Recent Posts by Lipthink
I've made errors before by using the wrong TYPE of needle for the fabric I am sewing. Check to make sure you have the correct type for your fabric. Ball needles are used to pass thru the fabric threads without breaking the fabric threads. Sharp needles are used to pierce directly thru. You need to know the fabric type to select the proper needl SIZE too.
For starters I am also an artist that sells from my home studio. I make paintings, crafts and jewlery and hold a show at my studio several time a year. I don't advertise for commercial profit, it revolves back into my art supplies. My pricing doesn't include labor, materials, sweat, tears or time. It does include love, joy, appreciation for life and accomplishments, heck it sells itself because it was given to me for free. I haven't paid for education or books, my supplies I've found from scraps, odds from garage sales and other studios or were gifts given to me so why shouldn't it be shared, gifted again to others?
So, I am at a great fault for being mental? over, not making a profit? of course I am, I hear it all the time as they walk away from my studio, "...it was a steal!" and they go away with my treasure and a huge smile.
They always go away happier then they arrived, and that is how my husband and me like it, not a person goes away empty handed! and if you don't have a penny, we will give it to you if you like it so much with the intent that if you don't enjoy it anymore, bring it back and we will give you another one of your choice.
Would it not crush the art world if museums trade and exchange art with other museums so that we can enjoy these things all over the world?
Art and Historic Treasures were meant to be shared with the world, not just one country or township for profit IMYO!
Jasmin, you are working up a whole lot of frenzy for a cake for your mother. I know the effort you are putting into the cake can become tiring. She will still love you for all of your efforts or little of them. A cake does not a relationship make, remember that.
The misfit living with you is going to be but a small mark in your life, so live thru it, not in it. Make the best of it as it appears the self centered punk and lowlife that he may be now reminds us of all of those bumps in our path of life. How you go over the bump and deal with it is what makes us stronger.
Maybe the chocolate sounds expensive to me, but your tears and heartbreak over the damage caused are easily replaced by a warm loving embrace by your mother.
Mothers accept everything from their children, because it was from her own tears of love that she had borne them! ~ Love to all the children of mothers and fathers here who will become mothers and fathers of children.
Oh, there is so much to see all over the world. I used to pour over the National Geographics magazines at the school library. Saved pictures of all the places I wanted to go. Now I am not so hurried to see them all. The US has so many interesting places to see also. So, for now I am traveling in my comfy chair. Just because you don't have the funds to travel or the time you can couch-potatoe-travel, save the cuttings and travel brochures in a binder and when you can travel you will have accumulated a plan to make the most out of your trip. Scrap book ahead of time, that will encourage you to save and focus you on the plan. Can you imagine all the fun you can do planning and so when you do go it will be that much more of a complete adventure and you will be sure not to miss the spots you really want to see? Patience and plan to make the most out of your trip in the future. Take advantage of your youth and the youth hostels, they are cheap accommodation's. Focus on staying in remote villages and the country to get a flavor of the real people and the lifestyle. Attend local fund raisers on trips to support the communities and they have things they will share with you that will last a lifetime of travel and perhaps you will make a new penpal or friend in the process.
Try to practice on a big stuffed teddy bear. Make a shirt or pants with elastic for it. Now make one bigger for a toddler or baby. Then try making your own.
Those patterns you see at the craft and sewing stores have patterns that are inexpensive and easy to try for starters. Keep an eye for a pattern that has very few pieces in its assembly.
If you have a old worn out or out of date dress or skirt that fits you try deconstructing it so you know how it is sewn together. It's important to add to the seam allowance since serger machines cut off some of the seam allowance as it is sewn. You must understand the order of a patterns construction. I've taken brown paper grocery bags and outlined the dress or shirt on to it. Keep in mind the direction of the grain of your fabric. Pin and cut it out increasing those areas where a serger machine may have cut off fabric, about a 1/4 inch all around. If you are clever early on, dresses and tops can be placed on the fold of a fabric to speed things up in cutting it out.
Ha, that's it opposites-girl.
