Ultra Stick Project – #2

The last time you saw the Mousecedes Benz, it looked like this:

Ultra Stick - Fuselage View 9-22-17

Looking at this frame it looks a bit fragile. I asked Jay how in the world the wings would stay on without being torn off?

Ultra Stick - Wing Mounts 9-22-17

It seems that he’s making the wing mount places extra-beefy. Now, I know that Jay flies everything like it’s a 3D airplane (even if it was designed to be a smooth flyer *cough – Rascal – cough*), so there is going to be a LOT of pulling on these spots.

Ultra Stick - Fuselage Sheeting 9-22-17

In the meantime, we need to sheet the belly. Man, if I’ve said that once I’ve said that…. once.

Ultra Stick - Glued Fuselage 9-22-17

Hmmm… I think that it has a bit of an under bite.

Ultra Stick - Fuselage Tail 9-22-17

This is what I enjoy about having Jay take his own pictures. I never have any clue what it is that he’s trying to show. Most of the time I’m pretty good at figuring it out. Other times, though, I look at a picture like the one above and I first have to figure out what I’m looking at. Obviously, it’s the airframe. Good. Now… I think that it’s laying on it’s belly because I believe the indentation towards the front is where the wings are going to sit. Okay! I’ve got this one. But why do I want to look at the tail? As most tails go, this one is pretty nice looking. It has a nice taper going, which should allow the air to slick its way past it. But is there something in particular? Hmmm.. maybe not. “Is that a tail or are you just happy to see me?”


Ultra Stick - Wing Ribs 9-23-17

Now that the fuselage has been mostly assembled we can start on the wings. If you are a seasoned airplane builder then you might wonder why there are rectangular blocks on the trailing edge.  Can you guess?

Ultra Stick - Wing Skeleton 9-23-17

It was explained to me that they are only temporary. Jay added it into his design so that he could build the wings on the bench, and the little blocks would hold the ribs exactly where they need to be for gluing. At least, I believe that’s what he told me.

Ultra Stick - Wing Hinge Thing 9-23-17

He was particularly proud of this design feature, too. He explained it to me twice… and still I managed to forget. I know that it has something to do with hinges and he made a jig to go on the end to perfectly place the hinge… or something like that.

Ultra Stick - Wing Thing Jig 9-23-17


Ultra Stick - Wing Sticks 9-23-17

We now have more pieces of balsa added to the ribs. Oh look! You can see the little hinge spots sticking out. Perhaps I was listening after all!

Ultra Stick - Wing Framing 9-23-17

And more balsa strips added…

Ultra Stick - Horizontal Stab 9-24-17

I believe that what we have here is a horizontal stab skeleton. But when I squint my eyes I see a wooden version of a utility knife blade. That would be one blade that would not survive the abuse I manage to put those things through!

Ultra Stick - Rough Framing 9-27-17

Finally we arrive at the tail end of this post. HAHAHAHA!! I crack myself up!

As you can see the Ultra Stick is growing. Hopefully it doesn’t get much bigger. Otherwise we might have to expand the basement area as Jay has suggested in the past. Do you think the City would have an issue if our basement consumed almost all of our lot? It would be a lot of construction. And who do you contact to get the Doozers from Fraggle Rock to do the work? Since it would all be done underground I think that they would be the best ones for the job.


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Project Linus Blanket #6

After installing my sewing shelves I realized that I have a LOT of yarn.

Sewing Room - Yarn

When I was looking for yarn to make my next blanket Chester and I studied the many skeins in my shelves. It was a bit rough because just when I thought I had my color scheme I realized that one of them was in really bad shape. So I had to rethink what I was going to use. Luckily I had no shortage of choices.

Here is the result:

Project Linus - Footprints


As I was crocheting this I couldn’t decide what it should be called. Yet, every time I was working on the variegated portions the only thing that came to mind was the poem Footprints. The tan reminded me of the sand and the blue was the water. Therefore, the blanket named itself.

