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Monday, May 31, 2010

Organize the Tetris Way

Anybody fans of Tetris, that classically addictive puzzle game.  How about bringing that love out in your decor.  Abigailscraftshowto.com has a tutorial for a Tetris style organizer, perfect for craft supplies or cosmetics.  It’s made from one of my favorite craft materials, cardboard.  And just think of the possibilities, you can arrange the pieces in so many ways so no two organizers would look alike, plus you can make one for just about any size space.  That is the point of the game after all, to squeeze as many of the blocks into that tiny little space.  Most have of us have already been doing that with our stuff, only not so effectively.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bedroom: Check

I finished the curtains, and the whole doll house bedroom to boot.  Take a look, they came out great.
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You can see that I made the curtains the same way as the the ones in the bathroom (see Bathroom: Check).  I think the view from the outside of the house looks better when all the curtains match.  I will show you what I mean when I finish the other rooms, or at least a couple more.
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I used this bluish gray scrapbook paper for the walls, I thought it would look good with the blanket and rug.  I cut a small, long strip and flipped it over for the border at the ceiling, it’s actually there to hide some mistakes I made with the paper.  You can see I decided to used the small free standing art pieces instead of some of the larger pieces I made, it keeps the look simple yet pleasant.
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On this side you can see I hung another piece on the wall next to the wardrobe.  I thought it was too bare without something, plus the running children are adorable.  I should also mention that the floor is painted instead of covered like the bathroom was, I used brown painted mixed with white to hopefully give it the look of hard wood flooring.  I love wooden floors, I just wish we had some here.
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Here’s the complete room in all it’s splendor,  it does look lovely and very tidy.  Just wait until it gets used, it probably won’t stay so clean. :)
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
Twelve down and we’re finished.  I will probably have the next list up by Thursday, although it maybe a little shorter or at least simpler.  I start my externship in less than 2 weeks, plus I might be a little scare sooner than that for another reason.  I’ll keep you posted.
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

For the Love of Thrift

washboard2c My title says it all.  I found a fabulous site, TheThriftShopper.Com, for those involved with thrift stores, either by owning them or by shopping at them.  I’m a shopper for now, but I think it would be so cool to run a thrift store, that is if I could manage to spend that much time in one without wanting to buy something.  Anyway, this site let’s you search for thrift stores in your area using their national directory, and you can post in the Shopper Forum about your experiences and post photos of your finds in the gallery.  Thrift store owners and operators can advertise and post in the Thrift Industry forum and learn more about running their stores.  Either way, there’s plenty of fun to be had if you just take a look.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

The Walls are Covered

Most rooms aren’t complete without a something for the walls, that includes doll house rooms.
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These are simply pictures cut out from various magazines and glued onto cardboard from a notepad, then Mod Podge was applied to seal them.  The two smaller ones were made to stand on their own, perfect for side tables and dressers.  I love the cut little Cat Women poster, I wonder if it will match the decor?  Actually I haven’t yet decided which ones will be used for the little bedroom, I could always save some for the other rooms or for current ones.  I think the heart clock would look cute in the bathroom.  I will have to decide on that later.  For now, I can enjoy how cute they all are.
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
Eleven down, just one more to go.  Going right on schedule.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Snug as a Bug

photos 746For a rug for the bedroom, I wanted something homey and cozy.  In other words, a rag rug.  I used scraps from the shirt I made the skirt with for this rug (See Shirt to ....).   It was surprisingly quick to make.  I have heard that miniatures can take just as long or even longer to make as compared to life sized items.  So when it took me just barely 30 minutes to finish, I was a little shocked.  I just ripped the fabric into long strips, braided them into two stranded braids, coiled and pinned them, then zig-zag stitch to finish.  Maybe I should have made more, I know several little girls who would love a few for their doll houses, and possibly a few older girls.
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
Ten down, two to go.  I am sure I will have the last two done before the end of the weekend.  That’s assuming something doesn’t go wrong with my glue gun.  Knock on wood.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Lion, the Witch and the…..

