Monday, February 4, 2013

Can We Talk About How Much I Saved?

My studio is yellow. When the sun shines brightly like it did on Saturday morning, the whole room turns into a happy bubble that's quite delightful to work in.

On Sunday morning, when it was time for pictures of the newly finished V8323 t-shirt, it was densely foggy out and difficult to get pictures even in our bedroom with the biggest window with the blinds pulled up for as much light as possible.

It's hard to see the details but it turned out wonderfully. I made some very minor adjustments to the pattern pieces and will sew it again some time soon... but not too soon. Most of the past year has been about exploring knits and t-shirts in particular. I now have three t-shirt patterns that have been tried and tested to the point of consistent results and one woven pattern that has been successfully converted to knits. One pattern has easing or a dart through the bust depending on the fabric chosen. The other three have variations on princess seams. It's time to move away from the fitting part and on to the more creative fun.

Black is the most commonly used thread color in my studio and I was down to three spools which is not enough for the sewing machine and the serger plus I was using the more expensive machine thread in the serger. Purchasing four spools of serger thread meant the machine thread would last longer and luckily - or not, depending on the perspective take - Fabricland had a sale on the weekend. Buy 1 get 2 free. I went for black and came home with black plus blue and purple which are the next most commonly used colors plus turquoise which is a color I'd like to sew more often since it does fabulous things for my skin and eyes.

And I was completely out of knit interfacing which was on for buy 1 get 1 free, the equivalent of purchasing wholesale, and "buys" me some time before placing an order. I bought six meters of interfacing plus some fabric for the Design Outside The Lines workshop in June. LOL - talk about believing that everything will work out. A few postings ago, I mentioned a plan to focus on mark making at this year's retreat. The black and white fabrics are a 60" wide cotton/linen blend. They were on for buy 1 get 2 free giving me six meters for the price of two and plenty of play time. It's washed, dried, and ready to go. So... instead of talking about the end of my not spending streak, can we talk about how much I saved? $64 on thread. $15.00 on interfacing. And $56.00 on fabric. Wow! The total bill with taxes was less than the total of savings. YES YES!

These are not the world's prettiest feet but they are much, Much, MUCH prettier than they were. Margy mentioned in Saturday's posting that she has developed an allergy to lanolin alcohol which is found in most cosmetics. Having numerous allergies myself, that prompted me to share something I discovered the painful way last fall and what I've learned since.

I was shaving - with a dull razor - and ended up with twelve blisters of varying sizes and painfulness under my left arm, an area that does not heal easily so I researched different ways to solve the problem and ended up popping the blisters with a sterilized needle and then using organic coconut oil to heal the wounds. Apparently coconut is the new best thing. I didn't know that and I don't really care that it's popular. It works. It is the base of all soap, anti bacterial and anti fungal, non greasy, and won't leave stains on clothing. And...

... it can be used as a deodorant, which I've been doing daily with no stinking even after exercising. I'm also using it as a cleanser to wash my face and remove make-up and my skin is no longer painfully dry and my complexion is clearer. And I use it on my feet twice a day and callouses that were previously cracked and painful are almost gone as is the bump on the side on my big toe that was getting so painful I was debating surgery. I can't say enough about how wonderful coconut oil is. I've heard it can also be used as a hair conditioner and plan to experiment with that next.

And now, I'm on to sewing something different. NOT a t-shirt.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - organic coconut oil


  1. I bought some coconut oil a while ago, seeing it on sale and having vague memories of reading about non-cooking uses and then didn't do anything with it. I'll have to dig it out, it's good to hear it has lived up to the hype for you.

    1. It definitely has. I hope it works for you.

  2. Hi, this is really interesting and I'd like to know is it a liquid or solid coconut oil? I'm going to pass it onto my friend who has terrible trouble with her skin. Thanks.

    1. It's solid but it liquifies quite easily in your hands or if the room is warm.

  3. I swear by my coconut oil! It's not the cheapes tthing ( I buy from Whole Foods) but it lasts for a long time as a little goes a long way. I also use it in my hair regularly and add it to my deep conditioner treatments as well. I have used it for inflammation but somehow didn't even consider using it for my recent appearance of a corn after wearing cute-but-not-so-comfy boots on a day trip to Mall of America. Doh! :)


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