Ta-Da!

We’ve had a heatwave.

Plain and simple, the vegies I usually plant for a later harvest have struggled.

So to compensate, I dug through my stash of old sheets and between the hubby and I, came up with an idea that just might do the trick.

I present the Cucumbers of July 16, 2018 complete with sunburn and impending death.Cucs shaded9.jpg

What our young cucs needed was some relief in the form of shade. So I looked into the mesh shade cloth that you see at greenhouses and larger gardens.

It’s very nice, but I want to save a few pennies. That’s the whole point of gardening right?! Grow your own vegies to save on the grocery bill? And of course there’s the flavor 😉

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So here’s what we came up with. Two giant ‘sails’. Really just a curtain with rod pockets at top and bottom. Some old pipe came in handy to attach it to our raised bed. And when storm clouds rise or the weather turns fair, we gather it in the middle and tie it up until danger of getting ripped passes.

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Taken just 1 week after assembling this shade curtain. And I will admit to having some nice rainfall to help the situation. Just a good all around combination.

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And here’s the mandatory garden view.

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Adding this post to my new page, “Free Tip Friday”. New content on the way!

 

 

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Some Like It Hot/ Letter H

Scrap busting is my goal much of the time when sewing. I put those scraps to use in string blocks and sometimes they end up as hot pads, trivets, mug rugs, whichever you prefer to call them. In essence, we all want to protect our furniture and hands. Plus they make a great addition to a gift basket.

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Here are a few examples that are quick to disappear at my craft booth each Fall.

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Chevron style

 

Cotton batting is sandwiched between the layers to keep fingers, counters and tables from getting scorched. The backing is normally denim from outgrown/overused (ripped) blue jeans. But any 100% cotton fabric will work.

Should I create a tutorial for this item?

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Change/ WordPress Photo Challenge

Change is commonly defined as “to give a completely different form or appearance to; to transform.”

For the photo challenge, I’m Changing a garment in 2 stages. For this post, I’m transforming a portion of it into something new.

the pattern

The Pattern

This is a 19 X 11 triangle (you need 2)

This is a 19 X 11 triangle (you need 2)

This is where I cut my fabric from.

This is where I cut my fabric from.

Sewing them 1/4 inch seam and leaving space to turn right side out.

Sewing them right sides together, 1/4 inch seam, and leaving 2 inch space to turn right side out.

But first trim those corners.

But first trim those corners.

I use a quilters pencil that has a blunt end to get my corners sharp.

I use a quilters pencil that has a blunt end to get my corners sharp.

After turning right sides out, iron and pin that opening for stitching.

After turning right sides out, iron and pin that opening for stitching so that it doesn’t slip on you.

Top stitch as you are closing that opening along the entire edge of the triangle.

Top stitch as you are closing that opening along the entire edge of the triangle.

This is how I chose to add ties to create my kerchief. Sew blanket stitch along entire triangle (no photos but look online for tutorials on that process)

This is how I chose to add ties to create my kerchief. Sew blanket stitch along entire triangle (no photos but look online for tutorials on that process) and then choose the crochet stitch of your choice.

My finished Head Kerchief created from upcycled fabric.

My finished Head Kerchief created from upcycled fabric.

Now I need a live model. Any takers?