Project Linus - Footprints Detail

I hope that the child who receives this blanket feels protected and comforted, just as the author of the poem does at the end.

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Ultra Stick Project – #1

Hobby Zone Ultra Stick

This is an Ultra Stick RC Airplane. You can find this on Hobby Zone’s website for $175. The wingspan is around 50″ and overall length is just under that number. Please keep this in mind as you continue to read this post.

Now, apparently Jay has nothing left to build…

Panther Jet 10-5-15

(Still not finished)

Whizard Laser Cut Parts 2-13-16

(Still not finished)

And I know there’s at least one more airframe that has begun to be assembled. So, as you can see, Jay was completely bored and needed a new project to keep him busy. He must have been looking around online and window shopping because he happened across the Ultra Stick and remembered how much he had loved the one he had. Until he accidentally backed over it in the garage. Oops! Instead of paying for a kit or an ARF Jay has decided that he’s going to draw up his own design.

Ultra Stick - CAD Drawing 2 9-22-17

In the software he’s able draw it in various stages of assembly so that he can see exactly how everything will fit together.

Ultra Stick - Wing CAD Drawing 9-22-17

He can draw the individual pieces and make sure that it’s going to work out as he wants.

Ultra Stick - CAD Drawing 9-22-17

Then he lays out the parts in whatever size of material he is going to use so that he can then use the laser to cut out the pieces.

Ultra Stick Pieces - 9-22-17

And this is what you end up with once the laser comes to a stop: Ultra Sticks.

Ultra Stick Pieces 2 - 9-22-17

Lots of pieces. Lots.

Ultra Stick - Fuselage Fit 9-22-17

As Jay started to dry-fit the pieces he was happy to find that they were fitting perfectly.

Ultra Stick - Fuselage Perfect Fit 9-22-17

Look at how beautiful that angle fits!

Ultra Stick - Beginning Fuselage 9-22-17

As each piece was added Jay became more and more pleased with how it all was fitting together. Then I asked how big this plane was going to be when it is finished.

Ultra Stick - Fuselage Length 9-22-17

That ruler is 48″ long and is sitting at the end of the fuselage’s tail. This doesn’t include the prop or the tail actually being on the airplane. No, this is not going to be a little plane.

Ultra Stick - Fuselage Assembly 9-22-17

It continues to grow… the fuselage is coming together.

Ultra Stick - Mouse Hole 9-22-17

Jay is already thinking ahead because he has installed a door for the little mice that will be flying and riding in the airplane.

Ultra Stick - Fuselage Windows 9-22-17

He even put windows in for them! I can’t wait to see their little whiskers twitching with anticipation of their flight!

Ultra Stick - Fuselage View 9-22-17

Look at how much room they will have for their flight. They will think that it’s a Mouse-cedes Benz!

Stay tuned for the next installment…

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NSM – 2017 Quilt Show

I have some good news and bad news. The good news is that I went to the quilt show and took pictures. The bad news is that my camera battery died when I was barely a quarter of the way through the show. I only managed to get 50 pictures. Although, if you’re not a fan of sewing you might think that this is all good news because there could have been MORE pictures. I was going to split this into two different posts, but I know that my mom will be anxious to see the pictures. So, as a warning, be prepared because this one is going to be LONG!


My mom is a quilter (those are her quilts pictured above), but she couldn’t attend the show with me this year. It was weird because even though I can appreciate the quilts and what it takes to make them, I have no idea what half of the patterns or techniques are that are displayed. The pictures that follow are quilts that caught my eye for one reason or another, and again I forgot to charge my camera battery so I didn’t get a LOT of the show recorded. Are you ready to go?

17 Quilt Show - 1

Quilt #1 – Rose Pinwheels

I have no idea if this pattern is pinwheels or monkey wrenches, or whatever else you might want to call it. They look like pinwheels to me, so that’s what I’m calling it. If you know me well enough then you instantly realized why this one caught my attention.


Also, that border is very busy, but mostly the roses.

