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!
Sweet summer carries on here, but try as it might to hold on, fall is gently nudging its way in. More leaves are falling, requiring the porch to be swept now, and although the days are hot, mornings are glorious.
It’s been really hard to write lately and I’ve missed visiting with you, so I truly appreciate your visit with me today. This space was created to express the peace and joy I find in my quiet, simple way of life, but finding peace to write about lately, has been tangled up a bit, with busy days of full schedules.
Today though, I’m able to write and to let you know, that regardless of busy days spent car shopping (mine was determined totaled in the accident), school shopping with the boys, cleaning, trying to stay afloat on my chore list, and running to numerous dental, doctors, and registration appointments in preparation for a new school year, I have still found ways to incorporate peace of mind, no matter what the day may hold. I’ve known for a while now, that for me, happiness is found when there is quiet inside me, even if the day is overflowing with things to do. I’ve found a quiet disposition, may be as important to me as my next doctor's appointment, and discovering this over the past couple years, has really changed my life.
So during the busy that’s been building here these past days, I knew that to conquer it, I could take a little better care of myself. There have been some late evening quiet walks, to see the neighborhood pets like the llamas and horses. I’ve taken time to love my kids even more and to enjoy time with our own pets.
I decided to treat my skin like it is special, instead of dropping into bed without removing my makeup, like I’ve been known to do at times. (Ew.) Who knew that caring for your face could feel so good?
I signed up for “Stitch Fix” too, a company that picks out clothes for you. (I haven’t bought new clothes in a long time.) They sent me five pieces of clothing, and I kept them all; a dress, two shirts, a pair of jeans, and a necklace. This will be my new way of shopping, since shopping is something I don't really enjoy.
I’ve also found peace of mind, by taking time to read, even if I do only get through a page before having to move on to something else.
Lastly, I’m consciously drinking more water. By taking good care of myself, I’ve realized it’s possible to feel relaxed and happy, even in the midst of hectic days.
Well then, we should move on to crafting, should we not? Christmas fabric has been cut! I reluctantly uploaded these pictures, for fear that those of you who want to wait until much later, okay, at least until after August (I know:), might not find Christmas fabric too pretty of a sight right now. But I have several quilts in progress, and if I’m to get them done by Christmas, I do need to start sewing now. So late last night, after everyone was in bed, I pulled out some fabric and started sewing. I must add, it was a surprisingly exciting, in a Christmas preparation sort of way:)
Well my dear friends. I hope it’s beautiful where you are today. May your busy days be balanced with beauty, and with moments of treating yourself extra well, so that even in the rush, there is always peace and joy.
Love to you.