Monday, January 27, 2014
Random January Projects...
As January is quickly approaching its finish I wanted to see where I have spent some of my time. It always seems like I don't accomplish much. I have the standard chores like housework, cooking, laundry and husband but those don't count in my creative world. So to review...I made some more Valentine ATCs. I forgot to take finished photos however and they are already in the mail.
Do any of you have issues with these Fiskars ergonomic punches? This is my third different design pair that have broken just trying to punch simple paper. I am so frustrated at the waste and money spent that I went online and filed a warranty claim with Fiskars. They are a good company and I really like most of their products but I feel there is a serious design flaw with this type of punch. I can hear the broken plastic inside the unit. We will see what Fiskars does in a few weeks.
Not all my creative time is with fabric and lace and beads. Mr. C needed my help so this is what I was tasked to do. Cut a piece of Butyl rubber 3/8 inch wide and attach it to a metal strip. I decided this was a job for Gorilla glue! With rotary cutter and quilt ruler I cut my strip of Butyl. Applied a very small line of Gorilla glue and then clamped it all together. Fingers crossed...
Here is the strip that dried and seemed to hold together. Mr. C has already used this unit, minus my clamps, in his project.
My friend Sylvia had some window blinds that she disliked because the fringe had faded on the window side. I suggested I could fix them for her. What was I thinking? The blinds are plastic so there weren't a lot of options. I masked off the blind portion. You can see the fading on the left one and my repair on the right one.
Then I got out my liquid Rit dye. This was a bit tricky but I managed to carefully dye the fringe and not the blinds. They are completely matching on both sides of the fringe now. All dry and ready for re-installation. I will deliver them this week.
So in review I have accomplished a few random projects. It does feel good.
Now I can move on to some more creative projects which I prefer. What shall I begin??? I already have quite a few options.
We are still extremely dry here. Prayers for rain might be answered later this week. Fingers crossed.
I hope all who are snowed under and in freezing cold temperatures are safe and warm. Hot chocolate works wonders.
I am busy with visiting many blogs from Vicki's Grow Your Blog party. I did not participate however I am supporting as many as I possibly can. I am also enjoying a wonderful blog hop with Madamm Samm. This hop utilizes some fabulous fabrics called "She Who Sews" and I have some plans in the future. I know I am spending extra time at my computer but it is very inspiring to find so many creative souls with wonderful talents. I hope you are busy with whatever makes your soul sing.