Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Torch of Friendship monument

Torch of Friendship San Antonio

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SHHHH! a remnant Quiet Book!

Fabric remnants: what do you do with all of them?

I made some Quiet Books for three of the youngest grandkids.

cloth books

Quiet Books

I did happen to find a pattern in the pattern stash.

Rather generic-lookin', isn't it?

Rather generic-lookin’, isn’t it?

I decided to change mine up from the one in the pattern. I made the pages out of a big length of muslin I had on hand. I used some of the ideas, changed some of them, and added some completely off-beat ones. [Hi Bob! =^-^= ]

cloth book

Tying and buttoning

cloth book

Pages from a book

cloth book

Zip up the corn

cloth book

One finished

cloth book

Walk the dog

cloth books

(Velcro bird sitting on candy eggs)

Hmmm, Cadbury eggs and it can be sort of an Easter treat…

Using up remnants, not just of fabric but remnants of notions, too: ribbon, zippers, buttons, fibers. They look a little bit goofy, but I had fun. I hope the little ones have some fun with them!

Paying it Forward at the Grocery Store

rainy morning

Rainy Morning

I ran into the grocery store this morning, still dressed in my gym clothes. I was going to get some quick deli food to give someone that I knew was going to be very busy around dinner time. In a hurry, I strode toward the entrance, when I heard a little voice say “Ma’am…ma’am!” I looked over to my right and saw a little white-haired lady about 4’8″ beckoning to me. As I got closer, she said “Would you like a store coupon? I just realized I forgot to use it when I checked out. This is the second time I’ve done that lately!”

“Oh”, I said, “you can just use it next time…”

“No!” she said. “It expires tomorrow.” Then she faltered, “I mean, it’s five dollars off fifty, if you weren’t going to spend that much…” her voice trailed off.

“OK,” I said, “thank you very much!

Her eyes sparkled.

I hadn’t planned to spend fifty, but there were a few other things I could stock up on…

As I breezed through the store imagining what someone would like to eat for a quick meal, the shopping cart filled up quickly. Then, at the checkout, that pretty young mom we took an iPhone pic of with Santa last Christmas (DH plays a few Santa gigs in December) took a book of coupons out from under the counter and, right in front of the manager, scanned one that gave me another $2 off my order! The manager offered to carry my groceries out to the car in the pouring rain, but I thanked him and said it wouldn’t be necessary…

I’m thankful for sweet, kind people. <3

Beautiful Spring Day Goes Creepy

tree

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

palm tree

a beautiful day for a neighbor, would

you be mine?

you be mine?

University Ave

University Ave

We drove out of the city, out of suburbia, past the prairie

We drove out of the city, out of suburbia, past the prairie

cemetery monument

The pet cemetery on 441

cemetery monument

RIP Prince and Benny

dead butterfly

On the path lay a butterfly, chopped in half

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

early spring in suburban central Florida

Early spring in suburban central Florida

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

reflection in a mirror

Reflected Room of Requirement

More Totes than Ol’ Man River Remnant Project

Sewing and knitting come together.
In the midst of chaos and uncertainty, I stole a few hours of so-called free time and finished, finally finished, two projects. Two tote bags.

lined Fair-Isle tote

Cotton remnant-lined Fair-Isle Tote #1

Both of these have been featured on the Knitting Blog (see link to it on the side bar), but they needed a remnant sewing component to finish them off.

cut thumb

Sliced thumb made it difficult to knot the thread

I sliced my left thumb with a serrated knife at lunch the other day. It wasn’t so bad until I tried to finish the hand-sewing on these projects: I just couldn’t roll a knot in the end of the thread with a band-aid on my thumb. So I took off the band-aid and yuck, that’s an ugly brut (bruise-cut).

The pattern for the Sari-ribbon tote called for a store-bought leather bottom, which I didn’t have, so I made one out of a fabric remnant. And my knitted tote-bag body turned out to be a very different size than the one in the pattern, so I had to do some improvising on the lining, and then make the bottom.

purse bottom

improvising the purse bottom

Wonder where the word “tote” came from? “Tote that barge, lift that bale…” <3

Sari-ribbon Tote bag

Sari-ribbon Tote bag

I used a remnant of .89 yard of outdoor canvas fabric for the tote bag bottom and lining that was a perfect color match to the Louisa Harding sari-ribbon yarn and leather handles. And it sewed like a dream come true! I used a Kwik-Sew shopping bag pattern bottom and altered it to fit, and after three tries and a lot of ripping and tearing, I got it together. Next stop: shopping? Beach? Picnic?

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