Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Projects are all packed up!

I know I promised to post pictures of my most recent projects, but the moving date is looming closer and I needed to feel confident that nothing would be left behind.  So, long story short my sewing room is now a box fort and the pictures will have to wait until everything is unpacked in the new home.

On a side note.  I will be attending a Trunk Show and Presentation at the end of August featuring Prairie Quilt Mercantile that should be really inspiring.  I will most definitely have to remember to take my camera along and get permission to post. 

Unfortunately, the tape gun and cardboard are calling my name... More fun tips on packing sure to follow.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Moving the studio, and the rest of our home

After careful consideration we decided to sell our home.  With the help of our agent, and the lovely couple that is purchasing the house, we have a sale! 

Now comes the tough part.  We've been living in the pristine conditions of a show-ready house for a few months, and that has all been taken over by the smell of cardboard and packing paper.  While searching for a new home with our agent, hoping to find something early this week, we are also in a bit of a rush to pack up our current residence as the new owners move-in the third week in August!

Some things that we are keeping in mind for a new house:
  • "new" can be a relative term, and just because it is a few years old doesn't mean the basement has been developed.
  • "developed" is also a relative term - some basements we've seen would need to be gutted and start from scratch.  Been there, done that, with a scar or two to prove it - don't need to do it again right away.
The great thing about moving is that as I pack up my fabric, notions and sewing machines (one boxed, one in rolling case and serger in another box) I can sort through some of it and make the unpacking process easier - right?  If nothing else, I should be able to put some of the tips and tricks that I've been reading about setting up a great studio space right off the hop.

One thing is certain:  the next four weeks will be very busy!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

New Apprentice

I've been working on a few new projects, will post pictures soon, and have an apprentice who likes to "help."  His name is Ian, and we just celebrated his first birthday last weekend. 

When he was very young, before he started to explore his mobility and reach out to the world around him, Ian would sit on my lap and watch the needle move up-down, up-down, up-down.  After a few very short months, he started playing with the fabric and I had to find a new place for him to supervise from - conveniently, he was very content to nap on the floor next to my sewing table.  Now that he motors around the sewing room I've had to make a few lay-out adjustments such as hiding power cords behind boxes, and moving smaller sewing notions out of reach. 

One thing I didn't anticipate was Ian's fascination with the foot pedal - I should know by now to be suspicious when he's suddenly quiet.  The good news is, he can blindly sew a 1/4" seam in a very straight line (or maybe I just lucked out that the fabric was already lined-up nicely), and working on a non-computerized machine I was able to flick the power switch before anything got out of hand.

Work-Life Balance seems to have a whole new meaning now...

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

New Look? New Blog!

After returning to my "day job" at Saskatoon Business College, I've had a few opportunities to re-evaluate where life is taking me.  I envisioned a fresh start to the blog and so here it is. 

I look forward to continuing this journey with you!