Friday, February 15, 2019

The Friday 15

There are times when I'm getting rid of things when I get a little tinge of sadness in my heart. Today's items would be a good example.

Sheets, fabric, some comic book boards and a magazine? Don't care.

But the cookbooks I've had for years? With everything online now it's time for those last two well-used cookbooks to leave. (I would have passed them onto our daughter but she doesn't need them either.)

The colorful napkins and plastic cutlery I bought at Target years and years ago remind me of the prospect of a life with people over and picnics and BBQs. Events that never happened and now never will. Time to let them go.

But the hardest of the bunch to let go was the Christmas tree ornaments with the year 1997 written on the backs of them. A mommy, daddy, and little girl gingerbread family. They remind me of a lifetime of Christmases with our little girl who is long since grown up.  I can't see these ornaments needing to be part of my life in the future. (And kiddo didn't want them either. Ugh. Now that's sad.)

Off they all go. 15 more items be gone!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sew Valentine Heart Coasters from Fabric Scraps - Tutorial Tuesday

Learn how to turn your fabric scraps into homemade drink coasters for Valentine's Day. Or for anytime of year!

It's Tutorial Tuesday and today we are going to use up some fabric scraps and strips to make these Valentine-themed coasters.

Scrap Fabric Heart Drink Coasters Sewing Project

For this project you will need:
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sewing for Good Sunday

Okay, okay, I know, I know. It's time to transition.

I finished two more quilt tops today for the Quilts for Kids Organization.

I then counted my stack. 12.

12 quilt tops pieced since the first Sewing for Good Sunday on January 6!

Yep, it's time to transition out of the piecing stage and onto the picking out the backing and cutting the batting and basting the quilt together stages. I have to be honest, these upcoming steps are probably the ones I dislike the most.

Let's see how many I get basted next Sunday. Ugh.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

5 Things to Know about Cruise Ship Cabins

If you're planning for your first cruise you might be surprised that not all cruise ship cabins are created equal. The size, bed configuration, and the location on the ship can be important. Here are five things you should know about cruise ship cabins.
5 things to know about rooms on cruise ships

1. Location can matter. While in a hotel you might request a higher or lower floor or something near or far from the elevator, on a cruise ship you might want to consider other factors. If you're a light sleeper you won’t want to be underneath the nightclub or have a cabin over the theater. Maybe you want something in the middle of the ship so you don't have to walk so far to get to everything. Remember, ships are big. On a regular day of very little walking from activity to activity you can get a couple miles in. If you are prone to seasickness you'll also want one of those midship cabins on a lower deck as that is where the least amount of movement is felt.

2. Cabins are assigned letter and number combinations to designate the different categories, which in turn determines the pricing. An IA (Interior A) cabin is considered a better cabin than an IF (Interior F) cabin. A BB cabin (Balcony B) is considered better than a BE (Balcony E) cabin. 
The difference in the cabins? Location. Cabins in the middle of the ship are more centrally located, more desirable, where the least amount of movement is felt, and therefore are more expensive. 

3. Cabins can be small. An interior cabin, a windowless cabin on the ship, can be an inexpensive option but might be only 100 square feet. Once all lights are off it is dark. Very dark. It's perfect for a restful and relaxing vacation with lots of naps and plenty of opportunities to sleep in but might not be the best choice for those needing natural light. Going with a balcony cabin? You'll get the light and fresh air but your cabin still is only going run in the 200ish square foot range.

4. Most cabins have twin beds. If you'd rather sleep in the same bed with your significant other your cabin steward can put those twins together to create a larger queen/king size bed.
Traveling in the same cabin with another couple? A cabin holding up to four passengers has upper berths attached to the ceiling or wall. The beds fold down to create bunk beds. Adults or kids, it doesn't matter. Someone is going to have to take the top bunk.
5. Cabins can be noisy. No matter what type of cabin chosen or where it is located strange sounds will appear day and night. Vibrations and creaking and grinding noises are completely normal. So is hearing empty clothes hangers rattling their way down the rod at night. Yeah, that's a real thing.

If looking for a particular place on the ship or particular type of cabin, the earlier the booking the better. Think about what you want and be sure to pick that special cabin long before the sail date.
5 things to know about cruise ship cabins

Cruise Ship Information

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