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  2. Re: obtaining t-shirts. I know I am late to the game & the bathmat is probably complete. But thought I could share one resource that has been useful for me to obtain T-shirts for yarn. My sister lives in San Diego & there are thrift stores in and around the area that will have “dollar day” - you purchase a bag for $1.00 and take home all the garments that fit in that 1 bag. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen at the thrift stores in my area. But maybe where you live? or maybe friends across the country can hook you up? September/October is a good time for thrift stores to clear out stuff to make room for holiday donations.
  3. Brilliant! Thanks for the resource, Corrie.
  4. Ooh, what a meaty challenge. I suspect the cases might be great for watercolour paints? There are so many DIYs for paints around, and since these close tightly, you could even hold liquid paints in them...
  5. Thanks, @Gayle! And @Corrie! One day I will write extensively about these (men's) overalls and how even work-clothing manufacturers make men's clothing better, more flexible and in a greater size range than women's! GRR.
  6. So very cool, Kim! (Also, love your overalls. :))
  7. Ooooh, this is a good one. I've never thought about it (I opt out of getting the new case at my optometrist - though they try, and have found that store-brand lens solution doesn't come with extras). However, a search shows that 1800 contacts has some ideas: https://www.1800contacts.com/connect/articles/24-reuses-contact-lens-cases
  8. What a great job you've done.
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  10. One reason I joined this community was to see if I could find a solution to my contact lens case collection. Does anyone have a creative idea on how to upcycle used contact lens cases. (If I had better computer skills, I would upload a picture for those of you who need a visual). Every time I buy contact lenses or solution, I get a new storage case - which is nice - but what happens to all the discarded lens cases? If even a couple of you out there have the same stock pile as me, we could build a table (albeit, not as cool, but just as large as Kim’s wooden one). If only they could be turned into yarn!
  11. Hahahah. @Sandi Wiseheart The big challenge for me is to not yell “I’m changing everything!” At the last minute!
  12. How fun! And yes, two months sounds like a long time, but it really isn’t...you can do it, though. We’re here to back you up. Not to hold you up, of course, you have to do that yourself. 😉
  13. Sandi, how is your Kittens quilt coming along? I'd love to see where you are now!
  14. So I recently joined an aerial performance troupe, and our first show is a Halloween Themed show in October. My piece is going to be in a hammock (I shared some examples in this post). I thought it would be fun to do a thread about my costume - mostly because it has to be a surprise, so I can't post on Instagram, and I need a way to keep myself accountable. I'm going to go with the old-school Bride of Frankenstein: And while my costume has to be way shorter than that (think butt-length), I plan on keeping true to the form (minus some glitter on the costume, because performances demand glitter). I've already found the hair tutorial, which I will be trying in the next week or so. I'l share how that goes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE9naY2aLLk Next up (uh, besides actually working on the routine) is for me to sketch out my costume idea and draft out my supply list! I've got a little less than 2 months to get this done and between the hair, the costume and the actual routine, it's a lot, but I know I can do it!
  15. I finally have a few minutes this morning for a table update. Update: It's finished! We've been using it since Sunday evening (though only lightly, since we needed to let the varnish cure; it's been in regular use since Tuesday). It's wide (around 39"), so we had to assemble it inside. Thankfully, we had friends to help lug it around. It took about three full days of work to make it, with the bulk of time in sanding and planing the table surface. Then a full day of on-and-off varnishing. It seats eight a bit tightly and ten if we squish. :)
  16. @Sandi Wiseheart I'm feeling better today, thank you! I feel less stuck now. A lot of the time I can manage to keep my hands busy even when I'm having a hard time coping with things, which helps a lot. But in recent months that's been a little harder to do. These small mending projects are helpful for me as well. It's small and self-contained and doesn't require a lot of sustained effort. And if it works out it feels great to have that piece of clothing back!
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  18. Thank you! We're hoping that by the end of next summer it'll be in shape enough to have friends come visit comfortably. Then we'll start to focus on working to get it into shape for maybe-someday a retreat... (I have visions of inviting writers and/or artists in residence in the warmer months...)
  19. I just can't get over how beautiful your spot is! (The table is great too.)
  20. Oh my GOODNESS. I didn’t realize a tractor could have interchangeable parts. No wonder it looked so odd. The box scraper was the bit that was stumping me. I had not seen one before and I kept trying to imagine what it might do and was coming up flails. The levellers I have seen here are giant big things for levelling entire lots. It almost always IS about having the right tool for the job, isn’t it? Whether you are making hay or making yarn or whatever. I love that you are calling it “the beast”. I think you need to paint that on the side of the tractor with big claws and flames or something. I’m eagerly awaiting the next chapter in your adventures up there. What will Kim and her gang make or attempt next? 😉🙃❤️
  21. 😂That, friend, is our tractor. It doesn't have many limbs, but it does have a few implements, one of which is sitting beside it and may look like it's attached, but it isn't. On the front (far side, in the photo) is a bucket (like a bulldozer), and on the back (low rectangular thing) is a box scraper (used for levelling things like paths or driveways). The implement to the side is a brush cutter (used for... cutting brush). For now, we're using the beast (it's actually small, for a tractor) to clear paths, level the driveway, mow down tall grasses (that aren't being cut for hay), clear small sections of land (to level, eventually, for camping), etc. Soon we'll use the front bucket to scoop gravel from elsewhere to aid in levelling the driveway. We're quickly learning that it's all about having the right tool for the job.
