Stepping out of my comfort zone

So now that my niece found out that I have a sewing machine…you know the drill.

One of the kids was going to be a pirate in a local play house production, could I make something like this: http://littlestonecape.blogspot.com/2012/10/easy-peasy-one-piece-childs-pirate-shirt.html

Well I’m going to say no. So off I went looking for material. She dropped off material for the pants. And I started sewing.

20140622_215052I think this turned out really cute, especially considering I wasn’t using a pattern. There was one hitch. Mom wanted the stripes, but dad said “Why do you want stripes” so then naturally, the kid went with dad…”Yeah, mom, why are my pants striped?” So off I went in search of black material. The second pair of pants were trickier – I had sent the pair of jeans I used for a pattern back with the first outfit, I was doing it from memory.

This pair doesn’t have the flare that the stripes does, but they turned out so cute.20140624_204705

The lesson of this task is “Don’t let Dad see the costume until the kid is on the stage!”

 

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Trying something new

I have so many tools and I use so very few of them, that I am obsessed with them when I do get an opportunity to use them again.

I have had a CNC cutting machine for 11 years and it has cut about 10 hours on it. I have made some amazing things with it for scrapbooking, cards, tags, etc. But I’ve always wanted to do more.

So recently I had a co-worker (my day job that pays for all my hobbies) that was getting married and her theme was country chique.  She was having mason jars for glasses, she made mason jar wine glasses (very cute – sorry no picture), had painted an old dresser for her cake stand – just cute, cute, cute stuff. So we were sitting around talking one day and she asked me if I new where she could get some vinyl cut – words. She was making signs for her wedding ( Menu, Bar Menu and Welcome sign).

I said I could do it, did she have windows yet?

Yep, she had the windows. So off I went into my den of creation (my computer room/office) and drew up some ideas. OMG – this was so much fun. Here are her completed signs:

Menu Bar Menu - Saloon SIgn

The Saloon Sign is one of my all time favorite things that I have done.  I could do things like that all day long, I’d be broke, but I’d be Happy, Happy, Happy!

I think the only thing needed is if you put a gold colored mirror the saloon sign it would be out of this world cute!

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Another finished blanket

pink flannel rag quiltpink flannel rag quilt backSo my niece texted me the other day and said “Can you make one of these?”

So I looked to see what I had around for material and started cutting and sewing. I wanted to see how much work it was and how much fabric I have around.  Well I put this little pink one together in one afternoon. It just kept going and going and going. And before I knew it I was done.

I think it took me just as long to do all the snipping of the seems as it did to  put the whole thing together!

So I gave it to her one evening and she just looked at me in total surprise – she didn’t think I would have it done so quickly.  Then it dawned on me, her youngest one (about 5 months old) is a little boy and here I was handing her a pink blanket.

So, off I went to see what other fabric I had around and I found 2 pieces of blue; a solid and a dotted one. And of course I put that together too. (I forgot to take a picture of the finished one, so I’ll have to update this next time I see them.)

So naturally, when I gave her the little blue one, I get a text from here “The big kids want to know if they get blankets too?”  I made a deal with her, she brings me the fabric and I’ll make the blankets.

Yep, I got a bag of flannel material to make blankets for the “Big” kids too.  I will post when I have them done.

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One finished project – 11 more to go!

WHOOOOOOOOT – WHOOOOOOOT – I actually finished a project.

Not only did I start the project this year, but I also finished it!!!!

Circles - Front Circles - BackSo I started this circle project back in April, and I just now finished it.

I know that this is the first actual finished project that I have but it’s my favorite. My favorite for sooooo many reasons:

  • Favorite color: Purple
  • Favorite color combination: Purple & Black
  • both a square and a circle – yah!
  • The back is part of the design

My hubby was laying on the couch the other day with this covering his legs (I am always over heated and he is always COLD) and he said “Wow, I didn’t expect this to be very warm – but it sure is comfy. I have lost my favorite, first finish project.

 

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MS Access Report – dynamically collapse groups

Here is another bit of programming to make things easier with reports.

As we all know, you can put in many levels of grouping in MS Access reports. And there is always the request – I want to see detail and then I don’t want to see detail. The simplest thing to do is have 2 reports – one with many levels of groupings and one without. But is that the best way?

Depends – if you are not comfortable writing VBA code, then yes that is the simplest thing to do, but beware you will have to update both(all) reports when any changes are asked for by the boss.

Here is what I did:

rptDesignModeI have a report that is setup with 3 levels of grouping: Territory, Salesman, Month – what I found is to set up the report with the most detail/grouping that you will want to have, then you can not view the ones you do not want. This gives you the ability to add text to the header, totals to the footers and/or any other custom things you may want in the header/footer.

With the report in design view, click on Event tab – go down to “On Open” and click on the down arrow and select “Event Procedure”. This should open the VBA screen.

