Monday, September 21, 2020

Dressing Well At Home

 Hello Everyone,

Today I was able to get only 30 minutes in my video to you because of something that needs fixing with the video maker, but I thought something is better than nothing and I hope you can get a little inspiration from it.

The challenge to dress well at home is a big one these days, as we have become more casual when not in public. I checked around to see what else was being written about this, and found there were some good posts and videos about the importance of dressing up at home.  As more people are home these days, they are finding they can be productive and efficient in what ever they choose to do, when they are prepared and dressed as though they were going to do something important.

Details of sewing project:
Dress: Fabric Traditions all cotton - buy or order online from JoAnn fabrics: 4 yards $25.00
Zipper: 22 inches-$3.00
Thread: yellow $2.50
Piping for neckline: $4.00
Other: Elastic for sleeves

Pattern: Dress - McCalls 6958 (2014, still in catalog) $1.99 during pattern sale
Sleeves, McCalls 8033  (2020) $1.99 during pattern sale.

Total cost $38.50

Dress: McCalls 6958

Sleeves McCalls 8033

Stitching notes:  I raise the necklines a little more and leave out some of the tucks in the dress.
The sleeves look longer in the pattern picture. They are a few inches below the elbow.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Rain at Last, Homemade Home Decor, Tea Station


Hello Everyone,

We are getting some rain here and the smoke smell is gone. This was the first heavy, adequate rain in this part of Oregon for almost 5 months. 

Today I am sharing some pictures from the Manse, of homemade pumpkins that create some bright spots.  My pumpkins did not grow well this year so I got out old worn out towels, worn clothing and other interesting textiles to make these pumpkins.   I created the ones in the first picture to reflect the colors of the painting behind the wicker settee. 

The mint/sage green ones are from worn out towels.

These next ones I made from some satin scraps of fabric I have had in the sewing stash for more than 20 years, and it feels good to finally use it. Although I don't recommend keeping supplies "forever", this really has been a good thing in my case, since I'm trying not to go out or spend money on fabric.  For you crafters who want details of this project, Dollar Tree had burlap wired ribbon in the craft section and I cut the wire off for the tendrils, using the burlap for the stems of these beauties:

Old toys are good props for this, and in the Manse where space is scarce, toys can be used for containers and corner fillers ;-) It doesn't suit everyone but I like it.

One of my children gifted me with this ceramic sheep back in the day and 
I keep it out, always. It looks nice with the background picture and the
two little satin pumpkins.

The dark green ones are made from an old table runner of brocade, also from the dollar store.

Current sewing project here:

Cinnamon sticks smell so nice after all the smoke.

Platters and plates of several sizes were used as patterns to trace around on the fabric. After cutting the circles, hand-stitch around the outer edge of the circles and pull up to gather, stuffing with fiberfill before sewing the opening shut. Then, insert a cinnamon stick, or a piece of wood, or twist a stem from brown paper. 

One of the five refreshment centers I have placed around The Manse:

Another display behind a chair:

To save on space, I sometimes use toys in my decor for the delight factor and as containers for other things: books, florals, even rocks and sea shells.

Another toy that is not in the way when used for pumpkins:

This is an older photo that has been posted before but I couldn't resist including a cup of hot tea:

I hope to be back here pretty soon with a new message for all of you who are so busy at home.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Keeping on Track, Education, Conversation


Please enjoy the video while you go about your home today.

I read from George Washington's Commonplace Book, which you can see here.

Monday, September 07, 2020

How to Spot a Scam

 Dear Readers,

There is a new video for your working day at home, on the previous post.

As I have been talking recently to you about reading comprehension and life comprehension, I thought it would be a good time to share with you something I have saved from my email, as a lesson.

See if you can find the spelling errors in this letter. If you can't at first, find the nearest 8-year old, who might be a bit more alert.  I found myself mentally correcting the spelling and ignoring it upon my first reading. 

Spot a couple of grammatical errors, too.

Also look for punctuation errors, such as common words beginning with a capital inside a sentence.

See if you can spot the business errors--things no legitimate business would say in a customer letter.

See if you can detect the expressions that are not generally used in the US.

Have fun looking, and possibly use this as a spelling error lesson.

