Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Some Things for the Vacation Home

Hello Dear Friends & Readers. I hope this finds you all well.

Back in March I placed an order on Amazon for some items for our Vacation Home (aka: the 5th wheel trailer) and totally forgot to post about the goodies even though I did take pictures.

I wanted to organize our dishes better and keep them from sliding around in the cupboard and also wanted to replace the Tupperware that Bretz RV included with our trailer, so I got these.

"Camco - Stack-a-Plate"

These work great and have a non-slip coating on the bottom to keep them from sliding around and you can also screw them in place if you need more security.
The large one hold's up to 10 1/4" plates and the smaller one holds the sandwich plates and bowls.

They hold our new dishes.
"Corelle Living Ware"
 It is guaranteed to be highly break and chip resistant and other campers and full-time RVer's have been using it for years with great results. 

 I added squares of the black non-slip shelf liner in between each one of the bowls for added safety. I also have squares of the shelf liner in between the cookware to keep them from scratching since they are the non-stick variety. I kept the Tupperware plates and bowls to use for lunches. Need to add a shelf above the dishes for more storage room.
Wanted to add more hanging space to our closet, so I bought these....
They turned our hanging area from this....

To this....

Our closet is a little short so some of the clothes bunch up on the bottom, but it's not that bad and nothing gets wrinkled. 
Of course there is no room for extra shoes on the bottom when the closet is fully loaded for camping season so I need to come up with a shoe rack of some sort now. Think I'll check out Pintrest for some do-it-yourself ideas.
Also need to buy a battery operated light bar to replace the puck light that doesn't put out near enough light in the closet.
All of these items cost me no money at all thanks to spending some time taking surveys and exchanging my points for Amazon gift cards. 

I found an older paper towel holder in our basement and need to get it put up so the paper towels aren't just sitting on the counter. I mostly use Pinecone, Lifepoints, and Swagbucks.

After a soak and a scrub in hot soapy water it looks just like new.

I also bought sheets for the bed and modified them to fit better, but that is a post for another day.

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, June 10, 2019

TUSAL for May

I actually got some stitching in while on our last two camping trips.
Here are my ORT's for the month of May.

Hope you all are well.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy 

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

TUSAL Update for April

I'm late once again with my TUSAL update, oh well, so goes life.
I'm still working on getting more of my "for sale" item's together and getting pic's taken.

Once again there are no floss ORT's just sewing threads and fabrics.
Been to busy sewing and fabric crafting to stitch.

Here are all of the ORT's that I have collected over the years.
They are going to be thrown away since I have no real reason to keep them and they are using up a perfectly good half gallon jar.

I will not put these out for our feathered friends, since I have seen a bird hanging dead from a nest by a piece of string and one caught up on a branch that was unable to fly away, it also had died. So better to be safe and let them find dried naturals and not risk their lives. Just my opinion.

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Slowly Adding Things

Hello Everyone, Hope you are all doing well.

I've been slowly going through my craft room to find things I know I will never use, stitch, sew, etc. and adding them to my "For Sale" tabs.

I've added to the RV & Tent Organizers, Smalls, and Photo Albums tabs.
If your interested or curious have a peek. There are also some of my Organizers and Photo Albums on my hubs blog CampingBastards.com

Next will be some needlework charts that I have, some I've stitched and will never stitch again, others I looked at and thought why the heck did I get that.

Check back weekly to see what other items I add.

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, April 22, 2019

A Couple of Products Reviews

Hello Everyone, Hope this finds you doing well.

I tried the "Aleene's Original Super Fabric Adhesive" for adhering Velcro to the straps of my canvas Hanging Organizers, the glue stuck to the fabric amazingly well, the Velcro not at all. Every single piece of Velcro pulled right off with very little fuss, I had a couple that I thought would make it, but a regular wash in cold water and the only thing they were stuck to was each other. 
 So, great for fabric, especially heavy fabrics, but not for Velcro.

You can see the glue patches above the snaps.

  I'm not completely satisfied with is my Dritz Ironing-board cover. It is hard to get it and keep it straight and getting water on it while spritzing to remove creases results in yellowish stains that you can see in the above photo.  Maybe it's just our hard water. Directions say not to machine wash so I will live with it as is since it doesn't leave marks on the fabrics. 

Just a bit of information if your thinking of getting either one of these items.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Easter

Wishing all of you a very Happy Easter.

Hugs, Sandy

Sunday, April 07, 2019

ORT Report and Other Happenings

Hello Everyone: Hope this finds you safe and well.

I've started to clear out some of the things I've made and will never use, so in the process I've changed my blog a bit and will be adding items for sale as I take pictures and get them posted. I'm also going to slowly re-add my free charts so they will all be in one place, eventually.
So check back every now and then to see what I'm offering. I'll try to post when I add something for sale.

On to the ORT Report.

