September 2019 Recap

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The biggest work-related news, perhaps, this month is that I was able to start blogging again. Also, this summer I rolled out a trial of free U.S. shipping on Etsy purchases of $35 or more. Let me know your thoughts on either!

Thanks to a huge, completely unrelated project, I didn’t do much sewing at all this summer. At the beginning of September I got back to it, and it felt really good! Among other things, I made two fabric mousepads and a large zippered document pouch as potential prototypes:

Fabric Mouse Pad Floral2

Fabric Mouse Pad Green1

Large Zippered Document Pouch Finished

Husband and I will be strenuously testing the mouse pads in the coming months. So far so good! I’ve also continued to churn out fabric gift bags in various sizes and types. I’m increasingly leaning towards using and re-using them instead of spending money on wrapping paper.

Gift Bags Wrapped

Reading was especially good this month, including this Earthsea omnibus illustrated by Charles Vess:

Current Reading The Books of Earthsea Complete Illustrated

At some point when I wasn’t looking, fall got here:

Red Maple Leaf on Grass

I hope you’ll enjoy the season! I know I will: we have candles and firewood stocked up and ready to go. 🙂

P.S. Happy Rosh Hashanah!

September 2018 Recap

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Apparently I want to open each month’s recap with “I can’t believe how fast this month has flown by” but even so, September really has gone fast.

For banned books week this year, I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Current Reading The Hate U Give

This month’s other reads were thought-provoking and absorbing, too.

I made a canvas hanger cover prototype. Choosing the fabric took a little doing – I initially wanted a tightly woven medium-weight cotton, but most that I got my hands on were a little transparent. A cotton duck to the rescue, then.

Canvas Hanger Cover HC015a

The placemat prototypes I started in February and finished earlier this summer are in use, being tested. (And I finally remembered to upload the photos!) Some of the details work, but others don’t, so at least as is they cannot be produced. (Yet.)

Quilting Both1 Purple Blues Greens Yellows Reds

The weather in the beginning of the month was very summery still, including some extremely muggy days. Approaching the end, we got fall temps with plenty of rain – very welcome both. I was worried for the water table during the dry summer months.

Husband and I carved time for a mini-getaway to visit the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As I grew up on a flood plain (VERY flat!) I found the mountains absolutely ah-mazing!

Mt Willard Crawford Notch Valley

On the gaming front, we broke in a new-to-us board game, Pandemic. It’s a collaborative game where players race against time to cure and, if possible, eradicate four diseases. It can be very unforgiving if the luck of the draw is against you, but a lot of fun!

Pandemic Breaking Out New Boardgame

We played WoW, too (although not quite as often as I would’ve liked), and got our first characters leveled to 120. Yay! 🙂 I’m leveling a human first for strategic reasons (gaining rep faster for allied races).

I also broke out some tastes of home: tar-flavored liquorice candy.

Tervaleijona

Now we’re enjoying seasonal weather and starting to plan the end of the year in detail. I can’t believe it’s almost October!

Labor Day 2017 Sale!

Ahem Ahem!

Starting today, for a limited time, get 15% off select items at the Playfully Grownup Home shop on Etsy!

PGH Etsy Screencap Labor Day 2017 Promo

Organize for the semester with mini storage cubes, book bags or keychains. Decorate your dorm room with handmade wall art. Stay fresh by stashing a lavender sachet in your sock drawer. Or get a jump on holiday gift selecting.

The Playfully Grownup Labor Day 2017 sale runs August 31 – September 04. No order minimums – buy one personal safety reflector, or a pile of book bags, or anything in between. (Sorry, U.S. buyers only due to Etsy’s restrictions.)

Remember to also visit Etsy’s Labor Day Sale page for fantastic deals from more Etsy sellers, for example like The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings inspired engraved door hanger sign by AllyBoosCreations…

Etsy AllyBoosCreations Hobbit LotR Door Sign

The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings inspired door sign by AllyBoosCreations at Etsy.

checkmark stickers by honeyinked…

Etsy honeyinked Checkmark Stickers

Checkmark stickers by honeyinked at Etsy.

rainbow-colored downloadable “You can’t retire from being awesome!” print by FromTheRookery…

Etsy FromTheRookery Nurse Retirement Gift

Nurse retirement gift print by FromTheRookery at Etsy.

…or a rainbow bean bag set by GrandmasChalkboard:

Etsy GrandmasChalkboard Rainbow Bean Bag Set

Rainbow bean bag set by GrandmasChalkboard at Etsy.

Looks like there is an incredible selection!

(Note that, as usual, each seller sets their own policies.)

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

Bits in Spaaace!, Geek out!

We happened to have excellent conditions for the 2015 supermoon lunar eclipse: clear skies, warm weather, and a dark backyard for early night viewing. The best shot I got is from the beginning of the eclipse (with a little computer enhancement).

Very neat. And, although celestial photography won’t become a part of my skills in a hurry, it was nice to try.