How I Became a Tightwad

Every once in a while, you get hold of a book that makes a difference in the way you live from that time forward.  You remember where you were when you read it, and you know your life is better for having taken the time to let the author speak to you.  That’s...

The Faces Behind the Chocolate in our Easter Baskets

Easter is fast approaching, and if you’re filling any Easter baskets this year, chances are you are including some chocolate candy.  My favorite Easter treat has always been Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs.  That is, until this year when I learned about the...

World Water Day and Many Still Thirst

How much is clean water worth to you?   How much would you be willing to give to help one family have clean, filtered water for the rest of their lives? I recently read of an opportunity being offered by Forward Edge International, an organization that is familiar to...

What Is Fair Trade?

Perhaps you’ve seen this Fair Trade Certified symbol on some products in a local or online store.  Do you know what it means?  Until last weekend, I didn’t pay much attention to this whole idea of fair trade products.  The only fair trade product that I...

My Journey to Justice

This journey of mine began in January when our pastor began a six week series of messages based on the book The Hole in the Gospel by Richard Stearns, CEO of World Vision.  The subtitle of this book is What Does God Expect of Us?   God answers that question in Micah...

BYOB: Be Your Own Barista!

Okay, so I just looked up the definition of ‘barrista’ and it is someone who makes espresso based coffee drinks, but I’m using it today to mean someone who makes coffee.  Do you like to go out for coffee?  Sometimes I go out for coffee with friends,...

Grandma’s Top 5 Gazingus Pins

A number of years ago, I read the book Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominquez.  The book is a real eye-opener about how much of our time we spend “earning a living”.  I’d recommend your reading the book if you haven’t already...

Tees to Totes

My friend is not a T-shirt wearer, but that doesn’t stop her daughter from picking up cute T-shirts with animal designs that her mom would like.  My friend’s daughter knows that T-shirts aren’t just for wearing.  Sometimes they are just begging to be...

Hand Smocking Is Not a Dying Art

I remember when a Polly Flinders brand smocked dress was the baby gift of choice for baby girls in the 1960s and 1970s when my older sisters were having children.  Though the Polly Flinders company is no longer in existence, a hand smocked dress is still a treasure...

Fabulous Fleece: No Sew Sofa Cover

Fleece is such a versatile fabric!  Because it is made from 100% polyester and will not ravel or fray, it makes a great choice for no-sew projects. I have two dogs, and for several years, I have been using fleece fabrics to protect our furniture from dog hair and...