Monday, December 31, 2012

No punching tigers 'round here

On his New Year's Eve radio show of December 31, 1946, comedian Red Skelton proclaimed his resolution of not punching any tigers in the mouth for 1947.  When co-actor Rod O'Connor asked why he would choose that since he had never before punched a tiger in the mouth, Mr Skelton said "I know, but I'm gonna have a resolution this year that I can keep!"

I've been trying to come up with resolutions for this coming year.  Not the ones promising to cut back on fossil fuel usage or brown-bagging it for workday lunches.  And not vowing to shed pounds (although I really need to drop what I've gained in 2012....)  Instead, I'm resolving to have my camera with me at all times and look for the unexpected.  I'm going back to nature...biking, hiking, I used to do.  I got off track for a while, devoting too much time to work and being serious.  2013 brings a return to having some fun.  I'll still keep my eco-friendly lifestyle and I still have to work, but I've got to "get back to the garden".

Lol!  I bought this album NEW so many years ago!

The new year lies ahead of you, like a spotless tract of snow

Be careful how you tread on it for every mark will show

May all your "marks" on 2013 be fantastic!

And one more thing....there'll be no punching tigers in the mouth next year for me :)



Saturday, December 29, 2012

Darling book, Gutsy Woman

Every once in a while I stumble upon something extra special at a secondhand store.  This week produced one of those special items.

As everyone was grabbing books from the new table that was brought out, I picked up this and put it under my arm while I looked for more.

I found another very small book, a Gregg shorthand dictionary from 1910.  A dear friend in northern Vermont used shorthand during her years as a secretary but she says she has forgotten it all.  So the little book has been wrapped and mailed to her.  It won't arrive until next year but I'm sure she will laugh when she sees it.

Anyway, after leaving the table with these two books in my hands, I decided to see what the first one was.  My heart nearly skipped a beat when I recognized the Campbell Soup Kids!

I've since done some research and found that Margaret Hays wrote children's books and her sister, Grace G Wiederseim did the illustrations.  She later created the chubby tots that I remember in the soup commercials....Mmmm, Mmmm, Good!  Even thought she was a prolific producer of these loveable characters and comic strips, she drew and painted beautiful portraits, few of which are known to exist because of the difference in style.  Some of the covers for the Saturday Evening Post show portraits she drew in the Gibson Girl style.

This link is for an excellent biography for Grace G. Wiederseim, showcasing her strength of character, fondness for high fashion, and independent spirit in the early part of the 20th century.

It's amazing, the things that cross our paths and what we can learn about the women who came before us!


Friday, December 28, 2012

Vacation week

It's been a truely strange week here, weather- and other-wise.  At the beginning of the year I scheduled this as a vacation week without having any plans but I've enjoyed doing very little (other than our family Christmas get-together.)

I took one day to hop around some secondhand shops and another to be with my mother.  Tomorrow I expect to stay inside and watch the plows as we get more snow.  The first batch (Wednesday evening) melted from rain on Thursday.

I also solved a storage problem by using something that was about to be discarded.  This is the leg portion of one of those old-style folding TV snack tables.  The plastic tabs on the metal tray-top snapped, rendering it useless.  I used an old cotton-webbing belt to make straps that would hold it steady.

Now it is a stand for a vintage suitcase FULL of old family photos.....

....and it keeps my gym bag handy.  No excuses!  * wink *

I also sealed up the drafty window in my bedroom and that c-h-i-l-l-y slider door in the kitchen.  This thin plastic may not actually make it warmer but keeping those drafts down makes it feel more comfortable.  (Along with my tres chic drop cloth drapery!)

I'm all set to ride out the snow.  I hope you're comfy, too!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Blessings of the Season!

Wishing you a joyous holiday surrounded by those you love. 


