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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Above is a photo of an antique honeycomb puff card.  It was made back in the day when a card was so much more than they are today. It is part of this collection:
These are not very good photos, plus the colors are faded now.
But I thought they deserved a mention. Just the fact that something so fragile has existed for so long is a wonder. It tells you how much the original recipient cherished them. I found a whole bag of them at an antique mall for $3.0O. It was an instant collection! You know what they say- one is one, two is a pair and three is a collection. 
Well, that's it for now. I am working on several things, but nothing to show yet. So, a very happy Valentine's Day to everyone, and especially to my better half - we have stayed together through thick and thin.....

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Few Things

I'm a fan of Ott Lights.....however, for some reason I have had issues with the (expensive - even on sale) floor lamps. A few years ago I stumbled across these at a Lowe's store. Currently they don't seem to be in stock there any more. They are available at Jo Ann's, where you can use a coupon or wait for a sale. Anyway, these bulbs not only give you the daylight quality light that us older crafters really need, but you can put them in a standard lamp socket. They are $10-$15, I think.  I thought this was worth mentioning, in case you didn't know about them. 
My second tip - and I don't remember where I read this - is to clean the soleplate of your cool iron with this:
I just tried it on a not so dirty iron and it worked great. Which brings me to the surprise Vern brought home for me this weekend:
 It is a Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer. Boy, was I thrilled. He found it at our favorite thrift store in the KC, Mo. area. It is marked $15.00, but they were having a sale, so it was only $11.25. He can shop for me any time!
Well, that's it for now. Hope everyone is staying warm.
Till next time......

Sunday, January 8, 2017

What's Happening Here

Making miniiature quilts is intensive. When I need a break from them, I turn to quick little wool projects. The little mat on the left was made awhile back, as well as the scissor cases on the right. The cover in the middle is for a nifty tool.
It is a combo magnifying glass and screw driver with different small tips that are stored in the handle. It is from Menard's - one of those huge hardware/home stores. If you sign up for a charge card, they send you a birthday card every year with a coupon for a free tool. This is the one I got this year.
In the previous two years, the gifts were a flashlight (a nice small size) and a large screwdriver with a reversible bit. All of the tools feature dark wood. I keep them in my craft go bag. There is nothing worse than a scratched up magnifying glass, so I took the time to make a cover for it.
That's about it from here. It has been bitterly cold and snowy and icy here, so I stay close to home.
Hope all is well with you dear readers.
Till next time...

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Year!

Photo courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Well, here we are at the beginning of a new year. I can hardly believe it is 2017! I am among the people who are eternally optimistic at the start of the year. Here's to the best of everything for everyone for the coming 365 days.
Till next time....

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas to All

photo courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
I wish you all the very best of everything for the Holiday Season and for the coming year. Thank you all for stopping by my blog. A special thank you to those of you who take the time to leave a comment. 
Till next time (2017!).......

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Gift for Gizmo

My first sewing project on my Bernina is a mouse toy for the Giz. It is made out of recycled wool and stuffed with thrift store wool roving and catnip.
He had just come in and was tired. Too tired to play, but not willing to turn loose of the new toy.
I got the pattern from this book:
I bought this last year at a Dollar Tree store. I don't know if they are in every state, but they are in most of the towns around here. This is a giant book with 511 pages. A bargain for $1.00.  I just checked on Amazon and you can get a spiral bound edition in the used book section for .49 cents plus about $4 for shipping. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to link to it using my kindle.  The title is "Christmas all through the house" by Gooseberry Patch. Anyway, Gooseberry Patch books are not in depth craft books, but you can find some cute and fast projects. It is also full of recipes, which unfortunately I can't eat, but sometimes they inspire me to make up something with ingredients I can eat.
`Well, that's about it for now. Is everyone ready for Christmas? 
Till next time.....

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Thrifting in the Kansas City Area

I love to check out thrift shops. You never know what you will find, that's for sure. Above is an accumulation of stuff from several trips. I don't need much modern fabric, but couldn't resist such good prices on a jelly roll and fat quarters crate. Plus, who can pass up inexpensive yarn? Not me!
We also found a couple of antique shops on the way back from Hamilton. A bundle of yellow feedsack pieces were priced very reasonably, and any solid colored ones are always wecome. Gizmo was attracted to the color - notice the similarity?
And more books! I was so happy to add the New York one to my state quilt book collection. It is all antique quilts from the state and not just the pattern by that name. The Kansas City Star Quilt book was a fun find, as we are in the area.
These are from a thrift store. I don't know if I will ever actually knit any socks, but it is fun to look at. The MaryJane's Ideabook*Cookbook*Lifebook is a good read. Don't think I would ever have paid the original $35.00 for it, but @$3.99, I couldn't pass it by. Something different to read.
And, now, the big find. A Bernina 930 Record Sewing Machine. I love all sewing machines and we have a collection of  true antique ones. My love extends to vintage ones as well. However, I have never had a Bernina of any age. So, it was a thrill for me to find this beauty for $40.00. It is hard to believe the way these machines from the 1980's have held on to their value. I had no idea what they were selling for on EBay until I got one and looked it up. Yikes! Broken ones sell for $300 and nice ones from $500 up. I am thrilled to have it. It is pictured just as we found it. I haven't cleaned it yet. One note: they call it a portable, but it weighs over 30#s in the case. Not portable as far as I'm concerned. We removed the top cover and it is clean as a whistle. We cleaned It anyway and oiled it.  It sews like a dream and the stitches are perfect. I found it just in time for my birthday, so it was a great birthday surprise.
I leave you with a photo of Gizmo peaking out the window. We were having snow the day I took the photo and it gave him something to watch.

