2019 blog topics

So, I said there would be some changes coming.  At one point I was going to just stop updating the blog.  With the world (California wildfires, politics, etc) being so weird lately I felt like talking about DIY projects was just dumb.  But after stepping away for a while I realize that I like blogging, but just not the way I was.

My word this year is to Focus – on my family, my health, finishing projects, etc.  Blogging isn’t my main hobby.  So, this year I definitely won’t have a set schedule (I am just not able to commit to that), but I have decided there are certain topics I want to blog about.  So, some of the topics will be the following, but there will be other random topics as they come up.

  • Bargain of the month – Years ago my mother-in-law and I would talk about our ‘Bargain of the Month’.  I realized that I had fun telling someone about my super deals so I decided I will post them on here, if nothing else.  Sometimes they won’t have a photo, but most of the time there will be a photo.
  • Money saving topics – This could be able a new book I heard about, a discussion I saw on the internet or a tip that we follow.
  • Projects –  There are multiple projects that I have been working on.  As they are completed and/or given away I will post them.
  • Favorite blogger, Instagram or YouTube site I follow.

So, I am not going to commit to a posting schedule, but I hope to post at least one a month, if not more often.

If there is a topic you would like me to approach leave it in the comment section.

Later – Heather

 

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Focus – Word for 2019

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

After being busy with dealing with the fallout from the Paradise, CA area wildfire (see previous posts), I decided to take off a few weeks from blogging so I could enjoy the time with my family and work on other projects.

I have decided to make some changes to the blog, but I am still mentally working out the details so it will be spelled out in a future post.

Do you select a Word of the Year?  Last year I picked ‘Be’ as my word.   ‘Be’ fit what I needed, whether I knew it or not on January 1st, 2018.

This year I decided on Focus since I want to focus on:

  • my family
  • my health
  • on projects
    • Hopefully I will finish some projects so my active ‘partly done’ list is smaller at the end of 2019 than now.  This doesn’t mean I won’t add new ideas to the list, but I have to get some of the partly finished projects sitting around here done and provide some free space – physically and mentally.
  • etc – I know other things will come up that will need my Focus for at least a short period of time.

One thing I am trying this year is to fill out a planner again.  I have tried to use a bought planner in previous years and have failed.  Then I tried a Bullet Journal for a while, but gave up since I was constantly having to rewrite tasks from week to week since they were not getting done.

So, this year I created a three month planner (to start) of my own design.  It is a combination of a regular planner and a Bullet Journal.  I will let you know at the end of March what worked and what I will be changing for the next three months.

Until next time, 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

 

 

Refunds and coupons

So, my favorite refunding / coupon site RefundCents ended at the end of the November 2017.  I haven’t been as consistent about looking for coupons and refunds as I used to be, but I loved the Off Topic board where you could ask for random advice, get a card sent to someone, and help out other people.

So, I am thinking it is time for me to take on posting more of the great deals that I find so others can find them also.

Is this something people would like to see from me?  If so, hit the Like button. If it is more than a few people I will start posting great deals – whether it is a code for a free print from Walgreens or Shutterfly to some super buy on Amazon, etc.

I will try to post the national / online sites, but sometimes there will be a regional (California / Nevada) deal too.

Oh, and if you want to know some of the other websites/ bloggers that I follow that share great deals hit the Like button and I will write a post with their links too.

Later – Heather

Upcycled bag

Here is a quick project that I finished today.

Supplies:

  • A small piece of material that I picked up from the free table at the local Quilt Guild.
  • A scrap of material that I cut into strips and used as a border.
  • Zipper topped bag that my mom had written her name, etc on.

Here is a photo of the bag before with the personal information covered.

2018 bag before copy

Here is how the bag turned out afterwards.  I sewed as much as I could on with the sewing machine and then hand stitched the rest.

2018 bag after copy

The bag has already been put into use.  I currently have a crochet project and a shirt that needs it’s buttons replaced in the bag.  I will take the bag with me on our next road trip.

What have you been working on lately?

Later – Heather

Starting a new hobby?

I was thinking of writing a blog post about what steps to take when starting a new hobby, but then Crafty Staci wrote one on her blog.

I definitely agree with her post!  I have made some of the mistakes that she lists and would like to help others from doing the same thing.

Here is the link to her post.  Enjoy reading it.

10 Steps to Learning a New Craft

 

So, what new hobby is on your wishlist for this year?  I have multiple, but I am trying to limit myself to just relearning to take photos with a real camera and not a point-and-shoot or my phone.

Until later – Heather

Aspen Painting

The Women’s group at our church had a Painting night last year so I went with a friend.  I wasn’t sure what the painting was going to be, but I figured it was a good way to spend some time with a friend.

Since this was the third Paint and Sip class I had been to I had an idea how it would go.

I am impressed with how my painting turned out, but it doesn’t really match my decorating style and I have run out of space to hang it!

aspen painting

So, this painting is going to be given to our daughter and she will hang it in her new place.

I think it is time to use some of the skills I learned to make smaller paintings, etc for my scrapbook, etc.

Do you like to paint?

Later – Heather

Fabric painting using vegetables?

I am guessing you have a weird look on your face after reading the title (I would!).

I tried an experiment and I am happy to say that I was pleased with the way it turned out.

celery, rose, fabric, painting

Fabric painted with a celery

*Note this is not a sponsored post.  I bought all of the supplies and the opinions are 100% mine.

Supplies I used:

  • Plain red cotton material
  • Jacquard Textile (fabric paint) in black
  • The waste end of a celery

You are probably wondering why I decided to try this.  Well, I was actually cutting a whole celery up so I could store it in a container with water so it could be put in my husband’s lunch later that week.  When I got to the waste end I was going to put it in the compost container, but then realized it looked like a flower.

So, I knew I had a piece of the plain, red cotton material, which was kind of boring and I had bought a container of the fabric paint so I figured it was worth trying out.

fabric,

Plain red fabric

Jacquard, textile paint

Paint used for fabric

celery, rose, fabric paint

Rose created by celery end and fabric paint

I was happy how it turned out and even took the final piece of material, after I had washed and dried it, to the local quilt guild meeting and showed it at ‘Show and Tell’.

Since then I have seen multiple ideas on how to use stamps, etc on quilts.  That will be a project for the future.

This piece of material was actually cut into strips and used in a project.

Have you ever tried this?

Later – Heather

 

 

Emerald Bay Painting

I went to a Paint and Sip put on by the same business, but located in a local restaurant with a group of friends from Zumba.

I felt more comfortable doing this painting and even had an idea of how to do the steps before they were explained.

paint and sip, Emerald Bay, painting

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

I really like how this one turned out also.

Have you done this before?

Later – Heather

PILLOWS A-LA-MODE blog

I was scrolling through some emails and I came to one from the PILLOWS A-LA-MODE blog.

I was sad to read that Katherine, the author of the blog, had died right before Christmas of breast cancer.

I, like others who commented, never met her, but I always enjoyed reading her posts when they arrived in my email inbox.

The Internet (blogs, Facebook, etc) has definitely expanded my view of the world.  Before Christmas,  I read a post on Facebook stating that there was going to be a heatwave in Australia on Christmas day and the next post was about how people were dealing with the freezing cold temperatures in Nevada, etc.

So, even though there is a lot of negative information on the Internet I hope I add something positive to what is available.

Later – Heather