All from sewing, not even one little x was stitched.😢

 Thread doesn't take up much space, but the fabric scraps do.

That's one big pile of fabric scraps. 

Until next post.....

Take Care & Happy Stitchin' and Sewing
Hugs, Sandy

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Finishes for the 5th Wheel

Hello Everyone, Hope all is well with you.

Finished these off at the end of March. They will hang in our 5th wheel vacation home. They are my original designs using John Muir quotes and are stitched on 28 count with a combo of DMC and Caron Collection Wildflowers.

Finished as flat hangers.
Added a door charm, little metal stars, and a Moose button I cut the shank off of and glued down.

Stuffed hangers.
Added a key charm, but I might replace it with a compass charm at a later date. Didn't think the other two needed anything. Simple jute hangers on all.

Take Care
Hugs & Stitches, Sandy

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

I Totally Spaced!

Hello Everyone; I hope all is well with you. 
The snow has started to melt finally, but has turned parts of my yard into a soggy muddy mess.
I totally forgot about posting this to my blog at the end of last month. I posted to the Facebook group, "Stitching From Stash" but forgot to post here.

A couple of smalls stitched on plastic canvas.

 These will be turned into a pair of earrings if I can just find the bag of earring hooks I have somewhere in the disaster area that I call my craft room. 

This will be a magnet for the month of "February", I still have several more to make to go with it.

All are stitched using DMC threads, solids for the feathers and variegated plus white for the heart on 14 count plastic canvas.

I've gotten them all cut out and need to back them with felt, at least for the magnet, but I may stitch two more of the feathers and whip stitch them together so they are the same front and back.

I haven't done any stitching so far this month, been working on my hanging camping organizers. Who knew how long it takes to go through fabrics, iron them, measure them, clip samples, cut a few, fold others, and then try to find coordinating fabrics. 

Well, that's all for this post, I'll have another post about some things I've gotten for the vacation home soon. 
So, until next post.......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

A Bit of Crabbing & TUSAL Update

Hello Friends & Followers
It's still cold and snow covered here in south central Montana. 
We have around a foot of that fluffy white crap covering everything and with the high temps only occasionally going up to 20 degrees F. and lows in the single digits or below zero it's going to stick around. The bright side is that the highway's the hubs drives to work are clear, that is until the next storm rolls through.

Went to a new doctor Tuesday and all is good, need to loose weight but I always seem to need to do that. 
Changed from my original doctor, because she had the attitude that her word was law, and your opinion didn't matter. 
I'm 55 and when I saw her 2 years back she informed me that I needed to stop taking Estroven hot flashes since they only last for a year and that the Estroven can raise your blood pressure. 
Thought that was odd since everything I had read and all I heard from family and friends is that they could last up to ten years right along with all the other crap that comes with being meno positive. Even now I still have one every now and then, but thankfully not every frickin 15-20 minutes like when they first started. Sometimes being a woman can suck, first it's PMS then it's Menopause, both equally irritating in their own ways.

Now I have to stop by my old doctors office on Friday so I can sign a release form so they will transfer my records to my new doctor. Wish I knew that when I had my appointment and I would have stopped on Tuesday.

Think I've done enough bitchin' and moanin' for one post, now on to the TULSA part.
Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long click the link to see what it's about if you don't already know.

Floss & Thread ORT's

Fabric ORT's

Been working on some hanging organizer's for Tents, Pop-Up Trailer's and RV's to sell in the near future. I'll let everyone know when I do in case your interested. 
Haven't decided if I want to sell on my blog or open an Etsy store. If any of you have an Etsy store I'd love to know how you like using it. Is it easy to use and how are the fee's overall?
Well that's it for this post, so until next post.....
Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy 


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Small Town Happenings

Hello Dear Friends, 
It has been snowing here, again, and will continue for the next couple of days as well as cold, cold, cold. Tomorrows high will be 20F and that will be the warm day for the week.
We were without water for around 8 hours today, I guess a neighbor had a water line break, because the town crew was over there with their little backhoe digging at the front of their yard next to the road.
You would think that since this is a very small town that they would say something to the nearby neighbors, but nope, you just go to get some water or flush and nothing. 
Water had leaked and ran down the road and in front of our drive way, the hubs said that all of the tire ruts were full of water. So the hubs will take the Jeep to work tomorrow since we should have nice ice slick out there after it gets down into the single digits tonight. The town crew did come by with their truck with the plow on the front, but I don't know what good it may have done.
I'll be sure to fill some extra jugs for the toilet just in case they do it again tomorrow.

Birdies look so graceful when they are flying along don't they, but let them try to land in the snow and these are the imprints left behind.
Crash landing then walking away.

Another crash landing with wing imprints.

Just the beautiful wing imprint.

They were going after some over ripe grapes I had put out in a dish and some lunch-meat a little past it's prime I had put in another.

