Wednesday, May 26, 2010

If cleanliness is next to godliness...

Where does organization fall? Not next to me, that's for sure! But I do try and I know there are so many helpful ideas out there now to assist all of us in keeping our many projects (and toys!) organized. I mean, how can you quilt without every gadget ever invented anyway?

#1 Organizer - Storage boxes!!
How can anyone live without Rubbermaid?! They come in every size, shape, and color for you to cram all of your half finished projects into and instantly they transform into perfectly organized containers that you can slap a label onto...and bam! YOU have organized something.
Simply amazing. And super cheap.



#2 Organizer - Desktop Trays!

This cute little tray is less than $10 bucks at Wal-Mart and how can you resist putting all your little knick knacks in the separate cubbies! In addition to this make sure you have somewhere to put all of your writing utensils/scissors. Use a big jar/mug to keep all of these in one place and you'll be amazed how nice it is to not have scissors and pencils lying around.


#3 Check out these Tips from HGTV. If you need to do some serious organizing, check out the tips from HGTV to get started. It doesn't have to be overwhelming!

#4 Take a look at this link to see what your organizing style is from Good Housekeeping. When you've puzzled it out and finally admitted to yourself what you true organization technique is, click on it and voila! A list of tips JUST FOR YOU! and how you organize. Love it!

So, organizing can be easy...we just have to have a little willpower and DO IT!
Don't forget to let me know what works for you!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Just Say Ahhhh!

It's cloudy outside and about to rain so I thought I'd share this drink with ya'll! There is nothing that cheers me up faster than to sip on something sweet in the summertime. How about that for an alliteration?!

I found this drink recipe on Gourmet Sleuth's website and was refreshed instantly.


Aguas Frescas

These cool drinks are made with water, fruit and a sweetener (typically sugar) and are commonly served in Mexico by street vendors in barrel shaped clear jars called a vitrolero.

 

Ingredients

Fresh fruit such as pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, strawberries
Granulated white sugar
Water


Instructions

To make just take any ripe fruit (common flavors include pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, strawberry and papaya) blend till smooth, add water to thin to a light consistency and sweeten to taste with sugar. Depending on the fruit you may need to strain the mixture to remove any seeds or small bits, the drinks should be the consistency of water (thus the name).
Now if ya'll didn't know this already, allrecipes.com is a fabulous website (and they've also got an app for all you iPhone owners out there AllRecipes Dinner Spinner (free!) and I use their App all the time! They also have a list of drinks you have to check out.
We all need a little refresher now and then! If you have any great summer sipping ideas let me know! I'd love to try them :)
<3Bonnie Jean 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Natural Progression

I think because I've been around quilting all my life I've felt like it is THE BEST of the fabric related hobbies. But the other day we got some fabric in....


And my goodness...I just HAD to make something out of it. And I just HAD to have it where I could wear it! So I searched and found an easy shirt pattern. As I've never sewn a shirt before it was definitely a new experience for me. At least I've had to cut out a purse pattern before so I wasn't completely lost!
Now the shirt is complete (I even used a double needle!) except for the collar. They failed to mention that I would have to put a collar on this shirt. If they had, it should have been in the form of a huge red warning label. Collars are hard!!
I'll post a picture of the complete shirt soon!

As quilters, and basically as humans, we are so adaptable! It amazes me more and more every day. In little ways, like me adapting my quilting skills to sewing skills, and in much larger ways, like our whole country! So I guess it is the natural progression of things for quilters to become seamstresses and for needlepoint queens to take up knitting. It's so nice that we can all adapt and grow in our skills!

Has anyone tried any interesting new project lately that you felt really challenged you? Post a picture or tell us about it. Heck, we might end up trying it ourselves. :)

<3Bonnie Jean

Monday, May 10, 2010

How Much of Your Green do You Spend on Being Green?

The 'Green' movement has become very popular over the last few years. As you can imagine, quilt shops go through a huge amount of cardboard. From the boxes all of our goodies come in, to the very bolts that gorgeous fabric is wrapped on, we can amass a huge amount of it. At Quilter's Refuge we have always taken all of our cardboard to the recycling station down the road. The city, however, has decided to close this recycling station down due to the large amount of people who just throw their junk in the bins! I have to admit this is one of my pet peeves. It's just rude! But I understand the cities position. Do you continue to encourage those uncaring people to dump their junk on you by not doing anything about the problem? Or do you take away the recycling site and leave those faithful recyclers with nowhere to go? It's a hard decision!!

So it got me thinking about the Earth and quilters. What do we do to support the Green movement? As a quilt store, I've got to admit it's hard. We do recycle our paper, cardboard, ink cartridges, and the like, but the other day someone asked for organic fabric?! Does anyone else out there carry organic fabric? I can only imagine how expensive it must be...would anyone buy it?

So many questions!!
I've created a quiz and hope you'll take it and give me your opinions! Let me know what you think about going Green, and let me know if you have any ideas!

Here's a few interesting links I've found that I thought you might enjoy!
10 Easy Ways to Recycle
What is YOUR carbon footprint?
How to reuse Fabric Softener Sheets!
This BLOG is Green! It's definitely an interesting read.