Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Happy Fall!

Are you still in fall mode or have you moved on to Christmas? I'm sticking with fall for now - I usually start my Christmas decorating on Thanksgiving day.

This was our maple tree last Thursday

and this was Sunday.
Beautiful but doesn't last long! 

Then there is this crazy thing - almost completely dead two weeks ago, now it's perked back up and looking better than it did in the summer.

Ditto for this one!

Oh - and the mystery lights finally faded out last week - but they are back on again!

Keeps things interesting I guess!



 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

It's a Mystery

 
This picture was taken when we were looking at this house in July of 2016. When the previous owner moved out in August 2016, she left this chandelier on the back porch. I never checked the lights to see if they were turned on or off, or even if they had batteries but we never saw the lights on. I left it there because I thought it was cool and would figure out something to do with it sooner or later.

Fast forward to 2020. Sometime either late fall (2019) or early spring, we took the chandelier down to put up windchimes. We just put it over on the concrete bench because, well, it's kinda cool and eventually I will do something with it, right?

In March, hubby went to let the dog out and saw this.

The lights were on! I promise we have not touched the lights. They stayed on for 4 days. They got a little dimmer each day until they went out completely.

In April (Easter Day) they repeated.

On Mother's Day, in the middle of a storm, they came back on again.

Last week when I walked by the window early in the morning, the lights were on again. The only thing we have done since May is to move it from the concrete bench to the deck box. Still have not touched the lights.

I took these pictures last Friday morning.

Most days they are pretty bright before daylight then get dimmer during the daytime though a couple of times they have stayed bright all day.

This entire time, the switch has been in the off position.

Right now they are pretty dim but we will see if they get bright again after dark.

I'm not sure if I want to open the battery pack or not. 

What if there aren't any batteries inside?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Halloween Decorating

I finally got all my Halloween stuff out.
 I re-finished three pieces that I stitched years ago. (All from Lizzie Kate) I forgot to take before pictures - I know I have some but I guess they are on the other computer. 

All I did to this one was replace the ribbon. It had a purple satin ribbon/bow. I swapped it out and added the black and white button. Much better.
 
This one had a wide purple ribbon/bow and the bottom was about the same as the top. I never really liked it but it was finished so I left it - until this year. I took the ribbon off, took all the stuffing out and cut 2 1/2 inches off the bottom. Thanks to Vonna's 'fluff and stuff' method I re-stuffed and used all the stuffing I pulled out. Still not perfect but it is firmer and less bumpy. I changed out the ribbons and I like it much better now!

My last re-finish was originally finished on a foam block (again, never really liked it) I found this frame at Michael's - it has a Halloween picture under there - I covered a piece of sticky board with fabric and mounted the stitching on foam core with two layers of batting. A new bow and a felt ghost to finish it off. Thanks to Priscilla for teaching us to think out of the box.

I had to take this from off to one side to keep the lights from glaring on the glass of Too Cute for Pie (still one of my all time favorite stitches!)



My white cabinet - still one of my favorite places to decorate.

The gnome is new - isn't he cute? He's hanging out in the laundry room.

Last, but not least, a couple of cute pups.

Have you decorated for Halloween?

I have no idea if we will have trick-or-treaters or not this year. I'll have some treats but I will probably just leave a bowl outside and keep it filled until I run out.


Monday, October 5, 2020

A Heartfelt Thanks and Outside the Closet

 I'm a little slow these days, but I want to say thank you to Patricia over at Bird Nest On the Ground

Patricia likes to rescue things and she has been making 'Heart prints' from an old quilt and sharing them with her readers. I was lucky enough to receive one of her creations.
 I haven't decided exactly how I will display it yet - I might just put it on an easel like it is or I might frame it. However I decide to display it, it makes me smile every time I see it.
Take a look at her blog and see what lovelies she has there.

And here is a look around the rest of the sewing room. This room has not been painted since we moved in so I did not choose this color. These shelves have a combination of both cross stitch and quilting books and patterns.

It's a small room and packed full. The cabinet to the right of the sewing table has my 'fancy floss' in it. My stash has outgrown the boxes it is organized in so I'm in search of a new storage solution. 
The white cabinet on the far right has fabric in it.
 It's full and most of it is fat quarters. 

Most of this shelf unit is cross stitch. The plastic tote on top is paper crafting supplies and there is one basket of quilt patterns but the rest of it is cross stitch. The white cabinet with the glass door has some of my scissors displayed inside.

And there is the closet. That's it. I told you it was small. The shelves in the first picture are just to the right of the open door.
It looks nothing like this today - I'm working on a few projects. Some of them are gifts so I'll have to wait to show those but I'm also updating a few Halloween stitches that I wasn't really happy with the finish on. I'll show those in the next couple of days.

Our weather has been so nice. Cool mornings, nice afternoons. Unfortunately the skeeters are still here so if I spend too much time outside I become a skeeter snack.

