Thursday, August 28, 2014

Machine Fixings

I use my sewing machine a whole lot.
This summer I did some sewing for an old pole vault pit out at our 
local high school.
My machine was crying for some love 
after sewing 20 yards of 
burlap into two standard-covers
(covers for the bases of those tall things 
that hold up the bar which athletes pole vault over).

I didn't have the time or the money 
to take my machine in to get it serviced, and I'm pretty handy
with my tools (plus I'm somewhat mechanical). 

I bit the bullet and decided to open up more than the basic cleaning my 
machine's maintenance book discussed.
I do not recommend doing this if you have a current 
warranty on your sewing machine! 

This could negate your warranty, 
and I certainly don't want that for you!

Also, I have to add a disclaimer here:

I will not be responsible for

anything that you oil in your machine, 
nor for any damages that might arise from this oiling.
If you choose to oil your sewing machine, it is at your own risk.

With that said, this posting is only meant to 
show you what can be oiled
in a sewing machine to make it move better.
Servicing every year or so is recommended, and I 
will be taking my machine in this winter. 

I only opened up the very top case (where the main motor is)
and the left side case (where the needle housing is). 
My two goals were to 
1. clean out excess dust and loose threads, and 
2. oil only the moving parts without dripping
onto any electronics.
I made sure to keep the screws for each case with that section. 
I was happy to see that all four screws for my machine
were the same size

This is my machine's upper motor "crankshaft," if you will. 

Put a drop of oil on the moving joints

Put a drop or two of sewing machine oil in those two black circles, one just below the upper spring, and the one to the left of the lower spring. You can also rub a bit of oil on the springs themselves.
In order to lube other moving parts, like parts that slide back and forth,
I turned on the machine and depressed the foot pedal
to watch how things moved. 
I put a drop of oil on the main motor's sliding bar
(which works kinda like the crankshaft which turns your car's wheels)
It's not too complicated; you just want to keep all of your 
electronics oil-free!
Wipe down any drips.

See that black part along the metal bar way back on the left? Put a drop of oil in there.
Also, wipe down the feed dogs with a bit of oil.

Finally,  after replacing your covers, do take a spare piece of fabric
and run your machine for a bit
to remove excess oil coming
from the needle and bobbin cases.

Here's to Girls with Tools!
Okay ~ and Boys! ;0)
Happy Sewing!!!

Enjoy your weekend and I hope this
has been helpful,

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Faith, Hope & Love ~ My Inspiration

Love is patient
Love is kind
and envies no one...

Such a hard thing for me to do sometimes.
I am not very patient, but I have become better at it over the years.
Working with special education students
one learns a great deal of 

Love is never boastful,
nor conceited, nor rude;
never selfish,
not quick to take offense.

In the times that I have been boastful, God quickly reminds me to 
knock it off!
I was very proud of something I was doing a few years ago,
and it quickly became
that I shouldn't have been that way
as I landed a Big Correction.

Love keeps no score
of wrong-doings; does not gloat
over another's sins,
but delights in the truth

Here's a biggie...
Do you have trouble with this?
My husband would definitely have something to say about this one! 
I do apologize when I know I have been wrong
do delight in the Truth!

It's a wonder to me that so many people don't believe 
in God.
To me, His presence is seen everywhere!
I see God in the sparkles on a dragonflies wings and on some lilies.
We can make sparkles today,
but these insects & plants
have always had theirs...

People today look at the Bible as a bunch of made-up
stories, and we Christians don't do a good-enough job at 
promoting God 
and doing the right thing ourselves.
We are imperfect.
God uses imperfect people to do His work!

When you read through the Old Testament,
the genealogy of Jesus IS all these
flawed people!
Tamar was a prostitute who slept with her father to have a son.
King David lusted after and slept with
Bathsheba and had her first husband killed.
They lost their first child because of this sin.
(Also: Did you know sin means 
"missing the mark?"
It means we aren't doing something right in God's eyes.)

Anyway, Bathsheba eventually got it right with God, 
and Proverbs 31
is about her value and her real beauty. 
She was the mother of King Solomon
and Nathan.

Jesus comes from both of these lines:
the cursed line of Solomon (he strayed away to other gods) 
~ through his father Joseph, who adopted Him, 
and the not-cursed line of Nathan 
~ through his mother, Mary.
Jesus was wholly man (born to man) 
wholly God 
(given to Mary by God through the angel) 
and this is part of the reason why
He is Who He says He is. 
photo from my copy of the lovely magazine ~ Jeanne d'Arc Living,  9th issue 2013

There is nothing
love cannot face;
there is no limit
to its faith, its hope,
and its endurance.

In a word,
there are three things
that last forever:
faith, hope and love;
but the greatest 
of them all is

1 Corinthians 13

There is a whole lot more to the life and story of 
Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ. 
I used my New International Version study Bible
to look up and get correct information for you
(make sure I was right!).
The 1 Corinthians 13 quote is from the New Testament, 
but these exact words are from a print I have.

Happy Sunday to you!
Barb :)

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

An old 1930's mirror currently visiting the Craft room

They are sparkly, shiny, 
they can be gilded or painted over,
silver, curvy or straight-edged.
I don't care!
I just love mirrors!

A picture frame from Michael's with
added mirror
Bottom of the other found in England along with
a cute small gold mirror found in a home store.
One found in England
lovely details!
Love how the scrolling leaves were picked-out with
the paint!

The mirror in my dining room reflects the outdoors,
our backyard and pool.
Originally, I had the lovely, scrolled one in here,
I liked that one better for
over the mantel in the family room.

The mirror one sees coming in our 
front door
was one of two that flew back
from England with my 
two children
and myself.

