Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Sew a Scrap Fabric Flag Potholder from Fabric Strips - Tutorial Tuesday

Today I've got the 4th of July on my mind with this scrap fabric red, white, and blue potholder.
4th of July Flag Fabric Strip Potholder Sewing Project
For this project you will need:
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You can find the step-by-step how to directions for the red, white, and blue 4th of July flag fabric strip potholder right here:

Monday, June 22, 2020

Day 96 - No More Rust

We use our clothesline every single spring, summer, and fall. When we bought this house seven years ago the wire was looking pretty old. But by golly, we kept using it and squeezed as much use out of it as we could. This year, with nothing but time on our hands and a line full of rusty wire, I finally decided to do something about it.

Ta da! A new vinyl covered wire with no more rust.
Like the clothespin bag? I made it myself and it's now a pattern in my Etsy shop with step by step written directions, color photos, printable templates, and video tutorial. Get here to get your copy today!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Day 95 - We Have Yellow

On April 6 of this year it was Day 19 and I found sunflowers growing in the garden. They looked like this:
They obviously had been left behind in the fall and overwintered in the garden. It was exciting to know so many had made it through the freezing temperatures. Some thinning and we’d have sunflowers without the work of planting new ones, right?

Yep! For this Father's Day we now have our first look at the yellow those little seedlings will be producing.
Our earliest sunflower ever.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Day 94 - Summer Snack

On the first day of summer...
Put on your shorts and swimsuit top and head outside to your lounge chair.
And read the Little House series.
While having an adult beverage.
Which puts you to sleep.

Then wake up to find your husband delivering you a snack of cheese sticks, salami and pepperoni, crackers, and two kinds of mustard.

More like a meal, but I’ll take it on this fine first day of summer.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Day 93 - Foster Kitten Friday

As a foster parent to kittens, you bear some responsibility for the behaviors orphaned kittens exhibit as adult cats. There are things ingrained in them that require a little nudging on your part. Things like cleaning themselves and litter box use. Then there are those things requiring outright teaching. Maybe not so much teaching, but redirection.

My Simon & Garfunkel foster kittens are hitting the seven week mark and this has definitely been the week of nos and yeses. It's important to make sure they pick up good play habits and not bad ones so a lot of this week was spent redirecting their play time. To help keep them out of trouble, this is the week curtains came down, dishtowels and cords hidden, and tissue boxes and vent covers put away.

Here are a few (sometimes funny) activities this week.

Want to help contribute to the work I do with foster kittens? I have an Amazon wish list right here. These are the things I use again and again, year after year. With daily laundry and frequent cleaning, items have to be replaced often. I’d love anything you’d be willing to send my way!

Yes, you can play with the piece of ice I dropped. But next time we'll put it in your water bowl instead.
Want to watch TV? Yep, go ahead.
No, you can't eat my yogurt.
You also can't get into your bag of food.
No, you can't chew on my iPad.
But yes, you can play the fishing game.
You can also fall asleep on it, if you must.
You can even cheer for the home team while you're on the iPad. If sports were happening, that is.
No, you can't come into the bathroom with me. Oops, too late.
Parsley is tiny enough she can squeeze under the door.
And no tissues for you, either.
Please leave my dishtowel alone.
Dang, forgot about the other towel. Guess it'll be a bit before they let me get at this one.
Wrestle in the sunshine without the dishtowel? Go for it!
Steal my vent cover? Nope.
Yes, you can sit in the windowsill.
But nope, you can't climb on the screen.
Climb the wall as you chase your morning shadow? You betcha.
Rosemary the shadow climber with Thyme the basket boy.
No zipper and shoestring biting, missy.
Want to show me your pretty teeth? Sure. But remember, hands aren't for biting.
How about a game of tug of war? I'm okay with it.
Sage and Thyme
Sometimes it's a judgement call. Okay to be on the bookshelf? Maybe.
Thyme on the shelf with basket-explorer Parsley
Give your sister some lovin’? Absolutely!
Rosemary and Sage
Sleep peacefully? Well, of course that's okay.
Rather have me see your eyes? I'll take that, too!
Set up camp on a lap? Most certainly!
My daily pile-o’-kitties
Another lively week of foster kitties.