17 Quilt Show - 1 Detail

It was like the Biltmore Rose garden in fabric!

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Quilt #2 – Contemporary Victorian

Yes, and more roses! This quilt at first reminds me of a delicate china saucer, but yet it has a very modern, geometric edge to it. It’s very soft and pastel-like. I feel like I should be sipping tea and eating biscuits while contemplating this piece.

17 Quilt Show - 2 Detail

I really liked the soft edges of the feather design, which follows the scallop border, meeting up with the crisp edges of the hash quilting. I’m not much of a pink person, but I liked this one.

17 Quilt Show - 3

Quilt #3 – Land of the Free

There were quite a few patriotic quilts there, which I enjoy. Perhaps it’s because my birthday is on Flag Day, but I love the celebration of who we are done in fabric. Many quilters use their hobby to donate these quilts to charities such as Quilts of Valor. What better way to show comfort and care to a member of our military, whether active or a veteran, than with a warm quilt that they can wrap themselves in?

17 Quilt Show - 3 Detail

There were quite a few quilts this year that used a panel as the middle of the quilt, like this one. The only thing that I didn’t like about this quilt was I felt the actual quilting took away from the design. I’m not sure how you would quilt it, but the white lines running through the eagle’s wings is distracting.

One other thing about this quilt was the backing had been made using pictures of the quilter’s family members who had served. I didn’t take a picture as I didn’t want to post their pictures all over, but I thought it was a nice touch.

As I finished looking at this quilt I turned and was met with this sight:

17 Quilt Show - 4

Quilt #4 – Blinded by the Poppies

This picture is washed out due to the sun streaming in behind the quilt, but believe me when I say that this quilt was BRIGHT! All of those vibrant oranges and yellows really screamed. It looked like something my mom would like. Not to make, but those reds and yellows are the colors she likes to wear. Maybe for Christmas I can find some of that poppy material and make her a pair of pants…

17 Quilt Show - 4 Detail

And sitting next to this LOUD quilt was one that made me do a double take…

17 Quilt Show - 5

Quilt #5 – Quilting Love

At first (quick) glance it looks like any other quilt. Until you notice that the middle of the squares have sayings instead of a pattern. Of course, I had to stand there and read them all. Here are a few of my favorites:

17 Quilt Show - 5 Super Market

17 Quilt Show - 5 Material Girl

17 Quilt Show - 5 Fat Quarter

Hopefully you had at least one chuckle. There were a few other quilts at the show that used this same idea of squares with sayings, but this one was my favorite.

17 Quilt Show - 6

Quilt #6 – Blue Lagoon

Blue was a very popular color this year. For me that was great because blue is my favorite color. This quilt is another one of those kaleidoscope quilts where you take the same piece of fabric and cut it up differently to make your various squares.

17 Quilt Show - 6 Detail

I don’t feel that I’m very artistic, so I always marvel at just how different these squares can look despite they are all using the same fabric!

17 Quilt Show - 7

Quilt #7 – Flowery Stars

Here’s another kaleidoscope quilt. I told you that they fascinate me. I could stand and stare at them for hours.

17 Quilt Show - 7 Detail

I really liked the colors in this one, too.

17 Quilt Show - 8

Quilt #8 – No Boundaries

When I first looked at this I thought, “Okay, a traditional quilt.” Then I stopped because there was actually something different about it. There’s no border! There’s no decorative edge. It doesn’t even make another design when you stand back and look at it. All at once it looks both vintage and contemporary. Not my taste, but very neat.

17 Quilt Show - 9

Quilt #9 – Rose Stunner

Again, I’m not a red person, but I am a rose person. And I thought this was gorgeous. When I read the tag it said that it was actually a kit, but it had been a challenge for the woman who had quilted it.

17 Quilt Show - 9 Detail

Looking close you can see that the shading was dyed into the fabric, so it wasn’t pieced to get the shading. Either way, it’s a beautiful piece.