I could never catch them out there, every time I went to look they were gone.

Until next post.....

Take Care & Stay Safe
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Update On My Sewing Clips

Hello Dear Friends & Followers;
Just been staying warm and doing a bit of designing and stitchin'. There is still snow on the ground, but it's only February so we'll get more.

I bought these on Amazon back in November of last year and thought I'd used them enough since then to form an opinion on them.

These work great and are not to small for me, but if you happen suffer from arthritis they may be a bit to small.
They have a good grip and work well on thinner pieces like just two layers of fabrics and even hold onto pieces that have a couple of layers of cotton batting.

I did have one break and another one that has a crack in the plastic bar at the top. The tin was dented, but since Amazon doesn't use packing material when they ship it was to be excepted and I was able to pop the dents back out.

I would definitely recommend these they are well priced at $9.99 for 100 clips.

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy  

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines Day

Hello Dear Friends & Followers
 I just wanted to wish you all Happy Valentines Day.
May your day be filled with a little love, a little laughter, many warm hugs, and a ton of Chocolate! 💝😍💝

I stitched up this free chart by Loretta Oliver of Stitching the Night Away, but haven't decided if or how I want to finish it. The buttons at the bottom are just a few "what I have on hand" thoughts for the open heart space if I do decide to keep it.

 "February 2011 Valentine"
Stitched on 28 count white evenweave lightly coffee dyed using DMC 115, My very favorite variegated red. 

Until next time .......

Take Care & Happy Stitching
Hugs, Sandy  

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Goodbye Google+

Hello Dear Friends & Followers:
I just read that Google+ is going away on April 02, 2019.
From Google+
"In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations."
"On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted."

So because of this, I'm going to close my Google+ account before the end of the month, so if you only follow me through Google+ and want to keep up with me & my stitchin and free designs, you may want to consider following my blog or following me by e-mail.

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy 

Monday, February 04, 2019

TUSAL for February

Welcome to all my Dear Friends & Followers; 
We may have missed the Polar Vortex here in our little piece of southern Montana, but we just got a major cold snap that has our highs in the single digits and our lows below zero. Hopefully it will warm back up later in the week like the weather person says it will. 

It's time for the February edition of the 2019 TUSAL.
What is the 2019 TUSAL? 
Click on the link below to find out.


Here are my ort's from January 7th to February 4th.

Not a lot of stitching got done, I was more focused on doing some more designing.

Well, that's all for this post, so until next time.....

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

January Stitching Finishes

Hello Dear Friends & Followers; 
I hope everyone is staying warm and safe in the harsh winter weather. We missed the Polar Vortex in southern Montana, but next week we're due to get some very cold weather so I'll make sure the wood box is stocked and make lost of warm drinks and comfort foods.

I did a bit of stitching and finishing this month and here are the results:

 Two more "Wintry Snowflakes" magnets.
Stitched on 14 count white plastic canvas using DMC white, DMC silver metallic, and my own hand dyed "Blue Spruce". They are backed with black felt and have a button magnet on the back.

Two "Harvest Pumpkins" magnets.
Stitched on 14 count white plastic canvas using DMC threads both solid and variegated. Backed with black felt and a button magnet on the back.

That's all on the stitchin' I've done this month, but have been designing many more charts to stitch during the year and maybe a few to share as well.

So until next post.....

Take Care, Stay Warm
& Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Saturday, January 26, 2019

A Valentine Small

Hey There Everyone, It's been cold here in Montana and we got a foot of that beautiful fluffy white crap early in the week that is turning into brown slush all over town. Luckily the highways that the hubs has to drive 5 days a week are clear.

Well, it's almost February so I thought I would post a Valentine gift for all my stitchin' friends and followers. It should be a fairly quick stitch using a favorite color, a variegated thread, or even with the threads I chose.

I added a small alphabet and numbers if you want to personalize it where the solid lines are.

I designed it with Dusty Rose colors using DMC 
150 - solid black circle, 
3350 - + (plus symbol),
 3731 - clear heart,
 3733 - x,
 151 - small black dot
(do not stitch the solid lines)

"Valentine's Heart"
41w x 40h
Hope you enjoy the chart.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy 

Monday, January 07, 2019

January 2019 Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long

It's back, the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long (TUSAL) for 2019 if you want to know what it's all about and even join in you can click the link.


Here are my first ORTS for 2019.
Ended up with a new jar when I couldn't find my jar from last year in the carnage that is my craft room. 

Not a whole lot of bits and pieces, but I've only been stitching my little snowflakes. They are just blues, white, silver, and iridescent.

Took a picture this afternoon of all of my 2018 ort's and then what I have collected over the years. That's a whole lot of uselessness.

I'll do a post next on all of the pieces I stitched in 2018, I just need to get them all together and take pictures. I'll have a few I never got around to posting about.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy