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A Box of Candy?

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A few days ago our mail carrier delivered a well padded envelope which Mr M retrieved. When he brought it in he shook it slightly and asked, “Did you get a box of candy?”. Looking at the Chinese lettering on the outside of the envelope I laughed and said, “Well, sort of…”. Not really candy, but for me, almost as exciting: it was a set of 44 sewing machine presser feet.

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What I Bring Home when There is No Room in our Suitcases

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On our last cruise we traveled a very long way and had to be prepared to encounter all types of weather. We traveled from Singapore through Southeast Asia and India and the UAE, through the Suez canal to Rome, then to Scotland and on to Canada. The trip was in March through June. I knew that we would encounter hot steamy  and hot and dry weather, then possibly cold and rainy in Scotland and Canada. Although I am well versed in layering my wardrobe, and packing conservatively, this trip was a challenge!

To top it all off, after traveling for months, when we were to fly home our bags could not weigh over 40 pounds each. That severely limited our souvenir purchases, not that we buy many anyway. Our favorite souvenirs to buy are artisan made ceramic plates and local salt. We have a small collection of both from all around the world. This trip precluded buying much of anything, so besides the thousands of photos I took (which I still have to organize), I brought home some watercolor paintings I did while we traveled.

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They are nothing spectacular, but framed they are a nice addition to our wall. Every time I look at them, I can remember where we were and why I chose that subject to paint. Each is a little capsule of memory. It was extremely easy to pack the paintings because each is just a sheet of watercolor paper.  Framing happens at home.

So now you know about one of my other hobbies, beside sewing and gardening!

Until next time,

Toni

 

 

I Told You That I Like to Sew!

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My photographs are not professional and, as we used to say in my art classes, I am using the “starving artist’s model”. But then, who else would model clothes I make for myself? Recently, I bought a mystery fabric box. In it was 4 yards of fabric that I thought I would never use. It is really far from my usual mostly neutral wardrobe. What do they say, step out of the box? Well, here it is:

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It turned out well, I think. I used this pattern:

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I did have to make a few adjustments to fit it to myself, but I am happy with the way it turned out. I made the sleeveless version because it is always warm here in Florida. I had cut out the sleeves but decided not to add them. What did I do with the sleeves? I made a matching bra. No, I am not going to model that!

I still have a relatively large piece of this fabric, so I guess I will be making something else from it. I have to think about that!

Until next time,

Toni

Rehoming

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We live in a older manufactured home. Our “Master Suite” is pretty roomy and accommodates a king sized bed easily. The other bedroom, however is very small. When we bought our house the second bedroom barely accommodated a twin sized bed.

I decided that since all of our overnight company would be at least two people at a time  the tiny bedroom was useless for company. I chose to rehome the twin bed and convert the room to my sewing and craft room. I bought a hide-a-bed couch with a queen sized bed in it for our living room. Our three comfy recliners can also be used for sleeping in a pinch.

Even without a bed in it the bedroom is still tiny and I am constantly looking for ways to store my precious sewing supplies. Well, today on my way to an exercise class I noticed a metal rack that had been set out for the recycling.

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