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The Adventures of Finger Buddy by quornflour

Sometimes my palm meets my forehead and I say, “GENIUS!”

Other times I think to myself, “Self, you are hilarious”. That second thought is followed by a critical, “Self, don’t laugh at your own jokes.”

Anyway. One of my co-workers has broken her finger and now there is the tour of broken finger pictures on her facebook page. So naturally I thought to myself, “Self, that splint is ugly, it needs more character…” and the Finger Buddy was born.

At lunch I went home and threw this thing together. I made it with fleece, yarn, buttons, felt and some eyelet lacey bits, you know, to add a feminine touch. Seriously, if you are going to have a useless finger anyway, might as well have fun with it, right?

Think I may throw a few more together this weekend and put htem up on Etsy, well, unless it is still swamp weather.



Apartment Garden, Episode 3: Planting by quornflour

Last summer I attempted a little balcony garden planting seeds and swapping seedlings.

I was successful in the indoor sprouting phase and even getting them up to plantable size, but then I was gone and the weather was crap and the place I wanted to grow them was not really the best spot.

Overall however: I failed.

This year I am trying it again and have done things a little differently:

First, I rounded up some neighborly help from another resident in my building, my friend and neighbor Melissa. This way there will (hopefully) be at least one person around to tend to the plants.

Second, I did not plant seeds, and rather picked things up here and there, friends with seedlings, Melissa had a few she planted and got from friends, and I picked up a few at farmers markets.

Third, I found a new spot to plant everything. I asked, (ok more like announced) my land lady if I could use part of the back yard to plant. Not only did she agree, though she is a greater fan of roses and flowers than veggies, but she also offered up two plastic pools that were otherwise going to be trashed and a number of old puts that she had. I also managed to get some pots from my neighbor.

So after all of this was sorted out, I headed to the nursery and bought dirt. I had a fair amount of dirt from last year so I mixed my new dirt with my old dirt. My neighbors all commented on the smell. I had picked up organic soil, which had a much richer smell than the soil they had used.

Next I sorted out buckets, some needed drainage, so I used a screw driver and a mallet to puncture a few holes in the bottoms, the holey buckets would then be placed in the pools so that the excess water is not wasted and on hot days can be watered from the bottom without risk of burning the leaves if things get too dry. I will need to keep an eye on this with rain to ensure I do not end up with a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Of course after I got everything in it has decided to rain for the week. It is good though, I need to add drainage to one of the smaller individual pots and it buys a little time to get marigolds to help with pest control. In the few days that they have been in their pots, they all seem happier.

I am optimistic.



Apartment Garden, Episode 2: Seedling Swap by quornflour

It is great and even easy to start your own plants, the trouble is, when you buy seeds to get SO many, and sometimes they all sprout up. Then what?

Either you end up with loads of extra seeds or a garden full of one type of plant, right?

There is another option: The Seedling Swap.

It is sort of like a Christmas Cookie swap, where you bake a bunch of cookies then go to someone’s house and trade out, but you can do the same thing with seedlings.

It just so happened that my friend Scott also planted seedlings this year, and it also just so happened that he planted the stuff I wanted and had not planted, and it just so happened he too had extra!

The other great thing is if you start your seedlings in egg cartons, they are almost already to go, just take some paper scissors: if you do not know what I am talking about here then you probably are not a sewer with separate paper and fabric scissors so do not worry about it.

Take your seedlings and cut the cartons up to make a nice mix of plants in a tray, and ta-dah! you have a nice tray to trade.



Warm up by quornflour

Yesterday it snowed. It snowed a lot. Or enough at least to make it on to the top 5 January snowfalls in recorded history since there were records, or something.

Snow = shoveling. Shoveling = sore back.

A sore back that calls for a heating pad, which reminded me, I had told a friend I would make her a heating pad, so I did. Boy was it easy!

All you need is some scrap cotton, I used some extra cotton muslin I had laying around from one quilt or another, and some corduroy or similar.

You’ll want two pieces so that you can make a cover that is washable since you’ll be filling it with rice or flax seed, and well putting that in the washing machine would be gross.

