Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gardens at The Lazy Branch Stream

Fancy, huh?  Sounds much better than “our yard that backs up to the Lazy Branch creek”.  I’m really excited about all the buds and blooms that are popping up in our yard.  When the Hubs and I first started dating, he didn’t have so much as a potted geranium on his spread.  Now the yard is green (mostly) and colorful.  Over the past couple of summers, we’ve put in a flagstone patio (and we’re still married), lots of bulbs and perennials.  Tons of work to do yet, but at least now we can enjoy the yard instead of closing the blinds on the backside of the house....    
This is what the backyard looked like 2 years ago. 
This screams "dude hangout". 

This is fairly current.  We updated the green plastic chairs
for metal chairs with cushions.  It's gettin' serious now!

Must be a varment close by, notice the red/orange Lily has all it's leaves chewed off. 

See the little guy sittin' on the wall?  He came home with me from Branson

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Fair Lady

Off and on I’ve been searching for a Singer Featherweight.  I’m in no rush, I know they can be very pricey so I periodically look on ebay, Craig’s list, estate sales, antique stores, etc.  While searching Craig’s List I found this vintage White Sewing machine.  At a glance, I didn’t know how old it was or anything about it – but knew I had to have it.  Does it not scream Mad Men?  From the moment it seen it, I had visions of me sitting at this machine with my hair in an up-do, wearing a pencil skirt complete with peep toe stiletto’s (reality: flannel pants and Birkenstocks, but this is my dream).  The owner wanted $25, said she hadn’t used it in over 20 years but (as far as she knew) it ran fine.   I pick a time when my hubby can go with me, but the owner calls me shortly before I’m schedule to go look at it and says she can’t get the machine to run properly and if I still want it, I can have it – no charge.   No charge!  As soon as I can get my hair in the proverbial up-do, I’m out the door!  With some cleaning, oiling and tweaking, she’s purring like a kitten.  The straight stitch presser foot is missing (ordered one online) – Since I’m finding it difficult to get a consistent ¼ inch seam allowance, I’ve picked a paper piecing project to start.

The picture isn't as clear as I had hoped - there's not a scratch or imperfection on this machine. Even though the seller didn't feel right charging for what she thought was a broke machine, I gave her a $20 bill for it.  
About the only information I could find about this vintage White, it debuted at the World Fair in 1963-64ish  (New York I believe) and was coined “My Fair Lady”.  Must be something to it, as I’ve read this on several vintage sewing machine blogs.  Sounds good to me, My Fair Lady it is.

This will be me after some sewing time on My Fair Lady - complete with pearls and apron.  The house tidy and dinner on the table when my man gets home from work....ha!  Make this vintage nightmare stop! 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Can you say Slow-A-Long?

Why isn’t there enough time in the day?  Better yet, when I’m at work, why do some of the days seem to drag on and on?  Then once home, I no more get my fabric cut and it’s time for bed.    Randy has posted new blocks for the Sow-A-Long and I haven’t caught up with the previous postings.  Darn good thing this isn’t a race….another set of 6 pictured, but I'm still 4 or 5 behind.