Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Yukon Suspension Bridge, BC, Canada

It's Wanderlust Wednesday! Today we're talking about the Yukon Suspension Bridge in Canada.

(If you would rather watch a video instead of read this posting, take a look at this video here.)

It might seem strange to get off a cruise ship in Skagway, Alaska and wind up in Canada just a short time later.
Why come all the way to Alaska to just go into Canada? To conquer a fear of heights.

The population of Skagway runs around 1,000. During the summer season it doubles, but back during the height of the gold rush the population of Skagway was as high as 30,000. (I love the days when there is only one ship in town.)
A lot of passengers take the train trip when in port. The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad – built during the Klondike Gold Rush – is an “International Civil Engineering Landmark” and shares honors with the Eiffel Tower, the Panama Canal, and the Statue of Liberty. 
Since we’ve ridden the railroad more than once we now skip it and do other things.

On this particular day the other thing involved a passport to get into Canada. A Klondike, suspension bridge, and salmon bake tour. As our bus headed into the Yukon Territory we had beautiful views.
Our close up glimpse of a bear was so close I couldn't even get the whole thing in the picture!
While I did enjoy the scenery and wildlife, I really was taking this excursion to the Yukon Suspension Bridge to conquer my fear of heights. It certainly was the best place to do it.

See that bridge over the canyon? That's where I'm headed.

As I got closer, my heart started beating harder. I was scared.
 Once on the bridge you can look down and see the water through the bridge. Even scarier.
After making it across the bridge you'd think my fear would have abated. But I have to walk back across it.
I talked to myself all the way. What did I say? Oh God. Take a step. Oh God. Take a step. Oh God. Take a step.

This afternoon was the time to overcome my fear of heights. I walked all the way to one side of the suspension bridge and all the way back across the same bridge. No one to hold my hand, no one to cheer me on. Just me and my fears. (Did you know suspension bridges move when people walk on them? Yikes.)

The trip was worth it. Fear conquered and just look the view from the middle of the bridge. Spectacular! Would I do it again? Absolutely!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

DIY Fabric Carrots to Sew - Tutorial Tuesday

Need a quick and easy sewing project to decorate your home for spring or Easter? Make your own homemade fabric carrots!

Homemade Stuffed Fabric Carrots Sewing Project

My eyes have always been bad. Since fifth grade when I got my first pair of glasses, my prescription keeps changing for the worst. I can't see a darn thing without glasses. You'd think that at some point in my life I would have started eating carrots to help with the eyesight but I don't do carrots.

Eating carrots are a no-no for me, but sewing carrots is a yes. A nice and easy springtime project.

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For today's fabric carrot project you will need:

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Sew-In: How to Make a Scrap Fabric Potholder

“She replaced her phone, closed her eyes, and forced herself to begin measuring flour, sugar, and butter. For some reason mental baking usually sent her right to sleep.” 
― Roisin Meaney, Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes

I love to bake. Cookies and cakes and fancy desserts. But I can't eat any of those things anymore so no baking here. Heck, I don't even cook. Breakfast? Yogurt. Lunch? Pepperoni stick, string cheese, and three crackers. Dinner? Usually a TV dinner or pizza delivery. We've gotten very, very, very lazy. It's cold, it's windy, and there is snow on the road. These are the days we go nowhere and do nothing.

Being today was a Sew-In Sunday, and being that hubby burns potholders on the heating element of our oven, I decided it was time for a new one. A potholder, that is. (Although a new stove is going to have to be not far behind.)

For this project you will need:
Fabric strips, 1” to 3” wide in varying lengths
9” x 9” muslin fabric for the foundation
9” x 9” cotton batting*, cut 2
11” x 11” backing fabric
Glue stick (optional)
*There is a product called Insul-Bright for high-heat uses. You can use it instead of cotton batting if you prefer.

I also made a zippered pouch, watched NASCAR on TV, and fed the baby kitties every three hours. A busy, not-lazy Sunday.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Beds on a Cruise Ship - Presto Chango

It's Cruise Ship Saturday! Today we're talking about bed configuration.

“It was truly an abomination of nature that one always found the most comfortable spot in the bed five minutes before one had to leave it.” 
― Mia Ryan, The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown

When was the last time you slept on the upper bunk of a bunk bed? Have you ever? If you've traveled in an Amtrak sleeper car like we did a few years back, the answer might be yes. If you've traveled on a cruise ship with more than two people in a cabin, it'll be another yes.

If you haven't cruised before you'd be surprised to find that bunk beds are standard. Traveling with another couple? You won't be booking a cabin with two queens but one with four twin beds. Adults or kids, it doesn't matter. Someone is going to have to take the top bunk.

Take a look.

You can have a queen bed ...
That can be converted into two twins...
That becomes a cabin with bunkbeds. 
I call bottom bunk. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Friday 15 - Oops, I Mean 95

“Having too much of anything results in chaos, confusion and clutter.” 
― Geralin Thomas, Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets

Have you ever looked at your things and wondered why you had so much of a certain item? I just did.

