Spirit Deer, those mukluks are really nice. Are they indoor only. I would worry about them getting messed up outside.
Early this week I had to put my fake fur boot shoe covers in the wash. One of the buttons came undone and some part of the edge got mud on it. Washing fake fur can be problematic sometimes. After coming out of the wash it looks a more like a sheep skin than fur. However, it still feels nice and soft. And I think the new texture is okay too.
I had success with the thread I used the alcohol markers and rubbing alcohol on. The first couple washes bleed a little, but after the third soak it seemed okay. The color stayed pretty close to the original. It did not fade to pastel colors like some hand dyed things do. Both this and the painted yarn were heat set with an iron. I feel like tossing them in the wash would have made a tangled mess.
I am thinking of trying it again, but with using just the markers. I do not think I really need the rubbing alcohol to blend the colors together. And I think I could do that without getting colors all over my hand. It seems like the drawing on thread could be a do almost anywhere type activity.
I have 7 skeins left from the silk thread I bought. I could also try experimenting with some cotton thread and floss I have.
I have gone back and forth with craft goals. For right now, I am just doing things for fun with no set goals in mind. I have some craft goals in the back of my mind. But they need to wait till I have less going on in my life. Some years I have gone with craft plans. Maybe that is goals but without using the word goals? Right now I do not really feel like doing that either, just one day at a time with craft stuff.
12-26-2019, 05:09 PM
Sorry, Kathy, but your question about not being able to wear mukluks outside made me LOL. 😁 No worries wearing these muks outside. They are tough as nails work boots used by mushers, cross country skiers, expeditioneers, snowmobilers, ice fishers, little kids, mail delivery persons, loggers, you name it. They're sold all over the world in cold climates for all kinds of outdoor winter activities. They are based on construction and materials used by natives in the Arctic, so there are centuries of R&D behind them, and a more modern version was developed for an expedition by dog team to the North Pole in the 1980s, followed by another sled dog expedition across Antarctica in 1989-90. Both sets of team members relied on these boots to keep their feet from freezing, literally. If the muks get dirty, they can be hand washed. A light coating of water repellent annually helps keep them clean, too. The only thing I have to be careful with is trying not to step in spilled gas at the gas station, because that makes the rubber soles gummy. I can't say enough good about these boots because I've not only worn them for 30 yrs myself, but know them inside out because I used to make them. Best winter boots in the world, IMO.
We did errands today, since the roads were wet but not slick. Luckily, this storm was sort of a dud. Glad that's done. Errands, I mean.
We moved the desk out so the snoopervisor has time to inspect before he insists on doing that with wet paint involved. He's inspected once now, within minutes of the desk being moved. I don't know if further inspection will be required or not.
I cut a 3" stack of 2.5" squares from DfG scraps and have die cutter envy now. I'm looking at you, CH. 😁 I still have a little pile yet to cut, so I can get one more thing off my work table.
We ran into one of Husby's former coworkers today, so she gets this week's Husby sighting award. LOL. Apparently it's been a topic of discussion that nobody sees him. We usually run errands on weekday mornings when they're at work. She encouraged him to go to the weekly craft group, so maybe he will. I would go more if I didn't have to drive alone at night, and it would be good for both of us to get out of our box once in a while. We're not very social so it's an effort, but at least half that group are women he worked with so he'd have plenty of people to talk to and have things in common with. No craft group next week, but probably the week after, so maybe I can get him to go. I still have a latch hook rug to finish.
12-26-2019, 05:16 PM
DH gave me a pair of mini stitch kits, you know, the kind I was trying to find back in October. They will be good travel projects. I got a new journal to write in, I'm particular about the brand I like and they are no longer made, and getting hard to find. DH also got me the dish towel that says "A clean house is a sign of a broken sewing machine" :) I also got a wet palette. That's a special box, with a sponge and special paper for keeping artists paint from drying out. So I can put paint down, and walk away from a project for several days and come back and my palette is just as I left it. I got DH a couple of new models I think he'll enjoy, a new pocket/utility knife, and the two new shirts.
JA was surprisingly not busy. They did not have much left for their 70+20% off sale. Not a lot I wanted in the first place. I did clean up on the clearance christmas socks for next year. I bought gift bags, too, because they were cheap. I went by Tuesday Morning but did not see anything there that really grabbed me. Bought a few small things for a gift I need to send next week, and 2 small loaves of panettone for myself.
