Saturday, September 20, 2014

How to :: Easily remove label glue

Easily remove label glue
Trying to remove the label glue from a jar can be a real pain, right? The glue just sticks and sticks. Even if you manage to remove all the paper, the glue still sits there, mocking your every effort!

Until now. Because there is a dead easy, no chemicals involved, method to remove even the most sticky of sticky glue.

I had tried soaking jars in oil and that does work. But unless you actually completely submerge the jar in oil, the oil will just run off. And you really don't want to waste all that oil. I figured there must be a way to make the oil stay on. And one day I had a tub of bicarbonate of soda sitting next to each other and I thought, this might work! A quick search and it turned out that other people have had luck with that, so I gave it a go.

It totally works. Label removing is no longer a pain!

Easily remove label glue
Here's what you need:
(Olive) oil
Bicarbonate of soda
Small bowl

How much you will need of oil and bicarb depends on how many jars you are going to clean, but you can always mix more if you run out.

Mix the oil and bicarb together. The consistency should be fairly thick, but still viscous. Somewhere between Nutella and ketchup. :-)

Easily remove label glue
Make sure that you have soaked your jar(s) to remove as much of the paper as you possibly can.

Then apply the mix to anywhere you see glue on the jar. If the mix runs straight down the jar, it is too runny and you'll need to add more bicarb.

Leave on a plate over night - or even for a couple of days. The longer you leave it, the easier it will be to remove the glue.

Some of the mix will eventually run down the jar. Which is why you want to leave them on a plate. You don't want this greasy stuff all over the place. ;-)

Easily remove label glue
Remove the mix with kitchen roll. The glue should be gone. If there are stubborn bits of glue, simply give it a good rub with the mix on the jar. The bicarb will be abrasive enough to remove it.

Easily remove label glue
And that is it! Glue is gone. Wash the jar and use for glitter or whatever. ;-)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Some things that inspired me this week - September 19

Small multi colour quilt top
Diane reviewed the book Modern Quilt Perspectives and it sounds pretty awesome.

These silos in Vancouver that were painted to look like giant people. I said 'that is so cool, that is so cool!' when I saw that. Because it is cool!!

The true cost of a [knitting] pattern. {via}

Laura at Bugs & Fishes did a wee crafty interview type thing with me last week. (Thank you, Laura! x)

Beautiful photo illustrations. With cakes. {via}

DIY marbled glassware. I so want to try this. I have pleeeenty of nail polish in funky colours! :-)

Baby quokkas are totally adorable.

Splityarn on Flickr made a pretty cool pouch embellished with my August Blooms pattern. :-)

How sugar affects the brain. Wow. {via}

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2015 fabric calendar :: Pre-order now

2015 Calendar Fabric Panel-Polka and Bloom
The 2015 calendar panel is now available to pre-order. It will ship at the end of September.

The calendar measures: 13.4" x 16.7" (34 x 42.5cm). It is a little bit larger than previous years. The colours are tangerine, fuchsia and light blue. I'm really diggin' orange at the moment... :-)

It is printed on cotton poplin, which is kinda like quilting cotton, but not quite. It has a smoother surface and is quite lovely.

It can easily be stitched on and embellished. Or left as is. You could also use it in a quilt to mark a special occasion: wedding, birth etc. :-)

2015 calendar sketches

The calendar changed quite a bit from my original sketch. Things don't always work the same in a proper size as they do in a teeny tiny sketch. Or even in a slightly larger sketch.

I'm ok with that. I may be a control freak when it comes to some things, but I am happy to let the creative spirit do its thing.

2015 Calendar Fabric Panel-Polka and Bloom

Here is a close up of a few of the month 'flowers'. I think I like January best and that sort of came about by a happy accident. Always take a second look at accidents and mistakes. They can be pure creative gold sometimes. :-)

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Experiment :: Appliqué roses

Roses appliqué
Remember the pretty roses Tony bought me a little while ago? Just before they started to wither, I drew a quick sketch of them. Almost blind contour like. Very loose. And then I coloured it with Tombow Brush Pens. That's one of my favourite drawing things at the moment. Especially after I realised that you can lift the colour and spread it using a water brush. Instant water colour!

Roses appliqué
I had this idea that it would be fun to do a stitched version of it. But I didn't want to just embroider the drawing. But then I was tidying some fabric scraps and came across a few that were just about the same colours that I had used in the drawing. Light bulb moment!

Roses appliqué
I drew each flower and leaf on fabric, not being too careful that it was exactly like the drawing. I wanted it to feel quite loose. Cut around the drawings and basted everything to fabric. I'm back stitching it with one strand of floss and then whipping the stitches with (mostly) the same colour.

I want the stitches to look a little bit messy, like it had actually been drawn with ink that had gone a bit blobby.

Roses appliqué
I haven't decided yet, but I may add some other flowers that I have cut from different fabrics. To make an over the top floral extravaganza! Or I might just keep it simple. I can't decide. :-D

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP :: Stripy Mini Quilt

Quilty Lines Experiment
I've had an idea in my head for a while and this actually isn't it. It's more like a tribute. You know, like the Tenacious D song. ;-)

This is a simplified version of the idea, and that is a good thing. I think I often have a tendency to over think and over complicate things. I want to be oh so clever when simple really is quite great too. Anyone else over think their projects?

I guess you could call this a mini quilt - but since there's no batting in it, maybe it doesn't count as a quilt? Not that I really care about technicalities like that. I call it a quilt. :-)

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