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Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday, Monday!

Good morning my friends!  It was a busy weekend here at the Queen house.  Over yonder in Portland, little Miss Piper is sick with something.  I'm sure it's a virus she picked up at daycare after I left.  She had a fever during the night of 103.6.  Mommy is home with her today and I would appreciate any prayers and good thoughts you would care to give for my little girl.

This first photo is of the moon on Friday night.  It was taken with my iPhone from a moving car so it's not very clear.  I took it because it's such a treat just to have a sky clear enough to see the moon!
Remember the kitchen cabinet I showed you last week?  Well this is what I did with the jars and chalkboard paint. I had a drawer that wasn't being used for anything except tea bags.  I do all of my baking at the island where this drawer is.  Right next to it is a drawer with all of my baking soda, powder, jello and pudding packets.  Underneath is a drawer with my measuring cups, spoons, scoops.   Anything I use for baking. So I thought this would be a great place for my spices.  I can change the names on top anytime I want.  I think I'm going to like this.  What do you think?
Here is the cabinet after the spices came out.  The big jars of spices I left there close to the stove top and I moved the tea bags and chai to this cabinet.  It would be nice if I can keep it this neat and tidy.  :-)
For years we were going to get drawers in the pantry because things get lost in the back of the shelves.  The pantry is 24 inches deep which is nice, but hard to keep organized when I can't see or reach that far back.  I was supposed to go to IKEA while in Portland to get some drawers, but because of the snow I didn't make it there.  On Saturday Hubby suggested we go to Bargain Hunt.  It's the bargain store for Huntwood Cabinets who built our cabinets.  Off we went and look what we found!  A much better deal than I could have gotten at IKEA.
We got these drawers for $5.00 each!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   That's right five dollars.  I am so excited!  Hubby had them installed within an hour or so.  Well....except for the bottom one.  They didn't include enough of the special screws.  We need 12 more for the last drawer.  Hubby went to Lowes and Home Depot to try to buy some, but you have to get them at a cabinet store. They're closed Sunday and Monday so I'll drive back there tomorrow to get more screws and Hubby will put the last one in tomorrow.  The store is almost to Idaho, at the last freeway exit before Post Falls, Idaho so it takes me almost 40 minutes to get there.  I really am excited for this.  Four drawers/$20.00!  Can you believe it?  I've wanted these for so long, but didn't want to ask for them because I thought they would be expensive-which, if you buy them in a store they are expensive.  I have a WoNdErFuL Hubby.
For my birthday he also bought me a set of signature double pointed needles for making socks.  These needles aren't cheap and he knows I've been eyeing them for a couple of years now.  They're even purple, my favorite color.  They are on top of the oval doily I made a couple of weeks ago.
This is a baby blanket I started when I was at Mandy's.  It will be given to the hospital when it's done.
This washcloth is another charity project I'm working with. It's called "Days for Girls." Girls in many places in Africa can't go to school during "that time of the month".  I'm sure you get my meaning.  This group sews waterproof shields and cloth absorbent liners that the girls can wash out.  Also included are some purchased panties, a store bought, knitted or crocheted wash cloth and a zip lock bag.  All of this is put into a brightly colored sewn drawstring bag.  Girls who are provided with these bags are able to go to school and added thousands of school days just in the last year.  I think it's a very worthy group to help.  In my humble opinion, no girl should have to stay home from school because of this reason.
This is Teresa's doily.  I'm in a quandary.  The pattern called for size 30 thead.  I am using size 10 and I'm afraid it will be too big for her piano.  So this morning I went to Hancock Fabric, Hobby Lobby, Joanne's, Michael's and Walmart.  No one has size 30.  I think I'll keep going and just see what happens.  If it's too big Teresa can use it as a bedspread!  :-)
And now I'm going to get comfy in my knitting chair and have fun with the doily.  I hope you all are having a great Monday too.  Many blessings.

"Give thanks to The Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever."  Psalm 136:1

Blessings,
Betsy

29 comments:

  1. Your cupboard looks so much nicer and neater without all those spices! Great idea. I keep all my spices in two drawers next to my stove too, but they're in all different kinds of bottles & boxes. Hope your grandbaby feels better quickly! Have fun with your doily.

