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New Year goals.
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With 2014 being over, and Christmas for the year done, I have decided on 2015 that I will set some goals.

My number 1 goal is to get off the couch and move. Beginning Monday I will walk 1 mile per day, minimum.
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My second goal is to buy nothing new. There is nothing we need to get. I have most kitchen appliances known to man as it is. We have computers and tvs and such and do not need any. Could probably get rid of a few if we really wanted to. We need no clothes, if we lose weight, at least mine can pretty easily be taken in.
My exceptions to this challenge are under things and gifts for others.
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My 3rd goal is the most important of the 3. More Bible reading and study. I already read a chapter each day for a month (January it is Mat. 5) in the morning and at night. My night chapter for January is Phil 4. I will add in the book of Ephesians, at noon each day. It is a short book and so can be read daily all month long.
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I also need to get back to blogging and crafting. My goal is to blog at least once a week. More if my life grows in interest!

I think those 3 goals will keep me busy for a while. I intend to add in other things along the way as I master these.

While 2014 was not a bad year, it was busy and full of ups and downs.
My Beloved father in law’s estate was finally settled. Enabling us to pay cash for our home. We have been in the house 7 months now and other than a few small things, I dearly love it. It suits us.

The fall for me was filled with sickness and pain. It seems as soon as I get one issue taken care of another pops up. My hope is I am done for a while after this last allergy attack, which has lasted now just over 2 weeks. I discovered Zyrtec and Mucinex in combination allow me to breathe without coughing fits.

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November saw Drew get a new car. A family gathering for Thanksgiving and fun Christmas prep and shopping.
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December began with Chris shopping for a motor home. I went with him and his girl Courtney on the search. We saw a Tesla car on the road and took pictures (yes we are like that).

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Once the motor home was purchased, picked up and set up on location, Chris and his girl and Spazzy the cat moved in. Just in time for a winter storm, the likes of which are rare here!

Christmas was fun, it lasted almost a whole week this year! The Houston brother came in on the eve and stayed over the day. then on the Friday after Chris and his girl came and stayed until Sunday. We had our big family doings on Saturday.
I was also blessed to get to spend 2 weeks getting to know my nephew. He is 4 and a very smart youngster. My only regret is that I have been sick the entire time and unable to play as I normally would have.

Well my friends that is all the news I can think of. Stay warm!
hugs
Melissa

PS. Just because they are cute…

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Since I have been under the weather all week I have not been able to sew. I have however done some digging in my sewing room. I discovered a few dish rags I knitted this winter. I knit in winter when it is too cold to go out and do other things.
I knit when I need quiet and prayer time too. There is something calming about picking up the needles and a skein of pretty yarn and just letting my heart talk to God while the needles do their work.
I was told I should put these on Etsy too. So I took pictures. They are very cheery. 

 
I have small hands and while sometimes I want a big dish rag some times I want a smaller one, easier to control too. They measure 5in x 5in. They take a shorter time to knit and less yarn too. I only use sugar and cream yarn for these. I do intend to make some bigger ones too, once I have more empty time on my needles!
I hope you like these!
Keeps sewin’ (er knitting?) y’all!
Well I did not get any serious sewing done today. I really should have. However my brain just could not handle it. My Beloved was ill last night. A call to his Dr resulted in reduced medications and he was ok this morning. Still I spent a sleepless night expecting to take him to the ER.
Once he was safely fed and off to work I laid back down and slept for… 5 hours! I never do that!
Then I had to tussle with my sewing machine, Baby, which I LOVE but she did not want her new needle put in. I guess she was tired after yesterday’s apron and mending too.
Finally after about 30 minutes of fussing the new needle was installed and threaded. By then my brain needed something fun and quick and so an altered apron was born.
I do not know if you are like me or not. I always have too much stuff I want to keep next to my living room chair. To the point where I recently downsized my table from a 2 shelved rectangle to a small no shelf square. Just enough space for my lamp, tissue, note pad, Bibles and a drink. Some days that works, others not so much. What do I do with the magazines? What if the kitties knock over my drink on my Bibles?? Such great problems needed a solution.
Here dear ladies is that solution.
You will need
1 pocketed 1/2 apron
scissors
safety pins
some method of sewing
and a wooden dowel about 12 inches long.
This is my beginning:

The apron was made for me by a dear friend, but as you already know I just don’t do 1/2 aprons. I also have very limited storage space. So if I am to keep it it must have another use. 
 

