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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ July 28, 2013

How can it be the end of July already?  Summer is more than half over and there is still so much I want to accomplish . . .

Our backyard in the summertime is pretty.


We dug up all our carrots this week and canned them.  Carrots are such cheerful vegetables!  We are well-stocked in the carrot department for many months to come.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* The time had come for Hannah to dissect a shark for her biology studies.  She invited a younger friend with a very inquisitive mind to assist.  They both had a lot of fun and learned something too!  I can't say the same thing for the shark . . .
I would not have chosen this method to wash carrots except that Dave swears his mother did it all time.

I admit it worked a lot faster than scrubbing them at the sink! Go to Like Mother, Like Daughter for more {phfr} fun! 

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ July 21, 2013

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for {phfr}!

Here is the world's easiest way to sew curtains.  Measure your window, cut your fabric accordingly, adding an inch for seam allowances, and sew up the seams so you have a big rectangle.  If the sides use the selvage, so much the better.  You don't even have to sew those (though this fabric only had one side finished, so I had to hem the sides).  Then get your handy-dandy husband to hang the decorative curtain rods you have already purchased, clip your curtains onto curtain clips, slide onto the rods and hang.  Easy-peasy!

I really love this fabric and wish I had bought more of it when I found it on clearance.  I chose the wall color just so I could use this fabric for curtains.  Isn't it pretty?


Yesterday I made two big pots and put up seven jars of homemade vegetable/beef soup.  We even grew some of the ingredients ourselves!  It's so nice to have good homemade soup all ready for lunches or when we need a q…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ July 14, 2013

I'm here and coming up for air.  In the past two weeks, Dave has been to Colorado with the church youth for a week, we had an outreach event for Independence Day, Hannah has been sick twice for a total of nine out of fourteen days,  Dave came home from Colorado sick, and we had VBS last week.  I'm looking forward to quieter days for awhile!  But such is life and we must go with the flow.

I've neglected to show photos since we re-did the bathroom in late winter.  It used to be painted stark white, but it was just too bright for what I wanted, so we painted it a white that leans just a little bit to eggshell.  It is amazing what a slight adjustment of color will do.  I love toile (it's like taking my beloved blue transferware china and applying it to fabric), so I was happy to have a place to use some in this house.

I bought these pictures at Aldi (yes, Aldi!) a long, long time ago for $6 each and I love them.  They have hung in a kitchen, multiple bedrooms, a ha…

Hidden Art of Homemaking~ Chapter 3

This chapter is easy for my family because we are a family of musicians.  I have two degrees in music, my husband spent a large part of his undergrad years as a music major, and both of our daughters play instruments.  I have a lot to say about music and children. 

We've incorporated music into our home in various ways over the years. When the girls were younger, we sang A LOT, in the car especially.  We sang Raffi songs*, folk songs, nursery rhymes, hymns, traditional children's songs. . .  We also listened to a lot of CD's in the car, but we rarely listened to pop music or music patterned after pop music.  (An aside~ I detest music for children written in the pop genre.  I just can't stand it.  There is so much good stuff out there for children without it!)  It helps that Dave and I can both carry a tune (actually, he's quite a good singer; I am adequate), but even if we couldn't, we'd have sung along with CD's.  Kids need to be singing and getting u…