Creative Living With Sheryl Borden #6526

27 minutes

>> "CREATIVE LIVING," UTILIZING TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY WITH THE BEST OF THE PAST TO BRING YOU INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FOR CREATIVE LIFESTYLES IN TODAY'S ACTIVE WORLD, WITH YOUR HOST SHERYL BORDEN. >> I'M SO GLAD YOU JOINED ME TODAY FOR "CREATIVE LIVING." WE'RE GOING TO LEARN TO USE RIBBON IN NEEDLEPOINT DESIGNS. WE'LL TALK ABOUT LIVING A MORE SIMPLE LIFE, OR, AS MY GUEST CALLS IT, LIFE UNPLUGGED. THEN WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE SOME QUICK AND EASY QUILTS FROM FLEECE FABRIC. ONE OF MY GUESTS TODAY IS SANDY GROSSMAN-MORRIS, AND SHE'S GOING TO SHOW HOW TO INCORPORATE RIBBON AS EMBELLISHMENT WHEN DOING NEEDLEPOINT PROJECTS AND DESIGNS. SANDY WILL SHOW SOME EXAMPLES OF RIBBONS THAT WORK WELL, AND SHE'LL ALSO DEMONSTRATE HOW TO MAKE A RIBBON FLOWER WHICH WILL ADD ANOTHER ELEMENT TO YOUR NEEDLEPOINT PROJECT. SANDY'S COMPANY IS SANDY GROSSMAN-MORRIS DESIGN, AND SHE LIVES IN BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA. WE'LL ALSO VISIT WITH SUE HANSEN, AND SHE'S A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER. SUE SAYS--AND I QUOTE-- "AS CRAZY AS IT SOUNDS, IT TAKES A LOT OF ENERGY TO LIVE A SIMPLE LIFE. SHE'S GOING TO EXPLAIN WHAT SHE MEANS BY THIS AND TELL US WHAT STEPS SHE SUGGESTS TO GETTING THAT LIBERATED FEELING. SHE SAYS THAT LIVING MORE SIMPLY CAN BENEFIT US IN MANY WAYS, AND ONE WAY IS SAVING MONEY. SUE'S BUSINESS IS SUE HANSEN SPEAKS, AND SHE LIVES IN MONTROSE, COLORADO. AND WE'LL BEGIN THE SHOW WITH NANCY LOVETT, WHO IS A SEWING INSTRUCTOR FROM ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO. NANCY SAYS THAT PIECING FLEECE TO MAKE QUILTS CAN RESULT IN VERY BULKY QUILTS. SHE'S GOING TO SHOW A NONTRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE THAT REDUCES ALL OF THE BULK AND RESULTS IN A VERY BEAUTIFUL QUILT, AND FLEECE IS SO NICE TO WORK WITH BECAUSE IT DOESN'T RAVEL. SO THAT REDUCES SOME OF THE WORK INVOLVED WHEN PIECING FABRICS TOGETHER. NANCY, YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT HOW WHEN YOU SEW, YOU NEVER THROW A SCRAP AWAY, BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT, WHEN I'VE SEWN WITH FLEECE OR SOME WOOLS AND THINGS, THEY REALLY TAKE UP A LOT OF SPACE, WHICH ALSO CORRELATES TO THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU SEW WITH THEM, THEY'RE BULKY. >> THEY ARE BULKY. POLAR FLEECE SCRAPS TAKE A LOT OF SPACE. SO WHAT WE'VE STARTED TO DO IN ONE OF MY SEWING GROUPS IS, WE CUT UP OUR SCRAPS, AND WE PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER, AND WE'VE BEEN MAKING QUILTS THAT WE DONATE... >> FOR CHARITY. >> FOR CHARITY ON THERE... >> THAT WONDERFUL. UH-HUH. >> AND SO WE HAVE HERE, THIS ONE WAS THE FIRST ONE THAT I TRIED, AND POLAR FLEECE QUILTS ARE BULKY. THEY JUST ARE REALLY BULKY, AND POLAR FLEECE IS SUCH A NICE, SOFT, DRAPEY FABRIC, AND SO THIS TECHNIQUE, YOU BUTT THE PIECES TOGETHER, WHICH I'LL DEMONSTRATE IN A MINUTE, BUT YOU GET RID OF ALL THE BULK SO THAT THE END RESULT IS STILL SOFT AND CUDDLY AND DRAPEY ON THERE. YOU CAN SEE, THESE ARE SOME FUN ONES THAT WE DID FROM OUR COLLECTION THAT EVERYONE DONATED. >> AND, LIKE YOU SAY, USING UP ALL THOSE SCRAPS. JUST CUT THE BLOCKS OUT, THAT'S THE TIME-CONSUMING PART. >> BUT IT GETS RID OF THOSE PILES OF SCRAPS ON THERE. THIS ONE WAS FUN. WE EVEN USED OUR LONG, SKINNY SCRAPS TO DO OUR BORDERS, AND WE ACTUALLY ATTACHED OUR BORDERS USING THE SAME TECHNIQUE. >> AND IT'S VERY STRONG. >> IT'S STRETCHY. IT'S STRONG. POLAR FLEECE DOESN'T RAVEL. >> MM-HMM. >> SO IT'S JUST A DELIGHTFUL