Wednesday, April 24, 2019

When is first thing in the morning to you?

To me first thing is 8 am when scheduling people to come and do work at the house.  So when I made arrangements for the HVAC people to install the air conditioning unit, I asked the lady when do they start work?  She said 7:30 am, but they'll have to load up the truck etc., so probably won't arrive until after 8 am, more likely 8:30 am.

8:45 am and still no sign of anyone, so call the office and ask if they are arriving today and she said yes they're on their way.  The office is less than five minutes away.  One guy arrives, takes a look and then disappears.  It is 10 am when him and another guy comes back and starts work.  That is not first thing!!!

I was not impressed .  What a disorganized bunch they were.  Plus we were forecast for rain after lunch, so if they had started when they should have the job would have been finished before the rain started.............but no, due to the late start they got wet!!!

One guy was an apprentice and the other guy was training him.........fair enough.  Then the apprentice gets a call, he has to leave for another job at 2 pm.  To cut a very long and exasperating story, the guy finally left at 8 pm. 

Thank goodness my dh had done all the electrical for them as it would have been midnight before he left.  We have had air conditioning units installed before but it has NEVER EVER been a 10 hour job, NEVER.

Anyway, it's installed now, and we are ready for the heat, so that's a good thing!!

I now need to sort out that side of the house garden as it is messy, but more about that another time!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Lots of "front's"

We have a really lovely front porch. Gets the evening sun.

I am going to be sewing new covers for the cushions this week as something/one has chewed a big hole in one of them. (I will be showing more photos of the front porch in coming week, as we have to do a bit of work on it.)

We inherited a lovely screen door in front of our front door.
 We have a bit of repair work to do on the door though on one of the bottom panels.

We have a lovely front hall as well.  Marigold takes pride of place in our front hall.  It doesn't show up well but it's a lovely crystal light as well.
Love how it shines on the wall. 
The shelf was left by the prior owners. 

The one post that is being "spammed" a lot at the moment is this one about paper clips for some reason?

Monday, April 22, 2019

Knitting bag instructions..........

I made a knitting/project bag with matching key fob and pouch for my step-mother for this upcoming Mother's Day.  I said I would share with you how I made it.   

If you have basic sewing knowledge this bag should be pretty easy to make.

 The material I used was:

1 metre or yard of outer fabric (I used "Wound Up, by Cloud 9 Fabrics)

13 " by width of fabric for lining (I just used a left over piece from another project).
40 " by 3 1/2 inches wide Pellon SF 101 interfacing (a light interfacing is all that's needed)
Medium to Heavy Weight fusible fleece, for example Heat and Bond
A pair of magnetic snaps
12 inches elastic

(seam allowance 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted)

This is what you need to cut out:

Main Fabric (exterior of bag):

2 x 13 inches by 13 inches for front and back of bag

3 x 5 inches wide by 13 inches for sides and bottom of bag
2 x 4 inches by 20 inches for straps
4 x 7 inches wide by 8 inches high for side pockets
2 x 13 inches wide by 10 inches high for inside pocket

Lining fabric (interior of bag):

2 x 13 inches by 13 inches for front and back of bag

3 x 5 inches wide by 13 inches for sides and bottom of bag


2 x 13 inches by 13 inches for front and back of bag
3 x 5 inches wide by 13 inches for sides and bottom of bag
1 x 13 inches by 10 inches for inside pocket

Pellon SF 101:

2 x 4 inches by 20 inches for straps, (FUSE ONTO STRAPS).

Cut out fabric following instructions above and fuse interfacing where necessary.  Notice how I pinned pieces of paper to each section so I knew what was what.

This was all the elastic I had on hand so I used that, you can use whatever width up to around 1/2 inch.

To make the straps, fuse on interfacing.  Fold over fabric and iron, so you have a centre line.  Open up and match edges to the centre line, iron again.
Then fold over so the outer edges are in the centre, then sew down the edges to secure.
Take the two inner pocket pieces, one which has the fusible fleece on it.  Sew right sides together, turn rights sides out, press seam open, then iron.  Top stitch (1/8").  Place on interior lining piece, so bottom of pocket and lining are matching (as in photo).  Sew a seam down the middle of the pocket, so now you will have two pockets when the sides and bottom are sewn up.  You will do this later.
The side pocket pieces.  Sew two together, press the seam open.  Take a piece of elastic and pop it under the seam like in the photo.  Fold the top piece of the fabric over and baste the side of the elastic on the side of the pocket.  Then stitch a seam just under the elastic making sure you don't catch your elastic.  As the width of that fabric is 7 inches you need to pull the elastic through gathering the fabric until it is 5 inches wide.  Make sure you stitch the elastic at the side and then cut the elastic when you are sure the top measures 5 inches. 

