I posted before I saw your post Kathy. I think other threads will work better. I agree about variegated thread. Using them in cross stitch is tricky too. They have to be matched carefully with backgrounds. There is the same problem with working on mid range color backgrounds. The threads have to be dark or light or they just fade away.
Sharon talked with a Goodwill high up here and got some info about stores. We are starting with the largest one, then two mid size one, and ending with the mark down store. I foresee a huge lapse from stash building abstinence.
02-18-2019, 07:36 AM
Happy hunting at the thrifts, D. Our next foray will be March 14 and we're probably going to Duluth. I'm on the hunt for gowns and some other things at Savers and the big GW hub that's there. We might risk our lives and hit some SA stores too. And JA, of course. Gonna be spendy. For once, I'm looking forward to shopping.
02-18-2019, 08:08 AM
I am trying out a new sugar free product called sweet drops. It is made with stevia. Stevia is a plant based sugar substitute that is supposed to be better for you than the chemical based sugar substitute.
They are little bottles with stevia and natural flavors. There is also a "clear" which is just the stevia. You can add them to tea, coffee, water, sparkling water, juice. Probably any beverage. I like all the flavors I have tried so far. Yesterday I put some chocolate drops with some mint tea. It was really good. I was surprised to find that it worked without any milk or milk substitute.
I have also tried a couple of brands that are just the flavor drops with no sweetener of any type. Those are pretty good too. One brand is called Weldon and another is called flavor essence. I have more in the mail from a company called nature's flavors. I like those in tea.
All of them are small sized bottles that would be easy to take in a camper. The sweet drops have a good enough lid that they would probably be okay in a backpack or purse.
02-18-2019, 09:47 AM
The only stevia product I have tried is a stevia sucrolose blend. I wasn’t happy with it. It had a sort of cinnamon undertone. I slogged through it but it did my tea no favors. I’m sure there are more satisfactory ones. I have some flavoring drops but end up never using them in tea or water. Even when I buy flavored tea I usually put off using it. It’s really tiime to admit I just like hot tea straight and strong. I never sweeten iced tea. At present I have some blackberry tea and vanilla tea. I’ll use them eventually but I always think I will enjoy them more than I actually do.
I’ll check in a shopping report later.
02-18-2019, 10:20 AM
I generally don't add anything to my teas (hot or cold), except to plain hot black tea that I usually have first thing in the morning. Then again, I usually have flavored (but not sweetened) tea or herbal teas that I find don't need sweetening. So I don't have sugar at home. I do have honey for the rare times that I want to sweeten my tea, which isn't often and usually is just the echencea tea when I'm sick.
Did finish skein #8 and started skein #9 on the p/g afgan. It's about 55-60% done. Skein #9 is about halfway done so I should have finish that skein off in the next two days or so. By the time I finish with the p/g afgan, I'll be able to go back to the wool-blend afgan I'm making for myself. It should be warm enough by them that not having something covering my legs shouldn't be a problem.
02-18-2019, 03:27 PM
Thanks, Kathy. We use Splenda which has been satisfactory. We don't use it a lot. Diet pop is our worst offense, but we drink less than one can per day, usually. We work to cut sugar in general and not replace it with other sweeteners including honey. I like using Splenda because it can be used in baking and it's measured the same as sugar, so no tricky math.
I'm figuring out my embroidery machine. I think it's going to be extremely useful. I have at least 6 little designs I can use for boys, and lots more for girls. Not sure I like the green elephant and probably won't do that again. The teddy bear will be great because it's gender neutral, or I can change colors easily. Attachment 48397
I also figured out the cones of embroidery thread I got cheap won't fit in the cassette that goes in my machine. But 2 seconds after the frown hit my face over that, I remembered something I saw on Pinterest that should fix the problem. People hot glue a bobbin to an empty thread spool. Then the bobbin is put on the winder, and the spool can be filled from the cone using the bobbin winder. Fortunately, I emptied a couple spools recently so I picked those out of the trash to give this idea a try. I think I will have 4 colors that will need spools modified for them, but I have quite a few spools of thread with little dabs left on them. I've been trying to use those up lately, so I know I will have more empties before long. Good thing Brother bobbins are dirt cheap and I have millions. 🙂 I may be able to figure out a way to make the cones work, but I'm not optimistic.
