I won't belabor the issue as my life isn't any busier, crazier or more hectic than anyone ~ everyone! ~ else's.
Do you ever wonder how our Moms got so much done? I know I do. Let's face it, we have a thousand modern "conveniences" that let us do what needs to be done a whole lot faster. And, let's be honest here, with a little less effort. But because we've got those conveniences, we try to do more and ~ maybe this is just me ~ wind up getting less actually accomplished.
Yes, it's been that kind of week. Don't get me wrong, it's been a really good week. It's just been busy.
And I think I've got A.A.A.D.D. No, I know I have it.
If you don't know what that is ~ this will explain everything.
Sound familiar? In my case, substitute a flash drive for the car keys, a Diet Dr. Pepper for the Coke and a trip to UPS in place of washing the car and I think we've got a diagnosis.
I wish I were doing more of this...
By the way, the pillow is Pottery Barn. Saw it. Had to have it. Rosie thinks it's for her.
Thank you for all the nice things you wrote about my new sewing room. Yeah, I like it too. A few more things to put away, a couple of friends who need to visit and then I'll show you what it looks like now. I'll have to dust first though. And sweep. And straighten up, of course. But I promise, no "staging". I'll show you what it looks like most of the time ~ yes, I really do have some flowers on my cutting table. Faux, of course. But still flowers. They make me happy and since it's my room, I can do what I want, right?
And I found/came up with a rather nifty solution for keeping my rulers handy that I will make sure to show you. I might even send a picture of it American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine for their Tip thing.
There were questions and comments that I wanted to answer...
- Yes, it's a lot of storage. While it is mostly fabric, one of the wardrobes is just for quilts. Even though I have quilts all over the house, I still needed storage for some of the quilts that are still "business quilts".
- Room size ~ It's about 350 square feet. The longest wall ~ where the wardrobes and a couple of the bookshelves are ~ is about 28 feet long. The adjacent wall with the bookcases is about 8 feet. The widest part of the room is about fifteen feet, maybe a little more. (And Laurie ~ it's bigger than some apartments I've lived in too.)
- Ikea ~ The best thing about the Ikea furniture is this ~ it's relatively permanent but not so permanent that I can't take it with me when we do eventually move and a future resident isn't "stuck" with a living room full of built-ins.
- Ikea #2 ~ Have I mentioned how much I love their assembly services? They not only build/assemble the pieces, but yes, they also anchored everything to the wall. They also join the units so that they maintain a tight fit without any shifting. They also had to cut some holes in the back piece to allow access to the electrical outlets.
- Rosie loves the floor! So much so that she's leaving little bits of herself everywhere! The upside of beige carpet ~ I don't notice the dog hair as much. The upside of concrete floors ~ when I do see the dog hair, it's much easier to sweep up. She really does love the floor though ~ her ball rolls so much better on it than the carpet. And when she's so inclined, she can find a warm spot in the sunlight or a cool spot in the shade.
- Cutting table ~ I hadn't moved that back in when I took the pictures. In the corner where the bookcases are, I have two Bedford Project Tables from Pottery Barn. And my little cubbies are filled with baskets filled with "stuff". Scraps, projects that are "in the works" or "UFOs", charm packs and on and on. As cutting tables, they are the perfect height for me.
- Laura ~ we were fine with the storms the past couple of weeks. Lots of rain ~ the plants all got a great soaking ~ but we got mostly good, steady, not-too-heavy rain that drained well. Glad you fared well too.
Did I forget anything?
The best part about cleaning and clearing, and then putting everything away is that I've finally been able to find and put-together some of my favorite little things over the years.
My friend Ginger Sanchez makes these wonderful little pears. I've had the gold pear and the red pear for several years but the green one was my Christmas present. They've pincushions or decorative, which is mostly how I use them. Seriously... stick a pin in this? I don't think so!
Ginger also makes these amazing little pins...
They are hand-made ~ embroidered using a single strand of embroidery floss. Each pin is about an 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" ~ they're pretty small. The sheep is not needle-punched, those are all French knots. (Or Colonial knots... it's one of those and I never get it right which one it is. Which almost certainly means that they're Colonial knots based on it being a fifty-fifty chance of being right and I almost always guess wrong.)
I wore these while in Wisconsin at Boxwood and Berries and all the stitchers there were in love with my pins. Silly girls... they actually thought I might have made them! As if!
Now if we can just get her to finish her website.... grrr.
Tomorrow is Schnibbles Day so I'll be back to see what Sinta and Sherri have been up to. It also means I will be back ~ probably tomorrow afternoon since we've got Inventory at W-S tomorrow and I'm working the 6 am to 12 pm shift. I've got a couple of prizes and hopefully some pictures of a couple of new little quilts. Tagalong and Oso.
I think that's it for today.
I hope you're having a terrific day however crazy, hectic and busy it might be.