New Routine: Coffee and a book
after lunch in the shade
I didn't want you to think we'd abandoned you, but it's been a bits and pieces kind of week. Not really summer anymore, but not quite fall. Without a doubt, this is my favorite season. Most of our summer chores are slowing down, if not over. Routines are returning, and I like that. All the girls started back to their universities, and are doing well. I feel l I can take a few minutes of downtime to think and plan.
A single quick coat of polish was my first of the summer.
Mr. Stocker and I stole half an hour after supper to ride through the woods to the barn. The lilies were getting ready to close up, and go to sleep already.
I've been shopping for things to make my sewing room handier. I'm in love with these Zirkel magnetic pin holders. No more reaching at a whole mess of pins at once. Fabric and rulers are trickling in, and I'm excited to be planning new projects.
I grabbed some scraps to do a mock up block for a hexie baby quilt that's on order.
Carolyn Friedlander prints with Kona solids will make a sweet quilt for a baby girl due to arrive late in the fall to early winter. Minkee is destined for the backing, and I've been asking around for pointers. I've never used it on either machine.
My design wall grew by another 30%, but it's a bit of a disappointment. I picked up some regular styrofoam insulation panels to use as additional panels. I could fit them into my car much easier than the 8' panels out of the dense green insulation I'd used before. I'll let them stay since they're up, but they won't last. I had to use a low temp glue gun to adhere the batting or it melts the styrofoam, and pins don't hold half as well. Rats!
This fabulous spider has been spinning a web above the door to our kennel. I watched it for days growing and changing, then one day it all just disappeared. Strange. But it did get me in the mood for a spider web quilt, and I pulled a huge assortment of fabrics to blend with the Moda Boo Crew I've been loving.
Like other signs of this season, my production has slowed. Nothing changes in the flash an eye, but you can see it slowly taking shape. There is a new smell in the air if you pay attention, and experience tells us to get ready now. Remember "The Grasshopper and the Ants."
We'll see you back here tomorrow when the girls and I should have something more fun to show you. This Saturday is the first one of the month, and the Doxies and I are picking some of our favorite link ups from the past month to feature. Make sure to link up every Friday through Monday with the Pet Project Show.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's get this show on the road.
Let's go sew.