Monthly Archives: October 2016

Back in VA

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My weekend at home flew by and my alarm went off way too early yesterday morning (3:30 am) but I was back in VA in time to celebrate my nephew’s birthday.


I got new photos from the kids too – Rae’s being a little goofy here but she’s modeling the hat I made and sent back with Chris. 

Adam also sent a picture of Bree and Caleb. I can’t believe how big Bree is getting!

Not a stitch

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In the end I didn’t even turn the sewing machine on – Today was way busier than I expected. I met with the contractor this morning and made some decisions about the kitchen remodel. 

I did manage to take a walk for lunch and ended up in the park by the house. 

The weather was gorgeous – no humidity and a lovely breeze. I sat and looked out over the bay for a while. 

I finished one shawl

Cast on another scarf

Created two piles of yarn – one for my suitcase and one left on the sewing room table to be mailed by Keith if I need it. I’m not sure when I’ll get back home. 

I’m packed and ready for my 6:15 am flight in the morning and I’m going to knit a little while longer before heading to bed. 

In the sewing room

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Most of the day was spent with Keith but I did spend a little time in the sewing room. I set up my new table that I ordered from Amazon. It fits perfectly beside my machine and will help support a top during the quilting process as well as give me an extra work surface. 

I unpacked the schoolhouse blocks Mom appliqued for me. I’ll be setting them like this drawing although given how close the house is to the sides of the block I might reverse the sashing to light, blue, light. I cut the squares the size recommended on the GO die instructions before sending them to Mom but next time, I’ll cut the background squares larger. Don’t hold your breath waiting for me to finish this top, I’ve got lots of stuff waiting to be done and I have no idea when I’ll get back home for good. 

I snapped a photo of this top Mom pieced from fabric I sent her. It will eventually go to Big Canoe for quilting. 

I pulled and packed up three quilt kits to ship to Mom to piece. I haven’t been able to visit and “kit” up quilts from her stash lately and I need to keep her busy and out of trouble! Since she’s enjoying knitting but hasn’t yet mastered casting on (I spoil her!), I cast on another scarf to send her. I have more yarn than I will ever use and I’m happy to share with her. (The white perle cotton) is so she can put in a lifeline or two if she wants. 

I’ll have time alone on Monday so I’m planning to sew a little before I head back to VA on Tuesday. Have you missed me?!

My kitchen is gone

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The kitchen remodel began last week – this might not be a bad time to be spending time away from home! The only thing left standing is my little laundry closet in the corner. 

Some people might be afraid of doing a major remodel when they’re not home to supervise but my contractor is great and we were very happy with our bathrooms so I feel comfortable that they’ll consult me as needed via text and email. I’ve also made most of the choices already … my appliances are here (GE Slate) … my cabinets were custom made and after seeing the pantry – I’m very pleased with my choices. 

My countertop and backsplash choices … you can see that stain sample for the cabinets is a little lighter than the pantry but I’m really happy with the slightly darker stain. 

A mountain of mail

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I made it home safely last night and Keith and I have enjoyed our time together today. I’ve also had to sort through a mountain of mail but most important was my ballot by mail as I won’t be home on Election Day. 

And while I don’t usually comment on politics on the blog sometimes I feel the need to take a stand. Feel free to comment and make your stand – I’ll read them all but won’t be responding either positively or negatively!

I’m still here

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Lots of a family around this weekend and I’d post a couple photos but my sister and Mom would kill me! Someone snapped a photo of Mom eating a powdered, lemon filled donut and it wasn’t a pretty sight but she enjoyed it. 

I did manage to watch the Vikings win last night and am getting some Bichon time in with Casper. 

If everything goes as planned and Hurricane Matthew doesn’t interfere, I should actually get 3 days at home this coming weekend. Cross your fingers and toes for me.