Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Home with lots of loot!

   The only good thing about that time change was the extra daylight for the long drive home........and it is always good to return home to your own bed :)
We got the van unloaded this morning and the mountain of laundry done.  In between loads, I sorted through the fabric.
   What's on the table is from one very large shopping bag......fat quarters, pieces, and yardage, a few books and magazines.   Two more smaller bags remain to be sorted.  There are lots of wild and uglies in there.....as my daughter says it is her mission now to get all the "ugly fabrics" she  can find during her estate sale excursions.  Turn around is fair play.....wait till she sees what I put on the back of her next quilt :)

Actually, there were some nice fabrics in the bunch, and even a couple of older floral fabrics that will be perfect to share for the upcoming workshop.  And a few prints that I will turn into circles.....the cutest owl print for one.   I would estimate this tonnage at about 30 yards!  I have a lot of work to do, don't I.



  The Singer 99 K came home with me!!!  We found this at an estate sale last fall, and it has just been sitting.  As I have more room ---and stitching  projects----we loaded it into the van.  So one day soon, I intend to devote to cleaning and getting this one ready to sew.  Bet it will be perfect for sewing circles for appliqueing.













   Then I got a really beautiful present.....hand made by my daughter who has developed into a very fine metal smith.  A corded necklace with a button pendant and toggle closure.  The pendent and closure are made of silver.  Using an old button, she did a cast and mold to create the design, which I love.


















    See those paisley swirls.....yep, exactly what I love.  She hammers in the texture, and solders it together....somehow.    I can't explain the details, but take my word for it, it is lovely.  All of her pieces are so very unique.  sorry.....just being a proud mama.


Build this pipe bench in a few easy steps!  For more detaied instructions, go to www.lowes.com/LCI-PipeTable:  The "daddy-do" project list went well, and Sir Old Man was kept busy with a new one.  Of course, it involved a trip to the big-box store for all the required pieces.  A pipe bench with wood seat for the front porch has been on her bucket list for a while.
    I sat and watched the two of them twist pipe and  figure out the instructions/pictures.  Then there was a lesson on how to use the chop saw......power miter saw, and some nail gun usage with the small compressor.  So as my daughter covered in man glitter/saw dust is doing the happy dance for "I can use power tools",  and her Dad is beaming,  I had an epiphany.....a very clear vision of how important that time was.   It was a completed bucket list day and they did not even know it.
   When she was born, Sir Old Man is known to have remarked to the nurse...."A girl?  What am I suppose to do with a girl?"   I know the answer......teach her to use power tools!  

   Tomorrow for sure, I am making circles, and triangles, and squares.
Happy stitching.  

10 comments:

  1. That was a seriously successful trip! What a wonderful find, that old Singer 99 looks to be in great condition. Yes, your daughter is very artistically talented, so good that she had that special time with her dad. Neither of them will ever forget those hours together.

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  2. Welcome Home! It sounds like it was a good trip especially that last part about Daddy and Daughter, I love that. The necklace is wonderful, I didn't see paisleys, I saw those plumes which seem to be everywhere around you lately.

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  3. Kudos to Him for showing her how to use those tools. My father never batted an eyelash, to my knowledge, over getting two girls. He assumed we could do anything a boy could and taught us how to be self-sufficient in many ways men I know are not. And the time spent together on such things is priceless.

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  4. Welcome back home! Daddy/daughter time with power tools - love it. Lovely pendant - such talent. Wonder where she got that?

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  5. Oh, what a wonderful trip you had! I had to laugh when I read your comment about the back of her next quilt!

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  6. Such a lovely post, Debbie. Wonderful loot you gathered and I giggled at your comment about what you will put on the back of your daughter's next quilt. : )
    You should be a proud mama--what wonderfully unique jewelry your daughter creates!
    Love your observation as Sir Old Man taught your daughter to use the power tools. Very sweet.

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  7. I think my grandmother was the one who let me know that gender was less important than having an interest and passion for something. She had to sort out my dad on that a bit. He was very traditional about roles - thank goodness his mother was forward thinking.

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  8. The necklace your daughter made is beautiful and how neat that she and Sir Old Man are working together on a project involving power tools and a learning experience! Your new sewing machine......awesome!

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  9. You really got a huge pile of fabrics. It feels nice to sorten all new out.
    I love your unique necless. It´s a piece of art. She is a talent.

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  10. Creativity definitely runs in the family! Beautiful necklace! Mom has a right to be proud!

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