Laundry Day at Martha’s!

 

We are talking laundry this week and I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend, Martha!  Whenever someone has a question about laundry, I always think of Martha.  To me, she is the master at laundry and ironing.  Before we visit her in her laundry room, I’ll share a little bit about her.

When I first met Martha, I was probably about 15.  She was the pianist at our church and what an amazing piano player she was and still is.  She does it with grace and beauty.  I love to hear her play.  Her husband was a deacon and they were very kind to my family.  I babysat her son at one time.  He might have been 1 or so.  He is now a pastor of a church and has a family of his own now.  I am feeling older and older as I type this.  Martha also played the piano at my wedding.  Years later, our paths crossed again.  I had always been interested in homeschooling and had never met anyone that was actually doing it.  Well, Martha was in the midst of homeschooling her two children and she took me under her wing and taught me everything possible about homeschooling.  I was greatly blessed to have been mentored by her in homeschooling and the bonus was having her as a dear friend.  Our families went on a couple of vacations together and I have so many fond memories of our friendship.  Many times we sat and visited while she ironed.  She loved to iron and always had a pile of clothes that she was working on.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired by my friend Martha and… her laundry room.

She keeps her items that need washing in the tiered baskets.  The laundry soap is in the metal container on top of the baskets. Martha uses Bio Kleen laundry detergent and her favorite softener sheets are Seventh Generation.  She purchases these items at her local health food store. The shelf to the right of her washer holds all her special treatments that she uses to treat stains.  I told you she was serious!  Don’t you love the picture on the wall in this picture.  I love the way she decorates her house, too.  Maybe she will let us do a house tour of her home, soon.  You will love it!

This is Martha’s tray of stain removers that she keeps in her cabinet over the washer.  I remember seeing these years ago and was intrigued.  I had no idea that you could buy these at the grocery store.  There are treatments for each type of stain that you could ever possibly have.   Are you as impressed as I am?  After Martha treats her stains, she will add Oxi Clean when washing the clothes in her machine.

Martha has always had her sewing machine set up in her laundry room.  She can easily mend items that need mending.  I’ve seen several things that she has sewn over the years, too.  Yes, she can even sew!  When does it end!?

This is Martha’s current mending pile.  I wonder if she would notice if I added a few things of mine to the pile?

This is a picture that has always been in her laundry room.  It’s one of her favorites.  It is a picture of a mom sewing with a little one on her lap.  Such a sweet picture.  It resembles Martha.  She has such a love for her children and grandchildren.  She is very patient and loving.  I’m sure she has sat many times sewing and mending with a child in her lap.


This is where Martha’s amazing skill of ironing takes place.  She loves using a Rowenta iron. She keeps a spray bottle of water and her spray starch close.

The garment that she is ironing is one of her grandaughters dresses.  You would love the way Martha and her family dresses.  Lot’s of tucks, ruffles and little collars.  Maybe we can do a tour of her closet, too.  Okay, I’m teasing on that one…well, I’m sort of teasing.  It would be fun!  If you could see all the little details on so many of the types of clothing that they wear you would be even more amazed at her ironing skills.  Everything looks like it has been professionally pressed.


When Martha finishes ironing a simple t-shirt, it doesn’t have one wrinkle on it.  What is even more amazing to me, is how she folds them when she is finished ironing and do I dare say that she is the master folder, too.  When the folded shirt is ready to be worn, you don’t see one wrinkle.  I know….I don’t understand either.  When I fold a t-shirt, it has a large crease where it was folded and then wrinkles have magically appeared.  So, I hang my t-shirts.  Not Martha, hers are all folded and stacked like you see in a boutique.

 

I love this sign she has hanging by her ironing center.  I will take this moment to tell you that Martha irons her sheets.  Yes…..her sheets and pillow cases.  I don’t know if you are impressed, but I am!  You know when you go to a high end store that sells bed linens and you see  gorgeous sheets folded perfectly and they look crisp and clean?  Well….that is how her linen closet looks.  I don’t share that to make you feel bad, but,  I don’t want to be envious of someones linen closet all alone, so I must share.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Martha’s laundry room. Isn’t it adorable?  It’s a place of order and peace.  Many memories of sitting on a chair watching her iron as we tried to solve the worlds problems.