I got 3 ivory pockets cut out to play around with embroidery, and 8 more cut from some light green satin. Need to do at least 5 more pockets from that. I will make boy styles from all of those. They should go fast with no messing around with lace on the edges.
02-18-2019, 05:51 PM
I am back from stalking Goodwill. I brought home quite a bit of loot. We only went to three. The fourth, the largest one, was over in Bossier City across the river to the east and we were way over on the far west side of Shreveport. We had all had enough by then anyway.
The first two had very little except clothing. It was fairly priced if I were buying it to actually wear but was pricier than I wanted for my needs. At these I bought some children’s clothing, the best deal since I don’t need much of anything. The first store was the only where there was any bona fide craft stuff, and I bought pretty much all of it. There were two 45x60 cotton batts for 1.99, and two zip lock bags with assorted stuff, .99 each. One has five or six packages of bias tape, 8 strofoam eggs, some wide net ribbon, and a handkerchief I will probably toss. The other bag had a pouch I wanted made from neutral satin and brocade type fabrics. There were some Persian wool kit threads, a printed (cross stitch?) scene on very fine count, and other kit and random stuff I will most likely discard. I also got three or four ties at these stores, two spools of ribbon, a basket for the kitchen and set of coasters that I need.
Our third stop was the markdown store. The ones with me were rather freaked out by it but it reminded me of the department store bargain basements of my childhood. Every was piled in bins and you just had to dig through it. I picked up more clothing there and might have added some rejects had I known how cheap it would actually be. In addition to that I picked up an autumn wreath made of wide sparkly net ribbon in dark and medium brown, and a huge ball of extremely wide royal blue net ribbon with metallic lines. All of that was 1.69. I picked up a ring bearer’s pillow with nice satin and lace (.99?) and weirdest purchase of the day, a beaded curtain for .99. The beads are large in brown, goldfish, and off white. I probably would use any with the embroidery, but someday I want to make some wreaths and they will be great for that. If I never get to it, it’s not much lost.
I’ll get some pictures up in coming days of the “stuff” and of the fabrics when I take the clothing apart and get it into flat foldable pieces.
02-18-2019, 05:54 PM
My next embroidery work in progress. I think I will probably just get solid colors from now on. But I will still use some of the verigated colors I have. I am doing this on a brown background so white bits will show up.
Stiching on color can be tricky. For the hearts there were some reds that did not show up well so I did not use them.
This is the size 8 pearl cotton. I am still on the fence between this thickness and something thinner. This is a larger piece. I think about six inches around.
02-18-2019, 08:07 PM
Sounds like a good haul, D. I never thought of neckties but that can be some nice stuff. The big GW in Duluth where we're going next month has a bargain bin room like that. I loved the one at the main SA in Minneapolis. It was packed with huge shallow bins, and overseen by a guy who was kind of scary-looking till I talked to him and found out he was very sweet and funny. No prices on anything, he just made something up when people were done shopping. Stuff was always dirt cheap. I got a new base to replace the broken one on our Kitchen Center for $1. Still have it, in fact. It was even the right color, harvest gold. Fantastic! Dang, but I love a good scrounge!
Now I want to go thrifting. Can't wait to see your pics so I can live vicariously.
I had Husby help me and I pulled the wire out of 3 spools of wired ribbon. I got 6 spools for $3 a couple years ago but it didn't work to make rosettes for the babies, which is why I wanted it. It's the ribbon on this little gown. Attachment 48405
I think it looks nice on boy gowns. It has little tiny roses on it but they're subtle. With Husby holding on to one end, I could easily pull out the 9 feet of wire on each side of the ribbons. I condensed the reels and got rid of 2, so I managed some stash while I was at it. I also found a 50 foot (yd?) reel of blue grosgrain ribbon from GW, which I need. I forgot I had it. I'm glad I found it before I bought something else. I prefer satin but since I have it, I'm happy to use it.