Well, we have one place in town I can try to look for a pattern, otherwise I'm on my own.
queenfairypants..My son is so excited to see us again, and on this special day for him.
Thanks again so much, sometimes too much information can be overloading in my brain.
I don't know why I am so nervous about this, it's only my son's wedding.
I think I am nervous about the brides family.
I'm the only one not white so I stand out more...perhaps I'm getting more shy than of my youth? :)
I've been fixing my serger Riccar for weeks now and it's almost done, I still need to work on the tension for the fabric. I'm sewing on tencel, very pale green that it's almost ivory. But, I don't have a pattern. I've made patterns before but I am the mother of the groom. How can I pick a pattern! I've looked at all the web sites for mother of the bride, but nothing for the groom.
These sites may help you in your replanting.
I may need correction, but a negative attitude about life and responsibility. No purpose, no regard to life or other people, only unto themselves. Or maybe I am describing a jerk? No matter, it seems when trying to have friends that are young men have changed since I was dating back 30 years ago, or lack most of the qualities that females have enjoyed as people from a opposite gender. Some one you can go places, do dancing, singing, and socializing has changed to mean other things. I still have men as friends, or is society and all has moved towards an bedroom rated relationship or no relationship at all? So sad to see society waisting away from friends of both sexes.
I love oaks. Caution: Oak trees do not want fertilizer or water!! Oaks are slow growers and it takes a long time for them to heal themselves. Watering at the wrong season can kill the oaks. They like winter and spring watering but then hold back watering period all summer.They also have feeding roots and tap roots, a shallow root feeding system that use the oak leaf mulch. Oaks MUST have oak leaf mulch from their own kind in order to feed themselves. Place a dense oak leaf mulch loose 1-2 feet on top of the root zone without working it into the soil and from the trunk of the tree to the most outermost circumference of leaves and branches. The dense oak leaf mulch will produce the needed biozone to feed itself. Grass and some non native plants growing under any native oak tree defeats the purpose and will slowly kill the oak. Grass takes away the oak leaf biozone, thus starving the oak tree. Fertilizer, is like crack to plants and trees, once you give it to them they need it all the time and will die if you stop fertilizing them. Organic matter and water cycles are the best for all plants and trees. Find out the type of trees they are and mulch and water accordingly. Find out the natural habitat of trees found in your area from the local University or College. Local natural trees for your area will do better, grow stronger and are accustomed to your climate. So sad :( to hear about your trees, they need your help so badly. Pine trees, I'm not the expert since I am allergic to them but again, contact the local University. Local nursery's are expert at selling, but not maintaining a local native environment or landscape IMHO.
I have to add that Cat, everyone, you all do a great job here.
All the persons that enter here have fabulous projects.
I wanted to say, that I have placed aside time for this site instead of reading my Somerset Studio mag. It's visual eye candy, but I enjoy the interactions with you all better. Besides the creativity level in the mags has changed to become more of a buy our products and make it rather than create from what you may already have in ones home.
That's what I enjoy the most from this site, the energy from everyone sharing ;)
ISSUES + RANTS
It says just what it means to me.
But, I tend to be more visual and styles get in the way sometimes when text is changed.
Keep in mind the visual persons.
If it is in all CAPS it shouts to you visually, so you may find some persons skipping the small typed messages or afterthoughts and details.
I was surprised to see it! I liked it.
I've seen craft persons who turned into spokespersons for products and have done very well.
I remember one fellow in Arizona that goes all over the country displaying and showing some crafty and beautiful things that one can do. Even if the crafty person may be promoting a product as well, it was his craftiness. They have been featuring these persons in the rag I read Somerset Studio out of Newport Beach, CA.
Went out to pick up some dinner last night. A BMW Sporty was parked behind my jeep. I let my daughter into the jeep and noticed the guy driving that car. He couldn't have been older than early 20's driving a car I thought a 30's yr old would, normally. He was checking out my daughter as he walked by. As we drove away, I mentioned to my daughter she was being watched. She isn't aware of her surroundings and was very pleasantly surprised. (Moms gotta look out for daughters!) So to my alarm she started telling me all about the rise of guys that think they are anarchy. I was shocked! I told her she was better than that.
