Yeah, yeah, another month has passed by since my last post. But you know what? I have really been getting focused for the new year trying to accomplish some projects which have been laying around for far too long. I have talked about them before — my genealogy research/book and my cookbook! Connor has been helping me a lot too, and we are making some serious progress! It has felt really great and I feel like so far the New Year has been treating me well. Along with these big projects of mine, I have a whole box full of small crafts I have wanted to get around to as well. One of them was finishing my re-usable handwarmers. I bought the fabric for them quite a long time ago, and I wanted to finish them before winter was over! I found this idea on Pinterest and just thought it was really handy, and not as wasteful as the disposable ones. I already made my own rice bag for muscles aches and cramps, and these handwarmers are basically the same concept, but small enough to fit in your pockets to keep your hands warm on those bitter-cold days. It took me less than an hour to do!
I started by cutting down my fabric into rectangles. I folded them in half (one less side to sew), and I made sure to do this so when I sewed it, it would be inside out. (It looks nicer and leaves a cleaner seam when you pull the fabric out the right way). I then stitched the remaining three sides, leaving a small gap so I could fill them with the rice.
^^ I then had to pull the fabric through the small hole so it would no longer be inside out. It then looked like this (notice the little wing on the top right? it is the hole to put the rice through):
^^ All full of rice and now ready to stitch up the hole!
^^ And finally, complete! I made two sets, a pair for Connor and a pair for me!
To use, just throw in the microwave for a minute or two. I have found with my rice bag that if I do it for a shorter amount of time, it feels hot at first but quickly releases the heat. If I warm it for a bit longer, it holds the heat for much, much longer (although it is way too hot in the beginning!). Test out times to see what works best for you. Enjoy, and stay warm out there!
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 01/14/2015
I tell you, over the last few weeks it has felt like we brought Colorado storms/tornado season back to Washington with us. Over the last month, we have had two extremely large and dangerous wind storms that knocked over so many trees, damaging hundreds of houses and leaving thousands without electricity, some for over a week. Thankfully for us, each time we were only without power for a day, but unfortunately others are still recuperating from their losses of homes, vehicles, and food.
It was interesting to see how different age groups responded to the loss of electricity. My nephew (now 5 years old and efficient with iphones/electronics since the age of 2 or 3) practically broke down when he couldn’t watch his favorite movies or download games on the iPad. And on the opposite spectrum, those 30 or older were found sitting in their running cars outside of their houses, charging their phones and watching videos. Connor and I about died when we saw this. What happened to the old days when losing electricity meant playing hide and seek, or board games by candlelight? Is it only the 90’s kids that reminisce over these days, and try to relive them when we have the opportunity? I find it funny when parents and grandparents say my generation is terrible for being addicted to technology or having bad etiquette. It was just the other day that I was in the doctor’s waiting room and I listened to a full conversation of the 50-some year old woman behind me about her not being able to find a good pair of shoes for some family gathering. In the opposite corner, a 30-some year old woman flipped through magazines while her 8-year old daughter obnoxiously and loudly sang along to the songs she was listening to on her ipod. Meanwhile, I sat quietly in the waiting room with my phone on silent while I waited to be called back. And my generation is bad?
Anyway, I got off topic there.
Needless to say, Connor and I were pretty excited when the power was out. Not at first, as we quickly bought bags of ice to save our food. But rather than sitting around complaining about it, we pulled out the board games and played, and then I decided to do some sewing on an ipad case I had been meaning to make for several months. Nothing to get you motivated like no power, right? I designed it as I went, but maybe these pictures will spark some of your own ideas for making a custom case for your own devices. All it takes is some fabric, needles, and thread. At least when the power goes out, the electronics can be stored away in style!
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 08/13/2014
One of the items from Tuesday’s Mason Jar post was the Anthropologie sewing kit, which I thought was super adorable. Because I have a growing kit of sewing supplies and an excess amount of mason jars, I gave it a try to make it on my own. Honestly, this is the first project I have actually finished and stated, “I should have just bought it!” There was a lot of trial and error, but I finally got it to an acceptable appearance. Want to know how to make it?
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 03/29/2013