02-18-2019, 09:28 PM
I think the grosgrain ribbon is 100 yds. Whatever, it was a great deal either way.
I found 100 yd. reels of 1/4" satin ribbon on eBay for $5.39 each. Yes, please! I ordered four, yellow, pink, blue, and white. It will last me a long time, especially the non-white colors. I will use the grosgrain for the bigger sizes sometimes, but it's 3/8" so might not work the best for the tiny stuff. I'm amazed to find it at that price in the US. I hope it's nice stuff, since I bought so much of it.
Why is it such a good feeling to be well supplied?
I was making a French knitted ropy hood string for Husby's hoody when he announced he was going to donate it. :sigh:
02-18-2019, 09:38 PM
I didn’t realize you could get the wire out of ribbon. That’s one to file away for the future.
I thought the scrounge was fun too. Treasure hunting instead of shopping. Everything there is sold by weight. I had 3 pounds of clothing that came to about $5. It would have been much less but I got one adult dress that had a top encrusted with bling. That added a good bit of weight.
I will almost certainly go back some day by myself and have a leisurely rummage. Maybe in the late summer or fall. I can’t pretend I need anything - at all - but it’s pretty cheap entertainment too. I’ll have to figure out though how to get there from here. It was the one on the far west side, unknown territory to all of us. We came at it today from a different direction, with considerable suspicion of the computer directed route. I’ll have to look at a map. I can’t quite envision how or where these roads connect to those roads coming from the south. That might be an adventure all it’s own.
02-18-2019, 11:47 PM
I don't know if all wire pulls out of all ribbon. I got the first one out by myself but it was a lot easier with an assistant. I wanted to keep the wire for other uses, so didn't want to cut it. I wrapped that all on an empty spool.
The Google Maps app seems to be fairly good, for Android anyway. We haven't road tested it yet though.
02-19-2019, 12:18 AM
we are going to vegas next weekend for a few days and I want to hit some thrift shops and yarn stores. just have been working on my dd crocheted blanket treble crochet front and back so takes a while and old hands. most thrift stores here charge more then the reg stores for craft stuff so don't look much.
02-19-2019, 12:28 PM
Last night I disassembled is clothes from the second store where, I think, I also got the craft things. I’ll try to get some pictures later.
We are having a wonderful rainy day, alternating plain rain with thunderstorms. The low area by the house is already well on the way to its wetland state. That will make the herons happy. They sometimes drop by a visit. They have to go to the pond for fish but they probably find little frogs there. The rain is supposed to go on until dawn tomorrow, but that can change. Right now it has paused for a bit, but with more coming within the hour.
This is going to be a cooking day again. I have ribs and a thawed pork loin to cook, and I need to do more vegetables. Some to roast, some for stovetop cooking, and a lot to chop for salad. During breaks I’ll keep working on the stuff I got yesterday.
02-19-2019, 02:36 PM
I cooked today too, if you count making Jell-O as cooking.
I worked on baby pockets but didn't get far. I ran into lots of frustration. Maybe tomorrow will be better.
I'm still messing with recipes and finding interesting stuff. Can't wait to try the dill pickle popcorn seasoning.
02-20-2019, 07:45 AM
I was reminded last night while shopping eBay that I have, or used to have, hardware and software for downloading embroidery designs for my machine. I haven't seen it in years and don't know if I still have it, or if it would even work on our newer computers. If I still have it, its most likely location is in the Black Hole, I mean, the guest room. Uh oh.
I will have to check the cabin first. That would be easier to search. Hope I can find it.
02-20-2019, 08:53 AM
I added quilt batt/stuffing to a pillow that I used to keep in the old car (bad seats). I have another pillow to add to. That gets it off the storage shelf at least.
