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More Swag

Well I finally went nuts sitting inside the house working on my quilting project waiting for my running shoes to show up via the UPS man. I spent all of yesterday waiting for him to arrive with a pair of running shoes that I’d ordered online and what a waste of time that was as it was probably one of the nicest days so far this spring. Today I decided enough of that so I went out this afternoon and wouldn’t you know it he showed up as I was out but was kind enough to leave my parcel outside the door so I didn’t have to drive to some far off depot to track the package down. I’d managed to find a pair of runners online in the same size and style I usually buy but these were $50.00 cheaper as they are now discountinued.

Each year New Balance (and probably every other company out there) update their shoes. Something usually changes maybe it’s the colour or maybe something else but basically its the same shoe but at the new price for the new year. I have a size ten foot with a 4E width. I can’t get this size in a women’s shoe (well I probably could but we won’t go there) so I go into the men’s department to find my shoes. Even going into the men’s department doesn’t always work because they tend not to carry 4E widths. New Balance seems to be the only brand name that will carry the larger sizes in the bigger widths. Long story short, you “pay through the nose” and by that I mean I get dinged around $139.00 plus tax (somewhere around $150) every time I buy new shoes.

My problem is that I have a bad back. One leg is slightly longer than the other and over the years my back has twisted somewhat so I need a decent shoe with support. The shoe arch/support wears down before the actual shoe does; maybe because I’m a bit overweight but probably not. They say you should replace your shoes every six months and even less than that if you do a lot of exercise. I replace mine maybe once every nine months or so. I can tell when I need new shoes because my back starts hurting again. So I was extremely happy when I went online and found the exact same shoe but at $89.00.

Anyhow, I digress. I went out today and stopped off at the local fabric store to buy some more quilting thread. I was running low on the one colour so decided to buy some more plus I wanted to get a couple more of the ceramic buttons so I could finish making the second purse from the left-over fabric from my outrageously expensive class. Well in all honestly the people at the store didn’t force me to buy the material I chose but it was pricey none the less. I picked up a couple of buttons but they didn’t have the quilting thread I wanted so on to the next stop, which was the quilting store.

Needless to say the quilting store didn’t have the thread I wanted but they did have this really neat calendar. You know the ones where each month you get a different quilt and the pattern to make it. Hmm…very nice I thought but it’s already April. At that point the quilt store owner has noticed my interest in it and said 75% off, some quick math and $5 bucks later I’m now the proud owner of a calendar I’ll probably never use but hey, one day I might make one of those quilts.

I also picked up some more quilting needles (I hand quilt). I just picked up two packages of quilting needles when I was down in the states on my trip. If you’re ever tempted to buy Dritz quilting needles, don’t bother they’re junk. I went through about 12 of them on about a border and a half of my quilt before I found another unused package of needles in my sewing room. Needless to say it only took the one needle to finish off the quilt. The Dritz kept bending no matter how careful I tried to be. The steel just wasn’t strong enough; my quilt wasn’t very thick.

After the quilting shop I went on to visit the local chain fabric store and sure enough there was the thread in the colour I wanted and the brand I like. It just so happened that Coats and Clark thread was on for 50% off so needless to say I grabbed a few spools of the varigated thread. The two bigger spools were regular $20 so now seemed like a good time to buy. Needless to say at the checkout they have their little specials they try to push and off course I fell for the Olfa cutter at half price. I already have one but at half price it was about the same cost as a replacement blade so I figured I wasn’t out any money and…it’s cute. Enough damage done, just don’t tell the hubby.
Swag from fabric and quilt stores.
Swag from fabric and quilt shops.
Back of calendar and various quilts.

Karen

Shopping Booty

My husband and I went away for a weekend with my sister-in-law to Fort Erie, Ontario this weekend. L has bought a new home – as in new to her – with the intention of fixing it up. My husband is an electrical engineer, not an electrician but he does know the basics of wiring a house and how much electrical load should be on the breakers, wires etc, etc, more than I know. What I know is if you’re going to buy a century old home with the idea of fixing it up to make a profit or even to just get your money back out of it…well…don’t bother unless you’ve fallen in love with the location and said house.

 I suppose having said that there is no profit to be made in buying an older house that there are exceptions to the rule such as location, lot size, type of house etc but if the lot isn’t that great, the house unspectacular then chances are you’re going to be spending a lot of money without a great return on your investment when you go to resell the house in a couple of years. (There was a movie made about this, I believe it was called the Money Pit)

What I learned this weekend is that it’s really hard to re-wire a house that has plaster walls and has been wired not according to code and the wires are running hap-hazardly across the ceiling and walls. In other words my hubby and SIL’s boyfriend spent most of the weekend trying to figure out which wire was which (yes they did have a wiring diagram but had to test every line to see which breaker it was on etc). In all my husband managed to re-wire a ceiling fan and that was it. The house does have a few more holes in it then it did before such as when they figured it was better to run a wire under the house in the crawl-space and up the floor only to crawl under the house and find out the crawl-space was flooded (standing in water to put in an electrical connection is “not” a good idea). Did I mention the house has no eavestroughs? I realise now in a big way why houses have eavestroughs. I could go on and on about this house.

I don’t think I fully realised before this weekend how careful you have to be when wiring new circuits into an existing system. You might think that if you over-loaded a circuit then the breaker would just trip but I found out that you can have a scenario where there is too much of a load and the breaker doesn’t trip. What you then have is a wire that gets very hot and can cause an electrical fire.  I believe this is what happens when people plug in mutiple extension cords into one outlet and fires start. I have to admit to being one of those persons who doesn’t think about it and just plug in to the wall and figure if it works it works and if it doesn’t it doesn’t.

Anyhow, long story sort, while the boys were busy trying to install outlets us two girls went cross-border shopping as the Peace bridge was five minutes from the house. I managed to hit JoAnn’s and buy some goodies or booty if you will while my SIL bought stuff at the Bed and Linen while I was getting my loot. (The Peace bridge is the crossing from Canada into the United States for those not knowing) Material is cheaper in the States for the most part although I noticed there isn’t quite the descrepancy in prices for items as last time I visited, maybe because our dollar is almost on par this time around.
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The stash in it’s entire glory.

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Fabric to make crayon rolls for the church kids at Christmas.

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Stash fabric for quilts.

Oriental fabric
Oriental fabric bundles and geometric bundle – fat quarters.

Oriental fabric2
Side view of above.

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Flannel for possible pj’s or quilt and some fusible fleece for future projects.

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Plastic template kit to use with a rotary cutter for a wedding quilt I’m contiplating making for my daughter who’s marrying in September. The cashier graciously gave me 50% off as I didn’t have a coupon being from across the border. I thought she was splendid because I wasn’t expecting it and it’s an example of one small kindness that made my day.

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Back of template kit giving you an idea of what’s going on.

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Plastic bin, thread in basic colours, quilting needles and replacement rotary cutter blades.

The Gutermann thread was a good deal at half the price for the larger size. I picked out some basic colours that you always need plus I bought the reds, greens and gold for the Christmas fabric that I’d bought at the beginning of the year so I’m pleased. Funnily enough one of my favorite purchases was the little plastic bin, which is a nice size for keeping the bits and bobs together off my working surfaces. It only cost $3 dollars so it goes to show you that the things that make you happy in life are not necessarily expensive.

 Karen