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Check – Zipper Trim Finally Used

 

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It’s time for another go at one of my Pinterest boards.

Ages ago I ordered a grab bag of zipper trim from Pick Your Plum. I’m pretty sure I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but it seemed like a great idea.

For a long time my lovely zipper trim lay draped over a magnet board in my craft/writing room. It was pretty, but…it was also nagging me to be used. So I opened up Pinterest and found that I had pinned a tutorial from Maya Road explaining how to make flower rosettes with zipper trim.

The tutorial was pretty thorough but I thought you might need to see that a real person (not a professional zipper trim manipulator) could do it.

Step 1

Cut your zipper trim:

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The long 15″ piece is for the flower and the two shorter pieces are for the leaves.

Step 2

Create the inner leaves by hot-gluing the ends of the 4″ pieces together.

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My own hint – I HATE burning my fingers with hot glue so I use a pencil to hold the pieces in place until the glue has set.

The result – five inner leaves:

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Step 3

Now glue the inner leaf to the end of one of the 6″ pieces:

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and then bring the other end of the 6″ piece around and glue it to the other side of the inner leaf, creating 5 of these:

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Step 4

For the next step the tutorial calls for a little round scrapbooking thingy that I did not have and didn’t want to go looking for. However I did have a tablet with a cardboard back so I used that to create the circle base for the flower.

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Step 5

The next step is actually making the flower. I would suggest that you watch this part of the tutorial several times. First comes making the center of the flower:

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The tutorial says to hold this for a count of ten when the glue will be set, but mine needed more time. (And yes, I didn’t use my pencil trick this time because I needed to hold the center together while also holding it down. Pencils can’t do that! And, no, my finger does not look that weird in real life.)

The next part of this step was impossible for me to photograph – thus my suggestion that you watch the tutorial a couple of times. The trick is to fold the zipper trim as you go so that you don’t just get a tight circle of zipper trim. My first flower was like that. My second flower turned out like this:

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The arrows are pointing to some of the folds that made this flower turn out better than the first one.

Step 6

The next step is to add the leaves, but before you do I would recommend that you trim off any raveling zipper trim or stray hot glue. I found out the hard way that it might show on the finished product. See?

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This is how it should look:

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Doesn’t that look better? And it only took a minute – well worth it.
So, back to attaching the leaves. Start by positioning 3 leaves in a way that satisfies you and glue them onto the back of the flower on the cardboard base.

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Now place the last two leaves wherever you like.

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Voila! A zipper trim rosette!

Step 7

Now to decide what to do with your rosettes. The tutorial said to use them as brooches or to put them on headbands, but mine turned out so heavy that that idea would never work. However, I have in my craft/writing room an old cupboard door that was remodeled into a chalkboard. It looked great but was really calling out for some zipper trim rosettes. And so, of course, it got them.

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So there you have it – very simple rosettes made from zipper trim. Give it a whirl.
(Oh, and, by the way, I checked Maya Road and they do still sell zipper trim.)

