Monday, October 5, 2015

Home Improvement and Mini Quilts

This week we tackled more small projects around the house along with continuing to unpack boxes.
We replaced a couple outlets.  This is an outlet/USB combination.  It fits into the outlet box replacing one of the outlets with two USB charging ports.  This is at my nightstand so I can have my lamp and charge two USB devices.  Pretty nifty.
The ceiling fan in Darling Husband's office stopped working about a week after we moved in.  Over the weekend we replaced it with this modern-looking fan.
Another great idea from IKEA is this drop table. We installed it in the laundry room so we would have a surface to sort and fold laundry.  We can move the basket out of the way and drop the table if we need more space in the laundry room and the table doesn't interfere with the baskets.
I also spent some time adding hanging sleeves to some of my mini quilts so I could hang them in my sewing studio.  I love being able to see all these minis in one place.  Two of these were received as part of swaps I participated in.  The others were made by me.

Do you have plans for around your house?  I would love to hear about your fun projects to make your space more comfortable or useful.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Knitting Along

I picked up some yarn at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in the spring.  I picked up two skeins of this lovely yarn from Avalon Spring Farms.  I love the blues and greens.  They remind me of the ocean.  The colors range from a shifting turquoise like in the Caribbean to the greens of New England waters, and the deep dark blue of the North Atlantic deeps.
I borrowed my friend's ball winder and swift for this.  Usually I don't mind hand-winding the ball, but I wanted to take this with me on business travel so I didn't have the time.  What am I knitting you ask?

I can't show you the details of what I have knit since this is a Mystery Knit Along.  The pattern is from Curious Handmade and written by Helen Stewart.  I saw a post on Instagram for the Summertide Shawl Mystery Knit Along and was intrigued.  So intrigued I shared it with my friend who joined.  I couldn't leave her without moral support, so I joined in, too.  

I'm still poking along on clue number two.  The KAL is only four clues so I might still catch up before the end of the KAL.  Have you found any fun knit along or sew along projects to jump into now that the kids are back at school?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Charity Quilting: Flying Geese

This fun little quilt was pieced by another member of Annapolis Quilts for Kids.  
I spent some time playing with feathers.  Each time I stitch them I am happier with them and more confident.  Quilted with So Fine! #50 from Superior Threads.

Quilt Count:  31

Monday, September 28, 2015

Where I've been...

I know the blog has been really quiet lately.  I've been so busy I don't know what direction I'm moving in.  In July I got a new job, bought a house, started the crazy task of getting painters in, pulling up old carpet, having flooring installed, moving all my worldly possessions with nothing more than a pick-up and a bunch of picking-up, travel for work for no less than two weeks out of every four and try not to lose my mind.  I've got some before photos of one of the bedrooms so I'll share those.  So you can see not only how far we've come, but also the depth of my crazy.
This is a bedroom that I will be using as an office and maybe a guest room.  
The first thing that had to go was the carpet.  Not a single piece of carpet in this house was worth saving.   This blue paneling?  That's got to go, too.
I'm not a fan of carpet anyway.  It is a breeding ground for who knows what.
I set about removing the carpet and padding.  You can save a few dollars in labor if you pull this stuff up yourself.  You also know that every staple was actually removed.  
This sand.  Yes.  Sand.  All trapped under the carpet and padding.
I didn't weigh it.  Maybe I should have.  This is all of it, piled into my dust pan.  This is one reason I hate carpet.
Sadly, the flooring tiles were too damaged to leave as-is, so I had to get some flooring put in before moving into the space.  That chair rail had to go, too.  I kid you not, every room in the house had chair rail.  
That closet space has such potential!
Ready for the next step:  Painters!

I don't know how often I will share these before/after photos.  But I did want to provide at least a little explanation as to where I've been.  This room is just one of the four we worked on to make them livable.  All while trying to move ourselves (that was a poor decision) and work full-time and travel for work.  We've made great progress but it hasn't been easy or quick.

When we are done, it will be awesome!