Okay, so I'm just a little bit proud of myself. I made something! All by myself! I did it!! :o) If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this, so bear with me. (If you don't follow me, and you would like to, my user name is mom2lid.) I just have to squee a few more moments because, I did it!
I found a small project here that looked simple enough for me to figure out.
I have to say, tension and messing with it used to intimidate me (I never wanted to mess with it), but after reading the manual, I think I have it figured out. And, just let me say how fantabuloust he internet is. If you have a question, the answer is out there waiting for you.
I learned basic sewing skills in seventh grade in Teen Living (formerly known as Home Ec), and made a patchwork quilt when I was 16. I've done a bit of sewing here and there, but never much. I've always wanted to learn more, and now, I have an excuse. :o)
No, I'm not kidding. I filled a bobbin and got it in. I threaded the machine. I got out some felt to stitch together so I could soak up any extra oil, and it kept jamming. I know this is a good machine, so I knew it was operator error, which made it all the more frustrating. Thank goodness I'm not afraid to take things apart...
The felt was the problem and once I switched to flannel all was well. Whew!
And, wouldn't you know it, now the girls each want one as well. I guess I'm going to have to practice sewing just a bit more. ;o)
As I might have mentioned once or twice, clutter has a tendency to stress me out a bit. Just a bit. Ha! It seems that even B gets to the point where he's had enough, so today (in spite of us both feeling wretched now that we've become infected with Bean's snotty mess of a cold) was the day.
I had to take a couple of photos of the Jesse tree because it made me so very happy this year. Here's side one.
I hand wrote and dated a little note explaining why I made the ornaments so that years from now (and when I'm gone even more years from now), my family will have a record of what I did and why. (I did also mention B made the tree. :o)
I'm sitting here on the couch enjoying the lack of clutter and listening to the girls laugh their patooties off at Despicable Me 2.
Things are as back to "normal" as they can get.
And, may I just say how happy I am to have it done before the new year? It's not hanging over our heads. When you put out as many trees as I do (four this year) and as much stuff, it takes awhile to get it all put away. I also spent a good deal of time reorganizing and sorting and things will be better next year.
Tomorrow we head to Richmond (we had to cancel on Friday because Beanie was STILL snotty and had a fever) and then Christmas will be over. As much as I adore it, I have to say, that doesn't make me sad.
Did I mention I have a new GGBoE to organize and get going to look forward to? ;o)
1. So, we had a kitchen chemistry lesson on Friday.
2. The house is back to normal. Whew!
3. My little project!
4. The turkey soup that's on the stove. It's Williamsburg Turkey Soup so it's thick and creamy and...yum!
5. DM2. That movie is SO cute! I desperately need some minions in my life. :oP
Thanks to those of you who offered ideas about Hannah's stocking. :o) Oh, and I can't remember who asked about the sticky chocolate/orange loaf (sorry!) but, yes, I'll get that posted. I need to make one more before the new year anyhow. :o)