Been wanting a thread holder for a long time. Haven't wanted to spend money on one. Because I am cheap frugal. So I finally decided to make one for myself. It was so easy!
Found a paddle-shaped piece of wood at Hobby Lobby - they have so many different shapes to choose from. With my coupon I only paid $4 for it.
For the spool holders I used wooden chopsticks I had on hand for crafting. You can get huge bag of them for next to nothing. I measured the length and width of the board. Measured how much space I would need for each spool of thread, and divided the length by that amount which happened to be 1 3/4 inches. I then marked the board every 1 3/4 inches. Then I sat a thread spool in each marked out space and made a center mark by sticking a dowel with a dab of paint on the end down through the spool. My husband found a drill bit that matched the size of the chopsticks. I figured I would need to drill halfway down the width of the board, which was a 1/4 inch, marked the drill bit 1/4 inch with a piece of masking tape and drilled 1/4 inch down on each mark.
I measured each chopstick so that it was long enough to hold a spool of thread with a matching bobbin plus the 1/4 inch that would be inserted into the base. The chopsticks are very easy to clip with a pair of snips or heavy duty scissors. I didn't have to use glue to secure the chopsticks in the base as they fit so snug but normally I would suggest that.
I apologize for not having step by step pics but really this project was so simple, I just wanted to give you an idea of how easy it would be for you to make your own. I do plan to paint the holder a shabby white and use the hole in the handle to hang it on the wall above my sewing desk.
I guess this would be my "make do" thread holder - a step up from the shoe box! LOL
Hi Blog Buddies! Hope you are experiencing sunny weather where you are and the snow is melting or gone and you have not been affected by some of the terrible spring flooding.
Still cold here but most of the snow has melted. Starting to think about gardening. I wanted to share my spider baby plant with you. I had been wanting one for some time and found some babies rooting in cups for $1 at a thrift store last April. I brought a little one home.
Almost a year later, this is how much the spider plant has grown:
As you can see, my spider baby is having babies. I plan to cut them off and start rooting them in cups of water when it gets warmer.
Until the weather warms up, enjoy looking through your gardening catalogs - and there's always Pinterest for great garden & porch ideas!
Wow, it was so nice to sign in and see responses to my last post about losing some followers and apparent changes that require you to have a Google account to use the friend connect follower widget/gadget/thingy which have caused many bloggers to loose followers. I had no idea. Thank you for sharing friends! ♥♥♥
The pattern template tip is something I have seen on facebook and pinterest, so I'm sure many of you who use patterns may already be aware of it. I usually use plain copy paper for my pattern templates and trace with a pencil or pen, but recently I started using a water soluble marker to trace the template onto fabric, which works great, however the ink from the pen soon ruins the edges of the paper pattern.
I've been making hearts with flowers on them for a while and with Valentine's Day this weekend, started making some new flower hearts. I decided to use my heart pattern to test out making a template out of plastic cutting mats from the Dollar Tree.
There are two mats in a pkg and each mat is 11" x 14". I used a sharpie to trace the paper pattern onto the plastic mat and then cut it out on the inside of the line (so the pattern wasn't enlarged by cutting on the outside of the sharpie line) with a pair of sharp scissors but not my fabric scissors as the plastic is quite thick.
I like how the template turned out and would recommend if you have some paper patterns that you would like to save, head to a Dollar General store and pick up some cutting mats to make templates.
Here are a few of the shabby flowers I made to sew on the hearts:
I've been out of touch for a few weeks. See I've lost quite a few followers...I'm sorry! Whether we have 10 or 200, each of our blog buddies are important. Maybe it was those who joined during the December giveaway and just didn't want to stay...or maybe my new background was a little too non-prim...I've been sewing some non-prim dolls lately and love the whimsical style too...either way...I am sorry prim pals! I love you - BE MINE! Do you like the "Be Mine" art pic above? Just a little somethin-somethin I threw together.
Thought I better check in and say hi to my old buddies and some long-lost buddies who have returned to blogging recently - oh how I love to hear from them♥ There are some out there who I can't track down and I wonder what happended to them. I learned a while back one passed away - I was heartbroken, she was such a kind person and so very talented. I sure hope that's not the case with the others who are missed♥
(Random Prim-ness for your viewing pleasure c2012)
Time to hit the hay - it's late, the moon is hiding in the winter sky somewhere, I am freezing and need to hibernate. Stay W♥RM my friends!
HAPPY NEW YEAR BLOG BUDDIES!
This is my 2nd to last product review.
The picture above is a botanical blend of over TWENTY healing herbs with essential oils in the "Body, Mind & Soul" Bath Herbs by Rhodes Creations.
If you visit here regularly, you may recall that I wrote in a previous review about herbal tea that I am only an occasional tea drinker. Same with baths. I rarely take baths (prefer showers!). The instructions for the wonderful mix of bath herbs pictured above are to place a portion of them in the muslin bag that comes with the herbs and toss the bag in your hot bath water. Hmmmmm....how will I give an honest review if I am not going to use the herbs in a bath? How about a foot bath? Y. E. S.
I want to interject here that if you haven't soaked your feet in a warm tub lately, please try to take some time to do so. It's very relaxing! You know.....I hate feet. I can barely clip my own toenails. But a good foot soak affects your whole body. Lay a towel down on the floor in front of your comfy chair. I use a plastic "dish tub" from the dollar store filled about halfway with very warm water (be careful with the temp - just because your hands can stand it doesn't mean it won't be too hot for your feet) with added Bath Herbs. Before long you will feel soothed and relaxed - your tensions tamed! Save the muslin bag - you can use it more than once according to the directions.
I hope you are encouraged to do some "soakin'" soon. If you would like to think about including the Bath Herbs from Rhodes Creations in your soak - here is the link to the etsy shop:
A "herbal garden" sounds pretty good right about now.
The "Herbal Garden" cleanser above from Rhodes Creations takes me away for a little bit into the spring and summer with its wonderful essence of tea tree, lemon, sage, thyme and bergamot. This product is a foaming pump "all-in-one" cleanser. You can use it on your hands, face, as a body wash AND shampoo! It leaves you with a fresh and clean feeling. As with all of the products from Rhodes Creations, the Herbal Garden cleanser is all natural. I am one of those folks who loves the idea of going "all natural" but have yet to jump all in. These products are giving me an opportunity to dip my toe in the water, so to speak. I have a feeling that using all natural products could be addictive! A good habit indeed...for ourselves and the environment.
Thanks to Laura of Rhodes Creations for allowing me to post reviews of some of her products and to you for visiting The Moonlit Stitch! If you are here, you are my blog buddy♥ I see folks are starting to work on bunnies already - I can't wait to see the little prims hopping around blogland - a sure sign spring is coming!