Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ivory Soap Fun Clouds!!!

I watched a couple of my granddaughters yesterday and I saw this project on the internet. It was so much fun! You take a bar of Ivory soap (and only Ivory will work), and place it in your microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds on parchment or wax paper. Turn off your turntable.  I layed parchment paper covering the whole bottom of my microwave. Put your soap towards the back of the microwave to start. The fresher the soap the bigger the cloud, so we went to the store and bought some fresh bars!


After about 10 seconds you can see it start to grow and grow and grow! We were all fascinated! It comes out looking like a big fluffy cloud!



This was one bar of soap! It drys hard, but if you touch it, it sort of disintegrates to a dusty powder. If you try this, clean or sweep up your mess before you wipe it up because it will be soap and harder to clean up when wet.

We then broke up our clouds into a bowl and added a little water to it and it became sort of gooey and messy and the girls got out my cookie cutters and filled them with the soap.





Now they will have their own little bars of home made soap to take into the tub with them. We have stars, hearts, ice cream cones, and even an owl!! My older granddaughter helped for a few minutes, but she is 11 and would rather be playing video games! I am glad that I have one that still likes to play with Grandma!!

We had to let the soap set in the cookie cutters for a day and they should be ready to come out of their molds today!

Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Saturday, July 7, 2012

New Swing Cover That Was Lost In The Storm!!


You might remember reading last May 2011 in a blog post, that I showed how I repaired a torn cover that my brother had over a swing.  Well, he sent me a picture last week and this is what happened to it.



We had another bad storm come through Ohio and actually a tornado touched down just a street over from him.  He was upset because he and my sister-in-law and their grandson sit out here and swing.  I told him to save it for me and I would see if there was anything I could do. 

After looking it over, I decided that I thought I could make a new one and use the torn one as a pattern. 

Here is how I fixed it.  I went to JoAnn's and after measuring, I figured I needed three yards of material.  He didn't want to pay an arm and a leg to repair it.  He called the company and they sell the covers for $125.00.  He said that was almost as much as what he paid for the whole swing.  Three yards of material cost me $17.50.  I purchased a dark green canvas that was mold and mildew treated.  He can just spray it with some water repellent and it should be good to go!

I laid out the old cover on top of my new material to use it as a pattern.  There were some darts in the corners, so I opened them up so I could cut the fabric exactly as they had.  I pinned everything down to the new material trying to put together the pieces of  the torn cover.  It was like putting together a jig saw puzzle.  I meant to take a picture of it pinned on the new material and I completely forgot.  I must of had a "senior" moment!!  Sorry!!



 I then removed all of the piping trim around the torn canopy because it was still in good shape and I planned on reusing it.  That stuff is so expensive and I knew this would save some money.  There was probably about 8 yards or so.



  It had a skirting that hangs down around the cover and after laying out the pieces I noticed that the skirting that I was using as a pattern was stretched out of shape.  So I had to also allow for these stretched out pieces.  I picked the part of the canopy that looked the straightest and then used that as my guide so the canopy would hang nice and straight.  It had pockets in the four corners where the steel pipe of the swing fit into, so I had to measure and remake those.


 There were also two long strips attached that the actual pipe ran through on the underside to attach the canopy.



Here is my finished canopy.  I got it all sewed together and attached the binding around the canopy and I was praying that it would fit!!

Well it does and my brother was very happy with it!!  Here is the finished picture!!



After we attached it, my husband made the suggestion that I should of embroidered their last name on the front panel of the canopy that hangs down.  Soooo, my brother liked that idea and he is going to give it back to me in the fall and I will be adding the family name to it!!  Won't that be cute!! 

Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Make a "Mug Rug"

Hi Everyone,

I haven't sewn for so long, I thought maybe I would not remember how!  I saw something really cute this morning and I needed a small gift for a friend, so I just whipped one up.  It is called a "Mug Rug"!  They are just sooo cute!

It is like a mini rug for your favorite cup of coffee to sit on.  A little larger than a coaster, so you could add a little treat also.

I will give you the link to go get the pattern. It is an embroidery design and I added her name to it.  I made mine out of home decor fabric and used in-sulbright for the interfacing.  In-sulbrite is what you use to make potholders.  This way she can be sure that the heat will not go throught the mug rug. 

If you want the pattern, you will have to hurry, it is only free until Sunday! 

http://www.sealedwithastitch.com/items/fingerprint_mug_mat_in_the_hoop_-_5x7_hoop.aspx




Thank You Sealed With A Stitch For The Pattern!

Monday, May 14, 2012

How I Am Cleaning The Couch After The Fire!

My daughter April's, couch had soot all over it, so I am trying to clean it up.  I took all the cushions off of the couch and am washing them by hand.  The bottom cushions had zippers in the back, so I unzipped them and removed them and put them in the washing machine.  I filled the washer with water and then I washed them by hand in the washing machine.  I was then able to drain the water out and I spun it on light just enough to remove most of the water and then put them on the line to dry.  They came out beautifully! Then I just put them back on the cushions and zipped them up.





