A Perfect Helper in my Sewing Room!

I feel very fortunate to have a wonderful space for my sewing, quilting, and crafting. It brings me joy and I spend as much time there as I can! I was reminded of a handy little extra I use when I read the blog post by Yvonne, @Quilting JetGirl, about her portable design board.

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You know, one of those things that our parents had around back in the day, made of metal with wobbly legs! My DH hates the idea of them…oh, unless it is dinner time and he wants to watch football in the tv room! (Another story!)

Note that I use the up and down motion of moving from chair at machine to ironing board and design wall as exercise, but sometimes it is just too much. Little pieces that need to be pressed with every little seam, etc.! So, I tried using this as an extention of my sewing table. I covered it with a pressing mat that is made for a regular table. (I like the side with the measurements marked, but it also has the shiny ironing side.) For starters, I used a simple placemat to iron on. You can make your own with fun fabrics and some batting. The possibilities are endless.

You can see in the pictures above that it sits right beside me in handy reach. Oh and look what else…another one is holding my scraps, as I work!

One more picture shows yet another tray table in use on the OTHER side of me…

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This one works for quick trimming of the little projects I am working on.

So, I may not get as much exercise, but these are sure convenient! I don’t have to keep them up all the time, as they are very portable, so there is much flexibility.

I am surrounded…and loving every minute of it all!

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Thanks for reading! Do you have any handy tips for us?

Happy Quilting!

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Thursday Doors – September 15, 2016

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I only see one door, so I would guess it is the entrance. Glad they let us know!

Taken somewhere in New Mexico…exploring a bit of the southwest and exploring the possibility of owning an RV. That test passed for me, but failed for my husband!

Happy Trails and Happy Doorscursions…whatever mode of transportation you use!

Thanks goes to Norm for hosting!

Hello Again!

Hey there! It has been a while for me on this blog. I can’t say for sure, retirement life seems to have been in the way of writing over the summer, but I am going to try to return.

It is September and in the fall life starts to settle down a bit…maybe, maybe not!

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Whatever you have been doing or plan to do, I wish you joy as the weather changes!

 

Thursday Doors -July 7, 2016

I realized that it is Thursday and that I have been saving a picture for Thursday Doors for a long time. I planned to post it on or about July 3, you can guess why from the image. I guess I am not too late and since July 3 was not a Thursday, I am not going to beat myself up!

Located in rural Oregon…

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The old jail, dated July 3, 1918, still stands. No longer used, it is still a reminder that these are not places you want to go!

Thanks to Norm for hosting…check out his and other Thursday Doors Posts!

 

Geneology

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Do any of you do family research? There are some real mysteries in my family tree and I dig into it every few years to see if I can discover anything new. In preparation for the return of my DNA results, I am back at the research and suspect I may be a bit off the blogosphere circuit for a while. This kind of stuff is like going down the rabbit hole.

It’s not that I think any of you will miss me, but just in case!

Wish me luck and if you have any great advice for breaking down brick walls, feel free to send it my way!

(image from the Internet…freepik.com)

Thursday Doors – May 19, 2016

Norm and his followers have a thing about doors! Check it out here.

My post for this week takes us to Canada again…a frigid, grey day along the Via Rail route between Vancouver and Toronto. I have been trying to research where we actually stopped, but you can see that it was, indeed, COLD!!!!

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As we had a chance to depart the train, most people donned their coats, hats, gloves and whatever they had to keep them warm….and went the opposite way I did. They were apparently more interested in a rushed walk about and some air outside the train. It seemed obvious to me that there was nothing of interest toward that little train station. There was one other person who had a camera and headed toward this deserted building. We were drawn to the curious and colorful, if old, artwork on this relic. I can only assume it is an old warehouse, long abandoned, but at some time painted with depictions of history of the area.

If you know me, you will understand that the very short…say 10 to 15 minute stop…was not long enough to explore this find, so I just snapped as many pictures as I could. I will admit that the temperature of well below zero degrees celsius was not an incentive to linger long!

I wonder about the people, the products, and the stories that could be told of this old gem!?!

PS – If you see this and can tell me where I was, that would be appreciated!!!

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