April 12, 2019

Use Your Words - April 2019

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

horse ~ Magnolia ~ yarn ~ friend ~ gilt ~ beige

It was submitted by: https://www.southernbellecharm.com

 Soooo.... I actually started and erased this about 3 or 4 different times. Once was a story about a horse named Magnolia.... Then next was a fairy queen named Magnolia.... But I just couldn't get them to flesh out like I wanted them to. They felt too forced. So I thought and I thought and I though. Then it hit me! I've have always done so much better with free association!!! 

Horse - I have been on horseback exactly 2 times in my life. Neither time turned out well for for me.... Once I was bucked off and the other the horse took off in a gallop. I have since decided that horseback riding is NOT for me. 

Magnolia - I can remember being a little girl and climbing the magnolia tree in my grandmother's front yard. It was such a great climbing tree. My cousins and I would climb out on the big, low branch and hang upside down.
 Also - Steel Magnolias - One of my all time favorite movies ever! Guaranteed to always make me laugh and cry. Great, big, ugly, cry!!!!

Yarn - I love crafting and sewing but two things I cannot do are knitting or crocheting. I once tried to crochet a scarf.... I ended up with a coaster. Seriously... a coaster..... 

Friend - The best word in all of the English language. I been blessed with so many wonderful friends. So many kind, caring, wonderful women, have been there for me over the last 3 1/2 years. I will never ever be able to repay them all for the love and support they have given me. I feel so unworthy of it. I love you all! So very deeply! THANK YOU!!!

Gilt - Shiny. Pretty. OOOOHH!!!! 

Beige - Now I am a lover of all colors....... EXCEPT...... Brown.... Beige.... I just can't..... I don't know why. I can even do orange!!! But not beige.. There was a blouse I saw the other day that would have been SOOOOO CUTE had it not been beige gingham!!! BEIGE GINGHAM!!! GOOD GRIEF!! What is the world coming to when there's beige gingham??? I give up. 

I'm going to have to do better than free association soon! I'm going back to school in 6 weeks!! I'll be a college freshman at 45! Oh my...... And English Comp 101 is one of my courses. Ha ha!!!!

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado https://www.bakinginatornado.com

Wandering Web Designer https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog

Cognitive Script https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com

The Bergham Chronicles https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/

On the Border https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/

Follow Me Home https://followmehome.shellybean.com

The Crazy Mama Llama https://www.thecrazymamallama.com/

Climaxed https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

Southern Belle Charm https://www.southernbellecharm.com

Bookworm in the Kitchen https://www.bookwormkitchen.com/

April 8, 2019

Blogging with Friends Spring Cleaning Edition April 2019

The Unpaper Towel - Reusable Kitchen Towels

Hey!!!! I'm back with a tutorial!!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!! It has a been a while!! About 3 1/2 years!! My goodness!!! I am so sorry. But life.... OH, BOY!!!!! 

Anyway, this one is quick, easy, and so much fun!!!! 

What you'll need

1/2 each of 3 different flannel fabric designs (or 1 1/2 yards if you want to keep it all the same)

1 1/2 yards of terry cloth

2 packs of sew on velcro strips (the long kind)

This will make 15 reusable kitchen towels.


As always iron out your wrinkles... I'm pretty sure I waited and did that around step 3 or 4 this time.... Shhhh....


Measure and cut

I cut them about 11.5 by 7.5.


Cut the velcro strips into 1 1/4" pieces. 

You're going to need 30 of them. 
I put sides together before I cut so they'd be exactly the same cut. 


Sew the fuzzy, soft side of the velcro to the top and bottom corner of one side of the terry cloth, about 5/8" from the edge.


Sew the scratchy side of the velcro to the right side of the flannel, top and bottom corners, 5/8" from the edge. 


Wrong sides together, zigzag stitch along the outside edges. 

Repeat until you have 15 unpaper towels!!!!!

Then you just attach the velcro and roll them up. You can stand them on your counter or put them on your paper towel holder. 

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial!!!!

Now hop on over and check out all the wonderful things the other ladies have for you this month!!!!

April 5, 2019

Secret Subject Swap April 2019

Secret Subject Swap, a multiblogger writing challenge | www.BakingInATornado.com | #MyGraphics

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 10 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My subject is  Finish this thought: the most annoying . . .

It was submitted by: https://Bakinginatornado.com

Ohhhhh, boy..... Do we have time for this???? Seriously, so many things seem to annoy me lately. Ha ha. Let me try to narrow it down.

Ok. So the most annoying.... Trying to get my son to wear something other than his Deadpool onesie. He wears it to the store. He wears it to the movies. He wears it to the library. He even tried to wear it to church! I kid you not! I keep telling him that one day it's just going to fall right off him. I give him other options... Like his red Deadpool shirt. Or how about his yellow Deadpool shirt. Maybe the white Deadpool shirt??? See a theme here??? YILES!!! The boy is making me crazy.

And don't even get me started on how inappropriate Deadpool can be for a 12 year old boy.... He's not actually seen the movies. Well, OK... He watched Once Upon a Deadpool. It was PG-13 and I'm still trying to figure out how they got that to happen.....

I guess I should be happy that he's at least wearing clothes. Right??

I'm so happy to be back to blogging. It has been way too long. There's so much that's happened in my life since I last wrote. One day soon I hope to start sharing some it. Some it is rough and heartbreaking and some of it I hope will be inspirational. In either case, I hope it will help someone else....

See you all again soon!!!!!

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado https://www.BakingInATornado.com

Never Ever Give Up Hope https://batteredhope.blogspot.com

Wandering Web Designer https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog

Cognitive Script https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com

The Bergham Chronicles https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/

The Crazy Mama Llama https://www.thecrazymamallama.com/

Climaxed https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com/

Southern Belle Charm https://www.southernbellecharm.com

Bookworm in the Kitchen https://www.bookwormkitchen.com/

Stacy Sews and Schools https://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/