G Freden

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Recent posts by G Freden

I don't know if it will help your color, but I very occasionally do a vinegar rinse to get rid of hard water build up in my hair.  I don't use anything else in my hair, just water only: no shampoo, conditioner or baking soda.  

I take a little plastic cup into my bath, put in a ratio of about 10:1 water:vinegar and very carefully pour it onto my scalp;  I let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out.  I prefer to do this in the bath as I feel the water fully penetrates all through my hair in the way the shower doesn't.  

I use the cheapest vinegar I can get at the shop which in my case is malt vinegar.  I will add that after a vinegar rinse my hair will feel greasy while I'm running my fingers through it in the bath, but when it dries it feels clean and fluffy, not greasy at all.
2 weeks ago
Here is a video;  I follow these techniques mainly, but more of using my long distance vision than "print pushing."  I do a little bit, but I find three hours a day is a lot more reading than I have time for.
2 weeks ago
I started wearing slightly undercorrected lenses a couple of years ago, and have been gradually getting better eyesight.  I also stopped wearing my long distance glasses for anything close up.  I have a pair of glasses for using at the computer (not reading glasses, just much less strong long distance glasses) and I just take glasses off completely for looking at my phone--not a smart phone--or for reading a book.

I can buy my glasses online fairly cheaply and have been just going down -0.25 diopter maybe twice a year.  Started out at -5.00 in each eye, down to -3.75 now.  Maybe I won't need them in a few more years?
2 weeks ago

Elena Wulf wrote:I actually love to belt my lighter weight dresses, but these are pretty bulky/stiff.  
I really want a more flowy skirt- well, as flowy as I can get with fabrics like this.    I really dislike slits.

If you are set on changing the skirts, is it possible to combine them?  Are there two that are the same, or similar enough that you can take the skirt off one to combine it with another?  

To me, it sounds like they aren't your style and will require a lot of alteration as they are.  Maybe you can take them apart completely and recut (and/or combine) to a pattern of your choosing?
4 weeks ago
First thought:  to make these more flattering can you just cinch them in at the waist with a belt or sash?  No belt loops needed.  I have a narrow purple belt just for wearing with my shift dresses to show that I still have a waist

In my opinion, a short slit at the back or side of the skirt ought to give it enough movement for walking, and be the easiest and least obtrusive of any alteration.  
4 weeks ago
One suggestion is to cut out the whole waistband and sew on a new one with new elastic.  I have done this;  I've also replaced a waistband with a half-elastic back (front half of the waistband has no elastic, just lies flat;  back has elastic).  I looked this up on youtube.  

Most of my clothes are good quality too, but I bought them all secondhand.  Since I didn't pay a lot for them, I'm willing to experiment on them

Another thing I've done is taken an elastic hair band and tied the two back belt loops together with it.  All of my tops cover my back waistband, so no one notices.  Much quicker and easier than replacing it!  Comfortable too, and easily undone if needed.
4 weeks ago

r ranson wrote:Sewing machine oil is my preference over something with a sticky residue like wd40. Wd40 is good for getting old machines moving,  but can lock up later if not rinsed off with a light oil like sewing machine oil.  It's really hard to fix when that happens.

I'll let you know if that happens
1 month ago

Jane Mulberry wrote:... smaller Chaenomeles as well...

I have a very pretty red flowering Chaenomeles.  However, I think the fruit is absolutely horrible :)  Even stewed with a load of sugar it's unacceptably bitter, and is so hard it takes ages to cook soft.  And I know it can't be just me, because I've even found fallen fruit in the spring that is still sound.  Nothing wants to eat it!

I know it is commercially grown in other parts of the world, hopefully a more palatable variety than mine.  And despite the fruit it's a nice little shrub;  the flowers are delightful in spring and it provides cover for birds, being a bit tangled and spiky.  I'll just be staying away from that awful fruit.
1 month ago
My Janome sewing machine is nearly 20 years old and was starting to really drag.  It made a lot of noise, it kept catching and I'd have to manually turn the wheel to get it going again:  it was just slow and not fun to use.

I can't really afford to have it professionally serviced, which of course is the ideal.  It is also not supposed to be oiled.  But...I did it myself anyway.  I managed to tease off the outer case (an extremely frustrating and time consuming battle), brush all the dust off the moving parts with paint brushes, and then spray everywhere with WD-40.  It was still greasy inside, by the way, after 20 years.  And not too dusty, surprisingly.  

The result?  It moves freely now and is quiet again.  The bad news is that I somehow got it stuck on straight stitch and I can't face taking it apart again to try and get the stitch selector dial turning (the other dials still work: stitch length and tension).  I don't think it was the oiling that got that dial stuck, but I can't rule it out entirely.
1 month ago
I've done this too with seeds from shop-bought fruits.  Successes:  quince, peach, nectarine.  Also some hazels which I picked from a local cemetery.  However, only the quince saplings are still alive;  I should have watered the hazels better after transplant, and the peaches and nectarines were all stricken with peach leaf curl.  I do still have one sad small peach in a planter still, but I don't think it'll ever amount to anything and is not worth planting out because it's so susceptible to the leaf curl.  Lessons have been learned...

Like Nancy I simply sowed them in pots/planters outside over winter.  I put the hazel seeds way up high to protect them from mice (successfully--I'm still disappointed in myself for neglecting them afterward).  I grew them all on in those planters for a year before transplanting.  My remaining survivors--the two quinces--are still young but I have high hopes for them
1 month ago