Wednesday, March 23, 2016

TIP: DIY THREAD HOLDER

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
Thanks for stopping by!

~*~Lisa

Sunday, March 20, 2016

SPIDER BABIES


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!

Thanks for stopping by ~*~ Lisa