My Scissors Collection

I’ve always been curious about what people collect. I’m amazed by what people come up with, from collectible action figures and comic books worth lots of money to seemingly inconsequential things like bottle caps and Pez dispensers. My husband’s niece collects Barbie dolls (she’s married and has a child) and his brother-in-law has a framed barbed wire collection that’s actually kind of cool-looking.

When I was a kid I had a huge sticker collection. My sisters and I were obsessed with stickers. I also collected erasers shaped like different objects like fruits or cartoon characters. As I got older I started collecting things like small metal tins and containers and antique medicine bottles, but I lost interest in them after awhile. Throughout my life, though, without realizing it, I was amassing a collection of scissors. I’ve always had a fondness for scissors—small or large. I don’t know why but there’s something about them that attracts me to them. Maybe it’s because they come in all shapes, colors and sizes and they’re so useful.

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At last count I had 30 pairs of scissors and that’s not even counting the decorative-edge scissors which would bring my total near 50. Why so many scissors you ask? I don’t know why. I’m a quilter and sewer, so naturally it stands to reason that I would have a few pairs of scissors for cutting fabric and to have near my sewing machine for cutting threads. I also do some cross-stitching so it’s nice to have a good pair of sharp embroidery scissors on hand. My collection isn’t just to look at. I actually use the scissors that I collect.

Lately I’ve really been into buying embroidery scissors; especially ones with decorative handles like cats, storks or owls. I don’t have the stork or owl ones yet and would like to add them to my collection. The pair that I really want are these gold Eiffel Tower scissors but they’re just a little out of my price range. Maybe some day if I win the lottery I’ll get them.

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I think that once I get the few pairs of scissors my collection is missing, it will be complete and I won’t need to add any more to it. I hope. I’m running out of room for places to keep my scissors. And if my husband only knew how many scissors I had he would lose his mind.

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I’m curious. What do you collect? Is there anything you’d like to start collecting?

Travel Flat Iron Case

Over the weekend I finally got around to making this awesome flat iron case that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I saw a really cool pattern for one last year and pinned it to my Pinterest board, thinking I’d get get around to making it sometime. Every time I went on a trip, I would wish that I had a case like that because I was getting pretty tired of wrapping a towel around my flat iron after using it and packing it away. I’m always nervous about it being so hot and burning my clothes or melting something in my suitcase. Now I don’t have to worry about it any more.

090213_0002WI changed a couple of things from the original pattern. I used Velcro instead of adding ties for the closure because I didn’t want to have to mess with tying and untying it every time. I also didn’t add the pocket in the back for the plug because my flat iron has a rather chunky plug and it probably wouldn’t have fit in the pocket. So I only had to use 1/4 yard of fabric for the outside, the lining and the Insulbright batting. I also chose to use the silver Teflon fabric for the lining (the kind of fabric you use for ironing board covers) because I thought it would be better protection for the intense heat of my flat iron.

090213_0006WThe instructions were very easy to follow and I’m very happy with the way the case turned out. I could have done a little better job sewing on the bias tape, but I’ll know better for next time if I ever make another one. Now I don’t have to worry about my flat iron damaging anything else in my suitcase when I travel. I can’t wait to use this for an upcoming trip this week.

I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend. Did you work on any projects that you’re proud of?

Ch-ch-ch-changes

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I hate change. Especially when it’s forced upon me. When I’m ready for a change, I like to be the one to initiate it. On my terms. But I don’t like it when, out of the blue, things suddenly change on me without any warning. Like this whole Google Reader thing coming to an end forever starting July 1.

I know Google warned us in March, but now that the end date is looming ever closer, it’s more of a reality now. I’m so sad because Google Reader (GR) is perfect and I don’t want to say good bye. But I know that I must. So now I’m searching for a suitable blog reader alternative, even though I know none of them will come close.

After some research, I had it narrowed down to two choices:  Bloglovin’ and Feedly. I migrated all my blogs (447 of them!) to Bloglovin’ and immediately found that I hated the user interface. It’s nothing like GR and the features are way too simple and bare bones for my taste. All of my blogs are listed in alphabetical order on the right side and all the feeds are on the left side with the photos showing. I don’t like that all. I don’t have any control over anything and the interface is way too simple. I don’t know why a lot of the bloggers I’m following are raving over this reader. It seems to be geared for teenagers.

Then I migrated all my blogs over to Feedly. While this is no GR, I like this reader a lot better than Bloglovin’. The layout is kind of similar to GR and it has preferences that I can set up to make it look the way I want it. It does take some getting used to and I’m still figuring out my way around the desktop. I found this helpful article with tips on getting the most out of the Feedly desktop. One thing I don’t like is that my blogs are listed in alphabetical order instead of in order of favorites, but I’m hoping that’s something they’ll change in the future.

One scary thing about Feedly is that once you close out of it and try to get back into it later, it seems virtually impossible to reopen because it doesn’t have a login button on its home page anywhere. You’re supposed to be able to login through Google, but I couldn’t find it. I was panicking, until after some searching, I discovered that you have to go to this link: http://www.feedly.com/home. They should really tell you that after you sign up.

So I think I’ve found my GR replacement for now. It will never be the same as GR, but it will have to do. At least Feedly is visually appealing and I have some control over the layout. I’m still holding out hope that some other reader will come along that’s a virtual clone of GR so I won’t have to miss out on many of the features that I know and love from GR.

Have you switched to a new reader yet? If so, which one are you using and why?