This past weekend I was trying to get some sewing on, because having a proper job for the first time in 15 years is making me extremely tired and I still haven't managed to get into a routine. I will, and I am not complaining at all - I'm loving work, it's amazing to be able to say you get paid for something you love to do but the commute of around 2 hours there and back each time is tiring. I'm not much use when I get home.
So, I had my fabrics cut out for another giant star quilt (these are so quick and easy that it's the perfect instant gratification project) and they'd be sat on my table in the sewing room waiting for me to grab the occasional 5 minutes to sew another half square triangle unit together (here's an action shot to prove I am doing some sewing at the minute, even if it may seem like I'm permanently AWOL)
I got them all done, and was pressing them when I noticed this.....
WHAT THE WHAAAAAT???? A burn hole? First I blamed the iron (it wasn't the iron), then I blamed a candle that was nowhere near the stack of fabrics I was pressing. Finally I realised the culprit was these.....
I have these 2 glass paperweights that I use to hold down patterns or fabric, they're great, they do their job awesomely, but they're glass and they live on the window ledge, where the sun comes through and that whole science thing happens that I learned back in school where you can start a fire with a magnifying glass.
Scary, huh? It made me think and now the weights live away from the sunlight on a shelf, my blinds are staying firmly shut through the day, and I went through the whole house to see if there were any more potential firestarters lurking about.
Luckily I have enough of the 2 fabrics to replace those bits that have burns right through them, and I'm going to call myself super lucky that I didn't burn the whole house down. It gave me a jolt, that's for sure.
So, the moral of this tale is - check you don't have any beautiful glass or crystal pretties sat on your window ledge refracting sunlight and quietly plotting to burn your house down.
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