Friday, July 16, 2021

New Website URL

 I have had the domain for almost 10 years now.  I don't use this blog as much as my Cabbage Patch blog and I feel that paying for a domain that I rarely use is a waste of money.  So once my domain subscription runs out, my new blog address will be  This is the name of the blog that I started before I had the domain.  The change won't be in affect until February 2022.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

How to Upload Images to Instagram on Your Laptop

 I recently started a new Instagram account that I wanted all my cabbage patch patterns uploaded to.  It was going to be a hassle to save each one onto my phone just to be able to upload, so I found a very easy way to do it from my laptop!  You don't have to download anything, just follow the instructions on this blog.  Right click anywhere on the instagram page, then click "inspect."  When a window pops up, there is a picture of a phone/tablet (or Ctrl+Shift+M).  Click that.  You're good to go.

Here's my new Instagram account:

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Windows Open Live Writer with Windows 10

I used to use Windows Live Writer for writing my blog all the time.  It's so much easier than using blogger because you can position the photos exactly where you want.  Then it stopped working, so I uninstalled it. But, then I realized that I had a draft post saved on my computer that I had used with Windows Live Writer.  It was pretty lengthy and had a lot of photos.  I didn't want to lose it, so I had to download it again.  The Live Writer that is available in the Windows app store does not work at all.  It will not connect to the blogger account.  I would get an error message that said, "Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app."  So I googled the problem and found one that works.


Screenshot 2021-03-04 082026Download Open Live Writer

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Remote Desktop with your iphone on Windows 10 Home

My laptop is normally in my living room, plugged in because the battery does not last long.  My printers are in my bedroom/office/craft room.  I scan a lot of patterns and print a lot of things, so I am always going back and forth from the living room to the bedroom.  I wanted a way to remotely control my computer with my iphone so that I didn't have to keep going back and forth.
First I googled it and found out that I have to have Windows 10 PRO instead of HOME.  I was about to pay the $99 to upgrade my Windows to Pro.  I even asked the Dell chat representative if there was another way to remotely access my computer with my phone.  After a half hour of searching, he said there was no way.  So I googled it again and found TEAM VIEWER!  It is completely free (unless you use it commercially)!  I downloaded it onto my computer and onto my phone and voila!  I can now be in the bedroom scanning things with my phone instead of going back and forth.  It is so nice!  And it's easy!  I am so glad I didn't pay the $99 to upgrade.

Download for computer

Download for iphone

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Sleep Number Mattress Review iLE (Limited Edition) 360 Smart Bed

My husband and I had the same mattress for 22 years. We have had back problems and sleeping problems. He normally wakes up about five times a night and I am constantly tossing and turning. So we decided to give Sleep Number a try. The main reason we wanted the Sleep Number is because my husband is a heavy man and I am a pretty small woman, compared to him. So whenever he would get in bed, the bed would sink down where he was and it would cause me to roll towards him. For this reason, I wanted a firmer bed. But he wanted a softer bed. So we figured with the Sleep Number, we would both get what we want.

We went to a local Sleep Number store on Black Friday and tried out all the beds. I am so glad that we did because each bed feels so different! I almost wish that the salesman wouldn’t have even told us which bed was what so we could just try them all and find out which one we like the best without thinking about the price or anything else.

Amazingly, the bed both of us liked the best was an iLE 360 Smart bed, the most expensive bed. Luckily, it was 50% off. We also bought the base and frame, which was unfortunately not on sale.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Fitbit Inspire 2 Vs. Apple Watch Series 6 (ECG and Sleep recordings)

 Last year I purchased the Fitbit Inspire 2 (lilac color) basically to track my sleep and heartrate.  I had been feeling exhausted (and still am) and wondered if the sleep feature would show me anything.  Also, I have had heart palpitations and so I thought it could show me something on that as well.  I thought I would see that I toss and turn and hardly sleep all night long.  I thought it would show my heart beating at 175bpm like my Homedics blood pressure monitor showed.  I was so wrong.  The Fitbit app DOES show amounts of time sleeping/awake, what my heartrate was throughout the night, and what my average bpm is throughout the night and day, BUT it only shows my heartbeat every 5 MINUTES! That does not help me when my heart palpitations only last 30 seconds.  And as far as sleep goes, there's been times when I was awake for an hour but the Fitbit app showed I was sleeping during that entire hour.  So it was not 100% accurate.

Finding an Apple Watch Sleep App Comparable to the Fitbit App

In my previous post, I compare the Fitbit Inspire 2 with the new Apple Watch Series 6.  My purpose for wearing fitness bands was to track heartbeat and sleep.  Since the Health App that comes with an iPhone is not the greatest (pretty pitiful, actually) for tracking sleep, I downloaded several sleep apps to find the one closest to the Fitbit app.  The Fitbit app is very thorough.  It shows all the stages of sleep (REM, Light, Deep, and time awake.)  It also shows restoration (with paid Premium service) and gives a sleep score based on amount of time asleep, Deep and REM sleep, and restoration heartbeat.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Creating Dashed Lines and Curves in Photoshop CS5

I have been making a lot of doll sewing patterns using Photoshop CS5.  I've been having a lot of trouble making the dashed seam lines actually look good.  I see other digital patterns for sale with perfect, uniform dash lines.  I searched everywhere online, including YouTube, to find a way to do it in CS5.  I found tutorials for the newer Photoshop and even Illustrator, but not CS5.  I came really close to just purchasing CS6 (on ebay for around $100) or the new CC for $9.99 a month (which I think is ridiculous because after a few years, you've spent hundreds of dollars on it, when I purchased CS5 for $40 when I was a student.)  Anyway, I FINALLY found the solution!  And now I am sharing it with you.  I have a YouTube video on it here.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Over the Oven Towel Hangers (Toppers) and Oven Mitts

With our new kitchen, I wanted something to match and look really nice.  I made some over the oven towel hangers (towel toppers) and matching oven mitts.  The mitts I had before were from Pampered Chef and I loved them.  They were double thick terry cloth.  So I found some patterns online.