Share Your World April, 23

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If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

If I could have an endless supply of any food it would be chocolate ice cream.  It is my all time favorite snack.  I have been known to have it for my supper.  I know, not exactly nutritious, but hey, it makes me happy.  🙂

List at least five movies or books that cheer you up.

It would be easier for me to name a genre or author than the actual titles of either.  I have never been able to remember titles of books or movies let alone names of movie stars.  I can also start watching a movie in the middle of it and still enjoy it.  So, all that being said there are a couple of titles I do know.

The Bells of St. Mary’s is my all-time favorite movie.  It is a great reminder of my childhood and my elementary school days.  I watch it at least twice a year.

I loved the movie MASH.  I can’t say that it made me happy exactly, I just liked it.  I was dating a Corpsman in the navy at the time.

Then, there’s McLintock with John Wayne and Maureen Ohara.  I laugh every time I see it.  It makes me think of my dad.  I went to see it with my dad and he laughed so loudly that the whole theatre was laughing because he was laughing.

As for books that make me happy, well any book that I am reading while sitting on the beach with my feet in the surf.  🙂  But I loved the Silver Chalice, all of the Harry Potter books, and the Alphabet series by Sue Grafton.

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing? 

If I were a mouse in my house in the evening, I would see me either sewing, crocheting or watching TV with Gracie at my feet or snuggled up next to me on the couch.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  

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This past Thursday my number came up to have an accident.  I was driving along minding my own business when I saw something dart into the road. I swerved and hit a very high concrete curb.  Needless to say, I killed my tire.

I was very appreciative that if I was destined to have an accident, it was one as minor as this.  So although I had to drive on the flat for two miles I had a big smile on my face because no one was hurt.  I had Gracie in the car with me as I was bringing her home from her vet appointment.  She had gotten vaccinated and about a mile into the drive on the dead tire, she began to throw up.  I could definitely have done without that added to the drama, but I was still smiling.  🙂

Wanda

Going Home

Daily Prompt:  Vague

It had been years since I was back to my hometown. After college, I had taken a job on the west coast, met my husband and that’s where we made our home. Over the years we had come back to visit my family so the kids could get to know their grandparents, but only once or twice a year. My parents had died fifteen years ago which is when my last visit to my hometown was.

I couldn’t believe that my boss had given me this client. I had thought my traveling days were over. After all, there have to be some perks when you stay with a firm for as long as I had been at mine. But, he did and here I was sitting on a plane on my way back to my roots.

I couldn’t resist the urge to drive by our old house. It still looked the same, but different somehow too. I had a vague feeling of longing as I sat in my car looking at the kids playing in the yard. I was remembering all the fun I had had playing there with my friends so many years ago. As I drove off to meet my client, I began wondering if any of them were left in town.

After my meeting, I checked into my hotel, changed and went to dinner. As I was eating I looked across the room and saw a woman looking at me. She seemed familiar, but I wasn’t sure. I walked over to her and realized that it was Janet, my best friend from my childhood. We hugged and filled each other in on all the years we had spent apart. It was just a wonderful surprise to my trip.

We decided to meet the next day for a late lunch before I had to catch my flight back home. As we sat together at lunch those vague feelings came back to me. The kind of feelings that let you know you always have a special tie to the home where you grew up. That there is something special about where you were raised and the friendships that came and went in your childhood that are like wearing a comfortable sweater that keeps you safe and warm.

We said goodbye with promises to keep in touch this time. As my plane took off I was a little sad to be leaving where I had grown up but was happy to be getting back to my husband and our home.

Wanda

T is for Tack, Tailor, Tape Measure, Tat, Thimble, Thread, Top Stitch, & Trim

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In the world of sewing Tack is a long stitch used to fasten fabrics together temporarily, prior to permanent sewing.  This is often done when making clothes so that a fitting can be done.  It is also used in other forms of sewing and quilting

A Tailor is a person whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, pants, and jackets to fit individual customers.  Most tailors are men since most customers for fitted suits are men.  There is a great article about tailoring here.

I have mentioned Tape Measures before.  They are simply a thin length of flexible material with marked intervals for measuring.  This is the type used for in sewing and quilting.

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Tat or Tatting is a way of making lace as a decorative mat or edging.  The process of tying knots in thread and using a small shuttle to form lace.  I have never done tatting.

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This is a beautiful doily.  I would love to learn how to make such a beautiful piece.  This is what the shuttle looks like.

 

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A Thimble is a metal, leather, or plastic cap with a closed end.  It is worn to protect the finger when pushing the needle through the fabric in sewing and quilting.  There is a vast variety of thimbles on the market.  Here is a just a sample.

 

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Thread is a long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibers used in sewing or weaving.  It comes on spools of various sizes.  The colors it is available in are numerous.   The size of the thread used depends on what type of sewing you are doing.  For instance, hand quilting thread cannot be used in a sewing machine because it is specially prepared for hand use.  Thread of one kind or another is used in crocheting, tatting, sewing, quilting, and embroidery.

Thread for sewing and quilting is available in invisible, metallic, cotton, polyester, silk, and a blend of cotton and polyester.

Some thread comes in wound balls like pearl cotton.  Embroidery thread comes in skeins.  Crochet cotton for tatting and crochet comes in a larger ball wrapped around a cardboard tube.

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Topstitching is a finishing stitch to your project.  It is accomplished by making a row of continuous stitches on the top or right side of a garment or other article as a decorative feature.  Sometimes it is just a straight stitch and sometimes embellishing stitches are used.  It just depends on how intricate you want your stitches to look.  Topstitching can be done by hand or machine.

Trim includes a plethora of beads, ribbons, buttons, rhinestones, lace, rick rack, yarn, the list goes on and on.  A fancy stitch can also be used as Trim.  A project is finished by adding a trim to an area that will enhance the look of it.  I love trimming my granddaughter’s clothes.  You can add trim to anything.

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Don’t you just love the trim available to embellish your projects?  There are so many other things you can add as trim.  The key is to be imaginative and go for it.  🙂

Happy Sewing!

Wanda