Busy times ahead!!!

BooksSOOOOOO….I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. I can’t seem to keep still. In an effort to keep cost down I’ve been working on making my own things, right? Upcycling and all that jazz. I recently put all the clothes that are too small for my kids in a massive bags in an effort to “reconstruct” them into something they will wear. So far I’ve scaled down my oldest son’s size 16 pants down to a size 6 for his little brother. I also read Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt got some ideas for my daughter on some things to do. However, some of these wear more skin bearing than I would like my 8yr old punk to have. I found the updated version Generation T: Beyond Fashion: 120 New Ways to Transform a T-shirt was much less skin revealing and would work for my little punk at heart. I’ve also decided to take a Basic Sewing class at the local community college to help with my so-so sewing skills. I have basic skills now, but I think I want to improve upon them. I saw the school also has clothing construction courses as well. Although I’m not looking to go into fashion design. I figured it wouldn’t hPepperurt.

The other thing I’m tackling right now is in addition to my classes I need to finish my degree this semester, I’ve decided to take the gardening class at my school. It’s REALLY great because it works with the Arizona’s own, Phoenix based, David Owens’s books Extreme Gardening: How to Grow Organic in the Hostile Deserts and The Garden Guy: Seasonal Guide to Organic Gardening in the Desert Southwest (Outdoor and Nature). I REALLY recommend his books. STUFF REALLY GROWS!! and I have a brown thumb. I’m looking forward to the class. I’m hoping it will help demystify the whole compost thing and all. Plus, it should help me get my butt back in the backyard.

grainAll this crafty stuff is making me sound like a bored housewife, but there is a method to my madness. I want to eventually get my home to self-sufficiency. Growing are own food, making and designing are own clothes from old clothes (you can’t beat $1 days at Goodwill plus it shows more our own personality), and lower our overall cost. Once I’ve mastered the art of needle craft with embroidery, knitting, and crocheting; I plan to move on to growing our own cotton! Arizona is one of the few states in American were we can do this and all in my front yard! I takes a lot of cotton to make a fabric so I figured it would be good for small projects. I’m still trying to work the bugs in my head on that one. I’ve thought about just getting bunnies for not only their meaty properties but for their fur. I have this book that I’m starting to consider the Bible of Self-sufficiency The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! as it has TONS of ideas. I’ve added a link on the side if you want to check it out. Although some things are not conducive to my area and my lot size, however, there are SO many things AND info that I keep this thing by my bedside when an idea pops up in my head.

I know this blog has a lot of links and post. I apologize. I didn’t get a chance to take any photos of my recent projects. Right now I’m working on the first crochet project of the year from my Crochet: 2011 Day-to-Day Calendar. I know it’s a little early, but some project in there are for baby dolls and we don’t own one nor does anyone I know keep baby dolls. Plus, I plan to busy this next year with the garden and the sewing of clothes. It looks like 2011 will be a busy year for me. Maybe its the little bit of old Mayan in me that is subconsciously preparing for 12/20/12 and if we turn into some post-apatoplypic world I’ll at least have our home prepared. LOL…..I’ll still need to get a gun then and I HATE guns, so the world will just not have to end. lol.

When I get the pictures, will post soon. Problem is right now I have been just completing the projects and forgetting to take the before, during, and after photos. I only have the after! ARG!! I will get organized!
Until then!