photos 737I finished the wardrobe today, although I think it might be a little large for the room.  Not in scale, just in size, the room is a little small for a bedroom.  I will just have to make up for it by cramming it full of cute doll clothes and stuff.  Made from cardboard and paint and glue just like the rest of the furniture, the difference is that unlike the drawers for all the other pieces I made, the doors on this are real.   Because although tiny little drawers are nearly impossible to make, tiny little doors are a major cinch to do.  I peeled back a layer of cardboard on the doors to give them a decorative touch too.  I wonder how that would look in a life size piece?
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Here you can see the roomy interior.  Yep, I can definitely fill this up with tons of little clothes.  Can’t wait for that.  I used a bamboo skewer for the clothing rod.  I just jabbed it through and applied a dab of glue to keep it in place.  Of course the skewer had to be cut down to size to fit, and now I have to figure out want to do with the rest of it.  Don’t want to waste it, I know I can use a bit for the curtains on my list, but what else?  Hmmm.
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
Nine down, three to go.  I will probably have the next up really early tomorrow, look forward to it.  Oh, and I mentioned yesterday that I had a test today.  I got a B on it. :)
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Night Necessities

I meant to get these finished sooner, but studying for tests has higher priority.  And if you’re wondering, I got 91% on it. :)
photos 730I made the night stand in a similar manner to the dresser, cardboard pieces glued together then painted and sealed, etc.  Again the drawer is fake, it is extremely difficult to make a working drawer that small.  The lamp is something I am quite proud of.  The base is made from a piece of cardboard and three different beads glued together.  I mixed some blue and brown paint for the color and painted and sealed it before gluing on the shade.  The shade is made from a piece of recycled paper from a note pad I won in a drawing at the library.  The paper was just the right color and weight for this purpose.  Just think, with these the bedroom is more than halfway finished.  Can’t wait to see it finally all done.
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
Eight down, four to go.  I’ll have the next up tomorrow, although I do have another test tomorrow as well.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

There’s Something in My Pocket

I got the idea for making removable pockets once while putting on my choir robe.  It would be handy to have a pocket to hold money and what not, but I didn’t think they would allow me to do something permanent to the robe.
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So here’s the solution.  I cut off the back pockets from a pair of jeans and decorated them with trim from a shirt I got years ago from a nearby discount store.  The shirt was only 50 cents and cuter without the trim, so no loss.
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Here’s what makes them removable.  I sewed on a pinback to each pocket.  I can pin them on to just about anything I want, then remove or move them around whenever and however I want.  Pretty nifty right?

photos 723While I was at it, I made this mini one with one of the front pockets.  I trimmed it with some lace instead for a subtle touch.  I think this one is more versatile because of it’s smaller size.  I may even wear it as a pin or brooch just for the fun of it.
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
Six down, six to go.  Now back to the miniatures.
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Shirt to …..

I’m up early today, so very early.  Due to various circumstances too numerous to get into, nearly my entire family have become insomniacs.  So no matter how late it is, at least someone is awake and roaming.  And since I’m up and about, I thought I should post this early in the morning as opposed to late into the night.
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As promised in my shirt to dress post (See Talk About a Shirt-Dress),  here’s something that can also be made from a shirt, a skirt.  I found the tutorial here at instructables, although in the tutorial they used a flannel shirt for warmth.  I think here in Arizona I would have no trouble staying warm.  I used a cotton men’s shirt that I salvaged a few months ago.  It wasn’t too hard to make, although I found the fitting part in Step 3 to be awkward.  When I finished it, it was fairly long on me and I could have left it as is, but I decided to cut it down to a mini and hem it.  Now I have a cute little skirt that works great in most weather conditions, what’s not to love.
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
Five down, seven to go.  The next one will be up tomorrow, don’t miss it.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

History Lesson: Root Beer

History Lesson: Root Beer I don’t actually drink carbonated beverages, they burn my throat.  Still, I have been rather curious about the history of them, especially for root beer.  I did a little rooting around (get it, “rooting”). 

