Month: March 2019

9 Quotes on Homemaking: Encouragement for Homemakers

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As a modern housewife, we can often get lost in the drudgery of cooking and cleaning so much. Nothing ever seems to really get done, because one mess inevitably follows another.

That’s why it’s important to offer encouragement for homemakers as often as possible. I often turn to homemaking blogs and inspirational mom blogs when I’m feeling down, but quotes about homemaking can be a great source of encouragement too!

I put these quotes on homemaking with 1950s homemaking images. Don’t you love those old fashioned homemaker photos of beautiful women dressed up like they’re going to a party, but they’re just cleaning away? It’s totally unrealistic but I adore that retro housewife aesthetic! They really made vintage homemaking look not only easy, but glamorous. In their world, balancing family life and homemaking wasn’t hard, it was easy!

Being a housewife isn’t easy, that much is for sure. But it’s not about being the perfect housewife! It’s about learning and practicing those simple homemaking skills. You don’t learn how to be a homemaker in one day, you learn your whole life.

So please enjoy these housewife quotes. I hope they inspire you to work a little bit harder with an even bigger smile!

9 Quotes on Homemaking: Encouragement for Homemakers

Learn How To Use Embroidery Punch Pens: Make Cute Rug-Like Crafts As Gifts

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Embroidery is a fun and fulfilling craft, great for quiet times of reflection or to keep your hands busy while watching TV. Holding those tiny needles, though, can be a pain.

My hands have been painful since I was a teen, so sometimes I just can’t do traditional embroidery. To keep busy even when my hands hurt, I like to do punch pen embroidery!

Punch pen embroidery creates a different kind of look (the finished product looks a bit like a plush rug or carpet), but that makes them even more unique and interesting. This is a very old craft, too, and it’s seeing a revival in recent years.

About embroidery punch pens

So what is punch pen embroidery? It’s a form of embroidery that involves punching thread, yarn or ribbon through a fabric and creating a loop pattern. That looping pattern makes the pattern look like a plush rug that you’d just like to snuggle up on.

There are some claims about where punch pen embroidery originates from: Some thing ancient Egyptians started it with hollow bird bones, while others think it originated in Russia, Germany or England.

This craft can be used to create and decorate wall art, ornaments, pillows, and other decor and crafts. It’s often referred to as “painting with thread”.

Embroidery Punch Needle Supplies

What do you need to get started with punch needle embroidery? Only a few affordable supplies!

  • An embroidery hoop. Make sure you get one that has a tightening mechanism on it. You want your fabric to stay put while you’re doing punch embroidery.
  • A punch pen. I sell one on my Etsy shop, but these can be found on Amazon and in stores like Michael’s.
  • Thread. I like to use embroidery floss, but I use regular sewing thread sometimes too!
  • A pattern. You can make your own pattern and draw it directly onto the fabric, or you can buy and print a pattern. You can trace the pattern onto fabric with a light box or a sunny window.
  • Fabric. You’re supposed to use weaver’s cloth, but all you really need is a fabric with a tight and slightly stretchy weave. You’ll have to experiment to see if the loop will stay put in whatever fabric you use.
  • Small scissors to cut the thread.

How to use embroidery punch pens

Before I get into the written instructions, here are 2 videos that will help you a lot!

Pick a design

You can really go wild here. While it’s best to start with a small design for your first few attempts, you can get pretty elaborate.

You can either purchase and print a design, or make your own drawn directly onto the fabric. Either way, you’ll want to get your fabric ready. Cut the fabric so that there’s 4 inches of border around the pattern. This is the fabric that the hoop will hold onto.

Then you can use a fabric pen to draw your pattern into the center of the fabric.

Choose your embroidery hoop

A hoop that has a locking mechanism is a must. You want that fabric in there super tight.

Center the fabric over the inner embroidery hoop (that’s the smaller one). You want the locking mechanism facing up.

Then you press the larger hoop over the top. Make sure the pattern is on very tight. You want it to feel and sound like a drum.

Thread your punch needle

Most punch needles come with a handy dandy threader with a huge eye. You can put your thread through that to easily thread the pen’s needle. There will be a tiny loop at the bottom of the threader, which is what holds the thread without it slipping.

A punch needle has a hollow shaft where the thread is, and a depth gauge.

