Sunday, September 18, 2016

Flat scrubber

One of the places I sell my scrubbers at, someone requested I make flat scrubbers. I've been making these round ones for years and this isn't the first time someone comes up with a new way for me to make them.

I've actually tried a wide variety of different styles and like the round ones best. But not just any round ones, but the double thickness ones. I like that they last for around 6 months or longer depending on how hard you use them. I actually had a lady tell me that I made them last too long and that I needed to make them with cheaper materials and more flimsy so people would have to buy more often. What!?? I refuse to do that!

I don't care that people will buy a handful I've or twice a year for themselves and friends and family. These take time to make whether made poorly or not. I like my scrubbers just these easy they are.

But to humor the lady that asked me to make a flat scrubber because she claimed food got stuck in the center hole, I decided to make her a flat scrubber. Now first of all, I've never had trouble with food getting caught in it. I will throw the scrubbers in the washing machine when they are dirty and air dry them. They can also be put in the dishwasher. Second of all I don't think she actually used them, but saw the hole and assumed food would get caught inside.

Anyways, here is the scrubber I made her. I used the same netting in all my scrubbers. Same width cut, six strips because I've actually been using only 6 per round scrubber as I like the size they are.

What I did was-
I followed the same instructions for the first 2 strips. Then for the 3rd strip, I did this- *SC in next 3 chains. 2 SC in next chain. Repeat * until you add next strip. Then with 4th step- *SC in next 4 chains, 2 SC in next chain. Repeat as before. I followed this pattern adding one sc per each strip as the number I was on to keep track of what strip I was working on.

It is a nice scrubber but I prefer my thick ones. When these get wet. They flatten out quite considerably. There just isn't much to hold on to, when using these flat ones. I'm not impressed, lol!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Finished sample bag

Well, the pattern I bought proved to be way to difficult to figure out at the moment. And I found a free tutorial after I bought the pattern. Ugh. Anyways, the free tutorial was great and I made this-

I didn't have enough fabric to make a proper strap so I used ribbon instead. I'm happy with how easy the pattern was. Now, to sew the real bags...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Purse construction to begin

I'm gathering some fabric and getting ready to cut in hopes to make a practice purse for a friend. I needed some hardware. So I went to the thrift store and found two purses that had just what I needed. They were $1 each, not bad since the hardware can cost me $7+. I don't mind paying that much for the real purse, but for practice I need cheap stuff! Lol.

Wish me luck! I'll be posting up pictures as I go along.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


I joined a really neat group on Facebook called "dehydrating for divas and dudes."

I've learned so much about so many things I can dry that I never thought about before.

When I got my dehydrator, I dried mostly fruit leather, smoothies, and dried bananas.

The above picture is strawberries and apples. I never knew how delicious dried strawberries could be! And I've dried apples before but only peeled ones. These have been sliced whole with a mandolin. The seeds pop out when dry and the core center looks like a pretty star. I thought the center would bother my teeth, but they don't.

I found that I like to eat the dried apples while out on a long bicycle ride. It is just the thing I need to energize myself.

I dried tomatoes this year. Two friends gave me gobs of free tomatoes so I ate as many as I could fresh and dried the rest.

I dried watermelon too. What a tasty treat!

One of the fun things I learned about was zucchini gummies.

This is the last of them and boy are they delicious! Chewy, sweet. Tastes like apricots or apples. You cook the zucchini in fruit juice and then dehydrate them. Such a great way to use up those hidden surprise gigantic zucchini in the garden. 

I never knew you could dry egg shells for... Come join the fun to find out what it's for. 

Tea wallets

Finished these for the kitchen store this week.