sometimes Monday . . .

looks like ironing fabric at 6am because the sewing room will be too hot by noon.

Now that my fabric is ironed, I might be able to get this pattern cut out in a downstairs corner where there is shade outside and a fan.

This heatwave is supposed to cool off tomorrow but not for long so Monday will also look like stocking the fridge with food that won’t require the stove or oven.

Hope your Monday is treating you well.

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Three Things Thursday

summer notebooking

I have mentioned that I have a slight  substantial issue with notebooks.  I just cannot seem to pass up a beautiful notebook.  Sigh.  This month I have been in one notebook, a fairly chunky B6 (lower right).  I like the size of the page but the cover is a bit floppy.  I have done well keeping up with the various sections and have probably done more note-keeping this month than I have in the past.  Best of all, I have learned somethings.

  1. I want to keep my planning in one place.  I use a Moleskine planner for work the last three years but I need my work life and my non-work life to be synced up on paper so this year, I will use my Moleskine for all the date-keeping.
  2. I love lists but I am not a bullet-journaler.  I just can’t make it work.  I love looking at pictures on Instagram of bullet journals but I am setting aside the practice for my own notebook.  I love having a weekly list that I can carry around and check off so I will continue with that practice.
  3. I want to journal more about the day-to-day, ordinary life things.  I have done this more in my #onebookjuly notebook and it is a practice I will continue.  I will return to my B6 slim notebook (upper right) for this recordkeeping.  I like the size and the cover and I still have 3 blank inserts so that should hold me for a few more months.  This size is easy enough to carry in my purse too.

Unraveled Wednesday

This week finds me unraveling an old chair. This was one of the chairs from my parent’s dining set. I cannot remember the original color but I do remember my dad recovering them in this brown fabric – at least 40 years ago. I will head to the fabric store for new stuffing, fabric, and trim. Stay tuned! While you wait, visit Kat for more Unraveled stories.

#ttmt

Our tiny person’s mama is home in the summer so our schedules are a bit different but we still get to have plenty of play time. He loves duplo blocks, gears, and cars and his Grampa. Grampa is a good playmate and can do fun things like juggling and magic tricks.

I love to peek in on these #tinytinymoments.

Hello Friday

Thirty six years ago I was making my wedding dress on the Brother sewing machine that mom bought for me when I graduated from college. No bells or whistles- just a work horse machine. I made a lot of clothing on that machine (for myself and later for the girls). I stitched up curtains, bumper pads and baby quilts, pillows and even some slip covers.

Then I got serious about quilting and needed an upgrade. The popular machine with quilters (started with a capital B) was out of my price range. But Pfaff had just come out with a very nice machine and the price was right. I had learned to sew on a Pfaff. It felt right. More clothing, home decor, and lots of quilts were stitched up in that machine.

After 25 years, it was ready to retire. When I went to the sewing machine store I was planning to get another Pfaff. But the I saw the Brother machines and I was sold. This one has an extra wide throat plate – great for machine quilting, needle down function, an extra plate to extend the sewing space, and more bells and whistles that I probably won’t use. So far I have figured out how to wind the bobbin and get it threaded. Hopefully I will be stitching up a storm very soon.

Unraveled Wednesday

A few weeks ago, I unraveled my crafts spaces (yes, I was occupying two bedrooms – empty nest you know) and moved everything into one room. Part of the process included being brutal about tossing things that do not carry joy. It was a good unraveling that uncovered some wonderful possibilities for new projects.

Last year I began a Stopover sweater but did not trust knitting a sweater bottom-up. So it was unraveled and the yarn put away. Last weekend, I was itching to start a new sweater and, having just sorted my yarn, knew I had enough Blue Sky yarn to pick up the pattern again. I am still uncertain about what will happen when I get to the point of joining body and sleeves but I will continue.

I am currently listening to Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods – mostly while walking- and it is very entertaining. It is funny that I have finished 13 books but do not have one single Bingo yet!

Off to visit Kat – Happy Wednesday.

Tending

Yesterday I got back on the bike. Yes, I went for a bike ride, but I also rolled up my sleeves and took care of some things around the house. Inspired by Michelle’s intentions class, I made a list (always a list) and began to look at those places that need/deserve a little tending.

The list is not too long. I’m trying to be reasonable/realistic. There are some chores, some things that are active, others that are quiet. There is creativity.

I used to think of practice as something we do to get us to the end result. This week, I am seeing practice as a step on its own. Practice for the purpose of engaging.

It was good to get back on the bike.

Happy Tuesday.