8.30.2011

Making Garment and Stash Labels from Scraps

Have you ever pulled a fabric out of your stash, realizing that you've forgotten what exactly it is or how to care for it? How do you know what thread or needle to use? What if it's meant to be washed on cold, or worse, dry cleaned, and you through it in on hot?

My solution is simple: I wash the fabric according to the bolt instructions as soon as I bring it home and then I pin a little homemade tag to it with the fibre content, collection name (if any), place purchased, season purchased, and care instructions. This can either be done from a piece of the fabric itself or a small piece of muslin.
8.29.2011

Self-Stitched Sept'11 Challenge

In the sewing and style blogging worlds, I've noticed several bloggers host events called "challenges." A topic is selected, guidelines are set, and participants are off! They seem to bring a great sense of community, though participants can be countries apart, and they always sound so fun! So, when Sewaholic Tasia mentioned a new challenge being hosted by a fellow blogger, I eagerly clicked!
8.22.2011

Natural, Low-calorie Refreshment

We all know we're supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and with temperatures maintaining an abnormally high level (here in the Southern U.S., at least), it's especially important to stay hydrated. But, plain ice water can be so boring, sports drinks are too high in sodium, and every flavor packet is loaded with carcinogenic artificial sweeteners - or so I thought.
8.10.2011

Summer Tuna Sandwich

DF couldn't home for lunch today. Do you know what that means? Veggies! And spices! When I make tuna sandwiches for us, I generally make them rather plain - just mayo, maybe a bit of mustard, and black pepper. As I'm sure I've mentioned, DF hates most vegetables and he doesn't like many spices added to his tuna. So, when he's away, I get to mix it up!

Here's today's variation (so yummy):

1 can solid white Albacore tuna
Mayo (enough to coat)
A few splashes of Red Wine Vinegar
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Smoked paprika
Crushed black peppercorns
Oregano
Thyme
Fresh baby spinach
1 fresh campari tomato, sliced

(Note: the spices are all to taste - I've never measured - but, they are listed greatest amount to least.)

There are a few days next week too where I'll be making lunch for just me. Do you have any sandwich recipes I should try?

Happy Wednesday! x

8.09.2011

Ebates - Cash Back for Online Shopping

I [temporarily] live in an area with very limited retail selection and high prices - certainly not what I'm used to, having been raised in a "if you can dream it, you can find it" kind of area on the East Coast. So, more and more I've been forced to search the internet for clothes, shoes, beauty products, sewing supplies, etc.  The benefit to this (aside from being able to shop in your pajamas) is the ability to comparison shop and apply paperless coupons.

What if things could go one step further - what if you could actually get paid to shop online? Sounds ideal, doesn't it? Well, my latest discovery is as close to that as I've found.
8.04.2011

Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap

Here's another product to add to your laundry arsenal: Dial Corp. 04303 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap.
source: felsnaptha.com

I picked this up about a month ago at Walmart for under $2. If you recall from an older post, I've been in search of a good stain remover and hadn't yet found one that could handle anything tough. Oddly, the old-fashioned package is what attracted me. It's just a large bar of laundry soap wrapped in paper. Nothing fancy. So, I thought to myself, "that looks like it's been around a while. I bet it actually works." At that low price, what could it hurt?
8.01.2011

Quick Tip - Saving Space on the Laundry Drying Rack

To save energy and extend the life of our clothes, I hang most of our clothes on laundry racks to dry. I've just finished hanging a load of lights and have a quick tip for those of you who do the same.

To conserve space on the racks, fold men's shorts and slacks in half, the way you would to hang them in the closet (along the press folds). This way, you can fit two pairs side-by-side on one bar. Just remember to flip them halfway through the drying time (for me this is about 4-5 hours later in the summer and the next morning in the winter). This also speeds up pressing time, especially if you smoothe the garment while hanging.

Do you have any little laundry tips? Please feel free to share below!

I'm off to start on dinner! x