perennial beauty ~ a pretty giveaway

You know Fort Worth Fabric Studio, right?  It's a great online shop. Tons of gorgeous fabrics and a whole bunch more.  If you've never been, you should go check it out.  :)  Jodie, the owner (and a super sweet lady), has very kindly offered to give this "Perennial Beauty" bundle to one of you.  Isn't it just delicious?

But wait, there's more ...

Because Jodie knows how much I love using cotton tape labels, she's tied this bundle up with TWO YARDS of this pretty "Paris" one (it's a favourite of mine!).  By the way, her price for this tape is amazing - 0.69/yd!  Imagine using it on all the gifts for your family under the Christmas tree this year .... and then squirrling it all back for your sewing room.  I'd totally do that. ;)

For a chance to win this pretty bundle of 11 FQs and 2 yds of labels, leave me a comment telling what you'd make with it.  This giveaway closes Friday, October 24 and is open to everyone ... no exclusions. :)

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Hope you're having an awesome weekend.  The sun is shining in my corner of the world, there are still a few defiant leaves hanging onto branches for dear life, and I think there's a trip to the corner patisserie for me in the very near future.  As in like RIGHT NOW!  I'm in dire need of a Pain au Chocolat and a nice hot cup of Irish Breakfast tea.  Two cream, one sugar please.


quilty fun birthday party!


Happy Birthday to you,Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday dear awesome book Quilty Fun by my sweet friend Lori Holt over at Fat Quarter Sho-ooooooop ... (deep breath!)

Happy Birthday to you!

If you'd like to make this cute birthday block, click here for the free pattern!

Fabrics:  Linen is this, candle and cake stand are from Scrumptious by Moda, candle holder is from Durham by Lecien, cake & frosting are newish from Tilda, bow is older from Tilda (thank you H!).


christmas keepsake - and a giveaway

Kits.  There's just something about a kit ... especially when it comes in the mail.

As a proud stash owner, I love diving into my private fabric collection to create something pretty.  But every once in a while, it's really nice when someone else does all the thinking for me.  Kits are perfect for those moments.  You are guaranteed that everything you need - all perfectly coordinated - is right there at your fingertips.  No thinking, no hunting, no frustration.

Shabby Fabrics has a new Block of the Month program, kitted into 10 packages - including laser cut pieces (yay!) or traditional applique pieces if you prefer, and all the necessary embellishment - you do NOT have to trace, cut, or go to 10 different stores looking for the exact right colour and size of buttons, ribbons, bells, etc. ... LOL!

I whipped up this lovely wreath in about 1/2 an hour.  Can't decide if it's going to be a pillow, a bag, or a wall hanging ... or something else.

If you're interested in finding out more, click here.

As promised, I have another giveaway.  Shabby Fabrics is offering a $25 gift certificate for their shop to one of you.  To enter, just tell me which of the blocks in "Christmas Keepsakes" (first photo) is your favourite.  This giveaway closes October 15th and is open to all!  :)

There are seven other bloggers who also have a giveaway for you!  You can see more about this Block of the Month and enther their giveaways here:

Paula @ The Sassy Quilter
Erin @ Stay at Home Mummy
Karin @ Leigh Laurel Studios
Melissa @ Happy Quilting
Erin @ Why Not Sew?
Caroline @ SewCanShe



what i turned those tiny embroidered flowers into ...

The label reads:

Once in a golden hour I cast to earth a seed, 

Up there came a flower. 

The people said, a weed,

To and fro they went

Thru' my garden-bower,

And muttering discontent

Cursed me and my flowers.

I know.  It's kinda weird.  But it's pretty and I like the flower/garden references. :)

Sorry this reveal took me so long!  For something that didn't require all that much work this little bag sure took me a while to finish.  I started embroidering the flowers in August when we were in Iowa.  Then I just kinda hemmed and hawed over it.  And then when my hemming and hawing gave birth to this idea, it still took me a while to finish it all.

But it was worth the wait for me.  I love love love every single thing about it.  I love the simple embroidery, I love the lace trim (which I slavaged from an old night gown I found when we moved), I love the diamond quilting and the combination of white and taupe linen, I love the leather label on the front and the cotton tape label on the back, I really love the lining fabric - which I almost didn't use it because I hate using up my favourite fabrics ... and I love the rolled handles.  I was channeling my inner Japanese Zakka girl.  I think I succeeded.  :)

I don't have a pattern for the bag - I just made it up on the fly.  But if you're interested in the embroidery design, I found it in Floral Motifs to Embroider by Reiko Mori.  A very dear friend in Japan sent it to me a few months ago and I am head over heels in love with every page.  If you like to embroider flowers and girly things, I promise you this book will not disappoint.  Just keep in mind that the instructions are in Japanese so you need to know some basic embroidery, and it's better if you're good with figuring out new stitches just from diagrams.  The Oyster Stitch was new to me and I didn't have any trouble figuring it out because the diagrams are very clear. :)


miss kate ~ a simply sweet giveaway

I love giving away fabric. :)  It's one of my favourite things about being a blogger.  My darling friend from Simply Sweet Fabric is - once again - offering a lovely FQ bundle of fabric to one of you!

