Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Yesterday, I cleaned up my little sewing area that I have in the corner of the sun room at the cottage

It's quite amazing that so much mess can be made in such a small area. I am always leaving pieces of this and that on the sewing table. I also never put the cover on the machine and I think that I should as the room is usually open to the elements and can be dusty. I wonder if people take their machines in for cleaning annually. I was told to bring it to the shop for spring cleanings as a good care program for my Janome. I haven't decided yet.

I must say the sewing table is the best thing since sliced bread as far as I am concerned. It is always a hit for anyone who sews and does a bit of work here at the table. I can't imagine that I actually worked without this smooth gliding surface to piece my blocks till last fall. I am alway thankful that my sweetie included it in his birthday surprise for me!

I had a lot of little pieces of this and that left over from the winter and don't remember why I shoved them in the container to bring here to the cottage, but am glad I did. I am almost out of fabric here for projects. I have fabric, but not enough to complete any project. This is sort of a coin quilt top which I added the whites to it to make it really pop. I use the old suitcase that it is propped on to keep current projects, sewing supplies etc here. I found this little gem at Goodwill years ago. I actually have four of them, one is full of lego, but the others are empty and I keep thinking of painting them or covering them to look like quilts.

I think these suitcases cost about $3.00 each and were probably used for overnight bags when first made. I also had a couple of makeup bags like these but the grandkids took them for cars and barbie doll suitcases. When the kids were little, there was always a suitcase for crafts, one for dolls, one for cars, and one for the lego.. Now the lego one has been refilled a few times, all using second hand lego from goodwill or garage sales. It's the colours that the kids liked that were different and so they were "borrowed"

The suitcases are becoming a rare find these days as it seems that people are collecting them for whatever reason. I always look for them everytime I am shopping secondhand. So handy for different uses.

We are having a great beginning to the weather this morning, other than having to put the spaceheater on because it is chilly here in the sunroom. It's lovely on the deck and I am taking my coffee out there while the lake is calm, the fish are jumping at bugs, and the hummers are happy for the warmth, as I am. We are expecting rain of course and yesterday about 30 miles south there was a small tornado that touched down and did some minor damage. What a summer! I just heard on the news that by Christmas it is supposed to warm up! Honest!

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