Reed is coming to sew this morning so I can’t spend two hours writing, watching tv and drinking coffee which is my normal routine. Yesterday was a low key day at home – I finished “The Reckoning” by John Grisham. Very good and now I’m looking for another great book that keeps my interest.
Rugs From Rags
Anyone wanting to make a rug will need to have a copy of our book Rugs From Rags that comes with a DVD which goes through each step. These twined rags are made on a simple wooden frame with nails. They aren’t difficult to make but we don’t sell them anymore so if you don’t have a fame you’ll need to get one made before you can start. The book and DVD are $20.00. All measurements are in the book to make the frame. If you can’t do it, find a handyman who wont have any trouble making it.
In the meantime cut or tear your strips out of any old fabric or old linens. Do not make this rug out of expensive jelly rolls. You will use approximately 12-15 yards total to warp the frame and then twine the rug.
I am just barely started on this rug but I hope to have it done by fall. I have not included it in my Dirty Dozen because I just started on it.
Catching up on my mail. Here is Kate Schloemer’s Stack ‘n Whack which can be made from a tutorial online.
And this is Debbie Goad’s Charming Nine Patch. What great color!
Many of you probably remember Diane’s senior horse named Pete who had suffered a couple strokes. Pete crossed over the Rainbow Bridge last week and is now happily running on strong legs and nibbling on green grass. And the best part? Diane and Jen will see him again one day.
Have you ever purchased gift cards from Casey’s convenience store? I like to have them on hand to slip into cards so that the person receiving the card could buy a pizza or coffee and donuts when life is busy or stressful. I had one in my purse and as I was getting gas I thought I’d just use it. WRONG! My $10 gift card was gone because Casey’s took out $2 per month after one year. They say the card does not have an expiration date but it does because they take your money back $2.00 at a time until it’s gone!
I had four cards left from the 10 that I purchased. Gone. They have my $40.00. Let this be a lesson for all – do not buy Casey’s gift cards. We have a new Kwik Star in Garner who will always get my business from now on.
Last week I browned and drained 2 lbs. of breakfast sausage for Rick. In his paper bowl he can put a big spoonful of sausage, a bit of shredded cheese and add two eggs. Two minutes in the microwave gave him his own omelet. Such an easy meal.
Before I got to Connie’s I stopped at a greenhouse in Spencer where I looked only at the succulents. I’m always on the lookout for something different. I would love to have another coral cactus but they were $38! Nope.
ZZ plants can be found at Walmart for less than $10. They were $29.99.
And my 7′ pencil tree must be worth $300 if this one is $78!
When I got home I cut the top half off my pencil tree and started several new ones. Now I can get it in my house again.
And this sweetie pie showed up in my yard yesterday. I joke about having so many cats I’m one shy of a hoarder but truth be told, I do not want any more cats. This little guy is young – seems healthy and loves attention.
I was talking to Sam and her kids on the phone last night so I named the kitten after 3 year old Owen Lund. They’re coming to meet him this afternoon . I wish I wanted him but I don’t – does anyone want a cute kitten?
I’m going to call the vet office and see if he’s been reported missing – I don’t know how he got to our house and we have no close neighbors who might have had kittens. Isn’t there someone reading this that would like a sweet little kitten?
I think I’ve covered all the miscellaneous. You enjoyed the tour of Connie’s house at the lake, didn’t you? I did, too. Reed will be here soon so I’d better get my chores done so we can sew. I’ll tell you what he’s working on very soon.