Wanderer's to the Cabin

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Been Sewing Not Stitchin'

Lately my sewing machine has been getting used more than my scroll frames.

I've wanted to start cutting down on some of the higher priced disposable cleaning products I have been using, so I decided to start with the Swiffer Duster refill's I was always buying.
I found this great tutorial here: Sew much ado  and had to try it.

This is what they looked like after being stitched up and before washing.
As you can see from the one on the handle, they picked up dust pretty well, even then.

And here they are after washing, they picked up the dust even better at that point. 

In my opinion these are better than the disposable version since.....
1. You can shake them out and re-use them several times. 
2. You can then wash them and re-use them.
3. They will last for years (Eco Friendly).
4. You can make them in pretty colors. ;)

I made a bit of a change to the cutting part, I cut: 2 - 7" x 7", 2 - 7" x 6", 2- 7" x 4", and 2 - 7" x 3" pieces to save on fabric waste.
Consider making enough of these to fill a small laundry load, as they are very messy when washed, especially the first time around.
Also, I don't have a dryer so after washing I took them out side and shook them really well then hung them in the bathroom over the tub and used the blow dryer on them to fluff them up, then let them air dry the rest of the way. It worked out real well. 

NEW SIDE NOTE: (4:30 pm)
I just finished cutting the last of the flannel I bought and was able to get a total of TEN dusters from two 1 yard pieces of flannel. Nine two color dusters and one solid color duster. Not bad for $5.08, the flannel was on sale at Jo-Ann's for $2.99 a yard and I had a 20% off coupon on the total.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
 Hugs, Sandy

Friday, February 27, 2015

Another Give-A-Way at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

to enter yourself in Nancy's latest Give-A-Way of her beautiful floss, trims, and buttons.

Beautiful spring colors abound.
Nancy's giving away two trim packages. One on March 15th and one on March 31st.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin' Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Smalls SAL Update

Time to post my February 2015 Smalls SAL update. 

I designed this piece for Valentines Day.

"Love & Roses"
Designer: Sandra D. Longan
Stitched on hand-dyed 28 count Lugana using DMC threads and Mill Hill Petite Seed Beads. It will eventually be framed or made into a pillow, just need to find a frame or coordinating fabric.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long) Update

It's that time of the month again, for the 2015 TUSAL update of course. And I'm on time believe it or not.

So here are my threads for this month.
Some fabric and batting snips along with the threads.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin' Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Join In The Fun

Nancy at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having some more Give-A-Ways of her beautiful trims and such. 

The first is a Halloween Trims Bag 
This one will be drawn for on February 28th.

The second one is a Primitive Trim Bag
This one will be drawn for on February 14th, so hurry and stop by her blog.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Sunday, February 01, 2015

So Very Late

Seems this is the month of being extremely late for me.
First I forgot to post about two give-a-ways I won, then I forgot to post about my January Smalls SAL and lastly I failed to post a Valentines gift I've been working on for ya'll.

So, I'll start with the give-a-way's.

Back in June I won these hand-dyed Cluny Lace trims from Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe love the colors. Then in December she was having her 25 Days of Christmas Give-A-Way and I won a trims package.  I got hand-dyed buttons, loads of metal charms and some hand-dyed Chenille trim. Just love it all.

 Lots of brass charms.
Little button charms.

On to the second forgotten item on the list. My January 2015 Smalls SAL entry.

Stitched up this freebie from Samplers and Santas she has so many cute primitive designs.
I used 28 count evenweave and DMC threads, still need to add my initials and the date. I coffee stained the piece after stitching. Might turn this one into a pillow or small hanging pouch, don't know yet.

And finally the last item on my list of forgot to's....

"Valentines, Wedding, Anniversary Heart"
Designer: Sandra Longan (ya, that's me)
Size: 51 x 40 stitches or 3.64 x 2.86 inches

Pick your own colors, I only designed it with two, it's charted for 14/28 count. The black lines are for word or name/initials and month placement and should not be stitched. I put the Valentines sentiment there for the holiday and added an alphabet so you can add your own. You can add "Love One Another" that fits nicely for a wedding or anniversary. Would make a cute first Christmas ornament for newlyweds or baby too.

Still slowly working on the kitchen. I've gotten a new range, range hood/exhaust fan and dishwasher. I was so happy when the range got here I sat in front of it and cried. 
It's been almost a year since I had a properly working oven, that when it came on without being lit by hand and actually stayed on and would relight, that simple little thing we usually take for granted just made me extremely happy. 
The hoods great, no more smokey house and it has a light so I can see what cooking, and the dishwasher is great too, but I miss doing most of my dishes by hand, strange I know, but it was just calming in a way for me with the hot water. At least I'll still get to was the cast iron by hand. Well, that's it for now, so until next post.......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy