Mask you say…from a bandana?

6 Apr

The possibilities…for starters:

My stash of 24…all washed and ironed!

Cowboy style?  Perhaps with red or blue ones…not tie dye, pink camouflage, commercial or holiday.

I like the idea of having one around my neck and quickly pulling it up over nose and mouth.  A triangle fold make for at least 2 layer coverage, if not 4 layers with another fold.  Recommendations are to wash after each use.

My favorite application for bandanas is a drawstring bag.  I made one in Girl Scouts kept it for years.  That one was inspiration for birthday party favors in the 90s (before digital photography).  Check out this post by

 

Upcycled Bandana DIY Drawstring Bag

 

News plus flashback

23 Mar

Kenny Rogers, singer, songwriter and photographer passed away.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-03-21/kenny-rogers-10-best-songs-islands-in-the-stream-gambler-easy

“The Gambler,” the Grammy-winning story song penned by Don Schlitz, came out in 1978 and became his signature song with a signature refrain: “You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ’em.”  In my humble opinion, that line applies in life to more than card games.  (I have been known to quote it.)

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/actor-singer-gambler-kenny-rogers-dies-81-69724237

Another personal note:  1987 I was astounded by an interview KR did promoting a recently published book.  Amazing professional photography, KR included personal notes about the photo shoots and subjects….80 leading citizens.  Three subjects are former U.S. Presidents.

Woo!Hoo!  My sister was in Atlanta that year and got an autographed copy for me.

One of the joys of having a personal library.  RIP KR

Acorns: Spring planting

11 Mar

We removed dozens of trees @ Owl Creek in 2019…Some had been dead for a long time…  Some were volunteers too close to driveways or barn…Some were contortions of trees…bent, split, broken.  Several logging projects in the past 50 years harvested hard woods…walnut, maple and oak trees.  Our understanding is that oak seedlings are difficult to locate.

 

To get 2020 spring plants off to a bigger start, I gathered acorns from the backyard.  Mostly green, squirrels had not run off with them.

“How to Grow Oak Trees from Acorns” Shelly Wigglesworth Oct 16, 2018, published in New England Today, Living

How to Grow Oak Trees from Acorns

I like the idea of refrigerating with peat and barley in a sealed container over winter.

Shelly recommended discarding acorns with pin holes.  They are made by “inch” worms exiting the hull.  I believe the worms enter under the cap.  After checking closely and drying  about two weeks, I discarded 20 acorns of the 60+ I had gathered from our backyard.

Here we “grow” again…today March 11, 2020…

Responding to the loss oak seedlings ruined by squirrels going for the meat of the acorn…I have turn the table!  Using a small cage to keep wild life out and protect future tree…rather than keep animals IN.  45 acorns in peat pots.

Hmmmm…what yield will we have?

 

 

Book Review: The Bookshop of Yesterdays

5 Mar

This is an amazing book!  The setting is LosAngelos, which didn’t appeal to me until the storyline developed fully.  Short quotes from classic books (of different genres starting with Shakespeare) expertly punctuated the narrative.  Cause of death and paternity was a mystery for Mira, who had been misled.  She also processed the enormity of inheriting a struggling bookshop 3000 miles from her new home and teaching career on the east coast…learning the financial record keeping, personnel/staffing, business cycles and plan to turn a profit.

Anyone involved with handling an estate with a significant number of books will appreciate this novel!

Books Review: Seven Days in Utopia, Golf’s Sacred Journey and The Sequel

18 Feb

We saw the movie.  I knew I needed to read the book, bonus found the sequel.

The movie starring Robert DuVall and Lucas Black is warm, genuine and inspiring.  In my youth, I took golf lessons and followed tournament play.  As an adult, I played in a golf league after work.  I’m fond of movies about baseball…Field of Dreams, A League of Their Own, The Natural…  Frankly, it never occurred to me that there were great stories and lessons to be told about golf.  (I don’t count Caddy Shack.)

