Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday's Tips and More

Lit my first fire of the season yesterday. Warmed my soul, and the house. Another cold, gray day, just may need another fire :)

A few weeks ago, I did the first Tuesday Tips post. I don't plan on doing this each and every week, just when I have something that I think is worth sharing. I also asked if you might have a tip to share. Liese of Live Thread Studio shared a lovely tip on making your own lavender oil spray. She said that it is her go to sleep aide. Just spray a little on your pillow and drift blissfully off to sleep :) 

Lavender Oil Spray
50/50 cheap vodka and water.
For a measuring example;
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup water
lavender essential oil, use as many drops as needed for preferred level of fragrance. If by chance you don't care for lavender, any oil of your preference may be used.

Shake well before use.

Liese said that not only is it great on your pillow, it's great straight out of the bottle for small burns, and when mixed with a carrier oil, works on rashes for humans and dogs.  I just made up a batch, and it is fabulous! Thanks Liese :) 

I always enjoy hearing your stories, whether told to me, or that I find out on my own. As it turns out Liese has quite an inspiring story. You can read more about her, and her journey HERE

My husband loves Tic-Tacs, the little breath mints that come in a shaker like container. For years I have thrown the containers in the recycle bin with no thought of the possible organization tool they might be. A few weeks ago as I started to throw a container into the recycle bag, I stopped!, and realized that this was just the thing I needed.

What a wonderful box to organize all of my small snaps, hooks, etc. And because they snap shut, I can carry pins if I'm traveling.

The lid opening is perfect for shaking out just what you need.  

At this point, I have organized, hooks and snaps. I love that we have access to so many types of hooks, and now I can easily see what I have without digging through everything. 

A few years ago, I had gone to the American Sewing Expo in Novi to participate in the Passion For Fashion competition. I literally dumped all of my snaps, hooks and whatever else in a bag and that is where they remained. No longer!!! Now I just need to get my husband to eat a bunch of Tic-Tacs ;)

I need to figure out a nice container to store my tiny bins in. If you have an idea, I would love to hear it. Just email me at sewbussted@yahoo.com.
If you have a tip that you would like to share, email me as I would love to share it here on the blog. We can all use great tips!

Now for something rather magical...

While I was in Fredericksburg, VA, getting ready to teach a class at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, I turned around and a lovely young woman was standing beside me. She said that she had come to give me a gift. I was rather shocked! She handed me a bag, and inside the bag was a lovely star. The front has beautiful little white sequins,  

And the back is a plain, heavy weight of linen.

On top of the star is a bell and a reminder to dream. The bell makes me think of the angel in the movie "It's A Wonderful Life." A bell to remind us that angels are ever present :)

Before she left, she handed me a card, but for the life of me, I can't find it. If by chance the bearer of this gift reads this post, please email me. 

After the same class ended, one of the ladies who took the class came up to me and said, "I too have a gift," and handed me this lovely tissue holder.

Once again, I was shocked and so taken that she had actually brought me a gift. The tissue holder is now transferred each time I change my purse. Just the sweetest gesture. When I look in my bag and see it, warmth comes over my soul. 

It's no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Emerson. There's a pond at the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park, IL. The nature center is a place of true joy for me. While Little Bit was still alive, it too brought her so much joy. She and Gracie would run and run to their heart's content. Now, Gracie and I go alone, but it still brings great joy. Whenever I come upon the pond, I think of Emerson. It's his kind of pond ;) 

I thought I would share his words on the gift of our days...

And finally, I came across this picture of President Johnson singing with his little dog. Little Bit loved to sing, and she especially loved when I would sing with her. Makes me think of the joy that she was :) 

May your day be filled with joy!

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  1. Hi Rhonda
    I have been using the little TicTac boxes for years to store my bead collection. I didn't realize that that's what they were until I read your post this morning. I got mine from Whim Beads
    which works out great since I could never chew enough TicTacs for all my beads!! I never thought about using them for my other notions, duh, thanks for sharing that thought.

  2. Great idea for those tic-tac containers. I use empty prescription bottles for little things and one of the larger ones to collect bad pins and needles so they don't go in the trash to stick someone.

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    1. I am going to take a trip to the container store to see about a box that will hold the boxes and still allow visibility. I’ll let you know what I find 😊

  4. Thank you for the lavender oil and Tic Tac container tips. Back in 2000-2002 I used to buy all the lavender lotions and sprays by Healing Garden and then discovered another of their products - ZZZZ Therapy. It came in a room and linens spray as well as bath products, lotions, etc. it smelled delicious with the main ingredients being Roman Chamomile, vanilla and neroli oil. I so wish it were still made. Your gifts are lovely. At first, I thought the star was decorated with chain stitch. Both gifts are magnificent. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Similar to Linda, I use empty medicine containers instead of tic-tac containers. I have several meds that I have to get each month and it came to me that I’m throwing the empty pill containers away why not use them for my small sewing items. The pill containers are clear so they are great for this. I also have a small label maker so I just put a little label on the container and lids.

  6. I'm going to try the spray. I have a lavender spray that's nearly gone and now know how to replace it! Thank you for the recipe. But I wonder ... why vodka? That really stumps me!

    1. I'm not sure why vodka either. I have a friend who is an herbalist, and he makes quite a few concoctions, so I will ask him. I know that he too uses vodka in certain mixtures. It may be that it will help to preserve the lavender oil. But I will find out :)