But is it true? Her last bf was VERY much that way.
Now it seems to be the norm that so many man are anarchy.
Is this possible? or am I that clueless?
Many shelf and bookcases come with a laminated finish and your choices are limited. If painted it will peel and crack off.
If it is wood you can do anything to it you want.
Paint with a dark color and dry. Wipe a paint color lighter or contrasting on with a cotton rag for a weathered look. My daughter did this using black paint. Then she used a teal green wipe and it looks terrific. She wanted a Moroccan look to her room.
I'm gonna take a old world map. Decoupage it on the front of the dresser drawers and paint a thin line of spring green on the edges. I have some duo tone (green/blue) craft powder and am going to brush it all over the map and seal it with clear gel. I'll post it when done. I've seen this in a store that looked great for a guest room idea.
25+ years of cooking, you honestly only need a few pans and I've cooked for 25 people for my birthday party using only a few of these what I call essential cookware for the stove top:
1 small skillet, 1 large skillet, 1 omelette pan
1 small, 1 medium, 1 large saucepans
1 dutch oven pan (I use this pan the most)
1 cast iron skillet, 1 cast iron yorkshire pudding pan (cast iron muffin pan)
1 pasta pan with removable inner strainer
I have seen wedding registry lists that include more pans than an army can use. I started with 3 pans and bought 1 pan a year after and added to it. It keeps the budget in check and gave me time to discover all the ways to use the sizes and pans for each type of meal I choose to cook. It allows a range of types, breakfast to dinner parties. All types of ethnic cooking but I don't deep fat fry/cook. It may be yummy, but it will go straight as fat to your butt/thighs/stomach and contributes to unhealthy eating styles, so I don't eat anything fried anymore but bake it now, even french fries and fish 'n chips. However, if you get addicted like I did, you find yourself cooking something different so much that you swear you haven't cooked the same meal in 30 days! My mother never allowed me to cook or bake. It drove me nuts, and it drove me to experiment when I moved out at 17.
Don's Long Day Onion Soup - a friend of Billy's grows onions and gave us a bag. So in honor of him I will give you Billy's favorite soup made of his friends field sweet onions.
4 large sweet onions, peeled, sliced into 1/4 inch rings
5 Tbsp virgin olive oil, heat on medium. Brown onions till very tender, translucent
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 tsp raw sugar, stir into onions very well
32 ounces veggie stock
Stir well, simmer 30 minutes (Time enough to make tapioca pudding for dessert while soup simmers on the stove!)
Ladle into bowls onions first. Add enough liquid but don't drown onions in the bowl. Toast bread with Gouda Kaas on top. Float on soup, sprinkle with Romano cheese. Enjoy!
The question has always been raised as, 'Is it craft or is it art?' Any answer is correct, no wrong answers.
So many immigrants in the states with little money but great in making gifts and sharing hand made items as baby shower presents, wedding presents were made, tokens of friendship and sold at swap meets at drive ins. I wanted purple cord pants or a dress and had to make them. Then stitched mushrooms and flower power on the only denim pants I owned, then made pillows cases, draw string bags to stuff things in to take camping or the beach parties. Clothing like yellow polka dot bikinis, short shorts. Most of the 60 were about Moms just begining to work outside the home, first in their generation of homemakers and still making things for their home, interior decorating, quilts, recovering furniture and collecting a paycheck. 70s it was all about daughters, young ladies now collecting for scrap books, rubber stamping, decoupage, hope chests starting to get filled by hand made or hand me down treasures. Birthday party favors made from paper cups decorated as a theme for ballerinas, clowns, robots, animals and cakes and cupcakes of all shapes, colors, flavors and sizes to fit the theme. Beaded jewelry for hippies moved on school campus, patches made from scraps, embroidery on everything, jean handbags, floppy hats and John Lennon glasses in square, round, hearts and tinted. More women working now, once students, some with children, with or without husbands but with busier lives. Collecting themselves with things to do more still find the time to make things but now yardage/cloth stores display craft items. Paint, plastics, floral, wood, tin and copper, beads, papers, yarns along side the bolts of fabric. Women craved to make things something you copy or make yourself. Showing your talent or nack of making something of use, thoughtfulness perhaps or decorative. Now craft stores and companies capitalizing on the framework of women who wanted to continue to craft. Craft stores held parties to make things, to show how to use plastics, tin and papers in the home, gifts. Celebrations were reasons to gather family and friends to make decorations together. 80s is where the family money was budgeted but now include some for craft/art or enjoyment in making or creating, gifts were getting more elaborate attention. Crafts and art being brought to a higher level from wooden Popsicle sticks to pottery, plastic modeling and glass blowing class from weekends and evening that women attended to enjoy and share time with other women.
