Giveaway! Giveaway! Thank you, all, for the terrific and creative things you've come up with. But really, don't you think Linda, with all those ideas for the lowly clothespin (14 or so!!) really deserves recognition? Yes, I do! So I've emailed her, and will be sending her a little somethin' this week. Happy 4th of July!
Thanks, all y'all, for the compliments on my Design Ironing Board last time! It was a happy accident. I really, really needed to re-cover my ironing board, it was majorly grungy. So I dragged out a piece of flannel covered with sewing notions, pretty appropriate, no? It has turned out to be the best cover! I don't have to chase blocks or pieces thereof around the board, they stick. The only thing I'd do different is have the flannel a lighter color, and maybe just a tone on tone. But do try flannel on your next ironing board re-do!
Since we're on a domestic kick here, thought I'd share a couple of handy gadgets I love. My fingers and wrists aren't what they once were -- maybe being a typist and steno for decades had something to do with them wearing out, ya think? So, if Mr. Happiness isn't around, I really struggle with opening jars and bottle tops. He bought me a "Lids Off" by Black and Decker a couple of years ago, and it is a wondrous invention, indeed! But for those lids and small jars, pictured above is another great thingie (and you know I love my thingies!). It grabs hold of the top or lid or cap and doesn't slip, and adds some "oomph" to the twisting so you don't have to. And that little doo-hickey on top lifts tab tops without any effort! I know, I know, I should've been an engineer -- I know all those technical terms!
And I love my funnel, never thought I'd use a funnel in the kitchen as much as I do! But the small part at the end is sometimes too small for pouring stuff, and it clogs or slows down. You see the funnel on the right, the white one? It works even better, and it's bigger on the end so it doesn't back up. Know what it is? An empty thread cone :-)
I've had these hot pads for.ev.er! Use them all the time. Do you realize what a cool quilting design they have!?! Now I'm on a quest to look more closely at all my stuff to see what else they can be used for, what kinds of quilting designs they have, if they can pull double-duty!
What kind of tool/technique/design inspiration is your favorite? A really cool contraption? A double-duty handy-dandy neat-o mosquito discovery you'd like to share? I'm going to pick one of your comments, maybe at random, maybe one that made me laugh the most, or the best IMHO idea, and send you a little something of some kind :-) Since we have a long weekend, I'll let y'all party and celebrate and put on your thinking caps and I'll pull a comment out of the hat on Monday evening.
Happy Birthday, USA!!! Be safe out there!