Martha loves her family and her home and it shows by how she gently cares for each piece of clothing that she irons for each member of her family.  She takes pride in making a home and making it comfortable for all who enter.  You can even go in her laundry room and feel at home.

Thank you Martha for letting us have a peak into your world of laundry!

                                        “She watches over the ways of her household,

                                        And does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

If you missed the first post of the “Laundry Series,” click here and you can read the first post.

 

Also, I’m having another giveaway!  For all that laundry you are doing… you need a little break!  How about sitting down with a coloring book and just color as your clothes are drying.  I have the perfect coloring book for you.  It is from my artist friend, Debbie Hannah Skinner.

Fear Fighting Scriptures”  has 31 coloring pages with 31 verses to meditate on as you color!  You will love it.   So, leave a comment and from all the comments this week, your name just may be chosen as the winner of the coloring book at the end of the “Laundry Series.”  I know, right! So fun!!!

This post has been linked with A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

It’s Laundry Day! Where Is Your Laundry Room?

It’s Laundry Day!  How does that make you feel when you hear those words?  Do you get stressed out in thinking of all the time you will spend on laundry?  Or, is it easy for you?  You may even be one of those people that LOVE doing laundry such as, a dear friend of mine, Martha.  This week, I will share an interview with Martha, who loves laundry day.  It relaxes her.  She is at peace when she is in her laundry room doing laundry and ironing.  Yes, you read that right…and ironing.   She irons like a dream!  And loves it!  And you will love Martha!

I’m not an expert on laundry… but, I have been doing it most of my life.  I remember as a young girl being responsible for the laundry.  I hung clothes on the clothesline when we didn’t have a dryer which was until I was in maybe the 9th grade or so.  When our washing machine would break down, I would help my mom gather all the laundry and head to the laundromat.  Should I mention how I despised going to the laundromat?

We will also talk about dry cleaning.  My Grandparents and my Aunt and Uncle owned and operated a drying cleaning business for many years in West Texas, Arizona and in New Mexico.  Ironically, after years in ministry, we now own several dry cleaning businesses. Isn’t that crazy?  Who would have ever thought that?  I wouldn’t have!  It has become a family business for other family members as well.  I don’t actually work in the stores, but, I will share what I know about dry cleaning and laundry.  I will also share an interview with one of our store managers on how to have a positive relationship with your local dry cleaning business.

I love hearing laundry tips and seeing decorated laundry rooms.  I can only go by my experiences of laundry rooms.  If I told you how many times we moved when I was a child and then after I got married, your head would spin. (that made me laugh…spin cycle, get it?)   I’ve seen just about every type of laundry area.

Here are a few of the ways I’ve seen washer and dryers in my world:

No washer/dryer.  Laundromat is the only way to get laundry done.

Washer only placed in the kitchen.

Washer only placed in the garage.

Washer/Dryer in the kitchen.

Washer/Dryer in the garage.

Square clothesline in backyard.

Two rows of clothesline in backyard.

Washer/Dryer behind bifold doors in hallway.

Washer/Dryer behind bifold doors in kitchen.

Separate laundry room for washer/dryer.  (Both large and small)

Laundry room that is also entrance from the garage.

However I’ve had a washer/dryer, a room or no room, all I can say is that, I am truly thankful for my washer and dryer! I don’t care where they go as long as I can have one.  I take care of them as a fine piece of furniture.

Laundry is just a part of life.  If you despise laundry day, maybe we can figure out how to love it.  Okay, maybe not love it, but, we have to do it and we might as well make it a pleasant experience, don’t you think?

This week, maybe we will be inspired to be the best laundress ever!  Is that even a word?

Leave me a comment and tell me if you have a washer and or dryer and where they are placed in your home.  I’m dying to hear all about it.

