Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What a Delightful Day . . .

Yesterday I went down to the little town of Langlois, Oregon to the Wild Rivers Wool Factory to take spinning lessons from Sandie, the owner.

It was all day long and I had a ball and learned soooooo much.  First, Sandie had me start out using a drop spindle and I used one that looked like this ~

Image from the Internet
  The big circle is at the bottom so that when I need to stop the spinning, I can just place the bottom on the floor.  This is as opposed to ~


This kind where the round thing is at the top.

I went into the lesson with a prejudice against spinning with a drop spindle because it just looked too hard.  Sandy said I needed to learn the drop spindle first so I could get the proper movement with my hands alone before moving onto the spinning wheel where both hands and feet were involved.

I must say, it was much more pleasant than I thought it would be and the nice thing about the drop spindle is that you can take it anywhere and spin fiber!!

BUT, then I got to work on the spinning wheel.  This is the actual wheel I learned on ~


And here is the skein of yarn I produced ~


Soooooo much fun!!  Sandy says I am now officially a spinner of fine threads!!  There is about 80 yards in this skein, just about enough for a hat!!  Just about!!

This is Sandie ~


And here she is with her "should I be cute" pose!!  She had me laughing all day!!


Thank you Sandie for a fun, fun day!!  Friday I am going down to learn to felt hand-crafted soap!!  I wonder if Janet O. over at Rogue Quilter would make me some lavender bars of soap to felt?  I am thinking for the up-coming quilt shows I will need about 50 bars - but not until August 3rd.  Hmmmmm, nah, I know she is busier than all get out these days!!

Come back on Friday and see my felted soaps!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Come See What I am Up to at the Bandon Reno . . .


This is the door to the "Scary Bathroom!!"  Come see what is in store for me today HERE!!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday's Smile!!

Thank you to Donna for posting this on Facebook - Snort!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Anyone want a Used Rowena Iron?

When I first started quilting about 10 years ago, everyone said I just had to have a good, heavy expensive iron.  So, I got a Rowenta.  It was wonderful until it died a few years ago.  I got a second one and it leaks!!  Yikes!!

 

So when Sharon over at Vroomans Quilts got a new Black & Decker "The Classic" traditional steam iron with her piggy bank savings, I thought hmmmmm, maybe it is time.  So I checked into getting one and I was amazed!! It is less than one-third the price of a new Rowenta!!

And here it is ~


It is really nice and heavy - perfect for a good press and it has an auto turn off which I love because I am always walking away from my iron.

And the point is wonderful!!  It is very pointed, perfect for getting into wherever you need to get into!!



I am really excited about using it, which is exactly what I am going to do as soon I finish this post!!

Thanks Sharon for the heads up and I am serious, if anyone is interested in a used Rowenta that leaks if filled more than 1/4 full, let me know in a comment and I will put names in a basket and pick a new beneficiary of the Rowenta!!



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fun Gifts & a Little Sewing . . .

Before I left Logan, my cute friend Janet O. over at Rogue Quilter dropped by the house on moving day and brought me a present ~


I was thrilled!!  Janet made this darling pincushion using a mysterious template for the Dresden Plate (Janet's post is HERE) and some of her wonderful hand-crafted soap.

Then, when I got here to Bandon, my Realtor, Anne brought me a housewarming gift ~


Now I have a little angel to watch over my new home and keep us safe.

Then, this past week I was able to get some hand sewing done.  Three months of flowers for the Inchy Hexagon Swap I belong to.




And finally, the house is coming along ~

Click HERE to see what is going on



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saturday's Smile!!

From Harlow and Sage on Facebook

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Week Two Progress on the Reno . . .

I have not gotten too much sewing done, except a couple of hex flowers so I set up a temporary area in my kitchen so I can sew when I can find time!!

CLICK HERE TO COME SEE WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS PAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE

Happy 4th of July!!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday's Smile!!

Thank you to Donna over at Brynwood Needleworks for sharing this

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes . . .

Click HERE to see what I am working on today.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My New Home . . .

Well, we made it safely to Bandon and here is our new home ~


The 2-foot tall grass is beautiful blowing in the cool ocean breezes but little by little it will be whacked down.  The house is on a quarter of an acre so that might take me awhile!!  :-))

I have decided that I am going to keep this blog as my quilting and Saturday's Smile blog and I have created a new blog called Bandon-by-the-Sea Renovation.  If you are interested in seeing my progress on the house reno, I am going to post the above picture and by clicking on the picture it will take you to the new blog.  I hope you will join me in my fun new Oregon coast adventure!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

We're Getting Close . . .

It's been going on for weeks but tomorrow is U-Haul day and so the past couple of days we have been in high gear!!

Now I just have to get some of this stuff out of the house and into the truck so I can 1. think and 2. see what is left to pack!!

These are my fabric bricks ~

A full living room!!

Yikes!!

It's everywhere, it's everywhere!!



Done for the day and with a good night's sleep we will be up again tomorrow morning to pack the truck and say goodbyes!!  Janet, if you are in town, drop by for a hug, will ya?