Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The cross stitch tool box

Last week I posted about the "comfy crafty" area in the corner of our bedroom,
next to our bed.  You can see on the small table there is my cross stitch tool box.
Below is a closer look at the tool box.

One of the things that I'm most excited to share is the bobbin-thread holder. 
With this tool, I've eliminated the paper legend. I feel like there
is one less step for my eyes as each new thread color is started.
My husband made this first set as a prototype.

I copy the paper legend....enlarging it so that  can see it easily. 
I've put black electric tape under the legend info so that these
holders can be reusable.  The legend can be taken off and a new
one put in its place. 
The bobbins are slipped through the key-type ring.  Bobbins can
be taken off the ring and go back into the plastic bobbin case
in numerical order....*when*
the project is complete (you noticed I did say "when"??, okay
this is a grand hope that it WILL be a finished project eventually)
These are my favorite scissors on their custom made necklace.
LeAllyson Meyer makes the most wonderful scissor holders!
You can send her a picture of fabric or other color scheme and
she will make a beaded scissor necklace.....
 or eyeglass necklace (as the one below) - just for YOU!
She also does other fun beaded items as well as jewelry.
If you visit her, please mention I spoke highly of her on this
blog post =)
These are some of my needles.  So far, I don't feel too
particular about my needles, except that they be blunt ends.
I use a highlighter for marking stitches competed. I prefer the
highlighter over a colored or regular pencil.  Pencils  need
to be sharpened to mark off small areas of stitching.  I can
get confused if I wait too long and have to mark off large areas.

If you look closely above you will see there are small squares
around some stitches.  I know some of you might make a loud, large
gasp as you read this...but, those are mistakes.  Yep...mistakes that will
remain stitched with the "wrong" color of thread.  I do this only if
I feel that it will not undermine the design...and go unnoticed should
anyone not be holding the pattern in their hands to compare to my
stitching.  The mistakes are marked with an Ultra Fine Sharpie, using
blue so it is differentiated  from the pattern's markings in black.
All the tools fit nicely into this Snapware container.  These containers
come in groups of three with one lid.  So, those not being used have to
to stack taller together with one lid from another group.  I prefer the "hard"
case as opposed to a soft zippered one.  I feel that my tools are more
protected from being broken or bent while in the larger tote.  I also
much prefer clear containers.  The light that seeps in all around makes
it easier for me to find things in the "pile" of tools. 
With my scroll of needlework and tool kit inside my tote...
I'm all ready to "GRAB n GO"  =). 
Or...just sit in a comfy place at home and everything is at my finger tips.
How about you?  Do you have special tool kits or Grab n Go kits
for your crafty adventures?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Cross Stitching Tote and some accessories


It's been since November of 2014 since there was additions to my blog.  I've posted on Facebook a bit.  But, Instagram (rubyslipperz106) has been my place of choice to post lately because it's so fast and easy. Sadly, though, many of my friends and fiber/craft friends don't use Instagram.  For these people it's easier to just visit me here on anniesrubyslipperz. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  A Stitching Tote

This is my tote that holds my cross stitching "tool kit" (a clear plastic container with lots of stitchy goodies inside) and scroll frames.  I quilted two premeasured rectangles with batting in the middle.  Then I sewed it up like a pillow case and turned the edges down.  It's not fancy.  It IS...however practical and fun, especially with frog fabric and frog skin as lining.

....Just KIDDING!!  You probably guessed...it's not real frog skin!!  lol.  Kinda looks like it...don't you think??

Some of my stitchy progress so far.  This is going to be Elizabeth, a Mirabilia design by Nora Corbett
I use scroll covers to keep the Aida cleaner .  This is done on hand dyed 16 count Aida (color-Blush)from Silkweaver fabrics


Below is the stand that sits in front of my chair.  My husband improved the stand by making the joints more stable with a bit of sandpaper.  And he added a much larger wooden clamp that holds the frame much better than the original design did.  I also found this awesome magnifying clamp.  Now I don't need "reading" glasses to work.  I can look up from my stitching and not have to look over glasses.  Beside my chair is a rectangle OTT light. "Mr. Fix-it" (aka husband) also shortened the light pole about 2 feet so that the light swings right over the frame and not over my shoulder.  This keeps the light's brightness focused directly on the stitch area. 
My chair is a folding lawn chair.  The seat and back are a lightweight mesh.  It's the perfect size to fit in the small corner of my bedroom next to my bed.  I did look into other more house-type chairs, but most of them were too wide or too deep.  Or, there were no arm rests. I also use a small lower back massager while stitching.  The massager helps to keep the back from getting stiff.
I've really enjoyed sitting in this comfy place to stitch while watching TV in the evening with Mr. Fix-it.  =D
Do you have a favorite chair for sewing or stitching?  Is there something(s) special that you've done to make it more comfortable?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Who doesn't like hugs?

