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Oven Towels Done

Well I finally finished all of the towels for the shower in August. I ended up crocheting 28 towels and giving away two for the oven towels tutorial so I have 26 left for little thank you gifts for the wedding shower guests.

Oven towels for wedding shower.

I took a photo of the poppies so that people could see the after picture. My flowers have turned out nice this year but there is always the problem of trying to stake them so they don’t fall over. I haven’t figured out how to do that with the poppies, oh well.

Poppies, one of three beds.

I received the swirl swap in the mail that we did last month. I did this same swap last year as well so I now have enough squares to make a quilt but I’ll hold off on that until after I finish beading the scarves for the bridesmaids but I thought I’d post a picture so people could see the different colours.

Swirl swap 2008

And finally I’m posting a picture of the material I received from “Thousands of Bolts”. I had placed a small order a few weeks ago and was pleased with the quality of the fabric so decided to order more. Well because I live in Canada and the online store is based in the states shipping costs are always a factor so it was cheaper per metre to order 30 yards instead of six at a time so yes I ordered 30 yards. Needless to say I was so pleased I ordered another 30 and I’m waiting for them to show up in the next couple of days, then I can probably safely say I’ll call it quits for quite a while until I use up some of the fabric.

30 yards of assorted colours from Thousands of Bolts (well not actually I seem to have chopped off a few yards when I took the picture).

The fabric on average is around $3.85/4.15 yard for cottons and around $5.95 yard for batiks. With the taxes and shipping it works out to less than $6.00 yard which is far cheaper than what I’d pay here at the fabric or quilt store; it’s even cheaper than Walmart, which by the way is closing down the fabric department in their stores in our area.

I’ve checked around the Internet and these are pretty good prices. I wouldn’t be ordering the fabric otherwise. Some of the fancy name brand fabrics go for around $9.95 yard and thats a bit to rich for my blood. The quilt would have to be pretty special for me to out-lay that kind of money especially for buying fabric over the Internet rather than in person. I’m not even sure I could get the same prices if I crossed the border and bought at JoAnn’s so I’m happy.



Rainbarrels and Internet Goodies

My husband and I bought a couple of rainbarrels for the gardens and the lawns in an attempt to conserve water. It was a challenge to try and divert the water from the upper downspout in a way that we could collect the water but also have the overflow continue along its previous path.

The water seems to just dribble but I’m glad to say that we got at least one barrel of water from this last rainfall maybe two if it keeps raining. Here’s a couple pictures of my newest additions to the family.

Rainbarrel #1 – Recycled industrial food grade barrels, olives I think.

Rainbarrel #2

I also got some goodies in the mail. Yesterday I received the material I ordered from “Thousands of Bolts” They can fit six yards of fabric into a priority envelope which costs me $9.95 to send to Canada so thats what I ordered and they sent a bonus fat quarter which was a pleasant surprise.

I choose fabrics from the creams/tans/ecru section.

Today I got the polyester colour twist thread from ThreadArt. I’m not sure how this will sew up, hopefully it’s good quality thread. The price was right at 12 spools for $19.95 and I also ordered a couple of their namebrand rotary cutters, which were a good price at $2.49 each.

Polyester colour twist thread. The thread is composed of two colours.

Rotary blades, one is a pinking blade and the other a wave blade.

Lastly a picture of the flowers sent to John’s dad’s funeral on Monday from his fellow staff members in Performance Engineering at Darlington.

Gordon Waldie 1917 – 2008. RIP dad you were loved and cherished by all.


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.
The stash in it’s entire glory.

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

Stash fabric for quilts.

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

Oriental fabric2
Side view of above.

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

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.

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

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.


Discharge revisited

It would seem that yesterday’s catastrophe might not be the mistake I thought it was. It’s been pointed out to me that not all fabrics will discharge to white when a discharge agent is applied. Apparently it is quite common to have a residual colour left over after the discharge is finished and the left-over colour is dependent on the discharge chemical used.

I guess this is where practise and experimentation comes into play. I’d had a sneaking suspicion that the whole process wasn’t as straight forward as it seemed and I guess I was right which leads us to today’s phrase “Practise makes perfect”.

I guess my fabric piece wasn’t a total loss and if you’re into grey grunge then it’s perfect. If fact I have a feeling that I’m limited by my own creativity because I’m sure someone else could take this cloth and do wonderful things with it so what does that say about me?


Black Kona Discharge piece