17 Quilt Show - 10

Quilt #10 – Contemporary Tumbling Blocks

At least, I think this is a tumbling block pattern. It’s pretty and the quilter did a good job, but I almost walked past it before I noticed what else she had done…

17 Quilt Show - 10 Detail

She had sewn crystals in all of the blocks! Sparkle makes almost everything better.

17 Quilt Show - 11

Quilted Wall Hangings

I took a picture of this display because it brought to mind elementary art class. Do you remember those black pieces of paper that the art teacher would hand out with an etching utensil? As you etched on the paper the color below would show through and they were often very bright colors and patterns. That’s what these wall hangings brought to mind.

17 Quilt Show - 12

Quilt #11 – In the Pale

Here’s yet another traditional quilt with a contemporary twist. If you watch home improvement shows you know that they paint a lot of rooms gray. Or white. Or both. Right now it’s very popular to have either white or gray subway tile in your house. Not in mine, but in some. Well, I can see that if you’re related to a person who HAS to have that kind of look they might actually like this quilt. It’s traditional without looking like you just took it off of grandma’s bed.

17 Quilt Show - 12 Detail

At the very least this quilt should be appreciated for all of the detailed quilting that was done to it. It probably took five times longer to do the quilting than it did to sew the top together!

17 Quilt Show - 13

Quilt #12 – Get Your Motor Running

This is a good example of how not every quilt has to be feminine, flowery or boring. In fact, one of the things that made me chuckle about this quilt was the design used for the quilting:

17 Quilt Show - 13 Detail

Can you see it? Do you recognize it? They are motorcycles!

17 Quilt Show - 14

Quilt #13 – What?

To be completely honest I’m not sure why I took a picture of this one. Since it was on my camera, though, you’re going to look at it, too. LOOK AT IT! APPRECIATE IT.

Let’s move on…

17 Quilt Show - 15

Quilt #14 – Droof

Again, the light is washing out the picture, but it’s PURPLE. Lots of purple. That’s why I’m calling this one, “Droof.” She would love this quilt!

17 Quilt Show - 16

Quilt #15 – Scrappy Cartwheels

My mom loves making scrap quilts. I imagine that the woman who made this one does, too. Or else she inherited a giant box of scraps and couldn’t bring herself to throw it out. I’m not sure what the pattern is called, but it reminds me of somebody doing cartwheels. I can’t do cartwheels or quilt, so this one definitely wasn’t made for me.

17 Quilt Show - 17

Quilt #16 – Negative Double Wedding Ring

When I use the word ‘negative’ I mean like a photograph negative where the dark is light and the light is dark. Usually you see a double wedding ring quilt with the light insides and darker rings, but this one just had to be different. I’m not really a fan, either.

17 Quilt Show - 18

Quilt #17 – Grandpa

The colors should be better on all of the pictures from this point forward because I’ve finally made it out of the entrance hall and into the actual room. This quilt reminds me of my grandpa. He always wore old jeans so they were usually a very faded blue, and then he wore some kind of printed or plaid button-up shirt.

17 Quilt Show - 19

Quilt #18 – Sand Dunes

I told you that there was a lot of blue at the show this year. I’ve recently discovered that I really like this color pallet: tans/beige and blues. This reminds me of being on a beach as the tide is receding. If you think I’m crazy because it doesn’t look anything like that please keep in mind that the last time I was on an ocean beach was 1995. So this is the fuzzy version of my beach. hehehe

17 Quilt Show - 19 Detail

When inspecting this quilt I noticed that the same technique was used that my mom has used on a few of her quilts. Again, another scrap quilt.

17 Quilt Show - 20

Quilt #19 – Florida Style

Flamingos always remind me of Florida. I’m not a fan, but this one caught my eye because it had sparklies on it. It was made by a member of a crazy quilt club and they are more of fiber artists who like to do the fiddly things. Like cutting fabric appliques in such a way that it actually gives the flamingo the look of having feathers…

17 Quilt Show - 20 Detail


17 Quilt Show - 21

Quilt #20 – Embroidered Denim

My mom has made one of these. Actually, if you wanted a quilt to have on hand for picnics or tossing on the ground just to look up at the stars this would be perfect. After all, denim is tough and it washes up pretty good.