Miss Kate (designed by another sweet friend Camille over at Simplify, and her Mom at Cotton Way) is yet another fantastic fabric collection that has gained instant popularity in the quilting world and it is easy to see why ... the classic, fresh combination of red, aqua & white with enough pink to keep me happy.

I'm dying to cut into it. :)

If you'd like a chance to win this 7 piece FQ bundle of Miss Kate, leave me a comment (not an email) telling me what your all-time favourite colour combination is.  This giveaway closes Monday, October 6th and is open to all!  Good luck.

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Congratulations to Kerry who won a copy of kraft-tex Style!   Thank you to everyone who played along.


kraft-tex ... a different sort of crafty ... with a giveaway

Squeee!  I somehow made my way into another book. 

Well, I shouldn't say "somehow".  I know exactly how it happened ... I asked for an invitation.  :) 

I was chatting with one of the editors at C&T Publishing last Spring and asked her to keep me in mind if they were putting together a compilation - much like Stitch Zakka that I'd done the year before.  She said there was one in the works but that it wasn't really "up my alley".  I replied that I was kinda crafty so ... you never know .... I might be able to come up with something.

Next thing I knew I had supplies and a brief and I was off to the races.

Before I go any further, I need to describe the subject matter of this book.  It's a little unusual.  It's called Kraft-tex and it is seriously cool stuff.  Click here to read a good description about it and then come back here.  I'll wait for you. :)


Ok.  You get it?  Neat stuff, eh?

So.  I'd never heard of Kraft-tex before and I certainly hadn't used it.  But I inspected it, tested it - and yes, you CAN put it in the washing machine AND the dryer ... you can iron it, cut it, tear it, glue it, paint it, ink it, emboss it, sew with it, stitch through it ...

I've shown it to you before.  Remember the Christmas tags I made last year? 

I made them all with Kraft-tex.  I used fusible web to "glue" fabric onto the Kraft-tex. 

I also use it for my labels.

Back to the book. 

Now I didn't invent decorative flatware trays, but I'd been wanting to make myself some for a long time.  I thought they were a fun little party/home accessory.  So when I started playing around with the Kraft-tex, it didn't take me long to figure out how to make boxes.  (Which just so happen to be on the front cover!  Yay!) 

The latest Flower Sugar collection had just come out and I was itching to use it on something. 

I played around with different sizes and uses for these open boxes.  They're also shown in the book.

So there you have it.

I hope you get yourself some Kraft-tex.  This book has a whopping 27 projects inside to get you going and keep you inspired.

Would you like a chance to win a signed copy of kraft-tex Style from me?  Just leave a comment here saying what kind of crafting is your favourite thing to do.  This giveaway closes Sept. 27th and is open to all. :)

(I also have a few copies available in my shop.)




Wow.  That snowfall was something else.  I think it was about 25cm (10") in 2 days.  There were power outages like crazy.  We lost power in our house for about 6 hours. 

Today, the sun is shining and it's delightfully warm.  One would be hard pressed to believe we had that much snow just a few days ago ... unless you went outside.  I don't think there is a street in Calgary that doesn't have fallen branches on the road, sidewalk, front yards.

Poor trees!


unfinished business

(cardboard in the windows)


(powder room sink on the floor)

(storage cubby in the stairwell with missing doors)

(wires sticking out everywhere!)

(missing light fixtures)

(missing trim kit for the microwave)

(missing deck)

(and then there's the room full of furniture I need to get rid of)

Now you know why I haven't shown you my house yet.

Plus, my sewing room is still a wholelotta this ...



september snow

This is the view from my sewing room as I type these words.  At 6:30 p.m.






What would YOU do if you were me?  I'm all ears!!!


reaping the benefits


No way am I letting all my floss winding go to waste!


if there was such a thing as a phd in embroidery floss winding, i'd have one

One of the perks when you write a book is that sometimes companies will send you products for free.  I was already a huge fan of all things Lecien, including COSMO floss so when I told them I was writing an embroidery book and that I was going to use COSMO, a huge box filled with the entire collection showed up at my door.  Not gonna lie, that was a lot of fun. :) 

But it did leave me with a problem.  See, I've kept my DMC floss all neatly wound and organized with those standard single floss cards since I started cross stitching (some 30 years ago).  I couldn't bear having my floss loose in skeins all jumbly.  I had them sorted by colour/number groups in little ziploc bags inside of bigger ziploc bags.  But that system was NOT working for me.  I like to find what I need quickly and be able to use it.  My DMC collection had grown very slowly over the years as I purchased a few skeins here and there for new projects.  Having the daunting task of winding all 500 skeins at once was ... well, daunting.