Apparently, it was introduced during American Colonial times along with some other interesting beverages including Birch Beer.  The root beer managed to stick around for a while, there are even historical documents which show 18th century farmers brewing an alcoholic version of root beer for family get-togethers and other events.

In 1870, an unknown pharmacist came up with a recipe for root beer using juniper, wintergreen, spikenard, pipsissewa, sarsaparilla, vanilla beans, hops, dog grass, birch bark and licorice. Even though the pharmacist offered the drink to the public as a cure-all, it was never marketed or well-received for that matter.

Around the same time, Charles Hires, another pharmacist, was on his honeymoon when he discovered an herbal tea he was apparently fond of. He took the recipe home to Philadelphia with him and he started selling mixes for it to the public. He later developed a liquid concentrate blended together from over 25 herbs, berries and roots. The public loved it, and thus commercial root beer was introduced to the public in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.  By 1893, the Hires family sold bottled root beer, sealing their place in the drink’s history.

The key ingredient to root beer is sassafras root.  In 1960, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of sassafras oil, labeling it a carcinogen.  Not long after the ban, inventors discovered that sassafras could be used if treated to remove the oil.  The industry was saved.

Today, root beer is made from a mixture of flavorings, sweeteners, carbonation and a large number of herbs and oils depending on the brew, bottler and manufacturer.

My Source: http://www.essortment.com/all/historyrootbeer_rhnc.htm

Update: My original source of information left the face of the internet. :(  Luckily this wikipedia article on root beer is alive and well and very informative.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Mirror to Check, A Drawer to Fill

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I finished the dresser and mirror just now.  I said I would have it done by Wednesday and I just barely made it.  I used pieces of cardboard glued together and painted them a lovely dark brown.  I used the same color as the bed too, nothing like matching wood furniture.  I do like how the streaks from my paintbrush give it a “woody” look.  I whipped up the matching mirror with cardboard and aluminum foil, the foil is a little rough though.  I finished them both with a coat of sealer and some small beads for drawer pulls.  The drawers aren’t real, I cut pieces of cardboard and glued them on to look like drawers.  Maybe someday I’ll make working drawers, if I work on a house in a larger scale than this one.
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
Four down, eight to go.  Now for something completely different.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Talk About a Shirt-Dress

Ever on the search for new craft projects to try, I’ve noticed a new classic project emerge. The shirt to dress conversion, usually made with a men’s button down shirt. 

I’ve listed some of my favorite versions of it here:

  • Cubic Dreams—This one is a cute strappy one made from an extremely large men’s shirt, good for those who are very tiny or have huge husbands or boyfriends.
  • Just Chic—This one is more on the whimsical side, I think it is so adorable, I’m not sure I could pull it off though.
  • FaveCrafts—This one is really simple and girly at the same time. 
  • Ruffles and Stuff—This one is for you’re little girl, it is quite sweet.

Don’t forget to check back this weekend when I show you something else that can be made with a men’s shirt.  Look forward to it.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Sweet Dreams

A funny thing happened this morning.  I barely got any sleep at all last night, so I was really out of it.  So much so, that I accidently put on my scrub pants inside-out.  I didn’t even notice until about 15 minutes after I got to class.  Luckily it wasn’t noticeable, and at least I remembered to put them on at all.  Now that would be embarrassing.
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I finished the little bed for my dollhouse, so at least they can get some sleep in there.  Actually this is the second one I made.  The first one looks exactly like this one except larger.  Too large in fact, that one was around “standard” doll house size, my house is considerably smaller than “standard”.  I gave that one to my Mom and quickly made this one.  Of course it is made of corrugated cardboard like all the other furniture.  I cut the pieces, glued them, then painted with a lovely dark brown paint and coated with sealer.  The mattress is made from another piece of cardboard that I covered with fabric.  Finished up with a couple of pillows and a quick little blanket.  It looks great in the room, still have a few more pieces to make though.
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
Two down, ten to go.  The next two should be done by Wednesday.  Don’t miss it.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Quite a Day and Something to Hang On To