Saturday, December 22, 2012


This year I set up the manger that belonged to my parents.  It's the one I remembered from every Christmas as I grew up.  The "straw" has mostly rubbed off, after being wrapped in tissue year after year. The stable is pretty bare now.  Some of the pieces had been replaced as the original ones broke.  But even those are old.  I remember seeing replacement shepherds and sheep in F.W.Woolworth, all lined up on a shelf.  I imagine we weren't the only family who dropped a donkey and were unable to glue legs back on.  I like to see the prices that are still on the bottoms of these figures.

This photo is from some time in the 1960s or so.

This is today.

I just got this manger this past summer.  It had been packed away in my sister's basement for almost 30 years.  I'm so glad she kept it.  I've always loved it.

Wishing you joy and happiness in all your holiday traditions!

Friday, December 21, 2012


I apologize for being somewhat absent lately.  The past few months have drawn more time and energy than I imagined.  In a (very) brief recap:

The new person at work is catching on well and knows how to handle the basics, but there's still a lot for them to learn.

My mother was ill for a few weeks and is now doing much better.  She has decided to host Christmas Eve at her place this year and we should have a houseful!  (I'll go into details in another post.)

I've been working at my sewing machine, trying to perfect a finished product that I want to put in my etsy shop.  I'm still not quite satisfied with the results.

I finished a companion to the wool scarf that I made last month, this one more "masculine".  I mailed it without taking a photo, but it was made of 8-inch squares of similar wool as the first one, and backed with a medium grey microsuede.  I didn't put any trim on this one.  Instead, I put a running stitch about one-half inch inside the outer edges with three strands of black embroidery floss.

Our Christmas party at work was a lot of fun, as usual.  I'm going to be on the planning committee next year and I've got some ideas.....

It will be a busy weekend for me, as I'm sure it will be for you, too.  So for tonight, I'll be cruising through the internet and catching up on your blogs.  Time to find my slippers.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Of all the details in my life that I have posted you haven't read much about my financial situation, mostly because it has been "trying".  Through the years I've learned that it takes about 5 years to get over a setback, such as a major illness or job loss, etc.  At that 5-year point you're not necessarily bounced back to where you were (financially), but you've rounded the bend and are on the road to recovery.  Well, I'm rounding that bend.

Only a very few of you may remember when my car was rear-ended and totalled in the summer of 2009.  I had only a few days to replace it and made a good decision to buy a one year old Subaru.  After two years of those monthly payments I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel so I decided to tighten my belt and toss extra money at the principal left on the loan throughout this year.  Easy enough to do that during the warm months but heading into heating season worried me.  How could I meet my payoff goal of February 2013 while subsequentally paying the gas bill?

My worries were put to bed when our company announced a year-end bonus, which is very unusual for them.  While everyone laughed about buying iPads and new clothes, I had visions of that finish line getting nearer.  As soon as the money appeared in my bank account I directed it to the auto loan.  I can breathe easier, knowing that a February payoff is once again a reality with two more months of being a tightwad.  With so many other expenses about to rise, having this payment gone will truely be a blessing.

I raise my coffee cup in a toast to wish that you receive an equally pleasant surprise!

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's a start....

This morning everyone in our "idyllic" corner of New England was still just going through the motions of daily life while waiting for the second shoe to drop, the list of names and ages that would be made public.  Anonymity is safe.  Knowing the reality of it will break our hearts...again.

Even with this on my mind, my day was brightened as I drove through Stamford, CT and saw signs for a gun buy back being held  at the First Congregational Church today.  In my view, even if one gun was turned in, it would be a success.

This evening I heard that another buy back in Brooklyn yielded 134 guns today!  Many folks who participated did so because of yesterday's tragedy.  With the benefit of getting guns off the street and receiving cash (or debit cards) that would help in this holiday season, it's a win-win.

I am not against gun ownership and I can appreciate hunting but I draw a line in the sand closely after that, particularly against high-reload magazines and assault weapons (our federal ban was allowed to expire).  I applaud Mayor Bloomberg for speaking out so quickly, again, to challenge our nation's gun laws.

