Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sizzix eClips2 Cutting Machine and Tons of Accessories - $700 Worth! Only $250 for sale now

 














I am letting this go for a deal. Over $700 worth of product here!  Great for scrapbooking, card-making, creating custom clothing, etc.   I had it listed a couple years ago but decided to keep it and bought more stuff for it.  This time, I really need to sell it.  I haven't hardly used it.  It's like brand new, in the box, with all the paperwork and cords.  Just hook it up to your computer and start cutting whatever design you want!  Software (included) allows you to create any cutting design out of an image, custom-make your own image, edit an existing image, and create words with the font that is on your computer  Download tons of free fonts at dafont.com.  Also includes a disk with over 3,000 designs on it.  Most everything is brand new.  I accept paypal, venmo, cash-app.  No checks.  I have links on each item so you can see the prices for each.

Find me on facebook if interested.

Includes:

Item

Condition

Retail Price

Sizzix eClips 2 Cutting Machine (Includes machine, power cord, usb cord, blade cartridge and blade [free eCal Lite software download]) $344.99

Like New

$344.99

(2) 24” Cricut Cutting Mats ($20.99 total)

Not in good shape, I had to cut on them to fit them in the machine

$20.99

(7) 12” cutting mats $10.99 ea. ($76.93 total)

All but one is in near-mint condition.  Some I have not even used.

$76.93

(1) 12" Fabric Cutting Mat $19.99

I may have used it once.

$19.99

(1) Extra Blade Cartridge $31.76

Used, but good condition

$31.76

(5) Packs of Extra Blades (2 blades per pack, total of 10 extra blades) $11.99 each (59.95 total) (plus one that is in the machine.)

New

$59.95

(1) Cricut Deep Blades (pack of 2) $17.49

New

$17.49

(1) Pen Holder Pack (with 5 sizes) $28.99

Used, but good condition

$28.99

(1) Disk with nearly 3,000 SVG files (worth over $100)

New

$100.00

TOTAL

$701.09


Here are some things I made with it:














Thursday, July 29, 2021

I'm Dyeing Again--Dyeing Fabric, That Is

I recently purchased some Martha Nelson Thomas Doll Baby pre-sewn bodies from the 1980s. I also bought some Windsor Comfort fabric from etsy. It was called Pale Fawn. When it arrived, I was surprised at how white it was--nothing like the doll fabric. So I decided to buy some Rit DyeMore fabric dye for synthetic fabric. 

I used a large 12-quart stainless steel pot with 1.5 gallons of water, brought to a boil and 1 yard of fabric. I added a tiny squirt of dishsoap once it came to a boil, then added the dye, then the dry fabric.

First I tried 0.6ml each Sandstone and Apricot Orange. It wasn't the right color. 

So using the already dyed fabric, I tried 1.2ml each Red, Sandstone, and Apricot Orange. It was close to the same color but a little too orange. 

Then I tried 0.2ml red, and 1.2ml sandstone to the non-dyed piece of fabric. It did not change the color at all, as though the dye did not work.  I don't know if maybe the bottles had the wrong dye in it or what.  I tried it again and still, nothing changed.  So I came to conclusion that the sandstone and red were faulty.

Then I tried .6ml just apricot orange.  It was just a tad too light.  So I put it in again with a new batch of .6ml apricot orange.  It changed very slightly.  Here are the photos of the end results of the fabric next to a sample of Dolskin Flesh fabric, Windsor Comfort Flesh (no longer available), Windsor Comfort Pale Fawn, and the Presewn Doll Baby body...



The fabric that I dyed the first time, that I thought was too orange looks almost exactly like the Windsor Comfort Flesh.  The fabric that I dyed .6ml apricot once looks almost identical to the Dolskin Flesh.  After dyeing it a second time with the .6ml apricot looks very close to the Presewn Doll Baby body.  It is very hard to capture the correct color on camera and to match it on different screens since screens display colors differently.  I am really amazed at how close it came in color with just using apricot.  I suppose flesh tones are more of an orange color, after all.

Friday, July 16, 2021

New Website URL

 I have had the domain sewinspiredllc.com 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 creative-mom-projects.blogspot.com.  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: https://www.instagram.com/cpkdiana/



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.