This also is a good letter to look at, as a warning , since it is one that is commonly being sent around by email to trick people into giving up their information.

You can also look up the company name and find out if it is legitimate, which is something you should always do.

Dear Customer,

Thanks for using Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. This is an important notification. The Subscription has been Auto Renewed for 2 years & Your account has been Pre Authorised for $299.99

It has been auto Renewed as per E-Sign Agreement Singed by You at the TIme of registration. Thank you for the Completion of your 1 year.

We tried to contact you on your registered number for queries but could not get through

Payment Information

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
Fire Wall & Network Protection




P.S if you did not place this order then Please call us to Support Team on+1 855-361-4720

(claims Department) Kindly ignore if aleardy claimed.

You have 24 hrs to refund this charge from the date of the transaction without being charges.

Our support team will gladly assist you with any questions or requests you may have – simply contact us through our dedicated channels:

It may take a few hours for this transaction to appear in your account.

The Billing Team

+1 855-361-4720

This Email was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming email.please do not reply to this message

Good, Better, Best

Hello Ladies,

The new video is at the end of this post, and here is the poem I recited for the "lesson":

Never let it rest
Til your good is better,
And your better, best.

Tea cup: Brew to a Tea

Fabric: Brother and Sister Designs sold by Hobby Lobby

Dark pink gingham check for ruffle: 100% cotton from Hobby Lobby


Pattern: McCalls 6958
 I used a sleeve from a different pattern 

Note about piping on necklines: It has to be sewn between the facing and the main piece when sewing on the facing because it will buckle and not have a smooth look. It cannot be "added" after the garment is sewn, if you want the desired results.

Friday, September 04, 2020

Changing Scenes

 Hello Ladies,

I hope to have another talk with you soon.

In the meantime, I'm offering one of the many changing scenes from my window view. Every day I look forward to "take a picture" on my appointment list, and I like the way the colors and the mist and the haze makes the same scene so different each day.

I had company a few days ago and they were remarking about my "new" chair.  It is not a new chair at all. It is Grandma's old chair, which I enjoy changing now and then with different colors of fabrics, covers and blankets--an easy, uncostly way to change the decor.

Speaking of  "changing scenes", I notice this the third stanza of this song contains those words, which I wrote below the video.

Please enjoy the song during your routine at home and I hope it plays in your mind later on too!

My Jesus, as Thou wilt!
All shall be well for me;
Each changing future scene
I gladly trust with Thee.
Straight to Thy rest above
I travel calmly on,
And sing, in life or death,
My Lord, Thy will be done!

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

An Offering, Comprehension


                                           There are two parts to the video today.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Fabric: Cranston
Pattern: 1980 Laura Ashley
Tea cup: Brew To A Tea

Thursday, August 27, 2020


 Hello Ladies,

As I have a different computer and not familiar with including a printable newsletter, I'll invite you just to paste this newsletter on another page and print it out if you want a hard copy. It embodies some of the speech from the previous video, that is, the admonition to come out better on the other side of difficult times, than when you went in! 

Elect Lady



I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

ABUND'ANT, adjective Plentiful; in great quantity; fully sufficient; as an abundant supply. In scripture, abounding; having in great quantity; overflowing with.

Don't wait for abundant living.

Don't wait for your life to get better. Don't wait for the world

to straighten up. Don't wait for politics to settle down.

Don't wait for others to cooperate or agree. 

You can come out of the other side of an unfortunate situation BETTER.

Many people have discovered the value of keeping a routine of “better” things to do

that help them progress in life and refine their character.

I suggest making appointments with yourself at home, to do the following:

Better knowledge – stretch your mind by learning something every day. These days information is available at our fingertips and there is no excuse to allow your mind to become stagnant.

Better Bible Knowledge – most people have full schedules and very little time for this but now it is possible to include it in your “appointments” at home.

Better prayer life – make an appointment for personal prayer three times a day.

Better physical fitness – stretch your muscles and get rid of stiffness and pain. There are many online videos with good instruction. If all you do is move your neck or your hands, it is a conscious exercise that has great benefits. Ladies have reported that simple stretches and movements give them more mental clarity.