Please say a prayer tonight for the families.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Heartfelt sympathy

Our hearts are breaking for the families of those affected by today's tragedy.  God bless and keep all the children who joined him today, and help all those who are hurting.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gearing up for gifting

Our department joined with another at work so that we share an open office space.  Along with that, we have three long-term temps working with us.  I have decided not to increase my gift expenses at work, but to make the same amount go twice as far.  How many of us get caught up in the office holiday gifts...buying for folks out of obligation.

I looked through to find something.....something.....unique.  With all those crafty folks, of course I found the perfect thing!  I've sent for these seed papers and will put one in each card for the folks in my open plan office.  No favoritism and no one will be left out.  The best part is that I am supporting an individual, like myself.  (I also found instructions online to make these, and it is very simple and fast!  If you are interested, it looks like fun.  Due to the time of year, I don't have access to seeds so I'll save that thought for next year.)

Yesterday afternoon my throat started that slight scratchy-ness to let me know that I'm in for a bit of a cold.  And yes, this morning it is full-on hurting.  I'm off to pick up some fresh ginger to mix up some of this.  I stumbled on this recipe two days if it was waiting for me.  I think some zinc lozenges and this mixture will be by my side for a few days.

I mentioned some sewing in my last post.  Well, I'm proud to show you what I made.  I used the scarf instructions in Denyse Schmidt's book "Quilts" to put together a foundation-pieced wool scarf.

The materials are all new but could have been recycled.  All the wool pieces had been given to me, I had the muslin to use for the all I bought was a half yard of a very soft, thin velour-ish fabric for lining and accent stripes.

I added a section of vintage lace.

It's super easy although time consuming, having to press each piece after stitching so they lay flat.  I will be making another without the lace, and they will be sent off by the end of the week.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a great week.  I'm going thrifting today to see what I can find.  After that, there's a turkey in my fridge waiting to be roasted!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turkey and denim

I'm a guest at today's Thanksgiving feast at my brother and sister-in-law's house.  She is the most marvelous cook!  All I am bringing are some beverages, but I help with kitchen duty.  SIL found that we work well together in aprons, and we get things done easily.  My mother will again be given the honor of relaxing in the living room with everyone else until the food is on the table.  When I return home I expect to be full and happily tired.

I decided to cook a turkey this weekend and needed to buy it while it was still on sale.  Funny how 0.59 per pound turns into 1.59 per pound on the same exact bird overnight.  Those turkeys that didn't sell for the holiday suddenly become cost prohibitive.  Anyway, it will make a lovely pot pie, turkey sandwiches, soup, and more over the winter.  (And it will be shared, making it doubly tasty.)  But to get this bird, I had to venture out to the grocery store yesterday afternoon while everyone else was out there shopping for those forgotten items...fresh veggies, fruits, extra packages of stuffing, and beer.  My goodness, the store was crowded!

I am 14 squares short of the total needed to piece my denim quilt so I will venture to the thrift shop this weekend to buy a pair of jeans.  I am anxious to get started, but in the meantime I found the perfect homemade gift.....

I bought this book at a secondhand store last summer because of one project in it.

And I have all this wonderful wool that was given to me.

It's a perfect match.  I will post photos tomorrow!

In the meantime, have a wonderful day.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 17, 2012


I worked on this last night......

Cutting several pairs of freebie jeans and jean skirts into 8.5" squares that will become a disappearing nine patch jean quilt for one of my sons.  I made jean quilts for each of my three boys when they were children, each one designed differently.  I actually hand-quilted each one of them.  But this one will be machine quilted, sans batting, so that it will be used as a throw.

Getting prepared takes the most time (washing, pressing, cutting), so this was a great evening to tackle the tedious part.  I'll stitch these up over the next week and send it on it's way soon.

But this has me thinking......

What would you do with this bag of scraps???

Many thanks to Heidi and Bobbi for hosting Friday Night Sew In.  Follow this link to see what wonderful things were being crafted last night.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

November FNSI

Another month has flown by!  Tomorrow is November's Friday Night Sew In, hosted by Heidi and Bobbi.  I have set aside my quilting for something more pressing....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The second thing....

