The Great Scrap Sort

I’ve been trying to get ahold of my sewing room.  I have been doing a little every now and then and am happy.  I’ve made a STRONG commitment that every little thing will get attention before I am truly calling it done.  One of the things that is on the forefront of my brain is tackling my scraps.  I used them often and with the release of Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Frenzy, more than ever I feel like my scraps need to get in control.

I gathered my scraps, bought a couple tubs and started in on sorting….What a mess!!

Here are my tubs…one is for what I call “brights” and the other “Civil War-ish tones”.  I really think better terms might be “white based” and “cream based”.  Keep reading…I’ll explain.
Here are the white based fabrics…. Continue reading


My Saturday

Saturday was a whirlwind for me.  It had been a bit since I was up at the antique booth and brought in new goods.  We had a couple good days with good sales leaving a few blanks spaces.  We didn’t sell a HUGE bunch of stuff but the stuff that did sell took up a lot of space.

So my plan was…go to Decorah.  Stop at an auction.  Go to Harmony.  Come back to Decorah and get the groceries and do the Wal-Mart run.

I was up early and sewed…then off to stop at the auction.  I really had no intention of staying at the auction.  The goodies they had shown in the pictures really weren’t anything I was interested in but, auctioneers can get late additions to the sale or what I think is valuable isn’t valuable to them.

Well I got to the auction and “HOLY POTTERY”!!!!

It was never ending!!

The tables were filled and under the tables were filled.
Ah…I spy little lamb planters.  I would definitely bid on these.

I haven’t really bought pottery like that before so I had no idea how that would sell.  I didn’t know what it was worth…Oh I hate that.  I get to an auction and suddenly feel dumb about what I’m bidding on but at the same time think it’s something that would sell.  We’ve been told that it’s a good idea to display several like things together in the booth so that it catches the eye of people who collect it.  Well…there were enough lambs.  Hmm.

Well I continued looking around.  Costume jewelry…again something I know nothing about.
Um…Button jars.  They would sell.  

Salt and pepper shakers.  One would think I had enough but if they sold cheap, I would consider them.

I loved these boats.  Would they sell?  They would make a nice display in the summer.  Hmm.
…and then there was more.  More of everything.  Again notice the loaded tables and under the tables.
Oh…I spy this… Continue reading


My Birthday

I had a fabulous birthday!  Ever since my 50th birthday, I appreciate every single birthday more and more.  50 was a bad year for me.  I injured my foot and ended up with surgery….I had my thyroid removed and was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  During my 40’s I always dreaded my 50th birthday thinking I’d “be old” if I was in my 50’s.   Well now that I’m making my way through my 50’s, I’m so very grateful for every birthday I get.  I actually WANT to get old.  After a cancer diagnosis, birthdays have come to mean so much more.

It sounds kind of silly but I’m actually thankful for the diagnosis.  It’s made me stop more frequently and “smell the roses”, take time for my kiddos, and make the most of the small moments.  Without it, I think I’d be hurrying through life.  There are so many things I might have missed.

So what made my birthday so much more fabulous!!  Little things and FOOD of course.  We’re a foodie family.  Not fancy food, just good tasting food.

A new Mexican restaurant opened in West Union (about 25 minutes from our house) and I’ve been wanting to go.  Hubby told me he was taking me out and I could pick anywhere I wanted to go.  I picked the Mexican restaurant.

Fajitas are my go-to Mexican food when I don’t know what else to order.  These were fabulous.  The service was fast and very friendly too.  We will definitely be going back there.  If you’re in the area…give it a try.

Hubby took me there on Thursday night….Friday Kalissa brought me lunch.  The Fort in Fort Atkinson makes wonderful food.  She brought me my favorite order from there….Chicken Dumpling Soup and Loaded Fries…and a coffee drink from Kwik Star.  That girl loves me!

She also got me two T-shirts….See? Continue reading


UFO Decisions: Tribute to Judie

I’ve told you a few time this month that I am trying to tackle my sewing room.  It seems a little tedious in the method that I’m using but it’s working for me and that’s all I care about.  In the past I’ve opened the UFO cabinet, I’ve said -Yep, those are the UFO’s..and moved on.

This time around I’m going through everything.  I am asking, “Are you REALLY ever going to finish this or is this just a dream?”

It doesn’t bother me to part with things as much as it used to.  I think there are several reasons why…
1-Money isn’t as tight as it used to be
2-I have a whole network of people who are willing to finish UFO’s and pass them on to charity.
3-I have a STRONG desire to take control of my space.

Over the next while (however long it takes) I’m tackling that UFO cabinet and asking the hard questions and then if I decide to keep it, I’m going to see what the project needs that might move it along or what might make the project more desirable to grab the next time I’m in need of a project.

Today’s project:  Tribute to Judie

This is likely one of my oldest UFO’s.  I I started it a LONG time ago.  Seeing this photo is what enticed me to want to make it.

Oh I loved it and the happy news is that I still love it.  I knew immediately that this is a project I want to keep and find room for.

I looked and figured out that I started this back in February of 2010.  Oh my.  It’s almost nine years old.

So where am I at and what can I do to get me willing to grab this project?
Well…the project at some point and time must have gotten tipped over because pieces are everywhere and not matched.  I know if it’s like this, I won’t grab it.

So after a little sorting… Continue reading