When my 4 year old refrigerator stopped working, and the repairman made it clear that it would cost more to fix it than it was worth, I went on a mission to find a new one. I was determined to buy the perfect refrigerator. A refrigerator that I would fall in love with. I had… Continue reading Appliance Breakdown: Replacing the Refrigerator
When I first got married and set up house (all those years ago!) I spent a lot of money on things that I probably didn't really need. Things that have long since been donated to the thrift store or are buried deep in a landfill somewhere. Things that today, I don't even remember owning. And… Continue reading My Kitchen Favorites. What are Yours?
January has arrived and with it came this year's planner which I ordered from Amazon — the Doodlehouse 2017 Coloring Planner by Lang with artwork by Susan Winget. Lang makes a number of different coloring planners. This planner is 6.25" wide x 9" tall. It is spiral bound. The front and back covers are made of… Continue reading Keeping Tabs on the New Year: a Review of “Doodlehouse” 2017 Coloring Planner by Lang with Artwork by Susan Winget
As leaves turn to red and gold and the air turns crisp and cool, curling up on the sofa with a blanket and a good book becomes my evening routine of choice. And with Halloween just a few days away I've been looking for a new scary read. Here are a few of my favorites… Continue reading Favorite Halloween Reads
The Catalina Sling is one of my favorite patterns. It would make a great pattern for a beginner because of the simplicity of the design and yet, it doesn't look like one of those boring "easy pattern" bags. It is fairly quick to assemble and always results in a bag that looks great. The hardest thing I… Continue reading Pattern Review: #101 Catalina Sling by Pink Sand Beach Designs
Everyone expects patterns to be perfect. After all, they are made by big companies like McCall's or Simplicity. They should know what they're doing; they've been making patterns for years. They have tested their designs over and over again, right? As a maker of handmade handbags, I have tried lots of patterns. The biggest thing I've… Continue reading Pattern Review: McCall’s M6094 Quilted Tote Bags by Whistlepig Creek
As an avid traveler, I've tried lots of different styles of sun hats over the years. They are necessary when you are spending days on the hiking trail or walking around outdoor tourist sites. I've always had an issue with them matting down my hair though and I've sometimes tried to get away without wearing… Continue reading My Favorite Travel Hat: A Review of Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Zip Off Visor Hat
The first thing you're going to need is a sewing machine. I remember this as a daunting realization. I wanted to start sewing but I had no idea how to find or choose a sewing machine and I had no idea if I could afford one that would actually work. I was remembering the first… Continue reading So…you want to start sewing… a review