I picked the subject for this year's ornament, did my research, pulled out the Sculpey... and then lost my inspiration. I have promised myself no more sewing projects until this is done. It hasn't helped. (Oh, and there's so much I want to sew!)
The bits and pieces of clay are there, the ideas are in my head, and yet nothing happens. I may scrap what I've done and start again, in hopes of jump starting my creativity. It's way too late in November to be sputtering like this!
Monday, November 23, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
I roasted them them over the weekend and ended up with a few cups of puree. It was a dark golden color, had good consistency and a nice flavor. I wished I had had more pumpkins.
My wish came true on Wednesday. During a class at the Y, I noticed a basket of sugar pumpkins tucked in the back of room. They looked as if they were about to be thrown out. I suspected they had been Halloween decorations. So I stopped by the front desk and inquired if they needed a home. They said I could take what I wanted. I grabbed the best looking ones and walked out with my arms full, trying hard not to drop them. Serendipity!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
|Behind-the-cage ramp. It looks steep! (but it's not)|
I am happy with the location and overall design, although the landing needs more work. It blocks some of the light into the cage in the evening. Not much I can do about that. The landing also needs different bracing and a fitted fleece cover. Projects for another weekend.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
I was handed a pair of much-loved denim shopping bags. The handles were nearly worn through, but the bags themselves were still quite usable. Could I possibly replace the straps? Sure! And what luck - the previous day I pulled out some denim and upholstery scraps from my stash. I had been wondering what to make with them. I found two long strips that were perfect as replacements.
The new handles are quite a contrast to the bags. But everything goes with denim blue. I think they look quite handsome. I'm confident the handles will now outlast the bags. My friend may come to a future Tea with nothing but the handles and ask for new bags!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I made my template out of a bit of heavy card stock that was leftover from making little recipe books. It works pretty well and they're a cute size (about 4"). I'm curious how well the template will hold up.
Monday, November 9, 2015
I'm envious when I see photos and videos of free range (or semi free range) setups. Some of them have the cage on the floor to allow the guinea pigs to come and go as they please. My cage isn't on the floor and I need it where it is. Where else would I
If moving their cage to the floor wasn't an option, maybe I could move the floor up to them? After a bit of brainstorming, fourteen dollars of hardware cloth and an afternoon of puttering, I had a prototype ramp. I didn't want to invest too much time or effort, in case my idea was a total flop. I cut apart the front corner of the cage, attached the ramp and stood back to see Noli and Boadi's reaction.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
I used to keep extra threaded bobbins in a little tray in my sewing box. I didn't have many of them, but they kept unraveling. It was a mess every time I tried to pull out a bobbin and match it to a spool of thread.
I found several organizing ideas online. My favorite used rubber bands. I have plenty of those on hand; no need to buy any new gadgets. Even better, the bobbin stays with the original thread, so when I pull a thread color that I like, I don't have to go searching around for a matching bobbin.