TECHNIQUE. NOW, THESE ARE ALL 6-INCH SQUARES THAT WE USED FOR THE QUILTS THAT WE DID THIS YEAR. LAST YEAR, WE DID RAIL FENCES, SO WE WERE ABLE TO USE A LOT OF THE LONGER, SKINNY STRIPS TO BE ABLE TO USE THESE ON THERE. >> BUT THE TECHNIQUE WORKS ON WHATEVER SIZE YOU WANT TO DO. >> NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, AND IT'S JUST A FABULOUS WAY TO GET RID OF ALL THOSE MISCELLANEOUS SCRAPS THAT WE HAPPEN TO COLLECT. WHAT THE KEY WITH THIS IS, THE PRESSER FOOT THAT YOU CHOOSE TO USE, AND I LIKE TO USE THE EDGE STITCH OR THE EDGE JOINING FOOT. A FOOT SIMILAR TO THIS IS AVAILABLE ON ALMOST ANY BRAND OF MACHINE SO THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO DO THIS. THAT GUIDE HELPS YOU KEEP THOSE TWO PIECES TOGETHER WHILE YOU'RE STITCHING ON THERE. THE STITCH THAT YOU CHOOSE, YOU WANT A STITCH THAT SWINGS TO THE LEFT AND TO THE RIGHT. >> SO A SIMPLE ZIGZAG WOULD WORK. >> WOULD WORK ON THERE. THOSE, I THINK, ARE DONE MOSTLY WITH FEATHER STITCH. >> FEATHER STITCH, LOOKS LIKE. >> I'M QUITE ATTRACTED TO THE FEATHER STITCH THESE DAYS. >> THAT'S A LITTLE FANCIER-LOOKING. HA HA! >> IT IS. YOU CAN USE THE PLAIN-COLORED THREAD, VARIEGATED THREADS, FUN THREADS, WHATEVER YOU CAN USE IN THOSE, SERPENTINE STITCH, AS LONG AS THE STITCH SWINGS RIGHT AND LEFT. >> BUT IS IT HARD TO KEEP THEM-- YOU DON'T TAPE THEM UNDERNEATH OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? >> YOU DON'T GE TO PIN. YOU COULD TAPE, I GUESS, IF YOU WANTED TO, BUT WHAT YOU'LL FIND IS THAT IF YOU'RE USING THAT GUIDE TO HOLD THE PIECES TOGETHER, YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION A LITTLE BIT, BUT YOU JUST KEEP THOSE TWO PIECES TOGETHER, AND THE MACHINE, IT SWINGS RIGHT AND LEFT AND CATCHES THOSE PIECES. >> AND WE CAN ADJUST THE MACHINE FOR A WIDER STITCH IF WE WANT. >> MM-HMM. SO WITH THAT OR A CLOSER TOGETHER STITCH AS YOU GO ALONG WITH THAT. >> AND USE CONTRASTING THREAD OR METALLICS, OR I GUESS YOU COULD JUST USE ANYTHING. >> ALL SORTS OF FUN THINGS. NOW, I MENTIONED THAT YOU HAVE TROUBLE PINNING YOUR PIECES WHEN YOU DO THIS. >> UH-HUH. >> I CHAIN PIECE, AND SO I WOULD PUT IN MY NEXT SET OF BLOCKS, AND I WOULD LOOP THOSE... >> NOT CUT AT THE END. UH-HUH. >> AND NOT CUT AT THE END SO THAT, DEPENDING ON HOW LARGE MY QUILT IS GOING TO BE, I WOULD PUT ALL MY PIECES. YOU CAN SEE THAT I'VE LEFT THOSE ATTACHED. >> MM-HMM. >> THEN WHEN I GO TO DO THE NEXT ROW... >> IT HOLDS IT FOR YOU. >> THEY'RE ALL TOGETHER, AND I'LL START HERE AT THE TOP. I'LL RUN DOWN, AND THEY ALL LINE UP, AND IT'S DONE, AND THE SCRAPS ARE USED UP. >> I'M READY TO START THIS WEEKEND. THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO USE UP THESE, AND, LIKE YOU SAY, IT ELIMINATES THE BULK. THAT'S THE BEST PART OF THIS, ISN'T IT? >> IT'S GREAT FUN, AND THE SCRAPS. >> WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH. THIS IS A GREAT TECHNIQUE. >> THANK YOU. >> SUE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING. I ENJOYED HEARING YOU WHEN I HEARD YOU SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE ONCE, AND THEN WHEN I LOOKED AT YOUR WEBSITE AND SAW ALL THE DIFFERENT TOPICS THAT YOU COVER, I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE PERFECT BECAUSE I KNOW OUR VIEWERS CAN RELATE TO MANY OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT, BUT THE ONE THAT YOU CALLED LIVING SIMPLE, OR LIVING UNPLUGGED, BUT YOU SAY, "NOW, THIS IS HARD TO DO," AND AFTER READING MORE ABOUT IT, I REALIZE WE TAKE IT ALL FOR GRANTED. >> MM-HMM, AND I THINK WE KEEP RATCHETING UP OUR LEVEL OF INTENSITY OF LIFE, AND SO I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S GONNA STOP, BUT SOMETIMES I JUST FEEL LIKE I'M ON A TREADMILL--DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT?