Sunday, July 30, 2017

Raising Eddie...

Our grandson, Eddie, came to live with us in October 2017.  Needless to say, after raising three girls (two were twins), raising a boy is quite an adventure.  It gets easier every day though.  This summer our greatest accomplishment was potty training.  I know boys take a little longer, but for a while I wasn't sure if he would ever get it.  But I love him to death, and wouldn't want him anywhere else.

I'll let the pictures do the talking.
Building with Aunt Abby

Dentist
Fair


Breakfast out with Nana


Diggers at School

Sheep at the Fair



Digging with Aunt Beth

Friday, July 21, 2017

On quilt shows...

I visited Quilt Odyssey yesterday.  This is the first time in about three years; life just got in the way for a while (well last year I was recovering from surgery).

the extent of my show purchases
I drove 1.5 hours there, breezed through the quilts and the vendors mall, and drove 1.5 hours back home.  I bought two patterns and saw the quilts made by one of my favorite designers, Bonnie Hunter.  I didn't take any pictures of her quilts as the signs said not to.  But when I got home, I noticed on Facebook that people had taken pictures of her quilts.  Oh well, a missed opportunity because I did the right thing.  I'll just have to wait for the book to come out.

I'm starting to wonder about why I got to quilt shows.  Many of the quilts are artsy and fancy and they aren't me.  I don't stop and look at each quilt; I look at the ones that interest me.  Those happen to be the ones that are more traditional, especially the ones with lots of little pieces.

And, when it comes to the vendors mall...well I already have so much stuff in my little sewing room (only 10x10) that I am actually trying to get ride of stuff!! Why would I buy more???

If I have the opportunity to go a show that is different or I have never been to, I will take the opportunity to go.  Sisters, Oregon is on the top of my list.  But I feel like, instead of taking up 8 hours of my day going to a show that really isn't any different, content-wise, than the last time I was there, I should have stayed home and made better use of my time.

That is all,

Nancy

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Trying to remember how to do this....

It's been a year.... again.  I think Facebook has taken over the space I dedicated to my blog.  Facebook is so much easier; just a snippet here and there instead of really thinking about what I want to say.  I'm not sure if anyone really follows my blog anymore.  But is that really the point?  Do I blog for me or for the rest of the world?

Anyway, I'm sitting here watching the world wake up.  Hubby is driving to Philly to get Daughter #3 and bring her home.  She was a film/video major at Drexel with dreams of being a production designer and winning an Oscar.  Well to do that she will have to move to LA or NYC; and to do that she will need to come home, work at whatever job she can find, and save some money.

Meanwhile, Daughter #2 has been living with us this summer.  She is the Master Carpenter at Totem Pole Playhouse and is kept very busy. We have a small house; a 1950s ranch with two bedrooms on the main floor and a bedroom that was created from one end of the attic. So the two of them will be squished together for a while.

We still have Eddie with us.  He turned four last week.  This October it will be three years since he came to live here, and while it has been a major adjustment in our lives, we know it is for the best.  He is a pistol; raising a boy is much different than raising girls.

As you may recall I am a teacher of Social Studies in our local middle school.  Summer break is more than half over; we go back on August 14.  Our district decided that we must all be Google Certified so taking the test was a must and with the help of our librarian, I passed.  Not sure how much of this stuff I will ever used, but I jumped the hurdle and it is done.  I have to start working on building a unit around the Constitution.  It is amazing what people don't know about the most important document in our nation.


I have also been sewing.  I don't do a lot of intense piecing during the school year  - my mind is not on it. I had three quilt tops that had been 'talking' to me for a few years.  One was ready to get quilted and two needed borders.  Thankfully I have accomplished this goal.  The cheddar bowtie is quilted; I need to piece the backing for the other.


I am still working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden.  I have learned that if I piece an entire row together, and then attach it to the main body, it will go together faster.  Of course, man-handling it is an interesting exercise but I make it work.

So now I have attempted to blog again.  We will see what happens, don't hold your breath.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

To cabinet or not to cabinet....

To cabinet or not to cabinet...

I have a few vintage machines (ok more than a few); and cabinets for four of them. I want to take some time and figure out which machine fit which cabinets and see if I can relieve myself of some of the cabinets.


I am himming and hawing over whether or not to bring a couple of cabinets into the sewing room and get rid of my horn cabinet... or just take the machines out of the cabinets and set on top of the horn cabinet.

No comments are necessary... just my daily musing.

Thanks for listening :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Meet Abby

This is Abby, named for my daughter.  She  found it in Williamsburg last summer in a cabinet and brought her home to me.  I'm just getting around to setting her up.

I had forgotten how quiet these old machines are.

Have a good day!


Giving it that old college try...

Jump Start....

They say that the third time is the charm.  So here we go, again.  I've tried to jumpstart my blog the last two years and have failed miserably.  My only excuse is when the school year starts, my time becomes limited.  I have 150 followers that are waiting, I hope, to hear from me.

So what have I been doing?

Our grandson is still living with us.  It will be two years this October, but he is a sweetie and we wouldn't have it any other way.

He loves being with his Grandpa - and watching Might Machines on Netflix is a definite must do activity.

I had a hysterectomy on May 31 and recovery is going very well.  It is amazing how far medicine has come.  Robotic surgery is amazing.

Sewing is happening.  My current project is Hawk's Nest by Bonnie Hunter from her book Scraps and Shirttails II.  Like I need another project... but it is fun to dig out fabrics and cut.  For this project I need 942 half square triangles; amazingly I had 1300  bonus triangles in a drawer so the bulk of this project is already completed.


Hopefully I can make this jump start work.  I have enjoyed blogging in the past.  Sometimes I think Facebook has taken over the place blogging held in many peoples' lives.

Have a great day!

Nancy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Three down...

Three days down, approximately 177 to go.

Pennsylvania mandates at least 180 school days. I have no idea what is on our calendar.  I figure it doesn't matter.. why worry... I have to be there anyway.

We will just take it one day at at time.

Have a great day!