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TAG : Mary Conley

Using Your Material Stash to Make Hot Pads

Dear friends,I had so much fun taking homemade gifts to my friends at Christmas luncheons this year, and I want to tell you about it.Last December I posted about making hot pads out of old jeans for presents.You may want to go to this link for my tutorial as it seemed to be a hit.This ...

Making Hot Pads For Presents

Dear Friends,Doesn’t the word, homemade, make you think of a creative, resourceful person? I have always wanted to be that person who could make Christmas presents that were actually practical and appreciated, but the truth is, you need to start way ahead of time or it most likely won’t ...

Mary Conley

Old Dog, New Tricks By Mary Conley When my husband Larry and I were in our late sixties, we purchased 20 acres, which we proudly refer to as our farm. Much to our city-raised children's surprise, we became consumed by this new life, spending the week working our regular jobs and the ...

Using Ice Cube Trays

Dear friends,I hope you haven't thrown away those old ice cube trays. You may have used them to freeze coffee for iced coffee, or cubes of juice for punch. My favorite is to use the trays for vegetables. For example, I like to run zucchini through the blender and then fill a tray. After the ...

Overlooked Local Sites

Dear friends, Have you noticed when on vacation, we are interested in everything, including listening to the tour guide's stories, and reading all the signs, plaques, memorials, and historical markers? But, do we have the same interest locally? How many times have we driven past a historical ...

Uses for Cotton Bowl Cozies

Dear Friends,I'm excited to tell you about some fun I had over the holiday season with a new sewing craft I discovered. In the late fall, my husband, Larry, and I went to a huge craft show to see our friend's photography booth. While there, we scouted the whole place to see what was and wasn't ...

Denim Rag Bedspreads and Pocket Pillow Shams

Dear Friends,Once upon a time, many, many, many years ago, I decided to save all our worn-out denim jeans. I had some here and there in sacks in our attic, but eventually found a tall box, and continually added to it until the box was overflowing. I am now 74, and suddenly got in the mood to ...

Harvest Festival: The Cornucopia of Fall

Dear friends,When I was growing up, our small town of Washta, Iowa had fall harvest festivals to raise money for the Methodist church. I remember the first time I attended and the excitement of the evening. However, while the grownups were probably interested in all the donations and money ...

The Abandoned Farmhouse

Dear friends,I may have mentioned before that our hobby farm consists of a house surrounded by a barn, other outbuildings, and a little land cut off from the rest of an old fashioned farm. We were told there was a time when you could drive down our road and see many such places. A farmer and ...

Carrot Time Fun Time

Dear Friends,I know. This is the third post I've done on our garden this season. I can't help it. I've had somewhat of a garden many times, but I've never had such a beautiful, complete kitchen garden like this one in my whole long life! It is such a delight to go to it almost daily and pick ...

Mulberries

Dear friends, We have mulberries! Yes, wonderful mulberries! I'm not talking about the wild mulberry trees in our lower pasture, under which Larry has often stopped the tractor, while mowing, to eat his fill. Then he comes home with stains on the seat of his pants, where the berries have ...

Early Garden Rewards

Dear friends, On a past post called "The Garden of Hope," I shared my feelings about the enjoyment I felt while planting our garden on Mother's Day at our farm. Then I left for three weeks, hoping that the weather and the sprinkler system would be kind to me. They were. Three days after ...

The Garden of Hope

Dear friends,How did you spend Mother's Day? Did you go to church or out to lunch? Your young children may have showered you with homemade cards and small gifts. Perhaps your adult children visited, called, or sent cards. I hope it was a happy and rewarding day for you. I remember spending ...

Books and Breaking the Cycle

Dear friends,Here is a sad statistic from Utah First Lady, Jeanette Herbert: “86 percent of all juvenile offenders have reading problems, and 60 percent of prison inmates are illiterate.”I’m sure you have read about the importance of reading to a child. There are many statistics about ...

That Library Inside You

Dear friends, In my last post, “That Person Inside You,” I received several comments from people identifying with the matter of aging. Some were experiencing it, and some had parents who were. It was interesting to share our heartfelt concerns and emotions, and I decided to post a few more ...