Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pillowcase and May 26

This is the material I'm using for my pillowcases. If you are sewing along with me, you will have already cut the material for two cases. See my earlier posts about this for the correct sizing.

Now, with right sides together, pin along the sides and bottom. Be sure the material is pressed. Starting at the top, sew a 1/2 inch seam down the side. Be sure to back stitch at top and bottom of the seam to reinforce it. Turn the corner and sew 1/2 inch along the bottom, again remembering to back stitch. Trim the seam to 1/4 inch. go back to the top and do a line of zig-zag stitch between your original stitch line and the edge of the fabric. Press your seams. Turn pillowcase right side out and press again. Press the top edge under 1/2 inch. Fold under another 2 inches on the top edge. Sew top of pillowcase 1 and 3/4 inch from top edge.

Or, use one of the pillowcase tutorials I linked to in an earlier post.

Decorate your pillowcase if you wish and as you wish.
Remember, always use a new needle when beginning a new sewing project on the machine.

Remember, Colonial Patterns is a great resource for iron-on transfer patterns. You can use these as guides for embroidering or cross-stitching items, such as pillowcases. You can generally find at least a small selection of their patterns in a Wal-Mart craft department or other craft store. Or, you can find more at their online site.

How are you doing?

How are you doing with your personal stewardship?

Exercise/Movement/Healthy work and activity_______________________


Up to date on Doctor/Dentist/Eye appointments_______________________

Mostly Healthy Diet __________________________________________

Attitude/Investing in doing and thinking things that build you up emotionally and spiritually rather than depleting you in those areas? ____________________________

Making the time to present an attractive, modest, neat appearance; taking the time to
present yourself in a way that refreshes and energizes you?__________________

How is your bedroom? Is it a haven for you right now, or does it need tidying in order for it to feel more peaceful?

Being a home manager means extending hospitality to others. What about when you are on the receiving end of hospitality?

1) When invited to someone's house, particularly for the first time, it's always thoughtful to take along a little gift. It doesn't have to be expensive, but should be some small token of your appreciation.

2) After spending a meal time or a longer visit at someone's home, write a thank you note. This is especially important after a first visit. If you are such good friends with someone that you are frequently in and out of each other's homes you may not feel the need to write a bread-and-butter note for every occasion. Still, it's nice to offer a little note or a gift at some point thanking the person for their friendship.

3) When considering the length of your visit, be sensitive to the needs of your hosts. Stay long enough that the person you are visiting has enjoyed your company, yet not so long that your stay becomes a burden on their time. For example, if you are dining with a young family, remember that the parents will not only need to tidy up, but to put their children to bed after you leave.

4) If the hostess is still putting the finishing touches on a meal, offer to help.

5) If you stay over one or more nights, tidy the bathroom and bedroom behind you. Also, ask the hostess what she would like you to do with the sheets and towels you have used. Offer to wash them, or, at least, to bring them to her laundry area. Or, make up the bed with the sheets in place, if she desires. It's nice to leave a little gift and a card in the room where you stayed.
Once you are home, write another little note of appreciation.

6) Always reply to an invitation! Don't leave the host and hostess guessing how many people will come and if you will be among those attending or not.

7) Be sure to thank the host and hostess before leaving. Do this even if you are at a large party.

8) If you are visiting someone who is a new mother, an elderly person, or someone who is ill, be helpful! It's fun to sit and chat, but the person you are visiting may appreciate it if you do some small chore or if you offer to fix a glass of water or tea for the two of you. Unless the person needs you to do several things, keep your visit short. An elderly person may greatly appreciate company, for example, but may also become quickly physically tried.

9) Listen, listen, listen. Contribute to the conversation, of course. However, a listening ear is a powerful need and a soothing balm to so many in today's world. A good listener is always a welcome guest!

10) Be cheerful and positive. There are times to confide our troubles to a good friend, especially along with a request for prayer. However, choose those times wisely and choose your confidante wisely. As you grow older, be especially wary of letting the conversation to a litany of health woes, with graphic details included. When my dearest husband and I visited with his parents recently, we let ourselves fall into that trap, along with my mother-in-law -- a retired nurse. Finally, my dear father-in-law, who is recovering from an illness, said, "Y'all sound like a hospital waiting room." Then, he quickly changed the subject! I appreciated the reminder that our talk had not been encouraging to him.

Happy Homemaking!

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