Road Trip Eye Candy

It’s road trippin’ time!  I just love a good road trip❤️❤️.  My DH and I are going up to help my #1 son move to school.  It’s what parents do, right?  

I love driving through Arizona and Utah in August.  The weather is a little cooler and the rains have come.  It is picturesque at every turn.


My favorite part is the view of the Grand Canyon from the Highway 89.  The land is cracked for miles and miles.   

It is GRAND indeed!   I like to stop for a minute and drink in the beauty and majesty.  

And as if that isn’t enough, the other side of the highway is nestled into these tall, smooth, red rocks.  If only I were a rock climber like my son! 

I know, I know,  we are all gaining spiritual weight with so much beauty, but wait, the dessert is still to come!


Lake Powell is just a little bit further down the road!  Can you believe it?!  I am truly happy today.  

Of course a happy road trip would not be complete unless I had some fun hand work to keep my hands busy.

I am on the last few blocks of my Stardust Melodies Afghan.  I will definitely have them all done by the end of the trip.  Oh yea!!



Driving in the car also teaches new techniques because necessity is the mother of invention.


I forgot my stitch markers at home, so I have learned that a hair clip  works GREAT!  In fact it is easier to use because as the name implies, it just clips on.  How cool is that?  Its TOTALLY TIPSTER:)!


Road trips really help me get caught up on projects. But best of all, I get to sit by my cute husband and enjoy his company.  SWEET!!❤️


I hope all of your life roads are leading to happy places filled with people you love:).  

Thank you joining me on my road trip today!

Totally Tipster- How to Organize a Button Box

Hello!  It’s a Totally Tipster day around my house today.  I have been making blessing outfits for my grand babies, and came to the button part of the pattern.   Oh no, ugh! —  this is always such a chore because my button box looks like this:

Come on, I know that most of yours look very similar to this as well:).  Now, I like the look of a button jar or the feel of running buttons through my fingers, but this is not a decorative button box.  It is supposed to be a working button box.

I dug around looking for matching small white buttons for about 30 minutes, and finally said, “Enough already!! It’s time to fix this!”I took out a package of large safety pins that I had in a drawer and got to work.

I divided the buttons by color and then started pinning button sets on pins.   It really didn’t take that long, and they look so pretty!

Not every button had a matching set, so I left those  alone in the box for single button projects.   

I just love LOVE LOVE how easy it is to find buttons now!  Pick a colored pin and off I go:)!  SWEET!!

I hope this Totally Tipster Tip helps some of you get your button collection under control too.  Please feel free to leave  me a comment if you do:)!

Until tomorrow–


 

Totally Tipster – How to Make a Super Quick and Easy Ironing Board Cover

Ok, this post is going to be a little bit embarrassing for me because it shows my lack of emphasis on keeping everything clean as a whistle in my sewing room, but hey, I’m creating here, right?  

So… I go through ironing board covers in record breaking speed.  I like a hot iron with a lot of steam.  That puts a lot of wear on my cover.  Here is the embarrassing part… this is what mine looks like after a few months worth of quilting.  Yuk!And here is another just to make you feel good about yourself today.  I will take the prize for worst ironing board cover!I don’t even like the fabric.  It is what I had in my cabinet at the time, but it is too loud for my taste.  My quilt  blocks kind of get lost on this board, and I can’t really take a picture of anything while ironing because everything clashes with the cover.  It is definitely time for a new one:)

A friend gave me this bolt of canvasy type cream material that is now going to be designated the ironing board cover material.  I have years of covers here!  Thank you friend!!I am going to love the plain, neutral color.:). 

So here is the Totally Tipster Tip—  I don’t sew anything.  I cut out my fabric and pin in over the original cover.  Easy easy, fast, fast, easy!  What took me so long?

