Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The dust has settled

The work is done and we are now getting back to normal! We have been doing lots of dusting and putting all the pieces back in order. I suppose thats one way to get started on some holiday cleaning!

                            My cute office buddies, their happy faces greet me every morning:)

And here I am… driving down my street yesterday… my head swiveling in every direction taking in natures beautiful show. Twice as many leaves have come down since yesterday, our lawn is covered. And you know what that means….. time for Jerry to get raking lol!

Monday night our boy stopped by for dinner. Well 1st of all I should not say boy as he will soon be 29!
I made a simple but favorite dinner of his, sour cream enchiladas. And in the Halloween spirit and closet clutter reduction mode I gave him a bag of monsters. My monsters :(… oh what have I done! 
These guys have been around for 10 years, they walk and chatter and come out to shriek and howl each Halloween. I used to try to annoy Cleo with them but they never phased her too much. Oh well, they have now moved on, I suppose I can always go visit them!

During my confinement upstairs my stocking work progressed. I'm not sure which character was more work, they all have so many parts! 

It is a dark, gloomy and rainy day here, and I'm off to my sewing room for a while. Maybe Jerry and I will get out and catch a movie later. We have been wanting to see "Gravity"!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Theres no place like home.....

Day 2... banging and hammering away, the work crew was here bright and early. A light coat of dust covers the whole downstairs and the sanding has not even begun yet! 

And I have been hiding out upstairs in my sewing room. I've started a little project. Have you ever made one of those adorable Bucilla stockings with the zillion beads, sequins and tiny pieces of felt? 
What ever was I thinking, obviously I was not! However, I found this retired kit "The Wizard Of Oz" and decided it was a must have.

Day 1, I finished the cuff and now I am working on the yellow brick road and tin man! 
Between the dust and sequins, I'm not sure if I will be sane by the weekend.

                              Have a happy week and remember... there's no place like home!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Organize it!

I believe I have shown you pictures before of my currant floss storage system (Hello Kitty lunch box),
filled to the brim and a tangled mess. Well not so any more.......

Because just look what I found while cleaning out that sewing room closet... my DMC floss organizer bag! Upon further inspection I could see I last used it in 2004 judging by my Quilt Market name badge which was tucked away in an inside pocket with a few other goodies. 
So I brought it downstairs and sat at the kitchen table, dumped out the Hello Kitty box and began winding floss on all those threaders. Several Food Network shows later my floss was all organized and looking pretty in this bag. And the big question is why did I stop using it in the first place? Well for one thing I noticed that the thread holders do not glide in and out of the plastic sleeves all that easily, and I am an impatient person when working on a design with lots of colors. Also the thread color papers slide off their holders when removing them from their plastic sleeves. And yet I am willing to try this system once more and see how it goes. I know there are several gadgets to help keep your floss organized, I have tried most of them at some time, rings with plastic bags, floss looped through holes on plastic shapes or wound on small plastic spools. Obviously none of these systems have worked long term for me. How do you keep your floss? And better yet, do you use it a lot? Because it's easy to store in a pretty container, but for actual use, not always convenient.

Today is apron drawing day.... Hubby drew a name last night and Sandra come on down! Sandra said she has a sweet niece who would love this... Sandra, please email your address so I can get this in the mail to you!
This week will be kind of excruciating here. We are having a little house renovation done, our 1st floor is having hard wood installed We spent last week emptying rooms as much as possible.  Lots of pounding scraping and noise here today as the demo begins. Hubby and I will be confined to the upstairs much of the week, lucky for me my sewing room is up there! I'll give you an update next week!
Oh and PS: the Hello Kitty lunch box is now filled with buttons!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy Fall and a giveaway for you!

With a big cool down overnight it sure feels like Fall here in Kansas! The leaves are not changing quite yet, but mums are in full bloom everywhere and pumpkins are popping up in so many cute yard displays. They all make me smile, I love this time of year! 
The past few days I have been up in my sewing room trying to clear a path to my sewing machine and cutting table. Stacks upon stacks of fabric and stuff, I keep moving them around the room, they really have no place to go:( I have come to the conclusion that I am going to need to buy more storage solutions and weed out. You know it's so hard to let go...
During the process I came across this sweet little apron. I made it several years ago, one of several original designs from my apron phase. I decided not to turn it into a pattern as the market seemed to be so saturated with apron patterns. 
Surely there must be a sweet little girl out there in need of an apron to make cookies with her Mommy or Grandma. This would be purrrfect! Apron measures 15 inches in length, the waistband is 17.5 inches long. Apron ties are long enough to tie in to a cute bow and match the bottom hem fabric.


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