Monthly Archives: September 2010

My Girls

My African Violets that live in the Studio moved there because they did not flower for a looong time. They seem to like the Studio’s east facing sunshine because now they are blooming away.

studio violet finally blooms


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Gracie is Waiting for You

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Studio, Again…

Well, today I finished straightening up and cleaning my studio. I now have everything where I can find it. All tools with tools, fiber with fiber, yarn with yarn and baskets with baskets! Yeah!!! Now all I have to do is look for the item I need and any other thing in that category will be there also.  I discovered several silly undone projects that are going to be finished as soon as I post this, then I will have nothing hanging over my head and I can enjoy whichever next project I feel like doing. (Umm, in-between laundry, ironing, cooking, etc.) Actually I do those things in-between fibery things! hehehehe

Studio in Process

Clean neat fiber closet

Clean studio

Window side of Studio

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Cleaning out the Closet

I have been one busy lady for the last few days. I got the warp onto the 4 harness table top loom, and then realized that I had done a few things incorrectly. It took me five hours to warp the thing, so I gave myself a few hours off before I corrected the things I did wrong.  The weaving is purely practice so I won’t have any photos. 😎

Then I decided that I really needed to take this room called “Studio” completely as my own.  So, I started unloading the closet.  In this closet are things from our daughter, my mother-in-law, my church (hubby is treasurer so lots of old files in there), my son and my stuff all tumbled together with blankets, pillows and other linens for the guest room the Studio used to be. I removed a few things, and threw out a bunch more, moved the boxes of the daughter’s into another closet along with son’s stuff. Mother-in-law and church stuff stayed on the top shelf and then I had some room. My cat Gracie helped remove the remaining bits and pieces of dust and fluffy monsters from the closet while I was re-homing the other things.

Wow! Now I have 36  inches of space side to side and 48 inches of space floor to clothes rod. What to do? Go to ShopKo and purchase some clear drawer bins!!! That took hours to do because hubby and I went out to lunch with friends first in the Black Hills and then to ShopKo.

Got home with the drawers and filled them with fiber and odd balls of yarn and tools and all kinds of things that kept rolling around in different spaces. I could never seem to find that fiber I needed or that pretty yarn I just bought, so now I have it all organized and I can see it! I still have a little bit to organize for my baskets and their supplies and then I am back to weaving on the 4 harness.

I am ready to warp the rigid heddle next and get that prepared for the “Fiber Weekend” that I am creating for my friend and I. I will travel to her city, get a motel room (a suite so we have lots of room), and set up the two looms (table and rigid), the spinning wheel and lots of fiber. We will be able to talk, talk and spin, weave and talk some more. It will be a great retreat for both of us.

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Back Home

Well, I have been back for almost a week now, where did that time go? Sleeping. Yep, I must be older as I had to take all day the day after arriving home at midnight to sleep! Then Laundry. Yes, that was a definite necessary thing to occupy my time. Especially since both my husband and I had been traveling and there seemed to be every piece of clothing we owned in the washer and dryer.

I did manage to card some new fiber that I purchased with some luscious mohair that I already had and made some nice yarn. That was in-between the washing, drying and sleeping!

Some photos from my trip:  Sacramento:

California's Capitol

Tower Bridge seen from the Capitol

My “new” Uncle took me on a tour of the Capitol area where he used to work before retiring. I had a great time with my new relatives and the original relatives as well.

Bodega Bay:                                              My Sister in Railroad Square Santa Rosa:

We went to Cast Away yarn store and it was WONDERFUL! My sis is getting into her lace knitting again and I bought fiber and yarn. Yah!

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Long Week the Fringe is Near

Actually, it hasn’t been much of a weaving week at all, just a “do this, so you can do that, to get ready” kind of week. I am leaving early tomorrow morning for a trip to California to have a “mini-family-reunion”! There will be my “new” 1/2 Uncle that we found via the internet/genealogy sites, my sister and my cousin and his wife. We will all gather with stories, cameras and lots of genealogy charts. It should be a very fun time for all of us.

But, in order to get ready for this trip, I had to finish my time at the Central States Fair…then, I had to finish the genealogy charts that were almost ready…then I had to get  my stuff ready to pack, which translated means: “what do I need that I don’t have and have to go buy?”

The next hurdle to getting to the fringe/end of this week and the airplane ride was getting enough food in the house for my husband to survive for 5 days. I make our bread, buns and coffee cake from scratch, and we were out of all of that. BUT, my aprons all have gotten too small, (too much coffee cake!) so I had to make an apron first that would fit me before I could bake because when I bake there is flour everywhere, literally!

I don’t own a sewing machine, don’t like them never use one. So, I had to hand sew this apron. I made up my pattern as I went and sewed until my silly fingers had holes in them like a pin cushion. Here is the finished apron. I took a bad photo of me wearing it also.

The new apron

Sue with apron on..

Then I baked: Bread, Buns and Coffee Cake.

Then I finished plying the yarn that I had spun at the Fair for my sister. It is Alpaca and she wants to raise Alpaca, so I bring her Alpaca goodies whenever I can. Some of this fiber even came from Brook Farm Alpaca in Glen Ellen, CA near where my sis lives.

Now, I am at the place where I have been heading for all week, the suitcase. I am excited to be going to meet the man that my family has wondered about for years. I just wish we could have connected many years ago so that my Dad and his siblings could have met him also.

Ok it is hours later and my suitcase was not big enough to hold all the stuff I am taking with me. Sigh. We had to buy another bigger one, because the older bigger one broke on the last trip that we took. So, now the new suitcase is full and I am exhausted!

I found this beautiful spider in my garden yesterday.  I looked up her information and she is a golden orb spider that loves grasshoppers for lunch. I am soooo glad she likes grasshoppers because we have way too many of them.

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Speaking of Challenges…

There is always a challenge happening in my house. My lovely black and white terror named Gracie is the reason for all the challenges in this place. She is soooo cute, and so curious. Here she checks out my newly woven basket to see if she could possibly go for a vacation in it. Fortunately for her, I don’t plan on taking the basket to California with me. 😎

Gracie checking out my new basket

Yep it fits fine

Basket with baggage

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