Also, I’m having another giveaway!  For all that laundry you are doing… you need a little break!  How about sit down with a coloring book and just color as your clothes are drying.  I have the perfect coloring book for you.  It is from my artist friend, Debbie Hannah Skinner.  “Fear Fighting Scriptures”  has 31 coloring pages with 31 verses to meditate on as you color!  You will love it.   So, leave a comment and from all the comments this week, your name just may be chosen as the winner of the coloring book at the end of the “Laundry Series.”  I know, right! So fun!!!

 

I better get back to my laundry as it is really laundry day for me!

A Room for Crafting and a Closet of Craziness

A few years ago, we changed a guest bedroom into my craft and sewing room.  I’ve really enjoyed being able to go in and create and then leave it until I’m finished.  No more putting the sewing machine away even if I were in the middle of a project.  I think one of my favorite things about this craft room is when our grand kiddos are here and they can go in and create all kinds of things.  I try to keep supplies on hand that they can just help themselves to.  I loved the time I got to teach our two granddaughters how to sew in this room.

When I was young girl, I had an aunt who was an amazing seamstress.  When we would go to her house to visit, she let me use her machine to make my latest project while she and my mom would visit.  I have many good memories of her and wanting to be like her in the sewing department.  I took homemaking in 7th-9th grade.  My dad bought me a black singer sewing machine when I first started my 7th grade homemaking class.  It was a heavy black metal machine.  It was probably vintage in the 70’s.  It only did one stitch.  I didn’t mind as I made many dresses, skirts and blouses.  I might have thrown away more than I actually wore due to my sewing disasters.

At that same time I discovered a crafting show on PBS on Saturday afternoons.   Many times I would call my mom and give her a list of items to bring home for me to make from whatever it was that I saw on the program.  My favorite craft was a candle made out of milk cartons.  I made many candles in jr. high.  As I think about it, I think my love for crafting was earlier than that.  When I was maybe in the 3rd grade, I checked out a book from the library that showed how to make little ghosts out of cotton balls and tissues.  I made tons of ghosts and then hung them on the clothes line.  I think I was pretending I was having a Halloween party for the neighborhood.

Okay, enough of all of that, let’s get on to the craft room decor.

 

 

Since I’ve shared the craft room, I might as well share the attached bathroom.

I will end this post with the craft closet.  I really struggle with how to organize it.  This is the best I can do for now.

If you know of any closet organizers, send them my way.  My solution is to use up everything in the closet and be left with an empty closet.  Then start fresh and only purchase items for a project that I’m actually working on.  I wonder if that will ever happen?

Trust me, I know I will never win an award for my photography, so thank you for being patient with me as I am always working on that.

Thank you for reading today and I’m going to leave you with a link from the Classic Sewing Magazine website.   This article is what inspired me to share my craft room today.  Click here to visit the site of an amazing craft room designed by Jane Makuch, a fabric designer.

Do you love to craft and sew?  If so, do you have a specific place that you create?  I would love to see your pictures.

“She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands.” Proverbs 31:13

This is a verse taken from the Proverbs 31 woman.  I realize not everyone can sew and not everyone has a desire to craft.  I do think that we all want to be productive and make a beautiful and safe home for our family.

 

 

Hill Country Home Tour (Part 2)

We are continuing on with the tour of our get-away home in the Hill Country.  If you missed  part one, you can click here to view.  I’m still tweaking on some things and we have a couple of rooms that we haven’t even started on yet, but for now, join me for a quick stroll through the house.

*Notice the deer in the yard?  There are always deer walking around.  They are very cute!  I always try to talk very kind to them.  Since I accidentally killed one of their friends a few years ago, I don’t want to upset them.

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Laundry Room:

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Guest Room:

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Master Bedroom:

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Game Room Loft:

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Girls Room:

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Boys Room:

 

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Thanks for visiting!

Hill Country Home Get Away Tour – Part 1

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Welcome to our home in the Hill Country!  We love going to our get away.  We are on the golf course, so Jim loves that and the shopping is amazing in the Austin area.  But, the greatest thing about this house is our kids and grandkids are around the corner!  How fun it has been to spend special time with them!  Can it get any better?  I hope you enjoy the tour!