--AND IF YOU MISS A BEAT, YOU'RE JUST GONNA FALL OFF. >> FALL OFF, UH-HUH, AND THAT EVERY NEW VERSION OF A TECHNOLOGY--CELL PHONE OR AN iPAD OR COMPUTER, WHATEVER--WE THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE IT, EVEN THOUGH IF SOMEONE'D ASK US, THE ONE WE HAVE IS JUST FINE. >> RIGHT, EXACTLY, AND SO YOU HAVE THIS BIG BAG OF OLD CELL PHONES WE NEED NOW, AND THEN WE CAN'T EVEN DISPOSE OF OUR ELECTRONIC STUFF. IT'S JUST GETTING AWAY FROM US. I THINK THE THEORY BEHIND THE LIFE UNPLUGGED, OR LIVING SIMPLE, IS REALLY TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR OWN LIFE AND NOT BEING SO REACTIVE, AND I THINK WE'RE REACTIVE TO LIFE. HERE COMES THE NEW PHONE. "OH, BETTER GET THAT," LIKE WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT, AND SO I THINK YOU HAVE TO MAKE SOME CHOICES, AND LIVING SIMPLE MEANS MAKING CHOICES THAT FIT WITH YOUR LIFE, AND THIS DOESN'T ADDRESS EVERYBODY BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE DO LIVE SIMPLY, BUT, FOR ME, IT REALLY WAS A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS ABOUT HOW I WAS GONNA PROCEED WITH THAT. >> AND WHAT DID YOU DECIDE TO GIVE UP? >> WELL, LET ME TELL YOU HOW I ARRIVED AT IT BECAUSE-- YOU KNOW HOW YOU GET MOST OF YOUR STORIES THROUGH THE CHILDREN? CHILDREN SEEM TO JUST TELL YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT EVERYTHING, AND MY NIECE AND NEPHEW, WHO LIVED IN ARKANSAS, KEPT TELLING ME, "AUNT SUE, YOU NEED TO COME DOWN, AND WE HAVE A BAMBOO FOREST IN OUR BACK YARD," AND--I'M GONNA SOUND LIKE YOU FOR A SECOND NOW--"AUNT SUE, COME TO OUR BAMBOO FOREST," AND I KEPT SAYING, "YOU HAVE A BAMBOO FOREST?" AND THEY WERE, "YES. WE HAVE A BAMBOO FOREST. IT'S EVERYWHERE. YOU HAVE TO COME DOWN AND SEE IT. WE CAN RUN THROUGH IT," AND THEY WERE GOING ON AND ON, AND SO, LONG STORY SHORT, I ENDED UP GOING DOWN TO ARKANSAS. THEY PULLED ME OUT OF THE CAR. "COME SEE THE FOREST." WELL, WHEN I GOT TO THE FOREST, I MEAN, REALLY, THERE WAS A DEFINITE DISCONNECT BETWEEN THEIR FOREST AND WHAT I WAS THINKING FOREST, MAYBE 3 OR 4 TREES OF BAMBOO, BUT TO THEM, THAT WAS THE REALITY, AND IT MADE ME START THINKING THAT WE, AS ADULTS, WE SEEM TO HAVE TO COMPLICATE LIFE, AND I CALL IT UNNECESSARY COMPLICATIONS. WE REALLY DON'T NEED TO, BUT WE CHOOSE TO, AND SO FROM THAT, I STARTED THINKING, THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY TO LIVE LIFE WITHOUT SUCCUMBING TO ALL THE ADVERTISING AND SUCCUMBING TO ALL THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE TELL US WE NEED. >> MM-HMM. >> SO I HAVE A COUPLE OF STEPS. >> UH-HUH. >> FIRST, YOU HAVE TO STEP ASIDE AND REALLY THINK OF WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU. IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE A KID, WHEN WE WERE KIDS, I GUESS IN 1950, SOMEWHERE AROUND THERE, THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD WAS 1,300 SQUARE FEET SMALLER THAN IT IS NOW. SO OUR HOUSES ARE GETTING BIGGER, AND DURING THE SAME TIME, WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS HAPPENED TO THE AMERICAN FAMILY? >> OH, IT'S A SMALLER FAMILY. >> SMALLER. >> I HAD 5 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND, OF COURSE, MY MOTHER AND DAD... >> WHEN YOU WERE A KID. >> UH-HUH, AND WE ALL LIVED IN ONE SMALL HOUSE AND HAD ONE BATHROOM AND NEVER THOUGHT ANYTHING ABOUT IT. WE DIDN'T KNOW. WE ARGUED A LOT, BUT THAT WAS TRUE OF EVERYTHING. >> RIGHT, EXACTLY, BUT SO DURING THAT SAME TIMEFRAME WHERE HOUSES HAVE GOTTEN BIGGER BY ABOUT-- I MEAN, 1,300 SQUARE