The other looking-glass which came
on Virgin Atlantic
from Great Britain
was immediately dry-brush painted-over
as soon as I was
coherent enough
and back on our time zone!
Both were found in thrift shops 
in Sawtry and St. Ives, and 
this one would look 
fantastic painted white with 
its original brassy gilding
peeking through!

One of two mirrors in our second bathroom upstairs. 
Both have sayings on them. Thanks to Fifi O'Neill who 
had mirrors on her blogsite which were my inspiration!!!

A picture frame found in Redlands, CA that I lightly brushed
white and had a bevelled mirror made for it.
When we were first married,
I found a corner-round cabinet to display our 
wedding things in, but over the years
it became a display for art
created by our children as well as 
a place to house all of my collected teacups.
This cabinet has mirrors all over 
the back wall.
It happily reflects potted ivy from outside,
other items of beauty
from inside our home, 
of course, all the lovely 
tea cups & saucers

Our corner-round cabinet
Our final mirrored piece is one of the few, true
French pieces I have.
A lovely 1880's - early 1900's, reproduction
Louis XIV armoire.

We had driven down to our dentist appointments 
one day in late summer
just after we moved to this house.
the kids and I went to lunch and shopping at the mall
in Oceanside/Carlsbad, and 
this one store
was closing its doors.
The woman was selling both of her display armoires.
There it was just waiting for me!
I called my husband and told him about it.
He and I discussed it.
Could we afford it? 
YES!  For once we could!!!

So, the bonnet came home with the kids and I
on the return trip that day,
and the body and bottom piece 
on a second trip later that evening 
with my husband
and myself.
I remember it was a Friday.

Our armoire holds all our blankets, 
sheets, and decorative pillows.
I think about painting it white.
I have seen some very similar which are painted
and they are gorgeous!
But, I am a purist at heart with some pieces.
I love the wood grain.
It is beautiful just as it is...

So... Happy Sunday to you all! 
May you be the Light reflected out into your corner of this world,
Barb :)

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ethereal Sunday

 Ethereal to me means ~

hydrangeas blooming in large puffballs out on the bush, and
roses in bud and full-bloom perfuming the air ~ sometimes in an explosion of scent!
Sparrows, doves and finches chirping madly while
pecking for seeds and their babies flapping 
immaturely feathered wings, crying out to be fed. Hummingbirds whizzing past and bees
buzzing from plant to plant 
often hovering, curious, visiting me

then flying off to
sip nectar and gathering pollen.

Inside, ethereal means ~
Engraved silverware found over the years
from California to Texas to Connecticut.
Ethereal means
a summer mantel display ~ gorgeousness in all its silence.

Our backyard garden, too, sends 

peace and a certain gentleness, and 
our adopted Pekingese,
won from a Boy Scout silent auction and found 
at the local animal shelter, he, too is 
ethereal in his furriness
and cute button nose ~


After a super busy week working outside
building and painting the new 
patio cover, 
we are tired!

So... It's nice to just enjoy the backyard,
light winds rustling leaves.
Short gusts sighing through the 
open patio door 
bringing cooling, refreshing clean air inside.

Our roses are just beginning to bloom again.
They are sighing, too, with the release from 
the high humidity of early this week.

Yoda is freshly bathed and looking spiffy.
He is awaiting a second 
walk of the day!

Blessings to you on a warm
Ethereal Sunday!
Barb :)

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Patio Covers & Fireplace Mantels

Here is our new patio cover!
Our friend came over to help my son and I rebuild our patio cover.
My husband and son took down the old rotted beam on the 
                                                            original front section in June which was falling down.

For the next several weeks, I had been washing, priming, and repainting
all of the usable joists (2 x 10's),
then this Monday our friend came over and together
he and my son took off the beams closest 
to the house and started rebuilding the structure.

30 hours over four days,
it is all built, sturdy, and just needs touch-up painting.
Oh, and the sky really was that blue today!!!
80 degrees F. and nice breezes coming
over the coastal mountains.

As much work as we were doing,
we debated and then decided to 
cover the whole thing and only build out half.
Long-term goal is to span across
the back of the whole house.
The remaining front posts may come down 
or become a free-standing
I still like the idea of having hanging plants
and our bird feeder there 
on those front posts!
Project for next year.

So... the title to this post is about patio covers and mantels, 
I have had this idea of making
a faux fireplace surround
since we moved to this house almost a
decade ago.
I know right where I will put it, too!
In our living room.
This surround will be a "Ladies' mantel"
only about 5' wide across the board.

I located one of the left-over boards that had a really, really, 
really straight section between broken
and dry-rotted ends.
That board is now hand-sanded, all burrs are gone,
and I am loving the old look to it!

At our local Home Goods, I found this 
It is about 24" long and made of resin
(I think).
It was $22 on clearance and was
originally $29.
Only problem, you ask???
I need a second corbel!

So, if anyone out there is stopping by your Home Goods, 
will you check in the shelving and paintings
section to see if you see 
this corbel??? Message me if you find one, thank you!!! :)
I will keep looking at ours, too.
I have been haunting ours all summer,
and there were two different, cute, shorter corbels 
last weekend, but...

Sometimes something I really want 
comes through at a later date. 
I ended up with a
second angel for our yard
that way a few years ago.
Then, last year a beautiful urn came up on
and now it houses a
lovely, dark pink-flowering 
rose bush.
It is a favorite in spring!!! 

And there's where this fireplace surround will go. (photo, above left)
I even put the triptych
of a mirror I brought back on the plane with me
from England, and the
two ladies, up high enough for this
ethereal mantle.
I will post a photo of my
inspiration piece
later on.

Happy weekend to you all!
Barb :)

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