Monday, March 28, 2011

Tree Top Update

Just when I thought my sewing space in the loft was perfectly brilliant--the beautiful trees, the birds, the clouds--I improved upon it!  We had a boat anchor in the basement:  an absolutely HUGE desk we bought at Costco 10 years ago (isn't everything huge at Costco?) that I have tried to give away for a year.  It simply would not fit in any interested party's space --and I don't do Craig's List because of the Strangers in My House Thing.  ...but I kept thinking it would make an amazing sewing space, but got arguments from all.

Well, recently, I asked my son-in-law and his dad to help me move it up 2 flights of stairs and assemble it.  (OK, I mostly watched and carried up the small parts.)  They graciously obliged (with minimal grunting and Christian cussin' :)...and, yes! It is amazing!  We scooted the Mongolian ger furniture around and here are the results:

Yep, every surface you see in the above picture is one unit!  


No-slip cutlery trays on clearance at Target are perfect; the sizes are great and they stay put
 Everything I need is right at hand, with room to spare.
Other stuff like fabric, patterns, craft misc. and gift wrapping fits in the ger furniture:
Here are a few projects I've been working on in this Great Space :)  :
Tote Bag from fabric from the bargain bin at Denver Fabric

A UFO started last summer--I labeled this runner "Migration Jet Lag"

More bargain fabric from Denver Fabric--these Euro-sized reading pillows cost me 1/2 of what one would on sale at Penney's...pat on back...:) --and they go perfectly with the Japanese spread on the bed; bonus!
From this book:
Word Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter (That Patchwork Place)

I made my 1st no-measure lettering project--I'll be making more--soon!

With that sentiment and a sigh of contentment, I'll sign off





Thursday, March 24, 2011

XXOOs in WA


I recently made a quick trip to Spokane to see Jana & Ben and Hannah and Abby and Elijah and Julia and Andreas :)  It's taken much longer to blog this than intended as I brought home more than hugs and kisses:  sniffles and sneezes.  I really think I'm becoming allergic to flying.

Anyway, the day after I landed was Grandparent's Day and Elijah invited me to his special program at school where I got to see his class and everything.  We enjoyed a yummy lunch afterward.  The whole weekend was grand:  we worked on (and finished!) a great puzzle, watched "Nanny McPhee Returns" (with popcorn) and Julia treated me to an impromptu Irish step dance--though she insisted on wearing her new shoes, which cramped her twinkle toes a bit.  Oh!  ...and we had a Girl's Day Out and went shopping for complete Easter outfits:  dresses, shoes, hats, the works.  Followed by lunch of course. --Repeated with the Girlsies in Denver :D









Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Natalie Turns Six


We just finished celebrating Natalie's 6th birthday--beginning with the family dinner on her actual birthday and ending with a bash with peers at the local ice skating rink (Natalie loved skating, Layla hated it, and Kelby went with me to scope out the hunky hockey dudes ;)

By the end of the weekend the family (the other grandparents came to town for the festivities) was pooped and I could see signs that Natalie's siblings were a bit done with Natalie's birthday.  I think the pictures speak for themselves, so I'm going to let them:
--oh! Except to point out that the art goodies were from Papa & I--and I made that little jumper :)  --oh!  and the videos are for you, Papa.

A Myer tradition carries on:  pizzas in individual cast iron







Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Dilemma

I am a nester.  Always have been.  I take such joy in creating Home.  These days that drive centers around creating a space that is Calm  & Clean &  Colorful.  I am currently finding much joy in feeling just a bit rooted--some predictability in routine and relationships.  While sewing for one of my Munchkins (such a joy in itself!) I looked up in my sewing loft and saw an amazing skyline.  Just another element of Home I do not take for granted.  Notice the Nest perched in the tree :)


The dilemma?   The Hearth and The Horizon.  The siren call of the World.  The Globe.  The Foreign.  I have always been a Traveler at heart.  How can one be a Nester and a Traveler?  Good question.  My personal dilemma.

So, while happily sewing this evening, I was totally captivated by Rick Steve's episode on Croatia.  SIGH.  Croatia has been on my heart for 2 years  (I know--most Americans say..."what?? where??).  After tonight, God willing, I will go--even alone is OK--that's how strong the pull is.  What I saw stopped my heart and made me put aside the sewing to watch (those close will know that this is big :).  It was the same with Cambodia.  And Israel.  And Istanbul.  Someone close recently commented that "National Geographic (on TV) was good enough."  How????!!!  One has to smell and hear and taste--there is absolutely no substitute for having one's feet ON the cobblestones.  Thank You, Lord, for these experiences!!

Can you tell by the caps, underscores, etc., that there is a bit of Passion going on here?  Yes, Passion.  As I write this, Create station is running a spot on perennial plants--by a guy who is obviously passionate about his subject as well as his family history with perennials.  While the topic doesn't really interest me, his passion does.  Frankly, my husband's passion for his work in Mongolia turns me on.  It, too, makes me catch my breath....and, frankly, it is the reward of this passion/work of his that has enabled me to indulge this passion for travel that I quietly longed for all my life --I have 25 years of clippings to prove it!--all the while busily and happily nesting.

The Hearth & the Horizon.  The Dilemma.  What's a girl to do?  Apply for an expedited passport because hers is almost full after adding the legal limit of extra pages and she has a return ticket to Mongolia on April 5th and the love of her life is far & away on The Horizon.