Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Craft Room

I'm sorry if this post doesn't interest you at all. It's been a pretty time consuming project and I just couldn't be happier with the outcome. As I mentioned the other day there are still a few things to tweak, including the closet... but that will just have to wait for now. I think what makes me happiest about this room is just finally having a place to put things that haven't had a home since we moved into the house over 4 years ago. I love looking at all of the pictures on the walls and just knowing that every thing has a place. The photos are pretty self explanatory,   We removed the bed and added inexpensive shelving from Target. We brought up an unused chair from downstairs and that's about it. I'm using Graces desk to sew on for the time being. She kindly left her TV and spinning wheel for me to borrow. We did remove the mirror that was attached to the dresser so that my cutting mat could fit and not hang off in the front. My ironing board hangs on the back of the door. The lights are also Grace's. She had them in her apartment but since we've been storing them in the basement I figured they were fair game. I have to say that I was not thrilled when she asked if I'd take care of her fish, but he adds a little something to the room. I wish that I had more time to spend crafting away in there, but I know the time will come and I am ready.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Transformation Sneak Peek

 Alan and I have spent the past few weeks transforming Grace's bedroom into a sewing/craft room. There are a few more finishing touches I'd like to add, but I thought I'd give you a quick sneak peek with before and after pictures. It felt very strange taking the bed out, but it's in the basement just in case we need it again. Packing Grace's stuff up also felt a bit odd. Who knows what she will be doing or where she might be in two years? In the mean time, David's coming to live with us for a month while he does an emergency room rotation at University of Louisville hospital. He will be taking over the guest room and I need a place to sew. If we only had a bigger house... Any way, I'm very pleased with how things are turning out. I'll show you more of it the next time I post.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My New Best Friend

 Do you have one of these things? Do your love it? Alan has had one for a while now and he totally loves it. He's been trying to convince me to get one and I have been very reluctant. Do I really need to know for sure that I don't get enough exercise or sleep? Well, apparently I do. My fitbit arrived last week and it hasn't left my side, well actually my chest, because I got the kind that hooks on the front of my bra. I had a hard time choosing, but I knew I wouldn't be happy wearing the bracelet type. I hate to admit it, but I find myself checking my step and stair climbing count and getting up off the couch so that I can meet my daily goals. How long will this last? Who knows? Accountability is a good thing, right?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To Iowa And Back

A couple of weekends ago Alan and I drove to Iowa. It was a perfect weekend; visiting with good friends, eating delicious food and enjoying the gorgeous Iowa weather. There is more corn growing between Louisville and Iowa city than I can even begin to describe. It just goes on and on for miles. After a while it can get a little boring. Good thing that I had a sock with me to knit on and Alan had loaded his IPod with lots of fun pod-casts for us to listen to. Much thanks to Barb and Jorge for putting us up and putting up with us. We talked and talked and played several hands of bridge. Barb and I participated in the 10th Anniversary Common Threads Sew In. It is so hard to believe that we took our first quilting class at the original Common Threads 10 years ago. Boy does time fly. I came home with a finished quilt top and a lovely bag of beautiful grey wool. I love spending time with crafty ladies. Jackie, who just happens to be the crafty lady that taught Barb and I how to quilt has also become my spinning/knitting inspiration. She had an extra bag of ready to spin fiber and I was very happy to take it off her hands. I can't explain the happiness in my heart after a weekend like that. Being with people who really know you and love you anyway is just the best.