Today I had to travel from Mesa to Glendale for a company picnic.  It took over three hours to get there with three different buses and a train.  I got motion sickness on the train, but luckily I didn’t throw up.  I managed to get to the picnic about forty minutes late, but I wasn’t the only one.  Several people didn’t even show up.  I did come home with several bags of chips and a small bag of goodies including a business card holder I think will come in handy, just as soon as I decorate it.  Look for that in the coming future.
photos 706Anyway, I managed to whip up a few hangers using ornament hooks.  It is remarkable how many uses I have found for those little bits of wire, they are cut just the right size for so many projects from jewelry to miniatures.  All I had to do was twist the ends together just right, then shape the rest of it to look like a hanger.  They are just the right size for my doll house, but I think it would be great to make some fashion doll sized ones too.  I would need larger hooks though.
Here’s the updated list:
  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains
One down, eleven to go.  I’ll have the next one by Monday, hopefully.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

More Goodwill Friends

Today I had an interview for my externship, at a great little animal clinic in Gilbert, AZ.  I think it went fairly OK, except for the fact that I was almost 30 minutes late.  After I got off the bus, I accidently went the wrong way.  I had to call and tell them I was lost, what a great first impression. 

On the bright side, the place is conveniently located across from a Goodwill location I hadn’t checked out before.  Oh the goodies I did find. 

photos 701 Each of these baggies hold two Bratz dolls in near perfect condition.  Priced at 2.99 each, they were quite a deal.  You’d pay almost that much for the shoes alone, especially considering how hard it is to find the shoes.  I am only keeping two of them, my mom wanted the rest.  She still hasn’t mentioned what her plans are yet, I think either she wants to sell them or give them to her grandchildren as gifts.  It’s funny, the one with the green shirt and short plaid skirt looks like the girl on NCIS.  That is one of my mom’s favorite shows.  Maybe she will keep that one.

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I also grabbed a bag with various ribbons in it.  It was half-off at only a dollar.  I love the printed blue trim with the lacy edge, I think it would be great for making more headbands.  I’m not sure what I am going to do with the big blue wire-edged ribbon.  I am bound to think of something eventually.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Start and Some Shout Outs

I had some trouble coming up with the new list.  But thanks to the help I got from a few individuals, here it is.

Craft Project List #7

  • hangers
  • bed
  • mirror
  • dresser
  • skirt
  • pocket
  • lamp
  • night stand
  • wardrobe
  • rug
  • framed art
  • curtains

A special thanks to Tess, Grace, Bethany, and Julie for their help.  Please show some love to their blogs.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Help Wanted

frenchfurnituresgfairy008b I still haven’t finished making my new project list.  As a possible project, I was thinking of finishing up another room on my cardboard dollhouse (see Home Sweet Home and Maybe a Campout).  I’ve already finished the bathroom (see Bathroom: Check), I just can’t decide which room to do next.  How about some help deciding?  The choices are:

  • The Living Room
  • The Dining Room
  • The Kitchen
  • The Entry Hall
  • The Hallways
  • The Garden
  • The Master Bedroom
  • The Attic/Storage Room
  • The Extra Room

Which do you think I should do?  By the way, the “extra” room is a room that I haven’t yet decided what it should be.  I’ve thought of making it a nursery or sewing room, maybe a library or den.  Think of it as an other.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Dressed to a Tee

I meant to post much earlier today, but since I was unconscious most of the day that plan sort of fell through.  I was up really late last night working on school work, plus I got up about 3:30am this morning, so I was pretty tired a good portion of the day.  Almost as soon as I got home from class I dozed off, didn’t wake up until about an hour ago. 

