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post #281 of 397
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Originally Posted by vermontmomma View Post
i replied to an ad on craigslist for free patterns and got a huge trashbag full of patterns and now have no idea what to do with them all! they're really 80's, the "dynasty collection," parachute pants, big shoulders. literally hundreds of them!
i can't bear to throw away perfectly good patterns so somehow i've got to figure something out here. ideas?
I'm not a fan of 80's fashions (even though I graduated from HS in 1985 and WORE most of them). I'd probably donate them to a local charity thrift store.

We had a fun week this past week.

We went to a friend's house and picked cherries - canned up 6 quarts of them and gifted two back to our friends.

I sewed another skirt for DD1. This time I used the fabric from a duvet cover I bought at the local Salvation Army Thrift store - only $1.45 and I have lots of fabric left from it.

Still working on sewing up pocket dipes for DD2. I think I've gotten 12 done now!

This week we'll be busy blanching and freezing broccoli and green beans from our garden. I might have to can up some of the green beans if we run low on freezer space. I need to save room for the hog that's coming in November.
post #282 of 397
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Originally Posted by vermontmomma View Post
i replied to an ad on craigslist for free patterns and got a huge trashbag full of patterns and now have no idea what to do with them all! they're really 80's, the "dynasty collection," parachute pants, big shoulders. literally hundreds of them!
i can't bear to throw away perfectly good patterns so somehow i've got to figure something out here. ideas?

we freeze our wild blackberries and use them in recipes through out the year. blackberry lemon bread is good. i might food mill some down and use the juices to make a tangy reduction sauce of some kind to go over lamb chops. i bet it would be good over chicken or pork too.
this reminds me i should probibly go check the patch today, it's in an area i don't usually go to so it's probibly ready to go. blackberry day is a prickly scratchy day, i'm not looking forward to picking with a grabby baby. dh will have to get the hard to reach berries.
it's a remote spot in the yard so i always get scared i'll run into a bear (i never have though).
kindling? paper mache? If they are not cut out could you use a different colored marker and use the paper to make your own patterns?
post #283 of 397
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Originally Posted by vermontmomma View Post
i replied to an ad on craigslist for free patterns and got a huge trashbag full of patterns and now have no idea what to do with them all! they're really 80's, the "dynasty collection," parachute pants, big shoulders. literally hundreds of them!
i can't bear to throw away perfectly good patterns so somehow i've got to figure something out here. ideas?
Hey, aren't '80s clothes back in style? Maybe you wardrobe needs some massive shoulder pads!
post #284 of 397
I'm slightly envious of all you ladies preserving food. I wish I could have a garden and do some canning. I definitely don't have the freezer space to save anything in there. In the spring John and I would like to start a container garden on our balcony.

Friday I went shopping in my grandmother's fabric stash and came away with several lengths of corduroy, some really great multi-colored stripes, yellow, and green, and a nice dark purple, plus flannels and cottons and some stretch poplin. Enough to make most of Jack's clothing for the fall, and some nice pieces for my own wardrobe. Some of the fabric, including some of the corduroy, are things she bought and made up for me when I was little! She gave me 4 sets of overall buckles and buttons (also leftovers from my childhood) and a snap press!

Anyone make their own mama cloth? I just started my menses for the first time pp, and I'd like to try cloth. I have 100% cotton flannel, and terrycloth for stuffing (maybe too bulky except for nighttime?) or some 100% cotton quilt batting, would that work?
post #285 of 397
question for multitasking crafting/baking/sewing mamas ... seems like I never get to do what I want to do because I'm always making dinner, teaching or entertaining someone, doing laundry, or running errands ... do you set aside a "time" or a "day" to do your projects?

I'm a bit of a scatterbrain with zero common sense when it comes to budgeting or scheduling my time (hence unschooling tendency). I like to sew, knit, and all manner of crafts. I like to make my house pretty. I like to do crafts & projects with my daughters. I want to work in the garden ... but there is never enough time to do anything start to finish, and inertia usually sets in, so nothing gets done!