Welcome, come on in…..

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IMG_7777We love the open area of the main living area which opens up into the kitchen and breakfast area!  I still have some places I’m working on.  I’m anxious to be completely finished!

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Now for the kitchen area!

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Fall Is My Favorite Season!

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Tell us about your favorite season. Why is it your favorite and what does it say about you?

I love the Winter Season…..I love the cold and having a fire going in the fireplace.  If we are fortunate and actually get snow in Texas, it is a plus.  But, where I live, it will be cold with the sun shining and the cold wind blowing…..isn’t too cozy when that happens.

I love the Spring Season….The freshness of the new grass,  the trees budding and all the bright flowers blooming is always a welcome sight after the cold winter.

I am okay with Summer….I’m not a fan of being hot!  I’m not really a water person, so I’m not one to head to the pool or beach to get out of the heat.  A nice cool house or cool mall will suit me well. 🙂

Fall has to be my Favorite Season!  I get excited when I see the first leaf fall from a tree!  When I feel that first nip in the air…my world changes!  I have to really watch myself when it comes to fall clothes.  I LOVE them!!!!  I love the colors of Fall…..so warm and cozy.  I love decorating my house for Fall.  I usually begin decorating right after Labor Day.  It all stays out until I begin Christmas Decorating (yep, I love that, too.) I enjoy traveling during this time of year, too!  I’m more excited about cooking during the fall weather.

I’m not sure what it says about me.  I’ll now be thinking about it and trying to figure it out.

I will share some pictures from some decorating in my home from last Fall.  I’m so looking forward to getting the fall decorations out soon!

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Blog-tember Challenge #1

I accepted a challenge from a blog called, Brave Love.

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Bailey Jean, the creator of Brave Love has an inspiring and encouraging blog.  I found her when reading up on the idea of Bible Journaling.   I love reading blogs that are inspiring, encouraging and Brave Love does just that!

The challenge is to blog each day with a  prompt that Bailey Jean has provided.  Challenge #1 is simply to tell about myself, so here we go!

I guess the number one thing about me and my life would be, I desire to live a life that is pleasing to my Savior.  I gave my life to Him when I was 14 and have never looked back.  I’m not perfect and I’ve messed up plenty of times, but, my one desire is to have a heart like His and I hope my life and my words would be an encouragement to others to do the same.

I hope you will follow along with me and we can together strive to live a life that is pleasing and a life that is victorious for Jesus!

Now for the foundation of who I am and for what I am most thankful for!

I am 56 and have been married to my Jim for 35 years!

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We have two adult children; Patti and her handsome husband have 5 of the cutest kids ever and Nathan and his beautiful wife of 5 months.

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Jim and I served in full-time ministry for almost 20 years and now own and operate our own business.

I recently ended 9 years as Women’s Ministry Director of my church.  I loved every second of this ministry and still have a huge heart for it.

I’m learning what it’s like to be in a season of life that is so different than that of a mom with children at home and a full schedule.

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We recently bought a home near our grandchildren and are slowly simplifying and down sizing.  Did I mention slowly!  Downsizing is hard for me as I love everything and it is hard to part with things.  I’m learning more about myself through this.

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I’m praying our son and his sweet Sarah will be closer soon, too.  I miss them terribly.  He is an animator for a major animation company.  He just finished working on the Peanuts Movie, which I can’t wait to see.  It is going to be adorable!!!!

I have a few published writings and am working on a book.  I keep saying working on my book…..if I really sat down and worked on it, I might be finished by now.  But, I’m getting there.

I have spoken at several conferences and to women’s groups.  Only the Lord gives me strength for that.  I grew up very shy and timid, so speaking to groups is waaaaaaaaayyyyy out of the box for me.  But, to be honest, I love sharing what Christ has done for me and my favorite thing to do is encourage other women, so that is how I get through all the speaking that I have done.

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Sewing and crafting are some of my favorite things to do.  I’ve loved crafting and teaching my granddaughters how to sew.