Take your outer side fabric and attach it to the pocket.  Remember you have an extra couple of inches width wise on the bottom of the pocket, so make a couple of pleats in the fabric so it fits nicely and then baste it onto the outer fabric using a scant 1/8 inch seam allowance.  I found there is no need to use interfacing on these pockets as they are strong enough without it.

For the magnetic snaps I marked the centre of the fabric and then went down 1 1/2 inches from the top and inserted them on the front and back inner lining.  I also ironed on a scrap of interfacing to strengthen that area.
I placed the handles 2 inches in from the edge and basted them onto the top of the bag (see photo below).  I then sewed the sides and the bottom of the outside bag and inside bag, so I had two bags, the outer and inner bag.  Make sure when sewing on the bottom of the bag lining to the rest of the bag lining to leave a gap of around 4 inches so you can use that to turn your back right way out.
As you can see the lining bag is on the outside, with right side in; with the outer bag inside with the right side facing the lining back.  Match up seams and make sure your handles are facing down.  Sew around the top twice, once with a stitch length of 2 and then with a stitch length of 3.
Pull out bag through the gap in the lining and sew up the gap, either with machine or hand sew.  Then top stitch close to the top of the bag, stitch length 3 is fine, it's more decorative than anything.  Then top stitch where the handles meet the top of the bag just for extra security as that is weak point.  Iron the bag and then you're all done.
I made the pockets extra deep, and so that the edges all were hidden in the seams.  Same with the side pockets I wanted the sides to be hidden in the seams.
I had enough fabric leftover for the simple pouch and the key fob. 

You may find this video useful as I used some of this lady's ideas for this bag.  I did not do a zippered pocket, but do think that would be pretty useful.  She also made a zippered top to her bag, but I didn't feel like this bag needed it for the purpose I was making it for.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunglasses Case..........

I saw this free pattern a while back and thought it looked neat to put my sunglasses in.  It's by Pink Pony Design and is called the Raccoon Case.

I will say I ran into a couple of issues.  For some reason when printing out the pattern, it printed out too short, but wide enough.  I measured from top to bottom to make sure it was 9 inches in length, otherwise it will be too short.

****If you are having trouble finding a long enough zipper, I found a duvet zipper in WalMart which is 60 inches long, all I need are three more zipper heads and I will have enough zippers to make four of these cases***

 Thankfully I used matching fabric, as I inserted my zipper back to front, so the quilted part of the fabric is inside....oops  It is still fine and very functional.
The fabric I used was Inkwell from the collection of Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.  I have had it in my stash for quite a while.

Thanks Pink Pony Designs, will be making more of these.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Hasn't even been two months yet.......

and already we have had a problem with the Keurig.  Remember I wrote a blog post about it here.

One of the things I love is able to use my PC Great Canadian coffee pods, as that is my all time favourite coffee.
That coffee pod is not made by Keurig though.  So the other day I was making a cup of coffee and it flooded out of the top with water and there was no coffee.  Thought I had done something wrong, and/or there was something wrong with the pod.  Tried it again and it came out okay.  Tried it again the next day and same thing happened it flooded everywhere.  So I call Keurig Canada and the problem is the coffee pods.  They are recyclable and the filter on the pod is too thick.  So when the water is gushing through the needle it can't flow through the pod and filter so backs up.  Which then results in coffee grounds getting into the needle and cup and blocking up the needle.

{{{SIGH}}} So I had to flush out the coffee maker, clean out the needle and go from there.  I called PC to let them know about it, and this is the first they have heard of this.  They said they would pass on my concern to quality control.  Told them to get back to me.  So it will be interesting to see if they do.

I hope this is not one of many problems I have to deal with regarding my Keurig, as I have heard other people complaining about them.