The Easy Friday List – June 1

This is my weekly list (posted every Friday) of items that have made my life easier in some measurable way these last seven days. Maybe they can make your life easier too.

Ergonomic seam ripper: The merits of this simple device cannot be overstated. And after just spending two hours ripping out seams from a stupid sewing mistake (%$#*&%!!!!), this thing saved both my hands and my sanity. It’s definitely worth the extra couple of bucks to get a good ergonomic one if you’re using a dinky little one about an inch long.

My seam rippers, the new ergonomic one and the old dinky one.

My seam rippers, the new ergonomic one and the old dinky one. They're sitting on swatches of my Spoonflower fabric.

Seriously? Get a good one. Much less cursing.

The internet: I barely remember life before the internet. What I do remember is a life full of encyclopedias, libraries, text books, old wives’ tales, incomprehensible instructions, general ignorance, and swearing. Remember sewing before the internet? I sew more now because when I run into a problem, I can just hop online and find out what I’m doing wrong. Even better, I can look before I sew something to see what I should do right.

Not that I do that. I tend to swan dive, head first, into a project before examining where I’m diving. This is a reoccurring theme in my crafting endeavors.

Hello topic: I think that the internet is such an overlooked tool. It’s everywhere. It’s cheap. And we all have it and use it so much, we don’t really think about how wonderful it truly is.

Kitchen-Aid stand mixer: I’m making pumpkin strudel this weekend. I figure, I’m mowing the grass this weekend and I deserve some pumpkin strudel. With ice cream. Careful! Don’t drool on your keyboard.