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A week or so ago I finished listening to a long Great Courses lecture series How the Earth Works. It was an excellent one, even without the visual elements since I was just listening. It was full of interesting stuff on rocks. Earth sciences always interest me. Right now I’m reading a really good book, Cascadia’s Fault, about the earthquake risk in the Pacific Northwest and up into Canada.

I’ve been trying to decide on the color combos for the baskets. I have an ombre and variegated green I want to use. The green that matches best and looks best is guava, that isn’t sold in JA stores. I only have one skein that won’t be enough. For another there is the same situation. Of colors I have, for the third one flamingo would be good, but I only have one. The color coral might also be good, or even better, but I haven’t seen that one. I have medium coral but it looks like a really different color. I also need an extra skein of royal. I just ordered those from Herrschner. Their shipping is high, but it’s still less than having to buy three skeins of each color at JA online, even with their free shipping today, not to mention that I don’t need three skeins of them. I also got a skein of desert camo. I’ve never seen or used it, but it should make a good scarf for the boys.

Because of this, I won’t be able to start the orangey basket until the order arrives and I see if the coral will be better than flamingo, as I think it will. I can get all the others started though. Oh, I also got a skein of flame since it had already kicked up to the next shipping level and wouldn’t increase that. I don’t have much red and I would like to make some red scarves for the kids. Actually I’m sort of thinking of making the rest of May crochet month. I want to do the embroidery but I have the rest of my life for that. I would like to get as many scarves made as possible before fall, and the baskets have deadlines.

So many projects I want to do!
 

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Martha, I wonder if your green rock is Ely greenstone. We have a lot of that here. It's about 1.5 billion years old. Hard to comprehend that. It was thought to be the oldest rock on Earth for a long time, until Monevideo gneiss was discovered in southern Minnesota and dated at 4 billion years, even harder to comprehend.

I find rocks fascinating, even the creepy BFRs lurking in the lake.
I don't know. I will take a picture later of it. I love natural stones. have lots of beads from my jewelry phase that are natural. one of those hope to do crafts and then you have kids and cats who get into things and you don't have a room with a locked door to do things lol
 

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Getting close to finishing black skirt. I'm attaching salvaged black lace to the bottom edge so it's a little fancier. I thought I found & fixed the machine problem (thread remnant in bobbin area) but it's still jamming. :vs_mad: Going to finish this before moving to the next repair/remake project -of which there are several.

For those who had machines repaired lately (CH?) how is that priced? Hourly? What rate? I am wondering about sewing machine repair as a sideline after I retired. Of course I would need to apprentice somewhere, and not the new electronic kind - I'm talking old mechanical Singer, etc. And take over hubby's workshop but of course he doesn't use it so why not?

Yellow flower quilt is on the bed - covered w/ a pink afghan because the dog sleeps on the bed. I salvaged a yellow blanket from mom's. It's heavy, in good shape, but needs binding replaced. So JA later this week with a coupon.
 

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It took me all this time to get the joke about the un-raked forest floor. I kept wondering what in the world you were talk about. How quickly we forget......
 

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Dlrcpa: my cleaning/tune up was flat rate plus parts. That was with Viking/Husqvarna. I paid about $160. It's an electric machine and it's 20 years old. Until this bobble with the thread it has run like a race horse.

I had planned to spend time this week taking apart the old christmas quilt so I could put the new blocks on. Glad I did not start that as it has been cold at night and we have been using it. Who would think we'd need two quilts on the bed in May?

I think we have had Enough Rain here too, but after all those years of drought I think I prefer it wetter rather than drier.
 

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DLR, I figured not many would recall the reference to raking the forest. I guess it sticks with me because we live in a forest and because the remark was so incredibly idiotic.

A tune up on my Vikings is usually about $130 here, but I haven't had service done for about 5 years so it could have gone up. My serger was about the same.

Got the mulch on the little garden, so it just needs to be planted. Probably next week.

We were at the local greenhouse today and the owner was telling us about the theft and vandalism that happened there overnight. Her son was driving by at 3 AM and happened to catch the perpetrators redhanded. Two were actually in the area where the damage was being done, while 3 more were across the street watching. The owner showed us the damage and we all started laughing. The deer had eaten the flowers off the trailing petunias and apparently were about to start on big racks of broccoli and cabbage plants. She said they didn't want to leave either. Of course not, since they had just discovered the mother lode. It must have looked like a deer buffet. The nursery is in the middle of town, but no place up here is immune from adventures with wildlife.
 

