Monthly Archives: May 2014

What you can do with a 4-day weekend!

Michelle's quilt

Michelle’s baby quilt is coming along nicely. I am loving this pattern! It took me a while to get the color arrangement to my liking, along with a couple trips to the store to get just the right greens and aquas. I now have enough fabric to make a second one. No problem with that.

In the next couple days, I’ll start the applique–a new skill for me–wish me luck!

Channeling my Dad

As I planned my sewing room, collected vintage sewing items, repainted furniture over the past couple of months I felt like I was channeling my Dad.

I used the painting techniques he taught me-use a good brush, clean it when you are finished, and take the time to prime. I started collecting some cool sewing items, just like his antique medicine chest filled with old medicine bottles. When I repainted my childhood desk I wondered how many times he painted it over the years.

When I scored the display rack you see in the photos, I thought of how I could better organize my tools and can I use my label maker? His tools were always organized and labeled. Every time I bought something from an estate sale or thrift shop to re-purpose, I thought of his knack for taking things from old houses to reuse– he was an early adopter of the up-cycling movement I think.

And finally, I experienced the joy he felt every time he worked with his hands to create something. If I had all the money in the world and could just go out and buy all new things, it wouldn’t have been any fun. I think he felt that way too.

Thanks Dad for instilling your passion for “doing” in me and giving me a smidgen of your talents! I miss you often, but carry your spirit with me always.


Sewing Studio is Finished…and I Love it!

So this weekend our son Andrew came back to St. Louis. He was able to sleep in his childhood bedroom one last time on Friday night. By Saturday afternoon, the posters were off the walls (I took them down gently, Andrew, I promise), his furniture and humongous collection of vintage video game systems had been moved to his new room in the basement.

While he got things settled, I got busy painting. Yellow is such a cheery color–it makes me happy just to see it on the walls. And with the big windows, it will be a great place to sew. I will still have lots of my fabric in a closet in the basement–I promised Andrew I’d warn him before bounding into his room for supplies–this is going to work out great.

And now for some pictures. Ironing station–I covered the board to match the room


My embroidery machine. I re-purposed Andrew’s desk. All my supplies fit underneath. I am using the shutter on the right to hide a really big video game system that is staying put. I guess if I get tired of sewing I can play some ms. Pacman, eh?

embroidery machine

Here are 2 views of my desk. I still need to hang the bulletin board. See the mirror in the picture on the right–no it’s not to check my smile, it’s so I can watch the TV behind me.

sewing machinebulletin board


Here are the book shelves–Andrew lent me the TV–thanks, buddy. He knows I can’t live without my HGTV 🙂 The best place is across from my sewing desk-thus the mirror. The old suitcase is great for holding stuff I don’t use often. I wonder what I put in there???


The desk looks so cute with my sewing nick knacks.


close upPlaying with my close-up lens.

I just love this rack for my rulers–it should keep me from buying rulers I already own. I was happy to see when I put them up I had only 3 duplicates–just lucky! I got it at a store going out of business–I think I paid $30. It is perfect!

rulers 1rulers

Tonight (Monday) I got in and did some real work–cutting out pieces for Michelle’s baby quilt. And I was able to watch the season finale of The Good Wife–quite a surprise ending!

room in action

Well that’s all for now. Thanks to my wonderful family for enabling my addiction– I mean supporting my hobbies. Love them all!