Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Bible Journaling ~ Garland of Lilies


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I very much like Celtic and medieval illuminated manuscripts so those types of designs will show up everywhere.  This is one of my favorite pages I have done.

The book title was done with black pen & ink over the existing print.  I tried to add some gold metallic over the ink but didn't like it so I wiped most of it off before it dried.

I chose lilies for this page as they seemed to be lilies of wisdom, "a garland to grace your head."

The lilies were outlined in black fine point ballpoint pen and are colored with watercolor on a fairly dry brush to avoid wrinkling the page.  

The highlighted verses were outlined in gold metallic pen and colored with watercolor.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How To Transform A Worn Out Shirt

Do you have a favorite shirt with an ugly torn hole?  Maybe it has just worn out in a very noticeable place?  Check out my recent repairs to a couple of shirts, modeled by my trusty manikin Anne Boleyn.

This plaid shirt got an asymmetrical redo. 

And this one received an easy patch repair.

Both had major holes worn through in the same place, the lower right side.
A friend has a rough spot on her kitchen counter tile that they have never been able to correct, therefore her shirts get holes in the same place.  She also finds it hard to find 100% cotton shirts in the style she likes at a price she can afford so I offered to repair hers.

For the plaid shirt I used a heavier cotton with the wrong side out to almost match the colors in the plaid.  The buttonholes in the shirt were also too large so the repair fixed that as I had to make new buttonholes through the new fabric overlay.

For the paisley I found one color locally that actually matched one of the colors in the shirt.  I would have preferred a purple but they all were really off in color.  I used a fancy stitch the sewing machine does to attach the patches to the fronts only.  Then I used the same stitch in 3 rows to stiffen up the front band as she had a problem with it being wimpy and gaping between the buttons.

Wait till you see the next shirt project!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Bible Journaling - Highlighting Psalms

Highlighting passages of scripture can be done in many ways.  I tend to outline with metallic pen and color the area in with either prismacolor pencils or watercolor.
The top border for this page was sketched in ballpoint pen and then colored in with prismacolor pencils.  

I'm sorry for the quality of the photos, I am using my scanner as the images seem better than when I have tried using the camera.  I really need a new camera.  Please click on the photos to enlarge for better detail.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Review of Gotham Steel Frying Pan and Paula Deen Cookware & Utensils

I don't think I have ever done a real review of anything before, however I am so pleased with this first product I wanted to share it with you.

First off, no one has asked to review these products or compensated me in any way, this is my own personal opinion of the items.


You have probably seen the commercials for these frying pans on TV.  After viewing the infomercial I thought it might be a good item for our family.  

Mom likes non-stick pans and had several teflon types and one ceramic pan.  The problem with the teflon pans is that they get easily scratched and the next thing you know the teflon is in your food.  The ceramic pans are ok but if you burn something it seems to always burn in that same spot.

So I mentioned these to Mom as Dad could not possibly ruin the finish by using metal utensils and knives in it (he will cut the breakfast ham in the pan) and it would be the non-stick that she and I like without leaving teflon flakes in our food.

They come in 2 sizes and Mom ordered both.  We have been using them nearly every day for the past 4 months and I have never been happier with a frying pan.
They really do clean up as easy as is shown on TV.  Metal utensils do not hurt or scratch them.  Even if you burn something it comes right off and cleaning them is a breeze.  I do dishes by hand each day and every day I am thankful we have these.

They are also lightweight so if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis they are easy to use.

The frying pans run $19.99, a good buy any way you look at it.  In case you are interested, they also make other cookware which I am hoping to get eventually so we can lose the rest of the teflon coated stuff.

Oh, yeah, the teflon stuff is this set by Paula Deen:
Nice enough as teflon goes but I have one major problem with the design.  The saucepans have a curve to them, the bottoms are wider that the tops which works nicely to keep things from slopping out if you stir too hard, but they are a royal pain to get out of the cupboard if you stack them.  You have to angle them to get them unstuck.  I love Paula, but her cookware, not so much.

I do like the 2 silicone utensils that came with the above set, however this set below
royally sucks.  
They are hard plastic which is ok, but look at the handles, that larger width at the back end is hiding a secret.  I cannot count the number of times they have flipped out of a pot or large bowl and landed on the floor taking food with them because that back end of the handle weighs so much.  I can honestly say I hate these.  Once again a design flaw.  I wonder, does Paula ever really use these?


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