Tuesday, November 30, 2010

These apricot and brown stars are on my design wall now, and my cutting table is full of scraps so I can cut out more.  Problem is, I don't particualrly like the colour scheme any more, which is why  blue and green and red are creeping into the blocks.  I can't do a controlled colour scheme, it's beyond me.  Before I know it, it's all gone scrappy again. 

I've had this block on my To Do list since the early '80s, so it's good that I'm actually making it.  I came up with an easy way to do it, so I'll do a little tutorial on that as soon as I find time to edit the photos.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Finally the move is complete, and now it's just a matter of arranging everything and getting back to work.  The Statler isn't running every day just yet, we've had too many other things to do, so it will be wonderful when that part of the business is back to normal.

We've had the most amazing weather, very cool and rainy, and it's bad for the farmers trying to harvest crops, but Mereth and I just love it.  It's raining today, the perfect day to stay inside and sew, which I intend to do next.

I bought all my pot plants from the other house, so I have an instant garden;

it's so lovely to have all my favourite flowers here, I'm going to enjoy making a proper garden once the worst of the summer is over.  I'm already making huge plans for a rose garden, it will be easy to go overboard as I have so much land here, but I will try to be sensible. 

The sewing area is set up, and it's a little bit smaller than my old room, but I will make do. 

I've stored all my UFOs in the back of the hall, and I'll probably forget they even exist.  Out of sight, out of mind. 
But there's not enough room for everything in one spot, so I'll have to adjust to that.  Maybe I'll make a rule that I have to work on one UFO a month till they're all gone.

Mereth sent me a link to a blog post on the Stash Manicure blog, and I keep going back to look at it.  This woman's sewing room is amazing, and I would love to be that organised.  I'll use a few of her ideas in my new sewing area,

What a wonderful room.

 and this

 The puppies are utterly adorable, at 5 weeks old, and we go out each day to drop supplies off to Matthew (lots of newspaper and puppy milk) and spend a few minutes playing with them.  It's important to socialise puppies, so we feel like it's a valuable job we're doing.  Dolly is amazingly gentle with them, and follows them round protectively, even letting them pull on her ears or bite her face. 
She's like her dad in lots of ways.  I must take some little videos, because this stage goes so quickly, and the puppies are ready for new homes in two weeks time.

 I haven't done a bit of sewing for 5 weeks, so today I will unearth my apricot and brown stars, and sew some more of them.  I think I know where they are....

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