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The Helpful Housewife
I am mom to 4 beautiful children, wife to an incredible man, a former transportation planner, former fabric/yarn/retro shop owner, and a housekeeper in the new millenium with a soul stuck in the 1950's.
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Come visit me over at the new home for this blog: This blog will remain here... there's always a reason to go back and refresh my own memory on the tips and tricks I've shared with you over the years! I hope you'll enjoy our new home! Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Ask The Helpful Housewife
Yay! You're back! I have been away from the blogging world for far toooooooo long, and haven't even visited any of my favorites. Yesterday, I came across a note from you in my office. You had sent me some doll clothes for my girls with the purses I ordered from you. So, today I decided to stop over and see what's new! Congratulations on your new life! I am so happy for you. You're so creative, and having your energy and health back is just going to boost it again! I can't wait to see what you have in store for us now that you're back to blogging. I really feel awful about my laziness online, because I have no good reason for it! Welcome back!
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Here is an easy mitten pattern, easy for even beginner knitters! I actually came up with this pattern on 12/19/2007 and printed it as a free pattern for my shop, Lavender & Peonies, when it was still open. I wish I had pictures of the hundreds of pairs of mittens I have made over the years with this one basic pattern! The pattern is written to be able to knit them in any size, based on needle size and whether or not they are felted, and you can play with the yarn in order to knit a fair isle pattern,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at Simply Stitched
I know I'm not the only person who decorates their powder room for the season! But I do it very simply, I will admit. Everyone eventually uses this particular room in our home, so it may as well be appropriately coordinated. You can see I placed another of my DIY wreaths in here, but instead of a red ribbon and bow, I used an ivory satin ribbon and a beautiful silk peony to match the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Ask The Helpful Housewife
During the holidays, even our master bedroom gets some decorations added to it. I have to admit, I don't do a lot with the kids' rooms because they are little tornadoes in their own space most of the time! They get a simple door hanging and a candle in their windows. It's all I'm capable of handling. Honestly, they couldn't care less! But in our bedroom, I like to create the cozy, Christmas-y atmosphere for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Ask The Helpful Housewife
I found quite a few pins on Pinterest that incorporated hanging wreaths on your kitchen cabinets to make it "merry" in the busiest room of the home. All of them were based upon solid red ribbon looped around a dollar store wreath. Well, unfortunately, all of our dollar stores were sold OUT of the small, plain wreaths! So.... here is a step by step on how to recreate this look if you are in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Ask The Helpful Housewife
It's getting festive around here! Starting on Monday, I'm going to post a mini-tour of our holiday home. You'll see lots of influences from other bloggers, but also perhaps some original decorating we do here in the Roman home! Time to get in the spirit, everyone! Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Ask The Helpful Housewife
Has it really been almost 3 years since my last post? Oh my goodness! That is just not right! Time flies when you have four kids involved in everything under the sun, and you live in your car because they need to be everywhere at all times. I haven't even logged on to this blog in that same time frame... that's how busy they keep me. But I've been missing this little corner of my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Ask The Helpful Housewife
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Jan 16, 2012
The old fireplace: UGLY. When we moved in we vowed we would do built ins. We moved in May 5th 2001. This photo above was taken Christmas 2008. Seven years of procrastination. (And 4 kids! lol) Fast forward to this past fall.... In October 2011, the carpet was already ripped out and the fireplace torn apart. And then Andy got down to work. There were tears, fights, words, conversations.... he was building something completely different... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Ask The Helpful Housewife
Is it no wonder I'm not sewing anything lately? It's just not fun in this pit. I need serious help. Professional help. Not a therapist or anything. A contractor! We have no spare bedrooms with four kids, so for the last 7 1/2 years I have been relegated to the basement. I share space with junk, holiday decorations, Andy's weight equipment, and his wood/work shop. I occasionally have to shopvac sawdust off my own work tables! UGH! Needless to say, I am officially fed up with the whole situation. I want a sewing room! But Andy does not see this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Simply Stitched
Come on in! Right through this door.... OK, so my pantry isn't NEW, so to speak. It's been finished for over a year. But I love just as much now as I did when I first walked in the day Andy pronounced it finished. We had this weird extra room under our front porch that made no sense. So we stuck some old metal shelves and a freezer in there as a makeshift pantry as,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Ask The Helpful Housewife
I haven't cross stitched in a few years. I came across this pattern on Pinterest and just HAD to go back to my first crafting venture in life. I was 7 years old when my mom taught me how to cross stitch. In fact, she taught her second grade girls how to cross stitch every year for many years when she was a teacher. My mother never did knit, crochet, sew, bead, or do any other crafting, but she did stitch beautifully. I was on to Precious Moments patterns by third grade, she was such a good mentor at it!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Simply Stitched
I've been holding off on this project until everything else was completed. I bought the pattern and 2 skeins of Misti Alpaca Handpaint Chunky in Granite in February to make "Rita's Reversible Cabled Cowl". I waited because, well, 1) it was for ME, and I always feel guilty knitting something for myself, and 2) the yarn is so scrumptiously soft and yummy, I wanted to really enjoy the project! And I am enjoying it immensely! It's knitting quickly. This is about an hour and a half of progress shown... I can't wait to wear it this winter. We are getting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Simply Stitched
via I stumbled across the most wonderful blog! As you peek through each category, you'll see why it's such a treat. Look especially under recipes, and check out her autumn pie crust - AMAZING! Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 23, 2011 at Ask The Helpful Housewife
Looky what I've found on Pinterest! I really want to do this: I've resisted Pinterest for ages, because I somehow knew I would be sucked into the void, never to return. I was soooooo right! I have finally succumbed to it's temptation, and have been lost in it ever since. But, thankfully, there is one excellent side effect I could not have predicted! I have been inspired to blog again. I seem to lean more toward Twitter than any other of the social media avenues, and I think it's due to the "short, sweet, to-the-point" nature of it. Blogging has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at Simply Stitched
The Helpful Housewife has shared their blog Roman Holiday
Dec 23, 2011