Archive for August, 2010

Mine Falls Park

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Mine Falls Park, Nashua, NH

Mine Falls Park in Nashua, NH is one of the best kept secrets of the city. It’s a 325-acre park that is great for walking, biking, boating, fishing, and cross-country skiing.

The trails are VERY well taken care of. They are neat, clean, and set up in very interesting ways. There’s always something new to look at, whether it’s the bog, bridges over the water, or tunnels under the streets. Some trails are short, others long, and each has its own special features and characteristics. You can spend an hour or a day depending on what you want to do.

I biked on the bog trail and enjoyed every minute of it. It was a nice ride in the woods to start, and then it opened up into the conservation sanctuary bog with tons of wildlife — birds, ducks, fish, frogs, waterlilies, and much more. There’s a platform observation area that faces out into the main bog, and there are bridges over various points in the waterways that you can cross and stop on for more views up and down the waterways.

There is also a trail that has the boat landing and a waterfall, but I didn’t get a chance to do that trail yet. When I do, I will update this article.

For now, here is a slideshow of some pictures I took on this ride: Mine Falls Park, Aug. 14th.

Click for the official Mine Falls Park page on the Nashua Web site. This site contains maps of the trails and more information about the park amenities.

This is now one of my new favorite places to bike and just generally hang out. There’s so much to do and see — You can just really get lost in the day!

Fabric Organization

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Bags and piles and boxes, oh my!

At some point in everyone’s project list, there comes a time when the fabric stash has taken over the closet.  This recently happened to me, and before I knew it, I bought doubles of fabric that I already had because I just wasn’t organized.  That bugged me to no end…

So, what to do?  How do you organize all of that stuff in the bags and boxes and scrap piles that you’ve been collecting for years?  Especially when we quilters KNOW that we overbuy when we’re starting a project so we can have leftovers for other scrappy projects…

I looked into using bins, shelves, buckets, and other systems, but they still seemed messy, and it was hard to see in a few glances what you have.  It still required some digging.

Online, I found a resource that sells fabric organizers.  GREAT idea!  Put them on plastic cards that mimic the bolts in the store!

The only problem is that they cost megabucks $$$, and for the sizes of the fabrics they show, they’re all around the same yardage to make the pictures look nice and neat.  That 1/2 yard is NOT going to be the same bulk as the 4 yards I just bought.  From what I can tell, you aren’t even going to be able to GET 4 yards onto those cards.  What to do?  What to do?

Make your own!  Instead of paying about $2 per card for store-bought ones, I decided to cut my own from an inexpensive piece of foam board.  The foam board is sturdy and holds a lot of fabric.  At just $2.99 per board, I get 8 pieces to wrap my fabric around.  Bargain prices and sturdier to boot…  I like that!

I cut them to be 15″ x 5″, but the beauty of making your own is that you can cut the foam board to be any size you want!  So, for fat quarters, pick a size that works for you.  For lots of yardage, cut a bigger board.  I even put more than one fabric onto a board.

These can be totally cut to fit any shelves you already have, so no need to go buy something special. 

Nice and neat!  It works!