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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I Is Kind of Addicted to Left Hand Embroidery

This quote from the movie, The Help, is a favorite of mine. It just makes me feel good. So good I decided to do some simple embroidery on a scrap piece of linen.

I'm right handed so using my left hand to write the text gave me exactly the look I was going for. Embroidery is not something I excel at so this method is a win-win for me. Have you tried it?


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Loving My New Brabantia Rotary Clothes Dryer!

I haven't been so excited about doing laundry since I was a kid helping mom with the old wringer washer, but..... 

I wrote a whole page about my new spin-top backyard clothes dryer. You know the kind of clothesline I'm talking about, right?

It's the umbrella kind that is also portable so you can easily take it down and stash away when it's not being used. You stand in one place and turn the dryer so empty lines are there in front of you ready to be utilized.

I feel very European, even though I'm standing under one of my backyard coconut trees. Want to get one of these? Here you go:

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P.S. AND........in case you don't have a backyard space for a clothesline you can still use a rotary dryer. Just get the kind that mounts to the side of your home!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Craft Gossip Likes My Good Kitty Karma! Want to Help?!!! :)

Photo of my hammock courtesy Andrew Mathias at Hawaiian Humane Society
Let me tell you a brief story. I like to help animals and so I designed a corner hammock pattern for homeless kitties for my local animal shelter, the Hawaiian Humane Society in Honolulu. (No, of course I did NOT invent the corner, hahaha, but I did create this original pattern.) :)

Over the past few years I've sewn and donated lots of animal things to the HHS and to many animal rescues and shelters in the U.S. mainland. The animals need all of us sewing for them.....I can't keep up!

You can now access my online version FREE where I have published a tutorial on Squidoo. The great folks at Craft Gossip are helping me to spread the word. So, please even if you don't sew I'm asking you to share this post and this link so we can create lots and lots of happy kitty karma!

 Thank YOU for helping the animals! YAY!!!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

My New Decorating and Crafting Word is: eclectiCheap!

The entire last year from the beginning of summer on was literally a blur. My husband and I began our DIY renovation of our 640 square foot cottage here in Hawaii. What an experience that was!

My New Reading Nook

Renovating Our Cottage

I've neglected my postings and I apologize to those couple of people who may have noticed. ha :)  We are still doing bits of finish work but for all intents and purposes the main job is done. I will share a few pictures with you today, BUT I wanted to tell you about my new word.

I made it up this morning and it's perfect for me. The word is eclectiCheap. What do you get when you combine Eclectic style with Inexpensive? You get my new word..... eclectiCheap. (Pronounce it as if you were combining the two words Eclectic and Cheap.) I kind of like it, don't you? 

What kinds of projects are you currently working on? Please share!

Aloha for now!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Easy to Sew Dust Filter! It's Reusable Of Course! :)

We recently remodeled our cottage and only have hardwood flooring, ceramic tile and a couple of very low pile rugs. Our fur kid is an integral part of our family dynamics and she has the most wiry white hair so I have to vacuum daily. The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik vacuum with its tremendous suction is PERFECT for us. Bye Bye pet hair and dust and dirt!

The vacuum came with one filter. I always made sure to clean off the excess dirt and dust from the filter after each use, though I knew eventually I would need to order more filters. So, I did. I absolutely LOVE my vacuum and the new filters are great too, but I decided to try my hand at making my own DIY dust filters.

If you have this particular model you are a SMART SHOPPER and in luck because my tutorial is, of course, how to sew filters for this vacuum. However, take a look at your canister vacuum and see if this same idea can be easily modified to suit your vacuum.

So, here we go:

How I Made a Dust Filter for My Vacuum

Removing Old Dust Filter
I used my seam ripper for sewing and removed the machine stitches holding the old filter to the plastic form. I need this old filter to use as a pattern to make my DIY dust filter.

Carefully Remove Stitching Along Seam Lines of Old Dust Filter


Lay Old Dust Filter Flat to Serve as Pattern Piece

Cambric is the name of the dust cover material found stapled under furniture. You may have used it in upholstery work. It is what I chose to make my DIY dust filters. Even if you've never worked with this stuff before, it's a piece of cake! This cambric was purchased on Amazon and is 100% polypropylene. It is very affordable material. You can get it here: Dritz 44296 Dust Cover Upholstery Fabric, Charcoal, 36-Inch by 5-Yard

Place pins close to edge of filter (INSIDE old seam lines.)
The cambric is so lightweight. Layer the material so you cut out several new filter pieces at one time.

Sewing the Dust Filter

1.  Fold fabric piece in half with edges even. In a straight stitch on your machine, sew along side edge 1/8" from edge of fabric.

2.  Sew 1/8" from bottom edge of fabric.

3.  This is what your piece will look like once sewn.

4.  Turn filter right side out and slip over the plastic filter form. (You'll note in picture 3 I rinsed off the plastic form. Now it's just like new!)

5.  I used one of those thick rubber bands that come with vegetables sometimes at the grocers to secure the newly sewn filter over the base of the plastic form. You could also use inexpensive zip ties from the hardware store, but those would have to be cut each time the filter is removed for cleaning.

6. and 7.  Showing the inside of the filter, over the form and once the form is placed into the vacuum canister.

Does It Work? See for yourself! :)


8.  Yuk!!!! Ewwwwwwwwwwww!!! Yep, it works!

9.   Lots of pet hair in the bottom of the easy-to-empty canister too.

10.  Another look at the AFTER. See how the cambric fabric filter worked exceptionally well to keep the dust out of the motor in the upper part of the vacuum?

Best of All......It's Reusable!

The polypropylene cambric fabric is super easy to clean. Polypropylene does not absorb water so it air dries in a jiffy. To clean this DIY dust filter remove it from the plastic filter form, shake off excess dirt and dust in trash can, rinse quickly under running water. Hang to air dry. :)

These filters take less than two minutes to make. Not kidding! Once you've cut them out which takes like 30 seconds, sewing on the machine may take another minute.

Please let me know how your project turns out. Feel free to share the link to this tutorial so others can give this idea a try. :)
This is it! Here's the vacuum I've been bragging about. It is a super lightweight but very hard-working stick vacuum on Amazon. You have to check this out! This vacuum cleaner is less than $20!!! Not kidding! Order at least $35 worth of stuff from Amazon and the shipping is also free even if you live in Hawaii like I do. (Or Alaska too).

And IF you should decide DIY dust filters aren't in your future, these are the correct dust filters for this super duper vacuum cleaner. And I've used these filters. They are great too! (For some reason they are listed incorrectly on the Amazon site).

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