I get to go to a friend's house for dinner tonight! She is cooking all sorts of special things. My diet is totally out the window for tonight. She messaged me on FB last night to tell me the Creme Brulee was already made! Me, the person who eats two meatballs and calls it dinner, having Creme Brulee for dessert? I hope I remember how to act.......
I have to remember not to stay out too late. There are bound to be some people in my neighborhood who decide to set off fireworks tonight. And, Punkin will spend the evening on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Well, where am I on all my various projects?
I finished sorting and stringing together all the carded buttons. It's time for the big dump on the desk.
I sorted through some paper and paid a bill or two so the desk is a tiny bit better. I also processed yesterday's mail.
I ran the dishwasher and cleaned off the countertops in the kitchen. I had a bunch of BIG stuff that needed washed. The nice thing about that is that it will be very quick to unload.
I did not get the sheets on the bed. Instead, I got mad. Fortunately, I turned my anger into action. I am so so tired of the crappy elastic you get in fitted sheets these days. It takes about two seconds for the corners to pop off and shortly thereafter, the bed morphs into something that resembles a nest. I was about to start the remaking of the bed when I pulled the fitted sheet out and looked at the crappy elastic again. I headed straight to the sewing machine. I don't know if it's enough, but I put about 20 inches of good elastic across each of the 4 corners. We'll see how it performs. I am okay with the idea I may have to add more if that's not enough.
Anyway, I was going to get all fancy with it, run the new elastic through the casing and all that. Well, the new elastic is just a bit wider than the casing. NO way was I going to sit there and pick all the stitches out to make a casing that was 1/8 of an inch bigger. I just didn't have it in me. Finally, I just zigzagged the elastic on, on the inside, over the casing. Yeah, it doesn't look pretty. And in the past I wouldn't have settled for doing it this way. BUT, I reasoned, the elastic will be under the mattress. Who's gonna see that I didn't make it pretty. NO ONE. So, I did what I did and that's it.
I have that ruffle for the dress I'm working on all pinned to the body of the dress. I really like to make the gathers as even as possible, so I always mark, with a pin, centers of pieces. So, the centers are all marked and matched up. I still need to pull up the thread on the gathers a bit more. But, I should be attaching that ruffle today.
I found more thread. This did not come as a surprise, but it didn't make me real happy either because it's a big stash. However, I'll be getting all of that onto my new thread organizer today.
Part of the big cleanup in that room is this mountain of ironing........ I won't consider the room clean til I get that tended to. So, I'm doing a bit of ironing in there each day.
I have almost emptied that box of office supplies that is sitting where I want to put a filing cabinet. I think I can manage what's left in one more trek from sewing/junk room to office. Next, I have to move that big plastic storage box that is filled with unfiled printed scrapbook layouts. I remember that that box weighs a ton. There is no way I can just pick it up and move it. I actually had to push it to get it in there so I suppose I'll be pushing it to get it out. Once that's done, I'll have a hole for a filing cabinet.
Then, my task will be digging my way back to where the filing cabinets are in the garage. And that is something that will have to be carefully timed because it is unbelievably hot in the garage. But, I'm getting closer to my "file the fabric" thing. I unearthed more fabric last night so I'm itching to be able to process that and get it out of the way. I haven't done much digging in there yet, but I'm betting that fabric makes up a good bit of the piles of stuff.
Hey, remember that toilet paper roll project I ran across for storing pens and pencils? Well........I found a shoe box. Just to give you an idea of how that room has been used as a catch-all, inside the box are work gloves, dust masks, things of that sort. What possible reason is there to store THAT in a sewing room? Don't ask me; I didn't do it........
One of the things that has always been the bane of my existence is that I don't really have good furniture for storage. I drool over wall to wall built in bookcases and things of that sort. However, I think I am going to be able to make do with what I've unearthed for that room. First, there is a big, deep cabinet with doors in there. It's at least 6 feet tall and about 2.5-3feet wide. It's also quite deep.
Then there are the 4 2-drawer filing cabinets I found in the garage. And, I have 5 wire cubes that can be stacked and attached together with wire ties. Those will easily hold stacked and labeled plastic boxes for zippers, ric rak, hem tape, things of that sort. So, I think I'm in good shape for storage in there. Now, to clear out the rest of the mess so I can get those all set up!
Well, I need to post some layouts with the Steak on the Barbie kit. You all need to get a good dose of eyecandy before you leave me, LOL.
Our templates this week all center on BIG photos. Karla did a great job using BIG photos on this layout. Also, you need to know that that flower-embellished banner is part of the template. Isn't that a cute idea? I love it. I am fond of large photos on layouts and I think this set of templates is a great choice!
Nancy did this layout and she made great use of our stackers and word art. The background papers and the big floral cluster there on the lower right are all part of the premade paper stack. Her title is one of our word arts. So, essentially, Nancy added her photos and her journaling and plopped that title on there and she was done. It doesn't get much easier than that! And, look how gorgeous it is........
Alright, I need to get moving. YOU be BLESSED today!