Friday, January 6, 2012

Machine Embroidery so far doesn't like me too much

I have begun the (apparently for me) long slow road to using the Machine Embroidery part of my sewing machine.   I have done a monogram or sorts and it did fine.  But then I tried a couple of "pictures" and discovered something is wrong somewhere.  The bottom threads are showing up on top.  NOT GOOD.  I have spent a LOT of time on the phone with the sewing machine folks, a LOT of time on line looking for help.  The biggest issue is that the brand I have is not sold anywhere near me.  The closest place is about 90 minutes away.  But never fear....  I am persistant and I SHALL prevail!!!
Here is a picture of the letter I did.........

 I am not showing the picture of the  "bad" turnout on another attempt.  I am hopeful, before the day is out that I will have success there too.  Learning and maybe even master Machine Embroidery is my goal for January.       .  My shop will be open today but between customers I will be working on this.
 I hope to have more to report tomorrow.  I ordered a few things from the sewing machine company which should help me.  I will continue on.............

 In other news, I haven't shown pics of the cats lately.  So here is an update of sorts.  The picture here shows where they sometimes spend a lot of their day, on top of my couch where I have a couple of quilts. That is   probably an added attraction.  That is Bentley on the left, Tuffy in the middle and Spooky on the right.
Tough life our cats have...............................  Click on the picture to see it bigger.
  Title idea "stolen" from Cartoon in Paper Today (MUTTS) 1/6/12


And here is a picture of the cat that lives outside and is wild no doubt but he loves the food we provide.... every day....  So we continue.  He is a beautiful cat we think.  Too bad he won't get close.  We call him Red.
Every morning when I open the shade on the back door he is there waiting for breakfast!
We say "he" but we haven't been close enough to check it out!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Starting the new year right.


I have been inspired by a friend on another blog, GARDEN OF DAISIES,  to join in a chance to simplify my life a tiny bit by getting rid of at least one item a day.  According to her idea the item can be given away to a friend, sold, donated, or thrown away if it isn't any good to anyone.

Anyone want to join me and the other folks doing this?  Just say so in my comments.  Would love to have you join in.

I don't plan to just throw too much stuff away.  My goal is recycling in some way or another!

Below is the first pile of stuff to take to the Salation Army....  2 purses, two stuffed toys, two dolls in boxes, 1 clock, 3 baseball caps.   SO with those 10 items I am good through next Tuesday.
And I will be leaving shortly to get rid of that first box.
 And here is a pile of 5 books to take out to my shop.  If they don't sell after a few months they too will go to SA.
 To tell you the truth I have already started another pile for SA and one for Ebay.  I will talk about those next week.

I did get ride of a LOT of clothes that no longer fit me since in the past year I have lost so much weight (on purpose). I just took a bag of freshly cleaned winter clothes that were still very good but TOO BIG to the Salvation Army. (but that was LAST YEAR, last week....)   It felt so good.  Yes, I have gotten replacements but only about half  as many,.

I am lucky in a sense because I own an antique shop and some things that need to leave my house can go directly into the shop.  But they must be suitable for an antique shop!

Also I have joined a paper back book swap on line and have gotten rid of a lot of books I have already read.  Of course I get new ones to replace them but at the moment I have mailed off 18 more than I have requested. That must mean something. (LOL)
 I have been cleaning up my studio lately too and have been getting brutal about throwing away stuff that serves no purpose what so ever.  Haven't and probably wont report that here.  That is just just an extra thing.
 But I am looking for places to donate extra craft supplies and fabric.  I will report more on that later too.

So here goes

  15 of 366   Only 345 go.
Check in again next Thursday!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Tea Cup Tuesday, Books about Tea

Tea Cup Tuesday for the first Tuesday in 2012!

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As I promised last Tea Cup Tuesday I will be talking about some of the tea books I own.

The first one here is called Garden of Tea.  It is Illustrated and written by Nancy Shumaker Pallau.
My favorite part of the book is the illustrations.  I tried to find mention of the book on line and the only place I found it was at the Alibris Book Sellers.
The description of the book is:

"Many plants have long been brewed into teas to soothe common ailments, and yet some are so familiar that we may take for granted their simple beauty. In this small gift book, Nancy Shumaker Pallen pays tribute to twelve such favorites, lovingly illustrated through her watercolor botanicals. A delightful rhyme describes the beneficial properties of each plant."

The second book is Alexandra Stoddard's Tea Celebrations
This book is really part of a series by Alexandra Stoddard.  The sub title is The Way To Serenity.  

Here is the Book Description  from

October 1995
An Invitation To A World Of Beauty, Grace, And Tranquility
Whether it is a formal Japanese tea ceremony, an English high tea, or simply a pot of tea and some cookies shared with friends, the act of drinking tea has long been a way for people to achieve a feeling of serenity. Now bestselling author Alexandra Stoddard explores the many ways in which a cup of tea can lift our spirits, soothe our souls and deepen our friendships.

I will have more tea books next week.  I have ALOT

Check on my blog in a couple of days and see how I am doing with my attempts to learn and do machine embroidery.  So far it is slow going.  But I am getting a lot of help from folks on line so it should get better.

Sunday, January 1, 2012