We got to spend most of last weekend with my dad visiting us! He needed to be in Seattle for a business trip early this week, so he flew up a couple of days early for a visit. I had fun showing off the sewing projects he hadn’t seen in person yet, and getting to catch up. I wish the weather had been nicer instead of raining – we’ve got such a pretty view of Mount Rainier completely covered in snow off in the distance, and ironically when my dad and his fiancee were in town over the summer, it was the only cloudy weekend we had all summer! It was still a nice visit though, and great to have my dad in town for a couple of days!
Sewing and Stitchery Expo
The Sewing and Stitchery Expo at the Puyallup Fairgrounds coincided with my dad’s visit, so I hustled from work to Expo last Friday after work to try and see as much as I could before they closed, since my dad was flying into town the next afternoon. I also wanted to have the time to go back on Saturday morning if I decided there was anything I couldn’t live without! I did get a piece of adorable fabric, and a zip tote bag that’s got a sewing machine printed on it that looks very nearly identical to the vintage machine I learned to sew on when I was little… and then I hit complete overload trying to shop for a new machine! They had all of the sewing machine booths separated by brand, even though most of them were being run by the same company, which made it very hard to compare machines! I snapped photos of a few machines that interested me so I could look up more info (and have the photos to use to compare price). I did some research, and some dickering with myself over how much was “reasonable” or could be justified to spend on a sewing machine that met what I was looking for (portable/luggable, automatic buttonholes and freemotion quilting capabilities), and finally decided on the Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0 – much snazzier than my 1960’s Singer Touch ‘n Sew – and dragged my dad off to the sewing machine store on Sunday morning to go buy it! Thankfully, the stores were doing the same discounts as they had at Expo, so I got a pretty sweet deal.
I’m definitely going to need to take a class on how to take advantage of this fancy machine! I’ll share some photos after I have more of a chance to use it.
A week or two before my dad’s visit, Mia seemed to have caught wind of it, and for a week or two prior to his arrival, she found a new favorite place (without encouragement, I promise) to sleep – on the futon we use as a guest bed, and on top of the Christmas stockings that would be heading back to California with my dad. Now is probably a good time to mention that my dad is allergic to cats! About a dozen sticky sheets on the jumbo lint roller cleaned up most of the cat hair before making the futon into a bed for the weekend. Shockingly, little Miss Timid even actually came out from hiding under my bed over the weekend.
Monkey’s been thoroughly enjoying the shipping box I brought my new sewing machine home in. I’m not sure who had more fun – Monkey playing in the box, or the rest of us watching her! I nearly died laughing watching Monkey wiggle in and out of that little hole on the front, especially since the top of the box was open for jumping in and out of!
I also got the cats a new cardboard scratcher today – they don’t last forever, but the cats like them better than my sofa, so I replace them when they get worn out! Both cats had fun playing with the two pieces individually for a bit, and then Mia thought the assembled scratcher was pretty nice (after being placed on top of it!) I think it’s pretty funny that in most photos of Mia, you can’t see her face when she closes her eyes!
…I think I’ve become a Crazy Cat Lady. At least I’ve only got the two, and both of them AND Destin would kill me if I brought home a third!
The shipping window for the Rainbow Mini Swap on Instagram has opened, and I was struggling to get the little Hazel the Hedgehog quilt and a few extra goodies wedged into a USPS flat rate bubble mailer (to save on shipping costs). I also knew that I would be wanting to put the mini quilt in a plastic bag to protect from getting wet or soiled anyway… so, FoodSaver to the rescue! That’s right. I FoodSaver-d my mini quilt. Vacuum pack. It worked great! I might have to do this again in the future! I’ll have a proper post on the mini quilt and extra goodies once my partner has received it, but for now you can see some photos if you scroll through my Instagram account.
I was off of work on Tuesday this week, since I have to work tomorrow (Saturday), so I headed out to see my mom and show off my new sewing machine and my mini quilt for the swap. From there, we headed up to see my grandma, so I could show off the mini quilt to her as well before I had to ship it out. My grandma has the (very) mini quilt I made for her for her birthday hanging on her door, so I was able to get a good photo of it “in action” 🙂 I really do love how it turned out!