Monday, October 15, 2018

Joining Thousands of Spectators

Yesterday was sunny, cool, and windy. This morning it was clear and frosty. It is going to be a lovely day; warmer than yesterday.

Lifestyle

No videos as something is not working for me. 
As a family, we headed out to the Pumpkin Regatta yesterday before lunch. The town was busy with thousands of people coming for the parade and pumpkin races. 
The parade was fun to watch as every pumpkin being paddled across the lake was in it. Grandson was in the parade with his school handing out candies to the children. His school had 3 pumpkins in the lake. 
Along the walking trail around the lake were vendors. We saw this cute sign and fell in love with it. 
We sat near the finish line to watch the pumpkins being paddled across the lake. The cold wind hit us in our faces but watching was fun. The winner was in top condition and got across the lake well before the other paddlers. The other paddlers were a lot of fun to watch as there were one to five people in each hollowed out pumpkin. Only one pumpkin was left floating in the lake. 

Sewing

I pinned and cut out the skirt for the test pattern. I am not sure if I can reach the deadline of Oct. 18 but will work on it to see how close I can get. 

Knitting

I unwound the shawl I am knitting for the dolls and did a provisional cast on. My method can be found at Provisional Cast on Using A Crochet Hook. I did my cast on using the same color thread as the shawl and I may be pulling my hair out when it comes time to pick up the stitches to finish the project. I will keep you posted as I am knitting 34 stitches in garter stitch (knit every row) and it is pretty boring at the moment. 

Today

No painting today as I want the Spousal Unit to rest his leg one more day. Putting heat on it has helped and I will know tomorrow if he needs physiotherapy. I will head out to buy Daughter's fabric for her Christmas present. I should work on our budget and do some sewing also.
Until the next time........................

Sunday, October 14, 2018

A Change In Plans

It rained for 2 days and we got 2.25". There were times it was raining heavily and .25" would fall in 15-20 minutes. Yesterday was clearer and there was a shower in the evening. Cooler temperatures as the draft/breeze came out of the north. Fall is here until the next temperature rise. 

Lifestyle

Excitement prevailed starting Friday noon. I got a call from Son saying they were in an accident, were fine, and could I come and get them. I headed out in a heavy rainfall 30 minutes west from the house. When I arrived, Son's truck had been hit on the passenger side. The other driver was at fault and was in worse shape. It took a long time to get the insurance part done. I took them to be checked out in emergency and left them there as I went to Grandson's soccer game. 
Balancing an umbrella and taking pictures in the rain is quite the feat. Grandson's team played well for their first game and in the rain. They lost 1-0. 
They play on a professional grade artificial turf which was wet. That is water at the edge of the red. A part of the running track that the run club was running on. In the spring the track will be paved with rubber. 
Grandson and I picked up the guys and they were fine; sore but nothing broken, cracked, etc. We had supper, got Grandson to his pumpkin carving, home again, and retired early. 
Yesterday, Grandson was back to pumpkin carving and float decorating. We headed out to get Son's rental truck. I went shopping and it was a fast trip as I was home by noon. 
I did luck out shopping. I found this container that I will put flowers into for the sewing room. I need to get 5 flowers that I liked at 70% off. 
I also got some Christmas presents to ship out using free postage on Tuesday. 

Sewing

Nothing happened in sewing. Or in the sewing room. 

Knitting

I finished knitting a messy bun hat for Daughter. I started a doll's shawl but will rip it out and buy needles so I can do a provisional cast on. In the meantime, I will knit another hat for Daughter. 

Today

It is Pumpkin Regatta today. 
I took this before Christmas as I love it. I'm sure we may not get near it today. Windsor is known for the regatta and growing huge pumpkins. 
We will be out and about today to watch the parade and the boating of field pumpkins across the lake. 
Until the next time.................

Friday, October 12, 2018

A Clean House

It turned cool yesterday and we turned on the heat. The rain was the final thing that made the house feel almost cold. The low got to 6C during the day and it has warmed up to 11C this morning. Still under a rain warning but the storm will be gone this afternoon/evening. 

Lifestyle

I forced myself to look at the house and decided it was house cleaning day. It was time to tidy up. I not only dusted, wiped, and swept but I washed floors. The house looked amazing when done and we sat for 20 minutes resting and admiring it. It took me 3 hours to clean the main floor (1100 square feet). 
We are fortunate enough to live in a province that promotes energy efficiency. For a month, Efficiency Nova Scotia is paying the rebate to stores to sell LED bulbs at a reduced price (you can send in your forms the rest of the year I understand). We decided to buy the rest of our LED lightbulbs at the "sale price". I wanted daylight bulbs as they are brighter (whiter) than the warm (yellowish) bulbs. I lucked out. I scooped up the pot light bulbs as well as regular bulbs to finish the lights in our house. 
While cleaning the house, I replaced all the pot lights with the LED bulbs. The living area of our house was instantly brighter on a dull day. Our closets have lights in them and I did the front hall closet. Amazing - you could see the dirt in there and I had to clean it. Next will be the laundry closet. I'm sure the washer and dryer need to be wiped. I will go around and do the upstairs closets next week. The basement will be finished when we paint. I have 5 pot lights and 2 closets left to do in the basement. 

