I was trying to work in my sewing room today and was getting a little frustrated at the clutter. So I decided to engage in a little spring cleaning. I moved out the keyboard, which I really wasn't using. I think I'll save it and see if Ben and Abby want it. I had all these plans for practicing my piano skills, but it just ain't happening – it's just another piece of furniture to trip over. With hubby's help I also moved out the easy chair. The only thing I really use it for is hand quilting and I'd much rather do that out in the living room. After we moved the rest of the furniture around, I went down to WalMart and bought a new ironing board. The result – a much more functional and creative space:
I wish I had remembered to take a "before" photo. Maggie has issued her stamp of approval, but Kirby's not so sure. The chair I moved out was one of his favorite napping places. I bought him a new little doggie bed, but he is not amused:
At the top of the second sewing room photo you can just see the edge of a new applique quilt that I've started. We had a very inspiring speaker at our quilt guild last week who showed some gorgeous applique, and I just had to start a new quilt. It's tulips of course – in honor of spring. I can't remember when I've been so happy to see spring around the corner!
It's less than two weeks before vacation, too! I need to start deciding what to pack. The knitting and sewing, of course, not the clothes. I think I'll be taking the socks I've been working on and some applique quilt squares. While I'm at my parents' house, I'll be spending a lot of time scanning in family photos – assuming I can coax my Mac into working with their scanner.
And, just to prove I am doing my part for the economy – I got a new toy:
It's an iPod Touch (forgive the fuzzy photo). I love it!! I read an article yesterday calling it the poor man's iPhone. At the price I wouldn't call it the poor man's anything, but it does have pretty much everything the iPhone does, except the phone and a camera. It holds way more music, though. I can download movies, surf the net and run lots of fun Apps. For 99 cents I got the collected works of Jane Austen. Now, whether or not I'll be able to read very well on such a small screen remains to be seen, but in a pinch it might just come in handy. I can also transfer over .pdf's and .doc's of knitting patterns! Pretty cool, huh?