Sunday, January 19, 2014

Easy like Sunday Morning

I love Sunday mornings now. When I worked at Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sunday was like...Thursday. I worked the weekends. Now that I have a traditional "weekend", I love Sundays, especially early Sunday morning. I have a kitty snuggled on my left and a Pom on my right, a nice cup of coffee and the day open with opportunity.
Saturday is a pretty good day too. We loaded up the snowmobiles and spent the day out riding with friends. This was my maiden voyage sledding somewhere other than our property, so I was a bit nervous riding out in public. The good news is I didn't hit a tree or run into anyone. I followed the group through a pretty tricky area down into a play area (the path was downhill, narrow and in some places only as wide as the skis) I needed help getting up the hill (got stuck), but at the end of the day I did pretty good. We took trail 4 up to the lodge and stopped at a landing over looking Paulina lake.
This was the view from the trail...Paulina is still one of my favorite places on earth and now I can get there in the wintertime when the road is closed to motor vehicles!
So back to Sunday...paper has been read, coffee has been drank...think I'll make brunch for Tom when he gets up and ease on in to the day. Sewing is on the agenda as well as knitting. I have a second sock on the needles with the heel turn started. I can't even remember when I started them, so it's time to get them done! Should be doable during the Seahawks game this afternoon. I hope your Sunday is easy too!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Shopping the Stash

Tom asked me about bringing over an old steamer trunk from the shop that he had refurbished for Sara as a hope chest back in the day. She never really was into it, but I said "Yes, please!" The trunk is lined in cedar and smells wonderful. Guess what I used it for? Fabric storage of course! Much of my fabric has been stored in bins in the garage since my sewing studio is still in the planning stages. I was able to bring in a ton this past weekend, and it was like visiting old friends! I have plans for Spring and Summer dresses, skirts and of course more long sleeve tees for under my scrubs! I have 2 dressers in the guest room that are also getting filled with fabric (sorry...if you come to visit there will be no room in the dressers for your stuff...LOL!) during the week it is difficult to get much sewing in, but's on! Except if we get some snow to go snowmobiling! It has been so unseasonably warm here, it's ridiculous! Almost 60 during the day! It was 14 this morning when I took the dogs out. Jo got me up before 5:00...guess I can do some quiet sewing activities in the morning if this becomes a habit! Well better stop drinking coffee and head to the shower to get ready for work. Happy Hump day!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Back in the Saddle

Sewing has been done! I finished a wearable muslin of McCalls 6844 cardi last weekend. Great pattern and see many more in my future. A nice cardi over my scrubs is required this time of year! I also finished 6 Jalie long sleeve Tees to wear under my's cold in the high desert this time of year! We finally got some more snow this afternoon and took the boys for a long walk after the Seahawks clinched the game. Now just hanging out, watching the Patriot/Colt game and someone is playing Candy Crush (and someone timed out). I consider that my reminder that I need to get up and do something else! I am getting ready to start a new dress for the Union banquet where Tom will get his retirement axe. I really need more dresses! What a dilemma! Thank you all for your kind thoughts regarding Kodi. It still hurts, but he gave me so much...he will always be in my heart!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kodiak 1999-2014

RIP my sweet made my life richer with your unconditional love! Hope you find all the bones you buried on the other side of the rainbow bridge. Miss you...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Top 5

I have been catching up with many of my favorite blogs and have enjoyed seeing everyone's top 5 makes of 2013. It got me thinking about my top 5...wait...did I make 5 things this year? I know I sewed. I did a lot of sewing jobs this year, but what about selfish, all about me sewing? Not much this year. My pitiful wardrobe can attest to that! But what about my top 5? I think the highlight was having our kids at home from England for 3 months! It takes a village of adults to wrangle a precocious 2 &1/2 year old, so minimal sewing during those months. We finished the renovations on the retirement home...that took some time. There was some great home dec sewing that went with that. Oh yeah, I polished my resume and secured a new job in our retirement city. That was a little time consuming. Then there was selling the house, that took about 3 days and then packing up over 10 years of accumulated stuff and moving it across the mountain. I guess I shouldn't be too hard on myself. 2014 should be a better sewing year. Especially since I have a new grand baby on the way to sew for! Here are some highlights of 2013:

Project Dress a Girl

For the past couple of years, I have made dresses for Project Dress a Girl Around the World, in part thanks to the campaign launched by Mari...