Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dimishing List

The other day when I posted, I went back to my post New Year New List and discovered I had done several of the things I had put on my list.  Boy did that make me feel great!  I crossed off each one and listed the approximate date I completed those items.  I will need to remember to keep up on that list and am already thinking about what I want to accomplish next year.  

In the meantime, I'm enjoying making my Christmas presents.  Still working on one thing, almost completed though.  I certainly can't wait to post  the result, but that will have to wait until after Christmas, don't want to spoil the surprise.   

I hope everyone that reads this blog is enjoying it.  I have been lax at posting on a regular basis, but I do what I can.  I have realized I will never be as good as some bloggers out there, who have such dedication and passion that they have actually turned their blogging into a career.  They amaze me.  

Well, I'm off to sew some more before heading to work.  


Happy Reading !
Ann

Monday, October 28, 2013

Disaster prompts sewing....

We had a disaster in our kitchen two weeks ago.  The garbage disposal sprung a leak.  It had been leaking for awhile without us knowing it.  

When I was at work,  my husband dumped a 8 quart pot of dirty water into the sink,  he noticed a puddle of water on the floor half way out into the kitchen. He said the disposal was spraying water all over under the cabinet.  He pulled everything out from under the sink and had to throw out several things because they had mold on them (how we knew it was leaking for awhile).  I have my plastic storage bags and foil under there and we ended up throwing those all out because they had gotten all wet.  Thank you for the huge bill at Walmart to replace them.   

When I got home that night, I finished cleaning things up.  Put the clean dishes from the dishwasher away, put all the dirty dishes into a laundry basket, and cleaned the counter top off.  The next day the maintenance man came over and replaced the disposal.  The one nice thing about living in an apartment. 

In the process of cleaning the counter top off, I noticed a cob web (no I'm not decorating for Halloween) on the top of my Health Master blender.  In the process of putting things away, I dusted the blender off and decided to make the cover for it that I had planned back in January.   So I took about half hour out of my cleaning to make the cover.  I had made a cover for my ice cream maker last year, which is shown below. 

Kitchen towels and ribbon.
Health Master
Health Master Cover




















Ice Cream Maker
Ice Cream Cover


So in this process of making the cover for the Health Master, I realized we are getting closer to Christmas and the first part of my present was still sitting on the cutting board.  So the last few nights I've been working at getting this done.  Almost there.  Just have to do the quilting part and it will be finished, then onto the next part of the gift.  Can't wait to post these items.

Sew off to sew!

Happy Reading !
Ann




Monday, October 21, 2013

Been awhile ...

Well the last two months have been busy.  My work schedule was change for about 6 weeks (3 in September and 3 in October), making it hard to get things done.  I normally go in at 11 am, giving me lots of time in the morning to do housework, cook, exercise, walk the dogs,  blog, and sew.  However when 3 days of the week going in at 8:30 am, the other two days I felt like I was playing catch up.

I was Employee of the Quarter for our 2nd quarter at work.  Totally took me by surprise.  There were 5 of us that received this honor.  One day last week, we were taken out to lunch then we had the rest of the day off.  Can't beat that!

I came home and did some chores around the house then set out to complete that cover for the ugly black foam that my husband purchased to convert our coffee table into a footstool. I was surprised at how little time it took to make it, and kicked myself for not getting it done earlier. Here are the results:


Before
After

To jazz up the table, my husband added some cast iron decorative pieces to both ends and sides of the table.  

So, now my plan is to work on some Christmas presents and have them ready for Christmas 2013 and not 2014.  


Happy Reading !
Ann