Wow - you will want a truly hot cup of coffee this morning. We had almost record high temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday; this drop to more seasonal weather has been a bit harsh. As I got out of the car at work, I realized that a light jacket would probably have been a good idea. No complaints from me, though; I love crisp mornings.
Last Sunday (before the latest great warm up) a girlfriend and I went to a craft fair that is held each year on the grounds of one of our historical sites. The place began as a lime quarry in the mid-eighteen hundreds, morphing into a dairy farm, crop farm, airstrip and riding stable headquarters in turn before being turned into a museum. There are still a few of the lime kilns on the grounds, along with a delightful farmhouse and a huge stone barn. The main portion of the farmhouse dates to the 1850s.
The craft fair sprawls all over the grounds, with the variety in goods you'd expect at a largish show. There's a tent set up with raffle items - the artists donate a piece to be put up, so the table is a good way to get a mini-overview of what the booths are showing.
Long story short, I managed to win two sets of earrings. There were at least three sets I put tickets in for, so I'm not exactly sure which they are (I pick them up tonight), but I adore handmade jewelry. One item was a necklace/earring set in antiqued silver with huge red stones...I'm hoping that set is part of my winnings.
Monday I spent all day at the quilt shop, going over even more features of the new machine. Two lessons, back to back. It's fun seeing the things Bernina thought out...for example, buttonhole lengths are shown only in millimeters. If you don't happen to have that indicated on the card with the buttons, and don't have an appropriate ruler handy, you can simply hold the button up on the touchscreen, adjust the dial so a particular line is at the right edge of the button, and the machine will automatically set the buttonhole to the right size.
Naturally, I haven't had the chance to sew a stitch the rest of the week. While the machine is out of the studio, I can move the sewing desk and clean thoroughly around it. Who knows, maybe I'll go crazy and rearrange a bit as well. I'm toying with the idea of making October "project month". If I set it up (and prioritize) correctly, plus sew a bit every day, I think I can make a sizable dent in the unfinished project stack.
That's the plan, anyway.
Prep for next week Saturday's craft day needs to be done as well. Every so often a bunch of friends get together to craft. The plan is to make chili this weekend, to freeze for lunch that day. The fixings can be chopped up and a pan of cornbread made a night or two ahead, for a no-fuss lunch on the actual day. Craft day is an additional incentive to tidy up the studio.
That's it here. I'll try to post a picture of the jewelry once I pick up.