A Toddy, Dryer Balls, Chickens,Cornrows & Giveaway Winner-Random Me

Don’t forget to upload your pics today on the Facebook page. How about some Mothers day smiles? Real life isn’t always mud. :)

You’ve heard me say before that I wished socks were disposable. But I came up with something better. Holey socks turned frugal. Now I’m obsessed with saving holey socks. Somebody stop me!

Before I reveal my sock upcycle let me tell you about my weekend.

Toddy on sale at Amazon

I spoke at a women’s conference for the first time, co-teaching a class called Frugal, Thrift and Thriving. My friend Danna and I had a great time. She gave away coffee from her Toddy that tasted better than my favorite barista’s and I gave away holey socks. ;)

My favorite tip from Danna was to batch tye dye old white clothing to create new fun clothing! I can’t wait to try it.

Okay here’s the truth. My holey socks were upcycled into wool dryer balls.

wool dryer balls

These cut drying time and replace the need for dryer sheets. I’m excited to give this set to my friend Mindy Peltier.

What was your mother’s day like?

I spent mine basking in the sun, smelling the BBQ and visiting with my mamma, dad and grandma. In the evening I got to  help consult for my chicken tractor project. That’s what this ugly beast is, a movable pen for meat chickens so they can forage on green grass, bugs and seeds.

moveable chicken pen

We’ve got 100 broiler chicks on their way. Yikes! Chicken farming, here I come.

And my favorite part of the day was the time I got to spend with my girlie, Little Miss Colonel. We tried cornrows in her hair. Secretly I was trying to cover up the chopped hair that’s still growing out. She looks so cute!


I learned that it’s all in the part.

smiling girl

Giveaway Winner!

Last week I ran a giveaway for my good friend Gina’s recent book Cherry Blossom Capers. You’ll want to pick this one up to read this summer. But one lucky winner won’t have to purchase it.

Ladette, you’re the winner! Thanks for entering.

3 thoughts on “A Toddy, Dryer Balls, Chickens,Cornrows & Giveaway Winner-Random Me”

  1. Okay, love the corn rows (we did that w/ my oldest once!), the dryer balls (how do you make those?!) and the movable chicken pen. Looks like you had a great Mother’s Day!

    1. Jamie, thanks I’m glad to see you back! I always love what you have to say. Um, ya, corn rows was a bit of a chore but I’d been wanting to try for a long time. She cried at bed because daddy wasn’t going to take them out. lol She agreed to leave them till Friday church. Ha! Funny girl. I might doe it again, it was kinda fun. The noisy toy helped, she pushed buttons and I braided. It’s one I hide!

      Dryer balls. I think I’ll put up a DIY. It’s a holy sock knotted, twisted, turned inside out, twisted, turned inside out till it’s a ball. Then I felted wool over it. I’ve seen DIY’s where they just wrap wool yarn around. To felt, you run it under really hot water, put it in a sock (to keep it from getting lint in the original felting process) then dry it with your clothes. Take it out of the sock and USE!

      Chicken pens are not reproducible. lol I collected pics of all kinds, then we collected junk from all over our property including a ton of baling twine and created these monsters. :) Ha! I decided not to go with the hog panel version where the wire is bent in an arch because the chickens don’t need head room! This seemed like a better use of the square footage. We’ll see. Hubby just picked up 900lbs of feed this weekend. I’m sure you’ll be hearing about this adventure. Want butchering pics? lol, Just kidding!!!

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