Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Be Like Edna

You know you love her. Edna Mode. The ├╝ber fabulous designer from The Incredibles.
That spunky woman wants to see EVERYTHING.
And she does.
And, finally, I do too.

Kathleen asked to know more about the magnifier I mentioned in my last post.
I was graced with perfect vision- until a few year ago. All of a sudden ingredients, instructions, news papers... everything seemed to conspire against me. I finally surrendered to a pair of reading glasses. That's close to a year ago (I think). I got +1 and +1.25, but it's getting a lot worse. And how do I know that? Because my arms aren't long enough to thread the needle that's how ;) So when it came time to do the beadwork on the Balmain jacket I knew it was time to be like Edna.

I was shopping at Fire Mountain Gems website for pearls and crystals and decided to look for a magnifier while I was at it. I picked this one because it has the three-in-one feature, was lightweight and inexpensive ($8.81). If you click on the link below it will take you directly to the product:

Here's a picture of the magnifier with some more details.

It's truly quite amazing, and Kathleen, I think it will work great for the purpose you stated in your comment. I had left faint marks on the velveteen with a watercolor pencil which I could not find without the magnifier. I don't have to be close either, just about regular distance, so it doesn't cause any strain on the back or neck. I'm sure this could be a variable due to each person's eyesight, but still be workable for most. And since it's so lightweight I can wear it all day long. Which I do. There's always something that needs a closer inspection for this Bubblegum Monk ;)


  1. Just clicked on your link and ordered one. I am embroidering a monogram on a robe and the old eyes just aren't what they used to be.

  2. Funny thing ! I know a greek Edna, same hair cut, same voice, she smokes too but without the cigarette holder... and she is a seamstress. I love that caracter ! ;-)

  3. I am wanting this magnifier. Can I wear it over my reading glasses?