Thursday, November 23, 2017

Three Easy Ways To Care For Vintage Fabrics

Vintage fabrics are wonderful. The patterns are so much softer, and the fabrics are delicate. But they can be a little difficult to care for. You don't want to ruin those vintage treasures. So here are three ways to deal with those thrifty fabric finds.

Woolite Is Your Friend

Yes, this simple item that can purchased at most stores is one of your best friends when you are working with delicate fabrics. You use cold water and air dry the items. The Woolite should help soften the fabric.

Bleach Is Not Your Friend

Don't pour bleach directly onto fabric. You always need to dilute it if you decide to use it. Keep in mind the bleach may cause whites to yellow. And if the material is old it may disintegrate when bleach is used on it. It has happened to me before, so be careful with your bleaching. You don't want to loose your favorite new item.

Nature May Be Your Friend

An old time way of removing stains from table linens is to lay them outside on the grass before sundown and let the dew soak in overnight. It is said the dew will draw out the stains and the sun will finish bleaching them clean the next day. I haven't tried this one, but I will next spring.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What I've Been Watching

The Handmaids Tale

This show is currently running on Hulu. It's an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's Tale. Everyone is raging on about the show. And well they are all right. It is just as good as everyone says. The story is a dark story, and I've always felt that it was a scary tale. It's something that could happen, if we all don't pay attention. It's worth a subscription to Hulu if you are looking for a great drama to watch.

My Golden Days
This a French film. The main character Paul goes back into his late teens and college days. He is remembering his trip to the USSR and his great love. This is a good film, but I really didn't like the main character of the film as he aged. He just never gets past his teenage years.

Planes Trains and Automobiles

This movie is oldie, but a goodie. It came out in 1987. It stars John Candy and Steve Martin. But I forgot that Kevin Bacon also made an appearance in this movie. It's a nice story about traveling at Thanksgiving. It is funny, it is sweet. And it is a classic. It is perfect for the night before Thanksgiving.

The Park Bench

This is maybe one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in a long time. A graduate student is tutoring another student. They meet on a park bench. They find that they are very different people, but that they are able to share things with each other that they have never talked about to others. It's sweet, and intelligent. It shows how a healthy relationship develops.

Mister Rogers And Me

Most everyone has fond memories of watching Mr. Rogers as a child. Well, if you are a certain age. We all remember him as a man who just respected everyone. You just felt comfortable with this man on your television. And this documentary follows the stories of individuals who knew him in real life. It tells about how he really was what he claimed to be. He really was a great neighbor, and he encouraged pretty much everyone he came in contact with.

I'm Not Sure How I Feel About That

The other morning a coworker told me the big news of the moment is Charles Manson died. At first I thought finally. And then I thought that's awful. And then I realized I don't know how I feel about that. And that's what I told her.

As I thought about it more, I thought how unfair it seems that his victims lives were cut short and he lived into his eighties. I thought about how almost all of my life Manson was a living picture of evil.

I thought about how sad it is to spend most of a life in prison. I thought about the other participants in the crimes he masterminded. I thought about sometimes it doesn't matter if you are sorry about your actions you still have to suffer the consequences.

And I wondered how it is that someone like Manson could never feel bad for the pain he caused. And then I thought what a waste of a lifetime.

Monday, November 20, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. If you live in America this week can be a little hectic. Thanksgiving is always a day of fun and family. But along with good times comes a little stress. I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday though.

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WELCOME to the November "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
I decided that this week I would share a day trip I took. If you are ever in the Cleveland area, you really should visit this place.
A Christmas Story House


WELCOME to HOME feature week of the November "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the October "You're the Star" blog hop)

Easy Vintage Cutting Board Signs by Musings of a Vintage Junkie

Autumn Delights My Soul by A Day of Small Things...

Apple Slab Pie by Marilyns Treats
Aple Slab Pie

Fall Porch Ideas by Fair Meadow Place

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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).  For HOME feature week we  need 2 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.

All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 31

Isn't walking into a thrift store a great feeling. You know the great hunt has begun. What will you find with this hunt It's a great adventure. And there is that added benefit of how much less the items cost at the thrift store than at the regular store. And then compound it with the fact that you are recycling in one of the best ways around. Thrifting is really a great hobby. Here are a few of the thrifty finds for this week.
Here's a look at the entire group of items. All of them are really cool this week. Not so practical, but cool.
I love Moroccan designs, and this dish with that design jumped off of the shelf, and into my cart. I love the reds and yellows in the design. And I always wonder how it was come up with?
I absolutely adore the floral pattern on this little dress. I like the color combination of the pinks, blues, and some brown added to the mix. It's just cute!
I loved the little monkey on this pillow. And the trim is full of little sock monkeys. It was a must have. Super cute, and super fun!
And last but not least, I found some magazines to add to my collection. I absolutely love the cover of that Country Living magazine. There are so many things to look at. 

Hope you enjoyed the items, and let me know what you have thrifted recently.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bare Bones Staffing

I have heard individuals complaining in all areas about bare bones staffing. Yep, the great gift from the recession. Companies trying to do more with fewer and fewer individuals.

I have a friend who works in retail who tells me frequently, that the company she works for just won't have more people come in so there are lines of customers. She tells me how she feels like she has to take time with each customer, but she isn't always able to due to the number of people waiting to be helped. She doesn't understand why they just don't hire another person to work in her department.

I have another friend who works in social services who tells me they just keep adding individuals to her case load. She doesn't have time to deal with all of the individuals. But in spite of her growing caseload they won't add another individual to do more of the work.

And then there is my workplace. There are individuals who retire, and low and behold their jobs are eliminated. Boy, are people complaining about that.

So is this bare bones staffing plan working? Well, in some ways it is, the work is getting completed. But so many people seem unhappy in their professions anymore. I constantly hear that they like what they do, but it would be nice to have more people to help them out.

Should companies cut waste? Absolutely! But keep in mind the attitude of your workers. They are the backbone of how your company is presented to the world.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Great Moments From The Week

I thought it was time for me to share some of the great things that are going on in my life right now.


On Wednesday, I went to see Elf, the musical. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season. Most musicals just make you feel a little happy. Who can't smile when they see a grown man dressed in an elf costume anyway. And I can't wait to try Buddy's Hot Chocolate Monster. It sounds fantastic. And no I haven't forgotten about Thanksgiving. I am writing a post about the great moments in my life recently aren't I? And by the way those yellow elf shoes one of the actors wore in the show look like really fun shoes.


My neighbor uses a fireplace to heat his house when the weather begins to cool. I walked out today, and smelled wood burning. It has such a homey feel to it. And it is a true sign that cool weather has set in.

Extra Cash

I had to work an extra day last week due to the holiday. I wasn't too happy about it at the time. But it really did boost that pay check. And well November and December are the perfect times of year to get some extra cash isn't it?

So these are a few of the things I am thankful for and they truly are some of the great moments from the week.