Slide the thread through the eye of the needle and down into the hollow shaft. Pushing it through the other side, you have completed threading your needle!

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Start punching

Holding the needle as if it were a pen or pencil, you want the bevel side of the needle facing the direction you are punching.

It’s easiest if the thread rests over your finger, but make sure it can move freely or you’ll just unravel your art as you work.

You also want to work on the side that will be the back of your art.

Finish punching your pattern

Punch directly through the fabric, then pull the needle towards you. As you pull it out, the needle should always be touching the fabric.

Each time you push through, you want to push to the same depth so each loop is the same size. Move the needle over a few stitches to make the next punch.

The needle separates the threads in your fabric, and when you pull it back that hole closes to keep the loop firmly in the fabric. The thread isn’t locked, though, so be kind of delicate with it.

It’s easiest to complete the outline if your pattern before filling in the rest. Then you can finish by stitching the background elements, if you have any.

Finish your craft

Complete your craft by pulling the needle out of the fabric, leabing 1/2 inch of thread. Remove the embroidery hoop, and voila! You have a beautiful punch pen embroidery that will make a great gift.

Questions about punch needle embroidery

Do you need a specific kind of fabric for needle punching?

Nope! While it is recommended to use weaver’s cloth for beginners, if you’re willing to experiment you can use any fabric. Just make sure you’re using a hoop and have the correct tension.

What thread do I use for punch needle embroidery?

Embroidery floss is a great way to start, since there are so many different colors and you can choose how many threads you want to use.

How many strands of thread you use depends on your design. Starting with three is a good way to experiment with the thickness you prefer. Some people use all 6 strands.

What should I do if my loops keep unraveling?

You might be pulling your needle too far out of the fabric! Remember, your thread isn’t being locked into place like it is with traditional embroidery.

Can I machine wash my needle punch project?

Probably not. Again, nothing is locking your thread into place, so your project is going to be delicate. Hand washing is best if you must wash it.

If you need to machine wash, definitely use a delicate cycle.

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Which is the good side?

Some people like the back of their projects more, so this is really up for your interpretation. Traditionally, though, the back side is the side without loops.

Do I knot the thread? If not, how do I keep it from unraveling?

You don’t have to use knots. Technically, the stitches should be close enough to prevent your art from unraveling too easily.

Why should I take up needle punch embroidery?

Lots of reasons!

  • It’s cheap
  • It doesn’t take up a lot of space
  • The learning curve is small
  • The finished pieces are unique and interesting gifts
  • It’s easy to do punch pen embroidery while spending time with family or watching TV
  • It’s a unique craft that you don’t see very often

What have you made with your embroidery punch pen?

Using a punch pen is a lot of fun and can make so many cute crafts. Everyone that receives one will be blown away by the unique rug-like look and they’ll be interested in how you did it!

So if you want an affordable craft, this is the perfect one to pick up.

I hope I answered some of your questions about punch pen embroidery and encouraged you to pick it up! If you do want to start with this craft project, I sell an embroidery punch pen on Etsy.

I also sell other sewing and embroidery supplies on Etsy.

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Link Roundup: Serengeti Wild Dogs, Disrupting The Wedding Industry, Poor Air Quality In The UK & More

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Happy Sunday! I hope you can get outside, even if it’s freezing, just to get some fresh air. My son is with Grandma and I got to bed early last night, so I’m feeling pretty good for someone who got up at 6am with a back ache.

This week was pretty busy as far as work and this blog goes. I uploaded some new craft supplies to Etsy, listed a new Spring-themed ring for sale on this website, and I learned that mind mapping really is the best way to outline blog posts.

With my free time before my son woke up, I looked through my Feedly feeds and found some posts and articles that you all might like to read. So, let’s see what’s going on in the world:

Why did Serengeti’s wild dogs disappear? Study challenges controversial hypothesis

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African wild dogs disappeared from the Serengeti. Why?

In 1991, the African wild dogs that lived in Serengeti National Park disappeared. The original hypothesis of what happened is that the researchers caused this by handling the wild dogs, fitting them with radio collars and taking blood samples. It was thought that all this handling compromised their immune systems, leaving them susceptible to rabies.

A new study challenges that hypothesis, though. Wild dogs to the east of the park that were exposed to the same stresses didn’t face the same fate.

The study’s authors think that it’s more likely that competition with the growing numbers of lions and hyenas caused the disappearance of the African wild dogs.

