Friday, September 12, 2014

Living Room Re-Do

Right at the beginning I'm going to apologize for the amount of photos in this post. There are a lot. I tried to show everything from all the angles so that you could get an idea of where everything is. I've been dreaming of this for so long, and arranging the furniture in my mind in the middle of the night. I'm happy to say that everything fit where I thought it would.

 We still need a light in the new dining room, but unless we have company it's alright for now. We usually eat at the counter when it's just the two of us.

Now for the living room. No more carpet on the walls. No more ugly handrails from the eighties. I can easily fit eight people on the chairs and sofas without moving in more furniture. So, that means the grandchildren and Papa and I can all sit while we have movie marathons. My friends can all fit when it's my turn to have Bee, or my book group. I'm so excited. We can see out of the windows now without having to stand on tip-toe, because the windows are too high.

I even decorated for Autumn, while I was at it. Now I'm going to pretend that it isn't supposed to be in the nineties all weekend. I think I'll have to skip the mulled apple cider for now and stick to iced tea. That Autumn quilt up there on the sofa is waiting for me to pick up my needle, so I'm going to go get busy.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bright and Cheery

This bright little bag is supposed to be a lunch bag. I don't have a need for a lunch bag. I never take my lunch with me, and if I did, I wouldn't take it in this cute little container. I don't want to get it dirty. The pattern book suggested laminated cotton, and I wanted to try it, but was not able to locate any at my local fabric stores. Peltex 71, is a very heavy duty fusible interfacing. I used it on the bottom half of this bag, and heavy duty it sure is. It feels almost like cardboard. I used a denim needle to stitch it. It gives great body to this bag, and enables it to stand up. BUT, it leaves sort of a ripple texture in the fabric. I don't think ripple is the word I'm thinking of, but you can sort of see it in the photos.
The pattern and directions are very clear. I can't say that it was easy to sew, nor would I say that it was difficult. I had a bit of difficulty trying to sew with the stiffness of the interfaced fabric. If you look closely you will notice a few wobbles in the seaming, and that is the reason why. I think that I will probably carry smallish knitting projects in it to take for a quick stitch here and there. Good idea, don't you think?

The pattern book, Sew Serendipity Bags, includes a very cute pattern for a nice sized backpack that is calling my name. It needs the stability and stiffness of the Peltex 71, so I need to practice with a few smallish projects before I attempt it.

The living room is finally done. I still need a light and an electrician for the dining room. So, I can't decide if I should show it now, or wait until it's totally done...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


This is a photo of my art journal. It's filled with mostly blank watercolor paper. I intend to fill it with sketches and drawings and a little watercolor. I am a total beginner who just likes to scribble, and dabble.

I have family and friends that are wonderful artists. I do not put myself in their league in any way shape or form. BUT, I have started, (as in raw beginner), to play with paper, ink and paint. I have wanted to for a long time, but I was afraid. Embarrassed. I'm not getting any younger, so if I don't start soon, I'm going to run out of time.

So, I'm giving it a try. In my journal. For myself. Not to be hung on a wall. I'm really just doing this for myself. I'm just going to see if I can improve through practice.

Stop laughing... 

Friday, September 5, 2014


It's almost my favorite season. Autumn. I want to get out the decorations and the cinnamon. It's time, almost, for everything pumpkins, and everything cinnamon and apples. Almost, because I just can't start to celebrate my favorite season when it's still really, really hot outside. The air conditioner is still running every day.

My house still isn't put back together, in case you are wondering. Next Wednesday we will have the electronic equipment set up in the "New" living room. Then we can put everything away. Move the second coffee table out. Put the furniture where it belongs. I still have stacks of dishes in my sewing room. Get the picture? I can't wait. I can't stand clutter and we started this project in May, so I've had more than my share of clutter. I need an electrician still, to hang a dining room light, in the still non-existent dining room. It's still a family room with some extra "stuff".

I basted an autumn quilt this week, and started the hand quilting yesterday. I started the pumpkin applique about five years ago. I'd love to tell you the name of the pattern, but I've gotten rid of it in all of my de-cluttering. I thought of machine quilting, but I just can't do it. I love hand quilting, and it's something I can do while watching movies on TV. I still need to see the last two episodes of Outlander, and I have this project that I can stitch on while catching up. Don't you love Outlander? I want to visit Scotland. It's right near the top of my bucket list.
I spent an hour or two at my sewing machine this week on the latest bag project.  Progress...