02-20-2019, 09:56 AM
Almost done with skein #9 on the p/g afgan. I think I should be done with it today, especially if I leave work early due to the snow.
We're expected to only get about 2-4 inches of snow but it's the change-over to rain during the evening commute that bothers me.
02-20-2019, 11:22 AM
:sigh: No embroidery stuff in the cabin, but at least I finally got out there to drag in some AG stuff so I can plant lettuce sometime.
I found a set of three embroidery hoops on Amazon for my machine. Those would be very helpful. I could get a set on eBay for half the price but they're not the same brand as the one that came with my machine, and the feedback is a little sketchy in that all three sellers (which I suspect are the same sellers under different names) seem to have a history of not shipping stuff and then not talking to buyers afterward. Amazon might be expensive but at least they're fairly reliable, and the hoops are identical to the one I have. Decision made.
Waiting for the storm to hit. It's supposed to get really windy with 1-4 inches of snow. Not major, but annoying. I'm ready for spring but it will be another six weeks at least.
02-20-2019, 03:44 PM
I didnít get all the cooking done yesterday but enough to make a real mess. I couldnít face it when I finally finished. I have thawed burgers to cook and didnít get to squash/carrot skillet so I absolutely must use the squash today. Iíll do that after while and I can catch up with the dishes while thatís all cooking. I baked a pizza for lunch just to get that big box out of the freezer. I need the space. Not that it was a hardship to have pizza. Itís something I seldom buy and it was a nice treat. Last night I worked on taking more GW clothing apart.
Here is the gigantic sparkly ribbon, the reason I bought the rather tacky wreath, and the stuff out of the mixed craft bags. The fabric from the bag I bought one of them for isnít in the picture. I donít know if the wide pink and blue ribbon will have any use, but I was glad to get the styrofoam eggs. There two packages of them. The thread is three ply Persian wool. I have other bits of it and will have to figure out a project for it some day.
This is some of the fabric, just samples since the garments of course had more fabric in them than this. The piece on the right with the neckline doesnít show it much but itís actuaaly lace. I really like the ties. They are all silk and good quality. I will be able to get large enough pieces out them. They came from the regular priced stores, $2 with one on half off for $1. One of the stores isnít too inconvenient to get to so it might be worth checking itvjust for ties now and then, hoping to find more sale ones. Tonight Iíll finish taking everything apart.
I have no idea if the photos will post right side up. The odds are against it.
02-20-2019, 04:17 PM
I had the day off work today for the weather. Enough snow to shut us down. Other regions probably laugh at how little shuts us down. Actually the main factor is that they are predicting freezing rain on top of the layer of snow. That generally causes accidents. And that can make for really long commutes.
I did a tiny amount on my embroidery. I spent a chunk of time reading and playing games with my husband.
The fill in stitch shows little bits of the cloth below. Perhaps this will be less pronounced with practice. Or maybe it is less noticable on a white background. It is slightly less noticable when I am not looking at it up close.
02-20-2019, 04:26 PM
Ooooo, lots of fun new toys to play with! I love that royal blue on the left, first pic.
I made some zesty Italian dressing from a mix recipe I found lately, and it's good! Winner! No more buying salty dressing and having to give up pantry space to store them. I just love when this happens.
02-20-2019, 04:31 PM
It's snowing here too, Kathy. State offices almost never shut down here, although all the colleges were closed when it was so cold. We're looking forward to Husby not having to go out in bad weather next winter.
02-20-2019, 08:22 PM
SD - when is his last day again (except for the checkout)?
02-20-2019, 10:53 PM
3/13 he goes in for 2-3 hours, then I think it's a full day on May 3, which apparently will be spent staring at the walls of his cube, since he said they're taking his computer and phone.
I've concluded I like the idea of foil packet cooking a lot more in theory than in practice. I made marinated chicken with onion, veggies, and potatoes tonight. It was edible but so boring. I'm debating if I should look for different recipes or just give that idea up. I didn't like messing with it either, and it wasted so much foil. I think I will focus on other camp food ideas for now, and see if I run across anything in a packet that looks better.
