I Can Hear a Pin Drop

fitting room

This month we made a huge (for us) investment in our home by having new flooring installed in our basement.  Some of you may know that the basement is my sewing room, so, yes, this change was mostly for my benefit. Sewing in a carpeted room has its downside.  Thread sticks to the carpet and is hard to sweep up, and pins fall without a sound and get stuck in the carpet fibers.  Our carpet, which we had installed in the late 1980s, was especially troublesome because the seam was coming apart across the part of the room where my machines are, and I was constantly tripping over the loose carpet … [Read more...]

A Frugal Source for Audio Books

audio book on iPhone

I love to read!  Unfortunately, it's not possible to read and sew at the same time, and so we have AUDIO BOOKS! Before I tried audio books as accompaniment to my sewing work, I wrongly assumed that I would not like listening to someone else read a book to me. Oh how wrong I was!  I have found that some books are actually enhanced by having them read by a professional.  The Help is one such book.  This delightful story came to life as different actresses read the different characters' narratives. One of my all time favorite cozy mystery series by Alan Bradley features Flavia deLuce, … [Read more...]

Room For One More

Grammy and Jayden

On Thursday, April 9th, the world's population increased by one when we welcomed into our family our first great-grandson, Jayden Michael.  We praise the Lord for a beautiful, healthy boy and a safe delivery for his mama.  Isn't it amazing that just when you think your heart is full, God multiplies your love and makes room for one more? While Jayden and his parents were taking care of business at the hospital--taking selfies, having surgery, cutting umbilical cords, taking a first breath, and the like--Jack and I were enjoying the company of the Big Sister.  It was our privilege to take … [Read more...]

How I Frugally Furnished My Sewing Room

cutting table from shelf units

I started sewing when I was just a kid, so that means I've been sewing for a really, really long time.  I still remember when I did all of my sewing at our dining room table longing for the day when I might be able to have a whole room dedicated to my sewing hobby. That day is here, and my sewing hobby has morphed into a sewing business.  My sewing room is a great size and takes up half our basement floor space.   If you have any kind of hobby that involves craft supplies, you'll know what I mean when I say that I NEEDED a large room for my sewing stuff.  Crafting and sewing require lots of … [Read more...]

5 Things We Need for Low Carb Living

Carb Smart Ice Cream

I've mentioned here before that Jack has Type II diabetes and manages his blood sugar by eating a low carb diet.  Over the years, we've found a number of products that help him stick with his low carb eating plan.  Since some of my most often viewed posts here at My Grandma Knows have to do with low carb foods, I'm going to share some of the products that are so helpful to us. 1.  Half cup containersThe other four things on my list are actual food items, but the first item we must have to keep Jack on track is a set of 1/2 cup containers.  A few of our favorite foods are meant to be … [Read more...]