Slow Progress


The main floor of the house is really in good shape at this point minus the woodwork.  Everything is very livable.  I’m not having “make shift” my way through my days.  I love that.

Upstairs it not so much that way.  Every week Hubby asks me to make a list of what I need him to do and he works on it diligently.  I really admire him for the hard work he is still doing on the house.  Yesterday was the first day I put something for the upstairs on the list.

This is real life of how the upstairs is.  We have one spare bedroom in usable order and our bedroom is usable for the most part.


The upstairs bathroom was on my hit list to try to tackle.  There isn’t much to do there so I like to tackle those easy rooms first.  I think getting them out of the way builds our confidence and momentum to keep going to get more done.

We had this vintage cabinet for storage in the upstairs bathroom.  I love the cabinet but it does have a problem.  The door behind the mirror is just a big open space as the piece was once a wardrobe.  That open space was used for hanging clothes.  My plan was for Hubby to build some shelving so all that “junk” now sitting on top of the cabinet could be put inside.


Hubby and I try as hard as can to make our pieces functional for what we need without compromising the piece.  We know these old antiques can live for forever if they are just handled with TLC.    Hubby built a set of shelves that can stand on their own yet can be inserted into the space.

This way no nails or screws were put into the piece…thus the piece keeps it’s originality.


Well he’s got one thing checked off his list and I have one thing added on to mine.  Now the couple boxes that I had set aside that were destine to go into this piece now have to be unpacked.  This room just needs a good cleaning in general.

Hubby needs to get the door and frame put in and a shelf hung, they this room will be completely functional.

I do need to work on painting the outside of the tub but that’s just cosmetic.  I still really don’t care about all that at this point.

I am just so thankful that we are still making progress.  I still don’t regret that we moved when we did….I was so ready to move and these little inconveniences don’t bother me.  I sure am thankful when we get more done though.

Ask Jo: Pineapple Crazy and More


Every so often I get questions or comments from readers that I think other might like to know the answers to as well.  I answer them here on the blog.  Today is one of those days….

The first question comes for Dotti, “Jo,  Where is that pattern found? I am amazed that you got four finished. You are a very busy, energetic and productive lady. Quilt on!”

Dotti asked this after seeing this picture of my Pineapple Crazy blocks in this blog post.


The quilt pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book “String Fling”.   (Buy Bonnie’s book here) Here’s a sneak peak at the quilt. 

I’m only this far….

I did a blog post some time ago that explained how I organize myself to make the blocks.  You can read that here.

I got one comment in that made me laugh…this one came from Carol, she writes, “That is so beautiful. Your husband should be quite proud of it – it fits so right with the rest of the house. When you have some time (ha!) could you snap some pics of your sewing studio?”

My quilting room is a mess.  There are boxes all over.  I work on it little by little but I’m a little paralyzed by it all.   I have gotten rid of so much stuff from the house but haven’t gotten rid of much in the sewing room.  I have so many old-old books and magazines.  Do I keep them-do I not?  Do I keep my Barbie clothes patterns.  Now days current Barbies are shaped so different.  What do I do with it…keep…pitch.  Am I really going to make some of these things…I know I already put my “Dear Jane” and my “Nearly Insane” book in a box to sell here on the blog one day via virtual garage sale.  I’m coming to the realization that I’m not going to make some of these things.  It’s hard to part with them but honestly…I don’t like making sampler quilts.  I know that about myself now…I didn’t then.  There are other things there too that need attention…it’s slow going honestly, it’s easier to do a little sewing rather than sorting.

I need to refinish a cupboard for up there yet too.  I hate to put things away just to have to re-organize once that cupboard is done.

It might be a while before many blog posts are done in the sewing room…Sorry Carol and all of you who have been waiting.  Trust me, I’m waiting too.

That’s all for this edition…keep your eyes open-there will likely be a virtual garage sale happening here one day in the near future.

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