Monday, November 29, 2010

A Finished Finish

My first stitching finish of 2010 was Christmas Lace by Ink Circles, which was found in the December 2007 issue of The Gift of Stitching magazine.  I finally turned it into an ornament on Friday using Vonna's excellent tutorial. I can't wait to hang it on our tree, whenever we get it put up.

I apologize for the less than stellar picture; I took it at night against the back of a yellow legal pad that I propped up on my laptop. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010


We are having Thanksgiving dinner at our house today, so we've been busy planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and setting up.  One additional guest will grace our table - one of Sarah's church friends.  As we gather around the table to partake of the bounty God has provided, I pray we have a true attitude of thankfulness in our hearts for all of God's blessings, both large and small, and will be mindful that everything comes from His hands. 

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.  Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;  to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever; the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever; the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever . . . It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever; and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever; he who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever."
Psa 136:26  Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
                                           ~ Psalm 136: 1 - 9, 23 - 26  ESV

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Painting Our Craft Room, Part Eight

My, oh my.  This project has been dragging along for a long time, hasn't it?  I am tired of going through boxes, bags, and other assorted storage containers.  But we are nearing the end, as evidenced by being able to vacuum about 2/3 of an area rug in the living room this week, and the pile of empty boxes that have made it back down to the basement.

Today's accomplishments included plugging in my pencil sharpener, taking a pile of unfinished sewing projects to the basement for temporary storage (Sarah is limiting me to one basket of projects in the craft room at a time), and going through every single rubber stamp that I own, which seemed like thousands.   We filled a copy paper box 3/4 full of stamps to get rid of, although whether we will try to sell them or give them away hasn't been decided.

We are hopeful that we can reorganize the Closet Maid basket unit we have - like the one on the right - so that my stamps AND Sarah's stamping/scrapbooking items will fit in it.  Our unit has single drawers in it except for the bottom on (the unit shown has double drawers). 

I am hopeful that my next post will be the last in this series, and I can finally take some pictures of the completed room. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Painting Our Craft Room, Part Seven

Our new carpeting was finally installed on Wednesday afternoon.  We I was frustrated when the installers showed up two hours late with no call, but I'm thankful that it was an afternoon appointment and that Phil hadn't gotten up early.  (He is increasingly more tired, poor guy.  The link to his Caring Bridge site is on the left under "Favorite Web Sites".)  Sarah and I worked until the wee hours Thursday morning to organize my new desk and set up her sewing area, as well as put the books back on the bookshelf.  I had planned to move the smaller bookcase that houses our cookbooks back in on Thursday afternoon, but it was one of those days that nothing got accomplished.  I am hoping that we can figure out how to use our saws to cut the countertop so we can get that back in place and begin to put the rest of the room back together.

Does anyone have ideas for scrapbook paper/cardstock storage?  We have a LOT of paper, and Sarah isn't happy with our storage, which is a homemade version of this unit sold by Amazon:
I heard Blogger was having issues inserting images, 
and I guess it's true.  Go to and search 
for "2-Tier Paper Storage Cube System with Casters 
and Dust Cover"
When I say a LOT, I mean precisely that.  Our unit is stuffed.  I also think it's higher than this one, probably 48"?

I'll try to be back soon with some pictures.