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Yesterdays mail brought a package all the way from Australia with the much awaited silk laps. Just look at them silk-laparen’t the just the most gorgeous things? And soft, they are soft, so soft I’m toying with the idea to make cuddly toys…They must be carrying some secret scent cause Diego (my JR boy) went absolutely bananas and tried to get up on the dining table. I haven’t dared to open them up yet, my work table if full of Pokemon cards and I don’t want to ruin my sorted piles. Lordy me, that must be a fortune that I paid for them and I doubt very much that I will get them back (the money) when we try to sell them. Batter kickback from Lego which we have quite a few kilograms of.

Tonight Swedish fresh crayfish the Swedish way (they are cooked in water, dill flowers, salt and suger – each supplier have their own recipes), we splurge when they are in season). During the weekend we are probably have new neighbors moving in. Gonna bee interesting to see if they can behave and park their cars better than the quite famous TV star who used to live here ….and her friends….Yeah yeah, bitchy me ;o

Yummy

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45Picture from The Thread Studios website.

Yesterdays mail consisted of a bill and the latest issue of Machine Quilting Limited. I swear, that magazine always raise my spirits, even though I am so far from a machine quilter you can come. There was an article that really made my creative juices flow ” Algeria Color for the soul” by Michelle Mischkulnig. Never heard of silk laps before, but I went to the site suggested The Thread Studio as a source. Oh my, the pictures Are gorgeous and my brain went bing-bing and thought that maybe they can be used in my new project, get a sort of 3D effect? And the colors in the pictures are so – yummy, so I ordered two pieces and truly look forward to their arrival. If they ever do, cause so far 3 packages from around the world has gone missing in the postal service the last month, they don’t even show up on the postal services tracking function… For me it’s beyond questionable how a small envelope from Paris, France still hasn’t shown after a week

Meanwhile I’m re-constructing Sams new Cosplay costume and boy am I happy that I saved my old mannequin from the 80th, makes the shortening of the cape so much more easy. But it’s far from easy to work in black polyester fabric with a lime green polyester lining.

Ha, I made it! After sever trials I hand busted both the outer fabric and the liner, hung it on the mannequin and pinned it together. All +2m of it and then hand stitched it all holding my breath that there would be no unevenness or “bumps”. Happy to say that the cape is as good as new, only shorter. Well done me!!

Hey Mickey

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I can’t say that I have done much creative work lately and while waiting for the muse to hit me I have read. A lot. Of novels. The one I’m reading right now is called The Saffron Trail and is good in a light kind of way.

Talked to The DH some days ago about the lack of enthusiasm and he went: why don’t you do something like this, with that and he even had a name for it LOL. Did some small try out appliqué that just looked strange so back to thinking and then I remembered that thanks to Beth I do have some jars of Jacquard fabric paints stored away. So back to play and this is what I have come up with so far.grapes1OK, it don’t look that great in a close up, but from a meter or so I find it promising.

Sam is still home working hard with the bartender course and he is doing great. Fun to hear and learn about something new like flair and free pour…and it’s not laid back at all, but quite demanding. Anyone need to hire a bartender in a bit more than a week, you know who to contact ;)

The brief days of real summer that we had last week is over and back to rain and wind mixed with a bit of sun. Well, managed to do some real good pool time during these days, sure hope there will be more before the summer is over.

Clean it up

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So I canceled the cleaning service that’d I have hired for almost 18 yrs. Figured I could do it myself an save 2000 SEK per month. As of last week, John opted to help out and vacuumed  the entire house while I did the rest. Took round 3.5hrs of continuous hard work. The thing is – the cleaning service took 5 hours for the same job. Duh????

And yes, the son if available for hire LOL. And yes – the son get paid for his services :) In a bit less than three weeks oldest son is available too, for bartending.

Earning your keep

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It is very hard here for kids to get a summer job, so John came up with a solution; he could help with cleaning the house and move the lawn. I took out the cleaning things before I left for work yesterday and when I came home John was cleaning the kitchen (the bathroom already done and let me tell you, it was way better done than the pro we used to hire. When The DH came home he showed J how to use the mover and before dinner the whole front lawn was cut. AMAZING!! Today he went with me for grocery shopping, fetched and carried. If this keeps up, I won’t have to do anything around the house = wishful thinking LOL.