12-26-2019, 06:31 PM
Your projects sound like fun, CH. They should keep you both busy.
I need to read through the instructions for the table runner kit Husby's coworkers gave him when he retired. Maybe I can help him learn how to cut stuff so he has something started before we go to crafting. He's always reluctant to try new things (damn his parents!) but I'm going to remind him he knows how to measure and cut accurately for carpentry, and it's the same skillset, just different tools. He'll get it.
The weather guy is all full of doom and gloom. He's saying we're supposed to get 12"+ of snow with possibly 1/10" of freezing rain and 40 mph winds. I'm sure that won't bring down any power lines. It's December, almost January. We should not have to even think about freezing rain. I sure hope NWS is wrong. This mess is supposed to go from 9 AM Saturday through 6 AM Monday, so the fun and games will last for a while.
12-26-2019, 08:22 PM
Ugh, yes, we're supposed to get some of that weather down here, too. The freezing rain, anyways. Tomorrow I'll double check for milk and cat food, and see if I need to get anything. The fridge is stuffed with christmas leftovers, I was hoping to skip groceries this week.
Nice boots, SD. I would worry about that pretty bead work getting caught in branches or something.
12-26-2019, 08:35 PM
That sounds like truly awful weather, SD. Those who live in such climates are fortunate when they are happy to stay at home.
The next lot neighbors gave me an Amazon gift card - woohoo! - and a cute sleigh made of candy.
Iíve made a big yarn decision. I had just finished bagging up all my Red Heart to go live in the attic for a while when it occurred to me that a better place for it would be with the woman who makes most of the scarves for Sharonís kids. She made about 250 last year. Sheís retired and crochets constantly. I was going to use it all to make donated scarves and lapghans, so Iím not depriving myself of anything I was saving for me, except that I had gotten to make a small yellow bag that is already stuffed in one of the big trash bags for storage. I wonít miss those few skeins. If I get in the mood to make some scarves, I have some random HL yarn and a good amount of Pound of Love. The only thing I really want to make for myself some day is an afghan with the DK weight yarn I bought from the UK. She uses Red Heart so wonít be scornful of it. She is probably coming out for New Yearís so she could get it all then.
Iím moving four small bookcases to the bedroom from the utility room and small closet I want to empty. I have to clear those out tonight. One of the guys is off work tomorrow and will move them for me. They are stacked, two and two. I can do it, but heís about 99% less likely to drop one on this head than I am. He will also put all the bulky batting and poly stuffing in the attic.
12-26-2019, 09:17 PM
Those muks aren't hiking boots, so they're not around branches. I have several other pairs I use for actual work, as needed. I did the beadwork pictured yrs ago and so far, so good. But I planned ahead, and made the center parts as completed medallions, then added the fringes. That way, if the fringes get damaged, I could remove them completely without the medallions unraveling. I've done several prs of muks and mocs, plus some jackets and haven't had much damage on anything. My jean jacket especially has taken a beating and still no broken beads or threads in 25 yrs of frequent warm weather use.
I'm going to give this design a try for punch needle. It looks like fun. Attachment 50011
Stay safe during the storm. It sounds like it could get ugly.
12-26-2019, 09:31 PM
Forgot to say I did consider if the loopy beaded fringe would catch on stuff and get broken, but it was an experiment. It's worked out well so far, obviously. And I do have a pr of muks I got for $10 at a garage sale that I wear for work. They were so cheap I don't have to care if they get damaged.
12-26-2019, 11:22 PM
Now, see, what would happen if I had a pair like that is, I'd slip them on to do something simple like run the kitchen trash down to the compost bin, end up stepping on a branch hidden in the grass DH hasn't mowed, which would snag the bead loops and break them, while tripping me. I'd end up on the wet ground with trash flung across the yard and beads dripping into the grass. :vs_laugh:
12-27-2019, 02:30 AM
The last of the cross stitch binge is done. I ordered the last thing on my list, the 25 count, fat quarters. A pale blue and mossy green, antique white, a yellowish cream, and a light non yellowish neutral. These cuts are big enough until I get to really large ones, which wonít be anytime soon at all. By then there will probably be other colors as well. I remember when it was only in white.
