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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Still working at moving!

Whew! This backwards moving is getting to me!

So far, we've got my husband's office all moved, unpacked and mostly put away. Tomorrow, the satellite internet service will be connected, so we can call his office complete. Of course, my stewdio has been done for a long time. I just haven't had much time to spend in it. I've been slowly unpacking fabrics, and putting them into clear tubs with BIG labels on them. I'll post pictures when I have that completed, too. Hubby made me some "rough" shelving to my specifications, and all we have left there is to install two more lights in the ceiling. Yesterday, we planted 7 shrub rose bushes, and our wind sculpture in the front bed at the new house. We should be able to see it from the living room, dining room, and hubby's office.

The mini-hearth room is all completed, my birdhouses atop the cupboards, and all the birds where they belong. All the china from the formal dining room is waiting in their tubs to be unpacked, and all the linens are in the linen closet, waiting for us to arrive. We've actually established an official date for the move which is Tuesday, August 6th. It will be good to have the big stuff there, so I can start putting away all of it for good. The kitchen will wait until next Monday to be packed and unpacked. The cats are the last to go - they will go with me before the movers come, so they can feel a little more comfortable in their new digs.

I went to a consignment furniture store the other day to see if I could find a small table for hubby's computer. In addition to that piece of furniture which was pretty easy - look at what else came home with me:

I'm sure it doesn't have a high monetary value, but I LOVE it! It sort of matches my Granny's Martha Washington sewing cabinet, so of course, it had to come home with me.

I'll close this post with pictures of my favorite summer flowers at the house we are selling. They are perennial hibiscus and we have them in white, pink and red. They are just gorgeous! And no, we have had no offers on this house....yet.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I'm really still here!

We are slowly, but surely, getting things moved from one house to the other. It is so different this time around, easier in some ways, but tiring all the same.

Because we want to leave as much furniture here as possible to show this house, we are basically moving all the non-essentials first. That means the cupboards are empty, but the open shelves are normal. Some rooms, have larger pieces of furniture, while we take the smaller things like some tables and some chairs, and leaving others.

We've had a couple of really good showings, too! The most recent is a family who is in love with the house, and really want it. Yesterday they spent a long time here (while we were moving books to the new house) with 10 of their family members and our realtor. They want to make an offer, but they have to wait until they get an appraisal on their home. We're not sure about taking a contingency at this point, and they know that, so I'll be interested to see what comes in.

At any rate, I am getting a little sewing done every time we go to the new house. Pictures in the next post. And I promise! I WILL TRY TO POST MORE OFTEN!

In the meantime, here are a few more pictures from the Minnesota show. I like the combination of this border treatment a lot!
A cat quilt for Amy (who needs some patience and a round tuit)!
There's hidden kitties in the other blocks, too!
And I took a picture of this one to remind me that this would be a good way to use some of my Asian fabrics, without having to cut into them so much. I think it's a Maple Island pattern that is somewhere in my stash!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hurry, hurry, hurry!

We are back from Mayo at Rochester, MN with great reports for Hubby. A little tweak here, another there, and he's good to go again. I made it to Mill End and I was able to get ALL the fabrics I needed for window treatments and chair upholstery for the new house, as well as some other fabrics at great prices to add to my stash. Have you all considered how every valuable our stashes are these days of ever increasing prices?

I also got to go the Minnesota State Quilt Guild's show which is held in Rochester every four years. In my opinion, it's one of the best!

Here's my favorite from the show - it just took my breath away!

I mostly took pictures of border treatment ideas. Here's something I really liked:

And the other part of the border looked like braid -
This was a funny little wall hanging to celebrate her retirement as a hairdresser. It was in honor of some of her clients. The next picture shows the 3-d rollers, and one of the ladies even has wrinkly hose on. What a hoot!

Not only the quilting but the simple border leaf pattern really made this quilt outstanding!

I loved the way the flowers repeated in the border.

A little bit of embroidery here and there around the applique made it look shadowed and special.

The hurry , hurry, hurry part of the post is because that seems to be my life since we returned. We are moving something to the new house everyday now, and I am hurrying to stay caught up with the packing, the unpacking, the cleaning, and the other things that always seem to pop up. Life is grand, but I sure wish I could slow the turntable down to about 33 rpm!