Just a small purchase

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I don’t know about you, but for me it seems like whenever I’m startting a new project (like a Lily of the Valley) I don’t have the right fabrics in my stash. Well, honestly, that happens even when I’m into a project, always something new that I need. How I long for a quilting friend that lived nearby to swap bits of fabric with. Fortunate, in lack of such a friend there is on-line stores and I just placed a small purchase with Thousand of Bolts, one of my favorite suppliers. It’s kind of hard to choose a background fabric where both greens and silvery whites shines, but I think I got the right one. Hopefully I will be able to start cutting next weekend, until then I read The Girl in The Photograph.

Out of touch

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both here and IRL creative area. After the Infinity top was all done, I can’t say I have accomplished very much. I have tried my hands in DWR (double weeding ring) the last couple of weeks, but I feel like none of my attempts have worked out the way I had imagined it. This is what’s up on my design wall: bild-23

I had to laugh a bit when I viewed the top right in a picture (it wasn’t as obvious IRL) where the two black bends made it all look askew….

And yesterday it hit me, I am not a DWR or any other traditional quilting person, but a true hand appliqué one and after Infinity (and the additional me stuff on Stevie’s Garden) I have a hard time imagine to do someone else’s patterns. So that leaves me with creating my own, but my head is totally empty of ideas. And I don’t think any will come to me in the near future since now starts the “Student” (upper secondary school) graduation season.  We have two receptions for good friends kids tomorrow evening, John has his “prom on Tuesday, graduates from Primary School on Wednesday, the two girl cousins takes “Studenten” next Thursday with a reception in the evening and Sam take “Studenten” next Friday in Norrköping…..phueee is all I can say to this. And next Saturday you will see me doing absolutely nothing.

 

Birdy Namnam

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If you lay on the porch swing in the afternoon (if it’s sunny and warm enough) there is a swish and inbound swish and a swish again and you wonder how they do it. Manage to fly over the awning and not come in under. Who?

IMG_3313This bird and possibly her mate flying out and in, fixing food IMG_3315If you zoom in you see her yesterday I even caught her sitting on the edge of the nest. It must be the very best nesting place – on top of the drainpipe opening and under a bit of roof, secluded and safe. We had one gal there some yeas ago that we named Berta, but we suspect she thought we (dogs and all) disturbed her too much and left. This one (Berta2) stoically persists, we haven’t heard any chipper yet, but since they fly back and forth, the babies might be there anyhow. Interesting it is.

Empty nest

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The DH persuaded me to finally take the Janome 7700 to the dealer in the city (he drove, The DH not the dealer) for a much needed service. The machine has behaved (like my cellphone does) for the last year and have cracked two bobbin holders during it’s life time. Imagine my surprise when the girl in the shop recognized me…..Now I’m left with this, a big empty spaceDSC_1713Maybe during this week I will be able to get the hang of that embroidery I showed you in the last post? There is always hope ;) I feel kind of daunted though.

Tonight will be Souvlaki, Tsatsiki, grilled Halomi cheese and grilled bread.

Out of my depth

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totally. OK, so I’m not an embroidery person. I know how, every stitch almost, but never had the patiens. I have had two project in a cubed for almost 18 years I think, never being inspired to finish them. But in order to have something to occupy myself with, like when chilling out in the greenhouse I ordered a set from a Spanish on-line shop I ordered from before. Today it arrived.  DSC_1709OMG, here I was thinking I had ordered something like embroideries take on paint by numbers, that I can handle, but instead came a blank piece of hand dyed fine linnen and some (admittedly) gorgeous silk floss.DSC_1710And this DSC_1711Holy crap, there is a description and this drawing to go by – I will need much stronger glasses to be able to count these linnen threads, that’s for sure.

Feel free to laugh your butts of, but Im pretty sure that the Otlite LED portable lamp I got from Trish will come very handy. If only I can find a way to direct the light to the linnen….maybee clip it to the neck of a sweater? This is going to be very interesting…

Meanwhile I cast my creative thoughts round these fun pieces. It’s like being a kid allover again :)DSC_1712

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