Archive for April, 2017

Book Sale and Bookmarks

April 28, 2017

No estate sales for Sis and me this week. Instead we went to the Library Book Sale that started Wed. and will run through Sun. I LOVE to go to book sales. You never know what goodies you can find.

And I found lots! Well, they’re goodies to me anyway. ūüôā

The magazines in the middle are mostly crochet magazines. Just chock full of some really cool items. If you look closely, you can see some pink markers in some of them where I’ve already¬†marked items of interest to me. Oh my, more things to make!

The items in the back are audio books. I love to listen to a book while I’m working on a project in the evening after supper and exercise.

The books in the front are more mystery stories¬†that I enjoy reading after I go to bed. No blood and guts and foul language¬†for me. I like “light”, ¬†sometimes funny mysteries. Yeah,¬†it always seems like they must have a murder, but the story doesn’t dwell on the gruesome side of it. And usually 90 per cent of the story is just about the characters and their lives.

I also found some more books written by some of my favorite authors — M. C. Beaton and Lillian Jackson Braun.

Sis’s interests for the day seemed to be picking up some of her favorite DVD movies. She bought six; and for one dollar each, she will have lots of hours of watching movies. She says she likes to cross-stitch while she watches tv or movies. And she only bought ONE craft magazine!! I wish I had her will-power.

The day after we went to the book sale, Sis came over to craft. We had our usual popcorn and coffee but no “show and tells” this week.

I spent a couple of days working in my little shop out back trying to get things organized. Believe it or not, I have a few bags of stuff to put in the yard sale that I’m hoping is going to happen next month. There’s still one side of the shop that I need to go through and then that project will be done for a while.

In the meantime, I’m working on three different projects¬†— a rug crocheted out of some¬†rug yarn that I picked up at a recent estate sale, the cross-stitch kitty stocking, and¬†a light, lacy, short-sleeve cardigan that I’m knitting on size 5 needles with #10 crochet cotton. Oh my!¬†¬†Needless to say, these last two¬†are going slowly.

Poor Sis. I’ve been inundating her with more and more projects. She’s always been one to start a project, work on it until it’s finished, then start a new project. She didn’t know what she was getting into when she started crafting with me!

So nothing for her to show this time. She’s still working on the plastic canvas Christmas ornaments, and now she’s started another felt stocking. In fact, she was having trouble trying to figure out one of the embroidery stitches, so she brought her project to see if I could help her. Two heads are better than one,¬†and we finally figured it out. She made lots of notes so she could remember how to do it after she got back home and was on her own again.

After figuring¬†out the problem for Sis, we cut out little “bottle aprons” out of Aida cloth (cross-stitch fabric) to stitch little Christmas designs on. During the week, going through some catalogs of craft items, I saw some “bottle aprons” that fit¬†over the neck of bottles. Like wine bottles, etc.¬†Instead of buying the aprons, I rummaged around in my big tote of Aida cloth stash and found some cloth.¬†We figured out the pattern¬†and cut¬†out¬†22 of them! Sis took half of them home.¬†Now¬†we¬†have yet¬†another project to do.

After getting the little aprons cut out, we picked up our crochet hooks and worked on these:

I found these paper clips with flat heads on them at an estate sale and remembered that I had a pattern to make little flowers to glue on the flat heads. They make cute bookmarks, I think.

Not Much Crafting Today

April 23, 2017

Sis came over early and we took off to Estate-sale hop. There were four in our area and we were determined to make it to all of them in spite of the rain.

We seemed to linger at all of them so long that it was almost three o’clock when we finally got back home. We hadn’t had lunch yet, so instead of lunch we fixed our popcorn and coffee. We took our treats to the sewing room and showed each other our “show and tells”.

Since I posted my show and tells last week, I just showed Sis what they were; but I won’t post the pics again this time. However, I had a shawl in the UFO stack that I had finished several months ago. The reason it was in the UFO¬†pile was because I had made it too long and was unhappy with the way it looked.¬†I had frogged it back to where I wanted it and was having a terrible time getting it back on the needles to bind it off again. We’re talking 375 stitches to put back on the needle without skipping any stitches. Yeah!

Needless to say, it went into the UFO pile. Well, I got those big girl panties on and made myself sit and put that sucker back on the needles. I did it the first try!! 375 stitches! Then I bound it off and got it blocked.

I love the way it looks now. Isn’t it pretty? Even though I made some mistakes (and I won’t be showing anyone where they are!), I think it’s Fair-worthy.

Sis was still in the painting mood and painted another little tote bag that she found in her stash of stuff.

When I first looked at it, I thought it was counted cross-stitch. Especially the little snowflakes. But she painted them as well as the candy cane. You can’t see from the picture, but she added glitter to the snowflakes and they sure sparkle! So simple, but so cute!

Also Sis has started another kit of plastic canvas Christmas ornaments that I gave her a while back. They are very detailed and she only has three of the six¬†finished so far. She hasn’t cut them out of the plastic yet; but they are so cute, she had to bring them to show them off.

After all this eating, talking, and “show and tell”, we really didn’t have time to start any crafting today. But I showed her what I had planned on doing, so we’ll hopefully get to that next time.

Cleaning and Catching Up

April 15, 2017

Sis didn’t come over this week for “craft day.” It happened to be the day of her 51st anniversary. Her husband passed away last year just three days after their 50th anniversary. She was having a hard week, I’m sure. I’ve been so thankful that her children have been close to her and has¬†offered her a lot of support.

I sure have missed her this week and my heart has been hurting for her.

