April, 2009

Apr 09

Injuries are abound

WARNING: If you are squeamish, do not look at these pictures!

Last Friday, I was cutting some fabric with a rotary cutter. Little did I know that my left index finger would soon be forever changed. That’s right, I sliced right through it, removing a fair chunk. I was home alone with my 4-year-old son, so there wasn’t much I could do: I rinsed it, compressed it with a washcloth, and proceeded to cuss like a sailor. When my husband arrived home from work, he chuckled and I laughed along with him at the total lame of the situation. It would not stop bleeding if I took the compress off, so I decided to go to the urgent care. I wasn’t sure if they could actually put stitches in it, as a good swatch was missing, but I had no idea what to do with it so I figured I’d better go in and get some advice.

Finger Injury (side) Finger Injury (top)

The doc did end up putting five stitches in, though he had to pull pretty tight to close it up. I also got a bonus Tetanus shot. You can see in the second (top view) photo how much I shaved off. Looks like some little monster with a wide, flat mouth took a bite out of the side of my finger, lol! So, needless to say, my planned weekend of sewing was shot. I thought that it wouldn’t be too difficult, I still have nine working fingers, right? But I have tiny knots to tie, and the most difficult part is getting the injured finger out of the way in order to use the others.

Ah, well. On to part two of the weekend injury saga…

Conehead Frankenstein Daisy

When we woke up Saturday morning, my husband was petting our dog, Daisy, and felt a weird gooey spot in her chest. He rolled her over to check it out and discover that she had a large, open wound. It was flat and oval-shaped, and looked like she had somehow deli-shaved off a layer of skin. We were freaked out and took her to the vet for an emergency visit.

She had to be put under and shaved and sutured up, and came home on Monday with yet another cone on her head and a gory-looking Frankenstein-style scar. From what the doctor guessed, she was probably chasing after a small animal and jumped through a barbwire fence and caught her underside. She said they get that type of injury a lot with hunting dogs coming in. So, what we thought was a strange, flat wound, was actually a sliced-open wound. Gross. Poor little Daisy needs to be more careful while on the hunt!

Good news is, we’re both healing nicely and should be back to normal in no time!

Apr 09

Beanbag Game for DG

Newest MSCE was actually worked on yesterday afternoon/evening. This is a beanbag game for my nephew’s birthday present. He’s 3 years-old! Sooooo cute! and such a little stinker, lol!

Space Cadet Beanbag Game

The beanbags are full of lentils in a self-contained muslin pouch, and the “covers” are removable with a velcro closure (for washability). The game plays like Bocci Ball or Horseshoes and the bags are designed for indoor or outdoor play. I’m mailing them out today, hope he likes them!

Apr 09

Wilson Graphics Guys!

Today, a package from Wilson Graphics arrived, and inside were eight of the cutest vinyl wall graphics evah!

8 Cute Simple Colorful Face Wall Decals for Nursery or Kids Room

They are each 5×5 inch square faces, very high quality and heavy duty, so cool. I can’t wait to put them up in my son’s new room! (once it’s finished, of course.) Paul has so many different beautiful decals in his shop. If I wasn’t such a posterholic with limited (if any) wall space, I would be all about the wall decals. He’s got a lovely series of butterflies, HUGE trees, flocks of birds, and stuff for kids’ rooms! Definitely check them out, for yourself or maybe for a nice housewarming, redecorating, birthday or baby shower gift for someone. ;)

Apr 09

Fabric Scrap Easter Eggs

I recently joined the Dabbled “Make Something Cool Everyday in April” challenge… project… thingie. This is my first project for MSCE! It was easy to choose, as the other day my 4-year-old son colored Easter eggs at Grandma’s house, and brought them home thinking he could “play” with them. (unsure) Of course, by “play” I mean throw them up in the air and let them thud to the floor, crack them and crumble the eggshells all over, and hide them around the house. (annoyed) So I banished the Easter eggs to the refridgerator, and my son pouted and was generally bummed. Then I remembered the Fabric Easter Egg Tutorial I had seen on the Retro Mama blog, and it was a perfect solution!

Fabric Scrap Eggs

I used some of the smaller scraps that I had, so they’re not really coordinated or anything, and I fudged the directions a little to accommodate some of the strange shaped fabric pieces, but Gunner loves them and was so excited that I made him an Easter present! Much success!

Apr 09

How-To: Easily Remove Cockleburrs

We live out in the country, so as a family (including the dogs) we encounter cockleburrs of varying size, shape and nastiness. So I figured I would share an easy method of removing them from virtually anything without pricking your fingers…

4-year-old boy meets big, puffy cockleburrs.

Basically, you take a plastic shopping sack, put it over your hand and pick the burrs off. This works for clothing, shoes, hair and dog fur.

Hold still! Ah, that's better.