Credit Freeze for deceased loved one

Update:   I am happy to say that this worked!  I got letters back from the credit agencies that my family member’s credit report has officially been permanently frozen.

Hello world.  It has been such a long time since I posted I didn’t know my password at first!  Luckily it popped into my brain while I was looking for it.  I guess I need to write it down somewhere…

Even though an extended family member died over four years ago we have still been getting ‘pre-approved’ applications for the DISH for the family member!

The bottom of the page from DISH even says ‘This pre-screened offer of credit is based on information in your credit report indicating that you meet certain criteria’ – Ouch…

Today I saw something that if a loved one dies you should contact each of the credit reporting agencies.  So.. I wrote letters today and will be mailing them this week.  I hope this at least stops some of the mail to the deceased family member’s name.

Here are the addresses I am mailing the letter to and a copy of my form letter.  I hope it helps someone else out too.  Oh, and I wish the attorney who helped me with the family member’s estate would have suggested that I do this back then.

Equifax Options , PO Box 740123, Atlanta, GA 30374-0123

Experian, PO Box 919, Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion Opt-Out Request, PO Box 505, Woodlyn, PA 19094-0505

(Credit report agency address)

Dear Sirs:                                                                             DATE

RE:  NAME

Social Security #:    SS NUMBER

(copy of Death Certificate enclosed, if enclosing)

This is to let you know that I would like NAME credit reports to be marked as ‘Deceased’ to create a permanent credit freeze.

NAME died (ON DATE) .

Latest address:

NAME

ADDRESS

TOWN, STATE, ZIP

Thank you.

YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS

 

So, if you read this far, what do you want to see on the blog next year?  I can’t find the option for putting the survey, but here are some of the things I have been thinking (yes, I have been thinking about the blog, but just not doing).

  • Photos of the sewing, etc projects I have been working on
  • Helpful hints – like this post
  • Recipes that I have tried and the family likes
  • Books that I have enjoyed
  • Photos of places we have visited
  • YouTube bloggers and websites that I like
  • ??

Note:  Only your name and comment will show to anyone reading the blog.

 

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)

Long time no post…  I just saw a photo of a Christmas present I made so I figured I would do a quick post.

Who else has gotten into using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)?  There are many videos on YouTube, individual blogs, etc so I won’t repeat how to do it, but I will show you the first project that I did for a family member.

heat transfer vinyl, HTV, present

first HTV shirt

The lighting wasn’t great, but the trees are a solid green.  I used my Sizzix hand die cutting machine and some of the dies I had for making scrapbooks.  I had to play around with which way the HTV needed to be placed on the die since I wasn’t able to electronically flip my text.

The shirt is still being worn, but I have had to touch up a few of the letters with an iron.  I am still working on the correct amount of time, etc that they should be ironed for, etc.

Since this original shirt I have made eight more shirts for different family members.  So far I haven’t heard that the shapes or letters have fallen off.

What is your latest craft project?

Later – Heather

 

Red, white and blue quilt

For a very long time we have had a store bought quilt on our bed and I wanted to make a new one, but I wasn’t sure what colors or design to make it.

In 2016, at the summer picnic meeting of the local Quilt Guild, I won a stack of 2.5″ strips of patriotic material.  When I brought them home I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them since I don’t really care of the look of Jelly Roll quilts.  Then I realized most of them were similar to the colors of our current bed quilt.

I then went searching online and found that some of the material was from the Stonehenge Stars and Stripes fabric line.  I found out that there were 10″x10″ squares, 2.5″ strip sets and yardage available in the same fabrics and I could also find some of it in the local quilt shops.

The next steps was designing the quilt top and figuring out how much fabric I would need.  Oh, and I don’t think I stated that I needed to make a slightly oversized quilt for a California King bed.  Until you start measuring the size and sewing the quilt top together you don’t realize how big that is!

I realized if I ever wanted this quilt finished then I had to make a simple design and use as much of the precut 10″x10″ squares and 2.5″ strips as possible.  Once I had a few designs figured out I showed them to my husband.  I had a plain piece of blue laid between the two different designs to separate them, but he actually liked it best with the plain blue strip in the quilt.  So, the final quilt is a mixture of the two different designed I originally came up with.

After cutting, sewing and trimming down to size for what felt like forever the quilt top was done.  Then I wanted to use up as much as possible of the extra 10″x10″ squares and left over material so I decided to make a design for the back of the quilt too.

When it was all done I handed it off to Quilt Legacy in Dayton, NV to long arm quilt  since I had other projects I needed to work on and I knew it was going to be a major pain to quilt that size quilt on my domestic sewing machine.

I am very impressed with how the final product turned out.  The quilt pattern they used was perfect for the quilt top.  And my husband was very happy with the finished quilt.

 

As I stated, when I showed it during Show & Tell at the local Quilt Guild, I don’t quilt that often, but when I do I take on BIG projects.

From some of the matching yardage I also made two pillow shams.

What big project have you tackled lately?

Heather

 

 

What have you been watching?

My family has a new favorite show that we can agree on is the show Expedition Unknown which we found on the Travel Channel (on cable).      http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/expedition-unknown

#ExpeditionUnknown

At first I wasn’t sure about it, but I can now say it is one of my favorite shows.  Josh Gates definitely makes exploring places I will probably never get to go interesting.

 

I have a few other favorite shows, but my family don’t really watch them.

  • Little Big Shots which I found on ABC.  It is funny and neat to see these really smart and creative kids.  #littlebigshots
  • The Voice – This is at least the second season that I have watched.  I love that I can put it on in the background and listen to it while I am working in the kitchen if I have to.  #theVoice
  • Designated Survivor – I started watching this last year and I was really happy when it started again in March 2017.  This is the only fiction show I watch and I really like it.  Last November 20/20 actually reported on the real designated survivor.  I just checked and it appears that you can still watch that episode, if you want.   #designatedsurvivor

So, what are your favorite shows?

Heather