Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lack of Progress Wednesday

Wow, two weeks since my last post.  Things have taken several unexpected turns around here.  We're on round two of sick kids (within two weeks--first a stomach bug and now nasty colds), my husband's grandmother passed away, and now the hubs has the stomach bug as well and is glued to the couch.  Not the way I'd hoped to spend my birthday.

Because of all of this, there has been little or no progress.  I did manage to make the trek to Ikea and pick up this new set of ALEX drawers.  I have to say, I love it.  It's pretty big, and doesn't fit in my current sewing room, but it will squeeze in just fine when I switch rooms in a few weeks.

The top two drawers are dedicated to all of the little things that usually litter the area next to my sewing machine, so they are within easy reach.  I still need to get some dividers to organize this better, but it's going to be just what I need.  My regular sewing thread is also within easy reach.  I love that it's enclosed in a drawer enough that I can leave the lids off and not worry about dust so I can just reach in and grab what I need, and more importantly, reach in and put it away when I'm done.

The bottom four drawers are dedicated to works in progress.  I've never had a place to put wip's before, so they've ended up on the ironing board, my cutting mat, or wherever I could stash them.  This is working much better.

We were all able to go to Solvang, California for Kyle's grandmother's funeral.  It was a rainy day, which seemed appropriate.
 It was a beautiful service in honor of a beautiful woman.  Grandma was 95 and lived a very full life.  While her death wasn't unexpected, we certainly didn't expect it now.  I'm glad we were able to make it there to celebrate her life and spend time with family.

While there it was glorious to get away from the snow.  We stopped by Refugio State Beach on our way back to the Santa Barbara airport.  It was a little chilly, but warm enough to let the kids take off their shoes and play in the sand.

Too bad our little guy hated the sand.

He was much happier to be held.

We also made a stop at our favorite quilt shop, The Creation Station in Buellton.

 I let my munchkin pick out a few pieces of fabric to make some doll quilts together, and she insisted on getting some yo-yo's as well.  I really hate yo-yo's, but that's okay, they're for her.  It's kind of funny to me that my four-year-old has her own stash now. =)  My husband has been hard at work building his stash as well--the big pile is his.  I only bought 3 yards of fabric, he bought over 10.  He hasn't even sewn since our munchkin was born!  I'll admit I've got my eye on those oranges--too bad I don't get them until they are officially leftovers, and seeing the amount of sewing he does, well let's just say it's going to be a while.
I'm really hoping that everyone gets better quickly and we can get back to normal around here, including some serious sewing time.


  1. I didn't know that you were going to Solvang! My parents' best friends lived near there and the first time I ever camped at the beach, it was at Refugio! Small world.

  2. I sure hope you all get over the various bugs! They've been making the rounds here in Kansas as well, although my family has been lucky so far. The first quilt I bought, before I actually started quilting, was at a quilt shop in Solvang! I stayed there twice on my way from northern to southern California and loved it both times. I always preferred driving down 101 on the coast to the monotonous I-5. Hope you're back to sewing soon!

  3. Feeling for you all. Hope life improves soon.
    I have those draws too - not in the sewing room though - the kids keep their toys in them - Lego pieces are in one of the draws in a cutlery divider.

  4. "I hate the sand!" Awww. Cool drawers!


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