Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hello All! Today is my 32nd birthday! 
I'm going to be off celebrating today with a friend and a very adorable younger man (her 2 month old) ;).

Graphic from The Graphics Fairy

But my birthday isn't the only exciting thing happening here at The Scrappy Housewife! 

Would you believe it? Next month is the 1 year bloggiversary for my lil' ol' blog here and I. Want. YOU! I would love, love, LOVE it if I could have some of you guest blog that week. 

If you would be interested in guest blogging and promoting your blog here that week, please email me at thescrappyhousewife(at)gmail(dot)com

I would love blog posts that reflect things we discuss here regularly:
1. DIY
2. Crafting
3. Food/Kitchen (tips and recipes)
4. Organizing
5. Scrapbooking

I'll be back later with an update on the Homemakers Challenge and how the crochet is going...(oy crochet!)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Learning to Crochet

While I was planted on the couch sick earlier this week I spent some time catching up on my blog reader. I was painfully behind. ;) One of my favorite crafty bloggers is Allison at little lovelies. She is so talented and creative. She's single-handedly rekindled my love for embroidery (something I've loved working on since childhood, but lost touch with as I got older). She doesn't know who the heck I am. ;) But anyway...now she's gotten me interested in something I've always wanted to learn how to do...CROCHET!

My mother was super talented. She could do pretty much whatever she set her mind to. Crocheting was one of her many talents. Unfortunately, I never acquired that talent. ;)

Anywho, while I was catching up on Allison's awesome blog...she mentioned joining up for a free (don't we all love FREE?) crochet-along class at Maybe Matilda. I was instantly hooked (crochet joke...get it? hook? Har har.) and signed up. It's for crocheters of all skill levels including newbies like me! I'm so excited. If you crochet (or want to learn) check out the button below for more information.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Homemaker's Challenge - Week 1


Homemakers Challenge

Click the button above to read more about the challenge and to find information about purchasing the book. I have not been compensated.



Good Evening All! 

I wanted to give you an update on what's going on so far over at Homemaker's Challenge. The challenge focuses on being a homemaker and what that entails of course (cooking, cleaning, taking care of the children...) but also on why we do what we do. So far we've completed (I say "we", but I'm not quite as caught up - more on that in a second) Days 1 - 7 of Sarah Mae's e-book 31 Days to Clean - Having a Martha House the Mary Way. If you're caught up on your Bible you know who Mary and Martha are, but if not here's a quick (and probably pretty sloppy) explanation. 

Martha is your typical Type A housewife type. Work then fun (if you don't get to the fun because you're working - well that's just the way it is - "At least someone does some work around here!"). She feels pretty annoyed that while she's scrubbing and doing the work those around her are skipping the work and just enjoying the experience of being together. 

Mary is more of an "experience first" type of girl. She recognizes that the work can wait when there are experiences to be cherished and that the world isn't going to end just because there's a dust bunny under the couch and she's not one to flinch when someone important stops by and the house is a mess. She's pretty laid back about things and would rather enjoy friends and family. She realizes that a perfectly clean house might mean she misses out on something important. This annoys her sister Martha to. no. end.

Each day in the challenge there are two tasks, one for Mary (examining the ourselves and coming up with ways to make your house a home) and one for Martha (cleaning a specific area of the house). Being sick this week has limited me somewhat, so I've only gotten through the Mary portion of the first 3 days. 

Out of respect for Sarah Mae's copyright I can't share the details of every challenge, but I wanted to spend this week giving you my thoughts on the first few days. Day 1 charges you with creating a mission statement of sorts. I am super lazy if I let my feelings run the show so I love the idea of writing out my response to why I want a clean home. I'm going to scrapbook it up (make it look pretty) and put it up in our home office so that on days when I'm really not feeling like being Martha - I'll be reminded why I should be (at least some of the time).    

Confession time: I gotta tell ya though, I'm usually Martha on steroids. Oh I am so Martha. I cannot relax until the cleaning is done - to the point that I put my happiness on the back burner and neglect what gives me joy (blogging, crafting, spending time with The Hubs). 

Having Martha's motivation to tend the house and Mary's spirit of making it a haven all rolled into one seems so powerful to me. Homemakers add life and vitality to a house. We turn a wood and brick box into a place people want to be. It's warm and inviting and encouraging. And it's not about perfection or putting people and experiences on the back burner just so we can have a clean house. (Something I need to remind myself of often.) What an amazing gift we have - the power to influence our home and family in such a way!  

Here's my mission statement:

I clean and tend our home so I can live a relaxed, fun life and can freely enjoy my family, friends and life experiences daily. I want my home to be a haven, not just to me, but also for my husband and our friends. I want it to be a place of encouragement, refuge and relaxation for all - including myself. I want our home to be the place where we work toward our dreams and expand our horizons and write our story every day - not just when it's perfectly clean.

