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Monday, December 31, 2018

December

December was full and very enjoyable! From a simple dinner with friends to a large party full of radio enthusiasts...to evenings in the kitchen with copious amounts of butter, sugar and chocolate...to quiet evenings watching movies...maybe even a few pieces of fabric got sewn together...decked the halls with boughs of holly? Sure! We did that too! 

Then, after some strategically timed vacation days...I indulged in a couple of long weekends! I used that time to take care of a few things that I had postponed during the year. Mostly stuff around the house...but I did take some time to just relax...

One of those times was this past Friday. I've been getting rid of the new and bringing in the old....lol! After donating plenty of stuff to local thrifts...I decided it was time to purchase some (long admired) vintage pyrex bowls. So hubby and I ventured out to the Antique Mall...

I was originally looking for smaller bowls...ones to be used for breakfast cereal or an evening dessert of ice cream...


Then I found a larger bowl...and admired the design (reminds me of quilting and stitching)...so I bought that one too...knowing eventually I'd find a use for it...


There were lots of fun items there...but I held back on buying too much...after all...I don't want to un-do all that de-cluttering I did during the year! lol! 

Most of today was spent in the sewing room. After trimming all those HST's, it was time to cut them in 4's, rotate some pieces and then sew them back together. Now we have 64 of these...


Next will be adding some green to the mix...hopefully that will happen tomorrow. And since the sun will be shining...I just might be able to get a better picture that shows the color of the fabrics a bit better.


It feels good to be ending the year with a sense that I have fit as much as I could fit into this year...a sense of accomplishment and contentment. Yes, there were things I had planned on doing this year that did not happen. But, as they say... everything happens (or doesn't happen) for a reason...and perhaps that is what keeps us dreaming and looking forward to tomorrow...

Wishing you all the best of health, an abundance of happiness and harmony in your hearts and homes! 

Happy New Year!

~Sharon





 





Sunday, November 25, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend

Let me start by saying that anyone that is working full time (or more) is certainly VERY thankful to have a 4 day break! I am no exception. The last 4 days have been wonderful and appreciated! And yes... now that it is Sunday night, I am wishing for "one more day"....lol!

Thanksgiving Day
We spent the day enjoying each others company, sharing some great food and watching lots of football! While a good amount of time was spent in the kitchen, it was a relaxing kind of day (in it's own way).

Black Friday
The area where I live is very congested. Not quite Manhattan, but announce a few super-mega-sales for "one day only"... well... let's say that the highways and side streets and mall parking lots become a bit too hectic for my taste. So. We did what no one does the day after Thanksgiving... we went to a grocery store! lol! Stocked up on baking supplies and appetizers for the Christmas month ahead...

Small Business Saturday
Again. To hectic to be on the local roads around here...so I did the next best thing to support small business... I cancelled my Amazon account! Not going to go on a rant here... but, I think Amazon has gotten WAY to big... and is squashing small business faster than "local big box marts". So. Iffin' I can't find something local (or order online directly from a small business that has a website)... I'm guessin' I can do just fine without it.

Football Sunday
Yes. It's football season...and that's what's on our TV from 1:30 in the afternoon until sleep every Sunday! Do we park our butts on the couch and watch the entire game(s) from start to finish? Nope. But, the games are on while we sew, fix radios, cook, clean, play with the cat, read....etc. It's just a good way to have our "day of rest".

Blogger Stuff
Some bloggers have been replying to comments directly on their blog. So once or twice I had returned to a blog post to see if a reply was posted....only to notice that the comment I left was not there. I was certain I had left a comment, but it was not there. Has this happened to you? Well, the answer lies within your browser! I'm a Mac person, so I was using Safari as my internet browser (and my comments were not posting)....once I switched to Chrome, all comments began posting!

And, do you know what else? Those of you that have tried to have blogger email you when a comment has been left on your blog (and have not had success with it)....should try changing your browser to Chrome...then go into your blogger settings and enter your email again. That's what I did, and email notifications began coming through!

Sewing
I haven't been sewing much since we adopted Berwyn. Kittens have lots of energy and he is one curious little bugger... so "everything" is a toy to him. We've learned to keep all small stuff put away in containers...and projects in progress get put away into rubbermaid bins when not being worked on. My sewing space and hubby's radio space have never been so organized!

So. Now that we have a system going...I started a quilt today! Did not feel in the mood to work on any of my BOM's in progress...so I opened up a Christmas quilt kit (that has been in my closet for at least 5 years now). It's called "Winter Greetings" and it's from Country Sampler Quilt Shop in Spring Green, WI. It's one of Selma Bennett's "Nickel Club" quilt kits.... don't they package the fabric so beautifully?


The kit comes with 5" and 10" squares pre-cut... so, it was nice to just sit down at the machine and start sewing! :-) Then, once those squares are sewn together, they get cut apart (a certain way), then rearranged, then sewn together...it makes a complicated looking quilt actually become pretty do-able! Her directions are very clear and easy to follow.

I've gotten as far as trimming up 4 HST's...only 60 more to go! Better stop tapping on this keyboard and get back to Block-Loc(ing) those HST's! :-)


Wishing everyone peace and happiness during this Holiday Season! Stay calm and remember the REAL reason for the season! :-)

Berwyn says... "Stay warm and take frequent naps"...


Until next time...stay healthy and keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Extra Hour

Thanks to everyone for sharing what they did with their extra hour! From what I can hear....the extra hour is a good thing! :-) Though... sometimes I wish we'd just stay on the daylight savings time. Yes, it is a bit more difficult to wake up before the sun rises... but, I really do miss the little bit of daylight I had during my commute home from work. Now, when I get home, it feels almost like 9:00 p.m. (when it's only 5:30 p.m.)...dinner in your pajamas, anyone? lol!

So, here was the big thing I did during my "extra hour".... Hubby and I drove to a friend's house to pick up a Singer 15-91. This was gifted to us by our friend's mother (who had it gifted to her by her mother-in-law).


This Singer and it's table are in super nice condition! She also included some different feet and the original manual. It is electric and also has a "knee bar" for starting and stopping with your knee! And here I thought a "knee control" was a function only recently offered on "modern and new" machines! lol! I don't know too much about this particular model, so I've been researching online. My plans are to clean, detail and oil her up before I try to sew on her... though I've been told "she does work"! :-)


Well... I've got a meatloaf and scalloped potatoes baking in the oven right now... sure does smell divine!!! This meal is going to be a great belly warmer on this cold and windy Saturday...

Until next time...stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon

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