Posts Tagged ‘Home Decor’

My boss was sweet enough to let me come in an hour late yesterday morning…it was so nice to sit at the table and enjoy some hot toast with peanuts butter, a steaming cup of coffee, and sweet blueberries from the market. Most days feel so repetitive; I feel like I go from bed to shower to car to office without blinking an eye. Like the movie Groundhog Day, or like being on autopilot. So this morning, I took that precious extra hour to appreciate all of the little things around the house that I usually walk by day after day without taking much notice…it’s nice to slow down every now and then. The best part was getting in a few rows of knitting before work! It really is the little things, isn’t it?

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It’s so much fun to knit for the new house…currently, I’m working on a set of dishcloths with cheery stripes for the kitchen. Bev’s waffle-knit dishcloths are – hands down – my favorite dishcloth pattern to knit. They are strong, sturdy, and wash up beautifully. The red and yellow striped versions are finished:

Blue and green stripes are next…

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{my treasured featherweight}

First, let’s just start off by saying I will post one entry for every 10 or so Jenny makes.  She is so inspirational and committed to these things.  Me, I sort of fly by the seat of my pants, which often leads to a non-committal attitude around things that are optional and not required.  Poor Jenny ….

However, this whimsical nature of mine does have its advantages.  Take sewing, for example.  I literally learned how to straight stitch on a Singer Featherweight from my Mother-in-law (henceforth referred to as Mom Jodie) two years ago.  She travelled across the country (from Oregon to Delaware!) to visit us and along came a video camera bag from 1985, which had the darling Featherweight 221 snugly contained for my sewing pleasure.

Oh Mom Jodie didn’t push … she showed me how to thread the needle and wind a bobbin.  She showed me how to straight stitch and how to backstitch.  I learned how to top stitch and make a basic baby burp cloth.  This was my repertoire for two years … flannel baby burp cloths.  Don’t get me wrong, they were AWESOME – and friends and family adored them.  But alas, I grew bored of the burp cloths and away went the Featherweight and all of Mom Jodie’s hopes and dreams of having a daughter who would sew along with it.

Then a strange thing happened.  We moved.  We got a new house in January and with it came a renewed interest in sewing.  I wanted to sew something for the house … something simple … like a shade for the bathroom!  A roller shade … it was a perfect idea.

roller shade fabric

Straight stitches, very little room for error.

roller shade set up

And it was beautiful.

roller shade bathroom

And the spark was reignited . . . ~Jaime

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