A FREE Pattern for a Laptop Sleeve

I’ve had a 17″ MacBook Pro for over 8 years and this week I finally made a decision to get a new one, especially after IPhoto kept crashing, Google Chrome wasn’t supporting my browser anymore and the battery life was less than 30 minutes.  I love Apple products so I wanted to get another one but realized how expensive they are.  My husband found one on ebay with TechGator that was under a year old. We saved over $400 buying it slightly used.

Today’s personal sewing project: I decided to make a sleeve with this pattern.  It’s FREE and I used fabric I already had lying around the house.

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A Very Special Memory Quilt

Keep your skin soft this winter!

olive oilIf you handle lots of fabrics or work with your hands a lot, sometimes your hands get dry. With the cold weather and dry indoor air that’s right around the corner, you want to keep your skin from drying out.  This recipe for lotion is all natural, organic and helps your skin heal, especially if you have eczema.

1 cup of Shea Butter – I buy this brand from amazon.com
1/2 cup of Coconut Oil (see photo for type I use)
1/2 cup of Olive Oil (see photo for type I use)

Vitamin E and Essential Oils of your choice.  I only use Young Living Essential Oils.Product shots fro new catalog at YL farm in Mona

Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and let it cool. After it is cool, add olive oil and any other essential oils. I use 30 drops of Lavender and sometimes add vitamin E drops.

Put the whole bowl into the refrigerator to start to harden.  Once it is harden on the edges, remove and whip until light and fluffy.  I use a Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the whisk beater and beat it until fluffy.

Store them in small mason jars or any decorative jars of your choice.

Learning a Free Motion Technique

IMG_5495It’s always a little scary to start something new especially a new free motion technique.  I’ve been doing a lot of meandering on quilts and wanted something different.  I’ve had a quilt sitting in my pile to be quilted for months…maybe even a year… and decided to load it on my long arm and try something new.  With free motion quilting you need to stay relaxed and able to freely move about the machine without feeling it all over your back and shoulders.  My fantastic long arm quilting teacher, Valerie, always said having a glass of wine before you quilt helps you relax.  It’s not always appropriate to do that especially if you are quilting early in the morning.  “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” runs through my head, but I resort to thinking my needle is a paintbrush and begin to “paint”! The consistent humming of my machine is enough to relax me!  I’m pretty happy with my results!

Staying busy as a bee transforming t-shirts and clothing into memory quilts.