Friday, April 10, 2015
Today I had an appointment around the corner from my favorite thrift shop. Sooo...I absolutely HAD to stop in there. Right? I was saving gas and wear and tear on my car by stopping while I was in the neighborhood. Right?
Besides the fun I had combing through my favorite haunt, I managed to check three things off of my master "To Buy" list...at thrift store prices rather than retail prices! SCORE! In addition I picked up a few other crafty goodies that were just calling my name, lol.
First thing on my list was a small CD case. I had read about a fellow quilter who used such a case to keep her small rulers organized. What a GREAT idea! This pretty blue one was only $2.99 Second thing on my list was a pack or two of ring binder index dividers to organize some household files. I found two packs of 10 dividers each for $.49 a pack with an additional 50% off. My kind of pricing! The third thing on my list was some type of folders/page protectors/binder indexes to organize my quilting and sewing patterns. I found 7 packages that each contained 5 "tabbed" binder folders for $.99 each with an additional 50% off. The folders should work well to hold any templates that go along with the patterns.
I shudder to think what all of these items would have cost in a retail store! Hopefully my deal on indexes will help me get my glut of paperwork (both household and crafting) organized...once and for all!! Sigh. I've been saying that for years...
When I had finished looking for "needs" I wandered over to the craft/fabric section. I found 1.25 yards of cotton fabric for $3.75. I have drawn up a design for a wall hanging that has been in my mind for a while. I will definitely need some brown fabric to complete the project. Then I dug into the button box. I found 5 "cards" of buttons for $.99 each, with 50% off and 3 "cards" of buttons for $.49 each, with 50% off. When I think of the amount of money I have saved simply by keeping a good "stash" of buttons I'm amazed. Recently, I needed a button to mend a pair of pants and didn't have the right size in my stash. I went to JoAnn's to buy a replacement. Oh. My. Goodness. Buttons have gotten ridiculously expensive!!! So I add to my supply whenever I can. I would have liked to have a dig through the "single button" box to look for something really unusual, but I didn't want to spend any more money. I was determined to go home with money still in my pocket. Next time for sure!!!
On the way home I stopped at Chick-Fil-A and bought myself lunch with my free gift card and got a free drink with my "calendar" card. All in all it was a GREAT day!
Monday, April 6, 2015
This accident happened in front of my house yesterday (mine is the gray house with the open garage). The parked car that was hit belongs to my neighbor who was out of town for the holiday. He asked me to take photos so he could report the accident to his employer...it's a company car. Thank God the passenger suffered only minor cuts and bruises. We take so much for granted in our lives, including our family. Take a moment to hug your loved ones a little tighter.
It was truly an Easter to be THANKFUL!
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
...for my Travel EPP/Sewing Kit pattern.
Whew! I believe my pattern is finally finished and saved in a format that I can use to list it for sale on Craftsy. However, since this is my first BIG pattern, I wouldn't DREAM of putting it up for sale until someone with a little bit more experience than I has a chance to test it out! I currently have one tester lined up and am looking for one more.
If you are interested in testing this pattern, please email me through my profile with your name and email address. I will pick one name out of a hat and that winner will be emailed the PDF file. Please note, I WILL NOT be able to sell this pattern outside of the US due to the EU VAT issue. So, if you are outside of the US and want to make my kit, this may be your only chance to get your hands on the pattern...for now.
Thanks in advance! Oh, and I would ask whoever wins to make the kit following the pattern and give me an HONEST evaluation and make any suggestions you think would improve its usefulness to those who purchase the pattern. Also, I will need your feedback by April 15th as I would like to get this listed in my shop in plenty of time for those who want to give this kit as a Mother's Day present here in the US.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
My table topper is FINISHED and I am absolutely, positively LOVIN' IT. If you read my previous post, you know that in an attempt to wash off a stain with a slightly damp cloth, I started the fruit colors running onto the white. I just about DIED! I did, however, think fast and quickly stuck the topper into a washer full of cold water, with a Color Catcher and used a tiny bit of quilt soap to wash it. Whew! That was CLOSE! However, the stain is gone...as is the fading of the blue onto the white!
I am so thrilled with the look of this table topper and the fact that I based the design on the teeny bit of free fruit fabric I had on hand. I find that using only what I have on hand really leads to some WONDERFUL creative designs. Additionally, all of the other fabric was free as well...and the batting was left over from a previous quilt. My kind of project!!!
I even love the back of this table topper. And I love the post washing "crinkle" of the quilted piece.
I do still have small amounts of different types of food fabrics and may make this topper again in brighter orange and yellow fruit fabric. It won't match my blue and burgundy kitchen, but it will sure spell SUMMER!
I had gotten a spot on the table topper I am making so I got a clean white cloth, slightly damp and tried to get the spot out. Oh, NO. The colored fruit fabric began to run onto the white fabric. I immediately stopped and put the table topper into the washer filled with cold water, a Color Catcher and used quilt soap to wash it. I am hoping that it will come out of the wash looking fine. DANG. The fabric piece I had was so small I didn't consider washing it, even though it was blueberries, strawberries and raspberries...blue and red...highly likely to run. DANG! I could KICK myself!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Probably a year ago now I purchased a panel called Therapy In Session. I fell in love with this panel... mostly because quilting IS what keeps me sane; and secondly because I wanted the opportunity to try "coloring" a black and white panel before turning it into a quilted wall hanging. For Christmas, my Dear Aunt bought me a set of Prismacolor Pencils. I have been "dying" to begin work on what I hope will be a bright, HAPPY reminder that quilting IS my therapy AND my relaxation! No fretting over perfect points allowed!
Today the stars aligned perfectly and I have a small chunk of free time and barely any tremor. Wowsers, my hands are STEADY! Yesterday, however, was a completely different story and even my normally flowing signature was stunted and jerky. Pffft...annoying! But...I digress.
Seizing the opportunity I pulled out the panel and pencils, It's the PERFECT time to attempt a little coloring within the lines. These pencils (unlike others I have had in the past) are wonderfully smooth flowing over the fabric and the colors luscious without having to press hard. Following a tutorial by Jenny of Elefantz, I attempted to color in a "circular motion" to tint all sides of the threads.
With a little "touch up" here and there my coverage is fairly uniform. I understand from Jenny's tutorial that the colors will become richer once they are heat set. I can't wait to see the final product! But, wait I will. This is a "long term" project saved for the occasional days of "perfect celestial alignment" when I can stay inside the lines. I think I'll color a few more areas before I head downstairs to figure out something for dinner tonight. Sigh... Who knew a childhood pastime could still be so much fun?!!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The next step will be to hoop it up and complete the machine embroidery in the snowball blocks! I've got a few appointments this week, so I may not get to that until the weekend. Then it is off to quilt ESS (Every Stinkin' Seam as Cindy Needham would say) and then a bit of FMQ. So far I'm lovin' it...