{ HOME } Staying Put


Home.  It’s where my family is.  And for now, it’s same orange brick walls that we’ve lived in for the last 14 years.

Home for sale

This didn’t happen.

And I’m okay with that.  Today.  It took me a few weeks to get okay.

Basically, the market in Shreveport/Bossier just didn’t work in our favor.  God has a different plan for us.

This means that we are staying put.   Right here.  On our little cul-de-sac.  With our garden and fruit trees.  With our 1172 square feet.


It’ll mean some changes.  Rethinking the way we use our space.  Rethinking what we need in our home.  Rethinking paint colors.  Bring it on.

NEW NEW NEW Sewing Classes at BPCC for Fall 2014


I’m so excited!  Bossier Parish Community College is offering personal enrichment classes again this fall!  I’ll be offering these sewing classes at BPCC this fall:

Beginning Sewing:  Please note that this class is a combination of Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine and What Else Can Your Machine Do?

5:30-8:30 pm Monday, September 15 and September 22 @ BPCC


5:30-8:30 pm Thursday, October 9 and October 16 @ BPCC

Please contact BPCC Continuing Ed to sign up!

How to Stock Your Sewing Kit Without killing Your wallet

Sewing supplies.  They make life easier, yes?  But…if I wait until I need them, I’ll most certainly pay full price for that spool of thread or that zipper (and then buy a basketfull of other items that ‘caught my eye’).

There’s no excuse for paying full price for any sewing supplies anymore.  Here’s how I stock my sewing kit without going broke:

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1.  Phone apps and mobile coupons.  I don’t always remember to bring my store flyer.  But—I do always have my cell phone.  Hobby Lobby, JoAnn’s, and Michaels have phone apps.  Hancock’s Fabrics has a mobile club that sends me texts.  Coupons at my fingertips!

2.  Stock up.  There are certain items I know I’ll need.  I buy these anytime I can find them 1/2 off:

  • double fold bias tape in white and natural
  • piping in white
  • white and clear buttons (1/4 inch and 5/8 inch)
  • Coats and Clark all-purpose (the blue label) in white
  • straight pins
  • seam rippers (these grow legs and walk away at my house!)
  • invisible zippers in white and natural
  • Maxi-Lock cone thread in white

You may need different items.  Keep a running list of the tools you use.  Those are the things you need to stock up on.

3.  Sales.  Yes, I know.  This one is obvious.  You can pretty much count on Hancock’s Fabrics and often JoAnn’s to put the notion wall on 50% on any minor holiday:  Columbus Day, Flag Day, etc.  Just be certain you read the fine print.  Sometimes notions include threads.  Sometimes not.

Hey Y'all! Welcome to my little piece of the South!