Primitive Rug Hooking – How to Dye Wool Using Cushing’s Dyes

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Last week I shared my list of basic supplies and how I draw out patterns for my hooked rugs. This week I thought I’d share how I dye 100% wool fabric using Cushing’s Perfection Dyes. Next week I’ll show you how I hook my rugs.

the wool studio Rebecca erb swatches

When you are searching for wool fabric for your hooked rugs, you want to look for 100% wool. Sometimes I’ll get lucky and find 100% wool at the fabric store, but often times it’s either really expensive {even with a coupon} or not what I’m looking for texture or pattern wise. When I first started rug hooking I would buy wool and wool blend skirts from the thrift stores and take them apart before dying them. But my results were always a bit mixed and more often than not the colors didn’t turn out the way I had hoped they would. So I stopped buying “used” wool.

These days I prefer to buy wool from Rebecca Erb’s Wool StudioShe offers such an amazing assortment of colors and textures {the selection is always changing} that it has become my one shop for buying wool. The quality of her wool is amazing, and I have never once been disappointed with the wool I have purchased from her.

New customers can order a 30 swatch New Customer Mailer for $5.00. If you become an active customer by ordering 2 yards {or $42.00}, you will be added to her quarterly swatch mailing list.

Every once in a while I will place a big order from The Dorr Mill Store {their oatmeal wool is one of my favorites} but only when I know I’ll be ordering quite a few yards because the cost to ship a package from the East coast to the West coast add up quick. Buying from 1 supplier has really helped me save on shipping.

wool fabric for rug hooking

Once you have your wool fabric, you’ll want to cut it into 1/4 or 1/8 yard pieces. This will make it easier to cut into strips later {I’ll cover that next week}. When I dye wool I like to use an assortment of textures and colors. I find it makes the rugs a little more interesting if all the colors are not so matchy matchy.

ivory liquid

Next, you’ll want to get your wool wet. Pre-soak your wool in warm water with a wetting agent such as Ivory liquid.

wool for rug hooking

You will only need a couple of drops of soap. Then, allow your wool to soak for about 1 hour.cushing perfection dyes

While you are waiting on your wool to soak. gather up your Cushing’s Perfection DyesSome of my favorite recipes come from Wendy Miller’s Recipes from the kitchen of The Red Saltbox, but you can find all sorts of dye recipes books online. Note: You do not want to breath the dyes in. It is recommend that you wear a dust mask or measure dyes outside so you do not breath them in.

cushings rug hooking dyes

You’ll need Cushing’s dyes to dye your own wool. Rit dye {although I love it} is just not going to cut it because you want to be able to blend several different colors together so you are not working with primary colors. Cushing’s dyes cost around $2.85 each and it typically takes tiny amounts of several different colors to create the warm, primitive colors I love to use in my rugs. I use  Mini Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons to measure out my dyes instead of shelling out big bucks for the fancy dye spoons most rug hooking supply sites sell.

rug hooking dye pot

Next, fill an old enamelware or stainless steel pot about 3/4rd full of water and bring it to a boil. {You need to do this in a well ventilated area with a pot specifically used for dyeing wool. You DO NOT want to use one of your everyday pots for dying wool and then use it for cooking because you are using chemicals}.

When the water starts to boil, stir in your dye mix until it is all dissolved. Reduce heat to a simmer.

wool for rug hooking

After your wool has soaked for an hour our so, pull the plug and ring {most} of the water out of your fabric.

dyeing wool rug hooking

Slowly add the wool fabric to the dye pot. Stir the wool around in the dye bath for a minute or two until the color has started to absorb. Let the fabric simmer in the dye bath for 30- 60 minutes. {Some people let their wool soak overnight believing they’ll get a richer, deeper color. I don’t do this.}dyeing wool fabric fro rug hooking

After the wool has absorbed nearly most of the dye, turn off the heat and stir in about 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar to stop the dyeing process and set the color. {Make sure your windows open because this part will stink up the house} Let the wool sit in the vinegar water for an hour or so to cool.

dyeing rug hooking wool
Once the water has cooled, rinse your wool fabric under warm water. Ring dry and then toss the wool into the dryer with an old towel and a dryer sheet {to prevent static cling}. Tumble dry.

how to to dye wool using cushing dyes

Easy peasy, right?

Okay, so that’s it for this week. Let me know if you have any questions.

Next week I will post a tutorial on how I hook my rugs.

~Mavis

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12 Ways to Reduce Your Heating Bill

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12 Ways to Reduce Your Heating BillLast month when I opened my heating bills {gas and electric}, I seriously nearly had an aneurysm right in the middle of my kitchen.  $300 for gas and $100 for electric.  Let me tell you, Bob, ever since I’ve been on a mission to get those numbers down.  $400 a month seems outrageous.  I’ve done Shy of making everyone where their Snuggie and snow boots everywhere in the house, I’ve researched and made some tweaks to our basic habits.

Let’s just say that I spend my days circling around the mailbox in anticipation of those bills.  I really hope our my efforts have paid off…

  1. Drop the thermostat at night and throw an extra blanket on the bed.  Colder temperatures activate our brown fat anyway…you’re practically doing your body a favor {not to mention your pocketbook}.
  2. Wash clothes in cold.  Heating water is EXPENSIVE, and most clothes do not need to be sanitized.  Your clothes will last longer anyway.
  3. Make sure you aren’t heating the outdoors {my dad would be so proud that I just typed that}.  Make sure doors are sealed, check the space under doors leading to the outside, and caulk around outside windows.  There is no reason to pay for heat that you are literally throwing out the window.
  4. After you bake dinner, leave the oven cracked.  You paid for that 350 degrees, you might as well let it spill out and warm up the kitchen.
  5. In the late afternoon/early evening, begin dropping the heat.  Use a space heater for the area the family will spend the evening.
  6. Make sure to switch the direction you ceiling fans turn and turn them on.  A clockwise turn will push warm air back into circulation.  {Did you know that?!  I totally just learned it in my research.  Don’t ask me to explain the science behind it, though.}
  7. Change your furnace filter regularly.  Making sure your furnace is running at maximum efficiency is just a no-brainer.
  8. Make sure to religiously stick to the basics:  turn all lights off when not in the room, try to make do with daylight during the day, etc.
  9. Stick to 5 minute showers.  I know it feels awesome to stand under the hot water on a cold day, but again, heating water is expensive.  As the cherry on top, you’ll also save money on water.  {Meanwhile, I have a friend who purposely showers at her gym to save money on hot water.   I get it, but it makes me chuckle.}
  10. If you have an attic door in your house, staple some insulation to the inside of the door.  A lot of heat is lost to that opening–and unless you are looking to heat the rafters, it’s kind of a waste.
  11. Turn down the water heater temperature.  Instead of constantly having 140 degree water at your fingertips–try turning it down to 120 degrees.
  12. Invest in a programmable thermostat.  You really only need to heat the house to comfort when you are home.  If you leave during the day, you might as well drop that sucker way down, and in the interest of comfort, you can program it to begin getting warm again about an hour before you get home.  That way, it’s pretty painless.

I’ll keep you posted on how much of a difference these all made.  Meanwhile, make sure to share any tips and tricks that I have missed–I’m in crisis mode here!

~Mavis

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Word of the Day: Miscegenation Definition: Marriage between people of widely difference races. Used in a sentence: Miscegenation has never been favored in the United States.

Oh what a difference 5 decades makes. My vocab cards were printed several decades ago and some of the words have been pretty interesting.

Yesterday day I watched 4 more episodes of Grey’s Anatomy {Season 6} while rug hooking and spent a few hours in the garden moving plants around and planting seeds. I really hope the weather stays nice, but with all these sunny days we’ve been having…. I have a feeling we are going to get a cold snap here pretty soon. We’ll see.

Have  a great day everyone,

Mavis

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Word of the Day: Euphemism Definition: Substitution of a mild or more pleasant tern for a seemingly offensive one. Used in a sentence: A mishandler of the truth is an euphemism for a liar.

Yesterday was another beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest with temps reaching 60 degrees!!! How crazy is that. ;) The Girl sent me a text this morning telling me all her classes were cancelled for today because of snow. LOL. I think she’s had enough snow this year to last a lifetime. I keep telling her how lucky she is, but I don’t think she sees it that way.

Whether you have snow or sunshine in your forecast today I hope your day is lovely.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Mavis

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 7 of 52

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With the sunny skies and temps in the upper 50′s all week I can’t imagine I’ll be spending too much time in the kitchen, but hey, that doesn’t mean I can’t share a few of my favorite recipes…

Happy cooking Y’all!

Cashew Almond Bars

3 Breakfast Ideas

Cashew Almond Bars – I love Kind bars, but at least a $130 per bar, they lose their appeal pretty darn quick.  These are just as good, and cost waaaay less.  Plus, you can usually get rushed teenagers to grab one on their way out of the door.  {Pin it for Later}

Farmers Breakfast Skillet with Sausage and Eggs – Since I’ve been shopping at Costco, eggs have become more of a breakfast staple around our house.  There a like a million mix-ins you can add to eggs too, which keeps things fresh.  {Pin it for Later}

Bacon Pancakes – I have personally never met a recipe with bacon that I don’t like.  Bacon IN pancakes with syrup is truly heaven on a plate.  {Pin it for Later}

Copy Cat Panera Black Bean Soup

4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Feta Cheese and Cucumber Mediterranean Tuna Wrap – Most of us have at least one can of tuna hiding in the back of our pantry.  This wrap is packed full of flavor and protein–and it tastes like you splurged on a fancy deli meal.  {Pin it for Later}

Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs – With the weather warming up {Holy 60 degrees!}, I am thinking about firing up the BBQ, just because I can.  The best part is that as long as you have chicken in your freezer, you probably have everything you need in your pantry to make these tender kabobs.  {Pin it for Later}

Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Pot Pie - I love this meal because it calls for frozen veggies…which makes it super cost effective.  Oh, and it goes without saying, I hope that it is delish! {Pin it for Later}

Copy Cat Panera Black Bean Soup – A week without soup is a week I don’t want to be part of.  {Pin it for Later}

recipe cranberry pistachio cornmeal biscotti

3 Sweet Treats 

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies – Okay, so I know Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but now is the time to score heart shaped chocolates cheap.  Trust me, your family will not mind that you are a day late and a dollar richer.  {Pin it for Later}

Cranberry Pistachio Cornmeal Biscotti - These are literally an awesome afternoon over-the-hump sort of snack.  I personally like to dip them in tea, but I suppose you don’t have to if you don’t want to. {Pin it for Later}

Triple Berry Cornmeal Cake – I’ll admit, this recipe is slightly better with fresh berries, BUT if you happen to have some frozen in your freezer and need to make room for the upcoming season, I seriously doubt your taste buds will mind.  {Pin it for Later}

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Sloppy Joes - These are a HUGE hit with the 18 and under crowd, and you know what?  I kind of enjoy them too.  {Pin it for Later}

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What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Penny Pinching Tip – Prepare Your Own Fruits and Vegetables

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pineappleSometimes buying the prepacked fruits and veggies is tempting. It’s just so stinkin easy to have someone else do what you know you can do for yourself. And I think there is a time and a place for that, but it will cost you. If you take the time to prepare fruits and veggies yourself, you’ll save big time.

Take the pineapple above for example. Costco had them on sale for $2.99 the other day. So I bought one, lugged it home and took a few minutes {5 tops} to cut and chop my way to some delicious pineapple. I put it in my own reusable container and plopped it in the fridge.save money on fruits Now take a look at the pricing above. For that very same amount of pineapple it would have cost me $7.99. WHAT? Seriously! For 5 minutes of my time I’m saving 62%. Now that’s my kind of savings for putting in a little elbow grease.

Do you buy prepacked fruits and veggies for the convenience? Do you think it’s worth the price?

~ Mavis

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5 Clever Tips for Building & Rotating Your Food Stockpile

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5 Clever Tips for Building & Rotating Your Food Stockpile

There is something true {and cliche} about the New Year making you want to rectify all of your bad habits, start new, make positive changes, blah, blah, blah.  BUT, here’s the truth, what else is there to do in February?  It’s cold outside, the money and family have all gone away after the holidays, and there you are, with time on your hands and gray skies, so why not take the time to take on those projects you’ve always promised yourself?  And why not start with building and/or coming up with a system to rotate your stockpile?

mavis canned goods

Despite what you might think, stockpiles really aren’t just for doomsday preppers and couponers.  They are a great way to insulate yourself from potential natural disasters {i.e. hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, etc.} AND save you money.  Building a stockpile of basics while prices are low, save you from having to buy them when they are higher.

If you don’t have a stockpile of food and basic necessities, or haven’t rotated it in awhile, here’s some tips to get you started:

  1. Store like with like, putting the newest stuff toward the back of the shelf, and moving the older stuff forward.  Example:  As you buy more tuna, put it in the back of the stuff you already have.  As you use the tuna, grab from the front.  That will ensure you keep your stockpile fresh.
  2. Keep a list of what you have.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, a spreadsheet with everything you have is great–then you can hand write new numbers if you buy something new, so you don’t put it off because you can’t get to the computer right away.  Yes, it’s nerdy.  BUT, it really does help you know what you have.  It helps with menu planning too.  {This works really well for freezer items, especially if you buy meat in bulk.Freezer Meal - Penne with Marinara Sauce and Meatballs
  3. Think whole meals as you build a stockpile.  For example, if you plan on chili think about what else you will serve with it.  Maybe you’ll want the ingredients for cornbread, and/or some sort of dried or canned fruit?
  4. You don’t have to have a stockpile overnight.  That would be ridiculously expensive.  Try setting aside $10 of the weekly grocery budget for stockpile items, and pick some items up each time you go.
  5. Shelving and storage is key.  Build your own shelves, or you can buy simple shelving that automatically rotates everything for you.  Being able to see and easily access what you have makes using it a heck of a lot easier. .

There are probably a million more tips I could offer, but these are the basics.  How about YOU, what tips do you have for keeping your stockpile rotated…or starting one in the first place?

