22 August, 2015

Quilted laptop cover

Well, it really has been a week since my last post. 'Been feeling a bit under the weather, which by the way, is rainy here in Alabama. The tree cutters came and removed what remained of that large Bradford Pear tree that was damaged last month in a thunderstorm. No more worries that it will fall again, what a relief. Pictured above is a quilted laptop cover that I made for my computer. It measures 21"X18", and is made of fabric remnants found at a local thrift store (so it also qualifies as Thrifty Thursday, lol!) The main fabric is a vibrant African wild animals print. The binding is green, my fave color. The backing is a solid brown cotton fabric, also from my stash. Top and bottom borders are made of a beige basket weave print cotton. Quilting is cross-hatching style. Not a large project, but very useful and colorful. It will help keep dust from my laptop. Sometimes it's just fun to do a project that can be completed in one day, isn't it? Do you ever make fast projects like this?

~Linking-up with: Quilt Shop Gal: #Creative Goodness~

13 August, 2015

Thrifty Thursday: floral door wreath

Hello, are you all having a wonderful day? Yes, it's Thrifty Thursday again. This time is a pretty floral door wreath that was found at a local thrift store for only $2.50. 'Couldn't decide if it is summer or autumn decoration, but it has been hanging on my back door for a few months. Don't you just love door decorations? Usually the ones at a thrift store are either damaged or really small, so this one was a great find. It is really simple yet cheerful. Which would you call it- summer or autumn? Prim blessings.

08 August, 2015

Owls For All pillow

Well good morning to all. Lately I have not been feeling too well, so not much sewing has been completed. Thank goodness, things are better now. 'Time to get busy, lol! One project that had been on the back burner is this darling little owl pillow. He is made of cotton and corduroy remnant fabrics, and felt eyes, nose and legs. Doesn't he look friendly? He is entered in a Challenge at The Scientific Seamstress, who also designed the pattern. You can go read about the Challenge here: The Scientific Seamstress' August Challenge. The item must be made of 2 yards or less of fabric. Perfect for all of those "orphan" fabric remnants. Do you think my granddaughter would like an owl pillow sewn with pink fabrics? Prim blessings.

04 August, 2015

Internet history

Hello friends. 'Was just thinking about another blogging tip. Do you realize that everywhere you visit on the internet is recorded on your computer/device's memory? This history can grow really large and thus slow your computer and other devices down considerably. From time to time, you should delete all of your browsing history. On Windows, look under Tools or History. Click Delete History. When the box pops up, be sure to not check the boxes for Active Logins and Saved Passwords or your saved logins and passwords will be deleted. Make sure that the boxes for Cookies and Cache are checked. Then click Delete. Another box will appear, asking you if you are sure (the action, once done, cannot be undone). Click, and in a few seconds the history will be deleted. The length of time this will take will vary, depending upon your internet connection and speed. If you use more than one browser (like IE, Firefox, etc...) do this with every browser you use.

One other thing is this: if you use a smartphone or other device that accesses the internet, you need a security system on that just like you have one on your computer. Simply put, any device that accesses the internet is subject to hacking, spam, etc... 'Something to think about. Image: Petr Kratochvil | Public Domain Pictures.net. Prim blessings.

28 July, 2015

More Dress A Girl dresses

Good morning friends. Yes, it has been over a week since my last post. Some issues have been going on here. First, I want to share with you all about another effort to send dresses to Dress A Girl Around The World. Donna at: Brynwood Needleworks has a goal to send 100 dresses in August. She has 81 dresses thus far. Mother and I sent 5, and one of ours is pictured above. That fabric with the little scottie dog is just too cute, isn't it? 'Added some red rick-rack to decorate the pocket, along with their label. (Mother nor I are employed by the organization, nor do we receive any financial benefit from participating). This is such a great way to help the needy, and helps us to feel like we make a small difference in some girls' lives.

A few days ago I went out to our carport to make a quick trip to the store, to find that my truck door was open and the inside of my truck was ransacked! How in the world could this have happened, with our carport well-lighted at night and all car doors locked/windows rolled up? It really makes us feel violated and afraid. Thank goodness no real damage was done and nothing valuable stolen. They did not get into mother's car, just mine. We filed a police report, but do not expect the criminal to be caught as this happens all too often in our city. You all please be sure to keep your vehicles locked (even in day time) and well-lighted at night. Prim blessings.

20 July, 2015

Christmas In July Pin Keep Swap

Lookit what arrived in the mail today! This snowman is the darling pin keep that I received in Ravenwood Whimzies' Christmas In July Pin Keep Swap. He is mounted on a wooden spool. Also included are two vintage items: a red ticking napkin and red crocheted little cap, another pin keep in a vintage metal muffin cup (with buttons inside), and the adorable little mouse in a green homespun dress. My Swap partner was Heather from: The Country Schoolmarm Blog. All of these goodies are just too cute. 'Love, love them all. Thank you so much Heather. Be sure to visit and follow Heather's blog. To see the pin keep that I made for her, visit her blog and follow the link below my signature.

16 July, 2015

Tornadoes... in July?

Have you all had bad weather lately? Well, the photo above tells what happened here. Around 6 PM CST on the 14th, the sky turned dark and suddenly the wind got really strong. Next came the down pouring rain and then we heard a loud cracking noise. After it was all over, we discovered this huge downed limb from our cherished Bradford Pear tree. The wind took-out nearly the whole backside of this tree, barely missing our utility shed. The whole storm lasted only a few minutes. Other people in this county suffered much worse damage, but thank God no one was injured or lost their life. The local weather station had released a severe weather alert, but did not detect the two tornadoes until after the fact. We suspect that one of those tornadoes dipped down and caused this [sudden] damage to our tree. Mother's television cable line was snapped by the tip of this limb, so until a tree service can get over here, the cable company cannot install a new line. Somehow, the utilities line that was side by side with the television cable line did not snap. We are so thankful that this downed line did not start a fire. Here in Alabama we usually do not get tornadoes in July, as they typically occur in the Spring. Hoping that you all are safe and are staying cool in this Summer heat. Prim Summer blessings.

10 July, 2015

UFO Challenge: The Scientific Seamstress

Good afternoon friends. Pictured above is a darling dress from a pattern called Gabriella Fae by The Scientific Seamstress. This one is the sleeveless, ruched bodice, knee-length version, and is my entry in the: July UFO Challenge. That fabric is now discontinued by Hobby Lobby, and was in my stash for a while. 'Had also been wanting the Gabriella Fae pattern for a while. So, now the two have met! Of course this dress is for my darling granddaughter for next summer, so made it a size larger than she is wearing currently. Shhh, don't tell her, lol! This dress will be part of her birthday 2016 gifts. The fastener is a back 14" zipper. Y'all be sure to check out this challenge before the end of July. The winner will receive a Scientific Seamstress pattern of their choice. To see the matching hair bow and this pattern's difficulty rating, follow the link below my signature.