Bits and bobs

Ivy says:

A few things for your consideration this morning. First, frequent commenter Alice and I have been exchanging emails back and forth, and we’re talking about starting a Home Ec Club. While reading my grandma’s diary, I read about a Home Ec club she was involved in that sounded like something really awesome. This would be done on a strictly local level. We’ll meet up and have discussions on where to find the best prices for stuff, show off and do some work on our knitting/crocheting/etc. We’ll talk about all kinds of home eccy things.

Now, I live in the Nashville, TN area, so this is for the metro Nashvillians. People in other areas who are interested in a local Home Ec Club, leave a comment with your general area and I’ll see about matching you guys up.

This is going to be a really informal kind of thing, so don’t let the name “club” scare you off. This will be just a neat meeting-up kind of thing for cussing and discussing on a local level. (More discussing than cussing, but you guys know me, hee!)

So if you’re in the Nashville area and are interested in a semi-regular meet-up to talk about all things Home Ec, drop me an email at badbadivy [at] gmail [dot] com with Home Ec Club in the title.

If you are in the Charleston, SC area you can contact Heather at Heathersolos [at] gmail [dot] com, also with Home Ec Club in the title.

Next on today’s agenda is to link you guys up to a post I wrote over at Home Ec 101 reviews about a cool site that has free shipping codes galore. Save a few bucks on shipping? I’m there.

Finally, a very small tip from something I saw my dad doing this weekend. After he finished hand washing dishes, he pulled out an old milk jug, plunged it into the water, and used that water to water his houseplants. “Just doing my part to conserve water,” he said. I think it’s brilliant. It’s not going to save you a fortune or change your life forever, but his houseplants do look good.

He says to make sure you’re using a safe, biodegradable dishwashing liquid (He uses Seventh Generation) and also, he never uses dishwater that has been used to wash anything that has touched raw meat. Pretty neat if you ask me!

Have a happy Tuesday, Home Eccers!


  1. Bramble on May 28, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    i’ll be relocating to peterborough NH shortly.

  2. Mary on May 27, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Charlotte, NC here! I’d be up for it. (And I wish I were in Nashville to learn to knit…)

    I’d love to talk about sewing, too.

  3. Alice, the frequent commenter on May 27, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    And if you are a Nashville, TN person who wants to learn how to knit, I can teach basics to get you started.

    I can also teach you how to procrastinate washing the dishes. That’s about the extent of my Home Ec -ness.

  4. Kacie on May 27, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Pittsburgh, anyone?

  5. Pam on May 27, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Oh how I wish I lived closer….go to the website for you local Extension Homemakers office. Every state and almost every county in the United States has an office funded and staffed by your state land grant school. In Indiana it is Purdue. For example the _________(name of your county) Extension Office usually listed under government offices in your phone book. There is lots and lots and lots of free (well your tax dollars paid for) information. Everything from cleaning, sewing, budgeting, crafts……etc.
    God Bless, Pam, South Bend

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  7. Amanda on May 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm

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