It feels like I have been house painting forever even though it can’t have been a month but I am definitely making progress. I have one more long wall of the house to do which I think I can polish off next weekend and then it is just down to fiddly bits. Windows, my house’s crazy knocked together porch and of course going round and fixing all the edges where I haven’t quite got it right due to my absolute lack of finesse with a brush.
I’m making equally slow progress on the quilt I started, but am doing ok considering I have pretty much only been doing a half hour a day. It’s a pretty straightforward design five inch squares and ten inch squares all from my stash of batiks. I’m hoping I might be able to rummage and find enough material for a backing so it can be a total stash quilt.
I was feeling a bit inadequate because my shower was leaking and I thought I would put on my big girl, home owner pants and change the washer myself and failed miserably. It’s not that hard I thought – after watching one how to video on you tube. Well, I tried and nothing went at all like the video. For a start someone had glued my tap to the wall. I finally got it off after what felt like 2 hours of chipping off rubber glue, and unscrewed everything and realised it didn’t look anything like the video and the bit that the video guy was pulling out of the wall, was not coming out of the wall. I was briefly tempted to just keep hitting it with a hammer until it came out but resisted on the grounds that I didn’t want to damage the pipes and make my shower unusable for weeks. So I retreated and called a plumber.
I’m feeling slightly less like a plumbing failure now, because the plumber took one look at it and said – you don’t see that very often. Apparently I had ceramic taps and they don’t even have washers. I didn’t know that was even a thing. Though it did mean the whole inner tap needed replacing. Still waiting for the bill, but now my shower isn’t leaking and I can get back to doing other cool stuff, like knitting a scarf and hand quilting the quilt that had been sitting half done in the cupboard for far too long.
I can’t even remember where and when I got them, but at some point I bought a bulk bag of 81/2 inch zips in all different colours.
They’re handy little things, just the right size for putting pockets inside bags or making little pencil cases.
The problem is that some of them are just ugly. Green and yellow ugly. So this weekend, instead of working on the project which I spent all last weekend cutting out, I decided I would make myself do something with the ugly zips.
Step one – pull all the fabric out of my fabric cupboard and audition it against the zips. Surprisingly there were quite a few fabrics which didn’t look hideous up against the really bright zip colours.
Then to make some little pencil cases.
I think I like the grey and yellow better than I like the one with the green, but both turned out alright.
I’ve had to abandon the sewing room for now, as it is still getting too hot in the afternoons, so am off to do some knitting in the lounge and to struggle to resist temptation of the TV. I’ve convinced myself to try giving up TV (except for one show on a Friday night) for a month to see whether it results in me getting more done. I’m only one day in and already struggling, but really how many home renovation shows do I actually need to watch?
I’m doing reasonably well, at least there is a lot more doing going on at my house than previously. Sadly, a lot of the doing is lawn mowing due to all the rain we’ve had. I can’t complain though. It’s nice to have a lawn to mow, and its good exercise for someone who doesn’t get anywhere near enough.
I did get round to doing some cutting out on the weekend. The blocks for a new quilt. Just the blocks. I’m still contemplating what to do with the setting. I want to make it entirely from fabric I already have, which is going to make it a slightly different quilt from what it would be if I were to go to the shops and buy a whole lot more fabric. That’s not necessarily a bad thing either though. There is a long weekend coming up too, which means I’m ready to go even if I don’t get to it before then.
Here’s me thinking I was having a slow start to the year goal wise, and in the first month I managed to tick off one of the big ones. I now have a new job which I start in a few weeks. Doing a bit of an internal happy dance. It’s nothing super exciting, but it’s a bit more money and work that I will probably like more, in what looks like a great team. But, also celebrating the fact that I can now focus on some other stuff for the rest of the year. Putting together an application can take a whole weekend if you are doing it properly, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for other things. Plus, I really hate applying for jobs. I suppose like a lot of people, I struggle to sell my skills and don’t get me started on interviews. So, its nice to think I don’t have to worry about it for a little while at least.
I have been feeling a little bit more energetic and have managed to fit in a fair bit of sewing, reading and baking over the weekend. So, the freezer is restocked and I managed to finish making an advent calendar for a lady at work.
In a fit of exuberance I agreed to photograph someone’s wedding. No big deal really, I have done it before and while it is not a fun job I’d rather do that than attend a wedding as a guest. Not that I have any particular animosity to people getting married, it’s just I’m not a party person at the best of times and usually the food is bad and there are hours sitting around trying to pretend you wouldn’t rather be at home reading a book.
I woke up yesterday though and realised the wedding was only a month away and it has been far too long since I spent any real time with my camera. I decided an outing to the local park was in order, because in the absence of models I figured the local wildlife would make a reasonable substitute. I managed to scrounge up a few decent shots including one of this rather large water dragon sunning himself (or herself) on a rock.
Didn’t stay out too long though because of the heat. I ended up coming home and doing what felt like an awful lot of machine quilting. I don’t know why that last little bit of the quilting always seems to drag on and on, but it does. I did manage to finish the quilting though and this morning machine sewed the binding on.
I have a sewing group meeting on Sunday so I can hand sew the binding down then, but for now I am off to start something new as soon as I figure out what I want to do.
Elections aside, it’s been an interesting week all things considered. I started out strongly, completely unmotivated but forcing myself to do stuff just by sheer will power. I finished a quilt and got a few other things ticked off my to-do-list. Tuesday I pottered along and then Tuesday afternoon we had a massive hail storm. Still managed to stay on task Wednesday despite excessive heat (and another big storm) and semi-finished another quilt which has been sitting in my cupboard for over 5 years because I wasn’t sure how to quilt it. Now the binding is on and ready to hand sew down at my sit and sew group on Saturday.
Today, woke up with a cracking headache and then spent way too much money buying new toner cartridges for my printer. It’s a good printer but getting to the stage where it would be cheaper to buy a new printer than buy toner which is not a good place to be, especially since I swore I was going to stay on budget this pay cycle. Other than that I am struggling to focus today even though the headache has started to clear up. But after a week of hot, we topped out at 37C today and my aircon is struggling to deal with the humidity so I am feeling hot and sticky. But I think most of my lack of productivity has been due to indecisiveness about what my next project is going to be. Do I start something new or finish something old? Do I want something by machine or by hand? Do I sew or read or work on the house? Do I try to learn a new skill or go with tried and tested? Unfortunately, there are no easy answers.
What I am finding is that I need to narrow the field a little. Plus, I think I need to decide my projects the night before and get everything set up and ready to go so in the morning I can just get up and get started.
Back yard hail
Came down in quite sizeable chunks
…and in big mounds
One quilt finished