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Friday, July 15, 2016

Carrying On


We haven't seen much of our pet deer lately, they've started construction at the house next door.  This is the view from my doorwall....


Apparently, our lot line is 11ft from our house, which means we lose all the trees on the south side, plus part of our patio.  We may have to have a survey done sometime.

I've been getting in a bit of stitching [or cutting, lol], got this far on my scripture quilt.


Quite a bit to go yet.  

We went to IKEA the other night, but they were closed early for some strange reason, so we went to the thrift store instead.  I found the cutest vintage sewing basket!!


So very happy it's pink!  I also found a floor lamp, 3-way bulb and it swings out so it really helps with the hand sewing.  I couldn't get comfortable hand sewing in my room, so I set up a corner just for that.


Someday I'll have a real footstool, but for now a pillow on a tote works.  I needed somewhere to put my feet up - they've been swelling so bad!
Please disregard all the junk food in this pic.  It was necessary.

Two fawns have been venturing out from the woods recently, they don't come close enough to see really well, makes me wish I had better zoom on my camera - aren't they cute?



Well that's it, guess I'd better get off here and get some laundry done.  Y'all take care!

Love,
Allie

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Sewing Room

Ok - ready for some pics?  I also need your help.

First, the drawing and paperwork table, which is also the eating and playing games table, lol.


The other chair is over by the cutting table for kitty - it needs a new foot, tends to scratch the floor.

The computer/sewing table.


The cutting table is just behind it.  I put it up on bed risers, and it's now the perfect height.

Rear Wall O'Windows.  Cutting, ironing.


Tracing table [yay don't have to put my heavy x-ray light away] and Ikea cart - that holds hand embroidery stuff.  I can roll it where I need it.


Next to that is my grandpa's dresser, holds all kinds of stuff which must be organized someday.


Then the design wall, which is blocking the doorway, which is getting a door someday.  This house echoes so much - I put it there to help with noise, so I don't disturb anyone.  Of course they're mostly disturbed already.




And now my dilemma.


Sigh.  The guy who lived here before had two fish tanks, under those shelves.  It's a mess.  I love the shelves, and someday hubby wants to put two 90 gallon fish tanks under them, flush with the shelves.  I think that will look awesome.  The room behind it will become the fish room - he'll have access to the tanks, and store all his fish stuff.  However, in the meantime I'm looking at a mess!!!  

So, my question for you is, can you think of any creative way to block that off, as a temporary measure?  I had thought of getting bookshelves there to fit, but would have nowhere to put them once the fish tanks are in.  And bookshelves are expensive!  I welcome any and all suggestions.

I still have to put up all my little quilts - I've hung things up with the nails that were already here, haven't put any holes in the walls yet.  I have things that were made for me by you lovely people, and I want them up where I can see them.  That will take some planning.....although I only have one wall where I can do that.

Pics of the rest of the house will be coming soon - we're still moving stuff in!

Love,
Allie



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Postcards From Heaven, News


Hi everyone, I'm still in the process of moving in, although I've been here a week and a half.  But - the sewing room is together, I'll have pics very soon.  Sewing room and kitchen - most important.

Jenny has been very, very sick, and had to take some time off blogging and stitching.  She's now uploaded block 7 of our Postcards From Heaven, although she's still recovering!!  I also told her to add the link to my KJ version, so you can get that on her blog as well.  I simply haven't had the time to upload it to my craftsy shop.  The link is here:  Jenny of Elefantz

Jenny's gorgeous design:



And my KJ version:


Head on over to Jenny's and get your free design - and don't forget to say a prayer for her!  

And now I need to go figure out why my washing machine sounds like the drum is going to break right out and go flying across the room - I'm a little scared to go look.  See you soon!

Love,
Allie



Friday, June 24, 2016

Popping In

Thought I'd drop in between packing boxes to let you know this move hasn't killed me yet.  But there's still time.


Our neighbors.  Seriously, these bucks are so tame.  And playful!  The big one came leaping out of the woods, ran donuts all over the yard, and leaped back in - twice.

This is my last night in our old house.  Tomorrow, my bedroom, sewing room, and washer and dryer will get moved.  I'm first to stay in the new house!  As it should be.  We're nowhere near moved, amazing how much stuff you can accumulate in a tiny house in 25 years.