When I first started the Friday 15 it was easy. Getting rid of 15 things every Friday? No problem. We had a significant downsizing happening a couple years back but I knew there were still things needing to head out the door. As the weeks have progressed I've had to get creative in where I looked.

  • Ebay has been very helpful in getting things gone. 38 items sold in the last two months. Yay.
  • Even though we don't pay for magazine subscriptions we still have things coming in the mail. AAA sends VIA, AARP sends their magazine, Princess Cruises sends theirs, and thanks to TMobile Tuesday Women's Day is now heading in the door. Read them quickly and then away they go.
  • Tutorial project samples. I've been filming tutorials but usually have no need for the things I've created. Usually it's because I had already made the item long ago but needed a new one to show the step-by-step process.
  • Sewing room and office junk. We technically no longer have an office but we do have a corner where we keep some things. Too many things. Like page protectors.  

Thanks to all of those places where I usually find extra stuff, today's Friday 15 is actually a Friday 95.

  • Two items on eBay. (It was a slow week.)
  • Five magazines.
  • A cord holder. (I kept the new one made in the tutorial so the old one is going away.)
  • A clipboard. Didn't need it for the other tutorial.
  • And a grand total of 86 never used page protectors. (Seriously, I counted. What the heck???)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dominica

“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

I have a list of things I've either done or want to do at different places around the world. It's broken down by country and/or island. Some places have five things I want to do. Some only have one.

Dominica is one of the places that I can pretty much check off as finished. I've snorkeled over the Champagne Reef, a place where very warm water from underground volcanic activity seeps through the floor of the ocean. The result is a warm and bubbly snorkeling experience.

I've sat on a ship docked at the container port and watched a rainbow form over the rainforest.
I sat long enough to see a double rainbow form.
But probably the most favorite thing was sitting on deck and watching local kids play soccer near the water's edge.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Make a Pot Handle Cover - Tutorial Tuesday

Homemade Scrap Fabric Pot Handle Cover Sewing Project
One last project for today. A quick and easy pothandle cover.

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How to Make a Decorative Pocket Tissue Holder with Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Pocket - Tutorial Tuesday

Pocket Tissue Holder Pouch with Pocket for Hand Sanitizer and Lip Balm Sewing Project

I'm pretty much at the point in my life where I can say I will never work in a public school again. But it doesn't mean I've given up teaching. My tutorials are a way I can share with others while learning myself. This week has been a busy one for my learning. We're making a pocket tissue holder with a pocket for antibacterial hand cleaner and lip balm.

Looking for more sewing and crafting projects? 

For this project you will need:
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Otherwise, you can just watch the  tutorial to make these homemade fabric pocket tissue holders with a pocket for your hand sanitizer and lip balm right here:

How to Sew a Fabric Eyeglass Case - Tutorial Tuesday

For today's Tutorial Tuesday we are making a quick and easy case for those of us who need an eyeglasses case. I use mine to protect my glasses when I'm in the pool at the Y.
Homemade Easy Fabric Eyeglasses Case Sewing Project

For this project you will need:
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Or just watch the tutorial to make your own easy homemade fabric eyeglasses case:

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Sew-In

“How did it get so late so soon?” 
― Dr. Seuss

My Sunday Sew-In became a
sew-in
project organizing
Daytona 500 watching
newborn kitty feeding and snuggling
kind of day.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

5 Ways to Prevent Seasickness on a Cruise

Yep, seasickness happens.

If you get carsick, airsick, or are sensitive to movement you might just get queasy on a ship. The best way of managing seasickness is to prevent it before it starts. There is nothing worse than stepping aboard a ship on your first ever cruise thinking you’ll be okay and waking up in the morning miserably sick. Once in the throes of seasickness recovery is not easy. A few thoughts will enter your mind.

Why did I get on this ship? 
This was a huge mistake. 
I want off and never want to come back.

On my first cruise those were my thoughts exactly. I really wanted to go home. It took me a few days to get enough medication in me to make it through the rest of the week. And now? Occasionally the seas will be quite rough and I might feel a bit icky. Pop a couple motion sickness pills and I'm good.

There is much truth to the saying “getting your sea legs”. The same amount of movement that makes you queasy at the beginning of the cruise may not be noticed by you at end of the cruise. Until the sea legs kick in there are a variety of methods for preventing seasickness.
5 Ways to Prevent and Manage Seasickness on a Cruise

How to Prevent and Manage Seasickness on a Cruise

1. Book a midship cabin. The lower decks and the middle of the ship are where the least amount of movement is felt. If unable to book a midship cabin hang out in the midship public areas during the rougher times. It could be a library, an atrium area, or a bar on a lower deck. You may still feel some movement on the lower decks but the view can be nice.
2. Eating green apples or using ginger products - tea, gum, candy, and capsules - can be helpful. If already experiencing a strong case of seasickness it might be best to use an alternative remedy. 