A List Worth Making

I’m not sure when my fascination with lists began.  I think that a long time ago I read a home organization book that had daily lists of tasks to be completed.  When I can remember back that far, I have a vague impression of a box of index cards labeled with tasks and the day of the week on which they must be done.  These days I think it may have more to do with being unable to resist buying interesting notebooks/paper.  Like this one from Anthropologie: notebook Who could resist a pretty notebook like that (ignore the dirt and the water splotches – I’ve been using this one a while!)?  Especially when it came in a set of three tied together with string? But back to the point – lists.  I keep several kinds of lists these days. 1. To-do list for my house.  This one is in an ordinary composition book – I love composition books.  There has got to be a better way of keeping a homemaking to-do list, but I like it this way.  Every page is a day.  First, I write down any appointments for the day.  Next, the list of tasks I must accomplish to keep my house in order – not perfect, just in order.  Next is a list of reading for the day.  After that is a short list of fun things I get to do that day like blogging and sewing.  And last is a check-off list of the water I drank that day.  I know that last one sounds silly, but I need to drink a certain amount of water every day and I am constantly losing track of where I am in that amount. 2. To-do list at work.  This one is in a green, faux-leather journal which looks good on my desk.  Again, a page for a day with meetings listed at the top and a running list of tasks for the day. 3. Book list. This is in the back of the green journal.  This is a much more interesting list.  Every time I hear I book recommended from blogs I follow or from friends, I add it to this list.  Then, when payday comes along I purchase at least one of the books on the list.  I have read so many more books this year than last year because of that list.  (I’ll talk about some of that list in another post on another day.) 4. Menus.  I love to write out my menus with the name of the cookbook and page number so that I can easily find the recipe and to keep me honest when it comes to cooking at home.  With only a 17-year-old at home, it is so easy to skip cooking and eat out.  I like to mark things off my lists so I am motivated to cook when I see my unused menu. 5. Short term projects lists. That sounds fancy, doesn’t it?  It’s not.  This is a short term projects list: summer list It’s just a list of extra things I would like to get done in a certain time period.  I may or may not get them done, but it’s a goal and a hope.  (By the way, three things on this Summer Projects list are finished and three others are started!) And the last list is my favorite: 6. God Is… list. I’ve only been making these lists for the last year.  I make these lists with my Bible open at whatever passage I am reading that day and I look for descriptions of God or of things He has done.  I write it all down, like this… God Is... List I like to look back at these lists to remember who God is and what He has done.  It is good for us to remember and then to celebrate Him.  I was looking for a way to display a list like this when an art project on Pinterest caught my eye.  As I looked at the idea, I saw how it could be used to put a “God Is…” list in my office.  The result was this:

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Inside each of those geometric shapes are many, many statements about God and His character.  For me this list is a daily reminder of the truth of who God is and what He has done and what He will do.  That’s a list worth making!

One Win over Procrastination and Perfectionism

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Remember this?

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And this?

Believe it or not – they have been transformed and now look like this:

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and this:

Finished Patio 2a

I love it – and my hubby who waited so long to convince me to give it a try?  He loves it too.  And guess what else?  In any other year the end of May would already be too hot for sitting outside on the patio.  This May?  We are still sitting outside very comfortably.

Thank you, God, for giving us patio weather in late May and for helping me to break through the walls of procrastination and perfectionism!

The Project I Said I Wouldn’t Do

Every spring my husband works very hard to get our backyard looking absolutely lovely and this year is no different.  He cleared away all the winter debris, widened some walkways, planted new flowers, and then sat down to consider his work.  That’s where the problem starts – sitting down.  Our outdoor furniture is in desperate need of new covers for the cushions.

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These pictures actually make the cushions look good, but don’t be fooled.  They are terrible.  The fabric is not really us – too dull.  I guess it shouldn’t compete with the wonderful colors in the garden, but I don’t think it should detract from them either.  Next negative feature – they are filthy.  Of course, that’s because we should have stored them in the garage over the winter.  Yes, yes, yes, I know that and have told myself that over and over!  However, we did not and it shows.  And then last, this past winter we had a very naughty squirrel living in our backyard.  One day he sat on top of one of the couch cushions and chewed on it – right in front of me!  So, to sum it up, ugly fabric, dirty fabric, holey fabric – we need new cushion covers.

My husband initially suggested that I sew the new covers.  I objected strenuously – too much money and too much time.  Next we made the round of Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, and anywhere else that we heard had outdoor furniture cushions.  Either it didn’t fit, was as boring as what we already had, or was way too expensive.  Then he tried the manufacturer of our set and found that we could order cushions online.  The basic price fabrics were again boring and the extra charge for nicer fabrics pushed the price way up.

Finally, I let hubbie talk me into taking a look at fabrics at our neighborhood fabric store.  I found quite a collection of acceptable colors and patterns and ended up leaving the store with a big bag of fabric, cording, and thread.  Surprise!  And surprise again, within one week the two armchairs were finished.  And third surprise, I enjoyed the entire process. I still have the couch and two ottomans to go, so no pictures until they are all finished.  And, since, I will be in California for a conference next week, it will be at least two weeks until pictures show up here.  However, I am confident that this is a project that will get done – and way before the summer is over!

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