Seven Days in Utopia narrative differs between the movie and the book.  (Both are equally time well spent.)  The book has more details on honing technical golf skills.  There is an opportunity loss, if practice is dominated by driving range parameters.   Improving skills means practicing with up and downhill lies, behind trees, bare ground, deep grass…and more…

What is extraordinary about the lessons?  The originality, experiential and spiritual nature of the situations.  Watch or read for yourself.

 

 

Q Children

11 Feb

The plan includes saving children around the world from trafficking, abuse and neglect.

To go directly to the decode about children, play from the 7:00-12:00 minute marks.  Reference Q drops 153, 748, 3148 and 3155.

World renowned photographer Steve McCurry captured powerful images of children and paired them with his quotes and others to make the world a better place for our children.  Link to Steve McCurry:

https://stevemccurry.blog/2019/12/03/sacred-trust-3/

This is Elfcroft’s 500th post…and still counting.

 

Global and Local missions: Sewing

30 Jan

A New Year to sew for Days for Girls International feminine hygiene kits and shower caddies for the residents of Indianapolis’s Wheeler Mission for Women and Children.

DfGI was launched in 2008 and have delivered kits to 140 countries.  Two of the sewn items for the DfGI kit (shown above) are shields (2/kit) and flannel tri-fold pads (8/kit).  Add panties, wash cloth, soap, bag for soiled plus instructions.  The Avon Chapter is preparing 70 kits for the Dominican Republic.  Enterprise zones are organized in-country around the world to produce kits for their own use.  Check out the official information:

https://www.daysforgirls.org

A local group of friends and colleagues deliver functional gift bags @ Christmas to WM for 72 women.  Shower caddies are made of outdoor fabric with four exterior pockets.  The bags are filled with socks, gloves, nail polish, note pads, calendar, marker and many more small gifts.  Here we go again in 2020!

Shower caddies

Shining Start for the New Year

21 Jan

30 year old Oak parquet flooring

WooHoo!  Dull and spotted.  Enough was enough.  I found Weiman’s High Traffic Wood Floor Cleaner and Polish on Amazon. I cleaned and polished on hands and knees with cloth (for cleaning car exteriors).  Truth be told…I paced myself cleaning this area and kitchen over six days.   Bonus, there is NO strong aroma.

Over the years, I kept partial bottles of Rejuvenate, Pledge, Orange Glo and Murphy’s Oil Soap to remind me “what NOT to buy/try again”.  Now disposed, Yes!  BONUS decluttering!  I don’t need the reminder….. now that I know how well Weiman’s two step process works.

  I will use these pads on my Swiffer next time.  YES!  No knees!

Marvelous Matrixes

15 Jan

Four of my favorites:

TRIZ     IChing     Fascination     Recipes

TRIZ is the Russian acronym for the “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving,” an international system of creativity developed in the U.S.S.R. between 1946 and 1985, by engineer and scientist Genrich S. Altshuller and his colleagues. According to TRIZ, universal principles of creativity form the basis of innovation.  39X39

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIZ

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The I Ching has served for thousands of years as a philosophical taxonomy of the universe, a guide to an ethical life, a manual for rulers, and an oracle of one’s personal future and the future of the state.  8X8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching

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Fascination

Research by Sally Hogshead maps “How the World Sees You”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Hogshead

Sally’s map defines 49 personality archetypes with primary and secondary advantages.  The discovery of your highest value supports making your “brand” impossible to resist.  7X7

My archetype you ask?  The Royal Guard…elegant, astute and discreet…

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Cookbooks!  Two of my favorites with variations presented in matrix format.

 

Winter Gardening

7 Jan

Winter gardening means trimming dried perennials and raking leaves.  That is…until my neighbor gave me an amaryllis bulb kit.  Delightful!  (The kit includes one bulb, glass jar and growing medium.)

Jan 6 (Ephiphany)