Saturday, July 14, 2018

Tomorrow Will Be 3 Years on the Sheep!

Tomorrow it will be 3 YEARS since I last bought yarn!  (And 45 days since I last bought fabric, in case anyone had any questions about "substitute stashing.")  Packing up all the yarn and moving it really helped with the motivation.  Unfortunately, during the last 3 years there hasn't been a great deal of knitting so the stash isn't a lot smaller, but at least it hasn't grown any.  

Last year crafting lost out to moving, and this year it lost out to yardwork.  The house we bought has a lot of really lovely landscaping already done, but I still planted a crazy amount of new plants.  This is one of my new additions:

Our backyard at the old house was hot, windy, uneven and really badly landscaped, and really REALLY loud with both airport and freeway noise, so we are just loving the backyard.  It's super-hot here now, but we have lots of shade so we can be out there most evenings. 

Yesterday I played in a charity golf tournament in 100-degree weather.  I haven't played golf in probably 15 years and didn't play much to begin with, and honestly didn't know what it might do to my hip.  The good news is, my hip is fine.  The bad news is, the rest of me is pretty stiff this morning.  Guess there aren't too many movements in life that resemble swinging a golf club.  I'm not a huge fan of golf--especially 18 holes--but it was a scramble, so we could play the best ball each time and I did contribute a few good shots and sunk a pretty decent putt, but I also missed the ball a few times and dug a few rather brilliant holes in their grass.  A friend of mine was in charge of it, so that's how I came to be involved.  It supports an organization that assists the developmentally disabled or challenged individuals, and I've done a tour of the facility and can whole-heartedly say they do a great job, so I'm glad I did it, though I'm not sure I'd play an afternoon tournament in July again....

Sunday, July 8, 2018

A Long,Hot Weekend

While I had to go in to work Thursday morning, I was able to take Friday off and spent the day in the sewing room. With my sidekicks,
who love the latest sewing room aquisition:
a sewing cabinet with electric lift
It's not pretty, but the lift mechanism alone was worth what I paid for it.  There's still a lot of organization left to do in the sewing room, and I hung these too low
so I keep knocking thread off when moving sewing projects.  They're cheap little racks I found at Joann Fabrics, but the spindles are small enough that my bobbins can stay underneath their matching thread spool
so they're the best organizational system I've found for thread.  BTW, don't ever pack thread racks with the assumption that they'll stay together--they won't, and it will be a large mess.  Just in case you were wondering.

My embroidery machine is having problems again, but it can do some designs without issue, so  I was able to make some dragonfly towels
 and I'm willing to count them each as a project for this year.  I'm still finishing things and filling up our gift bin, so it all counts.  I also finished the stippling on one of the poppy runners
 so it's ready for binding, but I took the opportunity of a vacation day to make this:
which is Andy's birthday present.  He had said he didn't really need any new shirts for a while, but when I found this fabric I just couldn't resist it and he loves it.  I'm not learning good lessons about rampant fabric purchasing, because yesterday I made this from fabric in my last purchase,
and love it.  It was clearance fabric, so it cost about $6 in fabric.  I keep reminding myself that fabric is only a bargain when I actually USE it....and have unsubscribed from all fabric sale emails just in case.  Ahem....

This morning I'm cutting out a second jacket from this,
which was also purchased this year.  Did I mention the fabric-buying binge since we moved?  Yeah--I'm back on the fabric wagon for a while.  Probably a long while.  But I do get a big boost in yardage with this,
which is the horrible fabric DenverFabrics.com sent me instead of the fabric I ordered which they won't make right and which is now in the donation bin.  Someone might think it's attractive, right?

Today is supposed to be almost 100 and we won't see temperatures under 90 for the foreseeable future, so I won't be spending all my free time working on the yard and garden, so maybe I'll be able to make a small dent in the fabric stash this year--or at least in the new fabric stash.  Which does actually work out as the old fabric stash needs some organization before I can find anything easily.........

We're never moving again.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New lesson learned





Billowing pant legs might not be the best idea around rambunctious kittens.
But I still love these pants.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

There Has Been Crafting!