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Reading is a favorite past time as well.  I usually have 4 or 5 books going at once.  Along with Bible studies.  Oh, and magazines.  I think I’m addicted to decorating and cooking magazines.

Speaking of cooking……I love reading about cooking and watching cooking shows and even collect kitchen gadgets.  The only problem is….I don’t really like to cook!

Lunching with friends and catching up is one of the highlights in my week.  My mom lives close by and we have lunch once a week.  My mom is my mentor and encourager.  I don’t know where I would be without her.

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Well, I could go on and on about more, but I will stop for now.  I didn’t even mention fashion, decorating and the things I’m wanting to learn more about such as photography, Bible journaling, tennis…okay, I’m really stopping now.

I’m looking forward to tomorrows challenge which is:

*Describe your ideal day. Where would you go and what would you do?

hmmmm………I better get to thinking………..I love every day, so now to think of my ideal day!

See you tomorrow!

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2015! I’m Ready!

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2015!  I’m Ready!  (well, sort of)

I’m in the middle of putting away my Christmas decor.  This is the part where I start second guessing myself wondering if I’m a bit out of control.  I think I know the answer to that.  Yes, I am.  I love Christmas with all the lights and glitter and specialness that goes on.  My vacuum cleaner thinks it has landed on Planet Glitter.

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This was the year that I was going to go through all of my ornaments and get rid of things I’m tired of or just don’t work for me.  I ordered a ton of containers to sort by color.  After 17 plus containers, I’m a bit overwhelmed.  I still have a counter full of things that I don’t know what to do with as far as storing.  I have a huge closet in our garage that is for my Christmas.  My sweet hubby went in there and organized all the shelves for me (he is the master packer).  Even though I was scared he would be rough in stacking, etc.  I just decided, if it breaks, it breaks, didn’t need it anyway.  Except, for that cute cupcake Radko ornament I got this year…

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I have my labels ready to print.  I may work on it all during the summer when it’s nice and warm out there.  I thought it would be so nice to hire someone to come in fix everything for me.  Then I thought, (I’m spending more time thinking than anything), that is a good sign you are in too deep when you need to hire someone to help with Christmas decorating, organizing etc.

All of this “thinking” has brought me to my next subject.

My Word For 2015!

I’ve never picked a word for the year, but I am this year.  My word for 2015 is…..drumroll…..

Intentional

The meaning of intentional is:

done by intention or design

I love the synonyms for the word intentional:

conscious, deliberate, intended, knowing, purposeful, purposive, set, voluntary, willed, willful (or wilful), witting

Let’s see what intention means:

in·ten·tion noun \in-ˈten(t)-shən\
: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose
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: a determination to act in a certain way :

I am a fairly easy going person and I love life. I also am a procrastinator.  I can put things off and get to it tomorrow or the next day.  But, not any more!  I’m going to be more intentional in my living and hopefully will accomplish some things that I have been putting off until tomorrow.

I’m also thinking I’m on the verge of being a perfectionist.  But, not in a very good way.  I will put things off until everything is perfect.

Here are a few of my latest excuses:

 I will walk my 3 miles but only when the weather is perfect.

 I will play tennis when the wind isn’t blowing (In West Texas that is rare.)  

I will organize my closets when the rest of the house is perfect.  

I will read my Bible when I have everything done.  

This will be a struggle, but I’m determined.  Maybe, I should have chosen determined for my word?  Maybe next year.

Have you ever had a scripture for the year?  I thought about it, but I decided there are too many scriptures that I need to apply to my life throughout the year.  Today, I will leave you with this verse:

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 NKJV

Well, I’m ready, are you?  Do you have a word for the year?

The End of the Christmas Tour for 2014

Decorating done!  Now to enjoy…..

 

Isn’t it fun that we can decorate and enjoy all the festivities at this time of year?  How thankful I am to know that, Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

May you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas!!!!!

Christmas Is Coming!

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I found Miss Sparkles in my jewelry.  She said it was time to begin decorating.  I told her it was a bit too early and that I was loving my fall decorations so much, but, I understood, since it was going to be a fast couple of months.

So here we go…….stay tuned!