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10 September 2014

Grommets VS Eyelets and Stuff You Want to Hide

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Have you ever wondered what the difference was?  You are not alone!

It is a hard distinction to make, but very basically, eyelets are smaller and used for more delicate work while grommets are larger and used on heavier duty material. The tools/sizes are different, so make sure to get the corresponding tools/hardware.  In many ways though, grommets and eyelets are used interchangeably amidst crafter lingo.

More info can be found HERE.
*Some supplies provided by and purchased on Amazon.  Please note affiliate links.


The tools pictured here are:

Moving onto our little punch tool.  It is very simple and an older child could work with it quite successfully.  The little kit costs just a few dollars and the tips can be screwed onto the little metal handle for different types of jobs.  Simply match up the eyelet with the correct size top and screw it on!

Here is my fabric....for what you ask?

Bookshelf Covers!

You know how your bookshelves look all pretty, but sometimes the books you really like don't really look all that great?  Those dog eared paperbacks that you read once every 2-3 years since you were a teenager and have many fond memories of?  They don't really "go" and you want them there, but don't want to look at the everyday.  This is the solution.    Grab up some fabric you have sitting around the house or pick up a remnant from a fabric store (Mine came from WalMart for a little over $1 and made 4 shelf covers)  

Step 1:  

Cut rectangles 1 inch larger than the shelf you want to cover.

Step 2: 

Hem 1/2" all around the exterior of the rectangle.

Step 3: 

Snip corners diagonally to avoid bunching.  (See below)

Step 4: 

Attach eyelets with your punching tool and hammer at 4-6" intervals along the top hem of your rectangle. Note: You want a "punching surface" underneath your fabric because the metal WILL leave a mark.  DO NOT DO THIS ON YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE!  I use a $1 as-is cabinet door from IKEA as my "punching table".

Step 5:

 Put a nail through the eyelet and hammer directly into your shelf.
Crap Hidden.  Success.

One more note:  You are hammering nails into wood on this project.  It will forever change the face of your bookshelf.  
If you are very VERY attached to your bookshelf, don't do it.  

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08 September 2014

Rose Hip Tea

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I have made roseBUD tea before (I just buy the buds bulk off amazon here), but have never tried rose HIP tea.  Have you?

Rose hips are the actual fruit of the rosebush and form after the roses have bloomed and fallen.  You must leave the roses on to wither away naturally or no rosehips for you!  The best rosehips come from the sometimes scraggly and pedestrian roses like the rugosa bushes I grow out back.  The more ornamental tea roses and hybrids often don't come with large hips.  [ironic, I know]

Rosehips are full to the brim with vitamin C, but also with scratchy little hairs that can irritate your throat.  To use them in tea, remove those hairs and the seeds from inside the hips, then you can grind them or simply boil the hips for delicious, vitamin packed tea.  Want to skip the scraping part?  THIS ARTICLE says you don't have to if you are making rosehip JAM.  Now doesn't that sound delightful?

03 September 2014

If I Only Had a Hundred...

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Do you ever wonder what "things" you would keep if you could only keep a hundred?  Let's not count people, pets, even pictures, but simply the daily things that keep you "going" each day.  The things of life.  What are your top 100?  I can't read Assortment without that very idea filtering through my head.  While I am not planning on reducing the size of our home, I am looking more closely at my top 100. I am savoring the daily grind, the items I reach for and enjoy almost daily and appreciating the little bit of joy they each give me every day.  They are little blessings, under the guise of stuff.

Stuff is such a nasty word, don't you think?  We all talk about "stuff" as such an evil -- a thing to rid ourselves of, and yet...and yet we love stuff.  We spend an inoridinate amount of time shopping for stuff, thinking about stuff, enjoying stuff, USING stuff.  So who are we to call stuff evil when it -- stuff -- is the very toolkit of our lives.  Throw away the trash and the the clutter, yes, but don't throw out the stuff with the junk.  Stuff can make each day a bit more pleasant and gratefulness for it can quell a hoarding tendency.

Every day, typically many times a day, I hold the handles of these cups.  They are old and have scrape marks on the inside from countless spoons swirling creamer.  I found them already discarded from owner #1 at a yard sale.  I don't remember the price, but it was low and included a full 4 piece set of this blue stoneware from Target.  Sometimes dishware attaches itself to us, not because it is any better than any others, but because it is there and it serves us well.  These mugs are the perfect size, they nestle squarely in the hand and the blue is just right for mornings.  You probably can't buy them anymore, and you might not even like them, but perhaps you too have a "special" mug.  It might be ugly, it is certainly well used, and it is yours.  Enjoy the solidarity and solidity of the same old mug twisted in your fingers today.  Sometimes it takes years to find the right one.

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