Posted at 8:59 am
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! This is one of the best holidays of the year because it’s all about love. No, you do not have to be married or be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It is a day to show love to everyone. Say hi to that homeless person you pass on your way to work each day. Pay for the coffee for the person behind you in line. Write a letter to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Put a note in your child’s lunch. Hug a stranger. Read a story to someone in the hospital. Go out in freezing cold temperatures in the dark to put a key out for your neighbor so their house can get painted. (You know who I’m talking about, K!) Desi kept me company.
What I’m trying to say is you are love because you are God’s child. Go spread that love around! Have a great day everyone!
Posted at 8:24 am
It’s been a while since I’ve posted my 100 Days of Happy, but that doesn’t mean I’m not happy! I’ve been using my tablet a lot and I don’t like to post directly from that….and I haven’t taken many pictures. I’ll catch up with that soon in a different post. This one is all about my new multi-tool. Everyone has heard of the multi-tools with screwdrivers and knives and sawblades and dental floss, but mine is even better and it’s just for those of us who sew.
Do you remember the plexiglass template I had made for cutting out t-shirts for quilts? If not, it’s here. Well, I have found a new use for it! For those of you who applique, you know how frustrating it can be when you go through both layers of a t-shirt or pillowcase, for example. It’s nearly impossible to get the needle and thread to go back through exactly the way they came. I was appliqueing minion faces on a pillow bed and decided to use that piece of plexiglass as a barrier between the front and back. It worked perfectly! It was large enough to provide a good working area and fit inside the pillowcase sections easily. I also didn’t have to worry about scratching it up because it doesn’t matter if it’s scratched up.
You can see the shape of it under the fabric. It fit right on my lap and let me get through 2-3 layers of fleece without catching the backing up too. I also knew when I was all the way through because I could feel the hard surface. It would great for applique even without a backing attached because you won’t catch the tablecloth or your pants in the stitching either. It also allows you to go faster because you know when you’re through the fabric and you don’t have to keep flipping it over to check. And the added bonus…….drumroll, please……….NO MORE FINGER PRICKS! I hate thimbles so my fingers invariably end up bleeding when I do handwork. Hmmm….might work for hand quilting too. I’ll have to work on that.
I hope that can help someone.
Have a great day!
Posted at 6:27 am
Aaaahhh, Sunday. Church, God and good friends with some football thrown in (even if both of my teams lost). And guess who cooked again….NOT ME!
Posted at 6:20 am
Again with the sewing. I sewed dog booties (and a few other things) all day long. When I started sewing parts together backward I was told to walk away from the sewing machine. Thank heaven for seam rippers, but they still don’t stop me from talking to myself. I think I was interrupting his television show.
Posted at 6:11 am
Happy Monday! I’m a little behind on my posts, but that always happens on weekends. I’m still going to post all the days so today I’ll actually have 3 separate days of happy. Day 15 was actually Friday and it was good in lots of ways. I got to have a slow morning. Well, I guess it was slow by my standards anyway. As soon as my baby left for school I went to my friend’s to exercise. We switch off days at each other’s houses. I was back by 8:00 and had a relaxing breakfast and start to my day. I did the grocery shopping, went to art class, and watched Abbey’s soccer game and was home by 6:30. That was my 8 hour “work” day. Exhausting! Here’s a picture of one of my paintings for your viewing pleasure.
Posted at 8:51 am
Measure. Pin. Cut. Measure. Pin. Cut. Measure. Pin. Cut. All through the day.
Posted at 12:57 pm
Friends helping friends get fit. Thanks Diana!
Posted at 5:38 am
When a good idea makes life easier. I make t-shirt and memory quilts for people and my least favorite part is cutting out all the t-shirts. I usually use a 12 1/2” square ruler and a 24”x6 1/2” ruler. I measure, make sure it’s even on both sides, measure again, make a cut, then try to line up the long ruler on the cut to make the longer cut for the whole side and hope I’ve gotten it straight. Repeat on the other 3 sides. Well, the other day I was frustrated by that…again. I don’t want to spend $20 or so on a quilting template from the store that’s not even the exact size that I need and I was trying to think of what I could use. I could cut out a piece of cardboard to the size I need and cut around that, but I can’t see through it to know where I’m placing it. Then I remembered that our local Ace Hardware cuts plexiglass to any size you want. It was a lightbulb moment ! Yesterday, after my workout (see tomorrow’s post), I ran over to Ace, okay, I drove, and asked for a 14 1/2”x16 1/2” piece of plexiglass. They cut it out for me with nice straight lines and voila! Here are some pictures of before the t-shirt was cut.
The plain piece of plexiglass on the left and laid out on a t-shirt on the right. It doesn’t have any markings so I have to eyeball it to make it sure it’s straight, but it is actually easier without the markings for me. I just hold it down and cut around all four sides. See picture at top. It shows the template still on the t-shirt after cutting it out. So easy! I got 30 t-shirts cut out in 45 minutes when it would have taken me a good chunk of the day using my old method. I was so excited and I felt like a genius. The man who cut it said it costs $.03 a square inch plus $1 for the cut so my total was $7.17 plus tax and I have a custom t-shirt template! You can bet I’ll be going back for more when I need different sizes.
Have a happy day!
Posted at 6:42 am
Not my picture, but a hot cup of tea and a good book always make me happy.
Posted at 7:06 am
What could be better than a man making dinner for his family? I know! A man making dinner for his family ALL WEEKEND! Corned Beef on Saturday and Carnitas on Sunday. He likes to cook so he looks up recipes that he wants to make on the weekend, plans all the side dishes and ingredients and goes to town. Thanks, Hon!