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I was hoping we would find out what happened with CH's Christmas quilt, guess we will get to see later in the year.
I put a new needle in the sewing machine to see if that would help and it did. Finished the skirt and 3 additional small projects.
This is the other old quilt top, not as pretty as the yellow flower top. I bought a low-loft quilt batt to use but thinking I just don't want to spend the time on this one. There are some stains as well, which was not a problem on the yellow flower top. IMG_0947.jpg
 

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Sewing machine is tucked back into the table, plugged in and seems to work fine. I only sewed a small test piece but it seems quieter.

Tonight is the last night it is supposed to be in the 40's, and by Wed we will have temps in the 80's so I can start taking apart the christmas quilt.

I have a couple star blocks to finish for the guild, and I want to make a quilt top or two for the veteran's housing project. I saw in the paper they are putting in 23 more tiny homes this summer.

Dlr, that's a real eye popping quilt. I remember when those were popular colors and lots of homes were decorated like that.
 

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got some yarn in the states only one of the new mandala colours I wanted ..that walmart doesn't have a lot. but best I can do :) not that I am short yarn lol second hand yarn here is pricey. thrift stores...nope...saw some on facebook market place...$42 for old wool..4 which are clearly marked for 1.29 original price $20 for 3 balls of craft yarn..cheaper new! View attachment 48741 View attachment 48739
 

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I really want to get beans and peas planted but the instant they poke up through the mulch, the deer will mow them off since we don't have the temporary fence up yet. Maybe we will deal with that today. Lots to do.

I'm excited we will be moving the camper up by the house today. Then we can do summer prep. I just want to go somewhere. Anywhere will do.
 

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CH - I pulled my lap quilt out this out this morning. In what used to be normal, we would be edging up to mid 90s by now. I’ll take this. Rain and all. I’ve only had the a/c on a few hours so far so far this year which is astonishing. But good. By the way, I like your decluttering quotes in your signature.

I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what I did yesterday. All I have to show for it is two baskets started. I spent time yarn shopping (hangs head) and washed dishes and ate a few meals. Where did the rest of the day go? What’s more, the baskets are a mixed success for Christmas presents. I like the green so much, the one with the guava I ordered one of the new skeins for, that I want to keep it for ME. That’s not helpful. On the positive side, I finally found a couple of solid colors in the stash that work with the difficult RH mulberry mix. I started a small basket with that. It will be more or less the size of the yellow one, but without the weird decreases at the top. I’ve decided I will make each household a set of three, small, medium, and large, and add gift cards for everyone individually, and Christmas is done except for little girl. I still have the placemats that didn’t happen this Christmas on the back burner. They can just stay in the works for the next year.

Today is more of the same. Minus the vanishing hours, I hope. A little housework and crocheting. With luck there will be more to report tomorrow.
 

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I finished my little doll. IMG_20190513_104336257_1557763056369.jpg

I looked up some you tube videos on brushed yarn hair. One of them mentioned that you do wind up with lots of hair on the brush. Earlier in the video it says use lots of yarn.

So I guess I was not doing it wrong.

This wild looking hair is the stuff that stuck to the brush. It is not as stable as if I had used the tiny bit not combed away.
 

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She's a cutie, Kathy. You'll get the hang of the hair. I wonder if it would work to use worsted yarn and tease the strands apart with a large blunt needle like a darning needle. It wouldn't destroy the yarn as much if the strands were fairly short.

A few things done today so far, but my wrist is wrecked now so I'm not sure what I'll be able to do with this stupid brace on. I did get one bedspread serged and restitched for the camper. Three more blankets to go. I also wrecked my back messing with my serger table. I should have asked for help but I'm used to being home alone most of the time so didn't think about it.

We got part of the temporary fence up. Well, Husby did that while I washed and dried a load of clothes, cooked two batches of chicken, sewed the first blanket, put some stuff away, and hurt my back on the serger table.