A set of 40 embroidery thread cones leapt into my Amazon cart. I was powerless to stop it. Sneaky things. I should be set for colors for a long time with that. Husby was going to send the order but the dastardly thread made him think I wasn't done shopping when it suddenly appeared on his computer. He's debating about some stuff he wants, then he'll send the order. I want that little hoop for my machine ASAP. It should waste a lot less stabilizer and be easier to use with small pieces of fabric. I should have ordered that hoop set years ago.
Still snowing hard here. I wonder how much we will get. Still loving our plow guys.
02-21-2019, 09:18 AM
Yeah, my work closed yesterday, mostly because of the threat of icy conditions forecast around the usual rush hour, which normally is annoying on a good day.
Finished skein #9 and started skein #10 yesterday on the p/g afgan. It's looking like I will need all the skeins I have. I'll probably end up with one extra purple skein because Michaels only allows online orders of 3-skein packs. They break them out when the packs get to the stores but it's kinda annoying when you need only one or two skeins and have to order online.
02-21-2019, 11:51 AM
I decided yesterday I wasn’t going to bother returning the yarn I bought online that just didn’t work. The bright one will make great scarves and the muted mulberry is a nice color.
I’m going to put all the crocheting away for now and get started next on making blocks to embellish. That project has been too long delayed with one thing and another. Today I need to finish messing with the GW haul. I’m working on taking apart the bling top of the one adult dress I got. It is turning out to be a difficult project and taking way longer than I expected. I don’t know if I will even be able to use it, but what can I say? It was irresistible blue and green. After that I have to see how to get the ribbon off the wreath frame and then put it all away. I’ll need to spend some time with my crazy quilt books before I actually start making the blocks.
It’s raining here again. We have missed most of the rain so far. We only ended up getting .3” when the rest of the south was floating away. With the gaps between the waves of rainy days it’s had time to soak into the ground. That’s better, but I do enjoy a good heavy rainstorm.
02-21-2019, 02:03 PM
I’ve decided on my plan. One of my two favorite books is Foolproof Crazy Quilting by Jennifer Clouston. I tried to post a link but it was doing weird things. It has layout patterns for 8 different hexagons and one half hexagon. Then it illustrates embroidery and embellishments for 25 hexagons. Each detail is keyed to instructions and materials and best needle to use. While it would be fun to just fly free on the embellishments, to work through these would be a master class in design and techniques. Since my hexagons will have different fabrics and colors, and my buttons and beads will not be her buttons and beads, there will still be plenty of scope for doing it my way. It seems to me this would be a sound beginning to mastering new skills. So the plan is to make some hexagons and dive in. The hexagons are, if I remember, 8”, which is larger than I would like right now, but it’s probably better to start with something larger.
Cotton would definitely be easier to work with, but I really want to play with my fancy fabrics. I have some preprinted fabric with blocks so I may make a few of those with cotton.
02-21-2019, 06:00 PM
Last of the GW loot. The beads from the bead curtain and the dress bling. If it was as hard to put that dress together as it was to take it apart, I pity the seamstresses.
I still have to disassemble the wreath and put everything away.
02-21-2019, 06:14 PM
Nope. That wasnít all. I really like the textured yellow. The wild purple and orange was my being-nice purchase. The little girl must have shown me 200 things asking ďwhat about this?Ē I rejected all but two because I felt bad about it. This was a tiny pair of shorts. The other was more sedate and I donít remember which it was. There was an alarming amount of pink in her hopeful nominations. Lol.
02-22-2019, 07:22 AM
I enjoy reading about the thrift store finds. I am drawn to the idea of using thrift store finds as fabric. I find myself in the odd situation where there does not work so well for me. As a general rule of thumb, things are more expensive here. It is almost always cheaper to buy stuff online. The only things I usually buy locally are groceries and things I want to try on before I buy them. But generally I can just buy fabric cheap than getting it off thrift store clothes. Yes, even thrift stores here are more expensive.