I spent the gift card. There is a kit I have long coveted, but itís a Vervaco and they are very expensive. Theyíre re made in Europe. Belgium? Iím not sure where. It was a little more expensive at Amazon, but thereís no shipping. I decided it was Christmas, I wanted it, I had a gift card, and I got it, kicking in a few extra dollars. I have been in love with this owl since I first saw it, but just couldnít swallow the cost. I donít know when Iíll get to it, but itís mine, all mine! Should be here in a couple of weeks. And now, nothing but floss for a long time. Really.
12-27-2019, 06:58 AM
LOL! That sounds dire. The fringe loops aren't very long, shorter than loops on shoelaces, so under normal use it doesn't seem likely they will catch on something.
I'm starting to wonder if I should paint my desk. It's not my favorite color, but the finish it has is in decent shape. The top has a couple stains on it, but they're under the sewing machine. I want to change the color, but the dark blue I want to use up isn't the color I would want anyway. The more I think about it, the more it seems like painting a desk a color I don't even want just to use up the paint is more of a waste than throwing it away. I'd still have to paint it again sometime. What's the point?
I think I just talked myself out of painting a desk today. I feel better.
12-27-2019, 07:02 AM
That's a beautiful owl, D. You're going to enjoy him.
I never thought about looking at cross stitch on Amazon. Uh oh.
12-27-2019, 09:51 AM
Remembered I need a zipper to fix one of hubby's fleece jackets so off I go to JoAnn. If the yarn sale is good I will get some. Poinsettia pillows were dis-assembled and the fabric all ironed. The new size will be smaller to fit existing forms, and I will skip the ruffle and maybe use that fabric to trim a tote bag or something. Still researching silver to sell since the box is not "full" yet and I hate to waste postage. That is time-consuming by itself.
12-27-2019, 11:53 AM
SD - lol. Same way I talked myself out of crocheting miles of yarn into scarves. I m happy to provide the yarn for a good cause. I’m just trying to outsource the production.
Happy dance here! Finally the large floss bobbins are back in stock and my order for them has shipped. The CXC thread has also just shipped. I’m gradually working my way through the AliExpress process. It is due by Jan 4 and the company has shipping protection until Jan 5. If it’s not here I can open a dispute or request extra time from the vendor on the protection. When it does arrive I have a link to verify that it arrived and is satisfactory. The payment will not be released to the vendor until I confirm arrival or the shipment protection expires on the 5th. That’s definitely a different system. You don’t get paid until the customer is happy. That must speed up resolving disputes!
What with one thing and another I didn’t get the shelves unloaded last night but I’m making progress. I’m going to grab s quick sandwich for breakfast and then do that. I also need to empty 4 oversized cubes of their large books - a hateful job - so I can move the table out perpendicular to the wall. Busy day.
Temp dropping here - it’s only supposed to get to 68 today. Back up to 72 tomorrow where it’s been parked for awhile. By Sunday it should be in the mid to low 60s. I know we’re in the south but this is nuts.
12-27-2019, 12:40 PM
Yep the yarn I was thinking was on sale - got 3 more of the pretty rose color and 1 white. I decided I want a shawl for myself, don't have a sweater or jacket in that soft pink shade. I got 1 yard of clearance fabric - gold/gray/silver reindeer print on a cream background. And the zipper I needed.
12-27-2019, 01:03 PM
I had similar thoughts on the bead loops myself. Surely they would get caught on something. Of course if I wore them inside, my cats would see the movement of the fringe and want to play with it. Maybe it would be safer outside than inside.
Of course, it is hard to predict what a cat will want to play with. I am surely not the only person who bought something for their cat only to have the cat not be interested. I once picked up a feather boa at thrift store because I thought my cats would love it. After all, the whole thing was feathers. They showed no interest at all in it.
I think the holidays are a good excuse to spend a little more as long as you can afford it.
I think a good rule of thumb is to set aside some money each month (or each year) for hobbies and small luxury items. Then you can spend that money without guilt or excuses.
I think I am going to splurge on a order of Valdani thread. It is pricey compared with DMC brand, but still something I can afford. It is not something I need. I have enough thread. But I tell myself it is okay to get it.
I think I am kind of a relaxed frugal. I am frugal on lots of things. And kind of frugal on others. Food is an example of kind of frugal. We rarely go out to eat. We cook most of our own food. But we spend a little more to get good quality ingredients and pricier fruit like berries.
