Empty sewing basket gone. Enter the sewing box.

In a recent post, I shared a picture of my temporary sewing basket…


On its own, this is a fine little basket, but with no lid, little space, no pockets, and holes, it is usually empty. The woven surfaces are quite rough and hazardous to fine fabrics, and those open spots allow small pins and other notions to sneak through.

Obviously, a genuine sewing box was in order. I wanted a small, tidy box for transporting project bits and bobs from room to room. Searching through craft and fabric stores resulted mainly in frustration; there was just nothing that took my fancy.

What to do?

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Sunday Sevens – Week 76

Today’s Sunday Sevens is a little different, serving to explain about my recent absence around the blogosphere. Please check out Natalie’s site, Threads and Bobbins to see what the Sevens are all about.

My sister dubbed December the “Month of Yes”. The Month of Yes was dedicated to enjoying all tasty goodness of the holiday season (it really began in November and ended in January, but let’s not quibble about a few days).

After  enjoying TMOY to its maximum and managing the first month of the new year, February has produced what I’ve dubbed the “Week of No”. In fact, there have been three such weeks resulting in either limited or NO progress in sewing, projects, exercise, cello practicing, my List of 16, photos, or blogging-reading, commenting or posting. Good grief!

The conspirators? A fender-bender in the bank parking lot. I pulled into an empty space, and as I had nearly completed parking, the truck next to me began to pull out. Yes, right into my right front fender and wheel well. Curses. Off we go to the collision department. I am stuck without a vehicle at home when hubby takes the truck to work.

In addition to lack of transportation, we are housebound due to a major snowstorm that dropped eighteen inches of snow. Mom and I exercise indoors, referring to our sessions as our “Knees Up, Mother Browns”.IMG_6188

You can see our little front fence before the snow storm….


and a few hours later. Withing an hour after this photo, fence was entirely covered.


Tough times bring out good people. Our generous next door neighbor and his snowblower cleared driveways and sidewalks for four of the adjacent homes. He made three passes for each of us.


I didn’t have pen and paper handy for phone numbers when same neighbor and another offered help with snow or transportation while husband was in hospital and after bringing him home. What? Did you read that correctly? Yes. My dear hubby slipped on the basement stairs and ruptured the quadricept tendon nearly completely. Surgery performed, a full length leg cast administered, patient finally released and hospital bed delivered. A very long recovery is predicted. Sigh.


My sad, empty makeshift sewing basket. It’s very tiny, the bottom is about 3″ by 6″, and in this picture you can’t see all the holes and “pointy” parts. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a new one?


Oooh, there just might be a new post coming up regarding said basket.

Hoping to get back to some normalcy very soon. Sewing projects are gathered, washed, ready and waiting. In the meantime I’m just trying to stay focused on each moment, and keep myself healthy and strong for everyone else.

Wishing you all a week ahead with no trauma, and lots of progress and joy!






Sunday Sevens – Week 6 for me

Hi everyone, here is this week’s Sunday Sevens, a little ode to randomness that doesn’t merit a whole post. For info about Sunday Sevens, please pop in to see the creator, Natalie, over at Threads & Bobbins. There are no real rules, just sharing of seven(ish) pictures. It’s easy and fun, won’t you join us?



So, here is my sampling from a not-very-active week.


1. The mail came early Saturday morning….the usual blah, blah, blah…except for one little package. It came from England! It came from Ali, of Thimberlina! I was one the six lucky winners of her Gadget Envy Giveaway.wk6_goodies_IMG_46022. This little batch of swatch buddies should help to keep my new sewing habit tidy and organized. I was happy to receive this goody bag along with a sweet handwritten note from Ali. Thank you!



3. It’s not be too legible, but the label calls this a Fabric Storage Bin – they are in medium or large, blue or purple. Found at the grocery store. They are quite nice and sturdy. Would a person who is serious about sewing buy a ready-made bin for fabric?



4. So how does one keep a fat little Buddha happy when driving through downtown in yucky midday traffic? Why, by listening to oldies on the radio, specifically Stray Cats, Rock This Town. The song came on, I was at a stop, and glancing up, this guy just made me smile.



5. The cutest little boys live next door, and the older one is turning 10. He told his parents that this birthday should be special, as he is reaching double digits. They gave him a ball that is taller than me, and certainly higher than the garden fence.



6. My older daughter became engaged! She did receive a real ring, and not a ring pop, but she is camera shy….so nada for now. All I know is that a spring wedding is being planned. Happy Days!


Stitch on, everyone!

So I took my husband to the fabric store…..

No pictures of him, as his 2-1/2 hour excursion was painful enough. But, it was a most interesting time for both of us.

His observations:

1. They have foam! 5-inch foam for me to make new cushions for the porch chairs. He put a piece on the floor and sat upon it. Not quite thick enough, so he added a 1″ section on top, and at which point he determined that we had the proper combination. And he was thoroughly impressed with the rolls and rolls (and rolls) of outdoor fabric to make said covers. (Oh my, how in the world to put a zipper in this big thing???)


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