I want to wish
you all before I die...
all that you may wish
beyond what you
all that moves your heart
frees you from any weight
seeds your mind, your eyes
for another glorious
All these pics make me feel like a road trip.
I like to jump into the jeep and take back country trails for an afternoon or early morning. Sometimes, I come across a road that just opened up that's been closed for years and only opened up because of a recent fire. Fires seem to open up new roads and the crews make them only wide enough for their equipment. Perfect for my jeep and since they aren't commonly traveled they make lovely drives to innocent places. I tread lightly and try to maintain the conditions as I left them. But occasionally you come across an area torn up and it makes me sad.
I am amazed at all the projects from all over collectively, how-to and creative that springs forth. I love that we all share willingly and have a source for "make it yourself" and we are all muses for each other that continues to grow. Something out-a-nothing at all but the energy is here, and at anytime.
We all contribute in some way to be ones muse and friends here. I have a young friend that I need to make something for. I'm sure to find something here I can conjure up, I always do!
... I had to pick myself off of the floor just now laughing queenfairypants. :D
While living in Washington, 6mo preg, I had a business trip to Canada, Whistler Mt. An avalanche snowed us in and I went cross country skiing every day till the pass was cleared, three long lovely weeks. Stayed in a youth-hostel all that time and never ate the porridge they were serving, the smell gave me morning sickness. But then everything gave me morning sickness till I delivered. Rutty roads - two delivered on Baker Street yesterday- road closed Monday due to deliveries and now paving road.
Oh, I have buttons, I'll take pics later for you.
I have some oriental fabric. A large rolled bolt of some, pics later too.
I would be interested in charms, like for jewelery. I have a project in mind but no charms and one of my local bead shops left town. I love copper, brass and silver tones.
I wish I could work less hours a day. I work 9 hour days M-F and it's getting old, or maybe I'm getting old ;)
But, I was out of work for two years and had more pressure because the bills just kept coming.
I'ld love it if I could be paid the same and only work 4 hours a day. Afternoons off would be so awesome. Billy has afternoons off and he paints then. I would be so happy and busy with the garden and crafts!
Water weight retention is a problem when your preg. I could not wear any jewelry and unless I had on sandals my feet didn't fit into my shoes. I was a mess trying to get together clothing for work and it doesn't stop after having the baby either. If you are breast feeding it packs the pounds everywhere. Your hips get wider after you deliver but not necessarily fat.
I always was irritated when a celeb has had a baby and then parades herself months later all skinny and cute since she has had her own personal trainer to get back to her original figure. They probably didn't get up for all the midnight feedings and had a wet nurse or nanny for the baby.
And!!!! I'm gonna have another grandson in July!! Yippee!! That makes four!
I have a old used dental tool pick. It is a double ended bent and pointed so I use it to pick up small seed beads with. My fingernails are always short so I have trouble picking up seed beads with anything else. When I leave it on my craft table the cat likes to roll it around.
Thanks opposites-girl, feeling like eating cake?
Ever celebrated your 1/2 birthday?
Billy started calling 1/2 birthdays with counting 6 months before/after your REAL birthday.
So, how many have a 1/2 birthday or real birthday coming up? Any August Bdays are having a 1/2 birthday right now....
...time for............. cupcakes!!!