We are able to have decent money to spend on our hobbies since we are fairly frugal over all. And we make pretty decent money. Possibly even decent money for this area. It is hard to tell because the average incomes are a bit misleading. The income inequality in this area is really high. For example, people making an average salary for DC are living in an apartment with roommates. The suburbs are a little more affordable.
I just found this little snippet about the more affordable suburb I am living in:
The average salary in Greenbelt, MD is $72k. Trends in wages increased by 0.6 percent in Q3 2019. The cost of living in Greenbelt, MD is 100 percent higher than the national average.
But take note that despite the cost of living being 100% higher, the average salary is not even remotely close being 100% higher than the national average.
Greenbelt is actually more affordable than DC - assuming you do not want to live a slum. The DC poverty rate is twice as high as Greenbelt. It makes DC look more affordable on paper, but it is really not.
Rambling quite a bit here. But the point is, I am not sure how I would categorize our income in light of all that. We do okay with what we make. But part of that is being frugal and having less expensive wants than many people in this area seem to have.
And a side effect of the high COL is that stuff I order online seems like more of a bargain for me than it does to lots of people here.
12-27-2019, 02:06 PM
Some years ago when I was frequently visiting friends in Silver Spring, I would almost faint at the grocery prices. For all it’s faults, there are some endearing things about Louisiana, like the COL.
I don’t feel guilty about much that I buy, but I have seriously spent too much on the cross stitch the last month or two, and that little owl kit really is an extravagance. Tra la la.
My Amazon package that has been wandering all over country is out for delivery. I’ll believe it when I see it.
I’m taking a break, but have to get up soon and do some measuring.
12-27-2019, 02:58 PM
Tra la la indeed! That's my attitude, too. LOL!
Speaking of which, D. I had to go over to Amazon and peek at the cross stitch kits, and we all know what that leads to. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....AC_SL1200_.jpg
I've been looking for a while for something to put on my sewing room door, something sewing themed, something that actually says 'sewing room'. This one is fairly small and simple and should make up relatively fast.
I still want to do the punch needle project I posted above, too. I'm looking for a good snarky comment to put on it. Right now I'm leaning toward "I sew so I don't have to kill people." :D
I've done a lot of stuff with loops on various beadwork, and never had a problem. And we also have cats, no problem there either. That's not to say there could never possibly be a problem, just there hasn't been so far. I don't baby this stuff, either. It's made to be used, not just admired. Besides, it's not the same as if I bought it at the price this stuff is worth. I DIY my beaded stuff, and my major investment in it is time. If something gets wrecked, I can remake it, repair it, or replace it, which makes it less precious than if I didn't have the skills I do. I have beaded boots that would sell for $600-$800, possibly more since the boots alone sell for over $200, jackets worth about $500. I wear them same as the stuff I get at a rummage sale for $2. That's what they're for, not to sit in a closet and not be used or seen. The beadwork by itself on the boots in the pic is worth $150-$200. If it dies, it dies. I enjoyed making it and enjoy wearing it. If it gets broken, oh, well. Or, long story short, tra la la. :D
I'm trying to get my work table cleared off so Husby can get started cutting his table runner, which I think might become an art object hung on the wall. It's 48" long which may or may not fit on our table. There's not a good way to make it shorter. He can decide when/if he gets it done. In between putting together an Amazon order and clearing the table, I'm sewing more quilt blocks, which is part of clearing the table, sort of. Multitasking breaks up the annoyance of dealing with this messy table.
I got the light strip glued on my serger. I put the cord clips in the wrong places but I think it'll work out all right. The light helps a lot, although I'll still probably want to use the gooseneck lamp I put over it, too. I've reached the age where there's no such thing as too much light. I'm going to order 2 more of the light strips, so I guess I like it okay. They're easy to deal with and not very expensive. My Tribute and my travel Brother would be improved with the light strips. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....AC_SL1000_.jpg
12-27-2019, 03:06 PM
It's trying to be sunny here but not managing it well. I've been alternating between housework and sewing. Put some christmas stuff in the closet, took compost out (did not trip in the grass), scrounged through scraps to see what I had left that I could cut triangles from. I suppose I *could* buy a couple new fat quarters on our trip next weekend, but I want to be sure I've used as much of the stash as possible first.
DH and friends have arranged a weekend in Joplin, MO. What's so interesting about Joplin, you ask? I don't know, but we're going to find out. Antiquing, I suspect. They have booked a "historic" little 2-star motel on RT 66. I am keeping expectations low. We will be in the company of good friends, at least. I hope the weather stays clear. I'm planning a stop at the pecan growers co-op, and I've located a couple of quilt shops in the area to check out.