3. Look to the horizon and fix your eyes on a point far in the distance. You'll need to have access to a window or, even better, get yourself outside in the fresh air. Focusing on something inside the ship or at the waves themselves certainly will not help. 

4. Seasickness bands. These wrist bands use acupressure to help alleviate motion sickness.
5. Over the counter or prescription medication. Some folks take over-the-counter anti-nausea pills in the evening before bedtime since both regular and less drowsy formulas can cause sleepiness. The medication can last for 24 hours. If you're wanting something even stronger, there are prescription anti-nausea patches. The circular, beige-colored patches are worn behind the ear and give continuous medication for up to three days.

If an excursion takes you on a smaller boat like a ferry, catamaran, sailboat, snorkel boat, or zodiac raft take additional precautions. Smaller boats do not have the additional stabilization systems so the ride can be rougher. I’ve watched crew members handing out dozens of plastic bags for sick passengers on these smaller boats.

Prevention is the best medicine so don't let the fear of seasickness prevent you from taking a cruise. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Friday 15

“A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden.” 
― Robert Sowthey

Sold four items on eBay.
Gave away one item to another quilter.
Donating five projects left over from tutorials and five Christmas things.
That makes 15! But today's Friday 15 includes an additional two items. Two that came into the house.

When the Simply Cats organization contacts you asking for a foster home for some newborn kitties you just have to say yes. I usually foster kittens that are several weeks old. Not this time.

Two kitties, four ounces each, four days old. Sweet bottle babies.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Red Snapper Restaurant in Limon, Costa Rica


We've visited Costa Rica more than once and have done the coffee plantation tour, the banana railway tour through the jungle, and the canal wildlife-watching tour. So when we needed to choose a port to take a crew member friend to lunch, we chose Limon, Costa Rica.

Week after week the ship's crew go to the same ports so they are the best at knowing where to go to eat. After talking to one of the ship's officers about Puerto Limon choices, we decided on the Red Snapper restaurant. A menu in Spanish, an ugly fish, a beautiful view, and a great day with a crew member.
We are blessed to be able spend time with people from around the world.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sew a Fabric Coupon Organizer Envelope - Tutorial Tuesday

Homemade Coupon Envelope Sewing Project
As much as I practiced and rewrote and erased and scratched out and muted and refolded and restitched and restated things, my product should be perfect. Alas, it is not.

Looking for more sewing and crafting projects? 
It is what it is. A coupon organizer sewn by a regular person (me) on YouTube. 

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You can find the how to tutorial for the fabric coupon organizer envelope here:

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Sew-In: Coupon Organizer Part II

“I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.” 
― Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Except when your project is stuck in Groundhog Day mode.

My chicken scratch started last Sunday as I tried to figure out how I made a coupon organizer from years ago. The chicken scratch continued today. I got it figured out and was ready to tape a tutorial.

And I did tape one. I left the camera running through the entire thing, knowing I could cut out all the extra parts.

But a problem arose during the editing process. The whole video - every single moment - turned out blurry. Whether I forgot to focus or forgot how to work the camera, it doesn't matter much. What does matter is that several hours of work have been wasted and my pretty fabric has been used up. Guess I'll be trying again another day with another batch of fabric. Ugh!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas

It's Cruise Ship Saturday! Today we're talking about the Allure of the Seas.

“When there is noise and crowds, there is trouble; 
When everything is silent and perfect, 
There is just perfection and nothing 
To fill the air.” 
― Dejan Stojanovic

The first time we sailed on the 7,000 passenger Allure of the Seas we didn't enjoy it much. Our local casino gave me the trip for free and being I never say no to a cruise, we decided to take it. We didn't know much about Royal Caribbean and even less about the Allure of the Seas. A zipline and Flowrider and water park and climbing wall and carousel should have been the tip off that we would be on a ship full of children. Between the screaming kids and the full pools and the crowded buffet and not knowing our way around the ship, our old quiet selves felt a bit out of place. We found ourselves comparing criticizing the way things were done on the Allure of the Seas with the way things were done on our preferred cruise line.

But that was the first time. I didn't think there would be, but there was a second time. For some reason the local casino decided to give me another free cruise even thought I hadn't visited the casino since the last free cruise giveaway.  Of course we took it. Same ship. Same crowds. Different experience. We did continue to compare the Allure with our favorite cruise line. but we found more things on the Allure that we liked.

Escalator to get to the lower decks when disembarking in a port instead of having to use the stairs? Yes, thank you.

Mamma Mia! the musical. Yes, please. (And so much better than the movie.)

Central Park? Yes!

An empty spot that not many people know about. Yes, yes, yes!

When we were at sea you could find us in one of two places.
Central Park during the day
Central Park at night

Our favorite secret spot on the ship. Shh...don't tell anyone.