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07/01/10

  02:14:00 am, by Airycat   , 353 words  
Categories: Uncategorized

Reorganizing

No stitching today -- yet. I hope to do some cross stitch when I finish here, before I go to bed.

What I have been doing is reorganizing my sewing area. It simply has not been comfortable and only barely functional.

This is how it was arranged:

You can click on this to enlarge it if you can't read my little notes. Essentially, what they say is that everything was all over the place. You can also see that I didn't have a lot of room to move my chair. It looks like a lot of work space, but the table covered three feet of the counter top, since I have only about seven feet in that direction. And the table was constantly being loaded with piles of fabric, sewing and needlework books, magazines and catalogs, and a lot of random stuff, too.

So, after getting a large portion of the fabric put away in the new cupboard, I decided to see what I could do. I thought I was going to have to move the counter around, but, fortunately, I didn't have to.

This is the arrangement now:

Now, all of those three drawer cupboards that were facing away from the sewing area (or, at least, accessible only by going around the tables) are under the counter. I didn't think to take before photos (and couldn't find any that showed what I want), but I do have a during photo. Please ignore the mess. I will have it cleaned and nice pictures tomorrow or the next day.

I have also regained the three feet of counter that were under the table. And there are more cupboards under the counter and table. I put the ironing board in the laundry room. I have a small wall ironing board that folds down that I may put on the small table, unless I can find a way to hang it that doesn't look bad.

I can't remember what else I was going to say. Oh, the letters!

  • a = embroidery machine
  • b = sewing machine
  • c = felting machine
  • d = computer monitor

Now for a bit of cross stitch.

06/27/10

  02:32:00 am, by Airycat   , 243 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Blessings Stitched Fabric Book

Blessing 13, My Son

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Block 18, Blessing 13, Position 7
Backstitch, satin stitch, Chain stitch
Rayon and silk machine threads


 



Having a child is learning unconditional love. That alone is worth it, but the joy of motherhood is so much more, as any mother can attest. Alex is a great son. He's certainly not perfect and has habits and does things that drive me crazy, but they are outweighed by the good things. I have learned more than love and patience from him. He and I have great long discussions. How can one clearly delineate all the way a child is a blessing? I can't. Suffice it to say that he is indeed the greatest tangible blessing in my life.

I think I may end up redoing this one. It doesn't look quite right and after seeing the close up photo, I can see why. I think I need to find a different stabilizer or melt away to print my guide picture. I think the one I use slips, because stitches that look like they are totally connected aren't. Same thing for straight lines of stitches. I also need to refer to the larger photo more often!

LOL I asked my mom if she knew who this was and her first response was "Jackson?" Um, no, he won't be on my blessings list. His dad recognized him, at least.

Here's the photo I used to do this block:


I cropped out the background.

Yeah, definitely needs a do over.

06/24/10

  10:18:00 pm, by Airycat   , 5 words  
Categories: Uncategorized

No Stitching

I posted here, today: Cleaning.

  09:41:00 pm, by Airycat   , 693 words  
Categories: Uncategorized

Cleaning

My son's Facebook update said it all. The sheer amount of ridiculous crap my family can fit in a garage is magical. "Harry Potter & the Boxes of Broken Tiles" We forgot to take before photos, but I have a few blurry ones from last year.

This was before the laundry room was walled in at the back of the garage. We did some cleaning out then, but the last photo here probably looks better than it was on Monday. The biggest problem is that the shelves were supposed to roll out so we could see and put things away. In reality, they were always getting stuck on each other and in cold weather no one wanted to take the time in the unheated garage to bother. Things were getting piled up in no particular order and when we went to look for something, they would get even more out of order. It had reached the point where we couldn't find anything. So Alex, when he couldn't find something he wanted, agreed to help. He emptied almost everything out of the garage. Then, between the two of us, we figured out how to arrange the shelves so that each one was accessible from the front -- no pulling out necessary. We moved the old kitchen cupboards to the back of the laundry room wall where we can actually use it. That freed up space in the far front corner for four of the shelves. The Christmas stuff is finally all together on two of them. We also got rid of a car load of Goodwill donations and at least two garbage bags of trash. All the lumber is piled outside under the balcony. I will use what I need of that to put shelves in my fabric cupboard and probably add the rest to the wood pile. (At least two of the 2x4's from there will be used to get the wood pile off the ground, too.) We put the tiles mentioned in the quote above, along with many more unbroken tiles, under the balcony, too. We need to think hard about whether we will actually use them when we redo the kitchen and baths. If so, we'll put them in storage. If not, they will go to Freecycle. So, now the garage looks like this:


These are books and videos. The corner cupboard and box of hangers sitting on it will be going out to the family room and laundry, respectively. I'm hoping to pare down the extra linens in the boxes at the right, too. They are blocking the window light.

 


This is the front corner with all the Christmas stuff on the right.

 


We actually have enough floor space to set up three pieces of exercise equipment. (We can use it in here when it's not too hot or too cold.)

 


This is the kitchen extras corner. All the seasonal and occasional use stuff is here in the cupboard and on the shelving. The big box behind the mini tramp is my craft paper -- leftover moving paper.

 


The kitchen shelving and beyond from the other side of the garage. Notice the kitty boxes. They are finally out of the laundry room!! That's traditional "garage stuff" above them.

One day it would be nice to turn this into a room. I'd put patio doors where the garage door is. I'd like to do that anyway. Tomorrow, I will get my fabric cupboard.

They didn't have an internal photo, but it's a sort of free standing closet. I don't need the side to hang items, so I'm putting in extra shelves. It will be more functional for me that way. I will get the laundry room, where this will be, reorganized this weekend. Then, if things keep going this well, I will be able to get back to my sewing. Except... I may rearrange my sewing tables, first. I have to wait for Alex to get back, because my one table is a nine foot counter and is way too heavy to move by myself. He should be back sometime Monday, though. Tonight I'm going to work a bit on my Blessings sampler.

06/19/10

  05:27:00 pm, by Airycat   , 213 words  
Categories: Chitchat

Finally Finished!

That's the gift project I've been working on. They will get mailed out on Monday and once the recipients get them, I will have some pictures. I'm finally happy with them, though. I will give them as promised, but I wouldn't mind keeping them, either. :&amp;#58;&amp;#80;

I think I will work some more on the blessings project. If I can plan enough of them in advance, perhaps I can work on them part time and still get to work on the fairy quilt. Alas, I have other sewing projects that need to be done, but aren't as much fun as these two. I think I'd accomplish much more if the daily routine things didn't interrupt my flow of concentration.

I will not be keeping up with every blog I read, either. I currently have over 700 unread posts! That's in needlework blogs alone. Plus I have the blessings blogs listed separately. My Google reader says over 1000 to read. I can read or I can work. So reading will be hit or miss. I think I'm going to have to start a "Must read" file in my reader just to keep up with specific blogs that I have found helpful and inspiring... although anyone who does any needlework is inspiring, so how's that gonna work?

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