Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

wooden egg kaleidoscope

An egg Kaleidoscope 1) ready to be turned on the lathe, 2) finished in gilded holder, and 3) photobombed by Bob the cat’s tail as he sashayed by

 

Before: block of wood ready to be mounted on a lathe, to be turned into an egg-shaped kaleidoscope by my DH. After: He made the one in back that is sitting in its little stand. During: Bob’s tail is always close by. For more Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition photos, look here. I’ve seen more cool photos on this challenge than ever before: it must be the subject. Juxtaposition? A posed picture that makes you go “wow!”
And this is for Zero to Hero Day 22 assignment: take part in a blogging event.

Remnants With Heart

I wanted to treat my new rubbery yoga mat better than the old one, so it will last longer. The insert with it suggested keeping it in a bag when not in use, not out in the car in extreme heat or cold, with the sun bearing down on it through the windshield.

 

I thought I remembered seeing an article in a recent Easy Quilts mag for a quilted yoga bag. Ah, yes! There it is.

Oh, wait a minute, I think I have a Sewing for Dummies pattern for a yoga bag. Here it is.

Easy Quilts yoga bag pattern

Easy Quilts bag

Sewing for Dummies yoga bag pattern

Dummies bags pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So which one should I make? And what remnants should I use to make it?

fabric

possibility for the mag bag

outdoor fabric

I like this outdoor fabric

pre-quilted fabric remnant

this quilted remnant is just what the Dummies ordered

pre-quilted fabric

other pre-quilted possibilities

 

 

I could have used the lavender and blue and quilted my own, like the magazine pattern showed….or I could use some pre-quilted fabric and save time and effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had 3 remnants to choose from: the blue and yellow patterned piece looked just like the Dummies pattern, and rather passé if you ask me. I spent at least a day mulling it over. Could I actually show up anywhere in public with that? Er, no.

 

 

 

 

 

The others: ho-hum solid brown and ho-hum solid off-white. The off-white would certainly get dog-dirty in a little while. So I guess I’ll go with the brown.

yoga bag fabrics

the chosen fabrics

 

Just to make it a little matchy-matchy with the green mat, I added a green remnant fabric strap (the pattern wants you to use 1 1/8 yards of webbing for the strap) and some green embroidery. This is a heart chakra symbol, traditionally in the color green. Embroidery from Urban Threads.

yoga mat bag

a little length of brown twill tape made a great tie

yoga bag

finished yoga bag

Now for the Zero to Hero Day 18 post, about connecting with social networks. I do connect with a few of them, but I must confess that I’m not comfortable connecting with them all. For instance, Twitter. I found that I’d been hacked in some fashion and the connection may have possibly been facilitated through a Twitter encounter. Facebook friends are alerted on FB when I post, but I prefer that unscreened people who view my blog through search terms don’t have access to my FB page. I think I’m as connected as I want to be. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Bonanza Wax Museum Figures

The Mighty Cartwrights

 

A trip to the wax museum brings back memories of a famous TV family from way back.

I tried changing some of the visual appearance of the blog per Zero to Hero Day 15 and I almost had a heart attack when I couldn’t change it back right away. Whew! But I did modify the blog title to include weekly photo challenge (click to see more Family). Then I decided the new title looked sappy so I changed it back. Gee, I don’t know about this change for change’s sake…

Sew Happy

hologram

szdt – szdt – szdt hologram

I didn’t get much done today, and what I did do is of questionable importance. I worked on Zero to Hero Day 14, Blogger’s Choice. My choice was to add another element of new, a marked-up photo, see below…

Been planning to finish the holiday sewing but the Ruby had to go in the shop again: an error message came up over and over again like an old phonograph record with a scratch on it. “Clear out thread under throat plate, szdt szdt szdt” (the word szdt wasn’t printed out in the message but that was the sound it made).

I dreaded taking her in to the shop. Who knows when I would ever see her again? So I dramatically threw my head back, descended onto the nearest facsimile of a fainting couch, and meekly begged and pleaded with my DH to do it. He did! The silver-tongued, country-gentleman, good-ol’-boy, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours, lovely man did it! And because he did, my Ruby was fixed and waiting in an hour, while 30 other machines allegedly languished in the bottomless repair pit.

sewing machine repair receipt

this was the receipt for the repair.

Would you believe they will sell your machine for the cost of the repair, if you left it over 30 days? That’s why it does pay to suck up to your local sewing machine repair shop. This shop also sells sewing machines that cost thousands of $$’s so they know if a machine is actually worth the cost of the repair or not.

Would you believe that my sewing machine review post, the one I linked with Sew Mama Sew’s blog, is one of my all- time most-viewed posts?

So I was able to finish a couple of dish towels.

embroidered kitchen towel

embroidered kitchen towel

This particular one, and its twin, are not fashioned from remnants but are finished, unembellished towels straight from the package, that I bought from JoAnn Fabric. You must use a coupon, because these are a bit pricey otherwise. I’ve got some Kokka remnants of cotton and linen that I plan to make more dish towels with.

Kokka linen fabric

Kokka fabric

Kokka fabric

Kokka

cotton linen fabric

dish towel fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word to the wise: if you don’t want trouble with your machine, clean out from under the thread plate with a vacuum, not canned air.

vacuum thread plate

Do

canned air

Don’t.

 

 

Even though I bought the canned air on Nancy’s Notions web site for cleaning lint out of small crevices, apparently it blows lint onto a sensitive sensor and then there is szdt! to pay.

In the Beginning

fabric remnant

an early remnant

If you want to see other photobloggers’ takes on Beginning, click here.

When I started this blog a few years ago, this exact remnant was a point of interest. Now it’s back on my work table, waiting to enter its new life of usefulness, as something other than a cast-off end of a fabric bolt.

I believe my first remnant redo project was a pink apron, from a linen remnant that had an embroidered edge, and was much too small to have a commercial pattern lain upon it and cut into anything conventional.

I asked my “audience”–Facebook friends, as I recall, what they thought I should do with the remnant. I think I lost followers as soon as they saw I wasn’t going to take their suggestions! But I just couldn’t keep on doing what other people have always expected me to do.

That was a much simpler time!

I was about to retire from my long-held office job. I needed something to do, new interests. I bought a new sewing machine that could do embroidery. I had lots of fabric, mostly remnants, and various notions. I could never have predicted that some things I found fascinating have no audience, and some things I wrote about that were simply aggravating turned out to be most-viewed posts. Like yo-yo’s. And things I didn’t like about my sewing machine.

This blog has evolved: I’ve gotten into photography a bit more, and jumped into the river of info flow in the bloggiverse, cascading along with the flotsam and jetsam of images and stories in this happy, eclectic form of communication revolution. That means I follow a lot of other blogs and am daily influenced by their posts and prophecies. Thanks for all your virtual friendship, input, and inspiration, and here’s to a great 2014!

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