17 Quilt Show - 22

Quilt #21 – Flannel Fuzzy

This was another thing that I saw at the show: flannel. It was all over. The one thing about flannel, though, is that it works beautifully for the chenille technique.

17 Quilt Show - 22 Detail


17 Quilt Show - 23

Quilt #22 – Strutting Around

This quilt was cute. Little chickens and material that looked like burlap.

17 Quilt Show - 23 Detail 2

Then I looked at the border…

17 Quilt Show - 23 Detail


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Quilt #23 – Wide Awake

I decided that I wouldn’t be able to sleep under this quilt. The fabric is just way too busy for my tastes. Then when you look up close there’s a LOT of quilting. Sometimes less is more. Just sayin’…

17 Quilt Show - 25

Quilt #24 – Grandma’s Apron

These are definitely vintage pieces of fabric. In fact, I think that my grandma had a few aprons made out of these patterns.

17 Quilt Show - 25 Detail


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Quilt #25 – ?

Another one that I’m not sure why I took the picture. Especially considering the fact that my battery is starting to fade. It’s okay, I guess. Maybe Babe will get more out of this picture than I did.

17 Quilt Show - 27

Quilt #26 – Stars Get In My Eyes

When I spotted this and saw the fabric I thought, “Is that what I think it is?”

17 Quilt Show - 27 Detail

And it was! Squares made of celestial fabric! How beautiful!

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Quilt #27 – Iced Candy

Here is a good example of how you can use a fabric that has a busy pattern and soften it a bit. Isn’t this pretty?

17 Quilt Show - 29

Quilt #28 – Swedish Stained Glass

For some reason my mom really likes yellow quilts. When I saw this I thought she should see it, too. As I looked at it from across the way I thought how much it looked like stained glass in the colors of the Swedish flag. It looked a bit different in person, but it was pretty.

17 Quilt Show - 29 Detail

It delighted me to discover that the fabric actually looked like stained glass up close. No wonder I thought it looked like that from afar. I’m not a yellow person, but I would put this quilt on my bed.

And then my camera battery died. So I walked around the vendors’ booths to see if I could find anything for my mom. Is it bad that I found something… for her to make me?

It’s called ‘Because of the Cross’

Because of the Cross Pattern

This pattern was designed by a person who is actually local. To be fair, if I had only seen it like the picture on the pattern I wouldn’t have taken a second look at it. When I saw this hanging, though, I couldn’t look away:

Because of the Cross

The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was stunning in person. This colorway just made it look like the cross was radiating light. I know that I can be hard to buy for at Christmas so I thought I would help my mom out in that respect. She has a great eye for color so I know that she can make one for me just as gorgeous as this example.

So, that’s it. You’ve made it through the zillion pictures. Congratulations!

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A Barn (Addition) Raising

This summer my sister came up for a week in July. While she was here she helped my dad start the addition that he wanted to build onto his barn.

The Barn 11-4-05

This was in 2005 after the barn was completed. Or so I thought. A few years ago my dad decided that he needed more room for calves and to be able to separate them if needed, so he put an addition off to the right side of the barn.

In the meantime, life has gone on and space is getting tight. He is planning on retiring in 15 months so he wants to get as many expenses taken care of right now while he has the money. Also, he would like to do some woodworking once he has retired, but his work shop is a bit crowded. And that’s putting it mildly. To help solve this problem, and the other problem that he has to duck way down to get one of his tractors out of my old spot in the garage, he decided to add onto the barn so that he has somewhere to store this:

Road Warrior

When I lived at home this was a three car, two tractor garage. My dad has managed to condense it down to two cars (which park on the cemented area of the garage), one tractor, one 4-wheeler, two riding lawn mowers, an old furnace, and the snow blower. There’s lots of other miscellany in there, too, but I won’t bore you any more.

