Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How to Make Easy Dance Ribbons

Last Shabbat, Jackasaurus asked me if we could make something for him to use, when he dances for the worship service portion. I'll admit it, my heart melted! He really loves to dance with the other children, and for the past few weeks they've been sharing a silk scarf. Yeah, they've had fun, but sharing means that they have to wait for awhile so the other ten plus children can have a turn with one scarf. I started thinking, and looking in my craft room and I had it. Dance Ribbons!

This is seriously the most easy craft idea period, and can be done for any child. A little girl that wants to be a fairy, or a boy who wants to pretend that he's throwing fire at a dragon, or a child that just wants to dance!


1 yard of ribbon, any color, just make sure that it's not wired.
Cabone Rings (click on the red name to see what in the world I'm talking about) Make sure that the size you get is large enough to fit on your finger, that way you know it will easily slip onto a child's finger and be easy to take off.


Cut ribbon to 1 yard length size, using pinking shears to avoid ribbon unraveling. You could hem the ends, so they don't unravel, but I made eleven of these and just didn't feel like hemming eleven ribbons! Take the Cabone ring and hand sew on to one side of the ribbon. Seriously, that's it. The child's hand acts like the sticks on ribbon sticks, and they aren't just going to slip off their fingers!

I could only fit 6 of the 11 ribbons on one finger, but they were seriously easy to make!

Best part? They work!

Total cost of this project- $0.00 I had all the materials on hand that I needed. Great way to use up materials that weren't really needed for anything else! I can't wait to let the kids use these on Shabbat on watch them dance in joy!

Until Next Time,

Sunday, November 9, 2014

How to Make your own Velvet Headband

What? Two posts in one day?! It must be Christmas! Or...more likely that I just have a lot of projects I'm doing and want to share them with you!

Since wearing the tichel it became painfully obvious that I needed a way to help keep some of the more slippery scarves on my head. Satin and silk scarves are very hard to wear, as they like to slip off your head all day! Really counter-productive when my goal is to use my time wisely and spend less time on my hair, when I have to keep going into the bathroom to readjust my tichel.

I started researching and most women agree that the only way to keep these on with with a velvet headband. Now, in my research, these headbands can range from $8 to $20 per headband! That's just too much money for me to spend on one item, and especially when I can make it myself!

JoAnn's Fabrics has velvet for about $16 per yard. I bought 1/4 of a yard of fabric, and spent about $4 and some change. And here's how I made them.

First thing I did (and no, this was not the 1/4 of a yard. I had already made a velvet headband out of this fabric, just to make sure it worked) was measure out how wide I wanted the headbands to be. If you tend to like yours a bit wider, than you might want a bit more fabric. As it is, with the 1/4 of a yard I was able to make 3 headbands and 2 velvet scrunchies with the fabric. Each headband is about 2 1/2 inches wide and over a yard long.

Next I flipped the velvet around, so that it was facing itself and pinned it together. Trust me on this, you will want to pin every section you can. The velvet slips, while in the machine, and unless it's tightly pinned you will have a disaster on your hands!

Using a zigzag stitch, stitch it up, leaving one end open so you can turn it right side out. Then flip the headband, using a spoon or whatever you need to use to get it to turn right side out. Now place the headband on your head and measure how long you need it. The only reason I didn't do this first is that in the sewing process you might have a headband that isn't long enough when it's all said and done. I simply placed the headband on my head and pinched where it needed to be cut, leaving about 1'' of fabric free to the velcro. Stitch the ends closed and you're ready for velcro. I have a ton of velcro in my sewing drawer, so that's why it's white. I really didn't want to buy new materials when I had perfectly good velcro sitting in my sewing room! Plus, no one is going to see the headband anyway. If you're making it so you can see it, you might want to get some velcro that matches the actual velvet.

Sew one end on one side and the other piece of velcro on the other opposite side, that way it holds closed with you put it around your head.

I even had enough fabric to make Mopsy a velvet headband and 2 velvet scrunchies! Here's how I made the scrunchies.

I took the leftover velvet and cut them to about 15" each. I had 2 pieces that were 15" each and pinned them together. I sewed the two sides together, using a zigzag stitch, but left both ends open.

Next I measured some elastic I had on hand. I only had the wider elastic, but I find that it works really well to hold my hair. I measured that at 8 inches.

Turning the scrunchie right side out I slipped the elastic into the fabric and stitched the ends closed. I then stitched the ends of the velvet together, so the whole thing is encased and ready to be used. I have to say that the velvet scrunchie really holds my hair well, and doesn't pull or damage my hair.