Do you recommend having a "sewing" day, a "baking" day, etc, and allow yourself the freedom to focus on on thing? because I sure would love to be able to sew for an hour a day, but something always manages to get in the way. Like today, all I managed to accomplish was grocery shopping, making smoothies, half hour with older dd's while baby napped, diapers in washer and making dinner - I really wanted to sew today. I only sit at the computer when baby needs nursing or one-on-one time.

Oh - and I can't "do" things at night after they go to bed because depression knocks me flat if I don't get enough sleep.

--janis (3 girls, 9, 5, 7 months)
post #286 of 397
I have a baking day, but that's it. I'm really bad at the day-to-day running of the house (read: cooking every day). I need serious help with that.
post #287 of 397
tra la laa! i spent the afternoon fitting one of my partner's shirts, i removed the sleeves, slit open the sides, and my mother showed me how to replicate the darts from a shirt-dress that i love. soon i'll sew up the darts, and then she said she can help me fit the sleeves - i'm leaving the cuff but slipping it up to be three-quarter sleeves. i would love to put some tucks (gathers?) at the shoulder but i think that i'll try that with the next one. it fits long, like a tunic. lovely

i also lent out my tv, dvd player, cable box : (we have these in london anyway and only come here for a holiday. i've been seriously enjoying making our home more like a well-stocked cabin. i am also loving how much playing and reading goes on around here without movies i would have sold them but i'm not sure if we'll be returning to live here full-time again at some point.) there's lots of room now and the girls promptly sat down in the space and drew pictures for an hour.

rabbit, i found that pretty challenging til my girls were older. i think i've posted before what i do, so the rest of you can skip this what i do is have a morning routine and an evening routine written down (my computer calendar emails them to me each day) for myself and for the children. if i actually do them my house runs really well. then i assign a room of the house to each week day, and the garden to the weekend, and i try to do something needed in those...a detailed clean, a project, or just deal with whatever has snowballed. then i have one weekly cleaning hour, where i dust, mop, wipe, vacuum, and do the garbage + recycling. i also have a day to do paperwork, but i tend to ignore it. all in good time! i would say, keep it simple, and see if you can see a time when your girls are willing to let you get into something. mine are pretty self-sufficient much of the time, so i just make sure they've had a snack and get to it. or involve them if they want to participate somehow. if you had something like this happening, you could just apply something into it..maybe your kitchen day is the one when you start sourdough. association is good. some things i just assume i will do every day - yoga, laundry, etc...so that i can do a little reguarly. i've consistently been surprised how much i can accomplish when i give myself permission to begin!

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post #288 of 397
nerdymom, a mama cloth link. You could probably use one layer of terrycloth in each, more for overnights. It really grinds through the sewing machine, though, so be careful. I wouldn't use the batting, but that's just me. It's not terribly absorbent. Flannel, though, feels yummy on the girly bits.

I say, go for it, find a pattern you like, and modify it so that you LOVE it.

Oh, and vermont. Keep a couple you like for costumes or for basics - blouses, skirts, dresses you can easily bring up-to-date by leaving the frills and shoulder pads out, etc, and freecycle/craigslist the rest. Or send them to me, I'll pick out what I want, and then I'LL freecycle/craigslist the rest.
post #289 of 397
Hey Th Ladies,

I've been AWOL from this thread for a while, hadn't been feeling very crafty. DD is potty learning at night now and waking up to pee in the middle of the night and it's been leaving me very drained and mysteriously with back pain for the last 3 weeks or so.

But I've been cooking, mostly grain free and learning all kinds of new ideas.

Today I'm feeling the spark though I'm going to the craft store to get some felt and supplies to make my dd felt play food for Xmas.

I don't have a specific day to do anything, to address pp. I just do it whenever it strikes my fancy or when I have time. I have to be inspired.

Been reading what you're all typing though! Or as dh says "I'm smelling what your cooking!", or even better "I'm smoking what your rolling!" I'm in a very weird mood this morning
post #290 of 397
Hi Traditional Homemakers!