Why is the wedding industry so hard to disrupt?

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Wedding startups fail more often than not. Why?

There have been surprisingly few wedding startups since the dawn of the internet, and even fewer successful ones. Zola and The Knot are two success stories, but what makes the wedding industry so impervious to outsiders?

The wedding industry is known for being rigid, but it has changed to fit in with our online world. Pinterest, for instance, has said that 40 million people use its service to plan a wedding every year.

The whims of Google and SEO have tanked some startups, and the successful ones like The Knot are probably selling your emails to advertisers to stay afloat.

In my mind, there’s just so many parts to a wedding and people prefer them to be integral and working together. Startups that focus on just one aspect of a wedding probably won’t make much money, but going broad will require more money, a larger team, and a better strategy. It’s just a hard industry to break into.

Poor air quality found at over 2,000 sites across the UK

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Air quality is only getting worse. How do we fix that?

Pollution is getting worse the world over. There are some efforts to clean up around the UK, but there are still 2,000 areas in the UK with alarming numbers in air quality. It’s a health issue, especially since nitrogen dioxide is one of the main culprits. Nitrogen Dioxide irritates the lungs and creates breathing issues.

How to Choose the Right Social Media Platform for Your Business

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Which social media site is best for your business?

My social media plan right now focuses almost entirely on Pinterest. That’s not to say everyone should do the same, though. This infographic will help you choose the right social media website for your needs.

How Financial Gurus Make Money

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Are all financial gurus just scammers?

“Show me $1 and I’ll show you 10 “money gurus” who claim they can turn it into $2.”

Financial gurus are ruining the internet, and they might be ruining your wallet, too. Sure, there are some good ones out there, but most are experts in only one thing: making money off of you.

This article is a lesson to not trust every expert that walks your way, even if they really are experts. Experts don’t always have good morals.

How to Outsmart the Most Common Money Scams

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Scammers are everywhere. How do you keep your money safe?

Speaking of bad morals, you need to learn how to avoid these scams. Anyone can fall prey to a money scam, so it pays to be prepared.

Ship Baby Supplies to Your Vacation Destination

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How do you stock up on baby supplies for your vacation?

Going on vacay with a baby is hard. It’s more like moving than a week away.

A better idea might be use Amazon Prime or some other shipping service to send what you need to your destination. Less to pack, less to worry about!

Stop Recycling Plastic Bottles Without Caps On

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Recycling has a lot of rules to get it right

There are a lot of rules about what plastic you can and can’t recycle. Here’s a new rule: recycle your bottles with the cap on.

“So what’s the right way to recycle a plastic water bottle? First, remove the cap and crunch the bottle up from the base until most of the air is removed. Screw the cap back on, then toss the bottle in the recycling bin!”

People with chronic pain are coping with the help of Pinterest, new study reveals

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Medicine isn’t the only way to deal with chronic pain

Self care and pain management tips on Pinterest are actually helping people with chronic pain! It’s a sad fact that medical intervention often falls short with chronic pain, so spreading different techniques of dealing with it through Pinterest is a great thing to do.

Should Google Treat Fossil Fuel Companies Like It Treats Tobacco & Firearm Companies?

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Should fossil fuel companies be treated like an enemy of the people?

Fossil fuel companies are marketing power houses with a ton of money to throw behind propaganda and advertising. Should Google and social media companies hold them accountable for spreading false information that could lead to climate change denial or otherwise further the harm to the environment? Should fossil fuel companies be blacklisted from buying advertising like firearm companies are?

The BEST Slime Supplies To Have On Hand

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Watermelon fimo charms, kiwi fimo charms, lemon fimo charms, fruit fimo charms for slime on a burlap cloth
Cute fimo fruit slices that look great when added to slime – click to buy on Etsy

Even the best recipe requires the right ingredients! If you want to make slime, no matter what recipe you use, you need to have supplies ready.

You wouldn’t make a chicken pot pie without chicken or pie crusts, would you? No way! So don’t think you can get away with making slime without glue, borax, or other necessary ingredients.

You’ll want to keep your pantry stocked with the supplies I’ve listed below. That way, you’ll be ready for a rainy day when your kids are bored and you want to get them into an educational activity!

Of course, I suggest wearing a smock or apron while making slime, because it can get messy. And to save your floors, line your experiment area with newspaper or plastic.