Then we went out and folded up the trailer, towed it up by the house, got it backed in but jackknifed, unhitched, straightened out the truck rehitched, leveled side to side, unhitched again, leveled front to back, and unfolded it again. It's a giant mess inside so that will be the first thing to deal with. All the stuff from the storage bay that leaked got put inside and it's in the way. But at least it's up by the house now where it be easier to work on.

Next after tidying is stripping the bed and getting rid of the nice thick mattress pad. Waaaaa! But we need the fold-down shelves worse. Maybe I can modify that too, but not now.

I found the screws to put the shelves back on the ends of the cabinets, so that's something.

Lots more to do on the camper, but focusing on the bed area is the first thing.
 

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K - I think the doll came out fine.

SD - It sounds like you are finding plenty to do with a wrecked wrist and back. Don’t overdo it though and make it worse. I know it’s a really radical idea for you, but how about a little ... rest?

I started another basket but after about 1/3. Or 1/2 of the bottom decided I really don’t like it. There’s too much light/dark contrast. So I’ll frog that and try another color. For those of you know RH, taking out Monet, putting in grape fizz.
 

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the doll is cute! ouch hope you get better soon spirit! I need to figure out some short quick projects. too many big crochet projects. and sometimes you just don't feel like working on them.

I need to figure out a way to re edge my towels. still in good condition except the edges are fraying. since they are almost 20yrs old can't complain because they have been used and not worn at all except the edges going. don't know if I will get some binding or ....
 

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Martha, you could make your own binding from shirtweight fabric. It does not have to be cut bias so a little fabric would go a long way.

Trying to make myself finish at least one more blanket. Husby stripped the bed, so that helps. But I think I need to make some changes to the bed platform, so that will take some time. Not much, I hope. We would lose some storage but the foot extension would function a lot better.

Always so much to think about, but we don't want to buy a new trailer and we love this one except for some minor issues.

I have to get some mods done before fall so I can show them off at the Aliner rally. I love sharing my ideas with others, and since I will blatantly and shamelessly steal other people's ideas, it's only fair I let them see mine in return.
 

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I like the doll too, and her little yellow dress. Little girls have wild/crazy hair anyway so it looks perfectly natural. She needs a little dog - and then you could comb out a lot more yarn for fur. :dog:
 

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I got the blankets done. I did all 3 and then realized I didn't cut the batting out of the last one. :sigh: Redo. I hate redos. But they're all done now.

I also cut down the wall pockets. That's a redo, too, but probably not this week.

Got the shelves put back in the camper. Even with ALL the bedding off the bed and only the factory cushions on the bed platform, the shelves still won't fold down. Not sure what to do about that but I have a couple ideas to try. Hope something works out.

Three strikes so I'm out. Hope it goes better tomorrow.
 

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What a sweet little doll. I think her hair looks fine. Much better than the bald dolls in my own collection.

Take it easy SD and let yourself rest a bit.

DC, hope your baskets come out well this time.

For towels that have started to fray, I trim if needed, then fold and hem.

Happy to have the machine back and I was going to sew today after working in the yard. Then my book tape came, so I started repairing the journal. Removed 3 pages and then had to glue where the cover had broken. Glue didn't set right so I glued it again, and then taped it. So it is on the sewing table with weights. Hopefully it is fixed now. It's a nice book, lays flat when open, and I went through and pressed it open in a few places so as not to break the cover again.

Got some fabric ironed, had a pile of remnants sitting there. I really dislike they way they wad up the fabric and roll it when they do those at Joann's. Some of those creases are a PITA to get out, even with steam.

Dentist tomorrow. One of my 20 yr old crowns has to be replaced. Fun fun fun.
 

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Finally had success with the basket beginning, but only after three or four restarts. I just couldn’t get colors to blend like I wanted. I finally decided the problem was the ombre that I was using for the base color so I abandoned that. Now it’s just a darker richer combo. Frogging and rewinding is a pain when using three strands. After that I was so tired of messing with the basket that I did about half of a scarf. The triple strand is much harder on my hands and wrists so I try not to work on that for really extended periods. I’ll start another today and hope it goes more smoothly.

The barn swallows launched their flying careers yesterday. They’re out practicing again this morning. The parents are like little rockets but the babies’ fluttery early flights are so cute. The tricky part is learning how to stop. Big rooftops are helpful emergency landing strips.
 
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