You will also need 1 ½ Cups of dry rice or flax seeds, a sewing machine, scissors or rotary cutter and a ruler.



  • Cut the cotton to 11″x10″
  • Cut the corduroy to 16″x10″
  • Fold the cotton in half (right sides in if patterned) along the 10″ side and sew with a ½” seam around two open sides
  • Turn it right side out and sew around the same side using a ¼” seam
  • Fold the opening down 1″
  • Fill with 1-1 ½ cups of dry rice or flax seeds
  • Sew opening twice
  • Set aside
  • Take to corduroy and put in a 1″ hem at one end
  • Fold right sides together “hot dog” and sew two sides, leaving one short end open and turn right side out.
  • Put the rice bag in the corduroy bag and fold the extra length in to hold bag in place

Tada! You’re done. Heat for a minute in the microwave, or on a steam heater, I don’t advise heating on a baseboard heater, because that could start a fire. You can also keep this in the freezer for an icepack, but I will show you how to make a much better icepack another day.

 

 



Quilts to be made…like soon. by texaskillet

Kelli’s Confessional-

Yesterday I went shopping.  Yay for fabric shopping.  I bought an entire quilts worth out of the remnant bin.  With the surfacing of the word Mantique I figured that I might as well contribute to the legacy of Manly items by creating and this time FINISHING a manquilt.  I still have to come up with something coinable as a term but, I’ll get there.  First things first.  The fabrics:

   

 

Now… while I was there, I couldn’t possibly stop at that.  So I decided to perhaps for the first time EVER, make a quilt for my etsy shop.  No intended recipient, no newly hatched babies, no freshly married couples in bliss, no single guy friends that just need a special blanky, no kids who demand personal attention from their mother at every turn.  🙂 Here’s the fabric stack I chose(that I bought a YARD each of).  It was based in brown but for those of you who know me, Zis Iz Nawt a Zurprise!

  

  

  

A few additions that I found while stacking in the store for the quilt… I have opinions and one of them was that I must have these.

  

Ordered the two following beauties from Fabric.com .   This is the first order I have put in with them and I did it through Amazon, mostly for guaranteed easy returns if I hated it.  Interestingly enough I didn’t get what I thought I was getting, but I am still happy with it. 🙂  I blame the ADD and my inability to read anything in a room where there are other goings ons.  My curse, I am okay with it.

   

  THEN THERE’S THIS LIL’ SLICE O’HEAVEN:         

 

And on that note… I shall return with directions on creating the quilt, whichever random brain pattern I decide to go with. Now onto catching up with my programs.



Addiction by quornflour

My name is Felicity and I am addicted to fabric.

Given the size of my stash it should almost have a name. I love fabric. Primarily I buy cottons for quilts. I bought some new fabric today.

Fabric shopping is probably what nurtured the early stages of my friendship with Kelli.

We worked together and discovered that we were both quilters. Or at least we both had made a quilt or two in our lives and found that we really enjoyed it. So at lunch we would head out to JoAnn‘s and shop for fabrics.

When we started Kelli was purchasing quarters and fat quarters, a term I had never heard before, mostly because I still do not fully understand the value unless it is kitten face fabric. I convinced her that purchasing by the yard was far more advantageous. While I am not entirely sure that was the best advice, I to this day still purchase by the yard, and likely will until the day when purchasing by the bolt is manageable.

So now I have what is commonly referred to as a stash. It is all carefully folded and piled on shelves in the second bedroom. Sometimes I just stand in there and find inspiration.

When I pick fabric I have quilts in mind, even if they aren’t quilts that will ever actually be made, there is the people quilt, the green quilt, the brown quilt, the red and black quilt and so on. I prefer print that seem classic to me and basic. No crazy depth or batik.

Today I added to my stash, some light green fabrics that on a cold day like today seem so springy and happy. I was shopping for some 90″ muslin for the back of a quilt I just finished piecing, only to discover that the stores near me do not have what I need. Tomorrow I will head out for batting, which I also had lead myself to believe I had more than I did of and some muslin.




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