I think I am going to start a new feature here on the blog called Jo’s Favorite Finds. I have five adult children and they are always sharing stuff with me that I, as a person over fifty, have no idea about…and occasionally I find some pretty cool things. Some things might be thrifted…some things might be able to be purchased brand new. Here are today’s featured items.
I have four things I’m sharing with you today and the first thing comes from Julie our quilt finisher and Holly our blog reader.
Julie was telling that she is working to provide 60 pillowcases for a new Veteran’s home that is being built in southern Minnesota near her. She is especially looking for patriotic fabric as she is working on making 60 pillowcases for the area Veteran’s home that is being built. That’s a BIG task!!
Here is my favorite part and what makes this one of my favorite things that I want to mention…
Holly, our blog reader, put out this challenge:
“I have a challenge for our readers here. I volunteered to make 10 pillowcases for the veteran’s home for the 60 needed. This is 10 yards of fabric. I will send the burrito method of making them to anyone who wants it. I challenge 10 people to donate 5 yards OR 5 pillowcases in patriotic colors. Let’s get this party started.”
WOW!! Great idea Holly!! I’m so impressed. I love this challenge. If you are willing to take Holly’s challenge by either sending fabric to Julie or making pillowcases that would be amazing. You can contact Julie at this email address. firstname.lastname@example.org What a great way to help our veterans and Julie too. Oh, I just love your group!!
Now to the next topic…
I have had TERRIBLE fly problems in my house. With 9 grandkids and 5 adults children, the doors around here are opened all the time. Sadly, they don’t always get closed. Thus, fly problems. I am constantly swatting. When I sit down to eat at the table, I always bring a fly swatter. I just hate flies.
When we lived at the farmhouse, we always had flies…those of you who romanticize about farm life, the truth of it is…summer=flies. When we moved to town, I thought I’d be fly-free, but until the grandkids learn to shut a door, I’m going to have flies…and if I have to choose, grandkids or flies, even though I hate flies, grandkids will win every single time.
Kelli shared this with me the other day…her new favorite product. These are plug-in flycatchers.
It looks like this on the outside when plugged in.
BUT…look what is hiding behind…FLIES!! Kelli lives on a farm and fights flies too.
I immediately went to Amazon and ordered one. HERE is the link.
I also ordered refills. You can find them HERE.
I am SUPER excited about this flycatcher. If you have fruit flies, these will be great for that too!! I love that they are no chemicals!! I don’t like spraying for flies unless I have to.
Martha W asked:
“In your photos, I noticed you were rolling out the crust on a round thing. What was that? We use a piece of wax paper and it is so hard to judge the size of the circle for the crust. Your fluting looks beautiful.”
I have a pie mat, from Pampered Chef. I liked it but it was a little small.
In fact, after making the pie, I decided that I’d really like a bigger mat (you can see that the crumbs are still getting on the counter) so went on Amazon and ordered this one…
I make cinnamon rolls, stromboli, and bread so I wanted one that would be able to be used for that as well. This one is big and will still be super easy to wash and manage because it rolls up. You can find it HERE.
The mats are silicone so super easy to clean and super easy to store because they roll up. If you’d like to see more, there is a video you can see in the Amazon link. I tried to embed it into this post but I couldn’t figure out how.
The next thing I want to tell you about is my new favorite, a new duo to the Flosstube community. You might remember me saying that I often watch Flosstube (find flosstubers by searching “floss tube” on Youtube).
The duo is Linen and Scraps. You can find them HERE.
One of my favorite things about them is that Molly, on the left, and Cathy on the right both stitch and scrap in different genres. Molly stitches on Aida and Cathy on Linen. Cathy likes samplers and antiques…Molly likes more modern and finished. I love the contrast between the two and love to see the comradery between them. They always have me smiling and wanting to make/do something they are doing. They incorporate a lot of scrapbooking into the cross stitch. They often have recipes or crafting tutorials including the one I’ve embedded.
Right now they are doing Christmas in July and are making it so fun.
I’ve really enjoyed all of my new finds. Sometimes, it’s little things that make life easier and more enjoyable whether it’s a way to eliminate flies or a new silicone mat…or a new floss tube to watch!! I love them all.