Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Loops or Rings

I hang 2 or 3 potholders by my stove because I have limited drawer space in my kitchen.  My mother places all but one of hers in a drawer by her stove.  My brother hates the loops.  He thinks the plastic ones melt and the other loops get in his way.  What is your preference? 

I like to place loops in the corners of the hot pads/potholders I make. If I knit or crochet them, I usually make a loop with yarn.  If I use fabric to make them, I sew a small plastic hoop on a corner of the fabric.  I have used a leather strip for hanging in the past along with crocheting around the plastic rings.  I find that the rings are what wear will out the fastest on potholders. I found plastic loose-leaf paper rings.  The box I ordered has 5 colors of rings which can be easily installed and removed from a potholder if desired. 


What do you think?  

My grandmother and us 4 kids in the early 60's.
They provided this mobile home for my dad as part of his salary.  I am on the left looking goofy.

My younger brother in the 80's?.  The sweater I knitted for him.

Thanks for viewing!


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

January 2022

I hope your Christmas and New Year holidays were wonderful!  I wish I had the excitement I once did.  I know the grandgirls loved Christmas!

New changes have happened since my last post.  I have retired.  With more time on my hands, I get little done.  I am sorting through all my material possessions.  I have given some items away and I sold some.  I have also added a couple of new possessions.  Here is one:  


My new sewing desk.  I have wanted to make this purchase for years.  I love the gingerbread trim. 

I have been knitting away on a new hat pattern.  The first hat 

came out perfect.  The second one grew when I washed it.  The third one I made into a ponytail hat and it came out great!  I did go down 2 knitting needle sizes.  

The first hat made:

The second hat made:

The third hat made:

I will be making one more hat to perfect the pattern.  What do you think of this hat pattern? 

My nephew and mom.  Mom turned 90 on 9\11.  Don't they look alike?  Yes, there is a size difference.

When I travel from my home to my mother's, I see many interesting homes.  Wouldn't you love to live on Honey Lane?  All I can think of is the song Penney Lane by the Beatles.  That song is in my head! 


This is the beautiful home on Honey Lane.  I tried to show all of the lovely fall foliage.

I also see abandoned homes.  I always think of all the dashed dreams and aspirations the people had.  What happened?  Where did they go?  Have you ever watched Youtube videos where people look at abandoned homes?  Some of the occupants left with a meal on the table.  I understand how people become ill, pass away, or maybe run from his or her past. What would make someone leave mansions behind? 





Thank you for viewing!  Dawnie


Sunday, March 28, 2021

I'll Pour: Grandma's Memories

I'll Pour: Grandma's Memories:  As I was sewing a binding on a small wall quilt, memories of my Grandma Mary Johnson appeared.  Years ago she made a quilt for me.  I gGrao...

Grandma's Memories

 As I was sewing a binding on a small wall quilt, memories of my Grandma Mary Johnson appeared.  Years ago she made a quilt for me.  Off and on, I got poked by a pin, but it took me some time to locate that pin and remove it.  In this case, the pin had a glass head.  I was able to use a pair of pliers and break the glass head and the pin slipped out easily.  A couple of months ago, my brother gave me a small quilt that my grandmother made for him.  He has had the quilt for many years.  (30+ years)  The quilt fits a twin-size bed, but not a full-sized bed.  I have a smaller bed, so I decided to use the quilt. Every once and a while, I felt a little pin-poke.  Yes, this quilt also had a pin left in it when grandma quilted the quilt.  Ha! Ha!  It was more difficult to remove this pin because it had a flat metalhead.  I had to maneuver the pin to a seam and guide it through 2 stitches.  This story is not to make fun of Grandma, but to share funny memories. I love these old memories of Grandma!  

Yesterday my granddaughter asked me why the dog's ears were sticking up like they were?  My comment back was that he had his listening ears on.  


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Update on Whipped Laundry Butter

From time to time humans decide to take shortcuts.  Sometimes the shortcuts can work and at times the result is a complete disaster.  I made lots of soap last year.  It was just collecting dust and waiting for me to make laundry soap from it.  I made the soap  from coconut oil, lye (sodium hydroxide), water, and essential oil.  This soap was made without extra fats or colors (zero fat).  I used lavender essential oil for fragrance when making the soap.  I usually grate the soap up and follow the laundry butter recipe.  In our house, we ran out of all laundry butter and had to use store-bought laundry soap.  Due to the extra cost and extra chemicals in store-bought soap, I was in a hurry to make more laundry butter so I wouldn't have to buy more at the grocery store.  I couldn't find my salad shooter so instead of shredding or grating the soap up nicely, I chunked up the soap.  I made a double batch, where I would need 12 ounces of chunks.  I poured 12 cups of boiling water onto the chunks into a large plastic container with a lid.  I placed the lid on the soap and water and left this mixture alone for hours.  When I got a chance to work on the soap again, the water was cold and the soap chunks had melted into the water.  I added 2 cups of washing powder (made from baking soda) and 2 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax to this mixture. 

I blended a few minutes (2-8 min.) with my stick blender and it whipped up and thickened.  I wasn't sure if the whip would go down or not so I was hesitant to pace the soap into containers.  I did it anyway and it stayed nicely whipped.  I have since made 3 more batches and this still works fine.  The amount it makes depends on the amount of air whipped into the mixture.  This last batch made 7.5 quarts.  I am very happy to find that this shortcut worked!  If you try this and it works for you, let me know.  Thanks for viewing this post!  Dawnie

It's Just Me

When you were growing up, you didn't always understand what grown-ups were saying.  You tried to say the words correctly so you could be understood.  My youngest granddaughter is the same way.  We were in the bathroom getting ready to go somewhere.  She was pushing me away from the sink saying "It's just me.  It's just me.  It's just me."  I knew it was just her.  Why was she pushing me away from the sink so she could be in front???  Then it occurred to me.  She was meaning to say excuse me.  I have had the giggles several times just thinking about this.  

I hope you have a great day!


Sunday, October 4, 2020


What do you do with the scraps you have leftover from sewing and/or quilting projects?  I watched a podcast on Youtube and he mentioned that he used all of his smaller scraps for dog bed stuffing.  (Making it Fun with Rob Appell Podcast on Youtube)  He got the idea from a shop he visited.  The dog beds are made like pillows.  The fabric is stuffed in the bag and the end of the bag is sewn up.  Rob shredded his scraps up with a rotary cutter prior to doing the stuffing.  I tried this but didn't do the shredding.  It is a little heavy and not as fluffy as it would have been if I had followed directions. LOL  If you don't have a dog, you can donate the beds to a shelter.

I am cutting pieces 2.5 by 4.5 inches for a scrappy quilt.  When there are leftover pieces large enough to measure 2.5 by 2.5, I am cutting them out.  A lot of scrappy projects use that size.  Last year I made a pumpkin table runner using 2.5-inch orange pieces.   It sure makes a project fun when various colors and patterns are used.😁

I also like to make crumb quilts.  Actually, table runners and doll quilts.  They call small scraps of fabric crumbs.  There are many ways to start a crumb quilt.  Here is a couple of examples of table runners in progress.   Some look like strip piecing and crumb quilting combined.   There are no rules.  I do this for fun.  Once you have quite a few scraps sewn together, you can cut out a square and possibly border the square, or make the whole quilt in one large piece.  I saw another podcast the other day where she was making squares and sewing them to a plain fabric in order to make half-square triangles. (Sugarido Podcast on Youtube) The possibilities are endless!

Have a great week!  Dawnie

We just lost JOY our Toy Fox Terrier girl.  She was fun and energetic and a hoarder when it came to her bed.  LOL