Monday, September 30, 2013

Putting My House In Order

I haven't gotten as much sewing done on Sunday as I'd like.  In fact, as I'm writing this around dinnertime, I have to confess the only "sewing" I've done it to switch out my Bernina for my Juki in preparation for quilting the Schnibbles quilt, and cleaning and oiling the Juki.  What have I been doing instead?

Well, sometimes you just need to take care of the details of life, right?  That's what I was doing.  Finishing the fall decorating, paying bills, tinkering with this and that, doing a little house cleaning, and sorting clothes--bagging stuff for donation, packing a few summer things away (although it's a little early to pack everything up just yet), and getting some of the winter things out.  I was super surprised to find a box of winter clothes that included three pairs of slacks that were apparently too small for me when I put them away, but they fit now.  Same with a couple sweaters and tops.  Oh, and doing laundry, because all of the winter things I took out needed to be freshened a bit.

So I don't have any quilting to share just yet, but I mentioned before that I'd show you some of my fall decorations, so I'll do that today.

I haven't been able to locate a few of my Halloween boxes--I think they're up in the garage rafters, and Soccer Son hasn't been available to climb up there.  And, despite the CrossFit, I don't feel I'm quite fit enough to climb around the rafters; I'm not sure I EVER was!  So this year I just made do with all of my fall decorations along with the Halloween things I was able to locate.

One of the things I'm missing is Cacklin' Rosie, the witch.  Remember her?  Also missing is her wig and shoes, but her hat and broom turned up as did the sign that says, "The witch will see you now."   Her spot is ready for her if she shows up.

When I pulled out my framed fabric Halloween panel this year, the glass in the frame was broken, but no matter--it looks just about the same without the glass.

Here's a close up of the Halloween arrangement my friends and I worked on at Pismo Beach a year ago August.  We found the pattern and directions in the Spooky Threads book by Need'l Love/Renee Nanneman (on sale now for only $10; click HERE).

I thought I'd show you another floral arrangement.  I love those orange lantern "pod" things, especially when mixed with a little blue and purple.

Come on in and have a seat--we can have some coffee.  Did you know that Sunday was National Coffee Day?  Yep, I had mine!  By the way, my exercise bike is parked just to the left of where I'm standing with my camera.  Hubby says when I ride it, I need to play the music from the Wizard of Oz when the Wicked Witch is riding the bike.  I think he may be having newts and toads for dinner tonight!

Martha Stewart's glittery paper crow cut outs found a home near the bird cage on the shelf.  And a Halloween stitchery is on top although you can't see it very well, can you?

I'd like to show you the rest of the house, but it's time for me to go quilt something now . . . unless I find something else that needs to be done around the house.  I'll show you more this week.  Thanks for stopping by!


Anonymous said...

You do a great job with the decorating - just love all the fall goodies!!

Cindy in SC

Shirley I. said...

Your decorations are lovely!!

Missie of Traditional Primitives said...

Love your cute decorations! I have not gotten any out just yet! How do you like your Juki? I have been considering one as I need to update my sewing machine. I was thinking Juki has one that is a regular machine as well as a quilting machine with a larger hole... The AQS/Des Moines show is this week and a machine is on my list!

Frankie said...

I love how you've decorated! Makes me feel inspired to haul out my stuff and change things up a bit. Happy sewing!

klmvangard said...

I don't know if you'll even see this, but I fell in love with the Pumpkin candle mat/tabletopper that is sitting on your coffee table picture in your September 30, 2013 blog post. I would LOVE to know what the pattern is, so I could try to track it down to make. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much and your creativity is AMAZING!!!