And then there was the cost of the cards too.  I would have been happy to just get a bunch of the plain white cards - which was a nicely affordable solution -  until I saw these sturdy, gorgeous, elegant, ones.  Can you blame me?

So I started buying them in small batches.  Here and there.  When I had a few pennies to spare.  But a few months ago, I got a bee in my bonnet about all this floss.  It was now over two years since I started this process and I just needed it done already.  So I went to this Etsy shop and bought enough cards to wind the rest of my collection.  Beth, the owner, is the sweetest lady and her price for these cards is the lowest I've ever seen.

In preparation of our stay in Iowa (and to save on shipping), I had them sent to my sister's place.  For two whole days I was parked at her dining room table, winding and winding and winding some more.  Oh that was t.e.d.i.o.i.s!  But it's done and I couldn't be happier.  Now I can find what I need.  I hope to get prettier containers later when my sewing room is put together properly.  But for now these utilitarian clear boxes work just fine.  My floss is all organized and neat and easy to use.  I can grab the cards and pop them in my project pouch as needed ... which makes me a very happy stitcher. :)

If you're looking for COSMO floss, Out of Hand is my local go-to source and they do international mail order.  (They even sell the master index folder you see in the 2nd, 3rd & 4th photos up there!)  Just give them a call.  And Super Buzzy - an online shop - is another great source.  Again, the COSMO floss cards are available here.

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Congratulations Cindy L.!  You are the winner of Fat Quarter Style.  Thank you all for playing along.


pastel ice cream cones

Do you remember this?  I liked it so much I made 40 of these pastel ones.  But they've been haunting my sewing room for a loooong time.  After I made them, I laid them out on my living room floor, decided I didn't really like them (too busy?  too sweet?  too something?  I don't know), stacked them up again and put them away.

So now as I wade though my seemingly endless number of unfinished sewing projects - that I bothered to pack up and move - and try to decide which ones are worth doing and which ones are no longer calling my name, this one bubbled to the top of my "I really want to make you" list ... but it wasn't a random thing.  I always need a reason to make something ... and I just so happened to find myself the best reason of all to make a quilt ... a baby.

A guy who worked a lot on our house is a new dad.  He's a really nice fellow and - let's face it - making baby quilts is just all kinds of fun.  Plus the baby is a girl and if ever there was a stash in the world that was meant for baby girls, it's mine.  :)

Now to be perfectly honest, when I saw these blocks I thought, "Oh good, now I can get rid of you all."  Admittedly, I was doing that thing we crafters do sometimes when we've invested time & talent & $ into a project and then we end up not liking it - not horrible enough to toss but not nice enough to keep - so we pawn it off onto some unsuspecting victim.  I always feel a little sheepish when I do that, but that's what happened here. 

At least at first. 

But then I settled on this fabric - it's a cotton/linen blend and it so super nice to use - for the sashing (vs. white or no sashing at all which were my original ideas). Once the top was all pieced together, I fell in love with this quilt.  Hard.  And then I did that other thing we crafters sometimes do and wondered why in the world I didn't think of this idea before and why did it take me so long to finish?!  LOL!  Oh it is so pretty and soft and lovely.  The taupe calms down the super busy flowers and cuts the sweetness to just the right amount.  I'll show you the whole thing when I have it quilted and bound.

However, I still have 20 blocks left for another ice cream cone baby quilt so will someone I know please have a baby?  And also make it a girl. ;) 


playing favourites

So my favourite thing about our trip to Iowa was ... Chicago.

Ha - just checking to see if you were paying attention. ;) 

No, Chicago isn't in Iowa.  It's in Illinois.  But Chicago is only a four hour drive from my sister's home in Cedar Rapids so we decided to go all hard-core touristy on the Windy City for 4 glorious days.  I promise not to bore you with the minutia of our daily activites ... all the walking and looking at stuff and eating and eating and more walking and more looking and even more eating.  But let me tell you this ... I.Love.Chicago.  It is my kind of town.  That was my first trip there and I hope it wasn't my last.  Chicago has such a gorgeous downtown and so much to offer the entire family.  If you live there, understand that I'm extremely jealous of you.  If you've never been, do yourself a favour and just go.  Please?

My favourite day was spent at the Art Institute of Chicago.  I've taken a few art history courses and I love looking at beautiful things.  The museum had these hand held devices with recorded information about some of the pieces.  If I walked by an object that had a story I could listen to, I did.  That stuff fascinates me.

That said, by the end of the day I was suffering from a severe case of information overload.  I knew I only had the one day there so I was trying to absorb as much as possible.  By 4:00 my poor brain was done.

