Monday, January 25, 2016

























     So, we did get our pretty few inches of snow earlier this week. Thankfully the blizzard-sized snows just missed us to the south and we escaped two feet of accumulation. It has already melted away by now, which suits me just fine. The top photo is the view from our house after dark, through the bare trees in the woods, looking down at our little down below. It makes me happy to see the lights sparkling down there in the night.  
     Sunday we worshipped with friends who own a rustic house in the woods not far from here.  Their home is so beautiful and warm and welcoming. It was a joyous time thanks to all the talented musicians, including Sweetface, who brought musical instruments for worship. My soul was well fed indeed with all the food, hymns and fellowship.
     My creative project was to make a heating bag as a gift.  Sweetface and I love ours because you just throw it in the microwave for a minute or two on a cold night and then stuff it under the top sheet to make a cozy warm spot when you crawl into bed. The kitties love to lie on it, too, of course which can make for considerable jockeying for position.
     To make one for yourself simply cut 2 pieces of inner lining around 7" x 12" and sew them together like a little pillow case with one end open. Then fold it into thirds lengthwise and press it.  Open it back up and stitch along the press lines so you have 3 "tubes", open at one end. Then fill each tube about 2/3 full of uncooked white rice, as Sweetface did here. It helps to roll a piece of paper into a makeshift funnel. Then take it to your sewing machine and stitch the open end closed, folded over 1/4" twice. Then make another outer "pillow case" the same size out of wool, like this one, or a thick flannel or fleece fabric. Slip the inner lining inside and again sew the end closed. Stitch through both ends again to fasten the inner rice bag in place so it doesn't bunch up inside. You can make this without the inner lining and just make the tubes in the outer fabric instead, but it gives you a bit more protection for your skin to have a couple of layers of fabric to hold the hot rice.  The nice thing is that once you heat this up and stick it between the covers it actually stays warm for hours--nice!
    Lastly, one of the great temptations of being an Ebay seller like myself is that while you are researching the value of an item you are listing you might just occasionally buy something for yourself. (I admit, this has happened every so often here!) This week I happened to find a great buy on a pair of tiny toads sitting, of course, on two tiny toad stools. They are made by Basil Matthews if you want to shop for an adorable little critter of your own.  
     What did you do this week? I hope you stayed warm and cozy!


6 comments:

  1. You had 'just' enough snow to enjoy! Beautiful photo's.

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    1. Yes; a little snow goes a long way. :-)

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  2. The picture of Rosie in the laundry basket is very cute. I'll have to try making a rice bag for myself.

    -H.A.Z.

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    1. Hope your rice bag keeps you snug as a bug in a rug!

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  3. Those rice bags are pretty neat. One of the best things I ever did (about 9 years ago) was to purchase Vellux blankets for all of our beds. That's what I have under the comforters. They are so cozy and so warm. You can turn your thermostat down pretty low at night and still be so warm. I can't ever imagine not having them for the winter. My mom started using them a few years ago too and just recently told one of her friends about it and they love them. They are in northern wisconsin and she says that now they stay nice and toasty at night. These Vellux blankets are amazing! :)

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    1. I will definitely check that out. Thanks Margaret!

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