Cut cut cut:


Pin Pin Pin:

Sew sew sew:
Now to put it in place
Slide the dowel end between the cushion and the arm:
Hang it over the side:
Put the cushion back:
Fill it with things you do not have space for on your tiny square table. 
 
In my case I have a Country Living Magazine (new one!) Penzey’s Spice catalog and one of my Bibles. I also put my back scratcher in there.
I hope you enjoyed this diversion!
Keep Sewing y’all!

This finish was harder for me. Mainly because I began this one over a year ago and it has been sitting partly sewn in my to make basket since then. Things I thought were ok then, kind of pester me now! LOL
I like this one for its full coverage. It is almost a jumper! One thing I have decided is that any new aprons that have the facing will also have material to cover it. I am just not giddy with the facing.
Here I go again:
Iron the rumpled pieces


Sew some seams


Oops broke the thread! I really dislike those nicks they put on the thread spools. When hand sewing they are ok but when one stops your thread when you are machine sewing everything goes all wonky!

Get the magnifier out for rethreading…
Ok off again sew sew sew

Place the pockets
Pin the bodice

The facing I am not giddy about:

The collar I am not really sure about either

The skirt

Tada! I will get some pics of a person in the aprons this weekend.
Keep on Sewing y’all!

I know it seems odd. I have however just realized that one thing I keep doing is learning. I enjoy learning, but I keep learning things I thought I knew. I mean I know the skills but new ways of using them keep surprising me. For instance, cooking. I love cooking ( the clean up afterward… not so much but cooking yes) However food became a whole new realm for me when I began reading this blog by my friend Jess. Homemade with Love
Jess adds a whole new dimension to food and cooking for me. Plus her pictures are more drool worthy than any cookbook I have EVER read!

Being self sufficient is another area that I thought I had at least some ideas about. Then I met my friend Cat. Cat is a person like I want to be when I grow up. She is a true Proverbs 31 woman. She cans, gardens, keeps livestock, and innumerable other things. She inspires me to relearn gardening, I mean REALLY learn. I may even study on keeping chickens…You can read her adventures here Ten Things Farm

Crafting is another area of new exploration for me. I mean real crafting not gluing glass beads on a jar or something. I mean from scratch crafting. I have been awed, shamed and inspired in this area by 2 awesome women. Also friends of mine. One is doing wonderful work making art in cross stitch here at Tea Kettle Corner

The other is encouraging me to find time to sew and make wonderful things for my family here at Calico Prairie Another awesome crafts person is Leah. Leah is a world class quilter. You can see her garden of work here at Stitched With Love

A person who influences me to have fun in life, is Klutzy Mama. I adore the humor she pours in to her stories. My favorite of the moment is “Repenge”. You can read about that adventure and many others here
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I would be mournfully remiss to not inclue a woman who shines such joy on family for me. I love reading her posts and one day I hope to be able to be a “Sunny” to some one else. My cousin Christy (I think we may have been sisters separated at birth…) blogs about rural farm life here at Our Simple Lives.

Last but by no means least is a woman who may just encourage me in the most important learning experience of my life. Ella faces life with such a giving spirit and with so much love I have never seen its equal. No matter what confronts her family, her faith and her love for our Lord shines through. Her trust in Him is unrivaled. She KNOWS He will come through for her. If I never achieve any other thing in my life, it would serve me well to mimic this lovely lady of God. You can get to know her here At His Feet.

I know this may seem like an odd first blog post. However these women, and many others, have inspired me to post my learning journey on these Texas Prairies. These women, and many others have played a huge role in who I now am and who I am becoming.