Saturday, August 15, 2015

Stationary keeper

For some reason I thought to Google this the other day though I can't remember what got me thinking of it.

I was disappointed that I couldn't find much information out there on the subject.

I know some people don't write letters these days but I am lucky to have about fifteen pen pals that not only flood my mailbox with letters but I also do the same for them.

Anyways I read someplace about making a stationary holder out of a placemat but sadly no free directions were given on how to make it.

So, several weeks ago I bought a placemat for $2 and decided to make one myself. But I was too chicken until yesterday to try to sew one.

What was I waiting for? It  was a piece of cake. Using some tablets I got at the store, I started sewing. I didn't measure anything until I was done and it just happened to fit everything I had in mind. Although I was originally thinking of a sticker pocket, and completely forgot about envelopes, the two fit in there fine.

I made the stamp pocket larger to accommodate the larger stamps I had. They do fit regular ones just fine.

These particular placemats are great because I just sewed down the grooves.

I'll share the measurements later this week.

Boxy bag for sale

I posted this boxy bag for sale on Ravelry.

If it doesn't sell, I may keep it myself. It's the perfect size for sock knitting or making the beekeeper's quilt.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dish drops

My soap has arrived! I was so excited when my friend brought it over. I had actually forgotten that I'd ordered it last week.

I used it tonight and forgot how much I like it.

I found a bottle of Seventh Generation at Wal-Mart last week. I was actually impressed by the way it cleaned the greasy dishes I washed. It was $3 a bottle for 25 ounces. But I use probably close to 2 Tablespoons per sink load. I'm just guessing as I squeeze two times around the sink and then add hot water. I do know I use more than half a teaspoon.

As much as I liked it, I don't want to get hooked on it since Wal-Mart never keeps what I like in stock.

The legacy of clean soap says on the bottle to use 3 ml per sink load. I had a device that measures ml so I measured exactly that and was able to wash two sinkfuls of dirty dishes. I was impressed! I love the cheery citric scent too. The seventh generation I found was unscented. They had a lavender one but not interested in that at all!

Anyways, I really like the legacy of clean product line. One less item to purchase at Wal-Mart.  This soap was $11 for 1 liter. I was impressed that using only 3 ml I'll be able to wash dishes 333 times!! What a deal!

Spa cloth pics

These are the spa cloths I finished last week.

Interchangeable needle case

I sewed all day and finally got this done. I'm planning to put it in my etsy shop if anyone is interested.

I had hoped to get more projects done today but I'm exhausted and need a break.

Later next week I'm going to sew a boxy sheep bag and maybe another drawstring style one.

I love sewing!!

P.S. I got this wonderful pattern at