I absolutely love primitive country stores. The first one I ever remember going to was in Mt. Pleasant many many years ago. It was called the Dondero House. I have searched online for a picture of it, but can't find a thing. What struck me about my first visit was the scent of the place. A mixture of spices, of old things and new things. I have always collected candles to remind me of places I visit. Nothing brings back the past like our sense of smell. Yesterday I decided I wanted to recreate that lovely aroma so I blended some scents. The base was Apple Jack and Peel, but I wanted a little more tartness to the mix so I added cloves, cinnamon, and some others. Not exactly it, but close - very close.
I found the panel that Claire had chosen for her quilt and began working on that. The pinwheel that I posted in my last blog post is going to be part of a border on the sides of the quilt. The panel that she chose is quite a bit longer than it is wide so the top and bottom borders will just be sawtooth borders. I spent the day making pinwheels. I think I may be obsessed with them.
I did some more work on the bed quilt I am making for the guestroom. It is quite a challenge to maneuver a large quilt on my quilt machine, but I am learning a lot by making this quilt. I also broke down and actually marked the quilt with frixion pens. The lines from these pens disappear when steam is applied. This made everything so much easier!
When I was still working at the school, I dreamed of saving for a longarm machine. I tried one at a quilt show and while I realize there is a learning curve, I really like my Lena and will most likely stay with her.
Today I divided up my laundry room into areas or zones. I challenged myself to clear out area one. I had planned to do it all today, but soon realized that if I was going to put in the time, I may as well do it right. So out came the vacuum, the duster, and a pail of hot soapy water. Below is the "before" picture. Don't judge. :) I will post the "after" reveal when I finish it.
Harold and I went out to dinner tonight. I had a chicken caesar salad and stayed within my carb and calorie count. Sundays I get to ease up a bit which made staying on track easier tonight.