Making some progress…..

I have made some progress on some of the home renovations that I have wanted to do for years. It’s just not the progress I want to be making. lol. I would love to have most, if not all, of my Victorian undergarments made, but I have opted to get some areas of the house made over, finally. We have ordered some new flooring for the main part of the house, so we can finally get rid of the 20 year old carpet. The only thing is that the flooring we picked is so popular, it won’t be in until the end of the month…. and we ordered it last month. So, I will be taking time off at the beginning of June to get it installed. I can’t wait, I’m so excited! The other renovations I have made was to the laundry room. After purchasing a new washer and dryer just before Christmas, that tiny room (and I mean tiny, it’s only 5′ by 7′) was in shambles. Since I bought front loading machines, and wanted them stacked, we had to take down the one wire shelf that was in there. That left no where for the stuff on the shelf to go, except into the entry area, and on my travel sewing table. Then, the hubby didn’t want to try to put machines where I wanted them, and I had to leave them sitting in the middle of the room. That meant that my travel table had to go in front of the door to the garage, to be a make shift station for the detergents and stuff. Yeah. That room was barely functional. Here is what it looked like:

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Tiny, drab, and positively no room. Blah! So, the weekend of April 29th, I dove in with some paint, new flooring (peel and stick tile since it’s just the laundry room), a new light fixture and some determination. Here is how it looked by the end of the day:

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Much better, right? The only help I had with it was when the hubby helped me move the machines out into the entry area, and when the Teenaged Attitude helped by handing me the tiles and I laid them. She did dive in at the end and help with the outer edge that needed special cut pieces. I taught her out to do that without wasting bunch of tiles. Oh! and the hubby helped me install the new light fixture. Which I loved so much, I bought another one to replace the outdated and malfunctioning fixture in the hall. As you can see there is plenty of space to the right of the machines, and some white shelves leaning against the wall. I got those installed this past weekend, and that helped greatly with all the extra stuff in the kitchen that isn’t used daily. Now, to get the rest of the main area of the house ready over the next couple of weeks for the new flooring, and, to get motivated on getting the sewing room finished up. Hopefully, I can get down there soon to start sewing. That would be so nice. Well, until next time…. Happy Sewing!

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Long time, no post….

They say the best laid plans, and all that. lol. Yeah. I had grand plans to making sure I posted a couple of times a week, and I also has plans on having the sewing room renovations completed, and a few projects started. But, as you all know, life happens. Since I haven’t really had time to get to the sewing room to finish it up, I picked my knitting back up, and have been making great progress on it. So far this year, I have completed my Jewel Shift Afghan, a shawlette, and about 18 pairs of socks, I knit really fast. I have set a goal of 52 pairs of socks this year, averaging 1 pair a week. Let’s see if I make it. At the current progress, I’m about a month ahead of goal.

Now, what about costume sewing? Well, that’s a fair question. I have really started feeling the itch to get started on some things. Right now, I am really feeling pulled to work on the set of Victorian undergarments that I want to make in black cotton, and I want to get a start on designing my Regency dress for this year’s picnic. With that urge pulling really strongly, I made some time to go down into the sewing room, and with a bit of help from Miss Julia, started getting things put away and organized. It’s much closer to being in working condition. I would love to paint before I start any projects, but with the weather acting crazy lately, I think I will let that wait another month or so. Plus, I’m still trying to decide on a paint color. lol. But, I hope to have something to share soon. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

Progress??? Not really…

I was really starting to make great progress on the sewing room. Miss PJ came over and we finally got all of the carpet ripped, pretty much got everything shuffled around to where it needed to be, and was just down to sorting everything for keep, give away, and trash piles, plus hauling all of the carpet and carpet pad bundles up and out to the trash. The goal line was well within sight. Then, this happened:

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Long story short (shocker, I know, as I love my long stories), I have no clue what I did to my foot, I woke up with it in extreme pain the day before Thanksgiving. I soldiered on, went into work, toughed it out all day, but decided that I was going to the urgent care after work. When I got to the urgent care, they took one look at my foot, and sent me to the emergency room. Several hours (sent home around 10:30 pm), an ultrasound, 3 x-rays, and a doppler sounding of my foot and ankle, I was sent home with this funny shoe to wear for several weeks, pain meds, and orders to stay off of it as much as possible, along with a follow up with my family doctor. So, all we know is that it isn’t a bone spur, I didn’t step on anything, and nothing bit me. We are down to tendon, muscle or other issues. I am pretty much getting back to normal, but it’s taken the better part of a week to get there. In the meantime, I did not get 90% of my Thanksgiving baking/cooking done, I have not been able to make it down the stairs to do anything with the sewing room, and have taken a large number of naps on the couch, which contributed to the fact that I missed posting last week’s My Fave 5 Friday. Sorry. My hubby was extremely sweet in the fact that he made sure all of the carpet and carpet pad bundles made it up out of the basement and out to the curb for the bulk pickup I had scheduled, and then cleared out everything I had in the garage for the same pick up. I am hoping to get back down into the sewing room to keep moving on it. I need to, as I’m starting to go through sewing withdrawals. If nothing else, as long as I can make it down the stairs, I can at least use my newly acquired rolling chair to move around and sort stuff. Hopefully, by this time next week, I’ll have lots of progress made in the sewing room.

Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving holiday went much better, and much smoother than mine. Until next time….. Happy Sewing!