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Rice vs Flax. Which is warmer?

rice vs flax

Last winter when I was all done making my rice bag warmers a friend told me that using flax seed was actually warmer.  This was news to me and intriguing since I feel like I’m having to rewarm my rice bag warmers way too often.  So I went on Amazon and bought a few pounds of organic flax seeds.

This winter I made a flax seed warmer and honestly couldn’t tell if it lasted longer.  So I decided to get all sciencey and run an experiment.  I made 2 round bag warmers out of the same fabric and filled one with 2 cups of organic sushi rice and one with 2 cups of flax.  Then I microwaved one for 1 minute and measured the temp with my kitchen meat thermometer every few minutes.  I repeated the same process with the other one.

They both came out of the microwave just under 150 degrees (Rice: 147, Flax 149).  At the 5 minute mark Rice had lost 15 degrees and Flax had lost 25 degrees.  Things weren’t looking that great for Flax.

The final verdict?  At the 25 minute mark, the rice bag was 5 degrees warmer than the flax bag (Rice: 110, Flax: 105).  This is about the temperature that I would be rewarming the bag so this is where I stopped measuring.

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Flax does have some advantages:  It’s lighter and feels nicer since the grains are smaller.
The biggest disadvantage to flax is it’s smell.  I’ve gotten used to it but my kids continue to complain about the smell when I pull it out of the microwave.  A new rice bag smells after the first few uses, but gets less and less smelly with use.  Flax doesn’t seem to change.

Summary:

  • Rice holds it’s warmth slightly better than flax.
  • Flax smells worse and the smell lasts longer than rice.
  • I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with all my extra flax seeds.

From Fabric to Floppy Bag

I thought it would be fun to do a little before and after shot of my last bag.  I might even call it a fabric makeover – from frumpy to fabulous.  😂

floppy bag before

There is just one thing missing from the supply shot.  Any guesses?

floppy bag after

I was so happy to discover that my camera allows me to connect to my phone so in the “after” shot I’m actually holding my phone to take the picture.  As a mom of 3 boys who absolutely do NOT want to model a bag, I am honestly quite thrilled!

I’ve been experimenting with natural leather for the straps and am really liking it. Due to my chemical sensitivities it is really the only one I can tolerate working with.

So there you have it:  Floppy Library Tote with Natural Leather Straps.

Anni Rose Quilt

I’m in love with this patchwork design!  This is the 4th baby quilt I’ve made with it.  Simple rectangles that are large enough to show off some pretty prints.  Anni Rose 2Anni Rose 3Anni Rose 4Anni Rose Quilt

And a lovely ruffle.

Just a little post about how much I enjoy photography and how happy I am that Photoshop can take my normal-looking pictures and make them look better.

A few years ago, in an attempt to take better pictures for this blog, I got my first DSLR camera.  Now, 8 years later, I’m on my 3rd camera and finding photography to be almost as therapeutic as sewing.  I wanted to share this photo that I took for my website and show just how awesome it is to be able to make my shots SO MUCH BETTER in Photoshop.

Here’s the original photo:

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Here’s the final:

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And here’s a GIF of the two:

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A couple of my favorite photography youtubers:
The Bite Shot – Food photography tips that I find carry over well to craft photography
Peter McKinnon – Fun, entertaining Photoshop tutorials

Find my Photography Instagram @SnapPaperScissors.

Now please feel free to GO MAKE SOMETHING and then take a picture of it!

Quilted Camera Strap Covers

It started with a friend asking me to maker her a camera strap.
“Sure!” I said. It sounded straightforward enough.
She loved it.
Then I realized I needed a new strap so I made one for myself.

camera strapBut who could just stop at 2 straps?
I made a bunch – 12, I think – and these are the ones I have left.

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And after all the pink and green, I felt like a blueish one was in order.

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Quilts + Cameras = a great combination!

I listed these in my Etsy shop.

Gingham Double-sided Gauze Dress

I don’t have any daughters but after this sweet girl was born I was given a goddaughter which is probably the next best thing.  And let’s be honest – it’s much more fun to sew for girls! This dress is from a Cotton Friend mook (magazine book) made from double-sided gingham gauze.  The gingham on one side is smaller than the gingham on the other.  I love this fabric so much.  It’s deliciously soft and thicker than you’d think.  I got it in a Japanese fabric shop in Taipei.

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I finished off the raw edges rather than fold the seams because they felt too bulky that way.  Plus the pattern pieces didn’t seem big enough to lose the seam allowance.  The instructions were in Japanese so who knows – maybe the seam allowance wasn’t included.

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I loved this project.  I sewed it deep into the night when I was jetlagging.  I think I finished it before I went to sleep at 5am.  We’ve been back from Taipei for a couple of weeks now and I think I’m finally back on schedule.  It’s good to be home.

Baby Boy Quilt via Ikea

I guess that technically it isn’t cheater fabric, but when I saw this toddler duvet cover at Ikea I figured it would be a quick and easy baby boy quilt.  Well, a quicker and easier quilt since quilting is never quick or easy.

zachary1It had to be quick since baby Zachary was born a few weeks ago.

Honestly, I don’t know about this quilt.  I’m a little embarrassed to say that if I saw it in a Pottery Barn catalog I’d love it, but if I got it handmade for one of my kids I might feel sort of indifferent about it.  I do like it enough to gift it so I’m gifting it in the hope that it gets worn out with good use.

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Happy birthday baby Zachary!

 


Craft Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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