8/15/17

Rejoice As Senior Rings Arrive...A Lost & Found Story

As the Webmaster of my high school graduating class and the 'To Contact' via email person, I often receive inquiries from people searching for members of our class.  I also receive requests from other years graduates to become members of our close knit class who still get together regularly and stay in touch 52 years after our high school graduation. 

Our Website is the key to our connectivity.  After a few lessons on navigating the web, learning about email lists, how to log on, set up a Profile, and getting the Click HERE messages down, our 1965 HS Seniors/2017 Seniors Citizens are pretty darn 'Puter Savy'.  As a matter of fact, not only computer literate, but mobile phone websters as well. 

So in this day of Internet Information via Google and Social Media Galore, I was not surprised to receive this email from a completely unknown person via the Class Website 'To Contact' button.

I found a class ring from 1965. It has no name on it, except for "---" engraved on the inside of the ring. I would like to get the ring to it's owner. I can be reached at _____. Thank you

My first step was to go to our website roster and sure enough there was a person with the initials given in the email.  Contact with them was made, and a return email confirmed the ring was theirs with this message...

I'd love to be able to claim the ring. I've not had it in so long that I cannot even remember when I did have it last. What a wonderful opportunity awaits me, I hope.    I'm more than curious to know where it was located. 

So was I...curious to know where it was located.  Next step was to get the two connected.  So back to emails to both Finder and Lost-er...I know that's not a real word, but Loser was just so wrong.  But, before I could get back to Finder with the 'Good News' this email was waiting in my 'In Box'.

They can contact me,  but it might be awhile before I can get the ring to them.  My car was broken into and my purse stolen... it is being looked for, and I will keep them or you in the loop. I feel so bad to be so close to getting it to her and it's gone again... I can't even imagine how it got to my home! I found it out in the yard and right away looked into finding the rightful owner.  I pray it gets found along with my other personal effects.

WHAT!!!  Oh, No!  What a Lost-Found-Lost again twist!  So back to the Lost-er's email with the 'Bad News'.  That's where it ends...for now.  I can't help but wonder if the Lost-er may have jinxed the whole thing with, "What a wonderful opportunity awaits me, I hope." 

Or I may have been the jinxer with my reply to Finder's first email...

Thank you so much for your email.  I have messaged the person on our class roster whose initials fit the ones you found on the ring.  I will wait for a reply from them, and if the fit is right I will give them your contact information.  So nice of you to make the effort to get the ring to it's rightful owner.  We are a very close class and have been since our graduation in 1965, and I know if it were my ring, I would be ever thankful to you.  I hope together we will be successful.

Truly, if it were my ring, even at this stage in the 'Lost-Found-Lost' again, I would be so thankful and grateful to Finder for affirming my belief in the 'Good and Honesty' of mankind.  Just think, I would get to again, "Rejoice as Senior Rings arrive".
Fortunately for me and HiHoney (husband) our matching HS Senior Rings are safe in our shared High School Memory Box along with our yearbook and the picture that marks the arrival of the Class of 1965's Senior Rings.  HiHoney got to see his first...he is in the picture...1st guy on the left. 
I hope our Classmate gets to "Rejoice Again".

8/10/17

MixMaster Fiber Artist

Since declaring myself a Fabric and Fiber Artist with the establishment of Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio, I have zoomed in on the creativity and diversity of fiber.  Textile Fiber to be specific.

It's good to confirm my thoughts on Textile Fiber that match the official definition which states, 'textile fiber can be spun into a yarn or made into a fabric by various methods including weaving, knitting, braiding, felting, and twisting.

Yay....I'm all in on everyone of those methods.  

The essential requirements for fibers to be spun into yarn include a length of at least 5 millimeters, flexibility, cohesiveness and sufficient strength.  Other important properties include elasticity, fineness, uniformity, durability, and luster.  Textile Learner.

At one time, my collection of Fibers...excluding Fabric...was stashed here and there with not much organization.  Now that I am a bit more savy about yarn and it's characteristics of weight, ply, natural, manmade, etc. etc. yada yada, I am more organized...probably over organized.  At any rate, for all my knowledge about yarn and what one SHOULD use for socks, sweaters, shawls and so on, I invariable break all the rules of 'Master Yarny's'.  I am a 'MixMaster'! 
 
Concho Confetti Jewelry
The results of MixMastering of Fabrics&Fibers.
 
Still suffering from SSS...Second Sock Syndrome...Cannot make two of a kind!

8/8/17

'Josef Originals' Birthstone Dolls...August, April, June and November

If you were born during August you are naturally strong, self-confident, active, aspiring, ambitious, energetic and an independent thinker.  Art and music are your favorite studies and you are naturally of a very observing nature.  CardCow Vintage Postcards

What a positive and encouraging 'Fortune' for anyone born in August.  Just imagine receiving the postcard along with 'A Josef Original' on your birthday back in 1945.  That's when Muriel Joseph designed and created these dolls during the end of World War II.  Muriel and her partner George Good produced the 'Birthstone Dolls' between 1945 and 1962 in California before moving their Muriel Joseph George company to Japan.

