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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Retractable Scissor Keeps


Three posts in as many weeks!  Can you believe it?  Not like me at all, but I got mail today and I'm pretty excited.  My Janome (have I mentioned lately how much I love, love, love my Janome?) came with it's own table, but there isn't anyplace to put 'things', so I started wearing my scissors on a lanyard.  Well, it works great, except whenever I get up, or lean over to manhandle manipulate the quilt through the machine throat, it bangs and clangs, and every once in a while catches on things. But that has been better than leaning over and picking them up off the floor over and over again.

I was watching a video by Amy Johnson and she was wearing a retractable badge reel for her scissors.  Hmmm, I said to myself, Crafty Daughter makes those for her friends and colleagues, and even has a few for sale in her Etsy shop.  She offers free shipping to US residents!


So, I had her send me one.  Ummmm, it's ingenious!


Her Etsy shop is located at GardeniaDrive, and I know she has more!  You should pop over and take a peek.  She started selling bra strap wraps for FitBits a couple of years ago and has expanded a little. She had asked me to come up with something for her because she hated wearing them in that plastic band on her wrist.  She loved what I did so much, she said, "We should sell these!"  They've sold themselves, and I struggle to keep them in stock.

She has also made up some vinyl decals for me, which I love, because one of my favorite things to do is send random happy mail.



However, the cost of postage is sometimes prohibitive. These decals can be slipped into the mail for only the cost of a postage stamp!  (ooh, ooh, ooh, the FitBit Strap Wraps only take one postage stamp, too! I'm going to declare myself the Queen of Low Postage!)



She's offering a 10% discount on these decals if you use the coupon code:  FYF10, and shipping is free in the US.

Linda (Scrapmaster) giving a class.

While there is a shipping cost for international orders, you can buy more than one for the same shipping as one, so that's not too bad a deal.

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I've already confessed to not being a domestic diva. Truth be told, I'm pretty pathetic in the kitchen, too.  ~sigh~  So, when I find a recipe that even I can make, even I find very versatile, I have to share.  Creamy Spinach and Sausage Pasta is a one skillet meal that we really enjoy, and I don't even mind excusing myself from my sewing machine to prepare.  I think I shared this recipe before, but it's worth repeating!



It doesn't take very long, at all, and I know I'm not the only one who would rather be sewing than preparing meals!

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Last but not least, on the quilty front, I have one share.  It has winged it's way across the continent and has been received, so I can show it now.


It's just a little zippered pouch using a stitchery from Red Brolly. I combined the instructions from a couple of different pouch tutorials that I found on Pinterest and made it to my own dimensions.  It was fun and easy, and I see a few more in my future!  Makes a great gifty, is flat and inexpensive to slip into the mail.  My favorite thing!

Well, that's all for today, but that was quite a lot for me!  I hope you can enjoy your day doing whatever makes you happiest!  I have to go grocery shopping.  :(

~karen

32 comments:

I am said...

Hi Karen good to see you back so often,wow that retractable scissor holder is an awesome idea,thankyou for sharing your recipe and love your new pouch xx

O'faigh said...

Loved your post Karen will check out your recipe

Verna Groger said...

The dish looks delicious, thanks for sharing! If I ever get a fit bit, I'll get one of the bra strap wraps, would not consider wearing that chunky thing on my wrist. Love the scissors hanger too! Have a great weekend!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

depending on what kind of strap my bra has I use the one you sent me - it works out really well.
that recipe looks great - I go through spells of wanting to cook and mainly do one dish meals it seems -- fast to do! especially when we travel in the motorhome - then I am always looking for new recipes for one skillet or pot

Sheila said...

You have a very clever daughter but then she has a very clever mother . Love the pouch 💖 I'll have to try your recipe , it sure looks yummy .

Fiona said...

what a lovely chatty post. I have one of those scissor holders - they are great and I need it as I was always dropping my scissors on the floor when I get up! the decals are fun too. great little business.

Love your zippy bag - bronwyns's stitchers are recognisable as well as lovable...

Hugz

margaret said...

scissor holder looks a great idea I too seem to spend more time picking mine up off the floor but now hang them from the bobbin winder when I remember. Interested in what jamome you have as I am seriously considering treating myself as my bernina is a standard size machine and it is so difficult to quilt on

Lin said...

Great way to keep your scissors to hand Karen. That Red Brolly pouch is great isn't it - I have made a couple myself. xx

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

What a great idea for scissors Karen. I had a ribbon on mine to wear around my neck, but they just got in the way, and even at the machine I am always putting them down and loosing them, I am so messy, and I don't have a memory any more :-( Your pasta dish looks lovely, I bet it would work with vegetarian sausages too.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

Yes . If postage costs weren't so high we could all have a lot more fun !

