Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gingham and Dots

 It got cold here in Chattanooga and I decided to move the furniture out of the freezing sunroom and into the living room. It is amazing how much red I have collected. Looking at it all I got inspired and ordered this duvet cover for our beds. 
 Inline image 1 And I dug out some more gingham and made bedroom curtains and then more gingham was found at Walmart and curtains got made for the living room too. I am on a gingham spree!

The couch is covered with another gingham table cloth and the dogs have taken up residence.
All that is needed is a red and white quilt for the wall. Turns out I have many red and white fabrics. Who knew?
Last week I hung a second smaller design wall next to the sewing machine and what a difference that makes. I can stick things up and they don't get lost in the jumble of scraps.
 I'm going with Bear Paw/Log cabin for my motif. Just three blocks and lots of borders to make a long panel. So fun.
 The larger design wall holds a fave quilt, which is reminding me to quilt it. Daily. I love this studio and think it is the best I have ever had. So bright, sunny and warm and efficient. What took me so long to get the idea to put a design wall up next to the machine? Duh.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Buy This House

Our Southside house is now on the market.
1441 Madison St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
1441 Madison St, Chattanooga, TN 37408

1441 Madison St, Chattanooga, TN 37408

1441 Madison St, Chattanooga, TN 37408

Here's my old studio, now the master bedroom. That is a queen bed, which looks tiny here.
It's so nice that we can sell it without living there at the same time, and having to keep it looking this clean. It is practically the only single family house for sale in the whole neighborhood, the rest are expensive townhomes or condos. So fingers crossed for a quick sale.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Good with the Bad

The Good: We had a load of leaves and straw on the yard when we moved in and Dave knew it had to be raked up or the grass underneath would die. This worked great in the front but when he raked the back yard, aka doggie yard, he found no grass. Surprise!
The Bad: Now that it has been raining for days, the mud is everywhere, and not just with the dog tracks. Two pairs of Dave's shoes are mud encrusted and drying out in the garage. Sigh.

So this underscores why  moving to a less perfect house was a good idea. The tile floor will get washed and the hardwood will be cleaned too. Next is washing the slipcovers on the furniture. All is fixable.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Finishing Touches

 O happy day! My new upstairs laundry room is complete and already hard at work washing clothes and linens. What a wonderful difference this makes. Since taking these pics I have installed a shower rod to hang clothes right out of the dryer and a shelf to hold the laundry stuff. And I moved all my toilette articles to the sink there, so I could find things when I need them. 

 We had this skimpy walk in closet in the master and I had Alberto the Magnificent install shelves for our clothes. We have a big closet in the Yarn Room for long pants/dresses etc, but these are our everyday clothes and obviously we still have room for more. This closet has a window and a ceiling light, the only lit closet in the house. 52 years ago they didn't need to see their clothes, I guess. Curtains went up to protect the clothes from the sun. 

 I love wire shelves and have four of them with one more on order. This was in Dave's room upstairs, temporarily, until the laundry got moved from the garage. Now it fills a great storage need, and gets that Christmas tree out of the Yarn Room. Having only a one car garage is such a boon, since it prevents collecting stuff by you know who. Those paint cans came with the house and so far not one of them is the gray wall paint we need, so why are we keeping them? Oy.

 I am most please to have installed my new knife rack.  It frees up a whole drawer and holds all my knives, keeping them much sharper than in the drawer.
 Most importantly, I got rug pads for the stairs and sticky pads to keep them in place. One is already undone, but easily fixed. This helped Tony conquer his fears of the stairs, meaning I don't  have to carry his little self.  22 pounds is a lot going up or down. 
I feel like we are finally moved in now, and it's such a great relief to have no more immediate fixes to complete. 
The big day to list our other house has arrived and we'll begin crossing our fingers for a buyer soon. Woowoo!

Friday, January 5, 2018


My knitting group at church, the Knitwits, has a monthly birthday lunch for members and then at Christmas time, we have another lunch party. For us with December birthdays it is a huge windfall of gifty things from everyone and really requires Thank You cards for the participants.
Since we moved, I can't find things like my box of notes, but I did find a bunch of envelopes and some sheets of bristol paper which I could cut down to fit the envelopes. 
And most importantly, I do have my box of collage papers  and stamps at hand. Here's some of the cards I made. So much fun! 


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

I changed my mind

At first I was thrilled to have all my baking supplies at the ready on this shelf, but now that the holiday baking is over and my 2018 diet has begun, I had to put baking on the back burner, so to speak. As I emptied the dishwasher and returned my pots to their spot under the sink, I thought, "Hey, I don't like this set up, why not make the pots easier to use". Since we had cleaned and decluttered the pantry/maintenance closet, I moved the baking stuff in and used that shelf for my pots. Perfecto!

 As you can see I have two more of those shelves. I got them at Walmart and are so easy to assemble and move and re-use for different items. I had one in our other house's bathroom and one in my other sewing room. Now they live perfectly in the pantry.
 All of the house maintenance stuff is on the existing shelves, and has been greatly condensed and cleaned up.
Currently Alberto the Magnificent is working on the upstairs bath to make it my new laundry room. the tub has been removed and the dryer vent, water faucets are in and today the work resumes.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Projects

At the end of the year or at the beginning of the new one I like to collect the images from the things I made during the year, if only to remind myself that I was still creating. Some of these are finished quilts and others are still just tops.  The knits are all done and either sold or packed in my closet.
As I look over these items, I am aware that I made really different work, for me, this past year. All those minimal quilt designs and then the patchwork-y ones, are examples of the adventures I had trying out new ideas. And as for knitting, the vests were all variations of a theme which began in 2016. There were a few quilts I made for charity which never got photographed, so I must be more careful this year to keep documenting.
The things that really pleased me this past year are the new friendships I made with people at my church and at my sister's store. I treasure these above all else.
What wonderful things will 2018 bring? I'm ready to find out.
Happy Happy New Year.