Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The selling price is $6.25 (includes shipping & handling).
Leave a comment or contact me at craftydad (at) comcast (dot) net and I'll send you a PayPal invoice. [Of course I'll need your email address for that to work.]
Friday, April 25, 2008
I haven't convinced myself that I really want to create a brand new blog, but I do like some of the features that come with TypePad.
Are you a TypePad blogger? Is it better? Do you like it? Love it? Your comments would be greatly appreciated.
Have a great weekend!
Monday, April 21, 2008
I've been on the lookout for a nice coverstitch machine for quite a long time. I can across this great deal at my favorite online and brick-and-mortar sewing dealer. If you're looking for a great deal on name-brand items, I highly encourage you to check them out. They are on eBay (seller name = easyterms). You can find them on the web here. I've been dealing with Kevin for a long, long time. He and his team are the best. Great prices and super fast delivery. Just a great bunch of people.
So for $249.00 I got the Janome CP900, a wide elastic foot, a narrow elastic foot, a really nice extension table and a DVD showing how several accessories are used. I thought it was a really great deal. The machine is bigger than I thought (not too big, just larger than I expected). Stitch quality is perfect and it moves right along. This model has the handy free-arm option too.
If you're looking for some tips on using a coverstitch machine, you should check out all the good stuff here.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Speaking of lawn mowers, we went shopping for a new one this past weekend. It seems the good people at John Deere have a great deal going. So...we decided to take the plunge and get a new one. The old one is on it's last leg (wheel). It has served us well over the past several years. This is the year that our oldest son gets to learn how to cut the grass. He says it will be fun. But...when he finds out that it's w-o-r-k, he may have another opinion. We'll see!
I'm happy for the time we spent two weekends ago with the boys. Give them a hotel with a swimming pool and everything is well with the world. Woo Hoo! We had a great time.
I'm sad when I go out to get the newspaper the other morning and find that both tires on the driver's side of my truck have been slashed. After a few choice words, I look across the street and see that the SUV in their driveway has suffered the same fate. What a bunch of crap. Later I find out that a Jeep just a few doors down the street was vandalized too. Lovely. It could have been worse, I know.
Friday, April 11, 2008
I spend many of my lunch hours at the thrift shop. And I usually find one or two things that can be re-purposed into something new and unique. After several shopping trips, the raw materials can really pile up. There are lots and lots of things scattered all over the craft corner. And lots and lots of ideas in my head (and some on paper too!).
Now...I just need to carve out some time. Sit down. And do it!
P.S. I found a great (simple) pillowcase pattern that I'll share with you next week. Perfect for making custom pillowcases for the kids.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Right across the parking lot from the Inn is our favorite place for breakfast – Das Dutchman Essenhaus. [This is where the great food comes in.] The breakfast buffet is the best. Belly-up to the bar get yourself a toasty-warm plate and pile on some real home-cookin'. The buffet includes scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, country sausage gravy and biscuits (yum-yum), ham, thick-cut bacon, pancakes, zucchini bread, nut bread, pumpkin bread, homemade pastries, fresh fruit and some semi-frozen concoction of orange juice and bananas. I'm sure I've forgotten about ten other things that are available, but you get the picture, right? And a great cup of coffee too. Wow! What a terrific way to start your day. Trust me: you won't want need lunch. The moral of this story is: if you go away hungry, you have serious issues.
Check-in time at the Inn was not until 3 p.m. so we decided to do some shopping. The entire downtown area is one little shop after another. Most of the shops are small houses that have been converted into retail space. They are all full of 'cute', 'quaint' and 'country' things. Also located downtown is the Davis Mercantile building. The original building burned to the ground about three (3) years ago. The new structure is a work of art. Much of it was hand-constructed by Amish craftsmen. The building is three stories tall and has several fantastic shops.
Quilt on display in the common area.
Ah, but alas! It's back to work now for the parental units. The boys will be sleeping in and watching Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies for the next few days. They're lovin' it.
Friday, April 04, 2008
2. Grasshopper needlepoint
3. Great looking fabric with dots, starrs and seals.
4. Fifteen spools of cotton and silk thread.
5. Green fabric - this picture doesn't do it justice
6. Eight brand new (still sealed) bottles of paint.
So yeah, Monday was her birthday and while I usually don't send her flowers for her special day (we mutually agreed upon that a long time ago), I thought they might brighten her day. Especially with all this crap she's been going through with the headaches, and all. And...I ordered her a cake too. White with buttercream frosting. Yum-my.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I did score big yesterday at the thrift shop. Funny how I have time for that, huh? I'm addicted. I don't know what it is, but I can't stay away. [Much to my wife's disappointment.] I'm a sucker for a good deal. Especially when it's something that can be converted into some new crafty thing.
Pictures will be forthcoming. I promise.
In the meantime, have a great day.
P.S. I've been complaining about the weather lately (it really has been rotten lately). But...the weatherman promises warmer temps and some sunshine. The trees are starting to bud so maybe, just maybe Spring is truly on the way. I can't believe all the springy-looking pics from my blogger buds in the Pacific Northwest. I'm jealous.