What I’m Reading: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

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I finished up the audio book How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White.  It was recommended to me by our daughter Kayla.  She found it interesting and found some good points and thought I might too.

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets by [White, Dana K.]

I did find it interesting.  I wish the book would have been around when I was in my 20’s.  I was a terrible house keeper.  Hubby and I laugh that every time we moved to a different house, I managed to keep it just a little cleaner.  Now days, my house is always tolerable.  I have some clutter mostly because I am working on so many projects out of my house ….Childcare…the blog…quilt publications…the antique stuff…my hobbies.  I think now days I suffer from a want to do things that is MUCH bigger than the hours I have in a day.

Anyway…the book is good if cleaning is your arch nemesis.  I have two girls that would do good to listen to the book.  They were like I was at their age….

I’ve listened to lots of cleaning/organizing books and I have to say that this one is more my style than any other book….except I am a deep closet cleaner.

You have heard me reference that I’ve been cleaning and going more organizing than EVER.  It’s because of the book!!  I have found it to be life changing for me.  Life changing in a good way.

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Stash Report

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I recently told you that there hasn’t been much fabric at the thrift stores lately…that’s okay.  I really don’t need more…it’s just fun and I do give away a lot that I buy.


I finally got through all of the fabric that I bought at the auction I went to before Thanksgiving.

Remember this picture of my living room and all the boxes of fabric I bought? Continue reading


Ask Jo: Fudge Puddles

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I recently told you all about the baking day I had with our girls.  One of the things we were busy baking was Fudge Puddles.  Several people commented on them asking about the recipe.They are fun to make and easy.  After mixing up the dough we roll it into walnut sized balls and place them in greased mini cupcake tins.

After they come out of the oven, then take a melon baller and push down the centers.  Then fill them with chocolate goodness.

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Auction Time: Your Turn to Bid

When the girls were home, Kelli and Kayla helped me process some shirts.  These have been in the hallway of my upstairs waiting for me to give them some attention.  Well the day finally came.

I am a little lazy when it come to shirt distruction.  I take the backs off and keep them for myself…then I sell the rest of the shirts.  I’m lucky.  In my area I can find shirts reasonably priced.  I know others have trouble finding shirts so I have periodically offered them for sale here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.  I’m doing ONLY shirts for this sale.  I will be having another sale soon and that will feature antique quilts.

Here’s the guidelines:
Bids must be entered in the comment section.  PLEASE  WRITE THE NAME OF THE ITEM, THE ITEM NUMBER AND THEN THE AMOUNT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY.  If you are the winner of the bid, the postage amount will be added on to your ending bid price.  You can pay via Paypal.  I will also accept personal check but check will have to clear before merchandise is sent.  Bidding will close at NOON Central Time on Monday.  I will send a confirmation email to the winning bidder later in the day on Monday. Then hopefully bids can be paid and I can package the items up and get them in the mail as soon as possible.  If you do bid please watch your email so we can take care of the correspondence efficiently.

PLEASE NOTE ALL SHIRTS ARE 100% COTTON.  Sometimes a shirt is fronts only but most of the time it’s a shirt with attached sleeves.  If it is only a front, we have tried to make the count fair by adding another shirt.  These are all shirts I would happily put in a quilt.

I apologize that the photos aren’t the best.  I would retake them but the shirts are all already packaged up and I didn’t want to ruin the packaging.

Item #1-  Add $13 for postage.
These are all shirts that are NOT plaid or striped.
14 shirts total.

Item #2-  Add $17 for postage.
These are all shirts that are pastel colors.  Great for girl or baby quilt.
25 shirts total.  

Item #3-  Add $17 for postage.
These are all shirts that are neutral colored.
25 shirts total.

Item #4-
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