Monday, February 25, 2013

Goin' Junkin'

Just For Fun:

A few weeks ago, My Love and I got the opportunity to go to Austin for the Texas Farm Bureau Leadership conference.  Four days and three nights away from home.  Baby Girl got to stay with Nana and Baba.  It was WONDERFUL!

While My Love had to attend meetings and sessions, this Mama got to go shopping!  Living in rural Texas doesn't give a woman much opportunity to hit the stores.  My favorite places to shop aren't what you might expect.  Now, I do love a sale at Macy's, but my favorite place to shop is a thrift store!  We call it "goin' junkin'".

A girlfriend of mine got me addicted several years ago. When I lived in the "big city", the Goodwill was only 1/2 a block from where I worked.  I spent many a lunch hour there - and quite a bit of my paychecks!  It was the perfect place to outfit a single girl's house on a limited budget. 

I've always had a yearning for the finer things in life - I just couldn't afford them.  But I learned that you can get nice things on the cheap - if you know where to get them!  Goodwill it was!

Several years later, I'm still addicted.  There's nothing greater than scoring a deal for next to nothing!  I have, however, had to learn to restrain myself...ok, who am I kidding?  LOL!  Now that we've had a Baby Girl, my purchases have changed a bit - more for her, less for myself.  It's still incredibly difficult for me to pass up a good deal - whether I need it or not!

Here's a few pics of my scores from Austin:

Serving Platter - original price $39 -  I paid $2.98!

Clothing for Baby Girl - about 40 pieces (sizes 2T to 4T) for a total of $100 - that's $2.50 each piece!

Wool blanket - online price of $100 - I paid $10!

Vintage twin quilt - similar one selling on Etsy - $175 - I paid - $35!


Now, absolutely none of this was stuff I NEEDED.  However, if I can outfit my daughter in play clothes for $2.50 each, I don't get too upset when it gets muddy from farming with Daddy. 

If you've never hit the thrift stores - I highly recommend it.  You never know what you'll find!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Blast from the Past

On the Homefront:  A few weeks ago, an aunt from my side of the family found some sacred letters - letters from my deceased Great-Uncle Lorenz.  He was killed in November of 1943, during World War II.  From what we can find online (and don't you know you can find ANYTHING online, even if it happened 70 years ago???), his plane went down over Northern Canada and no one survived. 

What an amazing piece of history to find these letters.  To read the handwriting of a man beloved by his family - a man who died 36 years before I was born.  To know the end of the story as you get a glimpse into his mind before the end occurred.

I haven't read these all - I only got past the first 2 before I had to stop reading.  It hurt too much.  To read the words of my grandmother's brother - an only son who never returned.

My mom scanned these letters in to share with family.  But I think these letters can be a lesson for all - to cherish the ones you have now - before they're gone.  What a perfect sentiment for Valentine's Day.

Take a few minutes and read these yourself. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Just Doodle-Buggin'

On the Crafting Table:  I make outfits for my daughter.  For those of you who knew me a long time ago, that may come as a bit of a shock!

Here's the down-low.  When we got pregnant, I assumed we'd be having a boy.  Ceth's family is full of men.  Imagine my surprise when they told us it was a girl!  I'd never sewn much in my life - a few throw pillows was my limit.  But suddenly, my nesting instinct took over and I had a huge desire to learn how to sew.  I have no idea why.  So I got out my old sewing machine:

Ain't she a beauty!
This thing is so old, it only goes in forward and reverse.  So pretty though!  I had really no idea how to sew clothes, so I bought a book I would recommend to anyone thinking about learning to sew for girls:

She taught me just about everything.  Then I found a bunch of blogs online who have great step-by-step tutorials like this one:
After making what I thought were awesome outfits, that I now realize were SO elementary, my mother-in-law gifted me her incredible sewing machine. This thing has about 150 different stitches!
Now, about 2 years since embarking upon this adventure, I've started to sell my creations.  My Love used to call my sewing "doodle-buggin", meaning I was just playing around.  So my "hobby" is now called Doodle Bug Kidz.  You can find me on Facebook:
or email me at doodlebugkidz at centex dot net. 
I have an Etsy shop - but can't seem to get enough made to actually list anything:
I've also been given the opportunity to start selling my creations at The Market at Brady Standard in downtown Brady, TX...if I ever get caught up on what I've got booked so far!
Here's some pics of my latest creations, all patterns by Create Kids Couture
The Willow Wrap Jacket in Multi

Yellow Chevron Birdie Peasant top with matching ruffle pants.

Once Upon a Time Peasant Dress
And, the adorable outfit created today: Autumn's Peasant Romper. 
All of these outfits have been sold.  Only the Willow Wrap Jacket and the Yellow Chevron outfit can be recreated. The others are one of a kind!
What's coming up next?  I've got an order in for this sweet number...Man, I love this dress!
Just want to give a shout out to those who have purchased from me - you know who you are. Thank you!
Who knew that getting pregnant would not only make me a momma, but also a seamstress!

Monday, February 4, 2013

So God Made a Farmer

On the Boob Tube:  We don't watch much TV around here.  Ok, Ceth does, but Baby Girl and I rarely watch it during the day.  If you don't already know, my hubby is a Farmer (yes, I capitalized it for a reason).  That man is the most dedicated, hard-working man I've ever met.  Sometimes too much.

Farming is a way of life. It's not a hobby, not a game.  To really make it work, it is a full-time job. And by full-time, I don't mean 40 hours a week.  It is a 24/7/365 kind of job.  The sheep have to be checked and fed daily.  There's always something that needs to have been done yesterday. 

So when he gets home, dirty, dusty, and if he's been working sheep, smelling to high heaven, his relaxation drug of choice is TV. Mainly it is shows like Moonshiners, Gold Rush, or college football or basketball.  Maybe some baseball if the Rangers are doing any good.

However, last night was Super Bowl.  We didn't watch from the start, he had some work to do (Sunday is slightly more of a day of rest around here, but things still have to get done), so he didn't start watching until around 6:30 or so.  We watched the halftime strip show during supper (another thing we hardly ever do - no TV during meal time!), then waited 35 minutes for the lights to come back on.

Ceth and Tori watched the game while I puttered around, paying bills, etc.  Then, from the office, I heard the voice of Paul Harvey.  I peeked into the living room and watched the most moving, incredible commercial I've ever seen.  If you didn't catch it, here's the link:

Sad that it was Dodge who paid for it (we drive Chevy).  :( 

After it was over, I checked my Facebook page - there were dozens of people commenting and I had to do the same.  Within minutes, I had friends telling me they thought of us when they saw that commercial.  How wonderful!

But being a farmer has come under criticism lately.  You know my thoughts on that subject...

But no matter the criticism, the long hours, the dirt, sweat, and tears, we wouldn't change a thing.