Monday, March 31, 2014

My sweet helper

Yesterday I spent part of the day sewing on my second Barbara Krenshaw Italian drawn thread work piece - an EGA (Embroiderer's Guild of America) correspondence course. I made a little spot for Oreo to lay - the table was completely covered with sewing goodies, and Oreo was content to lay on top of them all, but I wasn't happy with that situation.  (-; Oreo follows me around like a little dog when he's not napping.

The pin cushion is done by a friend, Bev, in Utah -- it was her very first crazy quilted project. I won it in a white elephant type game at the last CQI retreat. I really love it and the cat.

Friday, March 28, 2014

I am so blessed

I went kitchen table shopping with my grandgirls the other day and I happened to spy a 1970's style multi-drawered metal filing cabinet. Judging from the paperwork I found in it, it once belonged to an insurance company. So I asked the owner how much he wanted for it and he said $39 with a tone that said "Please take it away.".  (-; So I told him I'd take it not really sure where I was going to put it or what I was going to store in it. I knew my husband would just be delighted I was bringing home another storage cabinet - NOT! - so I didn't tell him. Ha ha. I had to wait to pick it up until the next day and I called him on the way home to ask him a question. His phone went dead and so he had to return my call to my cell and realized I wasn't home. So he asks where I was. I said "I don't want to tell you." He says "Yes you do." So I told him. He started to say we didn't need any more junk around the house, and I say "This is why I didn't want to tell you.", and he went silent.  (-; I did find a place to put it - in the loft where my computer and Etsy shop things are - and I decided to store shop items in it. My shop items are in disarray - small items on a shelf isn't the best use of space. But, they are wonderfully sorted and space efficient in my new cabinet. It is slightly ugly, but apparently I got a great deal on it. Beat up ones are selling for $150 online and nice ones for $325. I can always sell it when I no longer need it. What crafter doesn't need a great storage tool like this!! I kind of wanted to paint it a nice acqua green to go with the rest of my loft colors, but I can't see a good way to remove the label holders - which are fantastic for organizing by the way! I suppose I could paint them right along with the cabinet. It's not a bad color as far as metal cabinets go.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Day 61: My work on Lisa B.'s block

I am in a Round Robin in Crazy Quilting International (CQI) yahoo group with the theme of fans.  This is my work on Lisa B's blocks. She pieced her blocks in black and wanted them embellished in pink and green.