Thursday, September 13, 2018

Passing on a savings....

My Epson printer is years old.  I was running really low on two of the ink cartridges and I don't usually wait till they actually run out.  The black was beginning to smudge as the lite cyan and lite magenta were running really low on ink, so I figured well,  maybe the printer is on its way out, its old enough.  I went to Staples to buy the two that was out,  but they only had the package that contains all the inks which is $100. So I went on Amazon to find just the two I needed and they were expensive buying them individually.  Lo and behold they had what they call remanufactured EZ-inks.

 I didn't realize they had such an animal.  The whole kit and caboodle (that's 7 cartridges) for $30.00 -  that included shipping! I don't know if you really can go by comments, but they were mostly positive.  I figured I would gamble and see if they worked.  They sure did.  I saved $70 bucks and the printer is working fine.  For how long I don't know cause it is old but hey, until it bites the dust it is just fine.  I haven't used the printer for my greeting cards as yet, but worked well for the following pattern I printed out, so I see no reason it shouldn't.  All these years I could have been saving bucks, lol....

I don't get anything for telling you this.  I am just passing on some info in case you want to give this a try.  I love saving money.  I did get a message that told me it wasn't Epson inks and it might be harmful to my printer when I put them in.  I don't see how that could be.  The cartridges look exactly like the ones I use and the printer is going to die one of these days, anyway. So I disregarded the message and continued on my merry way.   I really like this printer and hope it lasts a while because I know how to use it and hate learning new machines.  Well that is my tale for today.  Hugs, LJ

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

What are you working on, this is my project...

My GD wanted to learn to sew this summer.  You know how well plans go sometimes.   She picked out this pattern:

She picked the dress on the left.

Unfortunately, all she got to do was cut it out.

She got very busy with her schedule thru out the summer so I basted the dress and she tried it on.  It is way too big.  So I am going to baste it in a 1/2 inch on each side to see what happens.   It falls where it should as far as breast, waist and hip goes so we will see.

The fabric is a knit.  A knit is not the first choice of a beginner sewer (or me for that matter) but that is what she wanted.  My sewing abilities are quilts, doll cloths and home d├ęcor.

When done she is going to ty dye it.

Wish me luck.

Hugs, LJ

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hand Embroidery

I have 6 of these to do (one is finished). It will be a table runner someday.   It is a mindless thing to do while watching TV and I don't want to follow a pattern.  Besides,  I am trying to figure out a sweater pattern, been making dishcloths and a pair of socks done, so I am resting a bit.

I couldn't seem to darken it up for the blog so click on it to make bigger and maybe it will show up better.

I will be around to check you guys out soon.

Hugs, LJ

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Hey Ma, WhaCha Doing?

"I'm trying to get a decent shot of the tree I made, Maxie baby"....

Lighting sucks in here or is it because it is glossy and against the white wall????

From a different angle.....

Anyway it was fun to make.

I didn't want a bright red base so I picked this cinnamon red they called it.

The holly and berries are silk screened on.  They don't show up as much as I would have liked, but working on a concave surface was tricky.

Hugs, LJ

Monday, August 6, 2018

doll dress and waffle dishcloth

Too hot to go out other than errands so I have been reading and knitting.  

Did go off to an art shop with my GD and I made a retro style Christmas tree and she made mugs on the pottery wheel. She is so good at it, but it looks hard to do.   It was such a blast. Afterward we went to lunch. So nice to spend time with her as she is so busy. Once they fire it I will put in the lights and take pics.   I want to try some glass fusing.  That looks easy, lol....

Here is the doll dress:

This is too stinkin cute!

Fits this doll good so I am thinking it may be tight on an American Girl Doll.

Hope she has one this size.

I do need to block it cause it flares out and curls at the hem.

My BBF Jean at a romantic country home  sent me a pattern for a waffle knit dishcloth.  I like it better than the straight knit or stockinette stitch ones cause it doesn't wonk out of shape like they do.  I made it a bit smaller cause my hands are small and with my arthritis I have trouble wringing them out.  She knits some neat ones with hearts and figures embedded in the cloths.  I have to try some of them.

Stay cool!

Hugs, LJ

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Icelandic Sweater

The sweater is done and I wasn't fond of it on me.

I don't care for steeking and that means you knit a cardigan in the round (all knit rows),  not back and forth (stockinet stitch). The band down the front comes out so much better when you knit front and back with a band down the center than steeking.  It is stronger to my liking.  

Anyway, my GD liked it so she got it.

Isn't she so adorable!

I made her promise though to give it to me when it needs a washing because it has to be hand washed and blocked each time you wash it and my girl is fond of washing machines and dryers, lol...

Hugs, LJ

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

On my way

On my way to get Max groomed this morning the elk at the Elk Preserve  were near the roadway and I happened to have my camera with me. (yep, an unusual occurrence).There were 30 or more but they took off even though I walked so carefully. These must be very tame as they stayed put.

Across from the preserve there is a cemetery and I love this monument:

Well there you have it!  This is such a tranquil old road to take to Max's groomer and it is so pretty, I just love the ride out there.

Hugs, LJ