So my sister helped my dad set the poles and get the trusses put up. Then Jay and I showed up to help put the boards up on the side.

Barn 1

Don’t ask me what the dimensions are for I have no idea.

Barn 3

When I am the ‘Contractor Helper’, as my dad calls me (aka Slave Labor), I just do as I’m told. I fetch tools, remember where he last laid them down, and attempt to foresee anything that might try my dad’s patience. The last one is usually the hardest.

Barn 2

When I was growing up I usually had to be my dad’s helper because somebody had to stay inside and watch Chrissy. That was usually my mom because then she would also do her household chores at the same time. Whereas if my sister or I had been in charge of watching Chrissy we would have mostly watched TV. Besides, how else could we build character? I mean, being out in the country air and working with your hands helps you to attain high levels of beauty like this:

Fun With Father

Me on the left, Droof on the right.

We never entered beauty pageants because it wouldn’t have been fair to the other contestants. Man, it’s hard to be humble sometimes…

Getting back to the barn, Jay’s boss must have decided that I needed to build character, too, because Jay was suddenly scheduled for Saturdays. Thus it was just me making the trek up to the old homestead. With my mom’s help (since we no longer have to worry about watching Chrissy), we managed to get the stringers up on the roof in preparation for the metal roofing.

Barn 7

Looks good!

When the metal roofing was delivered I told my dad that I would help. He was sure that with the help of his brother they would be able to get it done without my help. Okay, but I was around if needed.

They got this far:

Barn 5

It’s not the best picture, but there are only two sheets of metal up so far. It took them two hours to get that much done. I was looking at fabric online when I got the call asking if I was busy. Nope. So I headed up there to help.

Barn 6

Apparently my dad didn’t want any skylights in the barn. Who knew?!

So, five and a half hours later this is what we had:

Barn 8

My dad is thinking that it looks great. Especially now that he was back down on the ground. He doesn’t really care for heights. He stayed up on the roof and did all of the work up there while my uncle and I would hand a sheet of metal up to him. Then my dad and I would wrestle the sheet into place while my uncle worked from below to lift the metal sheets on the main part of the barn to slide the new sheet under. It was a bit of a process, but we got it done.

Cows 9-10-17

The cows were not impressed. Pictured above are: Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Porterhouse, Ribeye, and T-Bone (a nod to Seinfeld with that one). That’s right, keep eating! We need to get you nice and fat before the winter.

Now that the roof’s done, the next step is to put the planks up on the sides.

Barn 9

My help shouldn’t be needed, but if it is I’m just a phone call away.

Once this is enclosed and the doors are on, my dad can begin to put his equipment from the garage into the barn addition. Then he can do what finishing work needs to be done in order for him to move a good portion of his wood shop into that space. It will allow him to spread out and actually be able to work on a project. Both of my parents are looking forward to the day when my dad can spend oodles of time in his work shop. Although, I think it’s for completely different reasons… hehehe

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NSM – Sewing Room Organization

I almost forgot all about National Sewing Month (NSM) as I’ve been trying to grasp and claw at every last little bit of summer before it goes away. Unfortunately, Fall is arriving despite my best efforts so I need to start turning my mind to inside activities. One of these is sewing. Except… I’ve been avoiding my sewing room. Why? Because this is what I would see when walking upstairs:

Sewing Room - Before

I’ve been working around the mess, but just knowing that it looked like that irritated me. To the point where I didn’t want to spend any time up there. Not to mention the fact that as soon as the weather warms up my sewing room turns into a sauna. It’s not fun.

Do you want to take a closer look at my pile of mess?

Sewing Room - Mess

Just looking at this picture makes me shudder. How did it end up like this?

Sewing Room Futon

We had a futon upstairs that just took up a lot of valuable space. This past spring we finally decided to put it out when we had our community junk pick-up. We tried giving it away, but nobody wanted it. So once it was gone I had the empty space. And you know how quickly empty space can attract a mess. To help this I asked Jay to build me shelves for my birthday.

