Showing posts with label gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gifts. Show all posts

Friday, May 15, 2009

Making a Zippered Pouch - Rosary Pouch

I spent Wednesday afternoon making an embroidered pouch to go along with the rosary that I made for Julia. Here are some quick instructions. This could be adjusted for any size or use, like a makeup bag or a electronics pouch.

First, mark out the dimensions you want the bag to be. Don't forget to take into account the seam allowances. My dimensions for one side of the pouch are 4X3.5. I marked both sides on one piece of fabric, so the entire rectangle is 4X7. This is also the time to draw in the embroidery and complete it.


Cut out the embroidered piece and a lining piece of the same size.

Using a zipper a couple of inches longer than the opening, sew the zipper right sides together, with the outside of the zipper tape aligned with the raw edge of the fabric, to both ends of the main piece. Flatten this out, and press it, and topstitch along the fabric edge. Remember to remove any of the marking ink before pressing, or it can become permanent.

Fold the piece right sides together and zip the zipper half-way, so the zipper pull will be in the middle of the opening.
Sew the two side seams, backstitching all the way to the top to be sure to catch the zipper teeth in the stiching. Carefully reach in and un-zip the zipper, then turn the pouch right side out.

Prepare the lining by sewing the side seams and trimming them to reduce bulk. Then press the top edge down to create a finished edge.


Slipstich the lining to the inside of the zipper tape, fitting it in place first, and making sure the seams and corners are all aligned.

The lining and slipstiching will make a finished inside, with no ravelling threads to get caught around the contents of the pouch. Make sure to put the lining in the bag so the right side is to the inside. It'll look inside out before you put it in there.

Here is the finished pouch with the rosary that I made.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Cute Way to Present Food Gifts

I delivered some Irish Soda Bread to a few of the neighbors, and I took advantage of one of my favorite ways to wrap/present breads. I like this idea because there's not a lot of extra packaging the recipient has to wonder what to do with, and it's pretty down right cheap. I had everything I needed on hand and didn't have to buy a special basket/box/container.

I wrapped the bread with plastic wrap, pulling all the corners and edges to the back and fastening with a small piece of tape.


Then I used scrap pieces of scrap booking paper to cut bands to wrap around the edges of the bread, and make little tags for the tops.

I think the neighbors enjoyed them almost for the cuteness factor as they did for the taste.

For more of my food gift ideas, you can check out my article on the subject:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/461182/packaging_homemade_food_gifts.html?cat=24

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1223108/make_food_gifts_for_christmas.html?cat=22

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pillowcase Pants.

I got a ton done yesterday! I started at the top of my pile and worked my way down. Julie mentioned that this was ambitious of me, but I couldn't help but feel that it would be more virturous not to have a "pile" at all.

Anyway, I finished two aprons for my mom, one a work apron (she's a waitress) and one a kitchen apron from dishtowels, mended some workout pants for me, and added a patch pocket for my mp3 player to a pair of workout pants that had no pockets.

Then, I made a pair of wide legged capri style jammie pants for myself out of a set of pillowcases.



I got these pillowcases at a little "quilt" shop that was more vintage fabric junk shop that was not far from a house we were considering when we moved here. The owner seemed really nice, so I wanted to pick something to buy and the set was only $3. Then, after I'd paid and we were chatting, she got very racist and said some things about how nice it was to live around only white people. I was shocked and pretty much just left, and I still wish I'd given her a piece of my mind! I'm glad we didn't pick that house! BUT, they were pretty cute pillowcases and they make even cuter pants.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Embroidered Tray Cloth



I like to keep this tray out on the counter to hold our bread or leftover bread things, so that we'll remember them and they won't go stale in the back of the cupboard. I usually line it with a folded tea towel, but on Friday, I was in the mood for a different quick project, so I embroidered this little cloth to line my tray for a more festive look.
The pattern is one of Aunt Martha's iron-on's, from a series of monthly quilt blocks. I finished the edge by sewing the trim onto the cloth right sides facing, then pressing it back to the wrong side and topstiching along the fold on the white fabric to hold all the layers in place.
I just love the trim! I got it at a fabrics by the pound closeout type store in Mesa when we lived in AZ, and it was super cheap. They sell their trims for $.15 to $.30 typically. I'm bummed that I don't have any in green and gold for my March tray cloth. I'll have to pick up some rick rack instead, I guess.
What do you think? Is it cute enough to bother doing an entire set of them?