FEET, THAT'S ABOUT WHAT AN AVERAGE-SIZE HOUSE USED TO BE. THE FAMILY HAS SHRUNK BY ONE WHOLE PERSON. SO JUST THINK ABOUT THAT, THE PERSON IN YOUR FAMILY THAT YOU JUST WOULD REALLY-- NO. HA HA! ONE PERSON. SO WE'RE LIVING IN BIGGER PLACES. WE HAVE SMALLER FAMILIES, AND SO WHAT HAPPENS? AND MOST OF US DID GROW UP IN A ONE-BATHROOM HOUSEHOLD, AND MY CONTENTION IS, WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN THAT ONE-BATHROOM HOUSEHOLD? I MEAN, YOU LEARNED A LOT. WHEN YOU THINK BACK, WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR BROTHERS? >> THAT THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF BANGING ON THE DOOR IF I TOOK VERY LONG. >> SO TIME MANAGEMENT. >> TIME MANAGEMENT. UH-HUH. >> YOU PROBABLY LEARNED A LOT ABOUT CONTROL. >> AND SHARING BECAUSE IF YOU FORGOT TO BRING YOUR OWN THINGS INTO THE BATHROOM, YOU HAD TO SHARE. >> EXACTLY, AND, TO ME, THAT WAS KIND OF THE EPICENTER OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY, AND SO SINCE THAT TIME, OF COURSE, WE ALL HAVE OUR SEPARATE EVERYTHINGS. YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR OWN PHONE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR OWN ROOM. YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR OWN STEREO, AND I'M NOT ANTICONSUMERISM AT ALL. I THINK STUFF IS GREAT, BUT I THINK DURING THE EIGHTIES AND NINETIES, I THINK, WE GOT SORT OF OUT OF PROPORTION, AND I THINK IT'S TIME TO START THINKING BACK ON WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT, SO REALLY FOCUSING ON WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT, WHAT MATTERS MOST IN YOUR LIFE. >> AND THAT'LL BE DIFFERENT FOR ALL OF US. >> IT IS. IT'S DIFFERENT BECAUSE FOR SOME PEOPLE-- THIS IS WHAT I FIND, AND THIS IS, I THINK, WHERE PEOPLE GET STRESSED IS, THERE'S A DISCONNECT BETWEEN WHAT YOU THINK YOUR VALUE SYSTEM IS AND WHAT YOU'RE LIVING. >> OH? >> SO IF YOU SAY YOUR FAMILY IS MOST IMPORTANT BUT YET YOU'RE SPENDING ALL YOUR TIME AT WORK AND NOT SPENDING TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY, THAT WILL CAUSE A DISCONNECT, AND IT'LL CAUSE YOU TO BE STRESSED. >> STRESSED OUT. >> SO I THINK YOU HAVE TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS ABOUT THAT, AND I THINK WE HAVE TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES, LIKE, FOR INSTANCE, WHEN I BUY SOMETHING, I SAY THINGS LIKE, "IS THIS SOMETHING I NEED OR SOMETHING I WANT?" >> MM-HMM. >> AND THOSE DISTINCTIONS CAN HELP BECAUSE WE TEND TO REACT AND WANT TO GET SOMETHING, AND THEN YOU GET HOME, AND YOU THINK, "WELL, DID I REALLY NEED THAT?" SO YOU CAN MAKE SOME BETTER CHOICES THAT WAY, AND I THINK THAT COMES DOWN TO JUST EVEN HOMES, AND IF YOU HAVE A BIG HOME, THEN YOU HAVE TO FILL YOUR HOME, AND THEN YOU HAVE MORE STUFF, AND, REALLY, THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT ARE GETTING RICHER ARE THE STORAGE COMPANY. >> BECAUSE WE GOT TO GET RID OF SOME THINGS AND STORE IT. >> RIGHT. SO THEN YOU HAVE THIS BIG HOUSE. THEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE A STORAGE SHED. SO I THINK WE'RE LOSING OUR WAY A LITTLE BIT, AND I THINK BECOMING UNPLUGGED-- WHICH MEANS YOU HAVE TO TAKE SOME TIME TO SPEND BY YOURSELF, WHICH WE DON'T DO IN OUR SOCIETY--WE'RE ALWAYS CONNECTED. YOU'RE TALKING TO SOMEBODY. YOU'RE DRIVING SOMEWHERE. YOU'RE LISTENING TO MUSIC. I MEAN, WE'RE PLUGGED IN, AND SO WE'RE REALLY NOT SPENDING TIME THINKING ABOUT WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT, AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST NUMBER-ONE STEP OF THINGS TO DO IN TERMS OF GETTING UNPLUGGED FROM THE WHOLE SCENE. >> AND I'M THINKING IN MY HEAD ABOUT