I've been doing nothing more than cleaning until tonight, when we finally moved some stuff in.  I still have all the closets to clean, the lower cupboards in the kitchen, the bedrooms...but all the bathrooms are clean, most of the kitchen, and of course the sewing room.

Good news on the mom front - she can keep her house.  We're setting up a budget for her.  My brother is the enforcer.  I'd really like to build her a house on our property...but that will have to wait.

I'm sorry I haven't answered any comments since my last post, we already have internet at the new house so hopefully that will happen soon.  It's just finding the time!!!!

See you soon - 
Love,
Allie



Friday, June 17, 2016

The New House

Well, we had the closing, it's ours.  Now to pay for it, lol....wanna see?  I'm not sharing all the pics, you can thank me later.  

The house.


2200 sq ft., so twice the size of the one we're in now.
In front, on the left is the living room, on the right is the kitchen and dining area.  Upstairs are four good-sized bedrooms, one with a balcony.  There are 2 1/2 baths.  No carpet anywhere, thank goodness.

On closing day, we inspected the house right before close.  We walked to the back, out by the outbuilding, and I saw what appeared to be a deer statue between the fruit trees - I thought "what dummy would put a deer statue there", and then it moved!  She was waiting to greet us to our new home.  Totally unafraid of us.  The guy who lived there told me they also have red foxes that frequent the place.



From the driveway.  Our lot goes back about 30 - 40ft beyond the furthest vegetation you can see.  The outbuilding is almost 1,000 sq ft, and hubby couldn't be happier!  [Plus, it has a furnace!]


Other side of the house.  The doorwall goes to my sewing room, the balcony to the largest bedroom.


The kitchen.  I LOVE the kitchen.  Two wall ovens - built-in glass-top stove - dishwasher - and a pass-through to the hallway, for some reason, but it makes it feel much more open, and there's a ton of counter space over there.  The layout is perfect for me.


This is the hallway from just to the left of the kitchen, leading into the SEWING ROOM.  Past the closet are the stairs leading to the bedrooms on the left, down the steps is a door leading to the garage, laundry area, and full bath.  To the right is an odd area - 


This is in the sewing room.  I honestly thought there was a wall where those shelves are - the guy had two very large fish tanks there.  We may wall that off and make that room a pantry, or else it will become part of the sewing room.  I'd really like a pantry.


Windows in the sewing room.


We walked as far as we could to the back of the lot, in the distance you can see the house and my car in the driveway.  Hard to believe that right down the street, within walking distance, is a Tim Horton's, Wendy's, Kroger, Dollar Tree, you name it - it really feels like you're in the country.  And somewhere on the property is a well, we have to find it so we can water our future garden.  Oh, and down the street is a house that sells fresh eggs!

We have the utilities turned on, except the water - they're coming out Monday to do the final read, the guy didn't get that done.  I can't start cleaning without water!!!  And I refuse to move stuff into a dirty house.  Sunday the internet guy is coming out, yay for that.

Needless to say, no sewing of any kind is going on, and not much internetting.  In the midst of all this, my mother really needs your prayers desperately - she got a letter today from the city, it looks like she's lost her house, we're going to try to save it but not sure if we can.  So while she's going through all the medical testing for liver failure, and heart failure, we may have to move her too.  

So if you would keep us in your thoughts and prayers, we'd really appreciate it.  

Love,
Allie


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Update On Oopsie

Being that I forgot to reverse my lettering yesterday, and didn't realize it until I saw the picture on my blog, I had to re-do the whole thing.  I went searching on google for a way to reverse lettering in Word 2003, and apparently you can't.  Woe is me.

You can in newer versions, but I can't walk you through that.  

So.  I put my thinking cap on, which promptly melted [it's 93F, no a/c] and scanned my printed pages into my computer.  I then opened them in paint, flipped them horizontally, and saved them as a png file.  I copied and pasted the png files into another word document, and lo and behold, it worked.


And for some strange, bonus reason, the print came out darker than the original - no light box needed to trace these onto fusible web!


Isn't that a lovely compensation for the extra work.  I'd trace them tonight, but I had used up all my fusible and need to get more tomorrow.

I don't think I ever showed you this quilt, it belongs to my friend Shirley, and was made by her husband's aunt many years ago.  I think it's interesting that what is old is new again - I'm seeing these quilts made new everywhere.  Lovely, isn't it?



And a close-up:


Have a great weekend - 

Love,
Allie


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