Monday, April 26, 2010


My list of things to do is a mile long it seems.
  • Spring cleaning
  • Create and sew five handbags by June
  • Clean flower beds and plant annuals
  • Create and construct items to sell at the Virginia Avenue Mall.
  • Get out bike and yoga mat.
**Please note!  I will NOT be doing yoga while riding my bike.

Hub's mom is arriving on Wednesday for a week long visit.  I'm trying to plan menus and do the shopping.

Today I have an appointment to see a doctor at Duke Integrative Medicine to get relief from my "mental"pause symptoms.

One of the items I am making to sell at the Virginia Avenue Mall are reusable shopping bags.  Here are some pics of ones I made to give as Christmas gifts last year.

These bags are the same size as the plastic bags you get at your grocery store because I used a Target bag as my pattern.  They are super strong as each bag is lined and the bag folds up into the front pocket for easy storage.  My bags are upcycled, as they are constructed from fabric purchased at yard sales and flea markets.  Some of the fabric is UGGLY! 

My question to you is:  How much should I charge for these bags?  Would you pay $3?  $5?  Help me out here!

I must go get ready for my doctor appointment.  Can I dust the living room while I'm showering? 


Friday, April 16, 2010

What was I saying?

I uploaded this graphic some time yesterday.  It was pertinent to what I had to say then.  I left my computer to do something else.  When I got back to my computer last night, I forgot what I had wanted to say in this post.

Forgetting what I was saying or doing is happening a lot lately.   Hubs said it is old age.  I have a sign in my studio that reads, "Age doesn't make us forgetful.  Having way too many thing to remember makes us forgetful. "   Personally, I think it is because I am in "mental"pause.

If you read this post, you might like to know that it has been seven weeks since I had a cigarette.  BIG news!  But even BIGGER news is that I have only gained two pounds!  It has not been as difficult as I had anticipated to stop smoking.  I think it has something to do with not remembering...   

*Thanks to TZA's flickr account for the use of the graphic.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Gadgets at My Place and Yours

What would our days be like without all the gadgets we use to make chores easier?   Every profession, art, hobby and craft have gadgets unique to the needs of the job or pastime. There are lots of gadgets going on at Hello Owl's "My Place and Yours" this week.

Here are some of my favorite gadgets I use in sewing and quilting.  There is no way I could cut fabric with precision without my rotary cutter, grid ruler and green rotary cutting mat.  I heart my magnetic pin cushion.  The pins just need to get close to be attached.

The wood gadget below the ruler is new and I have yet to use it.  The left end of this four in one tool can be used to make perfect corners and for getting poly stuffing into tight places.  On the other end is a flat ended cap for finger pressing and folding. 

When the caps are removed, one end is a seam ripper and the other end is a stiletto.

This little box is quickly becoming my favorite gadget.

Nothing irritates me more than running out of bobbin thread while sewing.  This little bobbin winder takes care of that. 
Thanks to this week's theme queen, Susan of It's the Things That Make You Go MMMMM.  Check out the other gadgets here.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!

Enjoy hanging with your Peeps!