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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas

Christmas on a Budget – Start Collecting Baskets

Can you believe that the year is almost half over and six months today is Christmas Day? Now I know that with the heat wave that some of us are experiencing, Christmas may be the last thing on your mind. But now is a great time to get a head start on the expense of the holidays. When I was…

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Embroidery

Vintage Embroidery Monday – Rose Doily

On the Workbasket pattern sheet this was labelled as Rose Doily.  To make the doily, trace one half and then flip the pattern to trace the other half. There are so many possibilities with this pattern.  It would look beautiful done in a simple outline stitch but would be absolutely stunning worked in satin stitch. I can also picture using…

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Thrifting

Some Practical Thrift Store Finds and One Treasure

When our son moved into his first apartment back at the beginning of December 2012, he had all the basics for his kitchen. Since we’ve been staying with him, I’ve been doing some thrifting and adding a few pieces here and there. Here’s what I’ve found so far: The white and green casserole dish match his white dishes and he…

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Embroidery

Vintage Embroidery Monday – Small Patterns from Workbasket Sheet 83

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, when Dave was tracing out the patterns from each sheet (his hands are steadier at that kind of thing than mine are,) he put all the really small ones from each of the large pattern pages onto a single 8.5X11 sheet of paper.  These ones are from Workbasket Pattern Sheet 83. This…

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Embroidery

Vintage Embroidery Monday – Pansy Runner and Corner

This sweet embroidery pattern was designed to be made into a table runner.   You would begin by tracing out one of the center motifs and add a corner and continue around until you had four center motifs and four corners traced.  If you wanted a larger table runner or a more rectangular runner, you would simple extend the two parallel…

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Recipes

Pinned It, Made It – Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

One evening last week, just as our son walked into the apartment he smelled the air and said it smelled like cinnamon rolls. I hadn’t been baking but right then I decided to make cinnamon rolls as it had been well over a year and a half since I’d made any. Now usually, in the past, I’ve always made cinnamon…

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Budget Savers, Gift Ideas, Recipes

Recipe for Bean Soup from Bean Soup in a Jar Post

Back in November 2008, I posted an inexpensive Christmas gift idea using my homemade dried bean soup mix and gifting it in a mason jar with a cross stitched topper. I also suggested providing a recipe for making the Bean Soup. A little over a month ago, a visitor left a comment on that post asking for the recipe as…

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Embroidery

Vintage Embroidery Monday – Small Patterns from Workbasket Pattern Sheet 82

When Dave was tracing out the patterns from each sheet (his hands are steadier at that kind of thing than mine are,) he put all the really small ones from each of the large pattern pages onto a single 8.5X11 sheet of paper.  These ones are from Workbasket Pattern Sheet 82. This sheet of small embroidery patterns is available as…

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