Enter the Amp Up Your Accessories Contest from CraftStylish and The Sewing Republic Sponsored by Bernina and you could win $250 of City Girl Fabric! The contest is super easy to enter, just upload a photo of your favorite purse, scarf, belt, jewelry or other accessory project before midnight on May 21, 2010. Enter as often as you like and be sure to include a description of your project and the materials used. The winner will be announced on May 31, 2010. Good luck!
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If you have a website or a blog for your business then you have a very valuable asset that you need to make plans to protect in case something should happen to you. Even if you don’t yet have a website, you likely have an email account in addition to PayPal, eBay, Facebook, Twitter and other online banking and brokerage accounts that no one but you knows how to access. In the event that something happens to you, would your family or your employees be able to access your business website, email, or other online accounts? If not, it could mean the immediate end of your business, or at a minimum, lots of time and trouble to try and re-gain access to these things.
As an example, I belong to a local parents of multiples group and I somehow became nominated to handle the group’s website, only to find out that the domain name was registered in a previous member’s name who has long since moved away. Because we cannot locate her and the email address it was registered under is no longer valid, we now have no control over the domain name and no authority to transfer it or make any changes. The registrar will ONLY accept our payment each year to renew the name. We’ve been trying to get the name back for over a year now and we’re still working on the problem.
Another personal example is a local family of a U.S. Marine who was killed in action. The family wanted to save his emails so they could remember him in his own words, but they were denied access to his Yahoo! account for privacy reasons and the account was later deleted and lost forever.
Make it easier for your loved ones and your employees to carry on by creating a way to store your usernames, passwords, and account information to pass on after your death or incapacitation. There are several services that will take care of this for you such as AssetLock.net where fees range from $9.95/year or $59.95/lifetime for a basic account to $79.95/year or $239.95/lifetime for an Ultra (unlimited) account, and LegacyLocker.com where you can get an account for $29.99/year or $299.99/lifetime.
Alternatively, you can write up your own list of usernames and passwords along with all of your account information and leave it in a safe deposit box or other safe place – just be sure to let your beneficiaries know where they’ll be able to find the information.
In celebration of Earth Day today many businesses are promoting special deals, coupons and sales – all my favorite things! Here are some worth checking out:
Amazon – “Read, Reuse, Recycle” program gets you up to 34% off Earth Day reads for kids and adults.
Appliance Rebate Programs – Many states have scheduled their rebate programs around Earth Day. The Alabama rebate program has already given away half of the $4 million they have available since April 19th. Check with your state for more information on how to get a rebate of between $25 and $150 when you buy a new energy saving appliance. Unfortunately, Florida has already exhausted its $17+ million budget.
Babies ‘R Us – Fill A Bag Sale, get 25% off all clothing and shoes you can fit in “R” Reusable bag, plus you get the reusable bag for free.
Chic-Fil-A – Earth Day is Receipt Day at our local restaurants, buy anything at Chic-Fil-A today, bring the receipt back in May and get the same order again for FREE!
CVS – get your Green Bag Tag for free this week. Usually 99 cents, it’s a tag that you attach to a reusable bag and have scanned each time you visit the store. Every 4th visit/scan earns you 1 ECB. I already have mine but am planning to get another to pass along to someone else.
Disney Stores – get a free baseball cap when you toss six empty plastic water bottles into a bin.
Fabric.com – All the best eco-friendly products on sale – save 25% on organic and eco-friendly products, no coupon required.
GraveyardMall – Deal of the day is ten pair of women’s sunglasses for only $9.99 plus $5.99 shipping. I’ve done this deal in the past and they’re awesome!
Hancock Fabrics – Huge Earth Day sale including 99 cent McCall patterns, 50% off bamboo fiber, batting and pillow forms, and you can use coupon code EFVYV to take $5 off a $50 online order.
Kroger – submit a design for a reusable grocery bag through May 21st for a chance to win a $1,000 grocery card and see your bag design for sale in the store.
National Parks – National Parks Week is also this week and entry to all 392 U.S. National Parks is free from April 17th through the 25th.
Safeway – get a free reusable grocery bag when you purchase $40 in groceries.
Walgreens – offering $1 ink jet refills today.
There are several ways to finish the waistline of skirts and slacks. The straight waistband is the most familiar and the most popular, but a stretch waistband or a simple facing may be used. The pattern will specify a waistline treatment, but a different finish can often be substituted if desired.
Straight waistbands are a stable inflexible finish. They are made to fit the body’s waist measurement plus some allowance for wearing ease.
Stretch waistbands are flexible and can be used on knit or woven fabrics. They can be made of a combination of fabric and elastic or of a decorative elastic. If a stretch waistband is to be used on a garment without a zipper, the hips should be no more than 10 inches larger than the waist – if the difference is greater, the garment will not pull over the hips and still fit the waist snugly.
A facing provides a clean, smooth finish that does not extend above the waistline edge. Made of a lightweight fabric, it can help reduce bulk.
Starting next week, we’ll take each one of the waistbands and facings, including straight waistbands, elastic waistbands, drawstring waistbands, etc and show you how to go through each procedure to make the various types of waistbands.
These “how to” tutorials are an excerpt from our book “Basic Clothing Construction”. This book is a handy addition to have in your sewing room, so you can refer to the various sewing tips and tutorials at any time.