I took advantage of the beautiful twist in the weather (60+ degrees after a freakish snow Nor'easter last week) to take my last Autumn road trip to Northern New England.  It was a madcap Saturday/Sunday trip, over 600 miles and numerous cups of java.

The funky clothing consignment store where I bring vintage items is closing after many wonderful years.  It was the perfect fit for a college town....unique and eclectic.  But it can be overwhelming to run a business and life can take a turn.  I wished the sweet owner all the best in her future endeavours as I picked up the last of my consignment items, which will go into my etsy shop soon.

As I ran through town, I visited with my youngest son and my future daughter-in-law.  They always amaze me.  Two very sincere young folk who live life to the fullest.  They enjoy the outdoors and doing, being.  I think they've discovered the secret to happiness that we all seek.

There is another consignment shop on my rounds, where I found two great tops.  It's been cool in the office and I wanted something to wear over a light blouse.  These two will be perfect and they were on the dollar rack....score!

Then I met up with old friends, had a wonderful home cooked dinner, chatted till late, and slept like a log.  It was a shame to have to leave on Sunday morning but I drove home, unpacked, and settled down with a nice cup of tea.

So yesterday I was saying that two things caught my attention during the past few days, one being tagged to answer some questions about me.  The other was something else I want to do with crafting.  I love repurposing things, making something new from old, so I am embarking on a quest to learn a new skill.  My sister-in-law is going to show me how to use her new "sewing" machine which does everything except scramble eggs.  Yes, it quilts, too, and I may take advantage of that.  All of this comes 'round to opening a new etsy shop which will be for my creations.  I will have it set up before this year's end.  All this hectic year at work, I wondered if there wasn't a more personal, meaningful way of life for me.  This is my first step in finding out.  Please wish me luck.

Have the best day yet!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Sometimes it's like your head is in another place, lost in the hectic pace of work.  Then you suddenly realize that someone has been talking to you and you wake from the fog.  I've been in that fog lately, but I have hope!

This past year has been tumultuous where I work, with several radical personnel changes that resulted in my shoulders carrying the weight of two desktops for what seems like forever.  Some temporary workers were brought in to try to alleviate the workload, but that made things worse.  A few weeks ago the vacant position was filled and I have been training the new person (yet another task!)  Yesterday felt more like the "old" job.  The newbie opened their wings to fly, taking on duties and proving their strength.  I can see light at the end of this tunnel.  All those nights of dropping on the couch, exhausted, after work may be coming to an end!

Coinciding with this were two more happenings.

One was being tagged by Embroiderymad.  She asked me to answer these questions:

1. What is your favourite craft?
I adore all handwork.  I love to sew and quilt.  I can knit and crochet, but I have also taken woodworking classes and have refinished furniture.  I have always wanted to learn to work with silver.

2. Do you have a special room for craft?
My dining table seems to be designated for that. {*smile*}

3. Do you live in a large city or a small town?
At the edge of a big city surrounded by mid-size towns, but a change is on the horizon.

4. What are your favourite colours?
All sincere tones....earthy.  Any shade resembling a stormy sky or a pile of leaves, or the many colors of rock.

5. Do you have any animals?
Sadly, they are not allowed by my HOA.

6. Do you like to cook?
Yes, but not at the moment ;)

7. Do you use recycled goods or do you always buy new ones for your craft?
I enjoy challenging myself by choosing recycled (even vintage)  but new is good, too!

8. Do you have a craft group or do you just do your own thing?
I haven't found a craft group in this immediate area but keep in touch with some distant friends for ideas and support.

8. Do you grow your own veges?
Sadly, another HOA issue.  But I have covered my deck with planters and buckets that contained zucchini, potatoes, and green beans!

9. How many craft books do you have?
Not as many as I'd like ;)

10. What is your favourite TV show.
I gave away my television over 3 years ago....and love the feeling of independence.

11. Do you check emails and blogs as soon as you get up in the morning?
Shortly after rising I check all the wonderful blog updates while making my coffee.

