Friday, January 29, 2010
Today I wasted many, many hours editing my photos. This is partly bad because I needed to fill orders and clean my house, and partly good because look how fantastic my photos look now! (Yes, these are old photos, leave me alone.) I was feeling woozy after donating blood today (hmmm…maybe it was the Lorna Doon cookies combined with apple juice afterwards <*yikes*> that made me woozy) but anyway, I was too weak to do house work (*wink*) so I fired up my lap top, sat in my sunny bay window, and wasted many an hour doing nothing but fun stuff. I think I’ll have Paul pick up In-N-Out burgers tonight as the Red Cross blood sucker warned me to eat some extra protein tonight. Where’s the Beef!?
I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements at Costco the other day because all these years we’ve had a pirated copy. (Don’t ask….a certain ex-family member loaded it onto our computer and me being stupid, thought it one of those free Adobe programs you get at Adobe.com.) Anyway….all these photos are touched up with brightness, contrast, messing with color, and adding some great layers I purchased a while ago from Flora Bella. But I also love the textures you can get for free on Flickr. So here’s to wasting time on things I love.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
It no likes me
It’s wet and cold
And make me freeze
Piles of snow gear thrown on the floor
I am always screaming, “Someone shut that door!”
The kids they do
Track it in on their shoes
Mud puddles everywhere
They just don’t seem to care
I cross my fingers and
Hope it is over soon
For I dream of the heat
I promise--I’ll enjoy it before it’s time to repeat
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Like you, I have been haunted by the scenes of suffering in Haiti. It kept me up last night. So my birthday gift to myself was to donate to LDS Philanthropies, where I know 100% of my donation goes to emergency relief efforts. I am so humbled to be part of a church that is always on the the frontline of helping those who suffer around the world--whether it's emergency efforts like those needed in Haiti, building water systems in the Congo or donating wheelchairs to the disabled.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
There is a new handy-dandy gadget out there to make bias tape for all of sewers! It’s called the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker. Huh? What do you use bias tape for Cynthia? Um, everything—binding necklines and armholes on clothing, quilt binding, but especially my birthday banners. Each banner needs about 100 inches of bias tape so you can see why I NEED to make this stuff fast and in bulk. At about $75 it is a pricey gadget, but worth it if you make a ton on a regular basis. Otherwise, just make it by hand because while it does save you some time, you still have to do all the prep work. Here’s how I make my 1” double-fold bias tape.
Sew the strips together. I prefer to sew mine together on the bias (more professional looking, less bulk at seams) and chain piecing sure helps. Then you gotta clip all those blasted ‘triangles’ off of each end as you cut the chain pieces apart. Don’t swear, just make sure you’re listening to great tunes on your ipod. My choice at this particular sitting: Coldplay’s Viva la Vida. (That album is so good you’d think it had lots of calories and fat.)
Yup, you still gotta iron the seams to one side before ‘loading’ the fabric onto this little internal combustion engine. Oh, and make sure you bypass that stupid made-for-monkeys fabric roller—totally worthless and a waste of my precious time. Just keep your masses of strips untangled every few feet and you’ll be fine.
Voila! I wound my now 350 feet (not a typo) of bias tape (or straight-grain tape) onto cardboard scraps and breathe a sigh of relief that I won’t have to do this for another few weeks. I’ve seen talk here and there on the web from others about why I charge so much ($40) for my banners. Well, after seeing this, maybe you know why. Making the ‘rope’ for my banners is definitely the bottle-neck in the banner making process. I truly despise it, but this handy little gadget has made it a bit more bearable.
Friday, January 08, 2010
“I'm gonna soak up the sun
While it's still free
I'm gonna soak up the sun
Before it goes out on me” –Sheryl Crow
I was determined to make as many Christmas gifts this year as possible—something truly from my heart for those I love. So here are some….cashmere scarves for friends and family, rag dolls for my girls, mini make-up bags for friends, and a pillow or two.
December 29, 2009: A warm Tuesday afternoon at the Los Angeles temple on Santa Monica Boulevard. We wanted to take the kids on our 15th anniversary to where we were married. They couldn’t believe how big the temple was and could hardly resist rolling down the giant 5-acre grassy hill. They had a million questions, we had a few answers, and Paul and I found ourselves holding hands a little bit more than usual on this special day.