~Mavis

 

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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill Shopping at Costco Week 7 of 52

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costco shopping trip

I know what you are thinking. How can I possibly feed my family for an entire week when the only groceries I purchased we a case of noodles, goldfish crackers, milk,lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, a dozen English muffins and a pineapple?

breakfast tray

This breakfast I made the HH the other day is a great example for how I ration out our food.

  • Bacon – Bought with the Christmas Costco Gift card my parents gave us.
  • Eggs – I purchased 5 dozen eggs last week.
  • Toast – I like to buy several loaves and freeze them until we need them. {Purchased 2/2/15}
  • Yogurt – I purchased a case of 24 yogurts on 2/2/15 as well.
  • Orange Juice – Bought a 6 pack of frozen concentrate back in late January.
  • Blueberries on Yogurt – I froze those last summer and tucked them away in the freezer to enjoy all year long.

Maybe my family is weird in that just because I bring home a case of Cup of Noodles… they don’t get eaten in 3 days. I don’t know how else to explain it other than to say when you cook most of your meals at home using simple ingredients, it doesn’t cost all that much. Sure, it costs you time, but money? Not so much.

I think the one thing I always forget to mention, is that since we get our meat in bulk, {chicken, fish,ham, ground meat from Zaycon} making recipes in large quantities and tucking them into the freezer to use on nights when I don’t feel like cooking, helps tremendously. It not only cuts down my desire to shop, but it really makes me focus on using what we already have.

Being able to pull pre-portioned meat like hamburger, fish or chicken breasts out of the freezer and adding a simple side dish like rice or frozen veggies is so much easier than getting sucked in to the “What am I going to make tonight, I don’t have all the ingredients I need” game.

taco night

We enjoyed soft tacos with homemade refried beans twice last week. {The taco meat was already pre-cooked and ready to go}
beef stew

I also made a giant pot of beef {actually venison} stew using a package of Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Chili that I had in the pantry. All I did was soak the beans, add the meat, spices, carrots, onion,  and a little of tomato sauce and it was delicious. freezer meal beef stew

And there were plenty of leftovers to freeze as well for the HH’s work lunches and quick dinners.salad and grilled cheese

We also had grilled cheese sandwiches and salad one night. Boring, but yummy.oatmeal cookies

Monkey Boy’s lunch  box treat of the week was homemade oatmeal cookiesblueberry crisp

And last night I made a blueberry crisp using berries I froze last summer and oats I purchased in bulk last year. We also had cod fish and chicken strips last week with a side of rice and green beans {frozen} last week as well.

It may not have been the most exciting week of meals on the planet, but it worked. ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $41.32
Total Spent Year to Date $234.52

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querulous

Word of the Day: Querulous Definition: Fault finding, peevish, complaining Used in a sentence: Her querulous disposition cost her many friends.

Helloooooo Monday! Last night I stayed up until midnight watching season 5 of Grey’s Anatomy. :) I’m slowly working my way up to season 10. Such drama!!

I plan on getting some seeds started inside this morning and then head out a little later and get those raspberry canes that arrived late last week planted. If there’s time, I think I try and squeeze in a nap with the snuggle puggle. We’ll see.

Have a great Monday everyone,

Mavis

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Freezer Meal – Meatloaf with American Cheese

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Freezer Meal Meatloaf with American Cheese

This recipe for meatloaf with American cheese comes from my neighbor The Church Lady, who actually got the recipe from her friends Kelli and Erik several years ago. :) Ya gotta love a recipe that has been passed around from friend to friend, right?

At first I though it was a little weird to be adding American cheese to a meatloaf recipe, but let me tell you Bob, it is freakin’ fantastic! The American cheese melts and you don’t even know it’s there and the flavor is great.

Although this recipe is for just one meatloaf, we whipped up 20 pans of the stuff at our last freezer meal party because The Church Lady wouldn’t stop raving about it… and I’m so glad we did.

Freezer Meal Meatloaf with American Cheese

Ingredients for the Meatloaf

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 Eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon thyme
2 slices American cheese

Freezer Meal Meatloaf with American Cheese

Ingredients for the Meatloaf Glaze

1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Freezer Meal Meatloaf with American Cheese

Directions

Place all the ingredients, except the cheese in a large bowl and mix well. Place half of the meat mixture in the center of a 9″ by 12″ pan and shape into a nice mound. Place 2 slices of American cheese in the center of the mound. Add remaining meat on top of the cheese and then pinch the edges of the meat together so no cheese is showing. Set aside.

To make the meatloaf glaze mix all the ingredients for the meatloaf glaze together in a small bowl and pour over the top of the meatloaf.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Or cover with foil and pop it in the freezer for later.

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Looking for more easy freezer meals? Check out my Freezer Meals recipe index.

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