Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Winter is here!

Its been ages since I posted. Life just gets so busy some times. My dear hubby decided to live a life long dream of owning and running a Firearms business. I know alot of people do not believe in guns but we live in an area where hunting is prolific. When my children were young I did  not want them in the house but as they grew they all took gun and hunting safety courses. Now that we are all adults in my home we have become dealers! It has taken since June to get operating and I am still building a website for the business but we are in business. D&D Firearms has been born. Its his business but I do all the work <G>. Sound familiar anyone?

Now to MY business. It has taken the back burner but as you can see my studio is shaping up. My LA is 12' long and unfortunately my rooms are only 12' long. That leaves me moving the machine out a few feet everytime I need to get at the backside. Hubby wanted to open up the wall between the two rooms but I am not in a contruction frame of mind. Its been 2 years and my downstairs bath is still not finished!

I have a nice large ironing board, full of stuff, along the wall by the door. Love it!

 I love this cabinet, found it at an auction for 19.00! An old crate modified to hold old tin bread pans that slide out like drawers.

I love this window, gets great sun. My plants love it even in winter. I am using the top shelf to showcase my collection of antique toy sewing machines. Once day I'll get a better picture of them. I have about 10 of them and am always looking for more.

I have decided to do this more often, hopefully. Next time I want to have sewing pictures! Have a great day!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Well summer is full blown in and HOT. 4 weeks ago I was layed off from my 11 year job of making mascot costumes that traveled the world. As most people who are layed off from long time jobs I was madder then a wet hen, I had senority in the job, but that senority is part of what hurt me. Being the highest paid member of the floor team made me a prime candidate to save money, or so they say. There are always under lining reasons.................Needless to say after the mad calmed down I was more lost then anything. Now what? I work with my hands and there are just no jobs out there that provide that. I am finding my way slowely along and rebuilding myself in a way. I'm 50 and not able to do what those young ones do anymore and working factories and fast food joints are just not in this body's future LOL.

So back to the Quilt studio. What was going to be a fun hobby will now, hopefully, become a business. The first 2 rooms are done, I am now bringing in my supplies and hanging the first of my quilts on the walls. I need curtains but have blinds up. The other rooms will go more slowely because now I need to sew!

Hubby and I are back to auctioning. We've been attending at least 1 weekly sometimes 2. While the vintage and antique market is kinda busted right now the machinery market is strong and thats hubbys field, and I am learning real fast. I still buy my antiques, cannot pass up certain things, but those items will be mostley kept or sold in my tiny store front along with vintage sewing supplies and hand made items. I love greenware, fireking and depression glass.

And check out the super iron bed I found for a whole 25.00! Its complete too, all I need are full mattresses. Do I leave it chipped and seal it? Or strip and repaint? I am leaning towards sealing it as is.

My greenhouse has become too hot for most of my plants, temps are usually in the 100's inside so only some of my carnivours remain inside.

We have since added a planting section around three sides of the greenhouse and a shade inside since I took these pics. I'm having alot of fun playing with my plants this year. My carnivours have doubled over last year and I have added a few new varieties to my collection.

Well enough for now. My studio is calling!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Spring and New Beginnings

Check my new quilt studio! We bought this house 18 months ago and moved my son and DIL into it but that did not work out. Son now lives else where with his perfect girlfriend (yes former DIL was a mess) and I have an empty house!

Hubby decided rather then renting, I have it for 3 years to make a go of my Long arm and quilting business. A dream come true! I have a living room, dining room, kitchen and small room with french doors off the living room downstairs. Plus a fully enclosed front and back porch. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms and a small full bath, charming with with a claw foot tub. The basement is full size with 2 storage rooms and can be easily finished. The thought is maybe in the future to do quilt retreats. This house sits behind my main residence so is next door and we have alot of empty land in between.

Here's the front. We need to replace the one banister, we have it it just needs to be put back. can you see nice flower boxes on the front? I love plants and its the perfect time of year for planting!

This the view of the dining room from the living room. There are several nice big blank walls, can't you just see a quilt hanging there? This is the room where my Long arm will go, there is a nice big sunny picture in there. You can just barely see it to the right.

This is the living room and will be my main sewing room. I just love the hardwood floors. These rooms are both about 14x14. I will have so much fun looking for furniture for them.

Garage sales today netted a small desk, book case and TV stand. Acquired a new antique quilt as well <G>.  Oh and a patio table and chair set for the deck. Above picture is of the french door room. I plan on making this a sitting room with a few nice chairs and TV plus shelves for storage. It has a nice wide closet that will work nice with added shelves too.

I am sooo excited and just had to share. Its been ages since I blogged. Hopefully in the next month I will have the after pictures with rooms full. The house already has phone and will have satellite installed next week. Internet we are still working on but within the next few weeks.

Isn't his a great quilt? My next reproduction project I think. The fabrics say late 1800's and I just love it. the picture is from Rebecca's Haarer's Antique shop in Shipshewana Indiana. If you are ever in the area you really need to see her shop.