Why do you do what you do? Why do we as DIY/creative/home bloggers care so much about organization, decor and keeping the cost under control and the experiences documented? Leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Saturday at the Farmer's Market

My husband and I love spending time on the weekends at one of the many local farmer's markets in our area. We are lucky enough to live in a farming and agricultural area of the country where fresh, local produce is abundant in the summer and fall months. This weekend we took a twenty minute drive north to one we hadn't been to before and I thought I'd share with you some of the variety you can find at a farmer's market. Take a look:

Yummy jalapeno peppers. I would've bought them, but I already have a plant of them hanging on my balcony.

Fresh homemade pies! These things smelled delicious. I would've taken one home, but hubby doesn't like cooked fruit and I knew I couldn't shouldn't eat a whole pie by myself. ;)

I loved the color on these pears!

Cheese from local dairy farms. In our area you can even still have your milk delivered in glass jars! Amazing!

These were so tempting. Might have to make another visit. 

Here's what we brought home. That jar is a jar of apple butter. One of my faves!

Most areas have local farmer's markets. Take some time to visit one and support local farmers! But be careful...you might gain a pound or two. ;) 

GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Happy Monday morning guys! I'm about to make one of you $25 richer! Here's how I chose the winner:

I printed off the contest post with all of the comments. Numbered the comments and then used Random.org to chose the winning comment.

AND THE WINNER IS!...



Comment #15 - 

Eva Scott said...

I'm following you via GFC!


Congratulations Eva! Please contact me at thescrappyhousewife(at)gmail(dot)com with your address and which giftcard you'd like and I'll get it out to you this week!

Thanks to everyone for participating in my first giveaway. As we grow bigger there will definitely be more! :) Happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Scrappy's First Giveaway!

CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED - WINNER ANNOUNCED SOON! THANK YOU!


***Edited to add: Make sure you're leaving a separate comment for each thing. If you bundle all of them together it's only one entry! Also, this is for residents in the United States - not international readers...sorry about not stating that earlier.   

So, I've been hinting a little bit about something exciting and I'm finally ready to spill the beans. Last week I hit 20 people on my Facebook page! OK, OK, I know it's not a huge number, but each and every time any of my blogger stats goes up I squee just a little bit. ;)

To celebrate I thought why not just have our first giveaway? The prize? A $25.00 gift card to your choice of Michael's, JoAnn Fabrics or Target (am I the only one that calls it Tar-jayyyyyyy?)! This is coming straight out of my wallet to you. I'm not advertising for them (though I do love all three and totally would) and I'm not getting any kickbacks for offering this giveaway.

Here's how to enter:

Required:
1. Leave a comment under this entry telling me which store you'd prefer the gift card to be from. Just for fun, tell me what you'd do with it. I love living vicariously. :)

Optional bonus entries:
2. Follow me on Google Friend Connect. (Current followers are eligible for this one too, just let me know in a separate comment that you already follow me via GFC.)
3. Follow me on Pinterest. Leave me a comment letting me know you've followed.
4. "Like" The Scrappy Housewife on Facebook. (Again, current "Likers" are eligible, just leave me an additional comment below telling me the name you'd be under over on Facebook so I can double check).
5. Blog about the giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your specific blog post (not your blog). I try really hard to connect with those that connect to me via GFC so you'll get a like in return.

I will pick a winner Sunday night and announce the winner on Monday! Good luck!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Homemaker's Challenge (and news about a Giveaway tomorrow!)

Homemakers Challenge


Hey guys! Thanks to a heads up from A Home Made by Kiki, I've decided to participate in the Homemaker's Challenge - 31 Days to Clean. I first heard of 31 Days to Clean, over at Eat at Home and bought the ebook several months ago and then promptly left it sit on the virtual shelf. ;) Tell me you do that too...

You can read a description of the book here

Basically the challenge isn't just about cleaning your home, but exploring your motivations for doing so and learning to live not just between chores, but really live and engage in things that make you happy.  

I will be very honest. This is faith based and I realize that it probably isn't for everyone. I'm going to be blogging my progress through the challenge a few times a week for the next 4 weeks. If this isn't your cup of tea then please feel free to skip these posts. They will be clearly marked so you can skip em if you like. You won't hurt my feelings. I'm not going to try and push my faith on you or preach at you. Promise. This is just something I struggle with (cleaning constantly and feeling obligated vs. living and enjoying myself and making time for myself) so I thought this might help. Kristina at A Home Made by Kiki is going to help me stay accountable as are some other fine folks participating in the challenge. 

You can find out more about the challenge by clicking the button at the top of this post. 

And don't worry, if this isn't your thing, I completely understand. I'm going to continue to post about crafting, cleaning, DIY and just life in general here at the Scrappy house. As a matter of fact, we're going to have our first GIVEAWAY tomorrow. The post is already written even. ;) Make sure you check back tomorrow!
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