it would help to know my Physics….

So the last thing you saw was this

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I think by now it’s safe to say that this will be a wreath with two trees, some sky and grass.

I then made a hammock, that I attached to the tree trunks. And went on to making the mouse and the accessories. I had to wait for the feedback from my kiddo on the teachers eyes. I like making my mice personal.

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The hammock looked pretty comfy to me. I am one to spend a lot of time in my own hammock, enjoying the sounds of nature, soaking up the sun or reading a good book. Or sometimes just taking a nap.

What I didn’t take in account that the mouse would not have the same weight distribution as I did.

After I had finished up the mouse I sewed it to the hammock and picked the wreath up on it’s hanger.

Guess what???

Yes, the mouse did a flip and was hanging belly down!!! Sorry, I have no picture of that. I was just too frustrated with myself. Why didn’t it dawn on me, that the lightweight hammock would not hold the “heavy” mouse.

I had to ponder on that for a little and tried a few options.

I finally managed to find one that wouldn’t look too funny and awkward.

This morning I printed out some book covers and cut out little book pages and sewed the books together. I then glued them to the wreath.Hammock5

Attached my little tag and wrapped it up. Sat the kiddo down to write a little note for the teacher as soon we got back from School.

I hope the teacher gets to enjoy her Summer Break with some good books in a hammock.

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Spotlight Friday: Summer is here

A few days ago Summer officially started. And the temperatures now prove it. Oh my it has gotten hot the last few days here in South Carolina.

I usually take a bottle of water with me when I drive somewhere, but my last few trips to the stores, one wasn’t enough.

To go swimming in our backyard pool we have to go either very early or late afternoon. During the daytime it just gets too hot and the UV is very high as well.

Wow you run out of indoor ideas for kids pretty quick if you are stuck in the house and the heat just drags you down. Luckily we have fans that run pretty much all day to cool us a little. Our AC is  usually set to 10 – 12 F cooler then what the temperature it is outside. That made for a 86 F in the house the last few days, and even then it was running quite often. We shed clothing pretty quick, close all the curtains and blinds in the house, live off cold drinks and fruits, to stay cool. I don’t know how people did it when there was no AC.

Well I guess trying to cool down during a hot Summer has been around quite a while:

Evaporative cooling

Since prehistoric times, snow and ice were used for cooling. The business of harvesting ice during winter and storing for use in summer became popular towards the late 19th century.[3] This practice was replaced by mechanical ice-making machines.

The basic concept behind air conditioning is said to have been applied in ancient Egypt, where reeds were hung in windows and were moistened with trickling water. The evaporation of water cooled the air blowing through the window. This process also made the air more humid, which can be beneficial in a dry desert climate. In Ancient Rome, water from aqueducts was circulated through the walls of certain houses to cool them. Other techniques in medieval Persia involved the use of cisterns and wind towers to cool buildings during the hot season.[4]

The 2nd-century Chinese inventor Ding Huan (fl 180) of the Han Dynasty invented a rotary fan for air conditioning, with seven wheels 3 m (9.8 ft) in diameter and manually powered.[5] In 747, Emperor Xuanzong (r. 712–762) of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) had the Cool Hall (Liang Tian) built in the imperial palace, which the Tang Yulin describes as having water-powered fan wheels for air conditioning as well as rising jet streams of water from fountains. During the subsequent Song Dynasty (960–1279), written sources mentioned the air conditioning rotary fan as even more widely used.[6]

In the 17th century, Cornelis Drebbel demonstrated “Turning Summer into Winter” for James I of England by adding salt to water.[7] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioning)

Modern air conditioning emerged from advances in chemistry during the 19th century, and the first large-scale electrical air conditioning was invented and used in 1902 by American inventor Willis Carrier. The introduction of residential air conditioning in the 1920s helped enable the great migration to the Sun Belt in the United States.

I love the mornings though, when I get out to water all my plants with rainwater. I see and hear all the birds out, the bees humming and getting busy. Early as well, because they retreat as soon as it gets blistering hot. The other day I got mocked by a blue jay. We “talked” back and forth and he got pretty close being nosy of what I was doing. Then it sounded like he as laughing at me, a few times. Then the bird took off. I enjoy those interactions with nature, while everyone in the house is still sleeping and the neighborhood is just starting to awake.

We spent a few hours at the lake here and maybe we might get a trip in to the beach. But actually I love having a stay-cation. The kids not so much, because then there is not a lot of “action”. I understand that,being stuck in one place as a teen is not too much fun. There are quite a few possibilities for day trips around here which I am sure we will get checked off our list.

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Don’t these wonderful items from this Etsy Treasury just want to grab your bathing suit and go find a beach?

