed rest.  Since hubby is not working we can relax and take our time getting home.

I am hoping to return to the blogging world when we get back from our trip.  I have so much to share, making blueberry syrup, jam and butter-using my new dehydrator-creating new outfits for American Girl dolls and so much more.  Hope to see you soon!!

Oh Dear, the Deer are Back

October 6, 2010

Those cute little Bambi critters, so sweet to watch, and a terror in the garden.  Once again we have been invaded.

These footprints were found on the side of our home.

They did quite a number on the leaves of our plants.  Looks like they really like Swiss Chard, just for the record, we like this veggie also!!  They sure didn’t leave much behind.

They also sampled the tops of our green pepper plants.  It is hard to see, but the tops of these plants are gone!

Now, squash leaves seem to be more to their liking. I am glad to say these were young plants so they have lots of time to recover.

But it looks like their favorite is flowers.  These are Impatiens which were full of leaves and blossoms.

We spent last night installing a temporary fence (until the weather cools and we can install a permanent one).  Hopefully Bambi will go someplace else for dinner tonight!

Camping Successes

October 4, 2010

On our recent camping adventure we were really impressed with how well we adapted and with some of the things we thought to bring with us to make the experience more pleasant. 

We brought an extra tarp with us and used it as we traveled around to hide all the supplies in the back of our SUV.  This tarp proved to be really handy.  When we arrived at our destination each day we would take the tarp out and lay it on the ground.  Then as we unloaded the vehicle we would place things on the tarp until we got the tent set up.  This kept the leaves and sand to a minimum on all our supplies.  We used it the same way each day as we packed up the car.

Another item we brought with us, and this one we purchased just before we left home, was a tent protector.  It is just a thin piece of plastic that goes on the ground before you set up the tent.  It protects the floor of the tent from rock holes and also keeps the sand and dirt off the tent.

Because neither of the previous 2 items is foolproof we were also glad to have brought a little whisk broom and dust pan.  Everyday we would sweep up the floor inside the tent before we packed it up for the day.  This helped to keep our floor fairly clean.

As we were sorting through all of our supplies and deciding what we should bring and what we could leave home, we decided to bring our little Sterno Stove.  We do not have a camp stove because for 2 people the Sterno Stove is large enough to get us through. 

The Sterno Stove is just a little metal box (that folds up for easy storage) and holds a can of Sterno (which is the fuel used to heat the food).  It is very inexpensive, works great and we have had ours for years.  

We were so glad to have brought this little treasure because all of the wood on the top of the mountain stays wet.  We saw people selling firewood when we entered the park and could not figure out why, but once we started searching for dry wood we realized.  So our little Sterno Stove provided a hot meal for us.

Another item my husband had read about, that was highly recommended, was a Shamwow.   We were told these make great towels for camping.  Well, we were not sure about this one but Shamwows are a lot smaller than bath towels so we decided to give them a try.  They work great.  You can use them for washing, wring them out and then use them for drying.  Another great idea!

This little bag was an impulse purchase and it proved to be so very handy.  It is a water bag.  We used it to hold water for washing our hands, rinsing dishes and providing a wet cloth when needed.  Then we carried the dirty water to the sinks to dispose of.  The bag was also handy for carrying dirty dishes to the sink provided for washing up.  I was very glad to have this little bag with us.

I mentioned in the stories about our vacation about the cots we used for sleeping.  Our son says we were not really camping since we slept on cots but since we have 20 years on him, I think it is allowed.  My husband has been trying to talk me into these cots for awhile but until we planned this trip I did not want to have the hassle of storing them.  However, now that I have slept on them I am so glad we bought them, they made the trip so much more comfortable for our old bodies.

I saved the best for last.  Another item my husband has been trying to sell me on for quite awhile is the Luggable Loo.  It is a portable potty.  It gets really dark in the woods at night and having to walk to the public potty in the dark did not sound like fun.  So I finally broke down and we bought one.  I am so glad I married such a brilliant man!  This was the best $20 we spent getting ready for our trip.

The only major item that we decided we needed for our next trip would be sleeping bag liners.  Our sleeping bags are made of some type of nylon and they are not comfortable on your skin.  We checked into buying these on our way home but the quality is lacking in the ones we saw so I will be making a couple of these in the near future.

It cost quite a bit to get ready for our vacation but all of these supplies can be used over and over.  We are already planning our next camping adventure.

Busy Week

September 6, 2010

I am a housewife with a sewing business on the side.  I stay home most of the time and care for our home and gardens.  I don’t really enjoy running around, shopping and leaving my home.  I am perfectly content to stay home and ‘keep the homefires burning’.

With this in mind you will understand how overwhelmed I was a few weeks ago when it seemed my whole world was spinning with activity.

It started with a broken tooth that required an early Read the rest of this entry »

Next Adventure

August 26, 2010

We have decided to do something we haven’t done in decades-go camping.  My hubby has some vacation time coming so we thought we would take next week off and go on a trip.  This trip will be divided between camping, hotels and staying with family-if all goes as planned.

In anticipation of our adventure we had to purchase a new tent.  The tent we used years ago is long gone and we wanted something a little bigger.

This tent is 10 feet by 10 feet and 7 feet tall.  We set it up in our dining room so we could be sure we had all the pieces and so we could practice putting it up.

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August 3, 2010

Last week was a very busy week around our house.  Our son and his family came to town to pick up books for school for next year.  They have four children and homeschool all of them, so buying books is expensive and hectic.

Our family arrived about 2:30 Wednesday morning.  Hugs and kisses were given all around and then everyone went to bed.  Everyone relaxed that afternoon and some friends dropped by later in the day.  A fun time was had by all.

The next day started our whirlwind traveling to Read the rest of this entry »