Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What a difference (Almost) A Month Makes!

I'm still at those TWO squares! and my other sister's birthday is coming up!!! ARGH!
But so many things have pulled me away from my sewing room. Still a tad depressed, but things are better.
Who would have thought?
My former husband, who I have not been married to for several years needed a place to live, so, I rented him the loft in my house. I am not comfortable with having strangers in my home and I wanted to rent it. It's extra money and then I have someone here besides me just knocking around in this house. I never ever go up there, it has a spiral staircase and those are extremely hard on my knees and hips. I figured why not? Plus it helps to have someone around who is willing and fairly able to do some of the heavier work around the farm. We have been friends for years. There was just no reason to not be, after all, we share a family, and I adore his mom and dad, they love me, so instead of being the typical divorced couple, we have worked out a good relationship.
Besides, our adult daughter (who lives on my property)  has a boyfriend who seems to listen better to "dad", so things that have aggravated me are getting replaced with things that are more productive to my peaceful frame of mind!
Okay, well...since other things are getting done, not so much the things in my sewing room. The stuff that is getting done, is stuff that had gone by the wayside since the aforementioned boyfriend is listening now, and I have been catching up on other things that I struggled with because of my physical limitations, now that I have help.
My daughter and her boyfriend are spending a couple of days at his folks house to help out his disabled dad. She has promised when she gets back we will start organizing my house room by room. So I hope that in a few weeks, maybe less, I will be getting some sewing done.
The "boys" will be putting together a pallet barn for my horses, and fence in a smallish area for the horses to hang out in the winter. My poor old mare doesn't do well in the PNW winters. (She's a California girl!) Then they will be putting a roof on my chicken coop, so I don't play mud slip-n-slide when I go out to feed and clean the coop. There are other farm chores to be done, but I won't spring those on them until we get the critters taken care of.
Also, no pictures for now. I had to get a new computer, because the other one is tired and shuts down in the middle of stuff. I need to transfer the stuff from there to this new computer and then download what I have on my camera...actually, there really is nothing new to show!
Tomorrow I should be getting my farm truck back from the mechanic. I bought this truck and it had noises when I drove it. We did get to use it for a few farm type errands (like gathering pallets for the barn) When I bought it the woman told me it needed wheel bearings, so I was aware of the need for a fix up. I have now spent $5000 on buying and fixing it! It better be worth it! We do have a huge dump run to do since we are rebuilding the mobile that my daughter will be renting from me. I need to buy a trailer to do that more efficiently too. It never stops, ya know?
Okay, I have gone on and on. I'm sure you are bored with it. Next post, hopefully will have pictures, and pillows!!!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Journey

A journey of a thousand stitches begins with the first two squares...let's see where this takes me!

It's been like getting my teeth pulled to make myself make those first cuts. It's ridiculous. There is nothing so important pending, I have no job, it takes all of a half an hour to do the animal feeding outside and five minutes max inside. I never get to my dishes until afternoon, heaven only knows why. I know I am depressed. Enough so that I am thinking that since I have to change doctors before September, I will get the one tagged as Geriatric and spill the beans to her. My last doctor's bedside manner sucked so bad, I told him nothing. NOTHING! I'm glad he is leaving his practice here and going to work in a hospital. There he won't have to form relationships with his patients. Okay, wait. This wasn't supposed to be about my medical woes.

Part of the problem with cutting this fabric is, because it's from my father's work jeans. I am making pillows from the jeans for my sisters and me. Cutting into the jean fabric is just hard. I know the fabric will be around and my dad is in my heart always. Why is it so hard to let go of it? Maybe it's because my one sister may not appreciate it as much as the other sister. (and me of course.) This first one is for the sister who will not appreciate it as much. I'm still doing it, because well, she needs our dad's pants in her house. Why not? 

The first pillow and maybe even the subsequent ones will be log cabin squares. I have 16" pillow forms already, so the only thing I need to do is sew them up. I'm not sure how the back is going to be done just yet. I'm thinking the fabric needs to be as heavy as the front. Then there is the question of should I put a zipper on it, but that seems like a pretty heavy thing to do. I could do the overlap in the back so the pillow cover could be washed if need be. (She doesn't have animals or kids, so the pillow wouldn't get too dirty soon.)

Well, the more I type, the less I sew. So, I'm going to close here and get some sewing and cutting done. I'll post a progress picture. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Just reflecting

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago. It's just so beautiful. We get these kinds of sunsets quite a bit. I watch the skies each night to see if I need to grab my camera and go out to snap a picture. I am thinking about making a wall quilt in these colors and try to figure out how to make it look somewhat like this sunset. We'll see, I still have to organize my sewing room!