You should see something like this:

Private Sub Report_Open(Cancel As Integer)

End Sub

Here is my code:

Private Sub Report_Open(Cancel As Integer)

Dim vdet As Integer

vdet = MsgBox(“Do you want to see Salespreson Totals?”, vbYesNo)

If vdet = 7 Then

Me.GroupLevel(0).ControlSource = “Territory”
Me.GroupLevel(1).ControlSource = “Month”
Me.GroupLevel(2).ControlSource = “Month”

Me.GroupHeader3.Visible = False
Me.GroupFooter4.Visible = False

End If

End Sub

 

rptPromptWhen the report is opened (usually by a button on a menu) you will see a prompt asking which report you want to see:

Here is an example (without numbers) using the above code to show or not show details.

Show Salesperson DetailfullDetailsRpt (default) Show Summary OnlySumRpt

Alternative: Have a checkbox or radiobutton (rptChoice) on your form that would make this decision before the report is opened. Here is the code to do that:

Private Sub Report_Open(Cancel As Integer)

Dim vdet As Integer

vdet = me.rptChoice.value

If vdet = 1 Then

Me.GroupLevel(0).ControlSource = “Territory”
Me.GroupLevel(1).ControlSource = “Month”
Me.GroupLevel(2).ControlSource = “Month”

Me.GroupHeader3.Visible = False
Me.GroupFooter4.Visible = False

End If

End Sub

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Circle me this, batman!

So I bit on a “Deal of the Day” and purchased a circle template about 2 weeks ago.  I love what they look like – and it was a “Deal of the Day” after all.

A month or so ago I purchasedCleo_LayerCake this Cleo Layer Cake from the same place – these are my favorite colors – that, by the way, do not match anything else in my house – in fact they horribly clash with everything in my house. Go figure!

So, I decided to use this layer cake with the circle template that I just got.

So far so good, I have 42 circles made so far, now I just need to sew them together. That is my project for the next week.

Cleo_ciclesThe only think I don’t like about doing this pattern is that so much fabric is thrown away it seems.

Cleo_layout

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Another Top put together

SewRedI have had these sitting around since last year and finally I put them together into a small top.  I love it!!! I picked up some white with swirlly red for the back.  This is now moving from the “Blocks” pile to the “Tops” pile.  And that gives me another empty “Block Box” for another project!!!!

Win – Win!!!

 

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Christmas in February?

I know, I know, it’s February – flowers, chocolates, love, love, love.

Well, I was putting stuff away and I ran across a stack of charms that I purchased during one of the last shop hops, it’s cold, cold, cold outside so I decided to put these together into a winter cuddle quilt.  They aren’t wool or flannel, but it’s those deep rich colors of Christmas.ChristmasTopper

So far, so good. I love these colors!!!!

 

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A bit of php programming…

I do this type of programming about 4 times a year and each time I have to lookup how to compare dates in php. There are so many options and some make it out to be so complicated I thought I would just thru my answer into the pool. The following code is used to display a message depending on the date. Basically it announces a business will be closed for a holiday.

I use a multidimensional array to hold the holiday information, then go thru it to see if it needs to be displayed. This is also setup so that more than one message could appear at any given time (usually around Christmas & New Years). As you can see from my array, I supplied 2 dates – start date and end date.

array definition: collection = array(start date, end date, first line of message, second line of message)

php code :

<?

$holidays = array(
“Easter”=>array(’2013-03-20′,’2013-03-30′,’Friday March 29th’,’in recognition of Good Friday’),
“MemDay”=>array(’2013-05-15′,’2013-05-28′,’Monday May 27th’,’in recognition of Memorial Day’),
“IndDay”=>array(’2013-06-25′,’2013-07-05′,’Thursday July 4th’,’in recognition of the 4th of July’),
“LabDay”=>array(’2013-08-15′,’2013-09-03′,’Monday September 2nd’,’in recognition of Labor Day’),
“Christmas”=>array(’2013-12-10′,’2013-12-26′,’Tues December 24th & Wed, December 25th’,’in recognition of Christmas’),
“NewYear”=>array(’2013-12-12′,’2014-01-02′,’Wed January 1st’,’in recognition of New Years Day’)
);

$txtMsg = ‘<p>We will be closed<br /> ‘;
$MsgCount = 0;
$today = date(“Y-m-d”);
foreach ($holidays as $value)
{

if (date($value[0])<$today && date($value[1])>$today)
{
$msgCount++;
$txtMsg .= ‘* <span>’.$value[2].’</span> * <br />’;
$txtMsg .= $value[3].’</p>’;
}
}

if ($msgCount >0) {
print $txtMsg;
}

?>

I could have had the php code write out the day of the week, Month name etc, but because of limited space where this is being placed on the web page, I wanted to control what was displayed. For example, where Christmas is 2 days, writing out the complete names of the days would have caused it to wrap around and look out of place on the web page. But you sure could do that if you wanted to.

I actually have an excel worksheet that has this data in it and does the calculations for me to set the start date 10 days ahead of the shutdown date.

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What’s Black, White and Red all over?

black-red-whiteMy quilt top, that’s what.!!!

I took all the blocks from the “We Bee With It” flickr.com quilting bee and finally put them together into a full top.

Wonky Asterik & Pound Signs

The pattern was from the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Free class.

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