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This Old Dog Learned a New Trick

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Recently, I wrote about a treasure trove of presser feet that I received for my sewing machines. Although I was really after only a couple of the feet, I am discovering how to use some of the other feet in the collection. My latest learning experience (Who says you can’t learn something new after 70?) is using the pintuck foot. The new set had three different sizes of pintuck feet. I had to label them so I can tell them apart

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A New Addition

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The second bedroom in my home is quite small. When we bought the house, a twin sized bed literally filled the room. Since most of the time there are just the two of us empty nesters, I decided that the room would be much more useful as a sewing room. Since I have three brother sewing machines, I call it El Quarto de los Tres Hermanos, The Bedroom of the Three Brothers. Its fun to say I am in the bedroom with three brothers!

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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