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Reusable Lunch Bag and Recycled Jammie Pants

ATTENTION: Melonie at MommaNMore is having a great giveaway to win Sandra Lee's slow cooking cookbook. You should check out her very interesting blog (her family just moved to Japan with the military and she also knows a ton about preparedness and regularly posts yummy recipes... just to say a bit about her blog.) and enter the contest. But only if you really really want the book, because I certainly do, so don't dilute my chances for nothing! ;)

Now, on to the sewing pictures:
I had a pretty productive day yesterday. I finished two projects, and did some organizing.

I made this reusable lunch bag for Ben. He usually re-uses random bags from leftover from shopping, but they fall apart pretty easily with the abuse of being balled up into his computer bag a few times a day. I modeled this one after a regular brown paper lunch bag, but made it much deeper, so containers will be able to fit in the bottom flat. I'm thinking about adding a pocket to the outside for siverware and napkins, but I doubt he'd bother to use it, so I'll ask first before I bother.



And I made Ben a new pair of pajama pants from a flannel sheet that I picked up at Goodwill last month. I think they turned out pretty cute, and the inside of them is super soft, so they'll be comfy and pretty warm. The sheet cost $2, I think, so definately not bad for enough fabric to make jammie pants.
I spent the rest of the afternoon sorting and organizing my projects. I stacked fabric in three categories:
"This is all cut out and half done, just finish it, Silly"
"I have a definate plan for this, I just have to get out a pattern and make it up"
"I have no idea whatsoever what to do with this fabric, but it's big enough to make something out of, and I can't just get rid of it!"
I'm hoping that by the time I work my way through the first two piles, inspiration will have struck for the third.
Ben's been in San Diego all this week, but he's coming back today, so I'm pretty excited about that! I've got to take care of some things I've been neglecting while he was away, like the dishes and laundry. After I finish that stuff, I'm going to try making homemade hamburger buns to go with sloppy joes for dinner. Maybe I'll also get started on that first pile of projects and see what other projects I can get finished.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Flirty Apron for My Sister In Law

While we were in MI for Christmas, my SIL Missy and I worked on making her an apron from the book, A is for Apron. We didn't have time to finish it, so i just brought all the pieces home with me to finish for her. I got it done last week, and it's on its way to her right now, since I sent it out on Saturday from the big post office branch in St. Louis.

I altered the pattern in the book somewhat just to make the construction more straigthforward and to change the fit a tad. I used 1/4 inch elastic instead of fabric ties to gather the upper edge of the bodice, and we added about an inch or so to the width.

Here are some pictures of me playing at modeling in the finished product. Don't mind my face, Ben was making me laugh.
We also added pockets to the original design. I just drew them using a ruler to make the equal and square, and I traced a cup to do the rounded corners on the bottoms. The rick rack is sewn to the right side, and then pressed out to finish the edges. I just topstitched the pockets on along that pressed line.
We used purchased eyelet lace instead of self made fabric ruffles to save some time. It's sewn between the two sides of the skirt, with the heading lined up on the seam line, then it gets pressed out as the skirt hem is pressed.
Since this pattern is reversible, the edges are all finished automatically with the lining/other side of the apron. So now Missy has a pretty flowered apron with green trim and a pretty green apron with flowered accents all in one!

I might make myself one of these as well, it's so cute. And now that I've done it once, I think I could do it from memory and more quickly. I particularly like the obi-like sash.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Recycling #6 Plastic: DIY shrinky dinks

This is an ornament that I made for an exchange, and I wanted to show how well number six plastic works as shrinky dinks. This kind of plastic is usually the lids and clamshells for take out and bakery boxes. You can tell if you have the right kind if there is a number six inside the little triangle of recyling arrows, like the number one on water bottles. If you want to use colored pencils on it, you can sand it lightly with fine sandpaper. I kept mine smooth and used a sharpie for the coloring on it.

I started by drawing a rough pattern on a piece of paper and then laying my piece of plastic over it and tracing it. I cut it out and then punched holes in the upper corners. I used a regular hole punch, because the holes shrink a lot, along with the rest of the plastic. My plastic came from the bottom of a berry container.


