Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lots of work in progress!

I just had to share this picture with you all.   One morning, I came out to go to work and this is what I found on my car window.  The detail of this "eagle" image was amazing - you could actually see the outlines of the feathers.  What you cannot see, is the fine drawing in the center of the bird's beak and head - I promise it looked just like an eagle, but much smaller.   My sister-in-law spotted a blue bird pecking at my side mirrow a couple of days later, and I guess that is what made the image, but it sure got my day off to a good start.   Unfortunately, there was no one home at the time for me to share this with.  :(

The last 6 weeks, all I have accomplished in the quilting area is hand quilting on my circus stars quilt and English paper piecing my hexies.  I am getting close to having all the stars quilted and that is exciting.  Also, I only have a couple more rows of hexies to make and then I can start working on the borders.   Yea!

The reason for all the handwork is that this is what my sewing room looks like  and this is what all my stuff looks like. (well some, there are several piles like this).   Its an unsettling mess at my house right now, with workmen in and out, piles of my and my husband's "stuff" in every room except the bathrooms and kitchen.  I keep telling myself, its going to be so nice when it is all done...WHENever that will be. We have a great contractor, and he is doing excellent quality work, so I just need to be patient - so everyone keeps telling me.

I have made good use of having all my stuff out where I can see it, as I have started organizing and giving away and throwing away - all those things that you plan to get around to some day.  Here is the start of the shelving unit that goes back into the storage closet.   Progress is definitely being made in that area and that feels soooooooo good.

So that is my life right now - living in a construction zone.  I am not complaining, ok, maybe a little complaining.  My heart goes out to all those people who have lost their homes and loved ones and are dealing with days on end with no power and total destruction of neighborhoods. 


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Slow zone

Ever notice how time seems to fly, but construction work just get slower and slower.  In all fairness to our contractor though, we had a little hail storm come through here that put a halt to the planned work on the house, in order to replace the roof on our house and my parents house.

Here is where we are in the renovation as of this afternoon.  New roof, completed porch, nearly all railing done, shutters on front of house, door painted. Still need gutters, windows and wood trim wrapped with vinyl, some trellis work along ramp and step, but hey its almost done!  On to the sides and back.

 Not much sewing going on.  Everything is packed up and moved to other parts of the house. All that is left in my sewing area is my desk, chair and computer.  My husband's area is nearly as bare, and my design wall is looking pretty drab.  But we are making progress and I can hardly wait to start putting it all back together.  I have stuff to give away, throw away and put away(much more neatly).  I have been using this time to quilt on my Circus Stars quilt and it is almost 3/4 done - woohoo.

And finally, just to add to all the fun in our neighborhood, we have been invaded by Cicada bugs.  They only come out from underground every 13 years and they make a terrible racket.  According to Wikipedia, the noise they make is their mating "music" and once the female lays her 200+ eggs, the little Cicadas drop to the ground, burrow their way underground and don't reappear until thirteen years later when they take on this lovely appearance.  They actually come out of this skin and turn into soemthing totally different - check out Cathi's blog, Shakerwood Primitives, to see what the Cicada looks like after it sheds its shell. 
That's all my news for today.  Lets say a prayer for the folks in Alabama, Virginia and along the Mississippi River.  We are being threatened with another hail storm tonight, but that is nothing compared to the raging flood waters along the Mississippi and the devasting tornados that Alabama and Virginia endured.

God Bless,