..minutia - you know...trivial crap.
Hello people. How's your weather? We have and will continue to have, high humidity, heat, storms, and rain. That means the barometric pressure is falling....and my joints are terrible. Dr. James Fant (University Specialty Clinics) stated "if the barometric pressure is decreased, then that would allow the inflamed tissue to swell more, simply because there is less atmospheric pressure holding the tissue back. If there are nerves in that tissue, then those nerves would be stimulated by that swelling and that would translate into pain." Well la-d-da. Sounds science fictiony but the size of my swollen foot/ankle and my right index finger joints prove his point.
That's not the only reason I didn't get the project done that I wanted to share today, but a big contributor. I am planning a giveaway of a little design I worked up and wanted to stitch it as the offer. I would have finished it before this front came in, but I changed it four times. I have four different ways to stitch it, except for one element. So I will yak about other things.
Remember the post on how I stabilize the top edge of samplers when hanging unframed? I used horsehair braid from JoAnn's. It's in the boxes on the bottom shelf, notions wall. Well I bought something else this time, flexible boning. The traditional boning is not flat and much stiffer. This is also very stiff, narrow, and there is no way it will allow anything to sag.
I put it out in the sun with weights on the ends to get rid of the roll shape from the box. The much flatter horsehair is perfect for small and medium samplers, but for big girls like Lucy and Eliza, I will slip it out and insert this boning. Both had double strips and held up well, but I want to test this.
I've had this dried grapefruit for a few years, thinking it would make a great pumpkin head for a sewn figure. Look at the nose on this guy. Paint the eyes, drill for a neck pole and give him a hat. But I never will. Would dried fruit crack if drilled? It's really hard and thick so I doubt it but who knows.
For those of you with smooth cooktops, I've tried the homemade concoctions for cleaning and they were a pain without great results. Bought all the top names and did not like the waxy feel left behind or the cleaning power. Until I tried Affresh. Oh my. Shake it, a few drops smeared onto the burned area, five minutes later it is easily wiped off. They don't carry it locally so I ordered online through Home Depot and had them ship it to my local store free. Great great stuff.
And if anyone has soapstone water spots, placements rings, all the marks left from anything set on it, let me know how you get rid of them. It's been waxed and cleaned many many times, tried the oil, it's always looking like a mess. I thought it may be our water, but distilled, spring, bottled, all do the same. It looks fabulous when first waxed or oiled, but it needs to be done every three days and you can still see the outline of the ever increasing spots.
Since Budman likes to be enclosed, I threw a rug over the bench to create a little shady cave for him. He's a happy guy. So much rain that I had to remove the flower pot from the blue pan that had filled with several inches of water. I think that's it. Will pop some Advil and see if I can get this done in the next few days. If not, I will come up with something else for the offer. Until then, be safe!
Thanks for visiting.