Alright, time for totals. I spent $4 and some change on velvet from Jo-Ann's Fabric. I made 3 headbands and 2 velvet scrunchies. Now, I realize that the velvet scrunchie isn't as large as the one sold at Wrapunzel but they are charging $5 for one scrunchie and $10 for one velvet headband. I made 3 headbands and 2 scrunchies for less than the cost of 1 scrunchie! I'd say that it was well worth it and seriously it took me less than 15 minutes to make one headband. It's not hard at all, and they really hold your hair in place well.

Until Next Time,

My Gift

As some of you may know, I'm a pianist. The piano I have now was a gift from G-d; I wrote about it here. It has been in my possession since about 2000, and is even older than that, since the church I got it from got it in the early '90s, at least. I have written many songs, to Adonai, on this keyboard and love it dearly.

A few weeks ago the beloved keyboard started to die. Some of the keys, on the keyboard, won't play at all. My dear husband took the massive thing apart, and even though he knows computers (and the entire inside is nothing but a giant computer) there was nothing he could do. It's so old that they don't make processors for it, or anything. I guess that's the bad thing about technology developing at such a rapid rate is that when the older stuff starts to die there's nothing that you can do. You can't just replace the motherboard, or the fuses, in the thing as they are so obsolete that they just don't make them anymore!

I was on the verge of tears, when my keyboard started dying. You really don't know how much it means, to me, to be able to play and worship my G-d on it- but I serve an awesome G-d who supplies my every need!

I posted a post, on Facebook, about the keyboard, and just asking people to pray for either a miracle or that G-d would provide the money for us to buy another one. Less than five hours, after posting it, a wonderful friend called and said that she had been told to give me a gift. You see, a week before Adonai had placed on this woman's heart that she was going to give me a gift. When she saw the post, she knew exactly what that gift was- an upright piano. A real piano!

As much of a miracle as it is, there's more. While I was talking to this woman about the piano, my husband was talking with his brother who was offering to buy me a brand new keyboard! While I didn't take my brother in law's offer, I was still amazed at how G-d was moving in people's hearts to give to me, so that I could continue to write songs to Him.

Let me just pause, and stand in awe again at how G-d works. He knew that my keyboard was going to die soon, He knew how much it meant to me to worship Him on it and write new songs to Him on it, and He knew that I would need a miracle. I mean pianos are expensive! So a week before it even started to die, He laid it on this woman's heart that she was to give me a piano! If that doesn't blow your mind, then I don't even know what to say to you! Baruch haShem!

Fastfoward to last night and today. Last night my husband went over to her house, and with her family they loaded up my (new to me) piano and brought it over. We had the family over for dinner, and enjoyed each other's company. I really didn't even have a chance to look at the piano until this morning, and I got my second blessing! I really needed to deep clean this gift before I could use it!

No, I'm not being sarcastic at all- I really love to deep clean things. The problem is that I deep clean stuff, in our house, all the time, that I really don't have anything left to deep clean! It's my stress reliever and something that I absolutely love to do. I know, I'm probably crazy, but I'll take it.

I forgot to take the actual before pictures; I was just too excited to have something that needed my talent of cleaning to apply to it! (I told you, I'm insane)

The first thing I did was wipe it down with an all purpose cleaner. There were a lot of stains that easily came up with just the simple cleaner. 

The keys were stained and dusty. I tried to just dry dust, but the stains weren't coming up. So I made a very mild soap/water mix. Maybe a drop of soap to a bowl full of water and used a toothbrush to scrub the keys, drying them off immediately after I was done.

The keys on the right are all scrubbed up, while the keys on the left still needed to be cleaned. I was amazed that just that light soap mix got every stain and bit of dust off!

After that was all done, I took the toothbrush and soap mix and really scrubbed every knook and cranny of the piano, getting all the dust out of the area. Then I took some Old English wood polish and polished it until it glowed. Mopsy just had to help with that, and we really made it shine- so much so that you can see your reflection in the top of the piano now!

I am beyond blessed to have received this gift. It does need to be tuned, but that will cost a lot less than a new piano would! Thank you E for listening to His voice and being willing to give this to me. Thank you brother in law for being willing to buy me a new keyboard. Even though I didn't need it, thank you for being willing to bless me in that way. Both of you are such blessings in my life. You'll never know how much I appreciate it!

Until Next Time,

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