Seatbelt Pillow

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Seatbelt Pillow

Another cold and dreary day here in Michigan. Inside I’m still working on purging items and getting ready to list our home.  I know it’s not a very interesting topic to write about, so how about I share another project I made for Winnie.  It’s a seatbelt pillow.  There are many free patterns on-line if you are interested in making one yourself.  It was really an easy project to make.  I love how it turned out, but I’m not sure I will use it much in the motorhome.  It is really a pillow that would work better in a car or truck, so those of you that tow a 5th wheel or travel trailer might enjoy using one while traveling.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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Cat Food Tote Bag

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Cat Food Tote Bag

A while back I saw some totes made from animal feed bags on-line.  I thought it was a neat idea and a great way to recycle and reuse.  I wanted to give it a try.  Sewing a regular tote bag is fairly easy.  I’ve made many of them; all different types, made from  many different fabrics.  So, I thought, how hard could it be for me to make one of these too.  I was about to find out.  Without boring you by going into the nitty-gritty details, I’ll just say ugh!  Turning the bag inside out wasn’t easy.  The material is stiff and unforgiving.  Then sewing through the layers of plastic wasn’t fun either.  But, I did it and I really liked the results.  So much s0 that I made many more.

These bags are perfect for dirty rags, dish cloths, dish towels, etc..  The bags are a convenient way to carry items to the laundromat.  They also work great to put freezer/cold food items in when shopping.  Another way we have used them is to carry the sand toys in to take to the beach.  They have multiple uses for a free bag that is a pain to make.

In Winnie I use one to hold clean rags and I have another for the dried dirty rags to keep separated for the laundry.  I’m sure you could think of a few ways to use one too.  This was just one more project I made for Winnie I thought you might like see.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Bathroom Project

Today’s project I’d like to share that I made for Winnie to make her feel more homey is a toilet paper roll holder.  Again, I didn’t have a pattern.  I just saw a picture of one.  I really liked the idea and thought it looked nice. I decided to try making one of my own.

I love the idea of having the next roll readily available.  It’s also really nice not having to use up valuable storage space in a cupboard for the extra rolls of toilet paper. You all know how precious storage space is.  My daughter liked the idea and asked me to make one for her bathroom.  The 2nd one is the one I made for her bathroom.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Projects for Winnie

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It is winter here, Winnie is in hibernation and I have the icky job of purging 46 years of “stuff” so that we can put our home on the market and be full-time RV’ers.  Not much fun to post about that!  So. . . I thought I’d share some of the items I’ve made for Winnie.

It’s important to me to make our home in Winnie have that homey feeling.  When we walk in I want it to have a warm and welcoming feel to it.  I don’t want it to be just like someone else’s motorhome.  I know it will take time, which I have plenty of, and that is o.k. with me.  The fun of decorating is the planning, making and seeing your finished results.

This is my clothes Pin Bag.  I didn’t have a pattern, which is not unusual for me.  I just saw one similar online and liked it. I love the nursery rhyme “The 3 Little Kittens” and I thought this was a perfect picture to embroider.   It reminds me of my 3 little triplets (grandchildren).  I found just the right wooden hanger, which wasn’t easy to come by and crocheted a cover over it, adding a crocheted flower for a little pizazz. Creating the bag took a little thought, trial and error but it’s done.  I kind of like it.  It’s a bit bigger than I had originally planned, but it works.  Now for some fun in the sun, wet beach towels and I’ll be all ready.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Locks and Keys

A couple weeks ago we wanted to put our new Q1200 gas grill and the new stand for it in the basement of Winnie.  We had some problems with that compartment lock in the summer, but it did open, close and lock with a little effort.  This time the lock stuck and I couldn’t get the compartment door to close.  Finally, between my husband and my son Kevin they got the compartment door to close but they were unable to get it to lock or to stay closed.  The temporary fix was taping that compartment shut.  Not what I really wanted to do.  I was concerned about ruining the paint, but we didn’t have a choice.  The weather was cold, windy and just plain miserable.  Getting it fixed would have to wait for better weather.  Meanwhile our new grill and stand was put inside Winnie.

Yesterday the weather finally improved enough to call a locksmith and have them come out and take a look.  He said he had to go to a neighboring town but would stop by on his way back home.  That was fine with me, no hurry.  He took the panel on the door off, worked the lock and adjusted the piece on the compartment itself to hit the lock properly.  Just a very minor tweak.  It now works like new.  The cost:  $70. – $60 to come out, $20 for repairing it (no part needed), with a $10 new customer discount.  The tool he used was a T40 Torx wrench.  Guess what tool we are going to buy!  Sure will be much cheaper than a locksmith.  Oh, and the tape came off without any damage to the paint.  Yeah.

Today we went out to put our new grill and stand in the compartment and guess what!  Chassis battery is dead.  Stairs wouldn’t go down either.  Ugh.  Not sure what the cause is.  It looks like at least one new battery will be needed fairly soon.  Meanwhile, the new grill and stand fit perfectly in the bay compartment.  As for charging up the battery, it will have to wait for another day.  I don’t think leaving it until the weekend to charge it will hurt it anymore than it is now.  At least I hope not.  Always something.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

So Much Stuff

The new year is almost a week old.  I’ve spent this week in my sewing room going through everything, organizing and boxing it up.  All day, every day and I’m still working at it.  I really didn’t realize how much stuff I had.  Yarn, material, paints, craft supplies; all items I use regularly.  None of it do I wish to part with.  I’m just not sure what I should do.  If I rent a storage unit to keep what won’t fit in the motorhome, would that be cheaper or more expensive in the long run than getting rid of my excess and buying new as I need it? I have quite a bit I am going to be donating too.  It really is overwhelming.

I am really excited and looking forward to having the house sold and living in Winnie full-time, but the process to get there is physically and mentally tiring and draining.   Ideally I would like the house as empty as possible before listing it.  The weather just isn’t conducive to putting items we are keeping in the motorhome now.  That’s just how it is when you live in Michigan. We’ve had exceptionally cold weather this week with high winds.  A good time to stay in where it is nice and warm.

I’ll be back at it again tomorrow.  Gotta get it done!  The faster I do, the sooner we can list the home, the better chance of selling it.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Happy New Year!

happy-new-yearAnother year has come and gone.  Out went 2016 and in comes 2017 .Yep, the new year is here.  How time does fly.  Where do the years go?  It seems like only yesterday I was young and raising a family.  Today we are both past the marked retirement age of 65.  If all would have gone as we had hoped, we would both be already retired.  But life is not always like that.

With all of my hubby’s necessary surgeries now out of the way, this is the year he will get to retire and we can hit the road as full-time RV’ers.  But first, we need to sell our home.  That is our short term goal (we hope), finish going through all of our “stuff” (and boy do we have stuff!), make a few needed repairs, list our home and hope we find a buyer quickly.  Then we will be able to move into Winnie and live full-time.  Meanwhile, he will continue to work so that we can finish getting all of our medical, dental, and optical needs taken care of.  So much to do.

I’m looking forward to the new year and a new chapter in our lives.  I hope you also have good things to look forward to in the new year and that you are able to enjoy good health.

Until next time,

Kathryn