Monday, July 17, 2006

Cleaning the Sewing Room

This past week I've been working on cleaning up my sewing room and getting it back in some kind of shape so I can actually use it. Over the past couple of years, it's become a catch-all for everything. Ever since we had the sunroom built, it's been that way. On the day the construction people were cutting the door into the sunroom, we had to move some stuff out of there really quickly, and somehow most of the stuff ended up in the sewing room. Then it just got worse from there.

Yesterday Heckle came in to help me. This is his contribution to the job.

I would love to have done was he was doing, but that would have been the easy way out and it wouldn't have gotten the job done. I'm making pretty good headway. At least I can see the floor now.

In between painting the bedroom and cleaning the sewing room, I took a few breaks just to get myself away from the work. I made a few sling purses. I like these because when I go someplace where I know I will do a lot of walking I don't like to lug around my heavy purse. With these small purses I can just put some money, maybe a credit card and my driver's license and I'm all set. They are not too heavy for a lot of walking. These first two I used a pattern and sewed them on the sewing machine. The next two I crocheted.

I really enjoyed making these. They were fun, quick and easy to make. A couple of years ago I made this crazy quilt purse. It was fun too, and was my first attempt at making anything crazy quilt, and using clasps for the top of the purse. It was not fun and I don't think I got the clasps on as well as I would like, so I'm pretty sure I won't be making anymore with clasps. I like the flaps alot better. They are easier to make.

Some more things that I made that I think I forgot to post a picture of here were the hatpins I was talking about a couple of weeks ago. They are really fun to make too. I wanted something pretty to go in our new bedroom and I'm really happy with the way these came out.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Picture from Riverbend Festival

At the Riverbend Festival this year we stopped and had this picture taken for free next to Mark Martin's number 6 car. Eddie is a Richard Petty fan (notice the 43 on his cap), and I'm a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fan, but since neither of those cars were available, we decided, what the heck. It's free.

I've been working on cleaning up my sewing room this week. I can't wait to get it back in shape so I can use it again. Over the past couple of years, ever since the construction on the sunroom, it has become a catchall room. You know, one of those rooms where things get tossed when trying to clean up the house. Or, someone calls and says they're coming over in 5 minutes (if you're lucky enough that they call first) and you're trying franticially looking for a convenient place to put stuff to get it up out of sight. It's the room where you keep the door shut and hope that no one opens it either by accident or on purpose. I've had that happen to me twice within the past week. The first time my cousin opened it by accident, and the second time my friend opened it just to see what the fuss was all about. I had been bemoaning the shape it was in and I guess she was curious. I don't feel too badly, though, because her sewing room was once in almost as bad a shape as mine. She said if she can get hers back in order, I can get straighten mine out too. And I'm doing it, little by little. And I'm beginning to see some progress, but I still have a long way to go.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bedroom Pictures

We finished the bedroom this past weekend. Before and after pictures follow.

Now on to the sewing room.