Till next time....

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Trip to Hamilton, Missouri and the Missouri Star Quilt Co.

We went to see all the wonderful shops in Jenny Doan's domain. It did not disappoint! She has a main street full of quilt shops. I was immediately in quilt over-load.

The first shop we entered was lovely. We were greeted with this display. She is famous for her you tube videos and this is a reference to her latest. The shop was light and airy.
I can't really remember which photo came from which shop, but it really doesn't matter, because if you find yourself in Hamilton, you will visit all of them! This shows a display of Sizzix items. I am a big fan of them and have had one version or another for years.
Another shop with a Sizzix  display.
Think this was their sewing machine shop.
A shop featuring every solid colored fabric known to mankind. This is just one section.
All the displays were fun, but I particularly enjoyed all the antique sewing machines. They were everywhere.
Another fun display.
The floral fabric shop had a cute display of fabrics in florist buckets.
This was the Daily Deal on Saturday. One came home with me.
Notions in the Sewing Machine shop.

This display featured some sweet little aprons.

This is what followed me home. The Wool Shop had yarn as well as fabrics, but the photo I took was blurry, so no point in posting it. I bought three skeins of Kitchen Cotton for dishcloths. Got a charm pack of some Mary Koval fabrics and half a yard of some hex fabric by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I don't have any plans for either of them. I just liked them. Finally bought the tote size Foldaway by Omnigrid. It's been on my list to buy for a long time. That's all the biggies.
Last, to Jill, Wendy and Barbara - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Jill, hope to see you next year.  Wendy, thanks for the "insider" info on the aebleskiver pan. And a welcome to Meredith who left a comment. If you want to discuss The Autoimmune Protocol Diet that I follow, feel free to email me any time. I would love to share photos of my studio, but I am not home right now. In addition to that, it is a hot mess! It needs some serious work. I am sad to say that it is currently impossible to walk through it, much less work in it. However, you have inspired me to get it in shape when I get back.
Till next time......

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Where Have I Been?????

Well, I have been right here. Life has sort of gotten in my way lately. Like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get when you have Autoimmune issues. This fall for me it was muscle spasms. No fun with those. Anyway, above is the deconstruction of a quilt in progress. I have one large panel of the backing removed, washed and ironed and ready to use. I was thrilled to find the somewhat tattered quilt at a flea market for a fair price. It is very early. A good guess would put it at 1800-1825. I have not spent any time trying to date the fabrics specifically yet. Prior to this find, the only early backing I had to use was plain cotton or linen.
I have also been collecting, cleaning and seasoning vintage cast iron skillets. These are all made by Griswold. This collection started when we inherited the largest one from my mother in law.  This was something I could do while getting over my cataract surgery.

Vern brought me a stack of feedsacks that he found at an antique mall. They had to be soaked before washing and ironing. I was really happy with the solid-colored ones. They are harder to come by and you really need them to tone down all the prints. You can see my new glasses in the pic. After waiting forever after surgery to get them, they were not correct and had to be replaced. They are better now, but not great. Think I picked the wrong frames and the bottom of the lens sits too far down on my face. So I have issues with close up work. Aaaarrrggghhh.
And last, but not least (in his opinion, anyway) is this 18 pound mess that got into a fight with a stray cat and had to visit our vet for an antibiotic shot and a painkiller shot. He seems to have recovered.
Well that's it for now. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Friday, September 23, 2016

What Is Happening Here....

Washing and ironing fabrics.
It has taken me since June to get my health under enough control to have cataract surgery. I had my second eye done a week ago. Hooray! It will be the end of October before I can get new eyeglasses. Sigh. So, even though my vision is greatly improved already, I can not see with my old glasses and can't see without them. It is making me crazy. I use readers for up close, but they really don't work well. So, to occupy myself, I am washing and ironing 1930's fabrics that have been stashed away.
Above are some nice size pieces that I have found. Usually the pieces I find are not so nice, size-wise.
These are pretty nice, but smaller. Sometimes I take quilt tops apart. Above are some nice setting triangles and (my favorite) plain alternate blocks.
This is part of a pile that came from some unknown lady's stash. Each piece was tightly rolled up and tied. It is amazing to me that they survived since the 1930's. I bought a bunch of ziplocks full of the little bundles in an antique store. It was extremely time consuming to untie each bundle, hand wash them, soak them if necessary, starch and iron them.
Of course sometimes I come up with quilt pieces. This is another pain in the neck to get to a usable state.
Once in awhile you get lucky. I found these at an antique shop in Paducah when we were there for the quilt show. Some of these are cut from yardage. They were priced by the piece and not by the yard. I just cut off a piece of each one and didn't wash the entire yardage. It would be a good guess that a quilter from the 1930's had quite a stash of fabrics.
This answers one of the questions that people ask me the most - where do you get your fabrics?
Till next time.......