Well I do get paid more here, so it kind of balances out. And retirement will be better because I can move someplace with a lower cost of living.
My snow day earlier this week reinforces that I have pretty strong homebody leanings. Well I guess that is good in the long run. It is frugal and I can easily continue my favorite things as I age.
02-22-2019, 08:34 AM
Didn't get any work done on the p/g afgan last night. I went to the first of five intro to herbalism classes yesterday evening. I know the teacher and have taken some of her previous one day classes. So I know I'm going to enjoy it. My biggest take away from last night's class was the material medica template she introduced us to. It's something that I can recreate either in Word or Excel and update as I go along. I think I'm going to recreate it in Excel, though, since I'll probably be able to resort things easier that way as needed.
The class was full, ~20 people from all different kinds of backgrounds. Farmers, chefs, gardeners (including from the Master Gardeners Extension), former pharma people. I've been interested in herbalism for years and I do garden, but I also am approaching this class from a living history/re-enactor POV as well as a writer. As a writer, I want to base my stories on some real life basis. Even if it doesn't make it into a story, ~I~ want to know what I'm talking about.
Plus, the community garden where I have my plot has some herbs that I want to learn more about. I also want to learn/stockpile skills now, rather than later. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
02-22-2019, 11:46 AM
I didn’t get the wreath taken apart but I got everything from the GW clothing put away. I forgot about the odds and ends in the craft bags but that won’t take long to deal with. Then I’ll make templates for the hexagon blocks, set up the sewing machine and start choosing fabric.
I stayed up very, very late last night. I was about to go to bed when some impressive thunderstorms rolled through and I stayed up to enjoy them. As a result I haven’t had nearly enough sleep so there will doubtless be a long nap sometime today. It was worth it though.
02-22-2019, 04:24 PM
I have been thinking about thread options. If I decide to go with something that is one strand instead of the six strand floss, that cut my options down.
First off is the super cheap no brand thread I got off Amazon. I think that was about $15 for 50 balls. There were a few duplicates, but for that price I am not complaining. So about 3 for $1. The balls were only 5 grams. Most brands are 10 grams. That would double the relative value to about 66 cents each. But sometimes I might only need 5 grams or less. I got the variegated pack, but they also offer a solid pack for the same price. Only in size 8. (The larger size.) Lots of colors. Only sold in packs.
Next is DMC pearl cotton, size 8 and size 12. Prices range between $2.70 and $2.90. The larger size 8 has about 200 colors. The smaller size 12 only has around 40 colors, with some annoying gaps. For example, there are not any dark greens in size 12.
Anchor has pearl cotton is size 8 and 12. However most places seem not to carry it. And the anchor website page for pearl cotton is kind of glitchy. So I am crossing them off the list.
Presencia pearl cotton tends to be sold in small packs with four or five colors. I have found a site - Red Rocks Thread - that sells the size 12 individually for $2.95. The selection of color is really nice.
Valdani pearl cotton can go for $5.50 on the Valdani website, but Red Rocks thread is selling it for $4.75. This is still significantly more than other brands. It has large color selection in all sizes. I am tempted to get a ball or two just to see if it is awesome enough to justify being almost twice what the other brands are.
Last on the list is Lizbeth crochet cotton. I can get this in size 20 (about the same as size 8 pearl cotton) and size 40 (about the size as 12 pearl cotton). There is a wide range of colors. Handy Hands Tatting has it for $4.25/$4.50 a ball. However it is a 25 gram ball. So 2.5 times what the pearl cotton gives. On the other hand I feel like 10 grams of thread would probably last me a while. It is like the buy in bulk argument. It saves money - but only if you actually use the whole thing.
There are more options if I wanted size 3 or size 5 pearl cotton. I am not even sure what that is used for. It would be pretty thick to embroider with. It might be good for friendship bracelets and some jewelry making.