After getting my sewing room all cleaned up and looking good, I decided to get a little more “spring” cleaning done. I actually have a¬†small stash of items from the sewing room that I’m going to get rid of via another garage sale.

With this in mind, I’ve cleaned up the sunroom and have a few more sacks of junk¬†from¬†there. The sunroom looks nice and clean again, and minus a lot of clutter.¬†Purging¬†leaves¬†a good feeling.

Yesterday was a nice warm day with no rain. A perfect day to drag all the junk out of the storage area behind my little shop out back. It was hard work, hubby helped, and now it’s straightened up and minus a lot of clutter as well.

We put everything we dragged out onto the deck and covered it with a tarp until I can go back through it, clean things up a bit, and tag it for the sale.

There’s quite a few things under there. (I can’t believe I had all that stuff¬†in my storage area because it’s still pretty full!)

Yep, purging is a good feeling. Especially for someone like me who likes to keep everything! 

A couple of weeks ago, I got the bedroom and living room cleaned and purged a little in those rooms as well. The computer room will have to be done soon; and I’d like to get to my shop, the garage and the attic before I start planning on having¬†the garage sale. Hubby’s shop should be cleaned and purged also, but he says “all my stuff is good.” Uh huh, sure it is.

As far as crafting goes, I’ve only been working on WIP’s, (works in progress). I finished another pair of socks, a cross-stitch bookmark, more scrubbies, and a¬†UFO scarf that I’d started last Fall.

Also in between these projects, I’ve been cross-stitching on my kitty stocking. Here’s an update.

There’s still a little stack of projects that I need to iron or¬†block and get them out of my room. My plans are to¬†do that today. Maybe I’ll have the sewing room¬†looking good again¬†by the time Sis is back next week.


April 7, 2017

Sis came early again¬†as it’s beginning to be¬†the norm and we ran to a couple of estate sales. Even though the day was turning out to be sunny, (finally), it was still a little chilly; and we enjoyed getting back home to have some coffee. It tasted really good along with our popcorn.

First was our “show and tell.” Since I finished my bag after she left last week,¬†Sis saw my froggie bag and another pair of socks that I finished knitting last week. I spent most of my week working on getting my sewing room back together, so I didn’t have anything else to show.

Sis brought her finished bags that she had taken home with her.

This picture doesn’t do them any justice. They are really cute and well done. I was impressed!

We sit and visited while we had our treats, then off to the craft room to work on scrubbies.

Neither one of us have worked with this rough Red Heart yarn called Scrubby before. It was a bit of a challenge at first. But after a while we were getting the hang of it and we had crocheted all these scrubbies by the time that Sis had to leave.

Scrubbies are kind of a dishcloth made with cotton yarn and this scratchy yarn that makes “scrubbing” the dish a little easier. We made them to look like a flower.

We’re going to display the scrubbies¬†next to our crocheted towels at the craft show this Fall. Hopefully they’ll sell as well as the towels do. ūüôā

Finally! My New Door!

April 3, 2017

Hubby and I have lived in this house for going on 18 years. (It seems incredible when I put a big number to that statement — where does the time go?)

We’ve made a lot of changes to this house over the years and made this house “ours.” Some of the changes have been small things like getting storm windows put on all the windows and adding extra insulation to the attic. And some of the changes have been big expense items like adding on to our bedroom and my sewing room and putting a sunroom on the back of the house.

Ever since we’ve been living here, however, I’ve had to fight with the bedroom/sewing room¬†closet door. The closet goes back beyond the door on one side, and it’s always been a hassle to get to the back of this closet. I’ve had to turn myself into a pretzel and struggle to get anything in or out of that area of the closet. And now that this room is my sewing room and I keep a lot of my supplies in this closet, I’m getting in there at least one or two times a day.

I’ve hated that tiny closet door¬†for a LONG time. We¬†found a guy that came out, gave us an estimate,¬†and had it finished in¬†one day! What in the world took me soooooo long to get this small project done!?!

Since the guy was going to have to cut¬†six inches of¬†sheet rock¬†out of¬†the wall, everything in the room would be covered with a thin layer of “dust.” My sewing room has been needing a good “spring cleaning” for a long time. Plus, I need to purge and get rid of some of this junk/pretties that I really don’t want anymore. The room is really cluttered.

So I removed everything from the walls and floor, and moved all the furniture as far into my “cockpit” (as Hubby calls it).

The stuff on the bed is from the closet because I had to move everything out of there as well. Then I put plastic on all of it to protect it from all the plaster dust.

We had to wait over the weekend for the guy to come and start on the door, so I got antsy and started stripping off the trim boards, etc.

Here’s what it looked like after the guy got the wall cut out. He didn’t even tear up my wallpaper! I was impressed.

Here’s what it looked like after he finished. I was going to do the painting on the trim. Here’s what it looked like after I got it painted.

I LOVE IT! It’s exactly like I imagined it to be!

The next day I put everything back into the closet.

Look how easy it’ll be to get to my supplies in the back of the closet now.

Here’s before,

and after,

Have I mentioned that I love it?!

Since the room was so torn up and needed a good cleaning, I decided to rearrange, clean everything up, and get rid of stuff that has outlived its usefulness to me. It was a lot of work, I spent several days on it, and now it’s all together again, and clean!

During all this mess, Sis came over for crafting on Thurs. as usual. She saw my new door, but hasn’t seen the room all put back together yet.

We painted on our tote bags again. She didn’t bring hers because she wasn’t finished with it, but I got her started on a couple more while she was here. I finished my froggie one,

Isn’t it cute? I think I’ll keep this one for me. (Have I mentioned that I’m a “bag lady” in disguise?)