But back to the important stuff, I finished the list.

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Here we have a dress inspired by this adorable tunic tutorial on Tea Rose home.

I used an old polo shirt from high school and a some fabric from a rummage sale for the skirt part.  I didn’t listen to the advice from the tutorial about using fusible interfacing, I’m paying for it now. 

Beyond that, I think it came out okay.  It has a loose fit to it that I find very comfortable, and it’s sleeveless making it perfect for warmer weather.

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While I was at it, I decided to make another one using an old long sleeved shirt I got as a gift when I was about 12 years old.  It strangely still fits me, I haven’t grown much in the past decade. 

Anyway, I cut off the sleeves and neckline using pinking shears and left them like that because I thought it looked pretty.  I used this fabric I got at Goodwill more than a year ago.  I have more in a darker shade of blue.  Again on this one I forgot about using fusible interfacing so it looks weird where the shirt meets the skirt.  Still, it does look pretty and didn’t cost me a dime to boot.  That’s the best part.

Here’s the updated list:
Nine done, and all is well.  Can’t wait to start my next list.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Signs of Amusement #2

A few of you may be thinking “#2, when was #1?”  It was last July actually (see Signs of Amusement), it isn’t that I have not seen any unusual signs in like ten months, just that I haven’t seen any while my camera was ready.

Anyway I saw this while walking to class this week.

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It’s a delivery for a local store, and as I’ve always thought they are packing stores with use-less stuff to try to get us to buy them.  Actually in this case it’s “un-usable” stuff.  Hey, it made me crack a smile.
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Cardboard Decor

A while back I notice how bare some of my walls looked and thought I could use something to cover them.  The idea of making picture frames out of cardboard then popped into my head.

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Fast forward, here’s my first attempt at it. 

I carefully cut and glued together multiple layers of corrugated cardboard to form the frame, then painted it with blue acrylic paint and applied a sealant to make it look finished.  I carved a little slot in the back to use to hang it on the wall. 

Of course a frame isn’t complete with out something to frame, right?  I got the idea for a silhouette with glitter from this tutorial on Naughty Secretary Club.  I made it on this cute piece of scrapbook paper and outlined the butterfly with fabric paint.  Simply done and it really makes a statement.  Does it send the right message though?

Here’s the updated list:
Eight down, just one more to go.  And it looks like I’m going to finish earlier than I planned, that’s always a plus.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Organizing with Cardboard

Organizing with Cardboard
It technically is Spring even if it doesn’t feel like it in some places, and Spring usually brings the idea of cleaning or organizing.

On that note, I have found a few ideas for organizing your craft space and possibly the rest of your house using one of my favorite materials, cardboard.  It’s cheap, readily available, and easy to work with and mold.

So here are links for your convenience:
Now that you have a starting point, let the organizing begin!
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Moms Need Sleep Too

Mother’s day is within a week, this Sunday to be exact, and like most people I was trying to find the perfect gift for my mom.  I found it here in this Mother’s day eBook from FaveCrafts


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This wonderful yet simple sleep mask is perfect for my mother.  She tends to get people bugging her with stuff while she is trying to sleep, what mother doesn’t? 

I used scraps of purple fuzzy felt and a soft white t-shirt to make it both fun and comfortable.  I decorated it with sparkly fabric paints.  I guess I could have written something else on it instead of “Do Not Disturb”, but it does fit her to a tee.  It’s the closest thing to putting a “don’t bug me” sign around her neck, and I know she will love it.  Oh and don’t worry, she doesn’t read my blog so the secret isn’t out yet.

Here’s the updated list:
Seven down, two to go.  I’m actually a little behind the next project, at least farther than I planned.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fresh Baked Goodness

Fresh Baked Goodness Everyday when I walk to or from class, I pass by the Alpine Bakery Outlet.  It’s in Mesa, Arizona on Southern Ave. west of Country Club Dr. in case you want to stop by, and believe me you will want to go. 

