Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Upside down




Yes, that is how I feel and it's ok. In early June we made a life changing decision and we are right in the midst of it. We will be moving and are building a new house not far from where we live now in Sarasota. The last few years have pointed out to us both that living on one floor would probably be a very good decision. So on the spur of the moment we went to visit the model homes in neighboring development and just like that (pretend I am snapping my fingers!) a contract was signed. In two days, all the amenities were chosen and we were on our way back to Maine. We will soon return to Florida to begin the process of "staging" my townhouse (very big groan) and put it on the market (another groan). This is the upside down part. I have a lot of "stuff". I enjoy my collections and I use all those dishes ......

I had that big birthday and it was wonderful. My boys brought me flowers and Jack and the boys treated me to lunch. Lots of laughs and memories shared. The party has continued but I think it is finally over with my latest acquisition which shall be shipped to Florida. 



The machine was made in1924 in Elizabeth, NJ. The decals are in perfect condition and the name of the design is La Vencedora. Included were a bentwood case and a sewing table called a 301 combination. Maggie is guarding the attachments and all too rare key.




These vintage machines have always spoken to me. I have the newer ones but these to me are so visually appealing. This one shall live in my guest bedroom as a night table with a vintage lamp.

So that is my news of topsy-turvy. There has been a lot going on this summer and as always the internet is very costly. It seems easier just to post on FB but I shall try to do more on the blog when we are back in Florida!

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Time for the Birthday month.....





This June is a big birthday. I will turn 70 and I cannot believe it. I have feelings of excitement, pride, expectations, and some regrets. There are some things that will never happen and many things that happened unexpectedly. I won't celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary with Richard but I will celebrate my 10th with Jack. We met when I was a widow and he was a widower and we both feel lucky. I feel blessed to have 3 grown sons and 2 grandchildren. We have family and friends who are like family.

I have been going through old pictures and found many I had forgotten. There is something about this one that I like. Chances are Gram Potter had snuck into the room to listen. I was at best a mediocre player but she thought I was wonderful. I could tell she was there when she started to hum - off key.

I was about to head off to college and had carefully chosen my clothes. Within 2 years, jeans were the uniform and a skirt and sweater for dress up. I loved my college years. I met Richard the first week and we were together the four years. We married after graduation.

Along came the three boys.
They are all grown up now. I still think of us as still looking like this. 

So in this big birthday month, I shall savor the celebration along with the memories and look forward to the coming decade.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Winding Down....




Yesterday was Mother's Day and it was lovely. I heard from my boys and Jack's daughter. Jack appeared with a card and a lovely Asian lily in a gorgeous shade of pink. We celebrated on Saturday with a nice lunch at Pop's Sunset Grill which is now our most favorite of all.


I saw my ship come in ...however, it went right by. Sad. 


The Mango Rub Shrimp are my favorite.

Now that this day is over, we get serious about heading north. Jack will break down his fish tank which he loves and I will finish up in the studio. I like to clean the machines and organize all the supplies. I will take some projects back but not that many. I think this will be the summer of doctors. Hopefully I will get some relief from this "crud" on my fingers and need to have cataract surgery. Lots of trips back and forth to Portland!


I have enjoyed the embroidery machine and love the projects that are completely made in the hoop.


This pincushion is quite cute. I shall make some more. I am playing with the Brother Scan and Cut for appliqué in the hoop. I quite like it. Next to the pincushion is a little sewing kit. This is mostly made in the hoop and just needs the binding attached.



This summer is a landmark in terms of events. I will turn 70!!!!! Jack and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage. I have so many thoughts about these two events. My emotions run the gamut from OMG to blessed.

I will miss Florida but we will be back before we know it. 


Hope you have a wonderful week.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter memories and a good week





I love the seasons and the holidays throughout the year. Perhaps it is the food that I associate with each day. Growing up in New Jersey, we spent many of the holidays with my paternal grandmother and often at her house in Sussex, NJ. We loved her cooking. I have many of her possessions and I treasure them along with the memories of time spent at her house. My sister and I were chatting about her Easter today. Of course, Perfection salad had to be mentioned. I had forgotten about it until she served it a few years back. She found a recipe for a salad with the same name and tweaked it slightly. She is a clever girl! I posted a recipe for this in one of my first blogs and you can find it here. I use Gram's bowl - not only for the sentiment but also to avoid an unmolding disaster.


We are having our dinner today with friends. We are far away from family and our friends have become our families. I recreate the meals I remember. So we shall have ham, asparagus, sweet potatoes, perfection salad, Gram's date and nut bread, Challah rolls. For dessert there will be coconut cupcakes and goodies from Jersey Swirl goblets I used for the goodies. My mother hid jelly beans not eggs and the baskets contained an assortment of goodies from peeps to a chocolate bunny. As we got older, their might be a present from the lingerie department of Lord & Taylor tucked in the mix.

I like to set the table a few days in advance.







I worked on the quilt this week. I purchased the kit from Keepsake Quilting in NH. I was fearful that there was not enough fabric almost from the beginning and I was right. I called customer service and a package is on its way.


The sections on the right are complete but as I moved onto the left side I could just tell I would not have enough for the strips that are attached to the center patchwork strip. 




Those white areas on the design need fabric.

So, a delay. But I was distracted. With much handwringing and math and agonizing, I upgraded my embroidery machine. She is a beauty and I am thrilled.



The guest towels in the bathroom were made on an older one. Jump stitches galore! The new machines cut those stitches and a lot more. I will need some demos next week.




 We are fortunate to have Sirard Chocolate close to us. Ginger and apricot scones will be served with coffee in the morning. Then a quiet day.

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

A New Quilt



Jack is a lover of American Indian lore. His house reflects the art and pottery and symbolism of native Americans. While we were on the cruise, he saw the movie Windtalkers about the Navajo code talkers during WWII. When we got home I went through all the catalogs that had accumulated during our absence. A quilt in Keepsake Quilting's catalog caught my eye. The name of the quilt is "Navaho Code Talkers". I ordered the kit. Years ago I would never have bought a kit but over time I have gotten rid of most of my fabric "stash" and have no desire to start another one.


The cutting has begun. I have a tendency to want to see how it will look so I have to make a few blocks right away. Then I can get methodical and do all the rest of the cutting before sewing. I create quite a messy worktable.


Threads are everywhere! Dustbuster to the rescue.


The directions could be better. I am not a beginning quilter so when I am scratching my head it is not a good sign. I have found recently that many of the patterns I have bought are not correct or incomplete. Sad.


The first block is done. The first strip is done.


More blocks in progress.



I hope to get all the cutting done today. Maybe I will finish the top by next weekend. Knitting and needlepoint are on hold until contact dermatitis on fingers calms down. It comes and it goes.

You can read about the Code Talkers here.

Now, back to the cutting table. I hope you have a wonderful day and week ahead.


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