  • Here is a picture of the underside of my ironing board with the pins holding the fabric in place-
  • I removed all of the pins, there were about 25 or so.
  • I used the old cover as a pattern for the new one.  This will be your first time, so just use a piece of newspaper and trace the top of your board.  Lay it on your fabric and add 5″ all around.  It doesn’t have to be exact, just make it bigger than your board.
  • If you like, add a little bit of batting for extra cushioning under the cover.  I put it on top of the original cover that came with the board. 
  • Trim it around the edges.  No perfection needed.  I just used batting scraps.  Whatever I had:)
  • Lay your fabric on top.  I have to fold my fabric at the end because my board is attached to the wall cabinet 
  • Start at the nose and start pinning under.  I pin one way and then the other to make it tight.  I don’t worry about the pins coming back up.  If the fabric feels secure, I keep going
  • I like to use the long corsage pins, but there are a lot of yellow headed quilting pins under there as well.
  • Just keep pinning all the way down one side and then go to the other and pull tight and pin as well
  • Keep pinning, tightening any loose spaces as you go.

All done!!  Doesn’t that look better?  It’s Totally Tipster! It literally took twice as long to write this post as it did to cover my board!  

New resolution–I will NOT let my board get so messy next time!  I have even cut out extra so I’m ready to go.  

I have one more bonus ironing board tip for you-  

  • I sew while sitting on a rolling chair, I have placed my ironing board to the side of my sewing machine just high enough for me to roll over and press while I am still in my chair.  It is SWEET !!!

There you have it, a super fast, super easy ironing board make over.   If you give this a try, I would love to hear about it:)

Totally Tip-ster! – On the Go Fabric Organizer

Happy Tuesday to you!  Like many of you, I like to work on hand work at night while relaxing and watching a show.  I bet you do too, right?

But sometimes those little pieces can be a bit tricky to transport and keep organized from my work station to my evening chair or to the car for traveling.  Well, I have a Totally Tipster Tuesday tip for you today:)

I am guessing that you have an old coupon organizer laying around your house.  I did.  But if you don’t, these handy organizers are just a dollar or two at your local Walmart or corner pharmacy.A coupon organizer is the perfect size for those small appliqué or paper pieces. Plus, it fits in your purse for easy take along sewing. SWEET!It even comes with handy dividers to keep sections separated so you won’t have to dig around to find the pieces for each flower or leaf etc.  For very small paper pieces, I  recommend putting them in a small envelope and then in the divider so the don’t migrate under the dividers:)When each piece is turned, sewed, or pieced they fit happily back in their divided space.  They can easily be carried back to my normal working area without falling to the floor or getting mixed together.How easy is that?  They look so pretty all separated and organized by color and style.  It is so Totally Tip-ster!!  

I hope this helps and inspires some of you.  If you have any fun ways to transport your projects, I would love to hear about them:)  

Have a super SWEET day!

Totally Tipster! – Thread & Bobbin Storage

I have quite a few thread spools.  Maybe not as many as some of you and maybe quite a bit more than others.  I am sure you all have your own working system on how you like to store yours. 

For years I have used two wooden thread racks  that I mounted on the wall behind my machine.  I love to look at the pretty colorful thread when I enter the room:)

Here is my Tipster Tip-

  1. Buy extra bobbins for your machine. – I bought 20, but will be buying more.
  2. Invest in a peg rack.- they are about $20. on amazon.  –SO Sew worth it!!
  3. Store your thread and matching bobbin thread together on the same peg.
  4. If your spool is too tall for the bobbin to fit as well, cut a straw to your desired length and place it over the peg to lengthen it.

Now that is Totally Tipster!!  What an easy fix!

I lengthened my smaller rack the same way, but my pegs are too wide for my bobbins.  Bummer…  oh well, there is a bobbin rack attached to the top of my board.  It works but not nearly as well as the skinnier pegs on the other rack..

I like how the straws give stability to some of my more awkward embroidery thread.

Storing my thread this way has been such a time saver for me.  It makes finding that matching bobbin a SWEET dream!  No more holding up bobbins to see if it is the thread.  Just grab and sew!

Thank you for dropping by my blog:)