Now the pillows, which this couch has 11, is taking more work.  I had to take out the stitching where the stuffing had been added.  I pulled out all of the stuffing and had washed the pillow cover and line dryed it.  Then I restuffed, but the stuffing looked lumpy in the pillow.  This looked awful, I wasn't quite sure what to do next, so I started to pull the stuffing apart into teeny, tiny pieces.  Here is a picture of the stuffing volume before I pulled it apart and then after I pulled it apart.



After doing the whole basket full this way and restuffing the pillow, it made such a lofty difference.  Her pillows were starting to look tired and flat.  Now they look just like when she bought the couch.  The pillow is fat and full.  It took a little more work, but was well worth it.  The pillow is now about twice the size it was and no more lumps.  Here are pictures, I hope you can see the difference.


I learned something in this experience and thought maybe someone might want to spring clean their couch also!  Try these tips!
 
Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Grandaughter Caused A Kitchen Fire!

My granddaughter wanted some mozzarella Sticks.  My daughter told her O.K. to get out the oil and the mozzarella sticks and she would make them.  Well my granddaughter thought she would help.  She is 11 years old.  She poured some oil in the pan and turned the stove on high and walked away.  My daughter did not know that she did this.  Next thing they knew the stove and cupboard above were on fire. 

Allura told me that her mom shoved her.  I said what do you mean that she shoved you and she said I was trying to put on my shoes and she shoved me out the door.  She was serious, she really thought her mom shoved her for starting the fire.  I told Allura she was shoving you out the door to save your life.  That fire could of just exploded.

My daughter did a dumb thing also, she grabbed the kids pictures off the wall as she was running out the door.  I asked her why would you do such a dumb thing and she said she just could not bare losing the kids baby pictures.  It was pouring down rain and one of the neighbors that she doesn't even know has her pictures. 

The fire department were there very quickly and It turned out not being as bad as it could of been, but the smoke damage is awful.  This happened Monday evening and I went over yesterday morning and there was soot everywhere.  On the walls and ceilings on the sheets in the bedrooms, light fixtures, window blinds.  Oh what a mess, it is going to take a while to clean this mess up.  She is a single parent with two children, so she can't afford to pay to have the work done.


When it rains it pours, she lost her car last week also.  She had a fairly nice car and it was in great shape.  It started to miss a little bit so she took it into the shop to be looked at.  When they started to put the car up on the rack, they brought the car right back down and told her not to put any money into that car.  They said the frame had totally rusted out and it was unsafe to drive.  We took it to someone that welded frames and he verified this also and said it was to far gone to repair.  Who would think to look at a frame when you buy a car?  Well someone sold it to her in this dangerous condition knowing she had two children.  What is wrong with people today, they only care about themselves!  I also put a picture of the car here, so you remember when you buy a new car to have someone check out the frame.

Here are a couple of pictures of the fire.  Just please say a prayer that we get this mess cleaned up and we get her back on her feet.  Maybe some of you remember, Allura was the one her broke her hand last year in the bicycle accident.





This is my granddaughters sheet on her bed, way back in the bedroom, that is how far this soot travels in just a very short time.  This is like little bits of grease everywhere.

I will keep you posted on our clean up process.  We just kind of sat around in a daise in the morning, but by afternoon, we kicked it into gear and started cleaning!  We will get it back in order!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

How A Sewing Machine Works!

Have you ever wondered how your sewing machine works?  This was a really interesting video showing how the thread is picked up from the bobbin and it makes a stitch.  It might help you understand your sewing machine a little bit better.

I have been working outside and as soon as I get things under control, I will start sewing again!!  Soon, I hope, I am missing it!!

http://science.discovery.com/videos/deconstructed-sewing-machine.html

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why Should You Get Your Sewing Machine Cleaned?

I have been taking lessons for quite some time now on sewing machine repair.  I have decided to open a small repair shop in my home for cleanings and repairs.  My first jobs have been on my own machines and those of family and friends.  My what I have learned!!!  If anyone in my area needs sewing machine  repair work done, please contact me.  It will be treated like my very own machine!!

I have also been very particular on my machines, who works on them, and who uses them.  They are just like my babies and only get the very best of care.  Now, I know they will since they will be serviced by me.  I am very particular and know just how I want my sewing machines to run.  There was a lot to learn about cleaning, oiling, lubing, and tensions.  I have also learned how to set timings and do many repairs.  Most sewing machines are made so well, that repairs are usually minor unless it is a computer part.  I wanted to show you some pictures of my Janome 10,000.  It has never been serviced like I serviced it. I just love anything mechanical and have always liked getting my hands dirty!!

The first picture shows some fuss way down inside the machine after I removed the embroidery part of the machine.  The second picture just shows dirt and grime that has collected.  It sure looks like a lot of dirt to me.  I bet my service man never cleaned in here.  Men don't clean like women do!!!!



Here is the dirt that I found in it.  It had three straight pins in it, I swear I can't believe they were mine!!  I am just so careful, but they were in there.  I removed the embroidery section of the machine and really got down into the mechanics of the machine.  It sure runs quiet and smooth now!!  She is purring like a kitten!!

Author - Cynthia Dickerson