Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Gift to You

For all of you who are pulling your hair out trying to cook and clean and get ready for a herd of relatives let me gift you the sight of my main bathroom. You can't even see the floor anymore. This should make you feel better. You can't get worse than this.

Thankfully I am not having anyone over but all the same-a mess is a mess and it's just getting bigger by the day. We did get the cement board up this week which was no fun at all.

My job was to squirt it down as The Mister drilled in the screws. You can't let this dust get airborne. It does very nasty stuff to your lungs.

Now we are on to the drywall portion of the entertainment. Slowly but surely people, slowly but surely.

Finally let me say that I have become pretty immune to the parade of passing rock stars but this one is a big heartbreaker. I might not have been a big fan of his music but I was a big fan of him-hubba, hubba. You just don't get cuter than this. Godspeed, Keith Partridge. I think I love you-still.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Racing the Clock

 Errand day is always a good knitting day.

 We pack up the dogs and take turns running in for whatever is on our lists. Knitting with two dogs on my lap is not fun but sometimes the only time I get.

I really wanted the Grand knits done by Thanksgiving but I don't think it's going to happen. The hats, maybe.

The socks, I don't think so. I've got a foot and an whole other sock to do for Big Grand so that's not happening. They'll be done by Christmas for sure which is fine because around here no one needs warm snow boot socks until at least January anyhow.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Sew, Sew Sunday

I am so thankful that I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year. Look at my dining area. Yikes.

 The mess did push me to try to finish up some UFOs yesterday while The Mister was tucked away in the man cave with all day football.

 Those potholders I started a few weeks ago needed to be sandwiched, quilted and bound.

 They were my first real test of the new free motion quilting machine. I decided just to do an all over meander and was humming away nicely for about 2 minutes when-gasp. I ran out of bobbin thread.

 Thankfully, I got the thing threaded again without creating any major tension issues. The quilting is nothing fancy but it'll do for potholders.

 Over on my regular sewing machine is a new foot. I found this one in my box of things that came with the machine and had no idea what it was. Since this pattern called for 1/4 inch seams and mine always pull apart, I gave this doohickey a try and it was like a miracle. It's hard to see but it has a little gauge thing on one side that keeps the material lined up quite nicely. Where have you been all my life?

Now I have a pile of hand finishing to do but that's for another day. I've got soap to wrap.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

All Wrapped Up

 When you make 96 bars of soap you have to wrap 96 bars of soap. I am doing two batches a night in assembly line fashion.

 These little bars are cute but I ran into a problem with the ingredient label. It was too big. I didn't want to make it so small that it couldn't be read so I just tucked it into the band.

 The shrink wrap will hold it into place. I hope.

Whew. This is going to be some job. It's a good thing I like doing it.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bless This Mess

 I really should have been cleaning up this disaster of a house I came home to but it was too nice a day.

 Pup wanted to try out her new coat so off we went to the water.

 The Mister and I grabbed a coffee and sat on a bench staring at the water all afternoon enjoying the chilly breeze and warm sun. The mess can wait.

I did however accomplish one goal-washing my winter outerwear. When I went to grab my jacket it was covered in dust from hanging on the corner coat rack all summer. Nothing will ruin a good time worse than a noseful of dust. Ah choo...

Friday, November 17, 2017

Home Sweet Home Goods

 I don't live anywhere near a Home Goods I am sad to say so I haven't been in one in ages. After leaving the Grands today I stopped in one on the long way home.

 I have a friend in France who sends me the most wonderful things for Christmas every year so I always have to find him something equally wonderful. It's not easy.

 I've got to get it mailed off early because it takes forever to get there. One year his Christmas package didn't show up until Easter.

 I was tempted by this knit lovers cup but it would never get that far in one piece I'm afraid. I'm kicking myself now for not buying it for myself. What was I thinking?

I also had some doggies to buy for. I was amazed at how big Home Goods pet section is now. Strangely enough, I encountered not one but two separate ladies with little Malteses in pooch carrying bags in the store. Odd-or something that is happening now?  I don't get out much.

I came home with a bag of surprises and a bag from Yankee Candle. Their new Balsam and Clove scent is heavenly. Come the first of December it is going to be my go to holiday fragrance. Maybe it was the cold snap or maybe it was being with the Grands, I don't know which but I am feeling more holly jolly than Grinchy this year. I hope it lasts.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Little Feet

 I've been back sitting at the Grands for the past few days. This time I came armed with yarn. Both are getting hats and socks. It seems they both love to see me knit. Yay for that. It makes the day go faster.

What is it about yarn these days. Look at that. I've got not one but two knots in this one hat. It's Bernat Stripes btw. Boo. I hate joins in kids stuff. It needs to take a beating and my joins are not the best.

 The Kroy socks on the other hand are behaving. I've got this one done now and the second cast on. Kiddie socks fly off the needles.

I also came armed with fruit bites and art supplies.

They have an AC Moore right down the street that had plenty of cool projects to keep us busy.

What I am going to miss most is the martini hour. Son is practicing recipes for his upcoming holiday parties and we've had many a lively night sampling the fare. Good times.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

On the Border

 I was enjoying myself immensely all the while I was chain piecing and using my new little doohickey to cut the pieces apart.

 Of course disaster struck. Doesn't it always when you are feeling sure of yourself. Look at those stitches. Somehow the machine had come all unthreaded while I has merrily sewing away. Since I was stitching like a well oiled machine, I had a lot of seams to pick out and redo. Jeesh.

All's well that ends well. The borders are done. Now I have to sandwich them and quilt them. They are going to be the first things done in free motion on the Juki. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Apologies

 I'm sorry. I know some of you hate to see Christmas stuff this early but if you make soap for gifts you are busy making holiday stuff weeks before.

 Everyone loves my gingerbread men but this year they are giving me fits. I even broke the mold trying to pry the blankety blank little fellas out. Now I have to wait until the replacement mold shows up to get the job done. It had been too warm and humid and that doesn't work with this type of soap.

 Then there are cards to make for the end of the month holiday giveaway. I wanted to use this adorable Penny Black stamp that I bought last year but I had a terrible time trying to figure out how to make it work.

 I was up until 4am one night trying to put together a combination that I liked.

 Okay... this works for me but I was out of background paper and a trip to both Michael's and AC Moore proved futile.

 What I had to do was make my own snowy backdrop using distress ink and a spray bottle. It wasn't as awful as I thought it would be but it does add a lot of time to the project while you wait for it to dry.

I also couldn't find much of anything in the way of any new holiday cardstock. I like these little 6x6 inch books of it but no one seemed to have any of it either. I was either too early or too late.

In spite of everything, using what I had leftover from last year, I came up with a bunch of cuties. This just might turn out to be fun after all.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bathroom Update

 This is as far as we have gotten as of last week.

 I had a tile crisis that resulted in us taking all the tile I had picked out back to the store and getting a larger size. It's the same plain white tile, it's just  6 x 6 inch tile instead of 4 X 4 inch tile.

After we bought the 6 inch edging-the only size they make, I thought it might be too difficult for us to get it to look right when the sizes were different. Professionals do it all the time and it looks great but we have no idea what we are doing so I thought it might be better to simplify the process. The Mister agreed.

This is my puzzle table in the corner of the downstairs living area. Not only do I still have a toilet in the middle of the living room, the mess is creeping up on us in practically every nook and cranny. Oh, well. It'll be worth it one day. I hope.