I'll tell you about the second thing tomorrow.....
Until then, have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like.....

It's only November 7th and work closed early because of the accumulation of wet, heavy snow.  It started early and continued all day.  By quarter to 4, when the office closed, I cleaned at least three inches from my car before driving on roads that were getting slick under the white stuff.  I'm in the 3-6" zone on this chart from the weather channel (very close to the coast):

This is very unusual for the southern tip of New England in November.  My thoughts go out to the folks who are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy and now going through this!

Morning update: It continued through the night, but I haven't heard the total accumulation yet.  The crazy (but good) news is that it's going back up into the high 50s this weekend.  What a ride!

Stay warm, and well!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Small blessings

I came home to this.....

.....and just in time!  It may go into the mid-30s tonight....
Stay warm and safe.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Status quo

I saved the hot water in the heater for this morning to take a shower before work, which resumes today.  Just thinking about the backlog waiting for me....I shudder!  But I'm sitting in Bruegger's Bagel shop enjoying a smooth cup of java, a bagel, and their internet service.

A quick ride yesterday afternoon was quite surprising.  I found that the power is on a half block from me, with business on main street busier than a Saturday afternoon.  But in other areas roads were blocked and detours wove through neighborhoods.  One particular street had power on one side but not the other, as evidenced by extension cord after cord running across the road, from one kind neighbor to another.

We're right along the shore, as you can see here.  The outer bands of the hurricane pushed swells into Long Island Sound, which had no place to drain.  Combined with the length of the storm, there were several high tides forcing water where it usually didn't go, which is how NY City was hit so bad.  I have no right to complain.  I will survive.  By tomorrow morning the gym will be open and I can use their shower facilities.  However, my 93 year old mother is still without power.  She is faring very well and wants to stay put.  My brother and his wife have been checking on her and bringing her hot meals.

Don't take what you've got for granted.....especially that hot cuppa!

Gotta go to work now.  Have a blessed day.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

power out

My power went out yesterday at 5pm and our local radio station went down just after 8.  Living in the dark is fine, although not knowing what is happening in the outside world has proven to be frustrating.  So much so that I walked to McD's to use their wifi.  I am not looking forward to opening my fridge tomorrow with a trash bag in my hand.

So many people without power.  I hope all is well with you.

I will post as soon as power and internet return.


Monday, October 29, 2012

The wind does blow

It's been like this since yesterday....continual wind.  These pine trees were thick and lush but now half the needles are gone, the wind has been that strong.  One of them lost it's top last year when Hurricane Irene paid a call to us.  I'm hoping they make it through this storm, especially with all the cars parked nearby.

And Sandy isn't leaving until tomorrow

Pins and needles

Around 7 this morning, my boss will be calling to let me know if the office is open today.  Since yesterday afternoon the tall pines outside the front door have been waving around and will certainly be a frightful sight later today, when winds may reach 80 mphs.  My cell phone, laptops, and kindle are fully charged.  My eton radio and hand-crank flashlights are on the table and I bought batteries for my old Sony Walkman.  The gas stations were running out of gas yesterday, so I'll have to ration the half-tank in my car.  The Weather Channel is streaming live this morning on the internet and our local radio station is devoted to updates and closings.

The predictions are that this will be the worst storm to hit the southern New England coast in 70+ years.  Neighborhoods along the shoreline have had mandatory evacuations.  If power is lost, it may stay out for several days.  On Saturday afternoon I saw several utility trucks from out of state convoying in.  Many thanks to them for giving their time and efforts.

I've been through many snowstorms.  They come and you work through it.  This is different.  It's so strange to watch and wait, not knowing what the wind will do.

If you're already affected by this, or waiting for it, or any other weather issues...stay safe!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

A beginning

I could easily have started something new, with all the ideas swimming around in my head, but instead I pulled out the last quilt top I made this summer for this Friday Night Sew In.  And so it began....