Augusts birthstone is the Peridot.  It is shown in the August doll's yellow rose center, and is represented in the color of her dress.  Each of the dolls came with a 'Josef Original' tag, a gold seal stating the Month and Stone, and were signed on the bottom.  Those made in Japan had an additional seal.

Today a Josef Original with all the makers marks, tags, seals and in Mint Condition are valued at $40.  Unfortunately, my August doll is not in Mint Condition.  She has a repair to her wrist.  When I first started this collection I didn't mind if the pieces had little flaws.  Now that I am ready to sell them...I will have to make adjustments.

The Birthday and Birthstone dolls are todays centerpieces in production along with special occasion dolls such as sweet 16, communion, bride and groom, and a few musical pieces.  The company sold numerous times and in 2004 was sold to 'Dakin' who bases production in Hong Kong.  HERE is the Josef Dolls website.

Fortunately for me April, June and November dolls are in Mint Condition with Makers Marks and Japan Seals, but are missing the 'A Josef Original' tag and the Month Seal.  They are valued between $25 and $30.  They will be making a move from my Curio Cabinet to my Online Shopping Catalog.  A much shorter trip than the ones they have made in the past.

8/1/17

Vintage Sewing Basket Finds...If Only They Could Talk

Sorting sewing stuff today.  Mostly old pin boxes and needle packs that have been stored in a bottom drawer for ages.  Some are from antique and thrift store shopping where I couldn't bear to leave someone's sewing basket with it's bits of lace, spools of thread, half empty needle packs, buttons and other assorted odds and ends that accumulate in the bottom of a well used sewing basket. 
I'm sure at one time, I thought I would use the needles, pins, and sewing machine needles, and I have.  This stash has come in handy over the years for a special size needle or a photo shoot...for instance this post...What's In Your Sewing Basket? 
 
Occasionally, an old sewing basket will yield a few truly unusual things that may not have a thing to do with sewing.  Like the two very old handmade clothes pins.

After a Google search, I finally found an example of these rare hand carved clothes pins.  They were attributed to perhaps a pioneer woman who carved them from a tree branch then wrapped scrap metal around the ends so they wouldn't split open.  If only they could talk.

Then there are the items you know are sewing related.  Like the Stork/Crane Embroidery Scissors marked SECO Germany made by W.H. Morley & Sons, a German manufacturer of pocket knives, straight razors and similar tools.  Founded in 1913, the company closed in 1927.  

Wondering why they are referred to as Stork Scissors?  They are believed to have begun as birthing scissors used by 19th Century midwives to clamp and sever the umbilical cord after a baby's birth. The forceps/clamp scissors originated in Europe and were produced in metals ranging from brass to solid silver.  By the late 1800's, the novel stork design had been adapted as a popular sewing tool that is still reproduced today.  Mine were made between 1913 and 1927 and are valued between $20 and $40.  If only they could talk.

Perhaps the most intriquing item found in the bottom of a sewing basket and subsequently dismissed as a trinket...because of the keychain, is this Needle, Thread and Thimble Kit.  What a surprise to discover it came apart and inside was the thimble, thread and inside the thread tube...needles. After careful inspection, it was obvious the keychain was not part of the original piece.  Even closer inspection with a magnifying glass revealed the engraving on the inner ring of the cap...Austria.
 
Again, another search on Google and found it on Ebay described as an Antique Austrian Engraved Brass Bullet Sewing Kit. It was listed as used, was missing the wire and had a few spots, but was described as in excellent condition for $59.99.  Mine is in Mint Condition and doesn't appear to ever have been used as anything but a keychain fob...OMG! 
Originally this incredible Sewing Kit may have dangled from a chain hung around a Seamstress' neck and was referred to as a Chatelaine. For now, mine is adorned with a beaded tassel and will go in my 'Collectible Jewelry Display' at my Shop.  If only it could talk!

7/31/17

Here's My Totem Sign

The hanging sign at Studio 15 is eye catching...that's for sure.  However, for most shoppers FIBER doesn't relate/register as something they want or need...like broccoli.  FABRIC is a little more self explanatory, yet again, un-relatable unless you are a 'Material Girl'. 
 
I'm hoping the 'Totem Sign' clears up any misconceptions folks may have about FIBER&FABRIC. 
No broccoli served here!

7/30/17

Boomer Gloom and Doom

I thought I was done with knitting.  So done that much of my collection of 'fancy knitting yarns' are now for sale in my shop along with a good many knitting books and magazines.  I made the decision to 'NotKnit' when realizing I am better and faster at crochet.  To further justify giving up knitting and selling off  knitting stuff, I was patting myself on the back for downsizing the 'YarnArama' stash, emptying several shelves of books and magazines, and saving myself from 'Boomer Gloom and Doom'.