I have not had a chance to read the whole thread yet, but I want to try and follow. I am transitioning from PT WOHM to FT SAHM/homesteaderish type, and I lack so many skills--specifically, anything involving needles (except livestock injections ). This is my last week of work in the office. I am : and over it.

I raise sheep and would love to learn how to make stuff from the wool. I also raise goats...in spring I hope to milk them, and I love the thought of our own goat milk soap, covered in our own felted wool. I also have bees and we'll harvest honey this weekend, and next weekend we're putting about 60 chickens in the freezer. We split a beef steer with friends, and that will be in the freezer this weekend, too. I pickle, but don't yet pressure can, and we have a couple of large gardens, and I have frozen chard, green beans, beets, peas, broccoli and zucchini.

I love the thrift store and we take a lot of hand-me-downs from family (and return/forward them when mine are done, so that their cousins can then wear them, and on and on until the clothes are worn out).

I plan to come back and read through the thread to find instructive resources and links. I also plan to check our local UW Extension for info and look at classes at the tech to learn how to sew, knit, etc.

So, nice to meet you, just wanted you to know I'm here reading along and learning from you.
post #291 of 397
Lately I feel like the only TH stuff I've been doing is all the cleaning. I haven't even been using my homemade cleaners. I just moved back in with my parents for the time being. I have a huge project list that I need to work on.

*knit Christmas stocking for new baby.
*more cloth diapers. I don't think I'll ever have enough.
*Mama cloth for PP and after
*Wardrobe for PP. I honestly don't have many clothes that fit when I'm not pregnant. I guess being pregnant for three years straight will
do that to you.

I love the idea of felt play food. My daughter just turned two, and recently discovered the wonders of her play kitchen. She plays with it all the time now, and even baby brother likes to help. Does anyone have any more links to more tutorials?
post #292 of 397
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Originally Posted by Gremco View Post
Lately I feel like the only TH stuff I've been doing is all the cleaning. I haven't even been using my homemade cleaners. I just moved back in with my parents for the time being. I have a huge project list that I need to work on.

*knit Christmas stocking for new baby.
*more cloth diapers. I don't think I'll ever have enough.
*Mama cloth for PP and after
*Wardrobe for PP. I honestly don't have many clothes that fit when I'm not pregnant. I guess being pregnant for three years straight will
do that to you.

I love the idea of felt play food. My daughter just turned two, and recently discovered the wonders of her play kitchen. She plays with it all the time now, and even baby brother likes to help. Does anyone have any more links to more tutorials?

This lady on youtube has a few tutorials in video! (perfect for visual me)
post #293 of 397
1jooj, welcome, what a life! i would love to do all that, but it doesn't fit in with my life just yet. perhaps someday.

i'd love to learn to preserve food, i feel jealous when i hear about it too! and a bit intimidated. i need to figure out how to make it happen now.

i'm very excited, i've found a pattern on knitty i love for cabled wooly socks, i want to make myself several long, loose, thick pairs to wear around the house. i want something like this, but not *quite* so long. i'm going to start with this pattern, as i've never cabled before, nor made a successful pair of socks.

aeress, the costumes sound great! re the 80's patterns, i was only just looking at a family collection of these, and i can see a lot of things are just almost stylish now, but i haven't yet got the skills to know what i would adjust to bring it up to date. wrap dresses, kaftans..i'll be revisiting them

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post #294 of 397
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Originally Posted by nerdymom View Post

Anyone make their own mama cloth? I just started my menses for the first time pp, and I'd like to try cloth. I have 100% cotton flannel, and terrycloth for stuffing (maybe too bulky except for nighttime?) or some 100% cotton quilt batting, would that work?
I made my own. Not the prettiest things to look at. They are what I started teaching myself to sew on. But they work great. I used old flannel recieving blankets, worn out washcloths, and for a few overnight extra-heavy pads I used a water-proof crib pad that was in realy bad shape.
I like the ones that you stuff in an outside envelope stye cover.
There are a ton of paterns on the web. I just googled moma cloth and experimented on what I saw. I wish I had made the wings a little longer, but other than that they are great.
post #295 of 397
My mom gave me a bunch of jeans that she doens't wear anymore. I don't think I'd ever wear them. mom jeans with tapered legs. I like the straight leg jeans, and midrise pants. I hate to throw them out. I'm wondering if they would make a good quilt. I've never attemted it before, but I can't throw them out, and their in great shape. I'm thinking a crib sized quilt for ds, I'd love to make a twin size quilt but I doubt I'll have enough material even with filler. I wonder if it would work.

