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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....