Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Big sale in my shop - save up to 54%!

I am having a sale in my shop, because, to be honest, I need to pull together some extra funds. There's a hole in our roof! And we need to get it fixed as soon as possible.

Not only because we don't know if it'll start leaking into the house. But you never know what might find its way into our house through the hole. On one occasion I could hear something hopping (!!) around in the loft. Later, when Tony went in the loft, he could see tell tale signs of a bird having been there.

Atleast it was just a bird. But where did it go? Was it able to get out? Has it kicked the bird bucket in our loft? Eek.

Yes, gotta get the roof fixed. So there's a big sale in my shop.

Polka and Bloom Snowflake patterns
First of all, I have set up a 'Special Sale' category where I have put together various crazy good deals. Like these 12 popular patterns which you can get for just $30 (saving over 50%).

Polka and Bloom patterns
Or all my snowflake patterns for just $25, again saving over 50%.

Polka and Bloom folk art inspired
Some of my folk art inspired patterns save you an even 50%.

On everything else, you can save 20% (except on the Special Sale category since that is already at reduced price) until Sunday, September 28.

Patterns, ebooks, pattern sets. Even the One of A Kind category with some of my handmade items.

To get 20% off, just use this code at checkout: FIXTHEROOF.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Finished Object :: Seed stitch wrap

Purl wrap
Do you remember the seed stitch wrap I started last year? I finished it! Yes!

I actually finished it in March this year. I think it was March... But then I kept putting off taking pictures of it to share, because there are all those ends to weave in.

I still haven't sorted out those ends. :-D

I really should get on that soon! In the meantime, I thought I should just take some darn pictures of the wrap, ends or no ends. I tucked in the ends when I took the pictures. Although maybe that's kinda pointless because I just told you that they are still there. ;-)

Purl wrap
Anyway. Yay! I finished the wrap!

I am not a fast knitter, and I much prefer crochet. So I am proud of myself for sticking with this project and finishing it.

The wrap is so warm and snuggly. I love the texture of it. And I love the colours together.

Purl wrap
I was a little bit worried about the colours, I have to admit. The original pattern from Purl uses wool yarn, but I have used cotton. And there's just a difference in how the colours translate between the two types. I couldn't find all the exact colours used in the original either, so the colours are not the same.. But it turned out ok I think!

Purl wrap
Texture. Love. Yum.

I love the texture of it so much that I am planning on making another project using the seed stitch. I did not see that coming! :-)

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pen test for quilt labels

Pen test on fabric
I've been wondering which pen is best to use on fabric - for labeling quilts. I've searched for various recommendations. There are different opinions.

One seems to be mentioned quite a lot, the Pigma Micron. But then I read a post where the blogger (can't remember who) was kinda disappointed with it.

So I figured I test things myself.

I cut a few strips of white fabric and then I tested every single pen (type) in my stash. That's just showing on the left.

I could tell straight away that some of them wouldn't be any good. Didn't write well on fabric, a lot of feathering etc etc. And then I rinsed this piece straight away to see what would happen.

On the other two I tested the ones that I hadn't ruled out already. I left both strips to let the ink dry for a couple of hours. Then I scrubbed the middle one with soap and water.

I ironed the one on the right and then I scrubbed that one as well.

Of all the pens I tried, the Pigma Micron came out best I think. Both the black and the red one.

Obviously, I don't know how they will stand up to repeated washes of a quilt. Anyone have experience with this?

What pen (if any) do you use to label quilts?

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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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