A Meet and Greet with Gladys


Some time ago on a visit to the local thrift store, I found this.


I debated and debated about whether I should purchase it or not.  I have another machine exactly like that I love that I named Mildred.  You can read the story about that machine here.  I just couldn’t determine how many machines I actually need.  I am sure you’ve asked yourself where is the line between need, want, collecting and hoarding.

I continued to do my other shopping in the store.  I decided if the machine was still there after I did all my shopping I’d seriously consider it.  I shopped and looked and looked and shopped and 20 minutes later no one had bought it.

Well it was time for me to seriously consider it.  The machine was in MUCH better shape than mine.  It had the book and accessories to go with it.  The cabinet was in mint shape.  The machine was very clean.  All in all for $25, it was an amazing deal..but now how do I justify it to Hubby.

Seriously Hubby doesn’t give a hoot of how I spend $25…for some reason I just felt like I had to have a plan for it….Hmmmm.

That’s when it hit me.   I have been wanting and wanting to get back to sewing my Pineapple Crazy quilt.  The problem with that, I have dead line projects that need to get done and paper piecing those blocks is so messy.  My plan is to keep this machine separate away from the regular machine I sew on.  This one can have all the tiny bits and pieces all spread out like a bomb.  I don’t have to worry about moving things..I don’t have to worry about it being a mess.  When I know I’m going to have more than two us sewing at the new house, this machine will be the third person’s machine.

I didn’t think I had room to set the machine up at this house so the machine has sat in the garage waiting to be moved to the new house.  Then I saw that everyone was setting cups and mail and pop cans on the machine so I decided when I cleaned the upstairs that I need to try to find room for it here at this house so it wouldn’t get wrecked while it was here.

I did find room but sadly, I haven’t found time to piece any Pineapple Crazy blocks…but that’s okay, when I do find time, I will and it’s all set up and ready to go.

For the record, this machine is named Gladys.  The name because she was Mildred’s (the name of my identical matching machine’s) sister.

Today I am hooking up with Colorado Lady’s Vintage Thingy Thursday.

A New Addiction: Old House Dreams


When I was supposed to be working…I wasn’t.  It’s a confession that every person who works from home has to make now and again.  In my defense, Web Expressions the program I use to work on my website, www.makinglearningfun.com, wasn’t working quite right.  It was making me wait and giving me delays so I just thought I would read a blog quick….well one thing lead to another and before I knew it, I had discovered a wonderful new blog, Old House Dreams.

Oh my, if you love old houses, watch out..you’ll be addicted too.  Check out some of these houses…


All of the houses are for sale.  It tells price, size and few other stats along with a few pictures of the insides.


Some are completely fixed and show wonderful homes….like this 1892 Queen Anne home in Kankakee, Illinois.


Some need LOTS of help like this Queen Anne in Skidmore, Missouri.

On some of these…don’t let the outside fool you though.  Inside, the woodwork is AMAZING.


Some are really fun to check like this 1905 Colonial Revival in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It shows a current picture…

and it shows a picture from long ago.  Notice how the porch has changed??


If I had any desire to live in Minneapolis or spent $395,500….this home would be mine…just look….


Check out this 1927 Gate House in Chevy Chase, Maryland for $1,500,000.  It looks like it is from a story book.


This one is more my speed…a good old fashion 1905 Queen Anne…

that needs LOTS and LOTS of work!!

I’ve managed to waste quite a lot of time scrolling through pictures…but I have gleaned a bit of information.  I’ve looked at time period light fixtures.  I’ve looked at stair rails.  I’ve looked at decorating.  I’ve looked at lots of things and weighed whether it would look good in our old house or not.

I’ve also seen that what we are tackling with our old house make over is nothing compared to what some houses need.  The thing I learned most…the look of a house on the outside really doesn’t dictate the character inside.

Some people love looking at the website Houzz…All in all, for my taste, this site is much better.  The only problem is it isn’t easy to search.

Now don’t say I didn’t warn you….I spent an hour there my first visit and I’ve been back several times..don’t tell Hubby.  He thinks I am in the house slaving away..

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