Last week was an adventure! It began last weekend really, with a power outage in our bedroom. No light, no fan. Our favorite electrician and best friend, Tom came to ferret out the problem. He discovered a bad switch, and came last Sunday to fix it for us. After he left, Greg and I went into a cleaning frenzy, and removed all dust bunnies behind furniture and in so doing, my canister vacuum blew up! On Monday, in the bathroom most used, the toilet broke! On Tuesday, my upright vacuum sparked and ignited while I was using it! On Thursday afternoon, I walked into the kitchen to discover water all over the floor. The ice was melting, and the freezer was not freezing!!! The fridge side was only cold on the lower shelf!!!! I transferred and shoved all I could, into the freezer in the garage, and when Greg got home, he helped me get the fridge transferred. I was cooling off yeast rolls, and garlic bread that had completely defrosted!
That night, I was walking through the sitting room off the kitchen, and rammed my toe into the wooden bun foot of the ottoman. I am not sure if I broke it, but it hurt like a son of a sea cook!!! Black and blue, swollen, and ouchy!!! In between all of the flurry of breaks and mishaps, I was in a frenzy of cleaning out, clearing away, tossing, donating, and organizing! I took trip after trip to the Goodwill. And it felt good!!
I have been sewing a fair bit too. So loving my new sewing nest! I have been making oodles of the Lori Holt travel bags!!
I made some pretty black print bags for my Mom. She is taking a cruise to the Panama Canal in a couple of weeks. I guess I didn't get a picture of hers made. But this is the fabric I used. It is inside out in the photo. A pretty black print on cream background. I did a black lining with black ties. I gave them to her when she was here the other day.
I am joining in on a Christmas quilt along too. So far we have made 4 blocks. This is a quiltalong series by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet If you want to join in, you can follow her on Insta Gram @ beelori1 She is posting the blocks on her IG feed. But you do need to have her book for most of the blocks. Quilty Fun can be purchased on her blog, or found at your local Joann's, if you are lucky, like I was. Also Amazon has it.
Here are the first four blocks we have done.
In my frenzy of cleaning and clearing out, I have been trying to declutter my sewing room as best I can. I want everything I need in the same room. But it was just too crowded for me. So I had to clear off my sewing table of all things unnecessary. I removed the little Featherweight, and will keep it nearby for when I am doing a lot of piecing. And always, I use that little gem for taking to classes! I put my little collectibles and gifts over on the armoire, and set a shelf in the back to raise them up, and put my books in the front.
My sewing surface is much better now, and I feel like I have everything I need at my fingertips.
Ah the days when I had a waist!!! I raised the wicker form up onto a small bench to prevent the fabric from puddling onto the floor, as my Dusty boy likes to lay in this room with me whenever I am in here. He has many times, cozied up to the edge of my dress, and I don't want it covered in Chocolate Lab Hair!! This makes the bustled train prettier from behind as well.
Yesterday, we had made arrangements to take the girls to lunch and the movies for their birthdays.
Noah and Erika joined us for lunch first at BJ's. And then Noah came along with us to see Big Hero Six at the movies. We all had a great time. Afterwards, Geeps took us all to Cold Stone for ice cream. A big day was had by all!!!!
Thanks for visiting, and following along with our busy life! Happy November!!!!!! Very thankful today for the much cooler temps!!!!