A Few “Ta-Dah” Moments… Class, Bunting Set, Wall Hanging

And in no particular order…..

Ta-Dah!!!

I finally hung the first quilted item I made. My Dresden Plate wall hanging. It’s been so long. You have probably forgotten. I sewed a black polka dot sleeve on the back.

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My Cold Connections class yesterday was FABULOUS!! I really enjoyed the instructor. What talent!! She teaches at several places including a Community College. I learned three ways to add a rivet, one way to “staple” metal together and used a Flex Shaft power drill to punch holes in metal.

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Also more sawing of metal. We worked with copper and brass.  In the last few minutes of class, I quickly added extra holes.

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Don’t know what I will do with these pieces.  I will figure out something. It was all hands on. My favorite type of class. I learn better when I am actually doing the work.


I created this Pillow and Bunting Set. I had July 4th on the brain.

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You see bunting flags and triangles everywhere. So I decided to make up my own version. Using fabric, clear vinyl and cut up little pieces of yarn. (A perfect way to use up all that yarn just sitting.)

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I pieced together some burgundy, blue and mustard fabric to make this patchwork pillow. I quilted the front and made an envelope back.

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The pillow form is recycled. I took an old toss pillow not being used, was just being stored, took it apart, used the stuffing to make a new pillow form. The fabric is the same fabric I used to line the patchwork pillow cover. I have eight more pillows I can recycle.

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Here are more photos. The pillow back. The bunting backs.

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:(

My sewing machine died!! It stopped on me when I was stippling my first quilt. I already had about half done. Got through another 12 inches or so and the stitches started to come apart. I did everything any sewing machine owner would do. Rethread, changed the thread, changed the bobbin, cleaned out the bobbin case, removed the bobbin holder, cleaned out under it and all around it, changed needles (several times, different color tips). I did everything I knew to do. Still acting ugly!!

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So.. my Janome now sits in the front passenger seat awaiting a trip to the repair shop. The last time I took it, they had it for 3 weeks. I sure hope it isn’t that long this time. I will go through sewing withdrawal. I will have to drag out my little Sew Petite. And try to sew on it. The foot does not raise up very high, so no way to quilt anything on it. Just straight sewing. :(

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A day without crafting!! No way!!

Maybe I will make up a few jewelry pieces. I have a couple coiled wire ideas. And I need to macrame a couple of plant hangers. This downtime may be good for me. Give me a break from sewing. Get a couple of patterns done. Get some of the many things I have made listed on Etsy. Now THAT is something I could do!! Should do. Will do.

The Klutz Glove, Does It Really Work?

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After hearing about this glove from one of my readers, I ordered one. It arrived a couple days ago.

I haven’t used it yet. Just pulled it out of the packaging to inspect it. Looked for the magical stainless steel threads. When moved back and forth in the light, you can see shiny specks. I thought about running a rotary cutter across it to test it. With my hand in it. One of my friends said, oh, no, you don’t!! OK… stupid moment has passed. Hand is safe.

Really though. How safe IS this glove? I am a big-time klutz. I will use it when dismantling watches and for quilting, if I ever get that far.

Do any of you have one? Let me know how you like it.

I Am So Excited!! Lookie At My New Watch!!

Went to my local watch repair store today. Took a bag of broken watches I couldn’t get the backs off. Took two watches I hoped to get repaired. Also took my new Steampunk earrings and the necklace I am working on. Wanted them to see what I was doing.

I have sad news, good news and 2 GREAT news.

Sad news first. It will cost $45 to fix one of the watches I really like. Before I proceed, I want to do some research to see if the watch is available on-line somewhere and what is the cost.

Good news. They didn’t charge me to remove the backs. Yay!! What nice people!!

Great news #1. This watch now works. It just needed a battery. I am wearing it now. I LOVE it. I love cuffs. Cuff anything.

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GREAT NEWS #2. The owner told me he has thousands of broken watches. I can buy however many I need. We didn’t discuss prices. I am sure he will give me a deal just to get rid of some of them. When I run out of watchfaces I got from eBay, I will definitely go back.

So… that was my news for the day. How’s your day going? Do anything interesting?

Things I Can No Longer Do

  1. untwist the caps on pop/soda bottles
  2. snap the top off a banana
  3. find the exact spot on “pull to open here” wrappings
  4. open a bag of ANYTHING without cleaning up spillage
  5. thread a needle on the first try
  6. feel the raised markers on computer keys F and J
  7. smile at crying babies, now I look at the parents, please stop
  8. enjoy a quiet day out due to loud cell phone abusers
  9. drive slow in the slow lane, fear of road rage in ALL lanes
  10. open any jar without the help of my blue “let the air out” thingy
  11. “I Can See Clearly Now”, the song. Not!!
  12. take a quick shower, my hands don’t move that fast
  13. walk down stairs normally, I take one step at a time
  14. remember last names, heck sometimes even 1st names!!

Getting older stinks!! :D