My new journey officially began today – signing the sale paperwork for the house where I’ve lived most of my adult life in the Pacific Northwest. The movers are scheduled for Thursday and on Friday, Mitzi and I will hit the road.
When I first moved out west, the thing that was most different was the view, I was used to pine trees and Gulf Coast white sand. The first beach I visited in Washington state was brown and had rocks! “And they call this a beach!” I thought, but the gorgeous sunrises over Mt Rainer (my Seattle days) and sunrises over the Columbia with Mt Hood in the background was my favorite time of the day. Sometimes I would head in to work early just to be able to watch the sun come up over the river, it was beautiful and serene. Lunches would be next to the rushing white water of the Washougal River, loud and boisterous or barely moving depending on the time of the year and how much snow was melting.
Now, the view is changing again, pine trees for certain, no water in sight. Hmm, might have to find some.
Thinking of our dad and his brothers this weekend. Dad and one brother served in WWII in Europe and one brother served in Korea. Thankfully, they all came home safe and sound. They picked up their tools and carried on with the rest of their lives.
Daddy was an aircraft mechanic stationed in England and later, France. Uncle Lowell was in the Army and was at Normandy Beach on D-Day. Uncle Duke was also in the Army and served in Korea (Purple Heart recipient).
We don’t have many pictures from the time Daddy was in the Air Force or rather the Army Air Forces really, since the United States Air Force wasn’t a separate military branch until 1947. There are a few from the time he was in training in Wichita Falls, Texas, and a couple of official photos like the one above. In our grandparents’ home were three oval portrait photographs of “the boys” in their uniforms and they were the pride of the family.
Thank you to all our military personnel. You make the freedoms that we enjoy today possible.
Look what the UPS driver brought today – new knit patterns and colors! Also testing the set-up for the Sew Expo next week. I like it! A compact 2′ x 2′ but holds a decent number of bolts; notions will hang on the sides.
I love knits – they are easy to sew with, comfortable to wear, and NO ironing! Yeah! It seems that some folks think knits are difficult to sew. If you are new to sewing with knits, you do need to practice so that you select the proper stitch type and length if sewing on a regular sewing machine. If sewing with a serger, it’s not difficult to get the proper stitch configuration.
Here are several articles on the types of knits and sewing with knits –
I loved Serger Pepper’s suggestion to use spray starch to prevent the cut edges of jersey knits from rolling while you work with them!
Our knits come from Riley Blake and are a jersey knit, 95% cotton/ 5% spandex. The spandex gives them good recovery so they don’t stretch out of shape; the cotton is comfortable and breathable. Browse out entire knit selection here – Riley Blake Knits
Enter our rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to our shop – good for any purchase, not just knits! The winner will be selected on Wed Feb 25th. Prize Drawing Entry
Okay, so, I’ve had internet connectivity issues for a while, but this week just took the cake. Up, down, up, down, down for a while, up for two minutes, etc. Called customer service Wednesday after a morning full of continually intermittent, unstable internet connection. So they sent a guy out to change the modem. Fine. Continue reading “Internet issues, grrr”→
We were happily surprised by the response to our recent giveaway done in conjunction with the lovely SewCanShe.com website and blog. Most of this past week was spent entering email addresses into our website and trying to figure out how to get the website to behave the way I thought it should! Oh well, our web hosting service received a lot of suggestions this week . . . .
Because of the overwhelming response, we decided to give away three additional FQ bundles to our Facebook fans as a “Thank You”. I think everyone was happy with the unexpected bonus prizes. All of them have been shipped to the winners. Well, except one. Just heard back from the lovely lady in Australia that won and it was too late to post. But, it’s all packed and ready to go to the post office for a little adventure down under!
Honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting by sponsoring the giveaway, but we were floored by how many new visitors the Facebook page received. After all, that is the point of doing promos like that! Anyway, now we can resume the previously scheduled program of sample sewing and the like.
We’ve had a few nice sunny days this week, so have been able to walk Mitzi. So nice to be able to get a little dose of sunshine and exercise after staring at the computer screen so much!
Earlier this week I went to my local fabric distributor’s warehouse. Yes, I’m very lucky to have one VERY nearby! Everyone seemed pretty happy to be shopping – the parking lot was full and all the customers acted like they had been having fabric withdrawals. LOL! It had only been closed a few days for inventory but with the recent holidays, it had been a month or so since my last visit.
One of the best things about visiting (shopping, drooling, petting the fabric) the warehouse is that you never know who you will meet. This week it was a wonderful mother-daughter team that designs and creates Depression style aprons and reversible bags. After visiting their website (http://www.ragamuffinpursedesign.com/), I fell in love with their design sensibility. Anne and Marcia make great fabric choices and put together combinations that are fun, modern and pretty!
Best of all, they are generous and give back to the community through multiple local outreach programs.