Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, April 30, 2018

Good-bye old house, hello new

"For I have promises to keep
and miles to mop before I sleep!"

I spent three hours today at the old house on my hands and knees mopping miles of wood laminate flooring. Hubby, thinking he was helping by clearing out the old house, took my mops and left me with just a broom, vacuum and a few rags to do the floors. It was actually easier on my back than standing and mopping.

Some things I'll miss most about the old house are the Buddha statue, which belongs to the landlord, and the view, although today's view was awfully grey.

The new house is still a rental, but I love the traditional warmth and feeling of living in a big park. I've never been attracted to traditional houses, but I stunned myself by feeling right at home when we moved into this one! I may have to rethink that house we're planning to build and incorporate some warm, traditional elements.

Meanwhile, there's still a lot of unpacking and organizing to be done.

 Have a colorful day

Friday, April 27, 2018

Still unpacking

My clean sewing room table is once again covered with boxes, bins and baskets to be put away. The old house just keeps spewing stuff from dark corners and cupboards. But I'm getting there.

My husband made this massively sturdy ironing table. It came in handy for parking my file cabinets, which used to be in a separate room. 

My wool pieces are definitely eye candy for me, and I can't wait to dive back into my wool projects.

A friend sent me this card a loooong time ago for my birthday, and it's perfect for the studio.

I've corralled my fancy fabrics and notions in decorative baskets, but I still have a big pile of empty baskets to deal with.

I'm sorting through my quilts, deciding which ones to hang in the new house. We only plan to be here for a few years -- just long enough to find property and build a house -- so I'm not going to hang very many. I want to keep the next move as easy as possible. For that same reason, I'll probably only hang a few of my oodles of framed pictures.

But the chocolate sign stays out! Nancy gave this to me on my last move, four years ago.

I love the landscaping outside of our new home: giant perennials and towering Douglas firs. I almost don't miss that water view at all.

 Have a colorful day

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Unpacking the sewing room

I'm still moving. I haven't moved the sewing machine cabinet and ironing table, but just about everything else is at the new studio. The photo below shows what awaited me at the new house today: boxes, bags and baskets of stuff to be shelved. 

Two hours later it looked like this:

Beads, notions, and fancy fabrics.

Sewing books (more to come) and blog books.

I can't wait to get moved in and set up some lounge chairs on the deck right outside the studio. First I have to buy some -- I don't know how I've survived the past 20 years without good lounge chairs. It'll be the perfect spot for hand work this summer, but the rest of the year is usually rainy.

And my reward for all the hard work:

Have a colorful day

Saturday, April 14, 2018

More rain, more moving

It's been a week again since the last post,
and I'm still moving and it's still raining!

The upside is that I've claimed the family room at the new house for my sewing studio, so I have a lot of space. My handy husband made the big shelving unit, which will hold ALL of my fabric. The smaller shelves to the left will hold beads and books. Sewing machine will go to the right in front of a window.

We did have a soft sunset the other night during a break in the rain.

And the flowers are starting to bloom.

We had one mostly sunny day, during which I got outside and took flower photos. Now I have three more days of rain to get through and then the sun will be back! Rainy days are good for staying inside and unpacking, but they do eat away at my energy level. I'm a desert sunshine woman living in the rain forest.

 Have a colorful day

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The past week

It's been a busy week, which is why I haven't posted until now. My fabulous daughter, Julia, came home to help me with the move and to bring my three grand bunnies for a visit. 

Here is Julia, pretty in pink. The embroidered top is a thrift store find. She visited seven Tacoma area thrift stores to find treasures for her vintage Etsy shop, DesertSpringVintage.

And here are the cuddly bunnies, Bunners, Charlie and Bailey. Their Easter eggs also were thrifted.

Julia is a great organizer and is also a minimalist, so she talked me into getting rid of this green plastic set. I've never used it, but I've kept it for 10 years "just in case." During her stay, I filled about four more boxes to give away.

This is my thread wall at the current house, but I may just put it all in bins for the next house because we'll probably only be there a few years and I don't feel like hanging a lot of things. I'm putting a LOT of stuff in storage.

It's been mostly drizzly all week, with a little sun now and then. This is the view from the new kitchen window ...

... and this is the view from the old house.

Have a colorful day