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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

 

 

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Post It!

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I spend a lot of time sewing, almost every day. I love to sew but, like most of us, I seem to have a myriad of interruptions. Who knew? I am retired! I thought that I would have endless hours to fill with stuff. Ha! I am busy all of the time!

To add to the interruptions, for some reason, I seem to forget stuff now, like what kind of needle I was using in any one of my three sewing machines. I am pretty sure it has NOTHING to do with my age! Must be something else!

Anyway, different types of fabrics need different types of sewing machine needles. To remind me what needle I have in the machine, I use a small post-it note with the information. This way if I have to go do something else, I have no problems when I return. I actually put the note on the machine when I insert the needle, that way I don’t forget when I have an interruption.

Try it! I hope you find it to be a helpful tip!

Until next time,

Toni

Living Color

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zinnias

The zinnias in my garden are really putting on an exuberant show! The heat has finished off my tomatoes and green beans but I am loving the flowers that are taking over. What a treat from just a few seeds.

The Motherload!

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I am learning how to do machine embroidery. It is much more complicated that I originally thought. Different stabilizers for different fabrics and effects. Different types of threads and needles. The first embroidery thread I bought was a package of Embroidex thread from my favorite online mall. It was fairly inexpensive polyester thread but good for me to learn with.

Recently a friend and I were making some purchases in our local Joanne’s fabric store. As we checked out there was a large tub of thread near the register. A small sign said 97 cents per spool. I peeked in and caught my breath when I saw that it was Sulky Rayon thread in 250 yard spools. For those who don’t know, the same thread usually sells for about $5.00 a spool here in Florida. 97 cents! A steal! I quickly gathered up several spools and as the cashier started to ring them up, she exclaimed, “Oh these are only 50 cents each now.”

My friend and I bought the entire tub! Although I could use a few more bright colors, it looks like I am set for embroidery and topstitching for a while! Here a picture of my new thread:

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