  22. @Kim Werkerwith power tools! Watch out, world! That’s a great photo. (That orange thing behind you looks like some sort of Construction Site Transformer. It has many...limbs...of mysterious origin and function, plus it’s a colour that would show up well against a green screen. What IS it?) I think what you and your family are doing up there is amazing. The amount of work and the scale of the project are so daunting, but you’re just digging in wherever you can and making surprising progress. !! Save a place for me at that table. I have little upper-body strength to speak of either but power tools are FUN. 😉
  23. Oh, and @daisywreathI think the mending job in the photo is very well done. That’s a hard area to patch up successfully! I’m glad the result is comfy—that is always my issue when trying to fix something along those inner seams.
  24. @daisywreath: How are you doing today? I admit that I have been isolating myself too, to some extent. And not making things is one of my responses to Big Stress. Seems as though it ought to be the other way around, doesn’t it? I think for me, my hands feel as though they have a direct conduit to my heart sometimes; so if I am feeling Big Things or stressed, I have trouble doing anything “expressive”. Not sure if any of that makes sense. Actually, starting up this mending thread and being more intentional about my mending has helped with this. Mending is something I can do with my hands, therefore soothing and satisfying; however, there’s not usually a big emotional investment in sewing on a button or patching something up. Different emotional context, I suppose. I feel as though I’m circling around something important here, but can’t quite reach for the right words. Ah well. Perhaps this will resonate with someone else in some helpful way. 🙂
  25. Greetings from the country! This place is a serious fixer-upper, and so far we've furnished it almost entirely with shelving our neighbour was getting rid of. Makes for the appearance of a mess! Everything exposed. Also that for seating all we have are some camping chairs and ancient hideous folding chairs. We brought an old round of wood with IKEA legs to serve as a temporary kitchen table, and it seats four somewhat comfortably (thankfully we're only three). But! We have friends and family coming out, and I declared that we need to make a proper table. So yesterday I went to a wood pile I'd noticed last week (this place was somewhat neglected for years; we've found two bathtubs on the acreage so far – nearly half a kilometre away from each other!), and discovered in all my jogging I've severely neglected my upper body. #weakling With the kid's help and also the help of a utility trailer, we hauled quite a lot of discarded lumber up to the house, then G and I made a plan for a table, inspired in part by the simplicity of this plan. But seriously modified because the lumber we're using is hulking and aged and in parts rough hewn and, we discovered, mostly pressure treated. (Pressure treated wood is not food safe. This made our decision for us about whether we'd simply oil the finished surface or varnish it into submission. Varnish it is!) We're making the table 6-feet by about 38 inches, which is about all our space can accommodate. We figure if needed, ten people can squish around it, which is a major improvement over our rickety four. We cut the 2x8s into planks to be the table surface yesterday, and cut four posts into legs so the finished table will be 30-inches tall. We also cut two salvaged 2x6s to be cross-braces for the tabletop. Today we'll cut and attach a full apron for attaching the tabletop planks, and we'll finish that bit. The table will be too big to get into the house, so after we make the tabletop and I sand it into submission and then sand the legs, we'll varnish it all in pieces, then eventually (hopefully by Saturday?) bring it inside and assemble it in place. I'm far less sore this morning than I'd thought I'd be, so yay! Here's to getting that upper-body strength by making stuff.
  26. @Sandi Wiseheart Very welcome for the resource, it's a good one. I totally get the impulse to hack at it first, but having a good resource is sometimes invaluable. And glad the car situation is under control!
  27. @Sandi Wiseheart Those pajamas are awesome! 😍 I've been in a major slump recently, which has led to a lack of making anything and also a lot of isolating myself. I managed to talk myself into doing something smallish -- I knew it would make me feel better to have done something but was having trouble getting moving. So anyway, I finally patched the shorts that split up the inside seam. I don't know how well the repair will wear given the overall condition of the material, but I think it'll make it through another summer. I think I'm going to do the other side as well. That seam isn't totally trashed but isn't looking so great either. I'm wearing them now, and they're super comfy -- the patch isn't making them bunchy or uncomfortable despite it being pretty big, about 5"x3" to reinforce the whole area of weaker fabric. I went for a matching thread color due to not wanting to draw the eye to my inner thighs 😀 But now I really want to try a fun visible mend with the same technique. The stitching isn't super neat, but the repair feels pretty strong.
  28. Hey there, creative adventurers! I'm excited to get this party started! Please reach out and say hello! 

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