Sewing

With the laundry done, I can wash the cotton for the test pattern. I have until Oct. 20 to finish up the dress. I'd like to make another outfit also as it is for the Gotz dolls (which I have 2). 
I have closed my eyes to the "stuff" for the sewing room. It has to wait until I get the pattern testing done. I will try to think of a way to sort out the notions first. I'm trying not to buy anything extra for storing notions in. Wish me luck.

Knitting

I knit away and am ready to do the 5 decrease rows on the hat. I should get it done tonight. There will be no yarn left over for the dolls. I'll be surprised if I don't have to use another ball of yarn to finish the hat. 

Today

We are painting the sewing room one coat and hope to go to Grandson's soccer game this afternoon. 
Until the next time........................

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Overwhelmed

Yesterday was dull and grey with rain in the evening. Today is the start of two days of rain. It hasn't poured rain yet but it is suppose to. The weekend is suppose to be sunny. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday we were out until noon. Hair cuts, doctor appointments (flu shot included), books returned, and apple bought. We saw the pumpkin turkey at the farm we love to go to. 
The afternoon was slow going with wait and see activities. Life throws you curve balls and you accept it. We were in and out of the house because of it. All is well. 
I have let the house go a bit this past week due to painting and fun stuff. It is time to get back on the wagon and clean the joint up. Stuff like recycling paper, bathroom, laundry, sweep the floor. I'm working on the maintenance habits now and there are times when life gets in the way. On the good weeks we have it, the busy weeks, only certain things get done. 
As I work on the maintenance habits, I need to start solving one big problem -- Organizing Stuff. I have tried and failed quite a few times. Mostly because we had too much stuff that it was impossible to do. Now that we have less stuff, I am trying again. I bought a little basket and put some small plastic containers and their lids in it. Perfect, but I haven't used those containers since I organized them. I've started to organize the spices but I have empty jars that need filling (or do they?). I have them in the pantry but would love them on the lazy susan. I need to keep thinking on that one. I'm feeling out of my comfort zone as I'm trying to improve my weak area.

Sewing

We haven't done any more painting in the sewing room but it looks much brighter with the primer on it. Hopefully we can work on it this afternoon. I'd like to be done to the trim by next week. That's two coats of paint on the walls, the closet and doors painted. Doable if I focus. 
I got the beads out the door yesterday only to find the place I was going to donate them to is closed until further notice. They are back in the house as I need to come up with a new plan. 
I looked at all my sewing stuff and threw up my hands. It is overwhelming and my first response is to get rid of it all. Not going to happen. 
I have decided that I am going to sew it fast/give it away/sell it cheap. Decisions on the doll clothes are going to have to happen. They are mainly prototypes with a few items that past the "I can sell it" test. I know most of the doll fabric is going to be longer in disappearing than the craft cottons will be. They are mainly quick and easy projects. 
The boxes of garment fabric are pieces I love and will not part with. I want to sew for myself but I need to get back on the Weight Watcher's band wagon. The batting is for projects that I have in the making so it will stay also. 
Here is what I have come to 
I need to stop the buying part and focus on the using part. But, I need to figure out how to organize my stuff. Every item will be handled and sorted and dealt with when I put the sewing room back together. A list of what I need to buy will be developed and only that can be purchased. I've been buying as I have been overwhelmed and that is making me feel more overwhelmed. I need to become focused on what I have and not what I want
It is going to be difficult to organize what I have as I don't want to buy more containers. I want to have things in their place with no extras. I'm thinking on this all the time. I now need to set up my machines and sew while I paint and think. 
I think this is me. Okay, this is me. 

Knitting

I knit on the hat during the afternoon. I have almost 6" knit so 12 more rows should do it. Then it will be decreasing and done. It is turning out to be a nice hat. I have one more to knit in another color.
Between hats, I am planning on knitting this cute little shawl for the dolls. 
Cataddict's Shawl Pattern
As I have white yarn left over from the Bella Bolero I will use it. I'll set it aside to go with a cute little dress I want to sew. 

Today

I want to clean the upstairs and get a coat of paint on the sewing room walls. I am hoping to commit back to being on Weight Watchers again. I need to focus on that rather than random eating. 
Until the next time......................

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Shopping in Cole Harbour

Yesterday saw an increase in temperature until it reached 18C and then during the night it reached 19C where it remains at 6 a.m. The calm before the storm. The temperature will continually drop all day and tomorrow it is suppose to rain. And, then warm up again.

Lifestyle

Early yesterday morning, I spent a lot of time cleaning up my files. By breakfast time, it was done. I still need to go into the folders and clean up a few of them. But overall, I'm happy with the progress. The desktop was so full, the files were one on top of the other. Next job is to put all the files onto the tetra drive and sort it out. 
I was out shopping yesterday and went to Cole Harbour. It is past Dartmouth by 15 minutes. There is a museum over there that Grandson and I will visit next summer. Next is Bayer's Lake and Halifax. I'm getting brave. 
We had it confirmed that our heat pumps are too small and too inefficient for our house. No wonder we were cold last winter. No wonder the previous owners were cold for 5 winters. New heat pumps are being installed in December. 