I used the toaster oven to shrink my little plaque, because most of the instructions on shrinky dinks say not to use a gas oven, and I figured this would be the same. Your plastic will crinkle up as it shrinks, but it'll flatten it's self back out, and if you're careful, you can put something flat and heat proof on it when it comes out while it's still warm. I used the bottom of a pyrex dish to let it cool completely flat.

Here is the finished size next to the original pattern that I traced.

Here is the finished ornament, with the plaque hung under the mini knitting project.

To make the mini knitted part of the ornament, I used a scrap of sock yarn and size one needles and cast on six stitches and just knit back and forth in every stitch until I had a tiny scarf about an inch and a half long. I broke of a long tail halfway through a row, and then wound the tail into a mini yarn ball. The needles are made with a toothpick cut in half, a bead glued to the flat end of each one. After tranferring the stitched to the toothpick "needles" I used small dabs of glue to secure the yarn around the ball, so it wouldn't unwind or slip off. I just ran the hanging loop and the plaque's hanger right through the mini ball of yarn to finish it off.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Gardening Apron from (modern) Feed Sacks

As part of a gardening/birdfeeding gift basket for my Boston Brother and Sister in Law, I made a gardening apron for her out of the bags that our chicken feed comes in. These are the bags that are made from a woven plastic type material that are designed not to break or rip, and I've been saving them to sew together into a tarp to go over the coop in the summer for shade. I decided to sacrifice one of the cuter ones for this apron for my sister in law.



Here's part of the gift basket... there's also a grow kit and some suet cake bird feeder thingers.



And here's the apron on it's own. It's made completely from recycled or leftover materials. The canvas lining and bias binding are scraps from other projects, or old stuff from other people's stashes.

A quick tutorial:
Cut a 16x16 (this is the size of this one, which is too long and not wide enough for me, but my SIL is much tall and narrower than I am), 14X16, and 10X16 rectangles from the empty feed bag (it's best if you spray it off or wipe it down with a damp cloth first, that stuff is dusty!), placing the graphics where you would like them. Bind the tops of the two smaller rectangles with bias binding. I use my bias binder foot, and it's the awesomest. Put all the rectangles wrong stides to right sides, so the smaller ones will form pockets for the apron. I used binder clips to hold them all in place. Mark rounded bottom corners with the help of a plate or can, trim these and then bind all three layers together, from one upper corner to the other upper corner. To make the tie, I used three yards of binding, sewing it closed and centering the apron in there to bind the top of it. If you'd like to line it, just cut a 16X16 square of the lining fabric, put it wrong sides together with the large plastic square and treat them as one layer. I lined this one, but I think unless you want to do that for cuteness, it's not really necessary.

There's lots of things that can be done with these bags. I know that there's a person at the farmers' market who sells tote bags from them, and I'd bet they'd make cute reusable lunch bags and wallets or coin purses. Lots of pet food and bird seed come in them too. Send me pics if you try any fun stuff with yours!

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Making Bird Feeding Ornaments

As part of some of our gifts, Ben and I wanted to include some suet cakes in cute shapes. We decided to make them ourselves, since the ones in the store can cost so much!

We got the suet at the meat dept of our grocery store. That stuff is greasy and gross, which makes sense since it's beef fat. We chopped this up small and melted it slowly in a big pot. This is what it looks like while rendering.

I don't know if we didn't chop it fine enough, but there were lots of "cracklin's" left in the melted fat. We just fished these out and mixed the liquid fat with bird seed, sunflower seeds, and cornmeal. We just went for a slurry type of consistency.

After letting it cool in the bowl for a bit to allow the very liquidy fat to solidify slightly we spooned it into cookies cutters on a foil lined sheet pan. Waiting for it to cool some kept the fat from just running right out from under the cookie cutters all over the foil. We used a nail to make hanging holes while they were still squishy by just moving the seed out of the way.

We also made a wreath shape in the bundt pan with an entire batch of it. I filled the pan perhaps a quarter of the way to get a wreath this size.

After a night on the porch, they were hard and ready to package. I strung twine through the holes and put them into treat bags, with the label "A treat for your birds." Just to avoid anyone thinking they were people food!

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Finished Mystery Science Theater 3000 Quilt!

As of this picture, the binding hadn't been completely sewed down, but I should have finished it in plenty of time to give it, lol. And I'll post lots of better pics when I get back to the computer.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Making Your Own Embroidery Design

Here's a little demo on how I make my own embroidery designs using the pair of tea towels I made for my sister in law's gift basket.

