Since it's been several days since I've posted, (including missing gratitude Friday) I'm having trouble focusing on one topic to post about. I sat down to post last night and my mind was blank. I started a post this morning about the project that has kept me busy this week but it sounded a little too negative so I erased it. I guess I'll just chat a little about this and that and then count some blessings. How does that sound?
I'll start with that project that's kept me very busy this week, the one I could get negative if I spent much time talking about. The tee shirt blankets.
I'm only picturing one because they are nearly identical, made for twins. Their mom asked if I could make blankets out of her daughters favorite tee shirts. They will be going away to college next fall and she wanted to give them as Christmas gifts. When she asked what they would cost, I told her I needed to first get an idea of the materials I would need and how long it would take to make them, I'm not very quick on my feet when it comes to thinking and speaking at the same time. She pushed me for an estimate and the number that came out of my mouth...all I can say is as soon as I said it, I felt like Jim Carrey in Liar Liar. Not that I was lying, but that I couldn't believe what came out of my mouth. I wanted to say, "who said that?". It was way, way, WAY too low. Why do I do that to myself? Why should I be the least bit reluctant to charge what is a reasonable price for my time and effort? I don't know. Maybe I've learned my lesson this week. I hope so. I will say they came together nicely, really without any problems and I'm pleased with the results. I'm sure they would be prettier if they were quilted, but thankfully she just wanted blankets, nothing heavy and quilted.They are backed with navy flannel. I think if I'd had to quilt them, it would have sent me right on over the edge.
I never posted pictures of the sewing room after it was painted. I love it as much if not more than the kitchen. It's open to the kitchen since it used to be the dining room and is separated from the living room by french doors. I loved having a space dedicated to sewing but hated having all the fabric and stuff that accumulates on display. I came up with a relatively easy and inexpensive solution. A curtain to hide everything behind. Mitch cut brackets out of wood to hold a long piece of metal conduit from which I hung simple white panels. I want to add something to the bottom since I hemmed them a little shorted than I should have, but that will wait. The curtain extends from wall to wall and completely hides my fabric and another shelf of sewing books and other crafting paraphernalia. It is much more peaceful, both in color and organization. Ahhhh, I needed that.
During the reorganizing of things I came across this in the closet and it made me laugh.
Not because mama goose is wearing a bonnet, though that is kinda cute, no I laughed because for many years (I'd say up to about 3 1/2 - 4 years ago) this was the only thing sewing related in the house. It held anything you needed for any sewing that might take place and I was not usually the one to use it, Mitch was. I wouldn't even sew on a button. This little tin held some scissors, a pin cushion with a few pins and a needle or two, a couple spools of thread and anything else that related to sewing. It was kept on top of the refrigerator. It makes me smile to think how things have changed.
I may have missed Gratitude Friday but I'll try to make up for it today.
- I'm grateful those blankets are finished
- I'm grateful to have a daughter who did a lot of my Christmas shopping and wrapping while I worked on those blankets
- I'm grateful to have a room of my own for sewing
- I'm grateful to have had the same pastor for 35 years and I'm so, so sad next Sunday will be his last
- I'm grateful for the mild weather we've had this week
- I'm grateful for internet shopping