Jan 20, 2019


It started bad

and ended worse.


So I did a little hand sewing. 

These sweet pouches were made from linen banding  and never really finished.  I hand sewed muslin lining inside and then the side seams for the finish.  
Both will be included in the next sale which I hope will be this week.  Jury duty leaves the entire week in limbo, or jail, depending on my mouth.
Will need to find the week's location of the pacemaker testing because Carole is wanting her rate changed back to static.  Normal rates are around 65 for resting which increases during movement.  Since hers starts at 80, she is going well over one hundred when moving which makes her breathless.  Her walking rate is my exercising rate and that's not going to work.  I'm thinking her weight may cause more vibration and falsely indicate she is moving faster than she actually is, causing the device to increase even more.  They need to lower the base to 70 if she can handle that or set her back to constant 80.  We shall see!  Mark will be driving me to the duty which is about a half hour away, the parking is a distance from the courthouse and with two feet of snow, not good.  So hopefully this will be done with and we'll both be free to take her wherever we need to.
Hope your weekend is going well.
Thanks for visiting!

Jan 19, 2019

The first,

and the last project bag I will ever attempt.
I used the Moda sampler fabric but because this color's pattern was somewhat skewed, it was indeed frustrating. 
I did three pieces rather than a single length of fabric so the sampler would be upright on front, back, and flap.   Lining is the coordinating ticking.
Trying my best to line up the flap's pattern with the front's (because I am … you know) and I should have chosen the blue fabric.  Regardless, between the stiff interfacing and the light fleece lining and the sides and the seams and the everything with this project, it has soured me for a second attempt.  Besides, I like my clear zip pockets better.  I can see the contents at a glance and several fit nicely into a larger tote like Peg was making (I can't find the link to her totes!)
We took Carole for her pacemaker checkup and this time worked with the guy that saw her immediately after the surgery.  After I asked why it is set at 80 and does not increase with activity, he replied that he just made that change.  Finally!  I've been asking for 4 years!  Since the AV node ablation which disconnected the chambers, she cannot beat on her own and has 4 leads to her device.  This amazing thing can actually increase her heart rate based on her body's vibration, such as her foot hitting the floor.  The more she moves, the more the device increases her beats to compensate.  It will be interesting to see if this helps since walking around a store drains to the point of extreme weakness.  It may not help, it may help.  Right now she has to walk so slowly to prevent this feeling and can't walk any distance.  She wanted the Dove chocolate that Walgreens had on sale but we didn't go there, I just gave her a bag of mine.  She called last night and asked why there are nuts in it.  There aren't.  It was her tooth that broke off at the root.  Here we go again!
They said the snow will start at 11 am today and it's right on the money.  Mark will be home from breakfast at the Italian Home soon and make sure the snow blower works.  My previous office hired snow removals and they used leaf blowers except for the heavy wet snowfalls.  Worked like a dream. 
 Have a good weekend!  Stay safe and warm. 
Please help any stray and lost critters in the cold.

Jan 18, 2019


Thank you!

Here are the Moda Blackbird fabric sizes and options.  One pattern is called Beach House which is not the current Moda Beach House.  These are from a number of years ago so don't go by that.  They are already washed and dried, ready to stitch.  Those green stickies were to show size but that didn't work out real well now did it?

The blue

The green


The brown
This sampler pattern was printed a little wonky, slightly off edge, it will go for free with the brown ticking stripe.

If you are interested in any, please state color and either "sampler" or "print/stripe" (blue sampler, green print ...).  If you want both coordinates ask for the color set.  Shipping in a plain 10 x 13 envelope.  Two piece postage will be around $4.  Each piece is $3 except for the brown sampler, I'll add it to the brown stripe for free.
Let me know at samplersandsantas@gmail.com, hoping to mail before the postal increase end of next week.  I am on jury duty all week, God help them all.

Fabric tonight

Greetings!  I'll be posting the fabrics and sizes tonight at 8 if you are interested.  Most are approximate 28 x 36, $3 each.  Shipping will be First Class envelope for two pieces (around $4), no more than two pieces per order since several have shown interest.
Tonight at 8:00 EST.


Jan 17, 2019


Hello folks.  For $14 shipping Priority box (US only) and another $30 ($44 total) you can have the following ten magazines before I list on eBay ….

Simple Life issue 2 issues
                             Fall 2018
                             Christmas 2018

American Country 8 issues
                                Spring 2017
                                Summer 2017
                                Fall 2017
                                Winter 2017
                                Spring 2018
                                Summer 2018
                                Fall 2018
                                Winter 2018

email samplersandsantas@gmail.com


Jan 15, 2019

The next batch?

Seriously considering selling these also. 
The Homespun Weavers yardage, not sure what to do with.  Really nice linen color and texture.  The seven yards of the heavy plain weave, I will check with an upholsterer to see if that's enough for the two small chairs.  I doubt it.  The Angstadt (?) pattern, I do not want.  Heavy fabric to ship, but I may be offering it.
Since these are sampler style patterns, I thought I would ask if anyone would be interested in purchasing.  Most are half yard, let me know.  Moda, the blue is Beach House, don't have the style name of the other but believe they are all Blackbird Designs from years ago.  Not much fabric but plenty for smalls or a project bag.
The brown ticking pattern only has a very small piece of the matching sampler pattern.  They were kind of a chintzy material so I washed and dried all to get the glaze off.
I'll be finding more stuff I'm sure, I think these 12" hammered black plates will also be leaving.  Six pounds worth, would have to be a $20 Priority mail charge for shipping, maybe $45 total.  Still debating, can't get them any longer, but do I really want them?  Great in a  wood cupboard or against a stone fireplace, but not with my lighter paint scheme.
I wish the only nearby shop would allow me to sell on consignment or they could purchase for selling, but they are never interested in primitive or colonial items.  My animal charities no longer hold a benefit and after donating really large pieces, found out they never put them in the sale.
One way or another, some stuff must leave!!  I'll list whatever I decide to part with soon.
Have a good day!  Mine ends with Instant Pot barbecued ribs.
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