Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! I actually remembered it was Monday and I am getting the post up on Monday night…YAY!! We’re still continuing on with our busy work around the house. Last week my daughter Callie and I transplanted the Canna Lilies from the back yard fence where they were striving for some sun, to the front yard where they now get full sun. This was not the right time of the year to do this, and so the plants have gone into shock. I expected that, so I will just keep an eye on the ones that don’t make it through the next week or two and then cut those back to the ground after they die off. They’ll be ready for next year, so I’m not too upset about some of them not surviving the transplanting.
This past week the Mister helped me completely knock out the goal of getting a sewing area set up. I didn’t need to do any extensive planning or need many items for that matter, so I was able to come up with a plan fairly quickly.
I needed a cutting table, and a quick Google search turned up a fantastic deal on a Husky adjustable height work bench from Home Depot! The timing on my search couldn’t have been better, as they had just put the workbench on sale that very day for $198! We tried using some coupons ($5 for signing up for texts; and $25 for opening up a credit card account), but technology was against us during checkout. I think the clerk wanted us out of his line quickly, so he told us not to worry about the coupons and just gave us $35 off instead. Since we’re in OR, there is no sales tax. So we ended up getting the table for $163! What a deal! I found the 52″ table with two-drawers to fit perfectly against a short wall. The drawers were an amazing bonus, as the top drawer was shallow enough at 8″ deep and 39″ wide to hold all of my smaller notions that I need to have quick at hand.
The bigger surprise was that the bottom drawer was 16″ deep, and able to hold most of my rulers! Even the 15″ ruler fits in this drawer, and is even able to sit side-by-side with my 24″ long ruler. The only ruler that doesn’t fit is the 20.5″ square, but that sits down on the floor beside the table nicely.
The rest of the room only needed two more pieces of furniture. The sewing table was made up with a combination of an IKEA LINNMON table top that is 59″ wide by 29.5″ deep, two ADIL table legs, and an ALEX drawer unit to hold up the other end. Then I chose a KALLAX shelf unit that I turned on its side to hold my fabric and other materials.
We had previously brought up to Oregon a drafting table that the Mister bought me quite a few years ago when I started sewing. I had a fabric press here that we found at a thrift shop for $25, so I just put the press on that table and I can roll it around the loft as I need to. When we head back to AZ when the weather cools down, I’ll be bringing all my materials and tools back with me, with the exception of the iron that I had as a backup and the fabric press. Those will stay along with the tables and shelf unit.
I’m so grateful for the Mister and his Let’s-Get-It-Done attitude, as well as his constant support for my sewing. He knows I was anxious to get back to sewing bags, and he made this happen for me much sooner than I anticipated. We ordered a chair from Amazon, so that should be in by Wednesday and I will be getting back to work! I do have a Sew Sweetness bag pattern I want to test, so that will be one of the first things I make this coming week. I am super excited to get to that!
I didn’t get much stitching done this week, but made a fair bit of progress on the pink Christmas FLower on the Forever and Ever pattern by Cottage Garden Samplings. This week my focus will be to work on Lady of the Flag by Miribilia for the Fourth of July. I am stitching her in blues using a conversion I found in a FB group. I hope to make some decent progress on her this week.
If you are in Canada, I wish you a Happy Canada Day today. If you are in the U.S., I wish you a Happy Fourth of July this coming Thursday!
This week’s To-Do list:
- Continue work around the house
- Sewing: Sew Sweetness Bag test
- Stitching: Lady of the Flag
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