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Sometimes You Have to Think Outside the Box

Posted by supermom on December 2, 2011

Or perhaps inside the box, with a new vision?

I having been worried about how we were going to wrap the Art Deco sewing machine cabinet that my Singer 15-91 lives in to get it ready for our move.  Dave put so much work into refinishing that cabinet that I just dreaded the thought that it might get scratched or damaged in the move.

We picked up several large triple layer heavy duty paper moving sheets from a generous person on craigslist but even those are no guarantee that something won’t get scratched.

Then Dave remembered the box that our elliptical came in.  We move so often that we save all the boxes when we buy something but we sold the elliptical in our moving sale.  After measuring the box and doing a trial fit… we determined that the Art Deco cabinet would fit.   My quilts that are hand-basted and awaiting quilting were used to fill in spaces and add extra cushioning around the cabinet.

She’ll be safe now during the move into storage and then to a new place once that place is determined.

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Teapot Planters Revisited

Posted by supermom on September 8, 2011

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Christmas on a Budget Series – Two No-Sew Christmas Ideas

Posted by supermom on July 25, 2011

 

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Homemade Gift Tags

Posted by supermom on March 25, 2011

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Homemade Gift Tags

 

 

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DIY Puzzle Mat

Posted by supermom on March 15, 2011

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DIY Puzzle Mat

 

 

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Not Only is He Brilliant, He’s Handy Too

Posted by supermom on February 27, 2011

One day last week, I was tracing some embroidery patterns onto muslin with the pattern and fabric taped to the window of the back door.  I commented how much easier it would be to trace them if I had a light box and wished there was a way to make one that wouldn’t cost too much.

A few minutes later, I noticed that Dave had disappeared into the garage and then was off for a quick trip to the hardware store.  Some more time in the garage and he came in with a new light box for me.

This is what he started out with:

The wood frame is from an extra drawer organizer that was stored in the garage.  He removed the dividers and the bottom to give him the frame.  The sheet of plexiglass, rope light and tiny finishing nails he picked up at the hardware store.

He installed the rope light using the clips that came with it.


A notch was cut in one corner for the cord to come through.

A bit of his time, under $20 in materials and here’s the finished light box. (There’s enough plexiglass left for another project and of course lots of tiny nails for many future projects)

Light Box Plugged In and Lit Up

And this is my new light box in action:

One of my next sewing projects will be to make a bag to store it in.

This post has been added to Made By You Monday over at Skip to my Lou

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Make it Monday – Zippered Binder Sewing Kit

Posted by supermom on January 31, 2011

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Make it Monday – Zippered Binder Sewing Kit

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Creating Space for a Clothesline

Posted by supermom on August 4, 2009

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Independence Days Update – Jul 20th to Aug 2nd

Posted by supermom on August 3, 2009

It seems like the only thing I have the time or inclination to post lately are these Independence Days updates.   And even then, this update is for the past two weeks, since I didn’t get around to posting last week.

For Sharon Astyk’s latest post… Independence Days Update: A Day On, A Day Off.  Make sure to check the comments section for even more updates.

1.  Plant something: Potted up seven more strawberry shoots.

Purchased some small herb plants at the farmers’ market and will get those into larger pots this week.

2.  Harvest something: Nothing from the garden.

Picked up the fruit and veggies from our CSA.  Bought Georgia peaches from farmers’ market

3.  Preserve something: Corn relish, canned chicken breasts, canned peaches

4.  Reduce waste: Dave made our regular trip to drop off the recycling.

I’ve forgotten to mention this in previous posts, but we continue to use reusable bags for any shopping we do whether its at the grocery store or the farmers’ market.

Used water from canning to water plants.   We also save the water when we’re waiting for the hot water to come when we shower or fill the sink for dishes and use that to water plants as well.

All veggie matter got composted.

We purchased a new set of sheets for our bed, since the fitted sheet had worn so thin it kept tearing and repairing the tears was no longer lasting more than a day.  So I’m cutting the good parts of the old fitted sheet into several 17″ squares and after hemming, they’ll make really nice, soft hankies.   The top sheet and pillowcases are now stored with the rest of the extra linens.

5.  Preparation and Storage: Purchased good quality spade.

Found two old matching oil lamps at a farmers’ market/flea market… for lighting should power go out.  They need a good cleaning, but they are good sturdy glass.

Bought more canning jars and extra lids.

Stopped off a Costco on way back from a farmers’ market on Saturday and picked up sugar, olive oil, coffee and dried cranberries.

6.  Build Community Food Systems: Supported local farmers’ markets.

I put up an ad on Freecycle asking for canning jars and the lady who responded offered to drop off some jars she’d been given.  We got to talking and she mentioned that she’d like to learn to can, so I offered to teach her.  We’re going to be getting together the next time I get enough from the farmers’ market to can something.  And then again in the fall, once it cools off, we’ll get together again so I can show her how to use the pressure canner for canning soups and stews, etc.

7.  Eat the Food: I cook most of our meals from scratch, so the food definitely gets eaten.  This is some of what I made over the last two weeks:

Potato puffs from lefover mashed potatoes and fried chicken tenders (I cut these off of the chicken breasts before I canned them.)

Pasta with Pesto.  I’d never made pesto before, but we’ve got a basil plant that was getting tall and starting to flower and needed to be cut back more than just the little handfuls that I have been taking, so I decided to give it a try.  And the pesto tasted great, what I didn’t like was the after taste that last all evening long.  Oh well, not all culinary experiments work out.

I had a bit of corn relish left after filling jars.  That got put in a bowl in the fridge and I’ve been using it in toasted cheddar cheese sandwiches.

Yellow beans from our CSA as a side dish one night.

For snacks, we ate the melons from our CSA.  They were so sweet and clean tasting.  Melons bought at the grocery store simply can’t compare.

Used the sauerkraut that didn’t get canned to top off hot dogs and hamburgers.

Fried up zucchini with onions (both from CSA) as a side dish.

Made Peach Kuchen with the peaches that were too bruised to can and the cream I skimmed from our raw milk.

There was more, of course, that I’m not remembering right now.  I guess that’s what happens when you wait two weeks to do an update.

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9 Patch Quilt Along Blocks Completed

Posted by supermom on July 9, 2009

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9 Patch Quilt Along Blocks Completed

 

 

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