Hugs must be good if animals like them, right?

This may not come as a surprise...I've met quite a few people that don't care for another person to put arms around them and squeeze.  My husband is one of them.  Don't get me wrong he is a great guy (well, most of the time! lol).  We've been married almost 41 years.  And, to this day, he's not all that crazy about hugging. 

Now, me, on the other hand...I love hugs.  I won't hug new acquaintances unless I ask first.  But, friends...well, they know I gotzta have a hug when we part.

There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist,

“We need four hugs a day for survival.
We need eight hugs a day for maintenance.
We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
Below are just a few great reasons to share hugs:
1. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.

2. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one's serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.

3. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body's production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.

4. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we're born our family's touch shows us that we're loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.

5. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.

6. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system - parasympathetic.

Okay...maybe, 12 hugs in one day is a lot.  It's "a lot", but, I won't admit that it's too many.  I will agree that one hug is better than none.  Sometimes it takes practice.  For those that don't like hugs, it can take time to build up to several hugs in a day.   My husband grew up not receiving hugs...not from family or even parents.  He looks back on his childhood and he's never doubted his parents love for him because he knew they sacrificed much to make life comfortable for him and his siblings.  This is an example that we don't have to give daily hugs to "prove" we love someone.  There are many actions that show we love someone.  Still...I do love hugs! And, they are definitely a great way to show others we care.  =D
I've started asking my husband (each day) if he will give me a "healthy hug".  He seems more than willing to give a hug to keep *me* healthy.  LOL.  What he doesn't realize is the possibility that it could be healthy for him too.  =).  Some days we even get in 3 hugs.  Wow! Are we on our way to getting healthier...OR WHAT?!  =P

Now that the Holiday season is upon us, those of us who are regular huggers...might take some time out from the busy hustle and bustle to be aware of those who just might be needing a hug or two right now.  =)



Friday, November 28, 2014

Cross Stitch anyone? And, Grand Illusions Mystery?

Wow...I think I'm related to Ol' Rip!  You know the "VanWinkle" guy?  I must've slept through October and most of November!  =P 

In reality, I wasn't sleeping...just trying to keep my hobby-fingers in too many pies!  On the craft Merry-go-round!  Dabbling in some fun stuff, like making cards...copic markers, paper punches, dies, and other paper-ee things.  I've also been spending lots of hours working on a Judy Niemeyer quilt called Glacier Star.  I'll try to post some more of my crafty "crimes" in a later post.

First topic of the day:  (well, I guess it's more evening time).  I'd like to ask how many of you are cross stitchers?  If you are, do you know of Nora Corbett and her Mirabillia designs?  Do you stitch these kinds of designs?

I've dug myself a whole with Cross Stitch...not unusual for MY craft shenanigans.  Well, I...uh..have sorta bought a leeeetle too-too (is that an oxymoron??) many Mirabillia patterns.  Would anyone be interested in buying one or two (I have about a dozen or so) $5 plus shipping?  I also have some hand-dyed fabrics that I probably won't use either.  I'm not sure if anyone would be interested in any of these cross stitch fabrics?  I can post pictures.  But, I thought I would see if anyone might be interested first?  Comment and let me know?

Second topic:  Is anyone doing Bonnie Hunter's Mystery quilt "Grand Illusions"?  I've got the fabric and am downloading the directions. I am excited to start it.  But, you and *I* know that I've started a few lots of things in the past...and not completed them.  But, does that mean I shouldn't ever start another FUN crafty thing? Please, don't hold my feet fingers  to the fire on that one!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I'd love to hear about that too...if, you'd like to share =D

Love and HUGZ!