What a week!

What a week! Really, I have nothing exciting or interesting to share here today, but I want to get into the habit of posting so I must stop my cross stitch project for a few minutes and blog. Last week was incredibly eventful not in a good way for our country and I am hoping this week is very uneventful. The town of West, Tx is about 18 miles from where I live and I feel so awful for those people. I saw on the news today that they have a curfew, they have to stay in their homes from 7pm to 7am. They didn’t really say why though. Also, 350 homes have no water and the entire town has a boil water warning. They do not know when they will have safe and clean water again as many seals on the underground pipes where damaged during the explosion. 

As for me, I have been cross stitching the top to a lap quilt and I am getting close to finishing the top, the end is in sight. My kids have 6 weeks of school left and summer vacation is starting to work it’s way into their heads. Homework is getting harder to get to, playing outside  for hours at a time for middle child who can not get enough of his friend Payton, who, apparently is the coolest kid in the neighborhood! My oldest son is longing to get monthly subscriptions to various on-line games again and to stay up all night playing them. My daughter is excited to have her brothers home again to play with. 

My thoughts are with the people of Boston and the people of West, the memorial for the many firefighters that lost their lives will be on Thursday. I would like to take my children to it so they can understand what true hero’s they were, many of them were volunteers. 

Anyway, enjoy the day everyone because it is a beautiful one and tell you’re friends and family how much they mean to you. If I can find the link to the town of West, I know they are in need of gift cards for those people in the town that were asked to get rid of all food products for fear of contamination. If I can find the link, I will post it. It’s difficult to find just because of the towns name. Image


My Family

My Family

My family on Easter Sunday. We went to the park with some friends and had a big Easter Egg Hunter. My mother in law sent us these shirts which we received on Friday and so we thought it would be a perfect time to wear them.

My Studio ( or lack of one)

Oh how I dream of someday having an art studio! A bedroom, a basement, a storage shed! Anything really where I can keep everything together and find everything. I dream of those studios you see in magazines where all the furniture match, everything has a place and easily accessible.

Currently, we are renting a small duplex. Because of my husbands work we now we will be moving sometime soon and so we just rented a small inexpensive and yet safe place with a good school district. We have been here a year now and I am longing for the day we can move into a more permant home and really make it our own.  When we move again, we know that we will be at the next location for at least 5 years so then I will find us a home where I can have some space of my own.

Here is my currant situation. I have a 3 bedroom duplex and 3 kids. The two bedrooms have the boys in bunk beds and my daughter in her own room. My “studio” consists of a small desk with sewing machine on top but the drawers are full of envelopes, stamps, etc so not usable for my sewing. My fabric is stored in totes in the garage, my embroidery thread is stored in a wood box in my room and my sewing tools are separated into see thru totes and then stored inside a large antique trunk also in my bedroom. My dinning table is currently a disaster. It was my cutting mat and my rulers on top of it, one basket full of my pins and scissors and rotary cutters. My sewing machine thread is in a sew through tote currently under the dinner table along with one tote with most used colors of embroidery thread.

Yesterday, I re-organized my fabrics. Along time ago in a land far away (Idaho) I had a 5 bedroom home, one of those rooms was my studio. I had my fabrics nicely organized on shelves. When we moved to Texas we had to move fast! My husbands promotion gave us 10 days to get from Idaho to Texas and with 3 kids and a dog, it was a 3 day drive! I had to pack FAST! Anyway, my fabric got thrown into totes. For the last several months I have been struggling to find the right fabrics, so yesterday I took 3 hours and organized them buy color and season. Hopefully that will make it a bit easier and more fun to find what I am looking for.

Meanwhile, I shall continue to dream of having a beautiful studio again some day ( hopfully soon). Image