Always on the go

Since I don’t get to do much stitching at home, I like to take my projects with me.

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I’m not going to spend a bundle on specialty travel totes & stuff, especially if I have something that will work. I get a decent stash of computer bags when I go to computer conferences out of town. I have a king-size quilt top in this one. Notice the gold colored wrap on the handle. That is a scrap piece of fabric from this project, so I know exactly what is in it without looking. I have more than one of these bags, so that makes it easy to spot what I want. I can pack a lot of stuff in one of these bags.

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The little pink box was made to be a storage box for computer disks. It works great for keeping all the little stuff together.

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How do you carry your goodies when you travel?

MIA?

I’m constantly amazed at how time gets away from me.  I seem to stay busy, but don’t have a lot to show for it for a while.  Then, one day, things start coming together & I see some results from my efforts.  I’m not going to go into details right now, but want to give a little summary of some things that have been going on.  I’ll post pics, as soon as I can get a bit more stuff to come together.  Most of my time is spent taking care of Mom & whatever else comes along.  

A couple of weeks after my last post, the economy hit.  The company I was contracted out to decided to cancel a bunch of contracts, mine included.  I had 13 wonderful years with the company, but because of some other stuff, I had been wrestling with when it would be time to move away from the job.  I prayed about it & God told me it was time to move on.  A few days later, things got so busy that the contract cancellation was timed perfectly.  I could see it coming, & it was still a bit of a surprise.  I miss the people I worked with, but life is still good.  

About a month ago, the people at http://www.quiltaddict.com/ drew my name as a winner of this book:  http://www.quiltaddict.com/products/books/organizing-solutions-for-every-quilter-softcover-book/.  I love that the book doesn’t say you “have” to do this, or that, but is a guide that shows how to use what you already have.  I’m hoping to get back to setting up my quilt space before long, but have some other stuff to take care of first.  I plan to post pics of all current projects, as soon as I get a little more done on them.  The ideas in “Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter” can be used in any room of the house, & for pretty much any organizational challenge ahead of me.  Thank you Doug & Lee Ann for the wonderful book.

Mom said she wants a pretty yard.  Due to the drought & extreme heat conditions over the last couple of years, she has almost no lawn.  The old wooden fence was being held together with wire, but the neighbor’s dog wanted to take over Mom’s yard, as well.  We had to have a new fence.  I finally got a commitment to get a new fence & new storage building, so that rickety old fence is gone.  Mom now has a new metal fence, complete with concrete footing.  We also added sidewalks in the back yard, wide enough to accommodate her walker.  She originally just had dirt with some stepping stones.  I am now redesigning the flower beds in her yard.  I’m digging almost everything from the old flower beds & building new ones.  The back yard will be edged in pastel flowers.  Mom has some orange cannas that don’t really look like they belong with the pinks & purples of the other flowers, but that’s ok.  They are pretty, so I’ll find places for them. Mom also wanted a garden with tomatoes & onions, & maybe some radishes.  I added some raised beds to the yard so I wouldn’t have to till the yard, or worry about where I could dig without hitting utility lines.  The garden looks a little scruffy between the 90 degree weather one day & 50 degree weather the next, & toss in a few 28 degree nights.  I’m hoping to get the sprinkler system & the rest of the flower beds finished next week.  

Then, there was the income tax diversion.  I won’t go into that, other than getting things together & detailed out takes me away from the stuff I like to do.  Oh well, it’s out of the way for another year.

I almost forgot to mention that I spend Wednesday nights at church with our youth group.  I cook some for all the kids & am teaching the older kids to sew.  Our group is growing, & I’m loving it.

Take care, & be blessed.

Sewing room layout

This is a drawing of the room & closet that I'm going to use for my sewing room.  I don't have everything there yet, & won't have part of it there for a while.  At least I'll have the sewing part there before long.

This is a drawing of the room & closet that I’m going to use for my sewing room. I don’t have everything there yet, & won’t have part of it there for a while. At least I’ll have the sewing part there before long.

2013 agenda

I’ve been a bit lazy in my posting, but have had a lot of stuff going on. I won’t bore you with details, but it’s been everything from taking care of Mom to going to Vegas. Now, it’s time for me to get things lined out & see if I can be more productive in taking care of some stuff.

Mom is allowing me to set up my sewing room at her house since I’m there most of the time that I’m not at work, & since the house will be ours when she is done with it. That sounds a little morbid, I guess, but I’m really not wanting to rush her. My setting up a sewing room at her house makes it easier to spend time with her & not be sitting & twiddling my thumbs. I am not good at sitting & doing nothing. It also allows me to get her opinions on projects & include her in them. Mom is the one who taught me to sew & inspired me to be creative.

The first item on my agenda is to get the room organized & set up like I want it. Right now, I’m going through some stuff to see what I really want to keep & what I want to share, or just toss in the garbage. I’ll have to be a little creative in setting the room up & furnishing it because I have some big furniture that I want to use & the room will also have to serve as a spare bedroom. As I get the room lined out, I’ll post updates, complete with photos.

After I get the room lined out, I want to finish several UFOs (UnFinished Objects) & make a wardrobe that fits. I have 1 quilt that I’m actively working on, with 2 more in the works. There are 3 more quilts that I inherited to finish. One from my Grandma, one from hubby’s aunt, & one quilt top that someone bought several years ago, & she decided she would never finish it, so she gave it to me. Then, I have one I started many years ago & a tablecloth that I started. It won’t take long to finish it, but it’s just a matter of getting to it. Then, there is the cross stitched animals that I started at what seems like a lifetime ago. When I’m not organizing or stitching, I also have family history to work on.

2013 is lining out to be a very busy year. What is on your agenda for the year?

Just zippy

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I have a big stash of zippers & not a lot of storage space. Been collecting them for a lot of years, from sales, & by taking them from used clothes. I want to be able to see what I have, without having to dig them out of a box. My storage solution is to use paper clips to hang them on a clothes hanger. At a glance, I can see what colors I have, what length, & type. How do you store your zippers?

Lunch break

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I had a little inspiration during my lunch break, so I made a sketch. I think I would like to make this, but not sure yet. No, I don’t plan to quilt it, even though I got the idea from a quilt pattern.