Sunday, January 14, 2018

Busy Saturday running errands.......

Spent most of Saturday running errands. Had to pick up the rug we bought, that I posted about here.  As it is 9' x 12' it means we have to clear out the dining room to put it down.  The dining room is 10' by 15' but as we have the large table that seats 8 we were finding the 8' by 10' rug in there too small, length wise.  I will post a photo when we have it laid.  The good thing about this rug it is top quality and if we move it will go anywhere.

I ordered dh some winter boots on December 26th, and to cut a long annoying story short two pairs finally turned up on Friday, so had to go and pick one of the pairs up.  Needless to say I don't have a lot of good things to say about this company, especially the online division of this chain.  Their online customer service division sucks!!!

Dh wanted to call into a store called Sayal Electronics to pick up something.  Now that type of store typically bores me, however I found it very interesting as they had all sorts of educational toys in there, to do with science.  I picked the three older grands up a new place mat each, a dinosaur one, a map of the world one and flags of the world one.  Told dh we need to go to the bigger store's nearer Christmas as they have such interesting things in it for the kids.

Went to Walmart and bought a new doormat, it's not the best quality but it'll do for the winter:
Then hit up the dollar store to get all the birthday cards for February and a craft to do with Nora next Friday as she has a PA day at school.  Love the dollar store for things to do with the kids without spending a small fortune.

We had lunch out at a place called Jack Astor's.  We haven't been in that restaurant for years, but were pleasantly surprised at the quality of food.  We had Crispy Broccoli Caesar Bites, as we had a coupon for a free appitizer, they were greasy and would not order again, luckily it was free.  Dh had the Chicken Clubhouse with fries and I had the Chicken and Goat Cheese Sandwich with salad for our mains.  Both were excellent, top quality and would order again.  Here is the menu.  I will say we found the place expensive; $3.99 for a soda/pop is crazy.  I always order water, dh won't.

All in all we had a good few hours running errands and spending time together, with me doing what I love to do, shop 😊

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Random Thoughts and Things

As I mentioned last week, I will be doing a weekly post about bits and bobs of things I have seen or done during the prior week.

Saw this website mentioned some where else and thought it had some lovely items on it if you cross stitch: The Nutmeg Company  I love the little Sweet Gingerbread Houses:

So pretty.

Found this very interesting to watch; I guess many years ago this was a normal thing to do?

Then eight months later here she is taking the eggs out of the solution:

Started to watch Fargo on Netflix, liking it so far; got through season one, started on season two.
Just found these video's:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

It's a...............

We are expecting a grandson in May.  Our son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first child.  We are so very, very happy for them, and I know the rest of the family are also super excited.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

How are rainbows made?

Not a very good photo, as it was taken inside of the car; but that is part of a rainbow that we saw on Saturday afternoon.

I know we were taught in school all about rainbows, but for the life of me I couldn't remember how rainbows were formed.

Went to the Discovery Kids site and saw this article, which said it's all to do with rain and sunlight, but as it was minus goodness knows what on Saturday, I knew that wasn't the reason for the rainbow, as we had no rain, just snow and bitter cold weather.

I then looked on Wikipedia and saw this article about Sun Dogs, which made me think they were maybe Sun Dogs, as there was one on either side of the sun?

That made more sense than seeing a rainbow when there has been no rain.

Regardless, I have now read all about rainbows and sun dogs..........

Monday, January 8, 2018

Those 50 cent bags from Fabricland........

are really handy, and I am loving them.  Made a couple more things with some of the things from them.

I think in total I got 12 of the 50 cent bags that I talked about here.  Divided up amongst the bags were all these beads, and "button's."  The group of "buttons" in the top left of the photo, I actually have an idea on how to use them........

 I decided to make a necklace for Nora using all the beads and some elastic thread.
She loves to wear necklaces.  Her mother will trim up the elastic when she gets it.

There was also a piece of organza type material in one.  I cut that in half, got some cheap craft ribbon and thread and decided to make produce bags.  I only have one left from when I made some in 2008, which I blogged about here.
 I cut some pieces of ribbon longer than the width of the material.  Turned over the shorter edge and sewed a pocket wide enough so the ribbon could go through it.  Did the same on the other end as well.
Sew up both side seams, I just used a straight stitch.
I then took my pinking shears and trimmed the edges.  Tied a knot in the ribbon to join them.
Turned them right side out and there you have it, two produce bags in less than half an hour.
They are washable.  They could be made with any scraps of netting, tulle or organza.  The key to this project is to use a light weight fabric, so not to add extra weight and so the cashier can see the produce codes.  The finished sizes of these bags are around 10 inches wide by 12 inches long.

Simple, easy and good for the environment!

Another Barbie dress, made with more material from the bags:
Then dh bought some Forearm Forklift straps from Canadian Tire and needed a bag to put them in:

Both material and cording came from one of the bags.  By the way the Forearm Forklift straps got a 10 out of 10 from dh, as he along with son and son-in-law were moving a washer and dryer and the boys said it made life a lot easier using them.