I am here to tell you that 'Boomer Gloom and Doom' is a real thing when you know your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends not of 'Boomer Age' DO NOT want your 'Knit Picks' or any other Pickings you have saved and treasured for....well, forever!

It's true, and I am not the only one on the planet who is facing the reality of my 'Stuff' being dismissed as Garge Sale Fodder, Craigs List Crap or even worse...Dumpster Divers Dregs!

Here I am a Boomer with Bunches, and what do I do to put off the impending Boomer G&D?
I take up knitting....again! 

7/27/17

Sewing Binge...A Matter of Necessity!

OverDoSue here.  Well, almost!  I caught myself just in the nick of time, and am patting myself on the back for working sewing smarter not harder. 

This last sewing binge was brought on by a trip to a 'Quilt Shop Hop Show'.  Although, I have been out of the 'Quilting Mode/Business' for quite some time and certainly have fabric to last forever, I am always ready to see what's new. 

Did I buy fabric?  Yes, one fat quarter!  Did I buy anything else?  Yes, an Apron Pattern!  And so began the sewing binge of  sewing theme aprons, quilting theme aprons, and gals gotta have aprons.  I think there are about a dozen done so far.  I hope to have a few more by the time they make their debut in my Shop on August 5th for First Saturday at The Chicken Farm Art Center.

Speaking of chickens, I had to replenish my inventory of Chicken Theme Microwave Bowl Warmers.  Of course I couldn't just do Chicken Warmers...no...I needed to re-stock just about every themed group except Southwest.

So, out came the stack of 'kitchen' fabrics and batting for a Bowl Warmer Sewing Binge. 

Good thing they are quick and easy to make.  They are one of my best sellers at Sue's Fiber&Fabric Shop!  It seems everyone can relate to burning your fingers when taking a hot bowl from the microwave.  Love the phrase 'Necessity is the Mother of Invention'.

Another thing folks relate to is shredded tissues in the bottom of your bag.  Somehow the cellophane wrapping just doesn't hold up to keys, pens, loose change and whatever else collects in one's purse.  Another 'Necessity Invention'.  Who knew these Tissue Packet Covers would fly off the shelf like they do.  Yep, it was the third sewing binge item made this past week.  Now, these are the quickest and easiest things I make...especially when assembly line cutting and stitching on the Serger.

Time to take a Sewing Binge Break...It's a Matter of Necessity!
 

7/25/17

Scrambled Rick Rack...What a Sew View!

My collection of Bias Tape, Rick Rack and a variety of other trims was once neatly wrapped, packaged and organized by color, size, and type...like seam tape, lace tape, double fold, single fold, etc. etc..

These days of 'Use It or Lose It' and 'Making It for Money', all that organization has flown the coop...so to speak.  Now all sizes, colors and types of tapes and trims are nesting in a basket. 

Not all separation/organization has been abandoned...Rick Racks have their own basket....

Now you have seen and heard it all...Scrambled Rick Rack.
But, you know what?!!! 
It works for me!
Here's a sneak peak of my New Line of Aprons!
So excited to Use It...not...Lose It
and
Un-Scramble Rick Rack!

7/21/17

Summer 2017... Project Patio and Pups

One thing leads to another.  At least that is how things go at our house.  First we were picking out paint for exterior trim and before we knew it we were measuring for windows to close in the screened in porch.  I knew we should have started the exterior trim painting at the front of the house where we spend less time on a daily basis.  As it is, we come and go through the back and spend a good part of the day on the porch even on the hottest day of the summer...110 degrees. That was the deciding factor to replace screen with windows and Mother Natures hot air with AC.
First thing lead to the next thing...painting the new enclosed porch. 
Then...of course...Re-Decorating...the FUN part!
What made decorating so much fun was 'Making Do' with what we had!
FINALLY...a use for crochet dollies and embroidery hoops!
RE-PURPOSED...Quilt Rack, Baskets and Greenery, Metal Wall Art.
The Repurpose Mode continued to the back yard walk way with my 'Pink Booth Tent' erected as an outdoor covered patio.  Afterall, we still like to sit outside...just not when it's a 110 degrees.  The tent support poles are curtained with a repurposed king size sheet.  Same goes for the bench...repurposed and reused seat cushion and thrift store pillows.  The only thing bought new were plants, and they were from the 'NearlyDead/Bargin' rack.  Yay for resurrecting my 'Green Thumb'.  This view of the Pink Tent Covered Walkway  through the now 'Plexi-glassed' inside screen door. 
Enough about Project Patio!  Here's the Pups!
Meet Cookie and Sugar!
They are almost 5 months old and are...believe it or not...Litter Sisters and Rescue Pups!
Dolly wonders...'What were Ya'll thinking'?
 