A GREAT COMEDY SCENE THAT COULD BE ON TELEVISION WITH A MOTHER OR A DAD ALL PLUGGED IN, LIKE YOU SAY, WITH THEIR iPODS AND THEIR MUSIC AND MAYBE HAVING A LAPTOP COMPUTER GOING WITH SOMETHING ELSE AND, OF COURSE, THE TELEVISION GOING, AND THEY'RE TELLING THEIR NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR, "YES. I QUIT MY JOB SO I COULD SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY." >> LISTENING TO THE SAME MUSIC. THEY'RE NOT. YOU KNOW THEY'RE NOT LISTENING TO THE SAME MUSIC. >> RIGHT. >> SO IT'S A SAD COMMENTARY, AND I THINK WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS ABOUT THAT, AND ANOTHER THING I THINK YOU HAVE TO DO IS, YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT NOT LISTENING TO WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOR DOES, AND MY MOTHER USED TO SAY, "DON'T KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES." I NEVER DID FIND OUT WHO THE JONESES WERE, BUT THE POINT IS WELL-TAKEN, IS THAT YOU GET CAUGHT UP IN THAT AND THEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT NEXT THING AND THEN IT HAS TO BE BETTER. SO WHEN I SAY IT TAKES A LOT OF ENERGY TO BE UNPLUGGED... >> MM-HMM. >> YOU THINK IT WOULDN'T, BUT IT DOES BECAUSE THOSE THINGS ARE SO CAPTIVATING AND ALLURING AND EVERYBODY WANTS THE NEXT iPHONE, BUT DO YOU REALLY NEED THE NEXT iPHONE? >> AND THE ENERGY SAVING COMES AFTER YOU'VE MADE SOME OF THESE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE BECAUSE THEN YOU HAVE TIME TO DO SOME OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU WANTED TO DO. >> EXACTLY, AND IF YOU REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT, IF YOU STOP SPENDING MONEY ON THINGS YOU DIDN'T NEED OR YOU DIDN'T WANT BUT YOU JUST NEEDED, THEN MAYBE IT FREES UP YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION TO BE DEBT-FREE, AND THEN IF YOU'RE DEBT-FREE, YOU HAVE ALL THE FREEDOM IN THE WORLD. >> AND THINK OF THAT STRESS REDUCTION. >> EXACTLY. >> THAT WOULD BE GREAT. >> SO YOU CAN MAKE REALLY A LOT OF CHOICES ONCE THAT HAPPENS. SO I THINK WE JUST NEED TO TAKE CONTROL OVER THOSE THOUGHT PROCESSES AND GET A HANDLE ON IT. >> AND NOT ONLY US, BUT THINK ABOUT OUR KIDS OR, IN MY CASE, MY GRANDKIDS, WHAT THEY DO IN THEIR SPARE TIME, AND YET THEY THINK NOTHING ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE DOING BECAUSE THAT'S ALL THEY'VE SEEN AND SEEN US DO. >> RIGHT, EXACTLY, AND I HAD A FRIEND THAT WAS JUST REALLY STRESSING OUT OVER WHAT KIND OF VACATION THEY SHOULD TAKE THEIR LITTLE CHILDREN ON. I THINK THEY HAD A 6- AND A 4-YEAR-OLD, AND SHE WAS GOING, "WELL, MAYBE WE SHOULD GO TO EUROPE. MAYBE WE SHOULD GO TO PARIS. MAYBE WE SHOULD--" AND I SAID, "THEY'RE YOUNG. GET A CARDBOARD BOX." DO YOU REMEMBER THAT? >> OH, YEAH. UH-HUH. >> YOU PARENTS WOULD GET A NEW WASHER OR REFRIGERATOR, AND THEN ALL THE KIDS WOULD RUN DOWN THE BLOCK TO GET THE BOX, AND THEN THE KIDS PLAYED WITH THE BOX THE WHOLE DAY. >> DECORATE IT AND CUT OUT. >> SO KIDS DON'T NEED THAT MUCH. IT'S REALLY OUR INFLUENCE ON THEM, AND I THINK THEY'LL DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO, AND, YEAH, THERE'S A LOT OF TEMPTATIONS, BUT THERE'S ALWAYS BEEN TEMPTATIONS, IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT. >> CHOICES, IN OTHER WORDS. >> RIGHT. SO YOU HAVE TO MAKE SOME CHOICES ABOUT WHAT FITS BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY, AND I THINK BEING UNPLUGGED, AT LEAST FOR ME, WORKS BEST FOR ME, TO BE A LITTLE BIT UNPLUGGED. >> WHAT'S ONE THING THAT YOU HAVE DONE, YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND HAVE DONE, THAT HAVE REALLY SIMPLIFIED YOUR LIFE? >> WELL, WHEN WE DECIDED TO MOVE BACK TO COLORADO AND BUILD OUR HOUSE, WE DECIDED THAT WE WERE GONNA USE AS MUCH REPURPOSED MATERIALS AS WE COULD. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WERE DOING WAS BUILDING A RETAINING WALL, AND SO MY HUSBAND WAS WORKING UP THE BID FOR THE LUMBER AND EVERYTHING, AND I SAID, "WOW, THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. SURELY, WE COULD FIGURE SOMETHING ELSE OUT." SO WE SAT ON THE BACK PORCH, AND WE THOUGHT, "OK. WHAT WOULD WORK THAT IS ALREADY IN OUR SOCIETY THAT NOBODY WANTS THAT WE COULD USE?" SO WE CAME UPON REFRIGERATORS BECAUSE ONCE YOUR REFRIGERATOR IS DONE, I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT GOES. IS THERE A... >> REFRIGERATOR HEAVEN? >> HEAVEN FOR REFRIGERATORS OR SOMETHING? >> YEAH. >> SO THEY TAKE THE FREON OUT, AND THEY TAKE ALL THE INSIDES OUT, AND THEN HE ESSENTIALLY BUILT A RETAINING WALL, PUT DIRT IN ALL THE-- WE HAVE 21 REFRIGERATORS IN OUR BACK JUST SORT OF SHORING UP THAT AREA... >> WOW. >> AND SO IT COST NOTHING. >> NOTHING. UH-HUH. >> NOTHING. SO SOME OF THOSE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE THOUGHT WOULD BE MORE FUN TO FIND THINGS THAT WERE-- WE SHOPPED IN A LOT OF SECOND-HAND STORES BECAUSE WE WANTED SOME OF THE CHARACTER, NOT JUST EVERYTHING NEW AND SHINY, BUT WE WANTED SOME CHARACTER. SO, AGAIN, PEOPLE COME INTO OUR HOUSE, AND SOME PEOPLE WOULD GO, "OH, YOU DIDN'T GET GRANITE?" AND SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY, "COOL." >> UH-HUH. >> SO EVERYBODY HAS GOT-- >> AND IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THOSE JONESES SAY, ANYWAY. >> IT DOESN'T. >> IT'S WHAT WORKS FOR YOUR FAMILY. >> IT DOESN'T, BUT IT TAKES ENERGY TO KEEP FOCUSED ON, "THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE, AND THIS IS WHAT OUR PURPOSE IS, AND THIS IS WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO US," AND THAT'S WHERE THE ENERGY COMES IN TO RESIST ALL THAT TEMPT. >> OK. LIVING SIMPLE, OR LIFE UNPLUGGED. >> I THINK ABOUT THIS BIG PLUG. >> UH-HUH. PULL IT OUT. HA HA! THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SUE. SANDY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US TODAY. YOU HAVE DONE NEEDLEWORK, NEEDLEPOINT WORK, FOR A LONG TIME, BUT HASN'T IT SORT OF REVIVED AND REVOLVED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS? >> IT ABSOLUTELY HAS, SHERYL. WE'RE HAVING A LOT MORE FUN WITH NEEDLEPOINT. IT'S NOT JUST YOUR TYPICAL TENT STITCH ALL THE WAY THROUGH. WE HAVE LOTS OF FIBERS AND THREADS THAT ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SHOPS NOW THAT JUST DIDN'T EXIST EVEN A FEW YEARS AGO. >> I SEE. WELL, I KNOW I'M AMAZED AT THE THINGS THAT ARE AVAILABLE NOW IN ALL OF THE CRAFT INDUSTRY. >> YES. >> NOW, THIS IS JUST ADORABLE. I SAID I'D NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT MAKING A STOCKING FOR ANYTHING EXCEPT CHRISTMAS. THIS IS A HAPPY BIRTHDAY STOCKING, AND THIS IS NEEDLEPOINT. WHAT'S SO UNIQUE ABOUT THIS? >> WELL, THIS USES A LOT OF DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES AND DIFFERENT STITCHES, DIFFERENT FIBERS. YOU'VE GOT ALL THESE LITTLE SEQUINS AND BUTTONS AND THINGS THAT REALLY MAKE IT POP AND RIBBON. RIBBON IS EXCELLENT. THERE'S A LOT OF RIBBON USED IN THIS PIECE, AND IT REALLY DOES MAKE IT LOOK WONDERFUL. >> AND IT'S CERTAINLY ONE OF A KIND BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER DUPLICATE THIS, COULD YOU? >> ACTUALLY, YOU CAN. I HAVE A STITCH GUIDE FOR IT. >> DO YOU? HA HA! WELL, IT'S REALLY BEAUTIFUL. >> UH-HUH. THANK YOU. >> NOW, WHO WOULDN'T ENJOY HAVING THIS LITTLE FELLOW IN THEIR ROOM? >> THIS IS TEEKO, AND HE'S