When I'm making designs for friends and family that are not for profit, I usually start with a google image search of what I'm looking for. As long as I'm not making a profit or claiming a design as my own, I feel this is a moral use of copyrighted material. I usually end up with a photo that'll give me the general shape I want, and I go from there. I searched "monogram J" to find this image, which was a photo of one of those flags that you can hang in your garden or front yard.

I used some tracing software to make a clear line drawing of the image, but you could easily use tracing paper or just draw something freehand.

I then taped the paper to a window and traced the back side of the design with my iron on pencil. This gives me the reverse image for the iron on imprint. I go over it twice with fairly firm pressure to make sure there's enough transfer-y stuff on the paper.

I ironed this in place on my fabric, and then embroidered the design with my choice of colors and stiches. The picture isn't great, but the design was plenty dark enough for me to see and embroider it.
And here is the finished pair of towels.
I've gotten as many as five imprints from one transfer, and could probably get more, I just never tried. All in all, I love my transfer pencil, it's so cool. You can order them on amazon and on Joann's website. Here's an article I wrote that'll give you more details on making your own embroidery designs.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Baby Layette and the Chicken Yard

This is the finished baby layette for Ben's brother's new baby. My sister in law, Missy, is pregnant right now, so I don't know if we'll have a new nephew or a new niece. I have a long standing tradition with my nephews and niece that I've always given them Christmas presents even before they were born, so I wanted to have something for "New Baby James" at the Christmas party.

Now I'll tell you a secret about my make-do attitude. When I started this set, it was going to be completely solid white, but I ran out of yarn. I knew there wasn't enough to finish, but I was using Caron Simply Soft (great for baby items, btw. It's so so so soft and it stays pretty nice looking and it's machine washable and dryable.) and that's a no dye lot yarn, so I figured that I could buy more when the time came. But Michaels carries only the dye lot white, and Wal-mart only had Soft White (made from recycle bottles and other plastic waste... it's called Simply Soft Eco, which I thought was really cool... it's sad how not yarn shopping has really put me out of the loop.) Anyway, since I couldn't match the white, I had to finish the blanket in yellow from my stash. I did four rows on each end of the blanket so it would be large enough and look like I'd planned it to be two colors, and then I added the yellow trims to the rest of the set so they'd match.

I really should have thought to do it like that in the first place instead of running to two different stores looking for the white yarn. I always say that consumerism isn't an answer and people should try more to use what they have instead of buy. So I'm glad that I couldn't find the right yarn to buy, since it challenged and stretched my creativity a tiny bit more.

So, I've been working on Christmas projects this week, and I'm trying to turn out the finished projects at a fast clip, so I'll be ready to go to Michigan without having to worry about trying to finish gifts while I'm visiting and traveling. I've got my list going, but sadly it seems like I end up adding two things for every one I get to cross off! But I really do enjoy all this crafting.

I actually didn't get to do much crafting yesterday. I baked Ben a "congratulations" cake because yesterday was the first day that was completely his new job. He's finally transitioned to his promotion now, I think. Anyway, I baked a half-sized cake for a treat of dessert this week, and I made some muffins for breakfasts, but what took up a lot of my day was trying to fix up the chicken yard for my poor cold chickies.

We have them in their pen and it's parked in one place for the winter, in the corner of the deck and the house, to offer them the southern exposure and give them some protection from the wind. But the pen is long enough, that a lot of the yard sticks out past the house, and so it was really open and unprotected. I used straw bales to build a little low wall all the way around, which I think helped a lot, and I spread some more staw in the yard to cover the waste that was gathering. In the spring I'm going to till all the straw and chicken yard waste right in and have a big bed of cutting flowers. I'm hoping that it'll work well, because otherwise, we'll have quite the unsightly dead patch right next to the deck. So I spread them new bedding in the coop because they pushed all the straw out and were sleeping on the bare board (they do have perches, but they never used them, and just slept all in the bedding, so I took them down and hung a light instead to add some warmth in the evenings). I think things are warmer and more cozy for them now.

But the water heat quit working! So I've been refilling their waterer a few times a day with hot water, but I'm going to try to rig something better up this week. The heater we had cost quite a bit, $40, I think, and it actually wasn't an outdoor one. Well, the box said outdoor but the instructions said indoor, so we figured what harm could it do. I guess it really couldn't handle being outside in the rain and snow, and it quit on us. So this time, I've got a completely different plan, involving a big enamel pot, a mason block and a heat lamp. I'll be sure to post if it works out okay.