I had been breathing in the glorious smells of baked goods from that place for months and only just recently decided to go in to check it out, I should have gone a long time ago. 

They have a decent selection of natural breads and other bakery items at comparable prices, but they frequently discount them to 2 for $1.  Granted these are items close to their sell-by date, but they are pretty soft and fresh tasting despite that. And these are normal sized loaves and some of your fancier breads too, they have this kind of cheese bread that I love.  I tried it once and went back the next day for two more loaves, luckily they were still 50 cents each.

Also the people working there are pleasant and the other shoppers are nice too.  The only drawback is that the place closes by 2:30 pm, but something nice tends to happen about 1:00pm on Wednesdays.  It may happen on other days of the week, but I have only witness it on a Wednesday so I’m not sure.  I’m not telling what it is, you will have to see for yourself.  Surprises await.

1/27/2016 Update:

Since originally posting this, Alpine Bakery has moved down the street from its original location.  It is now on Southern Ave. just a little east of Country Club Dr. on the North side of the street next to an appliance outlet.  The place is much nicer and the bread is still just as heavenly and affordable.
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Monday, May 3, 2010

Draw! A School Update

Draw! A School Update In class today, I drew blood.  Not my own, from a dog. 

He’s name is Sysco and I drew blood into a syringe from his cephalic vein, without passing out!  I wasn’t even nauseous, well maybe a little.  I guess forcing myself to watch it being done all these months really paid off. 

In case it isn’t obvious to those who haven’t been following, I’ve always had a thing about needles and getting shots.  The thought of being at the other end of the needle seemed so far off, until now. 

Just think, if I can handle this maybe I can handle other scary things, like giving blood.  Whoa!  One thing at a time.  For now I’m glad, maybe I really am ready for anything.
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Another Crafty Question

Another Crafty Question: How Old is Your Sewing Machine, and Does the Age Matter?
Here’s a two-part question.  How old is your sewing machine, and does the age matter?

My sewing machine in only about 3 years old, still a baby.  It is a pretty basic model.   I’ve used, or shall I say borrowed, older machines in the past, and the only difference I’ve seen is the older ones have more stitch variations and accessories, at least among the ones I tried.

I was wondering if anyone else has had a different experience when comparing older versus newer machines.  I’ve heard a lot about the durability of older machines, not to mention the aesthetic appeal.  But I guess whether your machine is older or newer isn’t as important as how well it works for you and for what purpose you use it.  And I know mine is working just fine for me.

1/27/2016 Update:

Six years since originally posting this and I'm still using the same sewing machine which is now almost 10 years old.  I'm afraid it's showing some wear and tear and working oddly.  I've found ways to work around the oddness to still sew, but I think it will need to be serviced eventually.

The problem is that is will likely cost more to service than it cost to purchase my machine.  I originally bought it on Overstock.com for about $60 including the shipping.  I've actually seen many machines from the same brand with slightly better features for the same price.  Do I upgrade or not?  And if I upgrade what do I do with my old sewing machine?

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Speaking of Uses for Jeans

Here’s a classic project I love.  It’s the one where you make a bag from jeans, I call them bum bags because that’s what part you use. 

I decided to make a decent sized one because I have a tendency to carry a ton of stuff wherever I go.  Frankly, my jeans aren’t large enough to accommodate my needs, so I used a pair of my Mom’s.  Don’t worry, she gave them to me, she wore them out completely.


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It’s just a simple matter of cutting off the legs and stitching up the opening and then going on from there.  I used this lacy material to line the bag and for further embellishment.  I didn’t have to embellish too much because the jeans already had these cute studs and appliqu├ęs on them.  Finish up with straps and a zipper and now I have another bag to lug around my life’s essentials.

Here’s the updated list:
Six down, three to go.  Almost done now.
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