There is a new online site for Handmade items, that I joined, so i thought it would be fun to see what I can find there for summer items. It is called ArtYah. (click on the picture and it will take you to the shop) This is where you can find me on ArtYah, my shop there


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Starfish pillows, nautical decor, blue starfish pillow, minky starfish pillow by Fleeceofnature

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Summer Eve at the Jetty, Scituate, Massachusetts by JoeParskeyGallery

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beach vibes, Hand Embroidered Mini Banner, Customizable by ArtandAroma

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apple body scrub, bath, beauty, scrub, gifts, body scrub by normasbathandbody

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Sun door hanger, sunshine sign, summer sign
by Angela815

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Dichroic Surfboard Pendant – Dragonflies – “Mountain Meanderings” by Crystal CaveGlassArt

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20 Thank You Tag Beach Wedding Tag Beach Bridal Shower Beach Baby Shower by Autumnslilshop

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Been There Done That Arrows Cotton Canvas Tote Bag by Jafnmac

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Red Poppies Meadow Original Oil Painting Impasto Flower Landscape Europe Artist by ArtistsUnion

And I also checked out Zibbet, what kind of Summer treasures they have:

 


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Butterfly Photo, Summer Wall Art, summer decor by SeeLifeShine


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Summer Nights Tealight Candles
by I B4 E CREATIONS


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Watermelon slice summer fashion tote bag by My Apopsis World


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Nature Mini Photograph Print by AmeliaKayPhotography


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BLOOMFIELD Summer Socks Hand Knit by PEIsocks


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Lemon and Lime. Handmade Yarn Wreath Spring Summer by ItzFitz


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Summer day Citrine and MOP earrings
by perhapsturquoise


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Petunia – A Summer Knitted Doll – Toy Knitting Pattern
by Joanna Marshall


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Handmade Cold Process Soap – Summer Citrus
by Simpson Soap Company

 

Now if that wasn’t enough Summer inspiration for you.

I wish you a wonderful Friday and a super relaxing weekend!

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Spotlight Friday: clothes

This time of the year, during the Summer break, I usually go through the kids clothes, to get them ready for the change of Season. Not so much as a Back to School thing,because here it will not get cold until late October, sometimes November.

I know it makes them feel better on their first day off School to wear something they really like and just got new, so we try to find something that is within our budget. We watch the online sales and sometimes happen to run into a sale at a store.

Both my kids had a major growth spurt this summer. So we decided to push out the clothes picking as far back as possible.

So now we are getting closer to the first day off School. Time to clean out those closets and try on every piece of clothing that is in there, to see if it will last another season of if it will be turned into something “new”, passed on the the younger sibling, handed over to some friends or donated.

The older one knows the drill and is pretty sufficient doing it herself. My younger one does not like this chore and needs constant encouragement to get through this task. By the time we are done with it we are both pooped.

So to get myself mentally ready for this, planning for it either this weekend or during the next few days after, while big kid is in orientation, I was going to do some cloth searching in the handmade market. Maybe to get some ideas of what we could do with the clothes that don’t fit anymore.

This Summer we made a few “new” items out of T shirts, some skirts and a dress.

How do you attack your closet, or how many times a year? And what do you do with the stuff that doesn’t fit anymore?

Let’s go look at Zibbets clothes section:

(if you click on the picture, it will take you to the individual shops)


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Patchwork/Upcycled hand made Applique Dress by zayade

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Footed Pajamas, SMALL by brightrosecreations

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Eco Fashion reconstruction upcycled clothing Black Lime lingerie OOAK by RunzwithScissors

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Children’s fabric activity book by remainewicked

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Upcycled Pink Embellished Skirt
by Pearl’s Homespun

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Back to School Fabric Folder with Pockets by PlainjaneB2B

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GreenTech — Netbook Sleeve from Recycled Shirt in Floral Pattern
by OrganicPlanet

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Joseph’s ReJeans by artlife

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Upcycled Pixie Top or Tunique in mauve-multicolor Boho Fashion Hippie Style
by Boutique Living Dreams

It is interesting and inspiring, what other creators made from materials that had a different life before. Sometimes I get stuck and can’t see beyond what that item is at the moment.  Does that happen to you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

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(click on the picture and it will take you to the treasury on etsy and you can look at the individual items)

What is your coolest up cycling of clothes that you have done  so far?

Or as is it also called refashioned, what did you refashion?

Spotlight Friday: cooling down

This Summer so far has been rather on the hot side. Temperatures hovering around the 100 F. So warm and muggy that you try to get everything done in the few morning hours before the thermostat hits those unbearable numbers again.

You say I should be used to this?  Yes we lived in El Centro CA, where the average in the Summer is between 105 and 113 F. And yes it was unbearable to go outside there very often. The daily  trip to the mail box I  delayed until the sun went down. I was pregnant during the time we lived there and many times I had my feet stuck in a bucket full of cold water and ice. The pool was not an option because it was like a warm bath tub. Our AC ran all day and broke down often.

Now living in South Carolina we got used to the wonderful three sometimes 4 Seasons again and we love it.

I bake all our own bread. With these temperatures it has been proven to be a challenge. I do not want to add anymore heat to our house, it is warm enough in here already. This summer we have our AC set to 83 F, so it would not be running all day. Every corner houses a fan. Occasionally you will see a cat or a person standing or sitting in front of one of those to cool off.