Today is bread baking day for me. I usualy try to make 8-1lb loaves a week. I made up a HUGE batch of waffles this morning and we'll use them for breakfasts another morning this week.
post #296 of 397
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Originally Posted by jrabbit View Post
question for multitasking crafting/baking/sewing mamas ... seems like I never get to do what I want to do because I'm always making dinner, teaching or entertaining someone, doing laundry, or running errands ... do you set aside a "time" or a "day" to do your projects?
[...]
--janis (3 girls, 9, 5, 7 months)
Ideally, I like to have "days": baking, sewing, cleaning, laundry, errands. Buuut, I have a 9 month old. It's just not happening for me right now. And by nighttime I am only up for something I can do in front of the computer (we are watching our way through Lost), like cutting out patterns, laying out a pattern, or knitting.

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Originally Posted by artparent View Post
tra la laa! i spent the afternoon fitting one of my partner's shirts, i removed the sleeves, slit open the sides, and my mother showed me how to replicate the darts from a shirt-dress that i love. soon i'll sew up the darts, and then she said she can help me fit the sleeves - i'm leaving the cuff but slipping it up to be three-quarter sleeves. i would love to put some tucks (gathers?) at the shoulder but i think that i'll try that with the next one. it fits long, like a tunic. lovely

[..]*
Oh, I wish you'd come over here and help me fit this tunic that is a DISASTER. and the fabric is so pretty...

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Originally Posted by smeisnotapirate View Post
nerdymom, a mama cloth link. You could probably use one layer of terrycloth in each, more for overnights. It really grinds through the sewing machine, though, so be careful. I wouldn't use the batting, but that's just me. It's not terribly absorbent. Flannel, though, feels yummy on the girly bits.
[...]
Well, I cut some out last night, so I guess I'll have to see what works. I have a really heavy flow and I'm afraid just flannel isn't going to be absorbent enough. Do you use a layer of PUL in yours?

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Originally Posted by marimara View Post
Hey Th Ladies,

I've been AWOL from this thread for a while, hadn't been feeling very crafty. DD is potty learning at night now and waking up to pee in the middle of the night and it's been leaving me very drained and mysteriously with back pain for the last 3 weeks or so.

But I've been cooking, mostly grain free and learning all kinds of new ideas.

Today I'm feeling the spark though I'm going to the craft store to get some felt and supplies to make my dd felt play food for Xmas.

I don't have a specific day to do anything, to address pp. I just do it whenever it strikes my fancy or when I have time. I have to be inspired.

Been reading what you're all typing though! Or as dh says "I'm smelling what your cooking!", or even better "I'm smoking what your rolling!" I'm in a very weird mood this morning
Good to hear from you again! Would you post pics of your felt food? I am collecting ideas for DS's Christmas.

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Originally Posted by 1jooj View Post
Hi Traditional Homemakers!

I have not had a chance to read the whole thread yet, but I want to try and follow. I am transitioning from PT WOHM to FT SAHM/homesteaderish type, and I lack so many skills--specifically, anything involving needles (except livestock injections ). This is my last week of work in the office. I am : and over it.

I raise sheep and would love to learn how to make stuff from the wool. I also raise goats...in spring I hope to milk them, and I love the thought of our own goat milk soap, covered in our own felted wool. I also have bees and we'll harvest honey this weekend, and next weekend we're putting about 60 chickens in the freezer. We split a beef steer with friends, and that will be in the freezer this weekend, too. I pickle, but don't yet pressure can, and we have a couple of large gardens, and I have frozen chard, green beans, beets, peas, broccoli and zucchini.

I love the thrift store and we take a lot of hand-me-downs from family (and return/forward them when mine are done, so that their cousins can then wear them, and on and on until the clothes are worn out).