It took a while to baste the sandwich together, after which I stared at it to picture what elegant scrollwork to add in quilting stitches. However many designs I thought of, I decided that this simple bright quilt should have straightforward quilting.  I'm using masking tape again, to mark the stitching lines.

A plain outline of the colorful strips and a grid in the open areas.

It should be ready for binding by next month's FNSI!

Thank you to Heidi and Crafty Vegas Mom for hosting this wonderful opportunity for crafters to get together and share their progress, ideas, and projects!  Follow this link to see what great things are being made around the world during Friday Night Sew In!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Last of the summer blooms

Friday and Saturday nights were cold enough to warrant bringing the flowers inside.  We didn't have a frost but it was quite chilly.

My large pot of parsley and basil have been clipped for use before this photo was taken, and will be completely cut and frozen today.  I will probably put the pot back outside for the winter, knowing that parsley roots sometimes withstand the cold and surprise us in the Spring with regrowth.

My geranium grows like this every year and I cut it back every Autumn before bringing it in for the Winter.  I got it in the year 2000 at a high school awards dinner.  My middle son was in the vocational culinary program, continued on to culinary school, and is now a chef de cuisine at a distinguished restaurant.

The centerpieces on the tables of that awards dinner were potted flowers that we each took home.  (It can be seen in the very foreground of this photo.)  My geranium survived three houses and a "plant sitter" during my last move.  Each year I think about rooting cuttings from it but I've never tried rooting powder.  I'd appreciate any tips if you've tried this.

So as I'm cleaning out the flowerpots, I'm thinking about a deck covered in flowers and herbs next summer!  How about you?

Enjoy your Sunday!


Saturday, October 13, 2012


Happy, happy, day!  Look at all the goodies!

My nephew's mother-in-law sent this bag of quilter's goodies to me.  What a very sweet woman.  Crafting folks are so thoughtful.

Over the last few years I have passed yarn and knit/crochet books to my nephew's wife.  I've seen her wonderful projects, beautiful afghans, and sweaters.  Her hands are always busy.

She has mentioned my quilting to her mother, who was happy to hear of someone who would appreciate supplies that she no longer needed.  And, oh my!, was I thrilled that she sent them to me!  I sat with all this treasure last night, wondering if I might live long enough to make all of the quilts in the books!  I'm especially interested in the white whole cloth quilt pattern.  I've always loved them, and might set this as a goal in 2013.  It's a thought.....

I love crafting friends, and all my friends here in the blogosphere....ones who I know and ones who I haven't met.  For the inspiration, and for the caring that they share.  Thank you all for visiting my little world.  Thank you to all who share ideas, tips, and friendly words.

We may have difficulties, there may be troubles in the world, but we can share of ourselves to make it a better place.  I hope you enjoy your visit here as much as I do.  Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Graduating in 1941

I seem to gravitate towards literature from the late 1930s to early 1940s, searching for clues to they way people lived back then.  I have a small set of diaries written by a young lad who later became a lawyer and judge in the area where I currently live, and I've read non-fiction that was recommended by online friends.  The strength and determination of our forebearers is inspiring.  So it almost seemed like Fate put this 1941 high school yearbook in my hands.
In the midst of worldwide turmoil, these young people were growing up, and enjoying their school days while becoming model citizens.  They participated in school plays, played football, debated, and enjoyed (or complained) about the cafeteria meals.

Girls kept their (mostly) shoulder length hair curled, created that notable "poof" on top, and sometimes used barrettes to hold the sides pinned back.  Guys wore their hair short and combed back, with the occassional fellow having his parted in the middle.

School chums formed strong friendships, dreaming about their future.  I love the end of this sentimental note...."Don't forget to have plenty of kids, after all you promised."  Girls still ultimately wanted to be homemakers and mothers.

