Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Small Projects!


A couple of days I was sewing all day!  It's way too hot to enjoy anything outside that doesn't have to be done.  I put into action my plan to do over the sleeping quarters in my van.  Just so happened my mom had one of those memory foams she wanted rid of so I am going to try it out, if I like it I'll just keep it.   It was not quite long enough because I folded it in half to make it thicker it's 3 inch so folded over it's a 6 inch If I decide to keep it I will cut it in half so it will lay flatter... I will add some stuffing to the top and bottom about 6 inches each end, and my pillows cover over that area anyways will make it even softer. SO soft at the head and foot and firm in the middle sounds good.  I used some of the material I designed if you recall from several years back; so USE what you have is the theme here.  My short success in fabric designing came in handy as I was able to retain all the yardage of the sample materials. I hope the foam will be comfy, I know it will save time, no pumping...and the cover is cotton, (the citrus one) so it should be comfortable and easy to brush dog hair off of! That's important in my case. 


I can toss my sleeping bag on and it won't be sliding around or I can lay right on the cotton cover during warm weather.  The whole ensemble is colorful and bright and has my signature horsey theme! The 2 horsey covers fit king sized pillows. 


The wedge shaped bolster is nice to prop against to read, use the laptop, do mapping, or preparing a blog post...so I covered it in the rusty/red microfiber. I also had that piece of patch work tie-dyed cotton, I made a cover for the pillow I bring along.  Makes life on the road more comfortable...
I will include photos when I get these into the van right now I'm using the seat as seating so it's in the upright position.  I will put it in the van when I prepare for a trip till then its residing on the guest bed!


The Privacy Curtain:


This privacy curtain I picked up at Goodwill a couple yrs ago.  It's just a regular window panel with grommets at the top made of a fawn colored microfiber we used to call this ultra-suede.  It is sort of wrinkled because I usually have it stuffed in an overhead bin in the van. I'm not really concerned with that, as long as it provides the privacy I want. I don't know, can you iron microfiber?  It was always too long and not wide enough so I just hung it up sideways to make it work.  And it did work, but I finally cut the bottom off and undid the side hems. 





I took that piece from the bottom and cut it in half and added a piece to each side of the panel...then I found at a Walmart some of those snap in grommets in brown for $5.  So I finished up the top by adding 2 more grommets on each end.  
I put it up using a bungee cord.  No bumping my head on a rod.   I think I've got it up a little too high but I can adjust it in like half a second...or completely remove it when I'm not traveling.  Finally my privacy curtain can slide into place easy peasy.

House Projects:


I had these 3 big 24 x 24 pillow inserts hanging out in my storage closet waiting for me to decide what to do with them!  So I used some of the brown fabric from my Chi Chi line here in the guest room, 


and 2 more in my room just for those days when I need something soft to prop against...I rarely linger in bed, but who knows Im getting older by the minute.  



One more project I've wanted to get my desktop PC to turn on, it refused to come on about 2 yrs ago so I just put it away, now it's time to get real about repairing or getting rid of it...I made a video you may have one that won't start so here is what I did!




The old Power Supply will go to the recycling center to be recycled...that is one way to combat the problem of consumption, recycle everything you can! 
I take my plastics to the recycle center, my aluminum and tin cans, and electronics to the scrap yard where it gets recycled and cardboard and paper products go to the recycle center too.  Plastic bags can be recycled at 2 grocery stores in our area, and I compost food scraps... BUT our state stopped recycling glass!! SO sad!

On the PC I found my old Yahoo 360 blog posts at least the ones I was able to copy before Yahoo closed their blogging platform down...it's been interesting to read through those I hope to be able to add a tab at the top of this blog, if I can remember how to do it.  

Out in the yard the heat and the rain has the jalapeno peppers ready to eat!  I did away with my garden patch and now just plant in pots.  


AUGUST the gateway to fall...



PEACE
Every day is a new Adventure.

14 comments:

  1. You are nothing if not ambitious! Congratulations on all the improvements you have been making.

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    1. Hi David, I have to stay busy it's hard for me to not have something in progress!

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  2. You are amazing no if ands or buts about it. I know your happy to get that desk top up and running.

    I think you will be very happy with the memory foam mattress and I love the one I have for the camping bed that is 4" and then a 1.5 one on top of it that I had left over from a chair sleeper. Love you colorful fabrics it will look so lively and comfy in the van. If you saw the cover I half made for the foot stool you would die laughing what a mess and I knew better than to do it the way I did. And no it still isn't finished. Every morning I say today I will finish that cover and every day it still looks the same. Can you share some of that ambition with me?

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    1. Hi Jo, the thing is I been steady about cutting my own path through this world my whole life from a very young age. I think I take it after my dad!

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  3. So much skill :) My sewing skills are limited to buttons and hems, my 12 yr old sews better than I do!

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    1. how was it they put it on Breaking Bad...Mad Skills! LoL

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  4. Happy August to you! I think the memory foam bed will be nice. I like the curtain for privacy. The horse fabric and pictures are pretty. Enjoy your day and new week.

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    1. The memory foam made mom's bed too tall for her so she didn't like it...My Gain! I hope I like it but I won't know till I sleep on it. Those painting on the wall are some paint by numbers I did when I was a child! It took me about 3 yrs to complete...I started when I was about 12 yrs old, and lucky me my Mom hung on them and she let me put them in my house.

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  5. I would imagine the memory foam topper will be good, I have one and it great if you have hip problems. That computer fix was good and sometimes people are scared of opening the back of the computer but if like you, you take your and replace one thing at a time you can be successful. I have a generic computer repair manual and thats been handy, even if its just to get the correct name of a part. I enjoy following your projects.

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    1. Hi Dave, I can't wait to try out the foam topper in my van, but it will probably not be until October! It's been fun to find all my lost files, documents, and photos! I have not been able yet to get it online tho...so I have to figure that part out! It's very old but has an Ethernet connection not wireless. So far I haven't found the reason it won't connect, but I will keep trying.

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    2. Ethernet connections are still good, I use them for the PC and TV. It may not connect because the drivers are out of date. Try disconnecting your wifi and see if the Ethernet works.

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    3. Im going to try that! I can borrow my sister's Wifi it has a USB connection and I used to use that type connection the last year this PC was in use!

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  6. You and my husband might be related somehow -- he always has to have a project (or ten) going ... and for that I am grateful. Especially when he finishes them ;>).

    I love the idea of the wedge-shaped bolster for your camper bed and want to look for one for the Roadtrek. One of us pretty much has to sit on the bed (if we have time after dinner and cleanup in the evening) and it should make the seating more comfortable. I think you'll love the memory foam mattress. We use that in the Van and in our boat too (both projects completed )))

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    1. Projects are a great way to keep one on track. Yesterday it was some pruning and mowing I had to do and I got in done before the deluge..we're getting heavy rain every day...Good to know on the Memory Foam! Wish I was heading out TODAY! But where is any cool air around me?

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