That's it for now. 
Hope you have a great week!

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Craft Closet

 A few weeks ago I decided it was time to clean out the craft closet.

First up - pull everything out

It's not that big of a closet! 
I needed to condense and combine. 
I also had three tubs in the guest closet that needed to go in here.

Here we go. The three totes in the middle are from the guest closet.
The bottom two have batting and stuffing in them.
The top one is part of my kitted projects. I think there are 29 project bags in there and some of them contain more than one project.

Doesn't everyone have a picture of Jon Bon Jovi in their closet? You couldn't see him before I started this project!
The totes in the back - the one on the bottom is scraps (quilting) everything else is empty. 
I bought one of the craft carts from Michael's but I haven't filled it yet.

                                                 
On the other side, there are built in shelves. 
They are poorly designed. The wall comes to a point on the end because the door to the room is on an angle. There isn't a lot of room between the shelves and the wall so getting things in and out isn't easy. I put stuff I know I wouldn't use often in the back and tried to keep the stuff I might need more often close to the door (I put the wire shelves on the inside of the doors when we first moved in - great way to get extra space!)
I wouldn't exactly call it organized but I do at least know where to start looking.
I have a pile of boxes full of stuff to donate out in the garage. Need to get them out of here before I start pulling stuff back out!

And here is the guest closet after I moved the craft stuff out.
I keep some of my seasonal stuff in there (I took these pics before I put my pumpkins out) I also keep my gift wrap stuff in there. Still a little to work on but it's better. 

You could not even see the floor in there when I started! 
I hope to do a little more organizing as I use my seasonal stuff this year. If I haven't used it in a couple of years, it's gotta go!

I'll show the rest of the sewing/craft room later.

Have a great weekend!





Monday, September 21, 2020

September Birthdays and Finished Stitches

 How's the weather where you are? We finally have some temps that feel somewhat like fall!

 We have a few September birthdays to celebrate.

First up - hubby's was on the 15th

Brittany's is today and Brian's is the 30th

Happy birthday to some of my favorite people!

I have a few things I not only finished stitching but I fully finished them!

This is the small from the Chalk Full Harvest by Hands on Design and Priscilla. I added buttons that I had in my stash and then used the magnet/washer trick to mount it onto a Hobby Lobby frame. I already had the magnet glued to the back of the stitching (this was my third attempt - I didn't like the first two) because I was going to stick it on something metal so I just hot glued enough washers to the glass on the frame to get it to meet the magnet. I may find something else later to stick it to then I can just remove the washers and still use the frame.

The larger design in the same chart pack is mounted on a padded board (the small is padded as well) then I put a gold fabric covered board with a sunflower covered board at the back. I may or may not go back and add a bow at the top. This is again held on with magnet since there are others in this series that I want to stitch. 

This one is an older piece. I actually stitched it in 2009 and just got it fully finished. It is by Twisted Threads and I think the coat or whatever it is she is wearing was purple and I changed it to blue. I did colonial knots instead of French knots and the needle I used was completely bent by the time I finished! 
I knew I didn't want it just in a frame but it took me this long to figure out what to do with it. 
Priscilla has taught us to all think outside the box with finishing!
I bought a 'box' from Michael's - this was in the summer clearance section - this actually the back side, there is a star on the other side. Anywhoo - I sprayed it with some white chalk paint and added a drawer pull. I was going to have hubby build me a drawer but this was 70% or 80% off so it was only a couple of dollars and worked perfect. I again mounted it on a padded board and put money fabric (which I've had since I finished the stitching part!) behind it. It's in there snug but not actually attached. (though I don't see myself using this for anything else at the moment. I have it sitting on the bookcase next to my computer where I pay bills. 

I do have another finish but I'll save it for later. I haven't fully finished it yet and it's a summer piece so I've got some time to figure that one out.

Guess that's it for now.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Time Flies!

 Wow - didn't know it had been so long since I posted! 

I was going to show you my galvanized tray before swapping it out for fall and realized I had missed a few other photos too so here ya go!

My summer galvanized tray.

Finally got my cushion for the swing. Worth waiting for - I love it!

Got my French Alphabet Sampler framed and hung over the fireplace. I'm still debating moving the crochet above it. (have to get out the tall ladder)

I finished Knee High (Hands on Design) a couple of months ago but I haven't decided what to do with it yet. It's on 36ct Light Coffee (Vicki Clayton) with one strand over two threads except for the quilt where I used 2 strands over two. I love the look but hated stitching with 2 on 36 count! I used all the called for colors.

Are you as tired of all this craziness as I am? We finally took a little day trip yesterday and had lunch with the oldest and his bride. The first time we had seen any of our kids since Christmas! (in person - thank goodness for modern technology!) It was nice to pretend the world was normal for a few hours.

Plan to start with the fall decorating this week. I'll try to not be so long between posts this time!

Hope you are having a nice holiday weekend!