So there's a chicken update for anyone who was worried about how they're fairing now that it's so cold out. And I'd better go chain myself to my sewing machine before I waste anymore time on the computer!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Apple Muffin Baking Gift Basket

I've finished my baskets for the neighbors, and I'm planning to deliver them today, if the weather isn't too bitter and rainy. Here's a quick run down of how I put them together, in case anyone's looking for some quick, inexpensive gifts to make.

First find a recipe you like and have success with. I used an Applesauce Muffin recipe that I got from my big sister that she got from a friend.

Gather up your dry ingredients and layer them into a jar or treat bag. I used whole wheat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.
Tamp each layer down and even it out after it's been measured into the jar. (Julie, I actually had to talk myself into using the Waibel's honey jars, even though they worked perfectly, because I hated to give them away. I know, I'm crazy.)

Gather up any extras you'll want to include for the muffins, like raisins, or dried cherries. In this case, I chopped some of our dried apples and put them into little treat bags.

Package each component, label it and make an instruction card. I used scrapbooking stuff because I had it all on hand for card making, but you can use what you have available, like sticky labels, or recipe cards. Be sure to include all pertinent information, like oven temp and time.


Put all the components into a basket for gift giving. In this case, I have the muffin mix, the apple chips, and the half-pint of applesauce. I used hard candies for the filler in the basket, and I was finished. If you'd like to use the same idea to make a higher value gift, you could package everything in a mixing bowl instead of a basket, and include nice mixing spoons, a muffin scoop, pretty seasonal muffin papers, an apron, and even the muffin tin.

This is just a little something to say Merry Christmas to the neighbors, so I kept it as inexpensive as possible, and only used ingredients and our own home canned applesauce and home dried apple chips.

After your basket is packed, use basket wrap or cellophane to wrap it up, and decorate with ribbons and a pretty card. You could also tie cute measuring spoons or a mixing spoon into the ribbon as a decoration.



Here is the cost breakdown, if anyone else is as cheap as I am and is just dying to know, lol.

Wheat Flour: 1 cup @ $.12 (I figured $.50 a pound, but I don't really remember if I paid that much, I'm just rounding up.)
Rolled Oats: 1 cup @ $.15
Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Cinnamon and Nutmeg: It actually hurts my head to figure these, lol, so I'm willing to make a stab and overestimat at $.05 for all.
Brown Sugar: $.06
Total for Muffin Mix: $.34

Home Canned Applesauce: 1 cup @ $.07
Home Dried Apples: 1/2 cup @ $.o4 (This is pretty much a guess because it's hard to tell how many pounds of pre-dried that equals, but it's an okay estimate, I think.)
Total for Extras: $.11

The wrapping and jars were leftovers, recycled, or reused from what I've got around already. The only jar I might consider adding the cost of would be the half-pint canning jars, because I don't know if I'll get them back. So I think I'll put in a quarter for all the wrapping, and paper scraps and that jar.
Total for Wrapping and Jars: $.25

The baskets were a dollar from the Goodwill, which will be the most expensive part of the gift. If I hadn't wanted to spend that, I could easily have just wrapped a box in festive paper, or re-used packaging from something else.
The candy was from a CVS deal, and Ben and I weren't ever going to eat it, so I'm going to call that free. If you don't have free candy around, just use shredded junk mail as filler in the basket.
Total for Basket and Filler: $1.00

Grand Total for each Gift:
$1.70

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Quick Gift

I wanted to have a little something to give to my older neighbor as a Christmas gift, but the baskets I'm making for a few others aren't really appropriate. The gift baskets have ingredients for making applesauce muffins, but our neighbor's mother, who I looked out for over the summer while they were on vacation, is in her late eighties and doesn't bake or anything like that anymore.

So, I came up with this idea yesterday and got them all finished up, sewing on the beads while I watched a movie with Ben last night.
I've noticed that she likes to cover her glass of water with something, and she usually uses an old jar lid, so I made her a pair of these little embroidered glass covers.

What is it with older people keeping water around and covering it like that? Why not just finish the water? Anyway, I guess they just do, so I figured she'd enjoy a pretty cover for it.

