Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Lazy Daisy and Sewing Adventures too !

While Spring on the calendar started a while ago... it is just now springing up here in the mountains of North Carolina! 

So Happy Spring Y'all!

Here is a view of our pond and the back of our home on a panoramic shot...
The building on the far left is our pump house... then those big trees across the pond are Bradford Pears that have bloomed and now turned green :D ... the grist mill or water wheel with house is next then my honey has his "mancave"... a 500 sq ft building for all his woodworking and home reno stuff to be stored... plus stuff for the garden and plantings all over this property... finally is a greenhouse and outdoor storage from the mancave.. and the Valley River is viewed on the far right... it is a busy stream that never dries up... we are thinking that is the difference between a creek and river! lol

In our pond (about 1/4 acre large) we have rainbow trout, bass and crappie in there... we realized this week when feeding the fish... there is a nursery where the active grown fish don't go and it is overseen by a grandma fish who is quite large (over 2 feet long!!!)  The fish we feed are from 1 foot to 20" long themselves... and they all look quite healthy.. we have yet to find one floating!!!  But it is all a learning experience...
Above is a video of feeding time on the hascienda!  Enjoy :)

Onto sewing adventures... first are the curtains I made for the bedroom...
 they are 2 layered and have raw edged covered with binding....
I copied them from the curtains left in the sun room portion of our living room...

But using fabrics from my stash that would coordinate with quilts we have and that I will be making... my goal is to have a quilt to change to for each season :D  We shall see how long that takes!!! lol

Now that you have seen the sunroom curtains... look at the new leaders I have for my quilt frame...
They are olive green and off white stripes running the length of the poles... I have directions on how much to cut them for proper use... I had a wider fabric than typical quilting cotton so I got to adjust these a bit which I like... makes it easier to load and unload when done!

Someone had asked about my quilt frame on Facebook... it is a Hinterberg wood frame with 3 metal poles.. a 3 pole frame is the easiest and most user friendly to use for hand quilting.  The front pole holds backing  layer of your quilt sandwich... then the top and batting layers get attached to the 3rd pole and pulled taute once the bottom of these 2 layers is attached with heavy straight pins to the backing... This picture may make more sense than my explanation
So if have a 3 pole frame of any brand... try this way of loading ... I get great tension with no issues :D  And there is no pin basting with this hand quilting frame... BUT I have used this frame to load a quilt for machine quilting too to pin baste for that... it is so much nicer than crawling on the floor... small quilts can be taped to a countertop to pin baste... but large quilts twin or bigger... you need a way to baste or a frame like this to not need to pin baste.

Now to my sewing room reno... I have a few craft boxes to unload still but all the sewing room boxes are unloaded and my room is full of fun!!!!  Here is a peek in the door just off the living room now...
 And here is a panoramic view showing 3 sides of my sewing room...
My cutting table is waiting for a large cutting mat... my cutting mats are all gouged up... I had replaced my Olfa cutting mats with Fiskars only to realize the quality was NOT the same... so I have an Olfa 24 x 36 on order now to fit my cutting table and get it in order...

Above the cutting table is my ruler holder my honey made me several years ago from plywood... it works sooo good!  Next to the right is the closet I will show you in depth below in pictures... it holds all my fabric and notions and batting and stores my scraps and books... LOVE THIS CLOSET!!!

next is the window with a great view of the river and my honey's man cave... with pics of all my friends with friendships to span a lifetime! :)  To the right of the window is a chest I want replaced in the near future that holds my hand quilting marking pens/pencils/chalks... and threads specific to hand quilting as well... plus a few patterns and some glue baste I may use in the never future! lol.

Around from that is Zena my Singer 401a and the Quilt frame my honey made... it has a vintage chair for it now where in the old place it had a stool I couldn't stand so we left it behind for someone else to enjoy... then my one and only Ott light that I simply move to my sewing spot of the moment... right now I am working on Gloria my Singer 301a... making apple core table topper!!!

