Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Feeling Grateful

The past few days have been spent making lined curtains and cushions for a friend's kitchen.  I have to admit that I'm pleased with the way they turned out.  I used a walking foot for the curtains, which was a good call.  Much easier to keep things squared and straight.  And I love, love, love my piping foot.  Of course, you know that I love whatever foot is on my sewing machine.

And now, oh joy, I have the rest of the afternoon free of sewing jobs.  I'm totally caught up.  Well, except for little curtains for my sister, but so far I've not been able to find the little vintage homespun checks that she needs for the museum where she works. Oh, and a couple of work projects, but there is time for those.

I've promised myself a little white Christmas tree in my office that's turned into half office, half overflow sewing room.  I think this afternoon will be the time for that.  And for making some banana bread.  Finishing up the tiny dab of laundry that's left, then that will be all caught up too.

On this week before Thanksgiving, I'm feeling very grateful.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Looking Out

Snow today, but sunny this afternoon for a few minutes.  I keep hearing that it will be a long winter, and it's certainly started early.

Probably because I have a "big" sewing project, I keep finding other things to do between project tasks.  I think of it as my planning time, but it may be my procrastination time too.

And, it's the strangest things.  Like getting out my Christmas dishes and running them through the dishwasher.  Like clearing out the metal shelves in my office.  They will be going down to the basement, eventually.  Some things that I thought I once needed . . . I don't need any more.

Like making an appointment for an oil change for my car.  That isn't strange, and it's something I wish I'd done last week.  Going to the dealership tomorrow morning when the temperature is supposed to be eleven degrees doesn't make me happy.  Love the heated seats in my car, though.

Like reminding myself what's actually in the bottom of my Hoosier cabinet.  The one that was my grandmother's.  I keep telling myself that I'm not a pack rat, but I really have to work at not being one.

Time to go back to work.  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

New Project

The free Viking design this month is a cd case, with pockets for seven cd's.  The houndstooth and red polka dot pockets alternate.  You can download the embroidery design and instructions here :

Steph cooked a pre-Thanksgiving turkey last night and Aaron called me to let me know that the dog ate the heart and the gizzard.  Big news.

I am thinking that one more yard cleaning will do it - the leaves are almost gone now.  One of my goals for the year was to have the yard and beds clean at the end of the season - put to bed as Joanne says.  I know it will make things much easier in the spring and I'll be able to plant earlier.

Someone said to me this week that she is looking forward to the winter months when she can be in her studio and just SEW.  No yard work or other outside distractions.  I'm a little conflicted about that, but I can feel the attraction.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

With Apologies

With apologies to somebody, somewhere . . .

Friends saw this wall hanging in a hospital, the message spoke to them, and they really wanted it for their new home.  I tired sleuthing around to find the artist so I could get permission to redo it or purchase the pattern, without success.  I went ahead and did my own version for my friends, and it's pretty close to the original. If anyone recognizes it as their own, I'll still ask permission after the fact, and I hope you'll be gracious.

Embroidery design from Embroidery Library.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Last Day

This was the last Kings Island day for the season.  Because we re-uped for next year, we had Fast Pass wristbands for the day.  That was a fun thing, but we really didn't need them because there weren't lines for anything.  Bengals game, and chilly weather, plus I would guess that most people were just done with all that fun for this year.

Aaron was about as close as you can be to being tall enough to ride the Diamondback, but he had to wait in the pen.  He agonized about whether to ride the Banshee, finally opted out.  I did ride it and have to admit that about half way through I was ready to quit.  I'm just not good at the corkscrew stuff.  I'll probably give it another try, though, another year

So now, to warm up before bed.  I'm just cold all over.  And yet, I'm considering a pumpkin beer, when what would really be good would be one of the winter warmers.  I can't believe that I rode the coasters in November.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Figured It Out

I figured out the pictures, just needed to use a different browser.  I need to remember to be more like the generations before me - just push buttons until something works.  

So, above, Steph, Nora, and Aaron scooping out the seeds in preparation for carving.

And then, I went with my neighbor to a pumpkin walk at a park in nearby Fort Thomas.  The trail was lined with lit pumpkins, real ones that people carved plus pumpkin lumineria plus plastic pumpkins.  Above are two of the judged winners.  At the end were two figures who were counting - they said 2900 people had come before us.  It was so worth the wait.

Some snow this morning, as predicted.  I remember dressing my daughter for Trick or Treat when we lived in Detroit, always winter clothes.  Here, we're kinda spoiled, don't think it should be that way. Steph said that Aaron was under the weather, had to give up early.  She and Nora very nicely took his pumpkin and people were nice about that.

I need to find my gloves.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

I do have some Halloween pictures, of course, but I got a new computer this week and have not yet figured out how to upload blog pictures.  It should be easy.  It is easy, I'm sure.  I just need to work with it.

So, in the meantime, Happy Halloween.  So far, it's raining and tonight there may be snow flurries.  I have six bags of candy bars, because I'm hopeful, but I have a feeling that there will probably be less than ten trick or treaters. 

The computer story:  the mother board went out of my seven year old laptop.  I was dismayed, of course.  I wasn't prepared to buy a new computer, both financially or in terms of research.  So, I purchased a former business lease computer.  It has Windows 7, so there was little learning curve, except for those pictures.  And the nice guy at the computer store in Alexandria was able to back up all my files to my external drive.  I have Microsoft Works and my embroidery software loaded on the new computer.  I'm all set.