For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
~Edwin Way Teale
Do you ever have days when you can never seem to get to where you want to be? Every time I headed for the sewing room I remembered something else that needed to be done - forgot to look up a recipe, have to start another load of wash, time to empty the dishwasher, take a bit of time to chat with the guy from down the street that takes care of our front lawn, etc, etc, etc. That's how my day went yesterday. I never did get to sit in front of my sewing machine. Hopefully today will be better. Do you have any plans for the weekend?
LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY
With Halloween just around the corner, thoughts of scary things come to mind and one of those is Frankenstein. Well, unless of course you remember the movie, Young Frankenstein, and then it is a memory of fun and laughter. Here are a few interesting facts about the original Frankenstein:
* Despite common depictions, the monster of the book was not green with bolts sticking out of his neck. Dr. Frankenstein carefully assemble his creature to be attractive; however, once the monster was alive, he was described as having yellowish eyes, long black hair, “shriveled complexion,” “straight black lips,” and yellow skin that “scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath.”
* Victor Frankenstein was based on a real person – Johann Konrad Dippel. Born in Castle Frankenstein in Germany, he was a doctor who experimented with reanimating dead animals and corpses in hopes of achieving immortality.
* The young Mary Godwin, later wed to poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen.
* Frankenstein is a German name meaning, "stone of the Franks".
* Frankenstein was released anonymously in 1818, and was originally sub-titled: The Modern Prometheus.
* Frankenstein’s monster has appeared on the US postage stamp twice! In 1997 and in 2002.
Isn't it adorable!?! The theme this month is "Spooky" and Vickie certainly did a wonderful job following it. From the darling ghost to the spider he's holding to the fabric she used - I love it all! Thank you so very much, Vickie!!
BEAM N READ
Recently I was contacted by ASF Lightware Solutions and asked to review their Beam N Read. I can honestly say that I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who needs more light while stitching, sewing, or doing about any kind of hand work.
Here are the pros:
* Light exactly what you are working on without causing distraction for anyone else in the room (my DH really liked this)
* Comfortable to wear around the neck - light weight
* Can angle the light in several different positions
* Totally hands free and doesn't get in the way
* Uses 4 standard AA batteries, not one of the fancy round batteries that are impossible to find
* This will be great to use while traveling in the car - I can even stitch when it's dark out now :)
* Not overly expensive
I really didn't have any cons other than the strap could use a clipping mechanism rather than just being stretchy. I had to have the strap adjusted up enough that it messed my hair when I took it off - that's what happens when you don't have much of a bust for the light to sit on - lol!
Beam N Read lights offer a range of included and optional accessories not available with other personal
lights. Accessories, depending on the model, include clip-on color filters to warm and soften the light
and clip-on magnifiers. AC and DC power adapters are optional accessories. The result is a product that
is one of the most versatile and economical, hands free LED lights available.
I will be holding a sponsored giveaway for a Beam N Read next month. However, if you would like to purchase this functional light before then, it is available from readinglight.com and Amazon.