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    1. I think it looks better too. I'm looking forward to seeing how it works for convenience. Thank you for thinking of Piper.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  2. Betsy, your spice idea is outstanding! I think it's very cool! That is such a nice project you're helping with. You're always doing something nice and generous for others.. you're an angel. The doily would be good at 3 feet across.. so I guess you could stop when you reach that if it would help. We're having hail and pouring rain here now.. I'm so over winter! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thanks for your nice words Teresa! I appreciate them. It's raining here too and the wind is howling today.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  3. Great idea for your pantry! I love the idea of drawers. I will remember little Miss Piper in my prayers today...
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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    1. Thank you for your prayers. Mandy just called and her temperature is up again. She's waiting for the doctors office to call her.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  4. Oh I love your doily...it's so pretty. I know it will be much loved. :)

    Signature needles are so lovely...I've never even seen a pair in person, but I have seen them on line. You will have to tell me what you think about them. They are lovely and what a most thoughtful gift.

    Blessings to you and yours always sweet friend.

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    1. Dennis has listened to me ooh and aah over those needles for a couple of years now. A little drool may have also been involved. :-)
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  5. All your drawer organizer ideas look great, Betsy! Did you attach the ring to the lid so that they stay together when you unscrew the lid or are they already one piece? As always I appreciate all your stitching projects, too. I am praying for Miss Piper to be well. And thank you so much for your lovely birthday greetings. I am blessed with your dear friendship and look forward to more time shared with you! xx

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    1. I didn't attaché hem because I didn't think of that! What a good idea. I just may get my hot glue fun out and do that tomorrow. :-). Thank you for your prayers for Piper. She's going to the doctor at 2:10. I am so blessed to be able to count you as a friend Gracie.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  6. Snowstorm here….I was not needed at the hospital so I am thrilled to be off the roads.
    Great charity project for the African girls!

    Hope your little one recovers very quickly….they seem to bounce back as quickly as they get knocked down at that age

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  7. Thank you for your thoughts for Piper. She does seem to get sick a lot. Also thank you for your comment about the girls project. I think it's a good one too.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  8. Hello Betsy, Wow what a nice outcome on your pantry draws.. They are now so nice and organized. Your doily is looking great. I hope Piper gets better soon.. Unfortunately day cares kids always share their wee bugs... we are having another snow blizzard today. They never seen to end. Hugs Judy

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  9. Thank you for your nice comment. You are really getting the snow! We've only had a fraction of our usual snow here in Spokane. The weather is sure odd this year.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. I LOVE those little chalkboard topped spice jars!!!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I like them too. It's an idea I saw in a magazine somewhere.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  11. BIG hugs and prayers for your little princess xxx
    Wow you have so many wonderful projects on the go and what great causes you are helping x

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  12. Aww thank you. She's still not feeling well this afternoon. I enjoy doing what I can to help others. It's not much but I think every little bit helps.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  13. From Shari-

    Hi Betsy! I am so sorry to hear sweet little Piper is not feeling well. Sending sweet loveable hugs and get well wishes. LOVE, love your new spice jars....what a wonderful, GREAT, idea! and...and....the kitchen drawers, plus, the doily (gorgeous BTW)......... you are on a roll this week!
    xx Shari

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    1. Shari, I don't know why blogger wouldn't let me publish your comment so I copied and pasted it here!

      Thank you for your sweet comment. It WAS a busy and productive weekend.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  14. Wow....what great organizing! Hope your little Piper is feeling better soon!!
    xo Kris

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  15. Thanks Kris. It dos feel good to get things in better order.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  16. Your cupboard looks terrific and the spice jars look great too. I love the project for girls in Africa, that will be so helpful. I agree that they should not have to miss school, how sad. I hope Piper is feeling better very soon!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I had fun writing this post with lots if new things.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  17. Poor little Piper, I will send her positive healing thoughts. Love the pictures of the moon, you are always so wonderful supporting such worthy causes my friend.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  18. Hi Mere. Lots of stuff going around isn't there? I'll be praying for your guy too. I'm glad I'm helping the girls too. School is important for them.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  19. Betsy, if you are still looking for size 30 crochet thread, you might try Sew EZ Too on Garland. They have a lot of threads for tatting and crochet and other lace; to the left, at the back of the store. They also will take coupons from the other fabric/craft stores.

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  20. Hi Betsy, if you're still looking for size 30 crochet thread, try Sew EZ Too on Garland. They have a lot of threads for crochet and tatting and other lace work, to the left at the back of the store. They also take coupons from other fabric/craft stores.
    Diana

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  21. Thank you!! I'll be driving right by there tomorrow morning so I'll stop in and check it out. Thank you, thank you!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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