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Trouble I get myself into. I share my blunders and silly situations. Because I’m human and don’t mind admitting it. Plus it’s entertaining later; laughing is more healthy than getting upset !

A Sale and a Saga; Summer Sewing

A Sale and a Saga; Summer Sewing

A Sale and a Saga~

Oh. My. Goodness. First, the Summer Sewing Saga…
~Where did July and August go ? I usually spend the Summer sewing. However, I’ve had some real challenges this past month. It’s been a very wet Summer with rainy and stormy days in our area.  While I love the sound and refreshing feeling of the rain, the fluctuations of weather triggers migraines for me. What does this mean for someone who sews ? Well, it means my sleep is interrupted, my eyes don’t function well, and my concentration is compromised. Then pain arrives for a day or so at a time   Luckily, I have a medication that does help and after the pain there is usually a day or two of ‘recovery’. It takes me some time to get back into sewing projects that were put on hold. I have to remember where I was and what I was doing.. There are often gaps in my hazy memory throughout the week. The Summer rain slowed down my Summer sewing~

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In addition to the ongoing migraine/recovery cycle this month, I did something quite odd; something I’d never done before. I slammed the car door on my hand. As ‘luck’ would have it, this was my dominant hand. This happened halfway through my hosting a local kids Pirate Camp with crafts, games and activities through the Parks and Rec. Department. Thankfully, a talented and capable family member pitched in and became (literally) my right hand for some of those events. Suddenly Summer sewing became a distant memory~

Then (more luck), I suddenly had several orders in the Etsy shop ! Some of the orders were for custom sewing (not ready-made items). Several were orders for personalized, hand-written letters. *gulp* Pre-injury, my handwriting was quite legible   I have enjoyed writing out messages for folks who don’t like to write. I like feeling I’m a tiny part of an evolving friendship or romance by putting their words or thoughts physically onto paper for recording tangible evidence that’s lasting. Being part of the making of someone’s story and history in an enduring way..enabling memories   Such an incredible honor ! At that moment though, I could barely grip a pen. What to do ? I negotiated a later ship-date, gave myself some time to heal a bit, then wrote slowly and carefully, a little at a time.

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That same week, (will the fun never end ?) we received a lovely wholesale order for the Finger Pincushions we create. Awesome ! Scary~ Intimidating and Challenging. Fortunately, we have a wonderful sewing lady/friend who provides us with stitching help as needed when she’s available. Suddenly our ‘back up’ became our front-runner and we were thankful for her help. Summer sewing has never been so complicated for me !

And the hand ? Well, x-rays revealed it wasn’t broken, just beat up and swollen. Urgent Care cradled me in ice, medicated me, wrapped me like a package and sent me home to let it heal in its own time. My hand went through a rainbow of colors ! Now, several weeks away from that, I still tire easily when gripping things (sewing, cutting, typing, writing..). Almost all the aching and swelling is gone. I guess these things just take time~ I’m slowly picking up Summer sewing projects again. I’m slower than usual but mending. I think by the end of Summer, sewing will be back up to speed.

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I hope you never get your hand caught in the car door. I wish you happy, healthy days to finish out the Summer !

And the SALE ?
Etsy is hosting a Labor Day Sale !  There are tons of sellers participating and you can find really good deals in all categories :) Some shops have started already but the majority will be selling at reduced rates August 31-Sept. 4.
Both of our shops are set for 10% off all purchases during the sale. If you’re looking to do some early Christmas shopping, now is a good time to check out some deals. Here are the links for our shops (clicking on the links will open in a new window):
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OodlesOfWhimsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OodlesOfVintage
Best wishes,
~Cheri

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found a New Bed ! ..now we have to get rid of it.

We found a New Bed ! ..now we have to get rid of it.

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   Hubby and I have been passively looking for a new bed. Actually, what I really mean is an old but new-to-us bed frame (we already have a mattress and box-spring).  We love Antiques and naturally are drawn to them. Our house is over 100 years old, as is a lot of our furnishings so it makes sense that we would look for an Antique Bed. We want a queen sized bed frame to accommodate our queen mattress :) The trouble is, most actual Antique beds we see are Full/Double size or 3/4 length mattress sized. But we keep our eyes open..
We currently are sleeping on a box-spring and mattress, well two mattresses that sit on the box-spring now that I think about it. We do not have a bed frame. We just haven’t found one we liked. We shopped for a new bed at the usual furniture stores, but the quality wasn’t as high as the prices. There were a few styles for sale that kind of reminded us of vintage furniture, but still they really tend to look like a shiny, new bed. So we quit actively looking.

