Friday, August 22, 2008

Let's Play Catsup

I've got a little catching up to do, it's another version of Sweeping Out the Kitchen. There's just some odds and ends that need to be addressed.

NUMBER ONE - Bowling Balls

Someone asked to see the underside of the bowling ball garden ornament. Here it is:


The idea is that you don't need to cover the finger holes, you just turn that side to the bottom and no one will ever see it.

NUMBER TWO - Lazy People

I am of the firm belief that any terrific invention or shortcut was discovered by lazy people. How do I know? Because, regardless of all my duties around here I'm basically a lazy person. If there's a shorter, easier way to do something I'll work till I find it.

Remember when we did the bias tape tutorial? Well, I've been sewing lots of aprons and I was getting really, really sick of marking off all those little "ticks" and then connecting them. Disgusting task. So I slept on it and came up with the lazy woman's solution. I found a ruler that is 2 inches wide.

Here's the fabric with the diagonal crease:


I lay one edge of the ruler on the diagonal line, use the disappearing marker on each side.....


I move the ruler over


then I put the left edge of the rule on the line and mark again......


Someone asked me about what you do if you only need a smaller amount of bias. Just mark and cut as many of these strips as you need. If you need to sew them together you can just do a quick run through the machine till you have the correct length.

NUMBER THREE - Heirloom Garden Show, Garfield Farm Museum, LaFox, Illinois
Aug 24 - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. Member participation by Seed Savers Exchange. $6/$3.

For all my local readers - please try to make it to the Heirloom Plant Show this Sunday at Garfield Farm Museum. It's a great gathering. If you're interested in growing heirloom plants this will be your chance to meet with and question the experts. My sister will be there representing the Boone County Conservation District's heritage gardens.

I will be in attendance and I'll be packing some goodies in my vintage picnic basket. I'll spread out the quilt so join me at 12 noon if you can. I'm not quite sure what their set up is going to be for the day, but I'll try to be located behind the chicken coop. I hope to see you there!

That's the Catsup for today.

I personally want to thank the large "Amen Choir" from yesterday. Thanks ladies. We gotta stick together.


Heidi said...

I want to go to the Heirloom seed thingy!!! LOL

Suzanne said...

Heidi - Find a babysitter. It's only a five hour drive. Seriously, you need to come.

belladella said...

I want to go too...but it's definitely more than a 5 hour drive for me! Have fun! And have a great weekend!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Enjoy the Heirloom Seed Thingy! ROFL! (Heidi, that was so cute!)

Well, shoot, Suzanne, I've already copied reams of that bias tape tutorial and now you make it even better!

dana said...

What fun that heirloom seed thingy sounds! I'm pretty far away, too. :-(

Great idea on the bias tape. I've' always hated those little "ticks", too--wonderful solution.

Cottage Rose said...

Here Here Suzanne, I too am a lazy person too. If I can do short cuts I sure will. lol So I thank you for letting me know I am not the only one out there.
Have a great weekend.


Heidi said...

If there wasnt so much to do this time of year, I would SERIOUSLY consider it. I LOVE to read or try heirloom seed plants. Brandywine tomato's....the BEST EVER! We are looking into growing foundation seed oats.

5hrs, not so bad... :)

Heidi said...

That was supose to be read about.... dang post partum brain fog spelling thought retardation!!! I can say retardation, because our older boys, the ones that have fetal alcohol syndrome(that are not bio kids of ours - I dont drink)told me that I am more retarded than they are!!! Milk Man believes them.... :)

Karen said...

I've been eyeing a larger piece of fabric that I wanted to make into bias tape, but thinking 'Yeech, that's going to be an awful lot of work'!! I then thought of just ruling off strips, like you have done. Thankyou Suzanne, from one lazy person to another, for showing that it works!!!

BTW, with all that you do, lazy is not a word that I would apply when thinking of you :-)