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Fantastic pouch.... these scissors are fantastic....yummy looking dish ❤️❤️❤️❤️

FlourishingPalms said...

Lots of good sew-y quilt-y goodness in this post! I've seen those retractable scissors holders. Now you make me appreciate that I have space beside my machine to sit my tools. I don't have a FitBi either, but I still appreciate all your cleverness, and wholeheartedly agree with your comments about postage! I sure think twice about sending things to people. Mostly I'm just happy to see that you're sewing, and apparently enjoying yourself. I'm living vicariously!

Debbie said...

Very nice! I love your daughter's work and your work too!!!

Linda said...

You are setting the bar pretty high here lately! Three posts in quick succession. What's going on! lol
Your daughter is so clever. She comes by it honestly though. Great idea with the scissor holder and I adore my decals. I might need another one. We will talk. Just pinned the recipe you shared. I love one skillet meals. tks. Enjoy this sunny summer Sunday! hugs

Lesley said...

Great scissor keeps! And the zippy pouch is wonderful!

Just Ramblin' said...

Love the idea of the retractable scissor holder. Am going to have to check out your daughters etsy shop. Such a great idea. Will also have to check out the decals. How fun to be the recipient of your lovely gift. You truly are a talented lady and always so willing to share! The recipe sounds yummy! May just have to give it a try.
Have a happy Sunday. Nola

Louise said...

The retractable scissor holder is GENIUS!! My husband has some of those left over from his trade show years, and I just snagged one for myself. Thanks for the idea!

Sandra :) said...

Now that's a handy way to keep track of scissors (why are mine always on the ironing board?!) - and the fondle decal is adorable :D

Sandra :) said...

Oh my - I didn't scroll all the way to the bottom, lol. The spinach + sausage dish looks yummy, and the kitty zipper bag is adorable - I love the combination of the patchwork with the embroidery, and of course, anything+kitties is always a winning combination :D

Lynette said...

That is the super cutest pouch that you made! We are not going to talk about the kitchen trouble I am having today, unable to get a simple casserole cooked properly. . . ::::rarrrrrr:::: But, cool - a badge reel is exactly what I've been thinking I'd like for my little scissors!

Createology said...

You and your daughter make a great team. Very practical and fun items you offer. Love the Red Brolly Stitched pouch. Aren't we the lucky ones who can create wonderful and personalized gifts?!! Thank you for sharing your past recipe. I do not like "wasting" time in the kitchen just to feed hubby who is never satisfied. Summer Smiles...<3

Jo Ferguson said...

The retractable badge is a great idea for those of us who manhandle our quilts. Yes, I meant manhandle. The little zippered pouch is sweet, especially the embroidery.

Jeanna said...

The retractable scissor keep is just a great idea and I love the decals...what a hoot.

The recipe sounds delish. I'm all for one-pan dishes.

The zippered pouch is adorable. I need to pay Red Brolly another visit.

Judy said...

Hi there again, it's good to read your posts! You and your daughter have some great ideas together and best wishes on the Etsy endeavor. Thanks for sharing the recipe-I'm with you on not liking to cook, etc!! That's a sweet pouch that you made for someone, and I'm sure that it made their day when it came in the mail :-)

Sondra said...

How very clever! Like the decals too. Love the zippered pouch! How's your summer going it's hot n dry here with afternoon storms!

desertskyquilts said...

I THOUGHT that was a Red Brolly cat! Wonderful gift. I don't drop my little scissors on the floor, but I do keep covering them with pieces of blocks I'm going to stitch! LOL Maybe I will try one of those. Thanks for the heads up. I have not yet succumbed to buying a fit bit. I already know I'm not fit!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Such a cute zippered pouch.

Karen said...

Thank you for posting this recipe, Karen. We tried it last night and my family gives it 8 thumbs up! We will certainly make this again. :)

Allie-oops Designs said...

Love that scissors keep! What a great idea. A bra strap wrap for a FitBit - I may have to show those on my facebook. I'm not a bit fit, so don't have one, but lots of my friends do! Love the decals. I'll have to check out that recipe - not a dive here either, lol! Love your pouch, so cute!

Cheryl said...

I have one of the retractable things for my scissors too and they help so much at not loosing them om the mess of my sewing room :)

Preeti said...

Oh, I dunno. Such sharp objects so close to your skin. I worry about you.
I am going to save the recipe - thanks for sharing :-) Love the zippered pouch - it is so neat with a cute binding and all.

Dog-Walker said...

Hey, Karen. Those are interesting projects that you've done for a long time. It feels like I haven't been going on looking at your blog for a long time. Things have been busy with me, like working at Walmart full time throughout the summer or I'm having writer's block on blogging. I hope that I'm not doing this just for you but for everyone else. :)