Anyway... triangles to sew....
12-27-2019, 03:48 PM
I've been doing a little sewing again. In the past 6 months I've finished the binding on a quilt that I started 7-8 years ago. I had only half of it to sew on. Finished a quilt top I started 5.5 years ago, made a scrap lap quilt, a baby quilt, a baby quilt top, plu I started 2 new quilt tops.
Earlier this week I broke down and bought the first fabric in close to 5 years. It was 4th of July fat quarters for $0.50 each so I bought 16. $2/yard was a steal I couldn't resist.
I've been working on DHs rebel flaq quilt and when i need something mindless to work on it's been a fish quilt - all 2.5" squares.
If I can ever figure out how to get my pictures off my cell phone I'll post some.
12-27-2019, 04:21 PM
Originally Posted by Livin Large
If I can ever figure out how to get my pictures off my cell phone I'll post some.
When you are using the FV site from your phone, look and see if there is a little paperclip symbol at the top of your screen. Tapping that should take you to your photos, and you can tap to select which ones to share.
It sounds like you've been doing a lot of quilting!
I got word from BIL that the girls received and were very happy with the pillowcases. :)
12-27-2019, 04:23 PM
Two star places are not always bad. We stayed at a 2 star place when we went to Puerto Rico. It was a no frills place with no dinning options. There was a nice, but not fancy, lobby with a pot of free coffee. But there were lots of places to eat within a block or two of the hotel. The staff was nice and the rooms were clean. It was in a really nice area. There was an upscale jewelry place and an expensive hotel across the street.
But if you are ever in Baltimore, spend extra for a nice hotel. There are some pretty bad hotels there.
One good thing about a high cost of living area is that we sometimes get reverse sticker shocker when we travel. Things like "I can't believe this is all it cost for a taxi from the airport" or "I can't believe a restaurant this nice only charges this much." Visiting our hometown, my husband accidentally checked us into a super fancy place. Judging from the price, he thought it would be an average quality hotel - nice, but not fancy.
It does give me a skewed view of money though. Or maybe just a view that is in contrast to many people here. If I gave raw numbers about, it might seem like I am some fat cat burning through money. But I really not. Maybe a slightly pudgy cat who just got paid. But not a fat cat. And sometimes when people say something is expensive, it does not seem expensive to me. But I keep my mouth shut, because I still remember what it was like to live in a low cost of living area with a low paying job.
12-27-2019, 05:18 PM
I wish we could compost here. I'm sure you weren't wearing beaded mocs with loopy fringe, otherwise you would have surely tripped. 😄
WB, LL. It will be fun to see your projects again.
I got the table tidied up though not done, a stack of the 3-triangle blocks done, and another 3" stack of sqares cut. The scrap pile is getting smaller.
It's been sunny and warm here today (33). The storm has been pushed back till noon Saturday and now we're only supposed to get 4-8". Fine by me. Less is more. We're still supposed to get freezing rain. Yippy skippy. It sounds like a good weekend to be home by the fire.
12-27-2019, 06:30 PM
:yikes: Weather nerd just lowered the boom. Now we're expecting the storm to come in waves, with 18-24" total accumulating Saturday through Tuesday. Plus the ever popular freezing rain. It's going to be an interesting weekend.
12-27-2019, 06:35 PM
Originally Posted by Contrary Housewife
When you are using the FV site from your phone, look and see if there is a little paperclip symbol at the top of your screen. Tapping that should take you to your photos, and you can tap to select which ones to share. )
Thanks I'll try it that way. When I go to move them from my cell to my laptop no pictures show up to move and I looked in all the folders. I've done it before so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Stupid technology!! lol
12-27-2019, 06:38 PM
I started re-sewing the poinsettia pillows but had to stop and deal w/ the meat I bought today. This is the reindeer fabric. Attachment 50017
12-27-2019, 07:15 PM
I love that reindeer fabric!
CH thank you!!!
All of this is from my stash or finishing up projects I had started. Since August/September until now I have completed a lot of projects and used up a lot of scraps. Feels great!!
