I was excited to have a huge order for my business, Redding Creative Arts! It was a really unusual assignment. A man passed away at 38. On the website from the funeral home, friends could leave messages to the family. This particular man had over hundred messages of tribute left. A friend of his mother decided to make a scrapbook for the family with all of the messages--and she asked me to make it. I ended up making 46 pages! It was a big job, but I am so thankful for the opportunity. I had beautiful paper to work with, from The Paper Studio. I picked their Affinity patterns, and they are beautiful. I used chalks and glaze pens to enhance them. I also learned about quilling. That took up about three weeks. I hope my business continues to pull in customers.
Last Sunday was my husband's birthday, and I was going to make him a quilt for our bed as his gift (he wanted one). I learned that fabric is very expensive, and I didn't give myself enough time to finish the project by his birthday. So instead, he got a quilt top for his birthday, and I am going to give him the back for Christmas. I did take some pictures for you, and soon, I am going to have a post showing what I did to make the pattern.
For today's post, I have a quick idea and a tip!
I hate to discard cards that people send me. My husband likes to put all of the cards he gets (mostly from me) up on the wall by his dresser. I was using tape to stick them to the wall, and they kept falling off. I started using sticky-tac to put them on the wall. That was not the best idea. One day, my husband and I decided to switch bedrooms. It was a huge job, but we did it. When I took the cards with the sticky-tac down, it ripped the top layer of the wall-board off. It was really important to my husband to have the cards up in our new room, so I did this:
By the way, the ribbon goes behind the Gator picture. It is not holding the picture up.
My friend Jennifer used this idea in her condo when she was in college:
All I did was take some blue ribbon and cut four very long pieces. They go from the ceiling to just past the top of his dresser. Then, I used blue thumbtacks to stick them to the wall near the ceiling. I didn't even secure the bottoms.
Now, sticky-tac is not destroying my walls, and I have a nice way to display all of Tommy's cards! This is so easy--you can make one, too.
My other tip--I am not a huge fan of stain-removers for clothes. I have not had good results. As in, the stains are still there. Most of the time, my spots are grease from food. (Yes, I am messy.) Since my clothes were ruined anyway, I figured I had nothing to lose, so I tried something known to remove grease. Dish soap. Straight from the bottle onto the spot, and then washed with everything else. Is it a total cure all? Maybe not. But I have rescued several shirts this way.
Do you have any laundry tips?
Soon I'll start posting my Christmas ideas I have been saving up for you!
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