Even the most expensive thread is pretty affordable, assuming I don't try to pick up a huge amount at one time. I am thinking of a few balls of each, just to see what I like best.
02-22-2019, 05:08 PM
I rather like the orange/purple fabric. It would make a very nice potholder at least. I hope to sew on the yellow flower quilt Sunday. Sewing machine has been acting up. I will try a newer spool of off-white thread since I frequently find the problem is with using older thread. It depends on the fabric/thread combination.
02-22-2019, 07:19 PM
I think I might be getting a handle on a good system for planning travel food and organizing recipes for same. It's been interesting searching for recipes and I found some good stuff. I am going to have to overhaul almost everything about the food for travel, even the dishes. We haven't traveled since Sota died, really. That's over 2 years already. I've been tinkering with food for a long time and this finally feels like progress.
I read about a clothesline mod that attaches to the camper bumper. I've wanted an outside clothesline for a long time, but couldn't find one I liked. Then there it was. It called for 2 flag pole holders, so I went to add those to the shopping list. Then recalled, vaguely, I might have already bought some at a garage sale. I thought that over some more and realized I had 2, brand new, that I paid 50 cents each for. That saved me about $10. But where were they? Who knows? Ugh. Later I went looking for something else and there they were. Perfect. I might have the PVC pipe for the frame and I know I have some clothesline. I might need some small hardware, but the clothesline will be practically free.
I also found the S hooks I was looking for, to add to the lid on my new trash can so it will hang on the handle out of the way.
I found a couple lids that fit my odd size mini mason jars with shaker tops, which I love, but not their lids. The new ones have flip tops and come from spices I buy. I have two more so I will be looking for a couple more of the little bottles. Still looking for some of my T-ware I'm going to need for some changes in the camper, too.
I'm slowly making progress on the latest batch of baby pockets. I just can't generate much enthusiasm for the project right now. I think I've mentally moved on to camping season. We've been invited to 2 rallies, one in Illinois and one in Utah. I would like to attend both, but it depends on too many factors to decide now.
It's going to be an interesting year.
02-22-2019, 09:16 PM
Taking the wreath apart and dealing with the brown and blue glittery net ribbon was, uh, interesting. I flipped the wreath over and was happy - the ribbon was just attached with pipe cleaners. Easy peasy! Wrong. Each of a gazillion of them was twisted, wrapped around the wire of the wreath frame, twisted, wrapped, twisted, wrapped... I think it would have held together a jet airliner. However, eventually done. I took a tube from some wrapping paper and rolled the brown ribbons without much fuss. Then I turned to the blue ribbon. First of all, it was 21” (!!!) wide. To roll it I had to fold it over. It is both stiff and springy, crumpled and twisted from being in tied in a bow and fluffed out, and it stuck to itself when I was trying to fold it, refusing to fold flat. It was a rodeo and I’m sure it would have been hilarious to watch. Eventually I sort of figured it out. Clip the edges together, let it hang over the front of the table where I could pin it by leaning against it to hold some tension on it, roll with one hand while trying to flatten it with with my other forearm. It was definitely a worthy opponent and it almost defeated me. Finally it was done though.
I haven’t gotten to the templates and may or may not tonight. Right now I want to just stretch out, listen to a book, and try not to think about ribbon.
02-23-2019, 12:02 PM
I did get the templates done last night. I am struggling with delayed gratification issues. I really want to use my pretty shiny sparkly fabric, but to be sensible I should start with cotton. There will doubtless be some take it out and try again while Iím doing new embroidery stitches, and cotton would be much more forgiving of that than silk and satin. However most recently itís the fancy stuff Iíve been collecting and organizing. If I take out the cotton and start choosing from that, Iíll probably be happy with that again.
All the rain is supposed to be over by around noon. Thatís good because the first Mardi Gras parade is this afternoon. Thanksgiving in November is ok, but my real Thanksgiving is today, for no longer living on the parade route.