This was a mystery quilt, when she did the big reveal I hated it and tossed all the fabric aside, that was 5 years ago. Well I pulled out the fabric and just started sewing it together and this is what I ended up with. I really like it. Itís a laP quilt. Attachment 50021
Queen size rebel flag Iím making for my hubby. Itís the mist difficult quilt Iíve ever made because of the angles and nothing is square except the outside. So, this only gets worked on when I have serious time and mental ability...not too often. Lol Attachment 50029
Almost finished pot holders and table runners. @10 years old, bought them when I lived in Idaho. Attachment 50031
Twin size fish quilt Iím making for our renter/DHs friend of 30+ years. Attachment 50033
LL, there is definitely a learning curve on these devices. I've had my current phone for a year now and there is still stuff I have not figured out.
Dlr, that is such pretty fabric! Are you going to use it for pillow covers?
SD, I did not trip this time but the cats were sure trying. They get excited when I take stuff down to the compost and get underfoot. Silly cats.
I did a bunch of pinwheels today. By my count I have two left to go. Need to cut some light neutrals tomorrow. Then recount the square blocks, I think I am short a few... but I have many strips and scraps left over. In fact I have so many strips left I am planning to use them for the binding. Next week it will be assembly and figuring out what to use for borders. I have some yardage held back.
It definitely sounds like a weekend to stay inside SD. They are saying now we will have warm air until Sunday, then it will freeze after the storm passes, so very likely no snow. Which is fine.
I don't have a problem with 2 star hotels in the right circumstances. This one is highly rated for cleanliness and service. Being a historic building they can't upgrade or make a lot of changes. I've adjusted my expectations accordingly. As long as the room is clean, quiet, and the coffee and shower are hot, I'm usually good. But I'm a little sad that we're missing the amenities like a full breakfast or a hot tub. We'll manage. There is a gas station across the street, and I will pack our usual travel snacks.
12-27-2019, 07:34 PM
The fish quilt wasn't big enough and I ran out of the white fish fabric. For the 2 squares in opposite corners I'm going to look for an embroidery fish or something for those 2 corners. The 3rd corner, the block fell off the design wall. I'm going to put 2 borders on this quilt too. I'm not 100% sure how yet. I was thinking vertical one fabric and horizontal another fabric, twice. But I don't have enough of all the fabrics for that. So now I'm thinking I will just join them in a long piece alternating the fabrics.
It feels great to be sewing again!!
12-27-2019, 08:53 PM
LL - you have done a lot! I really love the queen/king one - the colors and the sharply defined pattern. Way to go on all of them!
The neighbor came and moved the shelves for me and put some stuff in the attic. I had also left the top and floor level shelves for him to empty. He is both tall and bendable. I have to move the big book cubes before the table and bench can be shifted, so that will wait for another day. Actually I can probably do that myself. Iím taking the rest of the night off. I want to get this all done by New Yearís, but thatís an aspiration, not a necessity.
SD - I like the cross stitch pattern. Sorry I opened up another portal of temptation.
12-27-2019, 09:17 PM
DLR, I would have bought the reindeer fabric, too. I really like that.
LL, you sure have been busy. That's a lot of quilts, even just finishing them.
CH, glad you didn't trip on the kitties. Don't know what the weather is going to do, but I just hope we don't lose power.
No worries, D. I've been wanting a sewing room cross stitch for my door for yrs. I haven't done anything about it because I couldn't find the right thing, but I like that. I'll probably order it next week after the storm, since UPS is leaving things down at the road now and plows will be out nonstop for days, the way it sounds. 😞
12-27-2019, 09:30 PM
Wow LL! You sure have done a lot this year. Mystery quilts are kind of a gamble, aren't they? I'm watching a web site to see what she is making before I decide to cut any of my fabric. I want to be sure I like it before chopping everything to bits.
12-28-2019, 07:11 AM
I ran across this idea on Pinterest (of course). It might be a useful idea for others, too. Read comments for additional suggestions of what to include in the binders. We have a list of some of the items, and much of ours are in our safe deposit box at the bank, but after reading this blog, I think we need something more robust. https://pin.it/ic6bdm7zmmsrsc
12-28-2019, 10:04 AM
Do I ever have a lot to do today! I hardly know where to start. I really need to do some laundry, but can’t get the washing machine so that’s high on the list. I’ve totally ignored the kitchen while I’ve worked on all this, but at the moment I only have two clean knives and three or four clean soup spoons, so I really need to do the kitchen. I’m stopped in the living room until I finish moving the book cubes, so should I start there? Or putting away all the stuff from the more or less office supply shelves? Or the stuff out of small closet?