Here is a close-up of the embroidery. I chose a monogram because it seemed like a pretty universal sort of design that "goes" all year.
To make these I cut (for each one) two six inch squares of plain cotton. I ironed on the monogram in the center of one, embroidered it, then pressed it. Then I put the plain square and the embroidered square wrong sides together and used the rolled hem on my serger to finish all the edges, making about a five to five and half inch finished square. I sealed the serging with a tiny dot of fray check at each corner and when it was dry, trimmed the threads. Then, I made little dangles out of a silver headpin, a purple glass 6mm faceted bead, and an iridescent seed bead, bending the end of the headpin into a loop. I sewed one of these onto each corner by hand. And that's it, all done!
If glass covers seem supremely un-useful to you, you could follow all the same steps, but sandwich a small piece of batting, about a half an inch smaller on all sides than the fabric, sprinkled with fragant dried herbs like lavendar, between the embroidered piece and the lining before serging them together. You'll have a lovely and simple sachet.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Ben's New Fingerless Gloves

First off, I'm feeling a million times better today! All that resting was good to keep me from getting sicker, but man, I am so sick of sitting! So, I worked out to my Dancing with the Stars fitness dvd today, and I'm feeling very energized. Which is good, because I still have lots of stuff to catch up with.

Ben's gloves are now finished, made just to his specifications. I guess the fingerless style is his favorite, lol. He looks like a cute paperboy from Newsies when he wears them. But don't tell him I said so! I guess it's back to the Neverending Vest (ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhhhhhh *think theme music*) for my knitting projects.

I'm going to spend the afternoon finishing the quilt top for Dan's quilting (finishing, ha! I just have to sew on the top and bottom borders. I've been avoiding it in case it's hard to match the seams on the contrasting cormer blocks. I'm just a procrastinator.) and sewing together the covers for all the corn bags I made.

I've also got bread in the bread maker to go with egg white omelets for dinner. We have too many eggs! If anyone reads my blog and lives in the area and wants fresh eggs, they're for sale. There are six dozen eggs in my fridge right now. I definately need some more customers, lol.

So, that's what's going on here today, I'm very glad to be feeling better and that the sun is shining. I certainly hope I can keep the flu and colds away for the rest of the month at least!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Keeping Warm Cheaply: Corn Bags

Last month, I was talking about Christmas gifts and I wrote that I'd like to get Ben (and myself as well) a hot water bottle since we keep the temps so low in the house all winter. One of my readers, Holly, suggested those microwavable bags instead, since I wouldn't have to worry about wet sheet from leaks or anything like that. Well, Holly is a genius.

I found instructions here that are very thorough and informative, since the lady who wrote it looked into using the microwave heated bags for patients at a hospital, and so did lots of research and thinking while preparing her page.

Anyway, I whipped some up out of scraps of flannel from Dan's (my BIL) quilt that I'm making, and they're so warm and nice to have. The heat seems to last most of the night under the blankets when we tuck them down by our feet. I'm addicted to microwaved corn warmth. I told Ben that I'll be making us full body microwave corn suits for Christmas. Probably not, but perhaps some nice footwarmers or little pocket sized hand warming ones.

Maybe I'm crazy, but I'd actually prefer to keep the heat quite low and warm up my toes and lap with this sort of heat, but not only to save money. Also, because I'm usually very uncomfortable and hot in the artificial heat from our central heating system. I seem to overheat easily, but when it's slightly chilly in the house, and I'm toasty from a throw on my lap and the corn bag on my feet, it's easy to cool off if I feel too hot.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mobile Hospitality

Our neighbor to the east is having outpatient surgery on her back tomorrow morning, so I wanted to drop some goodies off for her recovery and for her husband and mother to share.

I tied the ribbon around the basket to make it look a bit less bare. After I wrote the note and noticed that my notepaper clashed with the ribbon, I was tempted to change the ribbon. I did not, as I'm not quite so particular just yet.
I put in some banana muffins, some blueberry muffins, some chocolate chip cookies, and a few different packets of indivually wrapped tea (courtesy of the Marriott we lived in when we first moved to St. Louis.) I separated everything and made it all look classy by putting each separate snack into a coffee filter. I blatantly stole this idea from Meredith at Like Merchant Ships.
My neighbor, Dagmar, more than returned my kindness by clipping me this lovely bouquet of irises...
... and sharing these pussy willows that she had trimmed and rooted, for me to plant by our drainage ditch.
Here is Smudge, as though seen through foliage.

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