But wait… What are the benefits of making slime?!

Is it not enough that it’s super fun and satisfying? Alright, alright. Here are the awesome benefits of making slime with your kids:

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These tiny duck charms are perfect for slime!
  • Making and playing with slime is a sensory play activity. That means that you’re engaging and learning about all 5 of your senses. You can smell any scents that you add. You see the pretty colors. You hear the gross farting noise that slime makes when you squish it. You touch the slime and feel its texture, whether it’s creamy like cloud slime or bumpy like crunchy slime. And if you make edible slime, you can taste it, too!
  • Making slime helps to build creativity and allows you to learn through exploration. When you add glitter, dye, and charms, you’re essentially making a unique work of art. And everything you add changes how the slime feels or how it acts when you touch it.
  • Playing with slime encourages the development of fine motor skills and coordination, and making slime does that while you’re mixing and adding ingredients, too!
  • Slime is messy play with easy clean up. Getting messy is great for children, and it really helps them to unleash their creativity.
  • Slime introduces kids to the fun side of science and chemistry. That’s right: all those things you add together to make slime creates a chemical reaction that makes slime so fun to play with!
  • Making slime together is a great way to bond with your kids. You can both laugh and play with the satisfying toy, and mix interesting new themed slimes together.
  • Squishing slime relieves stress! Kids these days are more stressed than ever, and psychologists have even found slime to be helpful for kids dealing with anxiety or depression. Slime just might be a great addition to a time-out corner to help a kid in meltdown mode to center themselves again.
  • Squishing and playing with slime might help picky eaters! Some picky eaters have a hard time processing different textures. Exposure therapy can help, and slime has a funny texture that might gross out your kids at first. But as they warm up to playing with slime, you might find they open up to eating different foods again.
  • Slime helps to teach descriptive language. You can help your kids describe what they see, hear, feel, and smell as they play with their slime. Is it cold? Is the slime shiny? Is it bumpy slime?

So what supplies do you need to make slime?

At its essence, slime only requires a few supplies.

The simplest slime recipe looks like this:

  • 1/2 cup of school glue
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of liquid starch
  • 1/2 cup of water

That’s it!

But the simplest slime isn’t always the most fun. If you want to be able to make awesome slime with different themes, here are the slime supplies you need to stock up on:

A slime recipe

The best slime recipes are the ones that have cool themes! Here are some great slime recipe ideas:

Glue

Any school glue will do, and you can get glue in huge gallon jugs online! You can usually save a lot of money (and plastic waste!) when you buy in bulk like that, plus you’ll always know you have some ready for making slime.

Slime activators

Slime activators are a substance that chemically reacts with the glue to turn it into slime!

Here are the different kinds of slime activators:

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Add these pastel sugar cubes to your slime!
  • Borax. Borax is banned in some countries, but if you have it you can add it to water and mix in a little at a time to create your slime.
  • Liquid laundry detergent. Slowly add it in.
  • Contact lens solution and baking soda. These are both easy to find ingredients to use as an activator!

Slime add ins

This is the fun part! What you mix in with your slime will give it personality! Here are some super fun ideas:

One of my favorite add ins to mix into slime is chocolate slime charms. I sell a few different versions, but chocolate slime charms are very popular with customers and are perfectly cute and sweet!

Slime storage

If you want to keep your slime for longer than just one play session, you’ll want airtight containers. You can use tupperware or ziplock bags, but you will want more decorative slime containers if you plan on selling or gifting your slime. I offer round or heart shaped slime containers on Etsy.

Mixing Supplies

Spoons and bowls will be helpful when you’re mixing your slime!

Water

Available from your tap, water is part of most slime recipes, so be ready to grab some when needed.

Do you have the necessary slime supplies in stock?

With just a few simple supplies, you can turn a boring afternoon indoors into a slime party! Remember, making slime has a ton of benefits from educational to sensory to emotional, so don’t be afraid to dive right in. Start making slime now to reap the benefits!

If you’re out of supplies, I carry slime supplies on my Etsy shop. I also wrote a blog post about must have craft supplies.

Don’t forget to share this blog post with your friends so they can start making slime, too!

In the comments: What kind of slime will you make first? Share a recipe or photo of your slime below!

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How do kids benefit from making slime? It helps them learn cool science concepts!