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December 5th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Holiday Craft

So, my goal this month is to finish up some of my UFO (UnFinished Objects) and/or to use up the supplies I seem to be hoarding in my craft room, the garage, the trailer, etc.

I had a piece of this wood laying around, left over from some other things I made, I had even painted it white already – if that isn’t screaming “Christmas Project” I don’t know what is…

So I whipped out another stencil and made this today.

It’s made on a piece of fence post wood, 5.25″ x 36″. It’s just so darn cute, if you ask me!!!

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December 3rd, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Yet Another Pallet Project

Well while the other pallet project was drying and the weather was so nice and I had a few pieces of pallet wood left, I decided to make a new decoration for our front step – my hubby just loves having to sweep snow around all the crap I load up on our steps for Holiday decorating.

It’s only about 4′ tall, not sure if I’m staining it or not, but it just turned out so cool.

Behind it we used the 2×4 from the pallet and it worked out so perfectly that it looks like a tree truck or tree stand at the bottom – so cool. 2 sizes of wood and the air gun/stapler and I was rocking.  This went together so quickly, I almost wanted to make another one – but I’m out of pallet wood now, so I can’t.

I am toying with painting it green, but not sold on it yet. A few lights and this will be AWESOME!!

 

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December 1st, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Another Pallet Wood Project

My Horoscope says “No new projects”, but finishing projects is highly recommended.

Well, my horoscope doesn’t know me then, cuz this chick is gonna craft in the holidays!!!

So I had a friend tag me a reminder of something she wanted for christmas last year and didn’t get and since I seem to have lots of free time on my hands this month, I decided to use up some of the stuff I have laying around and do the crafts that I love to do.  Creativity B-A-B-Y!

So I pulled out some of my pallet wood that I had torn apart a few weeks ago, and laid it out.  I then stained/painted some boards to give it some pizzaz.

I love, love, love how the wood took the paint/stain – it muted it nicely. Especially with the lettering done in white paint. It’s a big phrase so I feel it needed the color behind it – to pop out.

When cutting the stencils for something this big, you have to do it in pieces and because I’m cheap and want to use as much of the template material as possible so sometimes it’s not a straight forward process of just cutting the stencil, laying in on and painting. So the design doesn’t always come out exactly as you are expecting it to. But hey, I think it turned out great.

It’s a bit choppy on the letters, not crisp, but that’s because of the course texture of the wood. I had even sanded it down after staining, but pallet wood is not known to be a real high quality of wood, now is it.

 

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November 27th, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Access (VBA) – reference control dynamically

So I will write my code as I need to but I always like being able to save key strokes.

I recently wanted to be able to copy text in a field to the clipboard to use it in another program (one that I could not link to the main program).  So I wrote this:

 

Private Sub SReqOrganizationName_DblClick(Cancel As Integer)
      Dim strCTL As String
      strCTL = Screen.ActiveControl.Name
      With Me.Controls(strCTL)
        If Len(.Value) Then
           .SelStart = 0
           .SelLength = Len(.Value)
           DoCmd.RunCommand acCmdCopy
        End If
      End With
End Sub

By using the with statement, I didn’t have to customize this for each field that I wanted to do this on.

The better thing would be to write this as a public command rather than put this is each fields DoubleClick command. But this works and works well too.

 

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October 27th, 2017 at 11:15 am

A Little Fall Decorating

SO my hubby bought me a new tool …. which I think he now regrets.

So since I had 3 pallets sitting around, I said why not – let’s party!!!!

I know they look crooked here, but they really aren’t.   One just extends farther than the other one.  As you can see once they got up on the barn.

He’s such a good sport.

Now to start planning for the day after Thanksgiving – how many pallets do I have left?

Shorter pumpkin is about 30″ wide, 36″ tall. The two combined are about 45″ across.

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October 8th, 2017 at 8:17 pm

FMQ – 1st time on a real top

It’s not even

It’s not perfect

it’s not symetical

What it is…is done me by on my Sweet 16.

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October 6th, 2017 at 10:51 am

Bright Stars in the Fall?

So when I finished up binding on that last one, I was in a mode and I wanted to keep working on stuff. So I looked around the room to see if I could find something that I could finish. 

I started opening up project boxes to see if there was one that I could ‘whip’ together.  I ran across a stack of blocks that caught my eye – my “citrus quilt”.

Maybe it was because of the dreary, rainy day that it was, maybe it was just what my soul needed at that moment. Who knows, but I grabbed them and put them in to a cute little top.

The blocks aren’t prefect, a lot of the tips got trimmed off, but it just is so bright and shinny.  I think it would be so cute to be finished off and hung in a young girls room.

So I put the binding on 3 little quilts and took them off that pile, only to add another one to it.  Good grief, it’s an never ending cycle!

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October 6th, 2017 at 10:34 am

Fall is in the air

in: Crafting

It seems that I am only in the decorating mode every other year or so. This year, it came on fast, so now I’m even more motivated.  And the dog decided to photobomb the mums!  I think I need one more medium sized something to make this perfect – for now.

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October 6th, 2017 at 10:02 am

The month of September just flew by

in: Quilting

This month I spent most of my time working on finishing projects. I am trying to push myself to start binding the few quilts that I have done the actual quilting on.

I can honestly say that I have 3 finished quilts now. I even signed the back. I did a simple signature on the back with a little bit of info and my name – which is a big deal for me to do.

So, technically, as of right now, I do not have any quilt tops that are waiting for binding.  So, I guess I have to go and push myself to do some actual quilting now.

 

 

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September 23rd, 2017 at 10:03 am

Binding Binding Binding

in: Quilting

I knew it was a challenge for me to do actual quilting – mostly because it is the employs the science of chaos.

So, I decided to work on binding the 3 projects I have had sitting here waiting. I discovered a couple of great ‘tricks’ that made this process so much easier.

  • Making binding strips:

I did discover a great process that really made a difference when connecting the strips of fabric.

I use a small piece of painters tape aligned with the needle and this allows me to have a straight line to use a a guide as I sew the 45 degree angle. Basically the needle and the top of the two pieces of fabric are all aligned together, then I have the lower(extended) line to align the bottom of this connection to and use that to follow/guide the material under the needle.

It was a success the first time – which is probably why I kept making binding and was able to do the binding on all 3 little projects.  It made a huge difference in this tedious part of the project.

  • Attaching Binding

There are so many parts to this process that I am still struggling with but, I randomly came up with this little tidbit and it made such a difference.

Once I had the binding strips all sewn together, trimmed and ironed, I didn’t know what to do with them. So for the time being I wound them up on this large left over spool that I had laying around (usually the dog gets these to chew on, I guess she missed this one).

When I was ready to attach the binding strip, i was struggling trying to control everything that was going to have to happen. Then it dawned on me, I took the spindle that I had the trips wound onto, removed the two I wasn’t going to use, created a sling (using a scrap piece of ribbon that was laying around) and hung the spindle from the table. 

 

Now, on to the next hassle, getting the binding to look half way decent.

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