Saturday, June 13, 2015

New Sewing Table

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Pic taken by the seller.

Here is the table I found on Craigslist!  Whoop whoop!  I was so excited.  I have just finished setting it up in my new sewing room.  Just have to order a new inset to fit my machine and we'll (the machine and I) be good to go!  Yeah.  Color me happy!

A couple months ago I told my Mother I wanted one.  I priced them out and thought, this is what I really would like for my birthday!  A very special present for when I reach a pretty big birthday.  Not telling which one. Ha.  I was thinking I was going to have with 1500+ dollars, which was not what I wanted to do.  There I was looking for an armoire on Craigslist (I want a very specific style- for the right price of course) and there it was. I was there at the sellers house in two days time and had it all home by the end of the next day.  All set up the following day.  I LOVE IT!  How's that for getting what you ask for!

So now all I have to do is get an insert for my machine.

Anyone know what kind of cabinet this is?

Friday, June 5, 2015

1000 Pyramid

At long last I have finished my 1000 Pyramid Quilt.  I started making it during my first quilt class ever.  It was the one that really started me in quilt making.  During the class, the teacher had said that someone from her class was inspired to make it several years ago and she just thought that was pretty neat.  I liked the idea too.  However, I knew mine was going to be a long time in the making. I wanted no repeaters. 

Funny thing is that it shows the years I have been making it.  The beginning rows of triangles are a bit wonky.  And the ones that were sewn recently are laying very flat and are perfectly aligned.  It's been quite a journey. A very happy journey and of course, the journey continues.  Its such a learning process. 

If you would like to make it, there are several tutorials on the web.  I used this template from Quilters Cache.  I made it a five inch triangle from tippy top point to the bottom.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer Ideas

In the summer, we are always looking for activities to do.  Pinterest has a ton of ideas. 

Here are some links to great ideas.

About- 100 Fun Summer Ideas

The Frugal Girls- easy craft ideas

Keep Your Kids Busy for Under 10 Dollars from Buzz Feed

101 Fun Things To Do In The Summer from Parenting Magazine

Outdoor Summer Activities

Here is a list of some of the things we do in the summer.

Pick fruits- like strawberries, blueberries and cherries.  We also go to the Farmers Market every week.

Go to the beach.  With Lake Ontario right here, this is a fun day for us.  Lots of exercise too.

Walk on the Erie Canal and look for edible plants and such.

Go to area parks- many parks around here offer different acitivites.  There are water parks, parks with hiking trails, waterfalls, beaches...

We always go to one of the local farms called Springdale Farms.  The kids get to see some of the operations of a farm, pet the animals in their petting zoo, run along the walkways...

Play in the backyard with water. Water guns, water baloons, slip and slide, sprinkler, whatever.

Go on little day trips to various things around Rochester.

Go to the zoo.

Go to the library and visit other libraries around Rochester.

Do crafts.

Go to local museums.

Play games.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Square from Vicki

In early January we lost a fellow quilter who was very loved in our group.  It has been very sad. Her best friend, Jan, of Quilting Revolution, shared some leftovers from a quilt she was working on with us at retreat.  We all made the same square together learning a few techniques.

I decided to use it with some Easter stuff I have. Just a little table topper. I figured I would find a piece of binding to sew around the perimeter.  When I returned home from retreat I was sitting in my new sewing room.  Lots of boxes of scraps and stuff that I still have to go through to organize.  This one box kept attracting my attention.  I opened it up and started looking through it.  Didn't I find a perfectly matched strip of 2 1/4 and just enough to go around the Vicki square.  Love it! I felt guided.  Who knows maybe Vicki stopped in for a visit and suggested it to my subconscious mind.  In any case, I am finished with it and am happy with the results.  Just beautiful! A great remembrance of a dear person.

I had a great time quilting it.
Before I came from retreat.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Raggedy Ann and Andy

Big Finish! Four dolls- a set for each of my daughters.

I am embarrassed to say that these dolls have taken me a couple years to finish.  The bodies and the outfits were done the first year- pretty much.  It took me two years to complete the hair.  Why?  Because I hated it.  It was a pain in the butt.  I trudged on, albeit rather slowly for my children.  I was bound and determined to get 'er done.  That was my New Years resolution and so far I have completed quite a few projects that I will be sharing with you soon.

My one daughter did not want a hat on her Andy. 

I did different hair on the girls and different outfits.  I goofed some of the socks up.  To be honest about the time I started these dolls I could not find any of the classic stripes for them. There are some differences.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hand Soap DIY

I have been wanting to make this do it yourself handmade soap for a while. I finally came to terms with a 3.50 bar of soap and bought it.  Ouch.  I don't usually buy soap for that much money unless I am buying a multi pack of them.  There was  day when I was single and would treat myself to hand made soaps once in a while.  But now?  Pinching pennies where I can- soap would be the last place I spend a ton of money.  I reasoned with myself- 3.50 for a whole gallon of liquid soap, well, that, I could deal with.  But what if it didnt work?

Guess what?  It worked.  It totally worked.
Grating the soap was real easy.  The soap is soft.  It melts really fast.  So when you are heating it, watch it closely so that it does not boil.  Stir it.  If you see things floating continue heating.  As soon as there are no tiny soap bits, remove it from the heat.  Let cool.  Like don't check it for 12 hours, kinda cool.
Liquid Hand Soap

1 gallon water (filtered or distilled is best)
2 tablespoons glycerin*
1 bar Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap

Grate the soap.  Place the soap the glycerin and the water in a large pot.  It should be stainless steel.  If  you use something that is porous then the soap may stay in the pot and carry over into your food.  Stainless steel will clean up real nice with no soap left behind.  You should also stir with metal- no wood. 

Heat over medium heat until all the little soap bits are melted. Remove from heat immediately.

Cool for 12 hours.  Check it- see if it is thickened.  Stir and let it drip off the spoon.  Notice how it drips.  Does it kind of slide off slowly.  Then it is nearly done.  If it is still very thin, wait another 12 hours. Check again.  This soap will thicken as 24- 36 hours pass.  At first it is thin then about the consistency of egg whites, then more like soft set jello.

Whisk in small circles to combine everything.  Pour into soap dispensers. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Houses, Block by Block

After having signed up for a million 100+ giveaways from Sew Mama Sew, I found Pretty Little Quilts.  She has a nice block of the month, in progress, but towards the beginning and I think I have to join in. It is called Hillside Houses, if you are interested, click here.  Ever since I saw this quilt,

houses quilt!!!! I love this! Just need a house tessellation ?
Here is the maker of this quilt above.  So beautiful!

I have been interested in doing something like it.  Since Pretty Little Quilts already designed it, what the heck, I am jumping on this wagon...

Pretty Little Quilts Hillside Houses QAL
This is the general layout of the quilt-

house quilt

Cute, huh?