ANOTHER ONE OF MY DESIGNS. HE'S PART OF THE OODLES OF KAZOODLES COLLECTION... >> OODLES OF KAZOODLES. >> AND SO THIS IS TEEKO, AND... >> UH-HUH, AND HE MOVES? >> SHE IS-- >> SHE. EXCUSE ME. >> SHE IS STITCHED WITH-- YOU COULD SEE ALL THE LITTLE, WIDE RIBBON THERE, AND IT MAKES IT A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN JUST HAVING A PLAIN, ONE STITCH, ONE TYPE OF THREAD ALL THE WAY THROUGH. >> AND, GOSH, WHAT A NICE WAY TO PULL OUT THE COLORS IN THE CHILD'S ROOM. >> ABSOLUTELY. IT'S KIND OF FUN, ISN'T IT? >> OH, I LOVE THIS. IT IS. THIS IS A LITTLE NIGHT LIGHT--YOU CAN TELL FROM THE BACK AND FROM THE LIGHT--BUT THIS HAS GOT BEAUTIFUL ROSES, OR FLOWERS, ON IT THAT ARE RIBBON. >> YES, AND I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE THOSE IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. >> OH, OK. SO IS IT AS HARD AS IT LOOKS? >> IT'S NOT. >> OH, GOOD. OK, AND WE HAVE A HANGING ORNAMENT. >> YES. THIS ONE HERE SHOWS JUST A LITTLE BIT OF RIBBON. MAKING A BOW RATHER THAN STITCHING IT, IT GIVES IT A LITTLE BIT OF POP. >> 3 DIMENSION, AND YOU ADDED THE LITTLE, FURRY FEATHER STUFF AT THE TOP... >> YES. ISN'T THAT FUN? >> SO LOTS OF WAY TO USE THE SCRAPS THAT WE NEVER THROW AWAY. >> THAT'S TRUE. THAT'S TRUE. >> OK. SO, OBVIOUSLY, YOU DON'T WORK WITH A CANVAS THIS BIG IF YOU'RE MAKING THESE, BUT WE WANTED EVERYBODY TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE TECHNIQUE YOU'RE USING. >> CORRECT. THAT'S RIGHT, AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T USE A RIBBON THIS SIZE TOTALLY ALL THE TIME, EITHER, AND SO WHAT YOU DO IS, YOU START OUT WITH THIS LITTLE SPOKE HERE. >> THIS SPOT. MM-HMM. >> YOU WANT TO HAVE AN ODD NUMBER OF SPOKES, AND 5 WORKS REALLY WELL FOR THESE LITTLE ROSES, AND SO I'VE ALREADY PUT THAT IN TO SAVE TIME, AND THIS IS THE RIBBON THAT WE'RE GOING TO USE, SHERYL, BECAUSE IT'S NICE AND LARGE, AND TO HOOK-- >> THREAD IT. >> TO TIE YOUR RIBBON ON, YES, PUT IT ON AND THEN RUN THIS THROUGH AND PULL. >> THAT JUST KEEPS IT FROM PULLING ALL THE WAY THROUGH. >> EXACTLY, AND THAT WAY, YOU CAN WORK ON WHAT YOUR PROJECT IS. NOW YOU COME UP NEXT TO ONE OF THESE SPOKES. >> NEXT TO IT. >> ACTUALLY, WELL, YOU COME IN THE CENTER HERE. HOLD THIS AND BRING THIS DOWN. YOU CAN SEE, YOU WANT TO LEAVE SOME HERE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO STITCH IN HERE. >> SO DON'T PULL IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH. >> DON'T PULL IT ALL. SO YOU KIND OF WANT TO HOLD THAT. NOW, THIS IS THE SIMPLE TECHNIQUE. YOU JUST GO UNDER, OVER, UNDER, OVER, AROUND AND AROUND AND AROUND TILL YOU GET THE SIZE THAT YOU ARE PLANNING FOR. SO UNDER-- >> NOW, YOU'RE JUST GOING UNDER THE THREAD. YOU'RE NOT GOING THROUGH THE CANVAS. >> NOT THROUGH THE CANVAS. THIS IS ALL DONE ON TOP OF THE CANVAS. SO WE'VE GONE UNDER HERE, AND THE TRICK THAT YOU'RE GONNA WANT TO DO IS, YOU WANT TO TWIST THIS. >> OH, YOU DO WANT TO TWIST IT. >> YES, AND SO YOU DON'T WANT TO KEEP IT STRAIGHT. SO WE WENT UNDER. SO THAT'S OVER AND THEN UNDER. >> EVERY OTHER ONE. OK. >> EVERY OTHER ONE, AND THE FIRST COUPLE OF STITCHES ARE GONNA LOOK A LITTLE BIT WEIRD. >> AND YOU'RE PULLING IT PRETTY TAUT. >> I AM FOR THIS CENTER HERE, THEN OVER AND UNDER. >> YOU SKIPPED ONE, AND THEN YOU WENT OVER. >> CORRECT. >> I MEAN, UNDER. EXCUSE ME. >> OVER AND UNDER. BRING THIS IN, AND THEN AGAIN... >> JUST MAKE SURE YOUR RIBBON IS TWISTED. >> WE'RE GONNA GO OVER AND UNDER. >> UH-HUH. I SEE WHY YOU NEED THE ODD NUMBER NOW, BECAUSE OTHERWISE IT WOULD BE THE SAME PATTERN ALL THE WAY AROUND. >> EXACTLY. YES. SO WE CAN SET THIS DOWN A LITTLE BIT MAYBE. IS THAT OK? SO