I have been working off my scraps a little tiny bit. I pulled Tula Pinks "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" book out and every once in a while, do a block. I am doing them in order, because to do them any other way would be cause for catastrophe. It would never get done, because I wouldn't know where I was and where I was headed. I am doing it in whatever colors tickle my fancy at the moment. I started this the Christmas day after my dad passed away and I am only on the ninth block!!! Can you say slow and steady wins the race? Yes, I am slow, but unfortunately, I haven't worked on it steadily. Good thing I am not running an actual race.

This tree blooms all over every year. Well, it has the last two Springs. That's all I have been here. It blooms, becomes almost pure white and then about two weeks later, the blooms are brown. I have no clue what kind of a tree it is. I need to get an arborist (Is that what tree people are called?) out here to tell me what all my trees are. There are well over one hundred trees on this property. The previous owner came one day and showed me where various things are ( the water lines, electrical lines, etc.) I asked him about the trees and he rattled off several names and pointed in a general direction, but I wanted to take pictures and notes, he didn't have the time. Oh well, maybe I should invest in a Big Book of Trees.

My middle daughter and her boyfriend have moved into the mobile home I put on the property some months ago. It has no electricity, so they are basically camping. We are saving up the money for the electrical installation. That is going to cost us $2500. I can't wait until we get the money saved up. In the meantime, they have been doing a lot of work around here with me. It's nice to have the company and the help. They eat their meals here with me and take showers and do laundry here. I am glad that I have someone else here, but it will be nice to have them be able to do their own thing in the mobile. I grew accustomed to having the house all to myself. some days the comings and goings get pesky. Still I love having them. 

I am so happy that we have warmer weather on the way. Each day gets better. I wish I could afford to be a "snow bird". I would go back to California for the winter. I would have to have the kids take care of the outside critters and that is not fair to them. So I will just take what I can get when it comes to visiting "home". 

I suppose I have reflected enough. And I am sure I have bored you to tears. I have to go do more organizing. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring Life

As much as I hated this past winter, I LOVE Spring! We can discuss the sneezy, watery eyed, can't sleep part of Spring at another time. (Summer will be another story altogether).

My middle daughter and her boyfriend spent a good part of the weekend with me Easter weekend. I loved it. I didn't want them to leave, although I have become accustomed to being by myself, pretty much 24/7. (I don't like that) They rent the unfinished bottom half of a house and although it's extremely affordable, doesn't have great accommodations for living. They have a bathroom, living room, bedroom, kitchen. The kitchen has a hotplate and a microwave. So, she buys food and comes here and cooks for me. All I have to do is clean up after. I think it's a good deal!
While they were here, I got ambitious and started going through my ever changing sewing room. While I was doing that, I came across some little itty bitty triangles, so of course, I became instantly side tracked and sewed them together in pairs. There were an equal amount of greens and coordinating prints. I was experimenting with a pattern for a baby quilt and the triangles were cut off of some picket fence pieces I sewed together. (Those blocks have now been set aside, the baby has a different colored bedroom and the fabric I choose won't do.) Then I sewed the tiny squares together. I came up with 24 squares that measured 1-1/2 inches! I took some of the green fabric and cut out borders for those sewed together squares.
Now I just need to figure out what I will do with this. I love how they went together. No plan in mind, no idea what I would do with it in the end. I seem to work better that way! This piece is about 6-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches.

Then I have been finally finishing up the curtains for my bedroom. The curtains that are in there right now are hideous. Just something the sellers had purchased and thrown in for effect. Nice when there wasn't any furniture in there and great for simplicity. Awful for any kind of style. Not that I have any sense of style when decorating a room. I just like what I like and put it there. I took a paint chip of the color for one  the walls, Butterscotch, to JoAnn Fabrics to see what I could find. I ended up ordering a bolt of fabric because they didn't have enough of what I wanted on hand. This fabric has every color conceivable in it, especially the butterscotch, so it's perfect! (I think) I bought eleven yards, with a 50% off coupon!!!
I also picked up just white cotton/polyester mix to put up curtains between the color fabric and the window, so the fabric won't fade as quickly, and will still be light. Which, you know what that means right? I will have to start all over again when I get the first set done!

I'm just happy that my winter blahs have subsided and I am finally able to move and get some stuff done. I am still debating on whether I am selling my property and moving closer to my home town. I will still be three hours away from there, but right now it's an 18 hour drive. I can do the three hours! We'll see. I will have to get rid of goats, geese and two horses. I really don't have the health to take care of them all properly now anyway. I mean, I can do it, but it is taking a toll on me!

Off I go to finish up my curtain project for today and maybe mess with my little triangle project too!