I plan to come back and read through the thread to find instructive resources and links. I also plan to check our local UW Extension for info and look at classes at the tech to learn how to sew, knit, etc.

So, nice to meet you, just wanted you to know I'm here reading along and learning from you.
If you're looking for tutorials, especially knitting, YouTube is chock full of them! I just google the technique I want to learn and watch a couple videos. I learned increasing, decreasing, and how to use the magic loop that way.

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Originally Posted by Gremco View Post
Lately I feel like the only TH stuff I've been doing is all the cleaning. I haven't even been using my homemade cleaners. I just moved back in with my parents for the time being. I have a huge project list that I need to work on.

*knit Christmas stocking for new baby.
*more cloth diapers. I don't think I'll ever have enough.
*Mama cloth for PP and after
*Wardrobe for PP. I honestly don't have many clothes that fit when I'm not pregnant. I guess being pregnant for three years straight will
do that to you.

I love the idea of felt play food. My daughter just turned two, and recently discovered the wonders of her play kitchen. She plays with it all the time now, and even baby brother likes to help. Does anyone have any more links to more tutorials?
Felt food, scroll up More felt food They aren't tutorials, but there are lots of pix for inspiration. And they look pretty easy to make.

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Originally Posted by mommathea View Post
I made my own. Not the prettiest things to look at. They are what I started teaching myself to sew on. But they work great. I used old flannel recieving blankets, worn out washcloths, and for a few overnight extra-heavy pads I used a water-proof crib pad that was in realy bad shape.
I like the ones that you stuff in an outside envelope stye cover.
There are a ton of paterns on the web. I just googled moma cloth and experimented on what I saw. I wish I had made the wings a little longer, but other than that they are great.
Oh, I like the idea of stuffing them. They'd dry much much faster that way. hmmm...

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Originally Posted by mommathea View Post
My mom gave me a bunch of jeans that she doens't wear anymore. I don't think I'd ever wear them. mom jeans with tapered legs. I like the straight leg jeans, and midrise pants. I hate to throw them out. I'm wondering if they would make a good quilt. I've never attemted it before, but I can't throw them out, and their in great shape. I'm thinking a crib sized quilt for ds, I'd love to make a twin size quilt but I doubt I'll have enough material even with filler. I wonder if it would work.

Today is bread baking day for me. I usualy try to make 8-1lb loaves a week. I made up a HUGE batch of waffles this morning and we'll use them for breakfasts another morning this week.
The only thing about making a quilt out of denim is the thickness. A quilt is 3 layers, plus sewing all that denim together, you want to make sure your machine can handle all that. Some can, some can't. You can make kids jeans, a bag or a billion other things out of used jeans though.
post #297 of 397
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Originally Posted by nerdymom View Post
Well, I cut some out last night, so I guess I'll have to see what works. I have a really heavy flow and I'm afraid just flannel isn't going to be absorbent enough. Do you use a layer of PUL in yours?
I found that 2 pieces of flanel and 1 layer of washcloth(a pretty thick one - to thick for washing realy) Was fine for end of flow. But for The first couple of heavy days it was more like 2 wash cloth w/flanel as the outlayer top/bottom. I didn't want to use the waterproof layer but for the heavy days I needed something, and didn't want a huge bulk that all the layers made.
post #298 of 397
I didn't use PUL for mine, actually. It seems to be layered enough that as long as I don't leave it on for HOURS, I'm fine.
post #299 of 397
oo, if i had that denim i would make a paneled skirts - two pieces in the front and two in the back. or you could cut them into strips and make a rug, i love denim with lots of other colours. or just find someone who likes mom-style jeans on freecycle.

nerdy, i had a lot of help from my mother! also from my old shirt, very helpful to base it on something that fits.

today i knit all afternoon with a dear friend, my fingerless gloves are nearly done

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post #300 of 397
OOH, good idea about the skirt! You can add flowery panels into it, too, or quilty panels like this.

I'm thinking about knitting dishcloths for people for the holidays. Any idea what kind of yarn to use?
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