Sunday, February 27, 2011

K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Sunday

Click on the photo above to visit others who are participating in K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Sunday Blog Bash).
 Feel free to join in on the fun!

P.S. My goal is to begin to Keep It Simple Everyday!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Care For & Maintain Your Sewing Machine

Whether you sew for a hobby or business, it is very important to take great care of your investment - your sewing machine! With the right care and maintenance of your machine, you can be sure that your machine will run smoothly for many years.

Keep in mind that all machines are different and you should refer to your owner's manual for more indepth care and maintenance. For now, I will just share some general guidelines that you can do on a routine basis.

  • A lot of hobbyists may find themselves with a couple of different machines and each may use different bobbins. Make sure that you are using a bobbin that is specific to your machine. Also make sure that you have wound your bobbin properly and that it is seated in the bobbin area of your machine correctly.

  • A question often asked is "When do I change my needle?". I am very guilty of using my needle until I start running into problems such as bending, breaking and skipping stitches. After a lot of frustration, changing thread, reseating the bobbin, etc., only then do I think of changing my needle. It is highly recommended that you change your needle after every eight hours of sewing. Don't forget that there are different needles recommended for different fabrics from lightweight to heavyweight, etc. Use the correct needle and your project will finish beautifully.

  • Cleaning your machine is also vital to ensure that you will have years of smooth sewing with your machine. Each machine should have a lint brush located with your accessories. Try to remove the lint from all areas of your machine where it collects, especially in, around and under your bobbin.

  • One area that I tend to forget about are the tension disks where your upper thread is threaded through. For these areas you can run unwaxed dental floss or crochet cotton. Make sure that you mimic the threading of your machine when using these items to clean your tensions disks. Also, and very important, when changing thread, never pull your thread out of the machine in the opposite direction of the threading order. Snip your thread near the spool and pull the snipped thread out from the needle. Some people think that this wastes thread but rather it ensures that thread will not break in the tension disks and cause problems with your machine.

  • If you own a computerized machine, you want to make sure that you turn off your machine and unplug it when not in use. If possible, connect your cord into a surge protector to prevent possible damage due to power outages and surges which can damage your sewing machine's computer.

  • Consider scheduling an annual check-up with a trained technician. They have the knowledge and experience to clean and tune-up your investment.
Take care of your machine and your machine will take care of you!!! :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

I Love A Good Party!!! Want to join me?

Prairie Patch

The Prairie Patch is having a party and I'm going!!! Click on the link above and follow the directions to join in on the fun!

Before I go partying though, I need to finish what I'm working on today! You will love these Extreme Primitive Black Rabbits. They seem to be multiplying rapidly at my house (pun intended). Click on the photo below for ordering info.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


  • Waking up at 3:15 am - no charge
  • Getting in the car for a trip from PA to NC - no charge
  • Stopping for gas - $36
  • Super WalMart for sunglasses and snacks - $25
  • Stopping for gas - $35
  • Seeing the look on my daughter's face when I showed up on her doorstep 10 hours later - PRICELESS!!!
My daughter Ann is an RN in the Surgical Trauma ICU at a hospital in North Carolina. She is taking a 3 month leave of absence beginning March 1st when she leaves for Sierra Leone, Africa. Annie will be an ICU nurse on board a ship for three months with Mercy Ships.

AFM Aerial

Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion.

My husband and I had met up with her a couple of weeks ago in Lancaster but (Moms will understand my heart) I could not have her leave without seeing her one more time!!! So....her roommate and I worked it out that since she had these few days off from work, I would travel down here unannounced and show up on her doorstep. Like I said earlier - PRICELESS! The look on her face was worth getting up at 3:15 am and driving 10 hours to visit with her!!!

Please find time to pray for Annie while she is away. We would certainly appreciate all your prayers!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Beautiful Reminder

Click on the photo above to read a
 beautiful reminder perfectly suited for today!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wish It Were a Flip Flop Kind of Day!

Came home from work early today - feeling a little under the weather - and see that my Extreme Primitive Black Rabbit is featured in a Treasury!!! Click on each of the photos to visit the various shops. Guarantee - you will not be disappointed!!!

'Wish it were A Flip-Flop kind of day!' by TeresasPrimTreasures

Deaming of Spring!!!
















Sunday, February 6, 2011

Blog Party!!!

Everyone loves a party!!! Click on the button above and show off your handmades.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Is This Becoming a Habit?

I finished another Mug Mat today. This one will be sent to a new friend in New Jersey along with some special surprises just in time for Valentine's Day!!! I hope she doesn't visit my blog until after she receives her package!

If you would like to order one for yourself, click here .