Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kit gets a chair

My American Girls Doll, Kit, received a new chair today, courtesy of a yard sale :-). We dropped in at a yard sale in our town shortly after 7:00 a.m. and there is the cutest small replica of a leather arm chair for $2.00. I couldn't resist that unique item and thought perhaps it would fit Kit. She looks like she's enjoying her chair a lot.

Sorry about the washed out photo...too much white in the background for the camera flash. But it gives you a good idea of the detail in this chair:

Someone suggested that it's too masculine of a chair, so maybe I'll have to look for a boy doll for it?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

More spring on a COLD day

My sister in law brought a very pretty bunch of tulips over on Friday. Nice to enjoy them on the kitchen table to try to convince us that Spring is really here. It's so cold here today, it feels like snow in the air.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Spring has sprung!

Mother's Day yielded some colour for our mud surrounded house :-). Nice to see flowers and plants through the windows.

Son in law, Brian, snuck up to the house on Saturday evening and hung these two pansy bags on the coach lights of the garage! We had company and never noticed a thing...what a surprise to walk outside and find flowers had sprung from the lanterns :-).

Ben and Heather brought my Mother's Day, birthday, housewarming gift over..two lovely lilac bushes (we were just planning earlier in the day where we'd like to put some lilac bushes!) and a beautiful Geranium.

The Geranium found a nice spot on the bench that my grandfather made when he first visited from Holland when I was 11 years old. I remember watching him build that bench. When it is warm enough, I will give it a coat of paint to match the house.
Jake fabricated a couple of wire hangers and we hung the pansies on the lights...I'm thinking they look pretty good hanging there.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I'm moved, I think!

We have just moved to a new house and are loving it! We moved in two weeks ago and I've been busy unpacking things and finding lots of items that have been packed for several months. We stayed with my sister in law for 5 weeks between places. It worked out well and I even had my own sewing room there :-). We built a raised ranch so that we could have large windows in the lower level which is where my sewing room and Jake's office are. So, we basically live down there. We put in floor heating in the basement which makes it very comfortable. We hope to put a laminate floor in the sewing room this summer, so I have set up the room temporarily. Here are a few pictures.

Here is the Dear Jane sewing station. I have my Singer 28 handcrank set up in a library table. I received the laminated poster of the original Dear Jane quilt from my friend Amy last Christmas and hope to hang that on the wall above the machine.

An old Husqvarna cabinet (the machine is long gone) is serving as my light box work area. I'm working on some embroidery and need to do a little more tracing, so now it's all set up to work.

My Bernina 614 electric and the trusty Singer 15-88 treadle are set up right under the windows with my drawers of supplies and UFO's close at hand. The ironing board and cutting table are close to the sewing area.

Here is the sewing room looking from the back to the front of the house. There is lots of natural light. My old kitchen table (with four leaves) minus the casters will serve as a sewing table until I find some individual tables. We also hope to make a cutting table this summer. I'm contemplating the design :-).

The sewing room looking from the front to the back. The wall between the two book cases will be my design wall. It will have shelves along the whole wall for my fabric and we hope to put sliding doors in front that will serve as the design wall.

Now to find time to actually sew in the room!