Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hello Again...

Yeah, it's me - I haven't fallen off the edge of the world.....yet.

It seems the bottom fell out last week - the bottom of my sewing basket, that is.  A rush of orders came pouring in in just a few days and stacked up quite high above my little eyeballs.

So, I've been working feverishly on custom orders and have had no time for "pleasure sewing".  Perhaps I'll remedy that today.  Not to mention that I have almost 200 unread blogs in google reader - I miss y'all!!!

Among the items I've been working on is designing a custom family basketball quillow

A Marquette quillow (when asked if I could make one, my response was: "What on earth is a Marquette?" - and, of course, that lovely thing we call the internet was a plethora of much-needed information and came to my speedy rescue)

and loads of wholesale baby and toddler clothes for a boutique in Texas (34 outfits total!)

Oh, and let's not forget all the dress modifications I've taken on as there's lots of proms and weddings happening in the Bonetown area right now!


Next week begins phase 2 of the sewing mega-storm!  I'm used to this happening in December and not March!  Guess I need to prepare myself for business growth, ya think?  Not a bad thing, right!!

I did get a chance to re-organize my packing area (much needed!)  It's a lot easier to find the different sizes of bags and boxes and such now.

This little gem was given to me by my oh-so-efficient husband.

It's a template for our mailbox.  All I have to do is hold the box I am planning on mailing up to the template to see if it will fit into the opening of the mailbox and also check to see if it will fit into the 22" depth.  Isn't he fabulous?!  :)

Well, at least I haven't been without entertainment in my dungeon sweat shop sewing room this week

I visited the local library and checked out several classic movies to watch.

My daughter gave me this one for Christmas and I'm saving it for I just have to figure out what item I want to work on for my "pleasure sewing" project!

I also love to crochet, cross-stitch and embroider and recently I decided to take apart an old afghan I made several years ago and turn it into a more-useable afghan.  You see, the old afghan was extremely heavy, too long and the stitches were large so your toes poked thru all the "holes" and it really didn't serve a good purpose, thus, no one used it.

Recently I ran across a crochet ripple pattern I had saved from a blog and decided to give it a try.

It's just a one-color afghan (I know -  borrrrrring) but that's me - plain and simple - my favorite color happens to be brown!!  I decorate my house in neutrals because I get tired of color schemes after looking at them for a few months, so I went with neutrals and can always throw in a splash of color here and there.  I simply like earthy, neutral colors!!

In addition to all the sewing, last week was a flurry of activity at the construction project.  The trusses went on without incident, although it was a wet and rainy day to be climbing all over the top of this two-story house!  But, we reserved the crane and had to go on, regardless of weather.

Me and my man playing "truss monkeys"

I really shouldn't be griping about the loads of work I'm under - my husband has been working from 7:00 in the morning until sundown (that's about 8 PM here in the South) - 13 hour days!!  He's quite a trooper and I'm so proud of him!  I know we'll both be ready for a nice, long camping trip this summer when we finish the house!

OH!  I almost forgot - in addition to the new house we're building for Jason and Amanda (Bill's cousin) we're MOVING a house!!  Yep - a church in Lancaster is giving away their parsonage (a little 1100 SF brick house) so they can build a fellowship hall on the site.  Completely FREE - all they needed was someone to carry the house off.  Well, my husband couldn't resist!  This is something he's always wanted to do!  Luckily, we already have an empty lot in Kershaw that is absolutely perfect for this little house and the house is going to be moved either tomorrow or Tuesday.  The movers are only allowed to move a house between the hours of 11 PM to 5 AM so as not to hinder regular daytime traffic, so if you live in the Kershaw area, you might hear a bit of noise in the middle of the night - sorry!

We went up to the house last Thursday to patch up the hole in the roof where the chimney was in order to keep out the upcoming rain.

The house movers knocked all the brick off the house (beating myself up because I didn't get a 'before' picture) and pushed up the sidewalk - what a mess!

Bill is absolutey tickled because the house is really in great condition and very sturdy!  After he finishes Jason's house, he'll probably get started on this project - putting on vinyl siding and revamping the interior.  My husband is an excellent renovator - we initially started our little business as home flippers, and he named our company with a little play on the word 'builder' : Bill-der Renovations - He's Bill, I'm der, get it?  ha ha

So, that's another stick in our furiously-burning fire!  Like they say, it's either feast or famine!
Well, perhaps I've overloaded you with the latest Bonetown going-ons, so I'll stop right here - it's bathtime anyway!!  Perhaps a tiny piece of strawberry pie wouldn't hurt, too!

Talk at ya later!


a little bit of everything said...

Glory be I'm exhausted just reading about what is going on in your life at the moment. There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day! Good luck with all the projects which do run the gamut!

Kathleen said...

Oh my goodness! You get SO much accomplished. You are going to be my new role model. All your sewing projects look great and the construction is really coming along. Glad you are taking a bit of time for you with the pleasure sewing.

Red Shoes for Rwanda said...

I feel like a big old SLUG whenever I read about your accomplishments! I want to do what you do and be who you are! :) Fabulous! I need that pie recipe by the way....
I love the movie On Golden Pond...a favorite.
Bill is a clever man. You are blessed!
I love you guys!

Linda said...

Wow, you are a very busy woman! And also very talented.

Rae Ann said...

My... oh... my Jenn! You are one busy gal. It is nice to hear from you again. I enjoyed readind your 2 lastes post and catching up on you.
Have a great day!

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