Too Many Irons in the Fire

Tales of a crafty, working mom of four.

Moved back to the main blog 08/02/2009

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I have moved the posts from this WordPress hosted blog back to my main blog at Please feel free to visit, subscribe to the RSS feed, and leave a comment to say hi! We are embarking on a new adventure and I will continue to update everyone from there!


In case you missed it this week 02/07/2009

Filed under: Misc — TypeAMom @ 8:20 pm

Here are some things to check out from the Internet this week…

There you have it.


25 Things 02/04/2009

Filed under: Misc — TypeAMom @ 1:23 pm
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I got tagged on Facebook but thought I would share this on the blog as well.

  1. I fell in love with San Francisco in just one visit and would love to live there…
  2. …but if I could live anywhere I wanted it would be on a farm.
  3. I am insanely frugal except when it comes to cell phones. There are so many things I won’t buy because I can’t spend money on something I know I can make or build myself.
  4. I recently figured out how to knit with needles after 3 years of struggling.
  5. I have a love hate relationship with gReader.
  6. I have no tolerance for stupid.
  7. People leave toy and candy eyeballs in my cube so I will stab those instead of maiming any humans (see number six).
  8. I am content to get paid less and love my job than earn a big salary and be miserable.
  9. I would rather be at home taking care of my family than going to work everyday.
  10. I am a newbie Doctor Who fan.
  11. I like watching movies at home rather than on the big screen.
  12. I enjoy vegetable gardening but can’t keep houseplants alive.
  13. I have seven pets including one hamster, 2 cats, three guinea pigs, and one house rabbit.
  14. I have moved on to only reading books under creative commons licensing on the Internet because I can’t afford my habit of reading 4-5 books a week and the library stinks.
  15. I love dark roast coffee and espresso.
  16. I would like to learn how to spin fiber.
  17. I have 4 kids but I wanted 6.
  18. I can only make bread in a bread machine. It comes out hard as a rock if I make it in the oven.
  19. I love thrift stores and garage sales – it feeds my need for unique decor and furniture that I can refinish myself.
  20. My goal this year is to be less dependent on stuff and start replacing useless with functional or just getting rid of it.
  21. I adore linux.
  22. I rarely buy new hardware, I prefer to hack together old stuff.
  23. I would prefer to never work for a for-profit company again.
  24. I prefer SMS over voice calls.
  25. Even though there are things I would rather be doing, if I have to work, I am glad I am employed where I am because my job is pretty great.

I’ve been sick & that stinks 02/02/2009

Filed under: Misc — TypeAMom @ 12:49 pm


Sorry for almost a week of silence. I have been sick and feeling quite miserable and sorry for myself. The kids bounced through this little bout of flu quickly but their old mom didn’t fare as well.

I have posts queued up so I will be getting back on the ball this week.


You might want to read… 01/24/2009

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Links of the WeekHere are a few of my favorite posts this week, just in case you missed them:

The Thr33 Lies from the Modesty Writers Guild Blog – A great post (ignore the lack of capitalization and other things of that sort that make the eyes scream). This post talks about the three lies that one needs to overcome in this world for a full life. I loved it so much I printed it and put it in my project book so I see it every day.

The Tiffin Lunchbox at Stephmodo – Stephmodo discovered the two tiered Tiffin lunchbox at World Market for a measly $8. It is gorgeous, original, practical and reminds me of the little lunch pails on Little House on the Prairie all shiny and modernized. Fantastic!

DIY Yourself Washing Detergent Saves You Cash – Lifehacker posted an article on making homemade laundry soap. Directing readers over to TipNut for the recipes – not only is there the liquid recipes, but also the powder recipes. Ten of them to be exact! Just in time to make a batch.

My Ecologically Correct Move (Boing Boing) – If you are in California (only locations so far) the service will deliver recycled plastic moving containers for you to pack and move the next time you relocate then pick them up when you are done. We are still finding boxes of stuff around from our last move, how nice it would have been to help the purge if I HAD to unpack it to give back the containers AND didn’t end up trying to find someone who needed the crummy cardboard boxes so I didn’t have to toss them in a landfill.

How to Make a Super-Simple Recycled Quilt – This post at Craft Stylist shows you how to upcycle old blankets and sheets from the thiftstore (or from around the house) to whip out a warm and easy quilt in no time flat. I think this would be a great way to make blankets for kids beds in trendy themes that they seem to outgrow too fast. The character themed designs seem to cost a fortune and they get tired of them quickly. Using this technique you could repurpose decorated sheets for a warm coverlet that would dress up their room.