Sewing Room Cubbies Stained 6-17-17

To be completely fair to Jay, he had these made and assembled by the end of May. It was the Finishing Department (me) who got behind. I finally finished them a few weeks ago. Once Jay bought the backing for them we were able to finally get them installed.

Sewing Room - Installing Shelves

There are three sections so Jay screwed them together once they were upstairs. This helps to make them sturdier. If we ever want to move them we just have to undo the screws and separate them. Don’t they look good?

Sewing Room - Shelves Installed

Now, that might look like I have TONS of space. Do yourself a favor and scroll up once again to see the pile of stuff that I had sitting in that area. I’ll wait…

Now that you’re back, here’s how it all got organized:

Sewing Room - Shelves Filled

It still looks slightly messy, but compared to how it was before this is TONS better.

Sewing Room - Yarn

I knew that I had a lot of yarn, but being able to see it altogether made me realize just how much I’ve managed to accumulate. It’s nothing fancy, just clearanced (or on sale) acrylic yarn, but I’ve gone a bit crazy. My goal (hahahaha) is to NOT buy anymore yarn until I have room to fit it into the current yarn area of the shelving. We’ll see how well that works!

Sewing Room - Misc

The next two sections contains a lot of miscellaneous stuff. I have some beading materials in the little totes, a box of coned thread and bias tape, plus the foam pieces that I lay out when I want to block a crocheted article (and the basin that I use for washing my crocheted articles and cross stitched pieces).

Sewing Room - Material

The last section of the shelving unit contains the diaper making fabric, scrap pieces of cotton batting that I procured from my mom, and flannel sheets to be used for random projects. We had enough room at the end of the shelving unit to place the bookshelf where I keep the pillow cases and miscellaneous fabric that I’ve managed to collect. This is kept separately from the fabric that I buy for my dresses.

There were a few things that didn’t quite fit, so I had to find other places for them (the tote in the right of the picture is an example). I still have some organizing to do in the other closet in the room where I stuffed some other things, but for the most part I have everything in its place. And it makes me so happy! It’s amazing how motivated you can be to go play in the sewing room when you don’t dread seeing the mess.

Sewing Room - After

Happiness is an organized sewing room and a cat (or two) for company.

Happy Sewing!

Chester Helping with Sewing Machine - 6-25-16

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Smaller Woodworking Projects

Previously I have posted the gifts that I sewed for Jay’s cousin’s baby. I had an idea for Jay to be able to make something for the baby, too. His cousin’s husband is a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan, so this was done to include him as well.

Diapering Box

Doesn’t that look great? Jay had to import a picture of the logo and then trace every line.

Diaper Box Bottom

To tie the box in with the rest of the gifts I decided to line it with some of the flannel that I used for the burp clothes and bibs. Since I was going to cover it I didn’t bother staining or finishing the bottom or sides of the box.

Lined Diaper Box

I didn’t do the best job with the lining, but it works.

Lined Diaper Box Bottom

And it has hockey-themed lining!

Filled Diaper Box

The finished product! My thought was to have a box with all of the diapering supplies in one place. This way if you need to change a diaper you just have to pick up the box and take it to whichever room you’re going to change the diaper. After all, how many people actually use the changing table more than a few times??

There was one other project that I asked Jay to use his woodworking skills to solve.

Crochet Bag Before

This is my crochet bag, which I absolutely love. It has zippered compartments with holes on the top so that I can fill them with different yarn colors and use them as I need. The problem is that it didn’t have any structure to it so it was difficult to pull the yarn out when the top was collapsing on it. So, I did some measuring and put in my request with the operations department.

Crochet Bag Plywood

Here are the pieces all sanded and ready to go. Can you guess what they are for?

Crochet Bag With Support

Isn’t that great? I have already filled them with yarn and am working on my sixth blanket for Project Linus. It is a lot easier to pull my yarn, now, plus if I need to do something different with the bag I can just remove the plywood pieces. Okay, so it didn’t require a lot of woodworking skill, but it has made me so happy!

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