Now don't miss my "k" thread and bobbin holder and the organizer shelf below it... to the right will be my design wall... more on that when we make it but Zena has the flannel for it on her cabinet!!! lol

Above is my closet in snipet shots for you to enjoy... the top right is the next big quilt to go in the frame... for our bed!  My sewing room sign that hangs over the door to this room... and sooo much other fun stuff... we spent under $200 on all the wood and screws for this closet reno ... and boy was it worth it.. ALL my stuff is in one room now!!!  Except my hand quilting frames of course! :D

And now to my darling new project... a string of apple cores !!!
These are about 4" finished size...
 These are waiting to be joined up... I do a few at a time as it is fun but a bit tedious too!
 I am using THIS tutorial for machine piecing my apple cores... she is a bit hard to listen to BUT WORTH THE LISTEN!!!  If you are interested in trying this project grab a charm pack or some 5" blocks and a template and lay it out first :D

Have you seen a corkscrew willow?  Or have you seen a conehead evergreen like the one to the right???  I love this home!!! <3
 And of course my honey is enjoying the first mow on his completely renovated John Deere... had a deck painting, new blades, spindles, oil, spark plugs, air filter, seat, and leveled... it is now mowing so nice and making a sweet fresh cut grass smell in our home :D

Now that it is raining he is focusing on painting...
the bottom half of the wall was a pastel green that belongs in a baby room or something... that was the color of our walls all over.. now we have a nice linen color covering them.  A little yellow a little peach and a very light color called Malted Milk and totally elegant with the white chair rail... here is a photo of the wall with the white touched up and all the wall painted and cut in :D
Well I think this is quite long enough for now... if you would like pointers on making a apple core by machine just ask and I will post more on this next week when HOPEFULLY I will have a finish to share with you all as well!

Have a happy Sunday all and remember....


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Settling in at the Lazy Daisy !!

This week has been all about making ourselves comfy in our new home... finally we are close to the end of all the boxes and we are making sense of our favorite things... and finding new ones!
Like this cool deep red tulip that bloomed this week!

and the views coming and going from here just totally rock!

 These photos ... unfortunately... don't do justice to the reality though!!!

We are at an elevation of about 2600 ft... when we lived in Florida we were at an elevation of 3 ft!!!  WOWEE ... and every time we go out we see something new ... experience a new color ... watch as God repaints the sky or brings the clouds down just a bit closer or raises them a bit higher!  TOTALLy AMAZING!!!!

Around here we have been busy... our bedroom got washed and dried and lit back up :D
 We only had our lights up a month before we decided to sell our home in Florida so they quickly got packed away so they wouldn't be thought to convey with the house!! lol

The bedroom tv moved to the living room... and the cool vintage cabinet now houses the quilt shop and helps hide cords from the tv and also holds our new sound bar...
 WOW that sound is good when listening to Pandora from the TV too <3

We got paint for the kitchen ...
 It will really make the valances we bought look good... and we got some white paint for the woodwork too !!!

Then we found this cute shopping cart...
 It is just perfect for the dishrags my bestie made for us... and we use regularly at the kitchen sink!

Then lights came from our power company... they have a program to provide you with up to 15 LED 60 watt soft white bulbs... we think these are GREAT!  We installed 8 immediately in the living room ceiling fans!!! 
The remaining ones will be used in Rick's shop when he replaces the fluorescent buzzing lights for regular bulb holders with these energy efficient LED's for great light out there!!!

I have been in a making mood as we are settling in here...

Using my stash... I made valances for the sewing room...
 And my honey hung my "k" thread spool and bobbin holder....
 I made the same valance again for the other window in my sewing room...
 I went to the LQS (local quilt shop) ... Bless My Stitches in Murphy, NC and got...
 a ruler, some glue stick refills for applique time, and some fabric that soon found a purpose...
 As a ironing board cover in my sewing room.  I just had to have this cute daisy fabric and peachy color seemed right and vintagy at the same time!

I used ALL the fabric they had on the bolt in their clearance section ....
To make the ironing surface cover and... a hat... lol!
 No... not an Easter bonnet y'all but a trash basket of sorts...
 See...
 I used the bag given me at my LQS and made a customized trash basket to hold my scraps and thread tails until I dump them in the "to be burned" trash or for plastic etc... separate to go to the dumpster.

Someone on facebook wanted to know about my ironing board.  It is actually a piece of 1/2" plywood that sits on a wooden stool....
 There above you can see the stool and below is a close up of the layers... I used a thick cotton fluffy towel that had gotten discolored so wasn't being used anymore and repurposed it into being sewn shut on 3 sides into a kind of pillowcase that fits tightly around the board... then measured that with my cloth tape measure and made the outer ironing board cover so I can move it about and flip it over if one side gets dirty or something...
I love this style and in fact this is my SECOND ironing board as the first one was just smaller than I wanted so I had my honey make this one a bit larger than a fat quarter laid out flat and it is perfect for ironing fabrics, a small cutting board sits there at times... or works in progress rest at the top of it whilst I am piecing things and ironing those pieced items down on the bottom half!  Perfect !!!