Sewing

My main reason for going to Cole Harbour was to visit a Fabricville that had been recommended to me. A reason to go and see if I could do the trip again for the other reason. I was not disappointed with the store. More in line with what I wanted for notions. And fabric. A bigger store with more packed into it. 
I spotted this trim early in my walk about. I grabbed it as I knew I had to have it. I kept walking ignoring the Christmas fabric (which I love by the way) and walked through the cottons. I found two that I love. 
This one is for a doll's dress. I will add the top piping to the waist band for something different. I can see a pink bolero going with the dress.
This piece blew me away. It will be for a western shirt and will have the piping on it. I'll try to get a dark blue cotton to go with the blue in the feathers. Any left over scraps will be for the dolls. 
In the end, I bought this nice little pile of fabric. 
The red and black are for the test pattern that I want to cut out tomorrow. The white string is for piping. All the fabric and notions were on sale for 30-50% off. I am not allowed back in the store until after Christmas. Maybe January or February. 

Knitting

I worked on the hat last night. I now have 5" knit. Progress is being made and I'm happy about that. I have one more to knit in a peach color. 

Today

We have to get our hair cut, make doctor appointments, get apples and check the sewing room walls for imperfections prior to putting on the main paint. 
Until the next time.....................

Monday, October 08, 2018

Halloween Project Idea

Where Saturday was lovely and sunny, Sunday was grey, cool, and there was a few small showers. A huge difference in weather. I'll take Saturday.

Lifestyle

This morning it was prime the second coat in the sewing room. I started out cutting in and ended up cutting in and rolling most of the walls. The Spousal Unit was busy with our neighbor re: the deck. No more painting until Wednesday as I need to get more paint trays. We are officially out. We can do a bit of sanding and touch up with primer. 

Sewing

I'm hoping to set up the sewing machine and serger today. It is time to do some of the sewing I cut out. I will dig out the knit fabric and do the sleeves again. Then I can change the thread on the sewing machine and serger and have a little sew-a-thon. 
I'm hoping this little sew-a-thon will help me get over the fact that I still have too much stash. 
This sign was made for me, I think. I look at my stash and know some of the fabrics I bought were for projects but some were bought due to stress, the unknown, and just because. I need a whole lot less that what I have and really want to sew it all. Hopefully this winter I can spend a few hours each day sewing it up. 

Halloween Sewing

Every year I make something Halloween for Daughter-in-law and Grandson. I have done the gamet; quilt, table runner, wall hangings, coasters, and who knows what else. Halloween is one of their favorite holidays. 
There is still Halloween fabric in a tub. I bought it because the store was not going to bring in much if any Halloween fabric. It needs to be used up as I can buy more. I found this cute idea for a table runner. 
Halloween table runner
I like the neutral black/white with the pop of bright Halloween fabric.  
Single block for table runner
A tutorial on it is here and the block size idea is here. YouTube video is here on a fast way to cut and put it together. 
What I like about this block is you can use a variety of seasonal prints for it. Or it can be in colors that go in your house. A very nice pattern. 

Knitting

I worked on Daughter's hat yesterday and I am nearly half finished the main part. Once it is done, I will change to double pointed needles to decrease for the crown. 
The spiraling pattern is starting to show up. 
Today
I plan on doing housework and setting up the sewing machines so I can do some sewing between coats of paint. Trying to find some balance in my life. 
Until the next time..............................

Sunday, October 07, 2018

A Perfect Day Exploring

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day. Not too hot and not cool. Perfect for a road trip. 

Lifestyle

We headed out in two cars to explore. Seven of us had a fabulous day with great memories. Our first stop was at Chester and we walked down to the Mahone Bay. 
The land is Meisners Island in the bay. It is privately owned. 
We walked back up and saw this Willy's jeep bringing back memories of the two my dad owned years ago. 
There are many old buildings in Chester as it was first inhabited in the 1750's. This gorgeous house is well maintained and I loved the rock chimney. 
We went back to the stores we looked in last year and the glass ware in one shop is all hand made. 

We left to go to Peggy's Cove. On the drive over we saw a lot of rip currents. The thought of them being the waves is untrue; it is the calm waters between the waves that is the rip. We enjoyed the waves a lot. 
Peggy's Cove is a light house on rocks. You walk up and around the rocks to look at the ocean which is majestic. 


The waves were powerful and you could see the spray coming up over the rocks. You could sit on the rocks for hours watching the waves. 
As you drive up to the lighthouse, there is the fishing community. 
We had dinner in Halifax and walked the wharf area. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. 

Sewing

I bought these fat quarters to make a doll's outfit. I have ideas tickling in my brain on what I want to make. 

Knitting

I cast on and have 6 rows of ribbing done on a Messy Bun Hat for Daughter. This yarn has a metallic thread in it. The dolls will get hats out of the left over yarn. 

Today

We are putting on the second coat of primer in the sewing room. YES!! 
Until the next time.........................