Breakfast first. Then I just need to jump in and do something to get a start. I’m leaning toward working on the bookshelf/closet stuff mostly. I’m sure I have some plastic forks somewhere - lol.
12-28-2019, 11:46 AM
First do the thing that gives you some storage to move smaller things into, which will create some space to move other things around in to get them in some order. Repeat as necessary.
I played around with bags some more. I've become unhappy with having painting tools in duffels, but one of those would be a good third DfG bag. I found the 2 tool pockets that go into pails, and Husby rounded up 2 pails to put them in, which I cleaned up. Once they're dry I can move the paint tools into the pails and repurpose the bag I want. By accident I also found the sturdy luggage cart I was wishing last week I hadn't gotten rid of, so clearly I forgot I'd kept it. I put it on the box to be donated, but then realized it sits about 3" off the ground when not being towed. The Magna Cart, much as I love them, sits flat on the ground. Not good on rainy or slushy days because the bottom duffel on the cart would get wet during loading and unloading. I have to put up a sturdy hook, but found a spot to hang the cart in the sewing room. Win! I'm happy I didn't give it away after all. I was going to add straps to the backs of the bags to slip over the cart handle, but then realized I don't have to because the cart has nice bungees to hold things in place. Less work for me.
Since I couldn't find any more work to do involving bags, I finished sewing all the 3-triangle blocks I have cut. Just have to press them now. I need to finish cutting scraps, too. Then I might put the quilt away again for a while, or maybe focus on the 9-patch blocks.
Still waiting for the storm to show up. It's foggy now. The snow is supposed to start in an hour or so. Radar looks like freezing rain might stay south of us. Fine by me.
12-28-2019, 01:00 PM
We have rain starting in about an hour, to continue off and on all afternoon, cranking up to thunderstorms tonight.
I’ve made a start but my knees were telling me it was break time. I though I’d check in see what everyone is up to. Guess it’s you and me this morning,SD. P
12-28-2019, 03:49 PM
We're just now starting to get precip. I can barely see it, and nothing is dripping off the deck rails yet. I hope we don't get rain. South of here really got pounded. Weather channel and MSNBC says it's like a skating rink around the Cities. I read online early this morning there had already been over 100 accidents.
Storm is trying to push Shadow down on the floor so he can sit on her again. We've never had a dog before who does that. It's hilarious to watch.
12-28-2019, 05:08 PM
CH - yes mysteries are hit or miss. I've never tried another one since. Like you I now wait for the final results before I made a decision. Most of my quilts are self made, no bought pattern and I do all the math.
SD - stay safe and I hope you don't get the freezing rain. I don't miss it, not even a tiny bit.
DC - I hope you are making good progress
12-29-2019, 03:03 AM
I have indeed made good progress today. By late afternoon I was moving around more easily so that helped. I think I’m gaining quite a bit of space and it’s great for all the mops and brooms to finally have the home that was designed for them. Tomorrow I will catch up on the kitchen and start going through all the stuff that was in the misappropriated broom closet. It had become a general household catch all, aka black hole.
This definitely won’t be done by New Year’s. I did get some good storage for the fabric that will be much better than what I have now, and will be adequate if I do put it in the attic, but it won’t be here until Tuesday, and Tuesday and Wednesday are both party days. Again. I will be heartily glad when the holidays are over. I think I can keep the fabric down here though. In the meanwhile there is enough to keep me busy for another couple of days.
With all this I can’t settle to any cross stitch. When the point comes that I can declare it finished - as finished as housework ever is - I plan to have at least a week with nothing but cross stitch.
CH - I like your idea of a fairy jar. I came across a vase today that will be good, if a little big. Mine though will be for the stray things that are just too much of a nuisance to stop and put away right then, like beads or the odd floss bobbin or safety pin. Usually they end up everywhere. It will be a good holding pen until it builds up and then I can put it all away at once. With a clear glass vase it won’t be out of sight, out of mind.
12-29-2019, 08:57 AM
Regarding reindeer print fabric - I really don't have anything on hand that goes with this other than a yard of cream solid. I am thinking a dark blue or gray with some silver or gold print? Opinions? I would make a small simple pieced quilt to hang over a bench in my foyer. Something like this.. https://www.joann.com/patriotic-cott...ilvers&start=1