So the problem with the terrible "trainer" at work did NOT get resolved, but at least last week we got a bit of a reprieve because all but one of the sales team came down with a vicious cold and all but one of us called out sick on Monday.  I, unfortunately, was not the lucky one who missed it, but this
was a better way to spend the week than in "training."  Ugh.

Since I'm still dragging around with the cold, we had a slow weekend and I even got time to do some sewing.  The first poppy table runner is done,
 and today I finished the full-length version of this:
 in a light pink crepe and started a summer shirt for Andy's upcoming birthday, which I could even finish in time.  Sorry--should I have warned you before saying that?  Sure, I still haven't even started his Valentine's gift, but let's focus on what's working, shall we?

In trying-to-stem-a-problem news, it's now been 32 days since I last bought fabric, and I think it's a good thing when I say that www.denverfabric.com has removed themselves from my field of temptation permanently.  In my last order, they sent me the wrong fabric, and not only will they not make it right, they won't even return my emails.  I'm only out $10, but I think it saved me a lot of money in the long run as I had ordered from them several times.  According to online reviews, they have a pretty consistently poor record for customer service, so I might be lucky to only be out $10.  And one less source of temptation....

As of today, I have 17 finished projects for the year....33 to go.  It's possible, right?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Some Good, Some Bad

Obviously, I've fallen off the radar a bit.  In September, Andy's brother was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and in April we lost him.  He was 57.  Andy did get a chance to see him first, but it's still an overwhelming loss.

We've both been struggling a little with work:  Andy has been working on a huge project that is both frustrating and requires extra hours, and my company brought in a free-lance sales "trainer," who has been condescending, dictatorial, and demanding that we have things like paper "pitchbooks" that were unprofessional and out of date 20+ years ago.  Luckily, the plug is being pulled on that idiot, but it's hard when you have something to really dread first thing every Monday morning.

There have also been good things happening.  We are now finally and legally free of Andy's ex-wife, who has been spiteful and as nasty as possible every chance she's had.  There are lots of posts on my other blog about just a few of the things we've been through with her so I'm not polluting this space with anything about her, but if she ever contacts us in any way for any reason, she'll be slapped with a restraining order. We got to attend graduation without her ruining it or making a scene, which is certainly a first. 

The kittens are doing well
and when not snoozing, are loving watching the birds out of the window.  They're not allowed outside, much to their disappointment.

There's been a bit of sewing,
and in spite of all the stress, we still find the fun in life.  Months ago Andy had asked me if we needed a flag from my college to go with all the rival flags going up around the neighborhood, and apparently I told him the only sports team I might be willing to put up would be Griffendor.  So Thursday I came home to find this:
 Of COURSE we're keeping it up!  Or maybe moving it to the front of the house for greater visibility.  :)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Photos!

Quick pictures to prove that I haven't dropped off the face of the earth--even if it feels like it....

















Sunday, April 8, 2018

Maybe 1000

So I have a little app on my phone that I use to track how long it has been since I last bought yarn and fabric.  Yesterday  I saw my yarn counter was at 999, so excited and, frankly, amazed that today would be day 1000 since last buying yarn, I opened it up to see....999.  (Fabric, BTW, is at 16--I'm struggling a bit on that front.)  So, my counter can't go any farther.  I do at least know that July 15 will be 3 years on the sheep, but I think I need a new counter as I don't think a once-a-year anniversary is strong enough to help me cling to my sheep.  I need incentives!  Preferably ones that don't include buying things.  'Cause I have fabric for that.

This weekend I've been doing our taxes (ICK), but I rewarded myself with sewing breaks, so
the new quilt is progressing.  There were indeed two nights this week when I could pop up and sew the pinned pieces, and I even amazed myself by ironing and pinning the next pieces together before stopping for the evening.   This is a great project for after work as it's pretty simple and no fussy bits--or at least not yet.  We've become a bit obsessed by dragonflies since moving to the new house as there are several of them that live near the pond in our yard, and so we spent many evenings watching the dragonflies last summer, so it's become the theme for the house.  One of the themes.  Humans bullied by demanding cats is another predominant theme around here.