Hello! There’s a light on in the basement. Can you see it from where you are? Would you like to come on in, and see where I have been the past few days? I’ll put the kettle on for tea!
It started with a Craigslist ad. Something I think I have only done once before. The Tin Lizzie quilting machine, that we had saved our money to buy from a co-worker, just didn’t seem to be the right fit for me. I admire people who can make the beautiful feathers and fancy designs of quilting, but I don’t know if it’s my limited skills, (yes probably,) or my love of all things simple, but I am drawn to very basic quilting designs. Straight lines and stitching “in the ditch,” is what I often fancy. So I placed an ad to sell the machine, and three days later, a sweet older man from Iowa took a drive with his niece and her husband to pick it up here in the woods, and it was gone.
Before they even got here, I stayed up late folding fat quarters and moving things around, starting to get my sewing room back in order. (It’s been in disarray since we bought the machine.) The next morning after coffee was poured, a big stash cleanout of fabric and wool occurred, and when the nice man arrived, it all went home with him! He was happy to finally get his Tin Lizzie, and I was happy to have it go. I finished up the day organizing the remainder of my yarn and fabric.
A little Juki-2010Q machine is replacing the machine this week, and I think it will fit perfect at my table and with my quilting. I am very much looking forward to using it, and to start layering my quilts.
I now have a room with minimal stash, (not quite seen in this view.) What I have left I love. With the extra space, and loving what is there, I have found myself drawn to sew more the past few days, or returning here to just look it all over. There will be more added to the room, but I’ll be careful now, not to buy yarn or fabric just because it’s on sale as I did in the past, but instead in small amounts, carefully chosen, because it is adored.
The pictures I have framed are vintage patterns from my mom’s sewing room that I framed with scrap booking paper in the background. I love how they remind me of her, and the days of those 70’s fashions.
The chickens are doing well and on top of their grain meal, they get one meal a day of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and triscuits or granola. My son said they eat better than him. Hmmm, he had homemade Shrimp Gumbo that evening. Ha!
A dryer outage and no repairman until Wednesday, inspired us to hang the clothesline this weekend, and although I love a dryer as much as any woman, the clothesline did get me out in the yard more often this weekend, helped me slow down to the pace of life I love, and even got me to look up with gratitude to the sky unexpectedly a few times. I’m looking forward to Wednesday, but until then we’ll be just fine.
Well friends, it’s time for tea! I’m so happy you stopped by. I hope you have the most wonderful and peaceful week!
Hi, my name is Jeannine. I live in the Midwest, US. I am a wife and a mom of four. I spend my time taking care of my family, cooking, knitting, sewing, gardening, and homeschooling my youngest child. I created this space to share my love and gratitude for all of these things here. I'm so happy you stopped by. Jeannine:)