And they lived all this while on the other side of the globe things were happening to change some of their lives forever.  How many of them would be sent overseas?  How many would spend months/years worrying about family members over there?  Did some of these very girls get jobs in munitions factories?
The letter to the graduates from the pricipal and the letter from the senior who was editor-in-chief of the school publishment "Log" put everything into perspective.
From the principal:  "Your whole school life since your kindergarten days has coincided with the years of the financial depression from which this country and the whole world have suffered.  You have witnessed economic chaos, misery, distress, and, more recently, the ruthless ravages of war....."  How telling is that!
The editor-in-chief wrote a wonderful three page letter, often drawing parallels between the sports scene and life at school with politics and world news.  This was the era of "wrong-way" Doug Corrigan.  The Democrats nominated Roosevelt for a third term.  A constant worry was the possibility of lowering the draft age.
My junior high and high school years were darkened by the conflict in Viet Nam.  We live in hard times now.  But I still have the greatest admiration for those who lived during the 30s and 40s, facing the unknown while living what should be their formative years.  The sweet innocence of youth.
If you enjoy vintage and history, please visit Colorado Lady's Vintage Thingie Thursday and see what everyone is sharing!  Thank you, Colorado Lady!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Finished, at last!

For a small quilt, it took longer to hand quilt than I had anticipated.  Mostly because I kept getting side tracked.  But here it is!



Photos taken in the early hours this morning so I had to use indoor lighting.

This quilt has made me appreciate the bright, primary colored fabrics that I had shunned while working on ones that were more subdued, more like vintage reproductions.  It was fun, and I'll probably make more from similar fabrics soon.  But I've got something else in mind for my next project and I've already been sketching out the pattern.  I can't wait for the next Friday Night Sew In!

Have a terrific Tuesday!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A successful prototype!

Not bad for a few hours last night!

I applied a lining to the book that I had gutted, adding elastic to hold in the corners of my ereader.  (Note: Since I had accidentally used white thread on a black application, I later touched up the stitches with a permanent black marker.  It worked like a charm!)

So now the e-reader fits nice and snug.


Open for watching a video....
But there's one thing an e-reader cannot do........
You can't stack them on top of a glued project to apply weight!
It was a fun project, and when I find a really interesting looking book, I'll make another one.  It will have to be something really outstanding....maybe it will have a great art-deco design on the cover.
Have a great day (or evening) and don't forget to have some fun :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday, and time to get back on track

I completely went off track this weekend, not accomplishing anything useful around here.  Laundry was not done and cleaning was a quick wipe and shuffle.  Instead, I decided to take a look-see around the thrift shops.  I've run out of old aprons, the ones that aren't useful as originally intended but still have some good fabric remaining, and I haven't found any for quite some time.  Sadly, this excursion faired no better on that front.  But I did find a few other treasures.

I remember owning a hardcover copy of this book back in the 70s, when we had a small woodstove installed in the cape-style house we owned.  Wood stoves were a "new" concept in southwestern CT back then so we had to do a lot of research on our own.  I got this copy for twentyfive cents ;)   Sunday evening was wasted enjoyed by browsing through the pages.  It is absolutely chock full of info, from how each style of stove works to installation and getting airflow through the house.  It's a keeper (and might be passed on to someone in the family who has started the home-buying quest.)

I did stand at the book bins for most of my visit, looking for the perfect book to use as a kindle cover.  It had to have a catchy title of great graphics, and it had to measure just so.  No such luck this trip but I did get one to use for practice.  I have watched Youtube videos and read countless online instructions for making cloth cases, but my intentions were to keep the original cover on this one and use some soft leather as the lining.

I've removed the pages and it looks like a good fit.  My options for attaching the leather interior and padding seem to be something like Gorilla Glue, and I've got to figure out the way to affix the elastic holders before the leather is glued in place.  Kinda like thinking backwards.

I lucked into a handful of these sweet older sewing patterns.  They were in a bin of books that was just put out for sale.  The guys were busy grabbing books and didn't mind that I was reaching for "old paper stuff".  I may hold onto one that  really caught my eye, but the rest will be checked for completeness and put into my etsy shop soon.

There was a bit more, but that can wait.  I want to get some stitching done tonight.  Hope you all had a great Monday!