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7/10/17

Sideways Sidebar Marketing Strategy

Onward and Upward Sideways in the world of Online Marketing.  Upward would apply if I had stepped up to a Website Builder/Host that offers Freebies for this domain or that number of Gigs, etc. etc..  The professional Templates are tempting with their polished graphics, drag and dropping options and scrolling Headers.  But, after researching and scratching my head over the Not Really Freebies and the Not Really For This Price per Month and the Reality Fine Print, I decided to make my move Sideways...
....to the Sidebar!!!
 ONLINE SHOPPING
Your next Sideways-Sidebar click is another Sideways move to a Blogger ForReal FREE Blog...
 
 
So...You can get there from here and You can get there from
 Either 'Sideways' you get there...You get the Coupon!

7/7/17

Scrap Around The Clock...It's What Quilters Do

As with my Fabric Stash, I have been working on my 'UseIt-or-LoseIt' philosophy with the Bead and Button Stash.  These 'Quilt-Sew' charms have been hoarded saved for ages and, I'm sure by now, can be considered vintage collectibles.
I can't begin to tell you how long I've had the Roman Numeral Clock Disk, or how many times I have tried to 'UseIt'.  Finally, I think it works for this 'Scrap Around The Clock' necklace.

Once I sit down at 'The Jewelry Station' in my Home Studio, and the jewelry juices begin to flow, it's easy to get into a 'Beading Binge'.  When that happens, my inventory grows and two more issues become the next problem to solve....displaying and marketing.
Display...Solved!
Marketing...Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio at The Chicken Farm Art Center.
  Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio page on Facebook (Online Shopping Available).

7/3/17

July Flag Flashback

While searching photo files for Red White and Blue's, this 'Flag Pin' surfaced.   I wear it every July.  As a matter of fact, I wore it day before yesterday...July 1st...for First Saturday at The Chicken Farm.  It was pinned on one of my Patriotic shirts...of course.

The thing that caught my eye on this pinning was the strap it was pinned on.  It was a flashback to last years July when this apron strap hung around my neck for the last time. 

Yes, it has been one year and one week that my Hancock Fabrics Apron was retired to the Apron Collection. 

In the year since the closing and loss of my job as 'Supervisor Sue', I often think of and miss my co-workers, the customers and my special section of fabrics everyone called 'Sue's Cotton Patch'.  Most likely, I'd still be working there had they not closed...but then I wouldn't be doing this.....

So, from Me and Modella....Happy Fourth of July 2017!!


7/1/17

Tank Tops and Flip Flops Top Fabric, Fiber and Quilt Tops

Featuring Patriotic Fabric, Quilts, Jewelry and Tunics on July 1st at The First Saturday Event may not have been as timely as I anticipated.  Even with Saturday as the beginning of a long Fourth of July Weekend, folks either already had their 'Fourth' gear, have been saturated for months with Big Box Stores Red White and Blue Bargins or simply out of the 'Patriotic Mood'.  Can't say I blame them with all that is going on in Uncle Sam's Houses.
There is quite a difference in stocking a Quilt/Fabric Shop as opposed to a Fabric/Fiber Studio.  First there is the space difference and secondly, folks are 'Quick Pick Shoppers' in Studio/Vendor shops.  If they are Fabric or Yarn Crafters, they are more likely to pick up a Coordinated Bundle of Fabric or a Yarn Kit rather than a bolt of yardage or individual skeins of yarn.  So, I am learning and adjusting my marketing strategies. 
Then there is the 'Dog Days of Summer Sales'.  Yep, when it's 90 to 100+ degrees it's hard to think about quilting, knitting, crocheting or much of anything that requires more than a tank top, shorts and flip flops. 
Next year's 4th of July Feature!!!
Welcome July!!!

6/30/17

Last Day To Make 'Even Eight'

Ending the month on an even number of posts is a result of a bit of Number OCD.  It's been almost  an 'Even Eight' years...in August...of blogging with an average of  an 'Even One hundred Fifty-Eight' post per year.  So, you can see how the Number OCD has strongly figured into this 'Even Eight' post. 
Meaning and Fun Facts of Even Number Eight.
Symbol of harmony and balance.
Symbolizes the ability to make decisions.
A double eight, as in 88, is said to bring double joy.
 
Number 8 is a very lucky number in China
  The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in China
began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm.
 
Most umbrellas have eight sides.
The STOP sign has eight sides.
In the world of computers, a byte is eight bits.
The number 8 is the atomic number for oxygen.
Spiders have eight legs and the octopus has eight arms.
There are 8 ounces in a cup and 8 pints in a gallon.
 
Shoot, my Even Eight OCD is nothing compared to 'The Beatles'.

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