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A Smile a Day… Is there humor in sewing ?

A Smile a Day… Is there humor in sewing ?

Sometimes there is humor in sewing. And sometimes it’s just a bad day to sew.

There are days of sewing that run seamlessly (~pun sort of intended).  And then there are moments in a sewing project that just implode and one must STOP to avoid injury. The wise person learns to recognize when that moment arises. I’m still learning..

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I had a large project spread out on our large and lovely farmhouse style dining room table (don’t judge, there’s still room to eat). Using a fresh needle in the sewing machine, I was stitching along, gaining momentum on said project. Without warning, the bobbin runs out of thread. Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine. Can we please have a blinking light when the bobbin is running low ? Is that too much to ask ? Whatever. I stop to refill the bobbin.   Read the rest of this entry

*** I was featured in a Blog :)

*** I was featured in a Blog :)
I was featured in a blog !!

I was featured in a blog !!

Greetings, Lovely Blog Readers~

  I am excited to report that I was featured on another Blog !  The Blogger is Margeux, and her blog is “miscellany”. She is a gifted writer who enjoys travel, food and DIY projects :) I will be featuring her in a future post, but for now, I invite you to visit her blog and read about me, over there !  What fun to connect to other bloggers who enjoy the same things you do~

https://miscellany14.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/handmade-monday-oodles-of-whimsy/

 

 

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Bread & Sewing. Making Dough on a Sewing Blog ?

Bread & Sewing. Making Dough on a Sewing Blog ?

 

So…making dough on a Sewing Blog, you mean money ?

No.

Bread & Sewing, what do they have to do with one another ?

Well, I’ll tell you. It all started with a hole in the ground…

Last night for dinner, we had grilled chicken tenderloins cooked on the new grill our kids built in the backyard. The grill is set in a fire pit of bricks and it swivels for ease of placement and removal of foods. The installation was 3 days ago, we’ve used it twice now and love it ! Here’s a couple in-progress photos:

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Sewing and Kids ~Library How-To Fair

Sewing and Kids ~Library How-To Fair

I spent a hectic but rewarding afternoon at the Library’s “How To Fair”. Various business folk participated with booths of information and make-n-take crafts in the Library children’s department. Ages ranged from K to 5th grade, plus their younger toddler siblings. There was a puppet show, friendship bracelets, pet care info, planting seedlings, cake decorating, etc. I set up a table with a sewing display and assisted older kids sewing buttons onto a cloth quilted bookmark. Younger ones glued together (their fingers and-) a paper patchwork quilt onto a bed illustration my son made. A fun time was had by all. It was slightly organized chaos. ~And unusually loud for a Library !
I love working with kids. I enjoy sewing and kids learning to sew.  It’s fun to see them master a task. Their accomplishment brings such a satisfied smile of confidence and new discovery ! They also love to talk. Sewing Bees always inspire good conversations.

Let me share some of the priceless queries of the day:

Are buttons washable ? (Yes, similar to the buttons on your shirt.) Read the rest of this entry

‘Tis the Season for Squirrels …sewing & car trouble.

‘Tis the Season for Squirrels …sewing & car trouble.

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Q: Can you name that photo ?

A: $700

Car trouble, squirrels and sewing; what do they have in common ? Well, at first glance, nothing. One is a motorized vehicle, one is a small mammal and one is a hobby.  Up until today, I would have sworn they were totally unrelated objects; separate entities; having nothing to do with each other; “and never the twain shall meet”. Today, I am proved wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Earthquake and Scissors…

Earthquake and Scissors…

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Earthquake and Scissors~

I used to live in Southern California. You know that place where everyone expects will fall into the ocean next time there’s a large earthquake ? We experienced some shakes and trembling. We had a few plate-rattling shakers and items-falling-off-the-shelves earthquakes that were long enough for us to have conversations about it, gather the kids and stand in the doorway until it stopped.  Read the rest of this entry

You are what you eat ? Insulting lunch.

You are what you eat ? Insulting lunch.

My son and I are at a fast-food drive-thru, a bit of a wait at the ordering kiosk, but not too many cars in line. Paid at the first window, get to the next window…. the server hands me a soda and says, “Sorry about your weight”.
(OK, I realize she meant “wait” but the way she said it…)
(I wonder, does this car make my ____ look big ?)

I ate a traffic light.

I ate a traffic light.

Quilting is hard work. Hand-stitching is tough on the fingers. My eyes get tired. Organizing/weeding out stuff from my supply hoard collection is physically demanding. Today I did all those things and I worked up an appetite. Hungry enough to eat a horse traffic light ? Maybe.  Read the rest of this entry