WE'VE GONE UNDER, THEN OVER THIS ONE. BRING THIS-- >> AND YOU KIND OF ARE PUSHING THOSE TO THE CENTER... >> I AM. >> TO MAKE THEM TIGHTER, I GUESS, OR CLOSER TOGETHER. >> EXACTLY. SO WE'LL BRING THIS-- >> WELL, I KIND OF LIKE USING THIS BIG CANVAS AND BIG NEEDLE. I CAN SEE THIS REALLY WELL. >> THAT'S TRUE. SO WE'VE GONE UNDER HERE. SO WE'RE GONNA GO OVER THIS ONE AND UNDER. >> UH-HUH... AND IF YOU DIDN'T TWIST YOUR RIBBON, IT WOULD JUST BE FLAT ALL THE WAY AROUND, WOULDN'T IT? >> YES... >> I SEE. >> AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO THIS TECHNIQUE ON EMBROIDERY OR ANYTHING ELSE, TOO, THAT YOU HAVE ON FABRIC... >> OH. >> THAT YOU COULD DO. >> SO IT WOULDN'T HAVE TO BE ON A CANVAS. >> WOULD NOT. >> I SEE, UH-HUH, BUT WHAT A NICE ADDITION TO SOMETHING. >> SO WE'VE GONE OVER HERE, UNDER THIS ONE... >> MM-HMM. >> AND WE'LL GO OVER THIS ONE. NOW, YOU CAN SEE THOSE ARE STARTING TO FORM. >> IT'S STARTING TO FORM THESE LITTLE FLOWERS. UH-HUH. >> SO OVER THIS ONE, UNDER HERE. >> AND YOU COULD GO ON AND ON. IT ENDS WHEN YOU GET TO THE END OF THE SPOKE. IS THAT RIGHT? >> EXACTLY, AND THEN IF YOU WANT A SMALLER ROSE, THEN YOU JUST GO MAKE YOUR SPOKES SMALLER. >> UH-HUH... >> SO UNDER, OVER. >> AND, AGAIN, BIGGER. IF YOU WERE PUTTING THIS ON A PILLOW TOP, FOR INSTANCE, YOU COULD MAKE IT QUITE LARGE, 3 INCHES OR SO. >> YOU COULD GO AS LARGE AS YOU WANTED, ACTUALLY. >> UH-HUH. YEAH. >> SO, SEE, THIS IS STARTING TO FORM YOUR ROSE. >> NOW, HOW WOULD YOU TIE IT OFF? HOW WOULD YOU END IT? >> TO END IT--I'LL JUST GO THROUGH HERE AND SHOW--JUST GO UNDER. >> RIGHT, KIND OF TOWARD THE MIDDLE, NOT THROUGH ONE OF THE SPOKES. >> NO. YOU CAN DO IT RIGHT NEXT TO IT. IT'LL BURY ITSELF IN THERE... >> OH. >> AND SO THEN WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS, YOU CAN TAKE THIS AND CUT IT AND THEN TAKE A NEEDLE AND THREAD AND JUST BRING THIS DOWN UNDERNEATH AND DO A FEW STITCHES TO HOLD IT IN PLACE. >> I SEE, AND YOU KIND OF PLAY WITH IT TO FIT. >> PLAY WITH IT, AND IT'LL MAKE IT LOOK REALLY NICE. THESE ARE ONES THAT WERE DONE. THIS IS ON 13-COUNT CANVAS, AND SO YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE. >> I SEE. WELL, I THINK I'D PRACTICE ON THIS. ONCE YOU GET THE TECHNIQUE DOWN, YOU COULD USE ANY SIZE, COULDN'T YOU? >> ABSOLUTELY, AND THIS IS ACTUALLY A RAYON RIBBON. >> UH-HUH. >> SILK RIBBON WORKS MUCH BETTER. >> OH, I BET IT DOES. >> YES. >> WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SANDY, FOR SHOWING US HOW TO DO THIS. >> THANK YOU. >> I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE SHOW TODAY. NEXT TIME ON "CREATIVE LIVING," WE'LL BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF SHOWS FEATURING LOTS OF INTERESTING GUESTS WHO ARE EXPERTS IN DIFFERENT AREAS. I ALSO WANT TO REMIND YOU TO SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE "CREATIVE LIVING" NEWSLETTER THAT COMES OUT THE FIRST PART OF EACH MONTH. JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT KENW.ORG AND PROVIDE US WITH YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS. 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In this episode, viewers learn how to incorporate ribbon into needle point design and how to make quilts out of fleece blankets. Viewers also get tips on how to live an “unplugged” life.

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Creative Living With Sheryl Borden
Season 65 / Ep 1
27 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Creative Living With Sheryl Borden
Season 65 / Ep 2
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Season 65 / Ep 10
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