Another thing we LOVE LOVE LOVE IS ....
 the view AND feeding our fish in the pond every day!  They LOVE to eat too :D  And that water wheel NEVER gets old either... a perpetual water feature that never stops!!!
 Daisy loves to go out by the fish and enjoys all the wildlife our new home attracts!!!

We even have a  log cabin near us that is very vintage... it was a train engineers cabin when the train came by here...
Now there are tracks but no train anymore... to bad... we would like it if they revived the train :D

I am now making curtains for our bedroom... more on those next week.  As I type this I am getting more shelves in my sewing room closet... so maybe an uber organized photo of all my sewing notions, accessories and fabrics next week!

Remember to be kind y'all!  It takes no effort to be kind!!!
 And also remember to...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

In LOVE with the Lazy Daisy !!

I can't believe this paradise of a home is ours forever !!!  It is just so exciting :D

I have NEVER felt as I do about a place as I do about this place... in the valley of the mountains in rural North Carolina is the place for me!  Now I am soo happy I left my retreat in Fla for THIS!!!

Rick got a RC boat that I snuck and ordered for him... watch the video here if you are interested...
It zooms around our pond for sure and was a fun kind of thing to get amidst all the work we have to do still! lol

Meanwhile I have been unloading boxes and enjoying the view from here as well...
I never tire of the grist mill running... we do have to divert the water to it when it gets below freezing outside but hopefully those nights are now behind us for the year!

I shared last week how Rick got my shelves in the closet for my fabrics... and how I filled them UP!!!
Well this week I have focused a lot on those Kaleidoscope Krazy blocks I have worked on for a while now!
Above you can see me working on them... and below you can see me counting my progress...
 Those little purple circular things are Dove eggs... dark chocolate... yummm!
 Organized my 60 finished blocks above
 And further organized the 72 blocks to go on top of those in a styrofoam tray I harvested for this project... works great :D

Then I focused on my leaders and enders I had been building ...
they look like they need a border and binding to be a baby quilt! lol  We will see if I make it bigger or finish it and call it done!  This was my 1st time to stick with a leader/ender project long enough to do anything with it!

I also put up some memorabilia decor in the sewing room...
And decided instead of buying valances for the sewing room I would somehow rework a vintage improved 9 patch I have been hoarding for A WHILE... to make a set of 2 valances :D  So stay tuned for that feat!  I do appreciate having my ruler holder back up though!

In the living room area I have been working slowly on slow stitching on the wholecloth with no pic to share as it is BORING yawn... I need to focus and get something worth sharing ready for next week... and on the other side of the living room....
I have the relaxing rocker and the big frame ready for new leaders to be put on... meanwhile a flimsy I finished a couple years ago is waiting for borders to be reworked... then it will be ready for hand quilting... I already have the binding cut for this one but the outer border turned out ruffley for some reason so after examining it again I realized letting it vegetate for a while did NOT change it's situation... so hopefully this week it will get a seam ripper to it. and get ready for the new leaders to be attached :D

My honey ... is a veteran... and we are both quite patriotic as well... so a flag was a must for our new home....
 He got it flying high... 20 feet high to be exact...
 You can see it from the post office and road above... very cool!

He also got the lawn mower back in working order and the deck painted... it was very chipped up!  It looks sooo nice now :D

Also I was able to snag a full shot of our golf cart... the rear of it makes a seat for 2 passengers or as it is a flat area to carry stuff... that is our primary way to transport heavy things from the house/garage to the out building. 

Do any of you have these little but heavy pattern weights?  They have felt on the bottom but are plastic on the top and go inside a rectangle shaped box when stored... I saw these on a friends blog and she shared this pic with me... I want some!!!  lol

 Here is a little wall hanging I fell in love with... hoping to use my applique skills soon to make something like this for our home :D
Here is a fun photo I choreographed for my latest guilty pleasure too! lol
Pretty fun that April 1... aka April Fool's day is also Easter... so hope you are having a blessed Easter!

Thanks for stopping in ... hope you enjoyed your visit... please share what makes you happy as this wonderful month of April begins !!!