Greetings, my Thirty Sisters, and Happy March! Spring is certainly in the air in my neighborhood. The Robins have returned, we had the first rumbles of thunder last week, things are greening up, and we even fired up the grill for the first time! Although, my neighborhood is also in a winter warning for tonight. Ah, Spring on the Prairie! Somehow a March storm doesn’t seem as dismal, since we all know we have arrived at the beginning of a new season.
Speaking of Spring, I am happy to report that I have my tomato and pepper seeds planted. I potted some little baby plants that were living in pint jars while they were growing new roots. And yesterday was nice enough where I could even take my dirt mess outside to the deck and gleefully toss my potting mix about, without a care. The smell of the potting dirt and getting my hands in the soil was so rewarding.
Being mindful of such small pleasures is a gift that I hope each of you may find this season. The warmth of the sun, the fresh air, hearing nature’s symphony in the birds and rustling sounds are beautiful moments to treasure. I sincerely hope you find your happy moments.
In the previous newsletter, I wrote on and on about these flannel cloths that my friend Cathy had. Seriously, this has almost become an obsession! So, I searched around, and found that there are many makers that have jumped on the flannel train (thanks, Etsy!). And the flannel products that one can find is impressive and creative. I had no idea that one could purchase tiny little flannel squares to roll onto your toilet paper rolls. Honestly, I don’t have any desire to embrace this product, but people are making them, and someone must be buying them. Maybe these became all the rage during the great TP shortage of 2020? Although, I can get behind flannel face wipes and ditch the need for cotton balls.
And down the wild rabbit hole of flannel products I went (seriously, you would be surprised what people are making out of flannel!). Until I found a maker who not only sells the flannel (un)paper towels, but also had a seconds sale rack. These are the less than perfect wipes that also need a good home, and are clearance priced. I don’t think these can arrive fast enough, since my rag pile is disintegrating quicker than I anticipated. And, Cathy, tell your Mom thanks for the sewing inspiration, as I found some clearance flannel at my local hobby store (in the remnant rack, of course!) and will be making some of that into small face wipes to fit in my cotton ball jar, and maybe more larger wipes for home and studio use.
With St. Patrick’s Day looming in our very near horizon (yay! I love this holiday!), don’t forget to get all your green clothing out for this week. Maybe the kids need a new St. Patrick’s Day themed craft? Check out this Lucky Slime recipe: https://masonjars.com/st-patrick-s-day-lucky-slime-in-a-mason-jar.html?utm_campaign=639644_St%20Patricks%20Day%20Slime%203%2F6&utm_medium=email&utm_source=MakerPlace%20Inc&dm_i=5343,DPJW,37ALX6,1FIYU,1
And while this is typically the week for corned beef, cabbage and ALL the potatoes one can stuff into their face, here are 17 other green-ed up foods to enjoy throughout the week to stay in the St. Patty’s Day theme. https://thegirlonbloor.com/17-fun-green-recipes-st-patricks-day/
Maybe when you think green, you are suddenly craving a salad? Why not try this recipe (bonus points if you dig your grill out from the snow to really amp up cooking the shrimp!): https://www.paleonewbie.com/paleo-shrimp-cobb-salad-with-garlic-vinaigrette/?utm_source=reCAP+Customers&utm_campaign=c3f0e8c2d8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc8db817d0-c3f0e8c2d8-107870733&mc_cid=c3f0e8c2d8&mc_eid=09a0c5f50e
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, have a beautiful week. Happy St. Patty’s week to you all! In a true Irish Blessing, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields, And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.” And, as always, be kind to yourself and others and keep on keepin’ it fun and thrifty!