Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Zipper

A Zipper in action at a County Fair.Image via Wikipedia



And you thought I meant an amusement park ride didn't you? hahaha

Did you know that on November 25, 1851, the zipper (featuring two rows of interlocking hooks) was first patented? Or that the first practical zipper was patented in 1893. Or that it was called a “clasp locker"? And that a later version had the improved name of “hookless fastener”? Or that the word “zipper” was first used by the B. F. Goodrich Company in 1923 to describe the fastening system on its rubber boots? And that in 1985, a 690-yard (630-m) long zip fastener was manufactured. It had nearly 120,000 “teeth.”

D0 you CARE?

My thoughts about all this..well..why the heck do they insist on being so DIFFICULT to put in? I mean, did all these past inventors not have a clue of the agony they would impart on unsuspecting seamstresses? Sure, there are some that are quite simple to put in. But it never fails, I'll get some off the wall idea for a product to make in my head that I just can't shake - and of course it has to include a zipper. I mean, why not? I love to spend days trying to figure out exactly how I can make the evil zipper bend and work the way I want it. And drive myself insane thinking and thinking and thinking and thinking it through, even in my sleep. Mapping it out in my mind over and over, because heaven forbid I just grab the zipper and the fabric and DO IT right? I mean, what if it just won't do what I want it to do? What if it won't go in the way I need it to? What if the final product doesn't look like I want it to because of this darn contraption?

Trust me, I've studied. I think I know more about zippers than I ever wanted to know. Well, not really. I've found some great theory tutorials on zippers, they've helped a lot.

Here are a few that have really good starting point information:
THREADS MAGAZINE

SEWING.ORG

FASHION INCUBATOR

CREATIVE LITTLE DAISY

Of course the projects I have in my head can't be anything directly like they show, because then I wouldn't have to take all the different ways to insert a zipper and then take a little bit of each theory to make inserting mine work out. muwahahahaha

So cover your ears this weekend if you're anywhere around my neck of the woods. And make sure to cover the little one's ears too - you certainly don't need to be explaining what #$@%%^;* means now do you?









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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Buttons

Vintage Orange and Yellow ButtonsImage by madelinetosh via Flickr

Oh, I LOVE buttons. Every kind of button imaginable. Small, large, vintage, round, square, etched, wood...just buttons period. And somehow, this has been transferred to my granddaughter. She loves them too, and we've decided to start a collection. OH WHAT FUN!

Here's my dilemma....I think this love of buttons actually started when I was young. And I wonder if it's really buttons or the button container that drew me to them. To explain a bit - my mom had an awesome collection of buttons, though I'm not so sure it was a collection. haha I'm pretty certain it was a necessity and a smart move for a family on a tight budget. If the clothes were worn out, you took off and up cycled every little bit you could from them. She had the best button container in the WORLD! It was a round ceramic type shorter canister, with buttons on the outside in different colors. Not real ones, but ceramic ones built into the design - some flat and some looking like they were coming OUT of it. I don't remember exactly how the lid was, but I remember it had a corded type handle. I want one. I can't find one. We just can't start this button collection without one, I'm not sure it will be the same if I don't. While I've saved several "lots" of buttons in my favorites on Etsy I have yet to find that perfect place to put them. Emma thinks we need a cool button collection holder too. LOL Any ideas where I can find one? Oh please, someone out there in blog land has GOT to have some ideas. Maybe someone you know who does pottery or ceramics and could make one? A vintage seller that might have one? HELP HELP HELP!




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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Handmade Gone Wrong!

Laughing DonkeyImage by jaxxon via Flickr

Oh my....want some crafty giggles today? Want to feel not so bad about YOUR crafting disaster? You really need to check out this site.


I really have no idea about handmade going wrong...nope. I swear. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.






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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bernat Knit and Crochet for Breast Cancer Collection

pink ribbonImage via Wikipedia

As knitters and crocheters, there is a way we can do what we love and make a difference at the same time - Bernat® is proud to introduce the Knit & Crochet for Breast Cancer collection, available at participating ACMoore, JoAnns, Michaels, Walmart Canada and Zellers – while quantities last. Bernat® is contributing $10,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® through the purchase of the yarn in the Knit & Crochet for Breast Cancer collection from August 15 - November 15, 2009. Make sure to check out Bernat! You'll get to see the four beautiful new yarns and free patterns available for this collection. A wonderful way to bring PINK to all your friends this year and help out a wonderful cause too!




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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Remember that hint over the weekend?


Hopefully you checked out the link to the funny teenager story over at Carol's blog, it certainly helped perk me up for the weekend. So, here's where that bathroom scene hint was leading - a new item available this week in the store! For the bath sets, we wanted an alternative to loofah's. My daughters have pretty sensitive skin (unlike this old girl) and they wanted something enviro friendly and washable too because of the germies factor. I even made a smaller version for my granddaughter Emma and she loves it - her set is blue. So I've offered them in the store for anyone who just wants one for themselves - or maybe you're looking for the perfect items to make a gift basket with for a birthday or Holiday gift! Make sure to check out the colors available in the store link to your left.

The Scrubbie Bath Set is a two piece set, perfect for making your bath time a restful relaxing experience. A Scrubbie for your hard to reach back spots, and a scrubbie/washcloth combination for the rest of you.

Made from 100% organic cotton yarn

Fully washable for continued uses, just throw in the washer along with your towels. Scrubbie in the washcloth can be easily removed and replaced if needed.

Back scrubbie has a textured popcorn stitch for soothing massage effect. The back scrubbie is 3" x 26" with a handle on each end.

Bath scrubbie is 4" round and has a scrubbie middle.

Perfect for you or as a wonderful addition to a relax basket/bag for a gift!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Top Ten Rules for buying yarn

Alpaca-wool.Image via Wikipedia

1. If you have children, make sure they believe that the yarn store is the best place in the whole wide world to go. Bribe if necessary. Make sure they have clean hands so you can teach them the one finger rule - they can touch, but only with one finger. Remind them if they break the rules, they won't receive the bribe.

2. You never have enough yarn. You will anger the yarn gods if you think this and they will make certain to put a project in your line of vision that will demand you purchase more.

3. If you have an opportunity to shop for yarn, take it. You never know when you'll stumble across that perfect project and you wouldn't want to be caught with your yarn down.

4. Make sure to purchase many skeins of the same color/style. Don't purchase the exact amount you need for a project, don't even carry patterns with you. If you do, the yarn gods will again smite you and make certain you make a mistake and have to tear it out and in the process ruin the yarn and need more.

5. If you really really love it...buy it right then. Don't wait to go home and think about it - if you do it will most certainly be totally sold out the very next day when you go back to purchase it.

6. If it's on sale for $1 or less and not totally hideous - buy all of it. Even if it just pretties up your yarn stash area, it's worth it.

7. If you think, while touching the most awesome yarn, you'll never come up with a project to use this really cool yarn in - close your eyes and imagine that you've been invited to THE Holiday party of the year and you can't complete the perfect outfit because you didn't purchase that yarn. Don't sulk, just protect yourself by purchasing it.

8. Always make time to buy yarn when traveling. It helps stimulate the economy and they always have something you can't find at home. But make sure to pack an extra bag.

9. Yarn purchased online doesn't count. Yarn purchased on auction sites DOUBLE doesn't count. So don't worry about those self-imposed quotas, they violate all the rules anyway.

10. It's better to go to the yarn store or the www store without anything in mind - when you're ready, the yarn you've been searching for will suddenly appear. Right there where you've looked for it 100 times before. IF you've been following the rules.


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