random nonsense-ness of the eve of Autumn…..

I have much to share.. but be fore-warned.. I’m all over the board today…

***And if my mother were to find out that I was going to post something about cleaning …..  well, mom… be ready ***

( don’t worry, Mom, I only have one tip…I’m still me 🙂 )

back to my tip.  …

Cleaning. I know.. it should be a four letter word. yuck. I have the ut most respect for those who do it as a living. You folks Rock-MY-World!!

For ages we talk about Spring cleaning. But if you do a deep cleaning in the spring, then Mother nature ( no disrespect, madam..) then pollen shows up.. then the humidity of summer gets everything sticky and if you are an avid gardener like Mr barefoot& I are.. well, there are days that there is more dirt on the inside of our house then outside.

I’m a HUGE advocate for fall cleaning.   and by fall cleaning I mean that i clean for a little while then fall down and a take a nap zzzzzzz..

just kidding.


Once in awhile I find a great tip and this, friends, is a good one…

You know how if you have nice **silk flowers or plants they get all dusty & rather scary

I know.. scary.. eh?  How do you clean this? well, you could dust each and every leaf (NOT) OR

you can fill a bag ( paper or plastic)  with Kosher salt. Yuppers. Salt.

just make sure your bag doesn’t have a hole in it.  Don’t ask me how I know this….

once your hole-less bag has salt ( just a big handful per item) place your plant in the bag, close it up tightly &

Shake shake shake… shake shake  shake.. shake your groove thing 🙂

guess what? you just cleaned your plant!!!

and the proof is in the bag.. litterally.

on the right.. the ‘dirty’ salt.. eeiiw……  and on the left, I sprinkled some fresh salt so that you can see the difference.   If you are a fan of barefootgirl in the kitchen on facebook then you know that I proclaimed my addiction of both salt AND pepper.. and this is just one more reason why 🙂

(see mom, it was light cleaning 😉 )

Ok… while I was shopping with a good friend earlier this week she forced me  encouraged me to buy this cookbook stand…

(sorry about the glare..)  and WHY did the NEED to come into my home??

be fore warned.. I’m about to leave you hanging…. although  I’m quite sure a family member of mine might chime in with the answer…..

family?? please don’t let me down 😉

lastly, I’ve spent some one on one time with my sewing machine this week….  but not quilting…. ( although I have many quilts calling for my attention…)  I have been taking wool sweaters & recycling or UPcycling them into something new..

I’ve posted one on barefootgirl in the kitchen ‘s facebook wall, but here is one that I completed today.

I started with this family shawl…

that sadly had been shrunk in a washing machine accident. ( c’mon… we all know it happens)

call me the shrunken laundry ambulance..

this is the second one that I’ve made.   I am LOVING this idea…..  partially beacuse of the whole recycling nature of it…. but I’m into this on another level…..I want to take clothes that mean something to you ( like a sweater from someone who has passed and re-purpose it into something that you will use everyday.

❤ legacys…..  have a sweater that you would like to repurpose? get in touch with me… barefootgirl27@comcast.net

Ok.. thanks for listening to my randomness……  this was only a sliver of what is jumping around in my mind…..

and tomorrow.. I PROMISE you an awesome recipe…. very fall- like 🙂

ciao bellas!!

** although I think that silk plants have their place and CLEARLY I have them in my house, I will always opt for real 🙂

a VERY exciting January!!!

It HAS been very exciting!! mostly because of my new arrival……

my New sewing machine!!!!!.. She arrived this past Friday at about 2:30 pm. She weighed in at about 20 pounds and she is all that I dreamed that she would be.!!.. We are still deciding on  a name for her , so for now we will call her …I’ll get back to you…

I have the quilt top for the ‘Quilts for kids‘ that I was working on finished……

this is a great organization…… for any of you out there  if you contact them, they will send you a pre-cut kit to make your quilt.. all that you need to do is provide the batting .. and the love… They are asking that you match them by making a quilt out of your own stash, but this is because there is such a need for the quilts … so many kids….

I’ve also been working on my circle quilt….. I really don’t have a pattern…. I used a blank CD to cut out the circles… appliqued them on to whit Kona cotton squares ( trying to use up my bobbins from my old machine) …then ….at my daughter’s suggestion, filled in with co-ordinating squares….

this may look like a mess to  you, but I assure you.. this makes PERFECT sense in my head…… really!

I finished a bag for one of my closest friends….

and since I finally gave it to her, I can post this picture…..

I just love my little labels! They make me smile 😉

Last thing that I’ve done is (in trying to use up scraps) made this little square

It is going to be the front of a messenger-style purse for me…(somehow.. I just haven’t figured out how)  I made it with some of my favorite Amy Butler fabrics…….

ok… I’m off to play wii fit with my daughter.. and think of how to turn that square up there in a purse…

Happy Sunday!!!!


What a long, strange trip it’s been…

It has been a strange few weeks… How much quilting have I done? zero.. My blooming nine-patch is at least pinned.. with the help of Fenway
my big helper….

I had the pleasure of having a girls’ weekend in NH with a dear friend & our children where she took me took the largest quilting store in NE~ Keepsake Quilting

I was a tad over-excited…..

I have also been working on my daughter & her friends’ halloween costumes.. Hershey’s kisses’

My daughter (who has not had Any interest in sewing) made my  YEAR by asking me if she could sew the headbands for their costumes.. She & her friend both used a sewing machine for the first time

                                                  PROUD MAMA 😉 !!!!!!

I’ve also been VERY busy with making a memory video out of photos for a dear friend who tragically lost her brother recently.. so  so sad… and wrong. Let your loved ones know that you loved them, because you never know what could happen in the next minute….

I spent some time on this rainy Saturday, ( while the dvds were burning) making this little girls’  hat..

My hope is to put it on ETSY as well. I think that I can customize the sizes so the the top has that super- cute-slouchy look…

I was hoping to have an actual head to try in on, but my 14-yr old chose not to be my model.

Go figure?

hugs to all…




A scrappy pincushion made from Amy Butler fabrics. My daughter say I have to much time on my hands…..


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