Trent’s Birthday

Today is my son, Trent’s 34th birthday. Here is a picture of him 30 years ago. Isn’t he a cutie!!

I made him a seasoning & snack pack that included 4 seasonings (Crazy Herb, Garlic & Chive, Turkish and Spicy Indian), 2 popcorn containers, microwave popcorn and a can of chips.

Since I did not have a plain gift bag large enough, I took this brown bag

and printed a birthday cake. Then glued it onto the bag.

I have been able to get all my homemade and hand crafted gifts completed on time this year. I have also been making hand colored cards with my thoughts printed on them. Just another personal touch.

 

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Thread the Needle Day

Today I think I will thread the needle on my sewing machine. I haven’t been motivated lately but I need to do some mending and work on some projects. Today I will be fixing a dog bed, repairing some grocery bags and maybe even work on the denim seat for a wicker chair. The last time I worked on mending I got almost everything completed. Hopefully I will be just as successful today.

That being said I also need to work on my son’s birthday present. I will be doing a snack pack similar to the one I did for Fathers Day. I will be providing 4 seasonings with popcorn & potato chips. I think he will really like the gift as he does enjoy to cook and these seasonings can be made into a dip or a dressing for salad. I’ll try to share more later in the week.

Popcorn Snack Pack

For Fathers Day, I decided to make a Popcorn Snack Pack for my dad. I was looking for the classic popcorn containers like at the movies but couldn’t find any. When I ran across these small pails, I thought they would work wonderfully.  Red and white is perfect.  I then printed the word “POPCORN”  and attached them to the pails.  They turned out great.

Everything in this snack pack was purchased at my local dollar store except the seasoning jar and the small baseball cap. I chose the baseball cap because my father had a men’s softball team – and even a field – years ago.  I know he loves the game. To add a more personal touch, I made a Crazy Herb popcorn seasoning (I’ll share the recipe tomorrow). So for around $10, I was able to get this cute and personalized gift for Dad. Sure hope he enjoys the treats.

National Sewing Machine Day

Since today is National Sewing Machine Day, maybe I should spend some time sewing.  I do need to mend a cat bed, a shirt, a pair of jeans and a chair seat.  Sounds like a good plan. I had a good day yesterday when I finished my fathers popcorn & snack bag for Fathers Day.  I’ll share pictures later this week. Maybe I’m finally getting into the swing of things again.

*Observed annually on June 13 is National Sewing Machine Day.  This day honors the invention of the sewing machine.  It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch.

Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790.  It was intended for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found.  In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model. The London Science Museum currently owns Wilson’s model.

  • Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832.
  • John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.

 

 

*https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-sewing-machine-day-june-13/