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September 3rd, 2019 at 01:20 pm

My crafting for Christmas is almost finished! Woo hoo! I made a hat and am crocheting a matching scarf and as soon as it is finished, then I will have all my planned presents made. Yay!

I did some more canning yesterday. Made more spaghetti sauce and then cooked down a bunch of tomato juice into tomato sauce. Some friends of mine said they made ketchup once and between all the cooking down and the ingredients, they were disappointed that there wasn't much after all that work. I don't think I'll try that. There are still tomatoes out there and we are getting a few ripe ones here and there. The bulk of what I yesterday for the juice were the cherry tomatoes and the very small Early Girl.

On Friday when we ran through the thrift shops, I found some green plaid material. DH loves plaids and I asked if he thought he would like that for a table cloth. He said yes, so we paid $3.99 for it. I cut and pinned the table cloth and had enough to make two grocery bags as well. They are finished. I dug through my button stash to sew buttons on for decoration. That was two gifts I had planned to make.

The maid and cook didn't show up again so I spent quite a bit of time cleaning and cooking the past few days. I need to make some laundry detergent because I'm starting to run low. I'm amazed at how cheap it is to make. I know it does a great job and I'd rather spend a few cents per load instead of the big bucks.

9 Responses to “Almost finished...”

  1. starfishy Says:

    wow, i admire your productivity! how do you make your own laundry detergent?

  2. Lots of Ideas Says:

    When we were kids, my mother always told us that we had a maid named ‘Marion’, but that she hadn’t shown up that day so we would have to (insert chore here), I hope she wasn’t paid much, because as far as I know, she never put in a single appearanceSmile

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Fantastic work on your Christmas gift preparations!

    It's been my cleaning day today as well. And it's almost time to start dinner, we are trying Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers. If I had a garden the produce would be from there, but alas I no garden here.

    I never was pleased long term with the detergents I made, whites got dingy. Initially it seemed great, but not after many months. I'm sure it can vary with kids (dirtier?), water temp, how much minerals are in the water and so forth.

  4. joanne Says:

    You need to fire that maid. I lovethe idea of making the tablecloth. And your canning. You are so hard working. I like the idea of your own homemade laundry detergent. And I really enjoy your blog. It's refreshing to read, as it' s all about being happy with what you are making etc. ..and enjoying what you have in life.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Joanne, thanks for your nice comments. I think we do need to fire that maid!

    CCF, hope you have a great dinner! It sounds delicious!

    Lots of Ideas -- I think Marion was about as lazy as my maid! LOL

    Starfishy, here is the recipe for the detergent I make:

    1/2 cup of Borax, 1/2 cup of Washing Soda, 2 Tablespoons of Dawn liquid blue detergent, a sprinkling of scent crystals, and 5 cups of hot water. I do this on the stove and dissolve everything and let it cool. before storing it in a plastic jug. This is ideal for HE washers. I use about 1/3 cup of detergent and I keep some in a small dishwasher detergent bottle to pretreat stains.

  6. mumof2 Says:

    I to make our own soap powder but we didnt like the iquid one so we changed to a powder one, we changed the borax to cleaning grade bicarb soda and soap...works great...it costs us around $30 a year to wash all our clothes/blankets etc

  7. Wink Says:

    My mom was a seamstress. She tried many times to teach me to sew but I just wasn't very good at it! I really admire all of the things that you make and donate. The tablecloth sounds perfect for fall and winter.

  8. CB in the City Says:

    I admire the way you get to work on something you buy -- like the green plaid material! I tend to buy and then think about it, until I forget about it.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Mum of 2, that's a great deal on the detergent!

    Wink, I'm not sure how good I am, but I basically do straight seams. I pin everything before I sew it. My mom worked in a garment factory for a few years and to be honest, she didn't teach me to sew because she would get so frustrated because she used to go so fast.

    CB thanks for the kind words. Not sure I deserve them, because I still have a few things I need to use up. But other than the material I've bought and immediately used, I'm trying to buy anything else until I use up what I have. The stuff I bought a couple of weeks ago was at an estate sale and was ridiculously cheap. And the plaid stuff was really cheap too and I told myself I had to use it or I was done buying. Besides, I'm felt like I had to get the bags done since they are presents.

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