Fog on Payne Lake in the Talledega National Forest, Alabama, United States.
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I have had this wire shelf for almost 10 years. We bought it in August of 2000, when we moved into our first RV. It is just the right size to hold a box of quart sized zip lock bags, a box of gallon sized zip lock bags, a roll of plastic wrap, and a roll of aluminum foil. Well, at least it was until the last time I bought a box of the quart sized bags.
I usually leave the empty box in the shelf as a space holder so the rest of boxes don’t fall over, until I can get a new box of whatever I am out of. So, when I brought home the last new box of quart sized bags, it wouldn’t fit. The manufacturer had changed the size of the box. I had to take the new bags out and put them in the old box that I just happened to have kept, because it is my habit to do so.
I am so pissed that they did that. Why do manufacturers think they have to keep changing things?
So, what is your pet peeve this week?
My fabric shopping trip last week included some heavy-weight interacing so I could make some tote bags for my daughters. That stuff is expensive! But, I got enough to make four bags. I have two of them finished already:
Greens, blues, and browns for Becca.
Pinks, greens, and beige for Emily.
The pattern I used makes three sizes. These are the medium sized ones. That large bag would hold a Volkswagen, I think.
And I have yellow and black sitting there waiting to be sewn, for Becky. I don’t have fabric yet for Sarah’s, but will have it next week. OOooo, I get to go fabric shopping again!
I really really hate it when I can’t find something I want or need, and when it is something as simple as a zipper, then what in the heck is up with that?
While I found that lovely quilt shop in Tuscaloosa, they do not sell zippers because, well, quilts don’t need zippers. And I have a project in my little brain that requires a zipper to complete, and it was driving me crazy. So, I began looking for zippers.
The Wal-Mart in town does not have a fabric section. There is not another store that has fabric unless I go to Tuscaloosa again, to Hobby Lobby, but I did not want to drive all the way up there just for a zipper. So, I thought to myself, that I would go online to Joann Fabrics website and order some.
I typed in the url, and guess what? it wouldn’t load on my screen. I thought it was my crappy internetz service, because it was raining, pouring, outside, and it is satellite internetz. I felt like banging my head on the table.
The next morning, I got an email from Joann that said: “We apologize!-Thanksgiving Promotions Now Extended + Free Shipping. We’re aware it was a challenge to shop Joann.com this weekend….” So it wasn’t just me. That made me feel a little bit better. So, I went on over to the website to shop for zippers. And guess what? it is STILL a challenge to shop for zippers on their website. Just go look! I’ll wait. When you get to the page, scroll down to choose a color. Can YOU tell what the colors are on those zippers? You can’t actually see what the color is until you get to the cart to check out. THAT is where they have conveniently typed in the name of the colors.
So, OK, I got my zippers ordered and on the way. And THEN FabGrandpa decided to drive over to Calera, Alabama to the Jayco dealer to get a new gasket for the toilet. And guess what was right next door to the dealership? A different Wal-Mart. One that sells zippers!
I have not been to a real quilt fabric shop in almost two years. When we are at the North Rim, there is not a fabric store for at least 200 miles, and that is a Joann Fabrics. I thought I had found a fabric store in Kanab, Utah one time, but it turned out to be 2 aisles in an Ace Hardware Store. I was sooooooo disappointed.
Last week I went to Hobby Lobby in Tuscaloosa, and they had some fabric but not much to choose from. I got a few fat quarters, but I was still starving for a fabric binge.
Today, I found Carolina Lily Quilt Shop. As soon as I stepped in the door, it was like I was a kid in a candy store! Not only did they have top quality fabrics, and plenty of it, the nice lady behind the counter knew who and what I was talking about when I asked if she had any of the Fairy Tip Toes line by Tina Givens. She didn’t, but it is so nice to have this store within reach, and to be able to just go and touch and feel and adore fabric.
I guess I went a little bit crazy. I made up for not being in a real fabric store in so long! Ooooooo, I can already feel another shopping trip coming on….
My “place” in our trailer is at the dinette. And the seat has become my office desk. It is where I have had a stack of “stuff” for about six years. You know, the stuff that would normally be on your desk if you had a house: bills and other important papers that need attending to; notebooks; maps; pens and markers; books and magazines I’m reading at the moment. I get so annoyed by having that stack of stuff there that I went out and bought myself an organizer shelf.
This morning, FabGrandpa (who is feeling much better, thank you to all those who have asked) installed it on the wall. It was a perfect fit for the space I had. There are three shelves and a small drawer.
I couldn’t put it as high up on the wall as I would have liked because the window trim wouldn’t allow for the drawer to be opened, otherwise, I am really happy with this small modification to my space!
Just look how much better it looks! There is room for my camera and the USB cable for it in the drawer. I bought a little photo album for 97 cents to keep my ever growing collection of business cards in, too!
Now looks like this:
Getting organized is so much fun!