So now we are running low on bread and I am hoping for a cooler morning. Does not look very promising, at least not in the next few days.

What to eat in this heat? During the day we stick with fruits and nuts. Cooling drinks or home made ice cream.

How do you stay cool in this scorching weather?

Let us look at the cooling items from Zibbet:


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Sunburn Relief Cream by Little Rascals Beauty

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Cool Tie . Polymer Filled Evaporative Neck Cooler by BarkingDogDesigns

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Lip Balm Cool Mint Low Shine with Unrefined Shea Butter
by SciarrettaFarms

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Easy Cool Juniors Summer Empire Waist Dress by ecoQuilter

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Cooling Cucumber Melon Moisturizing Beeswax Hand and Body Lotion
by MVEssentials

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Vtintage Cookbook 1980s Cool Whip Mmmm..in minutes MOUTH WATERING PIES
by SandyCreekCollectables

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Tee shirt cool & airy fun by sherlcrfts4u

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Hand Held Flamenco Fan Navy and Gold Flowers by DengraDesigns

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Heat Pack or Cold Therapy Wrap/ Neck Shoulder/ Flax Seed,Mint, Lavender Lotus
by essiedesigns

now on to the Etsy finds:

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So everyone stay cool and enjoy your Summer!

Spotlight Friday: bangles

Last week I had a little bit of PC hiccups, that is why there was no Spotlight. We are under a heatwave here since about 14 days. And my PC didn’t like it. So when it got to hot it just froze up. It was taking me forever to click on something. So I decided to just skip last weeks Spotlight.

We are still sweating away here. If we have something to do outside of the house, it has to be done before 9 or 10 am otherwise it is just scorching. Even the pool is too hot to jump in. So we close all our blinds and turn on all the fans in the house we can find and keep ourselves busy with crafts, books and movies or having friends over and play some board games. Right now Monopoly is the hit.

One of the crafts we tried out this week was making bangles from plastic bottles.  Our first hurdle was to find some plastic bottles in this house. It so just happened that the ACV (Apple cider vinegar) bottle was close to empty. So we used it, it wasn’t all flat like you see in this video.

But we didn’t let it stop us, just extra pattern for our bracelet. So I cut out 4 bangles out of one bottle. I made on for my friend. Sorry, didn’t get the chance to make any pictures.

What kind of crafts do you do when you are trying to escape the heat?

Let’s have a look at the bangles from Zibbet:


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VINTAGE 80s WIDE Emerald green Translucent bangle bracelet with Gold tone flecks Confetti
by DivineDivaCostumeJewelry

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Braided Bracelet Trendy Tribal Cuff Wome by Love2Knit4U

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Sea Foam Sea Glass bangle bracelet
by AR Handmade Jewelry

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Strawberry Soda Bangle
by Cangles

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Hand Painted Wooden Bangle Bracelet
by thealteredbooknook

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Get Your Garden On! Art Bangle
by AgapeClay

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tube bracelet white cotton cord bracelet rope bracelet soft bangle bracelet oversize bangle 1734
by WhatKnotShop

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White/Yellow Hibiscus May day Wirework Bracelet
by KraftouchTreasures

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Pretty In Pink bangle
by PattisonPlace

And I also went to Etsy to find some bangles and this is what I found there.

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All those pretty bangles got me thinking about more creations. So off I go to get my sketchbook out and jot down some ideas.           Do I need more bangles? You can never have enough!

Spotlight Friday : Time

I really don’t like this switching back and forth between Summer time and Winter time. I have a hard time finding my rhythm after the clock either goes forward or backwards.

How about you?

Don’t get me wrong. I love the Winter time with it’s  long nights, the cozy hours on the couch with a good cup of tee and some fun company.  I dislike the mornings though when you have to stick your toes out of the warm bed and turn the lights on to wake your kids and get them to move and get ready for School.

So I would say, stop messing with our clocks, leave them as they are. I really don’t see a reason why we would need it nowadays.

So what should I be looking for on www.zibbet.com today?  how about TIME!


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Geek Craft Brown CIRCUIT BOARD CLOCK Memo Pad – Your Timely Reminder
by DebbyAremDesigns

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Handmade Polymer Clay Steampunk Clocks Antique Bronze Bobby Pins Set
by PhiLine16

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Make Time for Change Natural Cotton Bag
by BYKI

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Take Time to Enjoy The Simple Things in Life – Round trinket bowl with Blue Lace background with Flowers and a Butterfly
by DownTheRoadWithMe

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Large Magnetic Dry/Wet Erase Calendar with 6 weeks Showing at All Times. Yellow Pale with Brown Frame
by calendarsandchores

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Vintage Clock faces photo cards set of 6 mini
by SandrasCardandCraftShop

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Extra time – In Case of Emergency – Time gift, Watch box, Bernard Shaw, Old Time, Birthday Gift, Thoughtful Gift, Rusteam, Tea Time
by ClosetCat

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T-Time Tall Mug/Cup Hand Painted
by CanadianCreationz

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Endless Time Glass Tile Pendant
by izzysplace