Better communication – Write your own newsletter with a dip and a dab of things that you are interested in, including your new knowledge and your new activities

More Creative – Take an art class online and order your supplies. You will be so amazed at the results of this effort. An appointment during the week can do wonders for you. Many ladies say they just never had the time for art and if they did, art classes required travel or were late at night. This is no longer necessary and you can enjoy lessons from the comfort of your own dining table.

Better dressed – Every day is special in God's sight. It is a gift! Dressing your best and being clean and well groomed (including clean hair and fresh breath) gives you a real lift but not just for you: it can be an encouragement to others in the home.

Better Homes and Gardens – I have heard that many ladies are happy that they finally have time to concentrate on cleaning drawers, closets, storage boxes, and even redecorating. You can do this too and come out of the other side of these difficult times with a better home and garden. This makes you happy but gives a lift to every passer-by.

Better food preparation – join a cooking class online or look for cooking instruction videos.

There will never be a dull moment if you will follow one food preparation video and prepare something. Not interested in cooking? Try a tea time video which teaches how to make fancy sandwiches and simple treats without turning on the cook stove.

Here is a wonderful recipe sent by Roxy, who is a dear friend, from the blog “Living From Glory to Glory”. I tried it and it turned out right the first time. Be warned it makes a LOT so you might have to freeze some. I didn't use loaf pans so mine was in rectangle deep dish, and I cut it into squares.

Mmmm. Good

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 c. Flour

2 c. Sugar

2 tsp. Baking soda

2 tsp. Salt

2 tsp. Ground allspice

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 tsp. Nutmeg

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Ground cloves

4 eggs

1 can (15 oz.) solid pumpkin

3/4 c. Canola oil (I use olive oil or butter)

2/3 c. Water

1/2 c. Chopped nuts, optional

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.

In another bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, oil and water. Mix well.

Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Pour into 3 greased loaf pans. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or
Until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

Cool for10 minutes before removing from pans.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

"All The Better For It.'


Hello Ladies,

Today I talk about coming out of the other side of a bad situation BETTER in many ways! We've all been given more time at home and it can be used in a great way.  Please listen while you work. 


Tea cup from Brew To a Tea 

Dress by April Cornell

(It was once available at Victorian Trading Co.) from where this picture came:

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Homemaking Inspiration, Last Reading of Booker T. Washington Autobiography

Hello Ladies,

I hope you get some things completed while listening today.  


Here is the summer cotton dress I finished today and the sewing accessories.  The dress design and fabric are based on a 1980’s Hawaii  pattern.

The dress is from this pattern. I added a zipper and a sleeve from an old pattern. (My arms are not yet presentable so I make a longer sleeve) ;-)

Since I am trying to use up fabric bits and trims, buttons, laces, edgings, etc. I had quite an enjoyable time adding things to this garment.

This is a loose, cool dress I would wear at home and if I had to go anywhere, would add a little jacket, bolero, cardigan or blazer to give it a less casual appearance.

 Here is the children's book I was talking about:

Once Upon A Memory
Reflections of Childhood
Brownlow Publishing

Enjoy the hymn and after a few plays, sing along:

Some nature sounds to take your mind off the news:

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Inspiration for Home and Another Reading from Booker T. Washington

Good Morning!

I am sharing the dawn's early view with you so you can see the mountain ranges in the distance.

Many women who have been home keepers all their lives have expressed the frustration of being unable to completely stay home and concentrate on the many things that just never get done. Because of the many things necessary to help the function of home life, we often must be "somewhere else" and are often away from home for hours. 

Although in our area we are out and about and everything is open, I have found alternatives to going out,(ordering, sending others in the family out for me) so that I can finally get some things done that I've been agonizing over for years: using up my fabric, painting walls, exercising, cooking classes, sorting through old things, getting books in order, learning something new, etc.

I also never had time to take courses and develop skills and knowledge of things that interest me. Not going out so much has given me the opportunity to take advantage of these online tutorials on subjects I've always wanted to know more about.

Today you will here more about Booker T. Washington, and how he insisted on total cleanliness, both personal and in the house. I thought this was applicable to our homes.  In a future reading I will relate his teaching to his students to "know more than just book learning" so that they could get along in life.

Enjoy this nature sound video for calmness and appreciation of the Creation: