Friday, January 26, 2018

DIY Fabric Spray Starch

Around this time last year I was in the sewing room a lot using a lot of fabric starch to get the fabric nice and crisp for sewing to get the best possible seams.  After buying a couple of bottles of Best Press fabric starch (around $7.00 for a 16oz bottle) I decided that there had to be a less expensive way to get the results I wanted.  So I called on every crafty (and not so crafty) gals trusty old friend Pinterest.
Typed in a few key words...

Fabric starch
Diy spray starch
Diy starch

And before I was sucked into a wormhole that has me completely sidetracked I found several home recipes for what I was looking for.  There really are a lot some using corn starch some using vodka.  I went with one of the many with vodka in it.  No not because I wanted to sip it occasionally.  But mostly because I didn't believe it would work.
I made a trip to the local spirits store and got the cheapest bottle I could find (less than $7.00 for a small bottle) and returned to make up some of this wonderful concoction the ladies in the quilting blogs were raving about.

Mixed up a small batch to test it out.

1 part vodka
3 part water
a couple drops of essential oil

Made a super small batch enough to fit in a 20 ounce water bottle.
Took this to the sewing room and went to work on some fabric. 
What AMAZING results!!
Yes that's right it worked as well as any store bought spray starch.

What it didn't do:
It didn't stink like alcohol.
It didn't leave flakes on the fabric.
It didn't cost a ton of money.

I kept the small bottle of vodka in the laundry room and would mix up a small batch when I ran out in the sewing room.  I just last week used up the last of that bottle.  It lasted just under a year.  Did you catch that?  Almost a years worth of spray starch for just under 7 dollars.
I knew I needed to make up some more so this week I went to the store again and this time I picked up a much larger bottle (for 13 dollars) and made up a gallon of spray starch.  I use lavender essential oil in mine because I like that scent.  This gallon will last geez who knows how long and when it runs out I still have half a bottle of vodka to make up another gallon.  So $13.00 for what will seem like a never-ending supply of quilting spray starch.

Hope you enjoy this tip and if you try the diy starch recipe please come back here and let me know how it worked for you.  I would love to hear from you.

**this could be used for any ironing not just while pressing quilt seams.  It works great on my family members clothes as well.**

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Another trip

Yep, that's right.  Another trip around the sun has come and gone, here I am still all talk and no writing.  This past year really just slipped right on by.  Not without notice though but defiantly without any stories written and shared here on the blog.

Out on a date with my guy☺
We have had such a busy year, my baby completed her senior year of high school and is enrolled in college beginning the next step of her life.  She will be moving to her dorm sooner than I'd like.  Val has finished college and is about to begin her career in a field that she has always loved.  They both had milestone birthdays that required major celebrating (18 & 21) where has the time gone?  They are adults.  I could not be more proud of the adults the hubby and I grew.  With the girls going their own directions we have been spending a ton more time than usual together and it is nice.  It's like our dating days all over again only that awkwardness of just meeting isn't there to make us uncomfortable.  
I find myself wondering what this next trip has in store for me.  I'd say I'll write more but who knows really what's going to happen in my next 365 days...who knows if I'll have time.

Thanks for reading.
Have a great Sunday.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Oh how I miss writing...

It's true.  I love writing.  Maybe not everyone loves to read what I write, but I do so love writing.  The thing is I have this full time job thing and it seems to get in the way of all the good writing time. 

OK well that may just be an excuse and not even a good one but it is really the only one I have.

     I work this crazy 12 hour night shift with these crazy days at work.  It seems that when I am off work I am running a thousand different directions.  I never know where the time has gone to when it is time to go back to work.

     But here is what I am thinking of trying.  I have started a list of things I would like to write about and share with you.  Yeah I know, it is mostly stuff going on in my life but also stories.  I like short stories.  So my blog is going to take a bit of a turn.  I am going to write.  I will be writing true stories and fiction stories.  I will still be writing about my girls and what is going on in life for those family members that like to hear about what we are all up to.  But I am going to be pulling memories and such and also be pulling together my crazy random thoughts that seem like they could be stories.  I don't know how long this will last or even if I get much more writing done.
     I have had a long time dream of writing a book and getting it published and maybe actually making a little money doing so.  Will this ever truly happen?  Probably not as I can not ever settle on a good story line that keeps my interest for more than about 500-1500 words or so.  But no matter what I will still continue to write.  I hope the 7 followers that I have are still willing to read when I finally get this change thing going, who knows...maybe I can get some more followers.  Maybe 10 whole followers.  Slow down those crazy thoughts, I don't know what I would do with that many followers. (hehe) ☺

So until we meet again.  Read something that makes you happy.

and thanks for reading my little blog.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Slightly off track

I got a phone call this morning shortly after Britt left for school, I figured she had forgotten something again, this happens about once a week with her...poor thing just like her mother in so many ways.  She didn't forget homework or permission slips but rather she forgot to turn the heat lamp off that she has on her baby chicks.  She asked if I could run out and turn it off because it would be warm today and despite my asking if she wanted baked chicken for dinner she insisted that I please turn the lamp off.  Of course I would.  After all what are moms for right? While out there I noticed they needed fresh food and water as well but I was unhappy with what she has been feeding them from.  So I headed to the shed in search of chicken supplies.  I know we have them, this isn't our first go round with chicks, we've had several.  I checked the small shed where all the feed use to be kept but turned up nothing.  So I wondered over to the big shed thinking I was sure there were no chicken things in there but maybe I could find something that would suit my need for them.  Looking around picking up this and that but putting it back because it just wasn't right I noticed a tote that appeared to have fallen from the loft and was looking like it was going to spill out.  This is where my train of thought got slightly off track, while getting the lid and about to place it back on the loft I realized it was some of my parents things that is stored there.  Took a look inside and and that train of thought got completely derailed sent rolling down memory lane.  There were so many things that my brother and I did in school from the early 80s (30+ years ago people) some newspaper clippings, letters, old school photos.  There was even and old Donkey Kong game for Atari (why I'm not sure but it was there too) there was so much to look at.  There are lots of things I want to share with my brother and his family and I hope we can make some time to sit and reminisce while we dig through a part of our past that mom must have felt would be important or special.  But I wanted to share just a couple of the gems I came across.  Oh how I love old memories. 
I finally pulled myself away from the tote and refocused on my first mission.  The chicks have better food and water dishes and me well I can't wait for mom to visit again so we can look through it all together. 

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