The highlight for me was Monet's Water Lilies

Cliche?  Perhaps.  But I don't care.  I had a poster of it in my room all through university.  It really was something to see in person.

It's funny ... I'm about as cynical as it gets when it comes to going places to see things first hand.  I'm not much of a traveller.  The term "homebody" fits me very well.  Why bother going when you can Google pretty much anything from the comfort of your own home?  In your pjs?  Without spending a dime?  But I have to admit, it was some kind of special to see it with my own eyes.  No reproduction in the world could ever do it justice.  Even the colours you see on your monitor right now ... not the same.

My favourite vacation story, however, relates to another very famous work we saw in the museum ... 

I've recognized American Gothic by sight and name for many years, but that's about the extent of my relationship with it ... until last week, that is.  My story is that the artist - Grant Wood - painted it in his studio that just so happens to be about two miles of my sister's place in downtown Cedar Rapids!  So not only did I get to see one of America's most well-known paintings, my sister took me to the place where it was created.

By the way, did you know that, although the subjects in this painting are a farmer and his daughter, Wood used his sister and his dentist as models?  I always assumed they were husband and wife.  And that the artificially elongated shape of their faces echo that of the gothic-style window in the background?  Wood saw such a window on a farm house he drove by, which inspired this painting.  That sort of background information makes me all kinds of happy.

Ok.  I'll revise my opening statement by saying my favourite thing about Iowa is that American Gothic was painted there and that my sister lives near it's birthplace. :)

I think we can all agree that - by and large - other people's holiday tales are far more exciting for the person telling them than for the person listening to them.  But - as with most people who feel compelled to impose such stories on others - I couldn't not share this with you because what I'm really trying to say is that if you have access to terrific art in your town but find yourself taking such easy access for granted so you just never go see it, I hope you give yourself a gift and spend a few hours enjoying it.  The long weekend is here.  What are you waiting for? :)


fat quarter style book review ... & a giveaway, of course

Oh my goodness!  I'm so sorry for my long silence, but we were away on a little (16 day) holiday.  For past vacations I always pre-wrote stuff, but I just didn't have the time.  Please forgive me.

Now I love my sister and all, but why-oh-why does she have to live in Iowa?  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Iowa.  It's it's a lovely place.  And because I live in an extremely dry climate, my skin was loving the humidity.  (My hands have since returned to their usual alligator-like appearance.)  But it's just not ... you know, Paris or Australia or ... Chicago!!! 

I have so much to say ...

Actually.  Hold that thought. 

Even though I have a few fun stories and more sewing stuff to share, I really should stay focused on today's post, which is Fat Quarter Shop's new book Fat Quarter Style

If you either have a ton of FQs in your stash that are just begging to be used OR need an excuse to buy that new FQ bundle, this is definitely a must-have book for your quilting library.  It's chalk-a-block (or is it supposed to be chalker-block, or chock-something ... isn't it annoying when you try to spell something for the first time - something that you've heard and said your whole life - and you no idea if you've got it right?) FULL of quick, easy and fun quilts.

I'm at the tail end of this book tour so in case you missed the other reviews and samples, check them out! :)

August 4: Paula of The Sassy Quilter
August 6: Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation
August 8: Karin of Leigh Laurel Studios
August 11: Caroline of Sew Can She
August 13: Jana of Jana Machado
August 15: Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock
August 18: Lee of Freshly Pieced
August 20: Holly of Bijou Lovely
August 22: Ashley of Film in The Fridge
August 25: Erin of Why Not Sew?
August 29: Amy of Diary of A Quilter

Here's mine.

Now in the interest of full disclosure, although I have no shortage of FQs in my stash, all my "good fabric" is still in boxes.  My scraps, however, are conveniently sorted by colour in plastic bins.  Naturally I made a bee-line to the pinks.  I also just finished a quilt top using a linen taupe and had a nice large scrap still on my sewing table.  I thought it would be fun to do a reverse-value sample from the one shown in the book so I made my "plume" darker than my prints rather than lighter. 

So.  I have a copy of Fat Quarter Style here that needs a good home.  If you'd like a chance to be that home, please leave me a comment confessing if you have FQs you need to use up or just want an excuse to buy more for your stash. :)

This giveaway closes on Monday, Sept. 1st and is open to all.  Good luck! 

And I promise to be back soon with a few vacation stories that hopefully aren't exceedingly boring, some sewing stuff (including an update on the woefully neglected hexagon quilt) ... and NO talk about unpacking!  LOL! 


afternoon tea


Rosebud china, pink crystals, a lovely assortment of french pastries (pamiers, pain de chocolat & coconut meringes) from down the street, and tea with a good friend who forgives paper towel napkins. 

This is how to turn a house into a home.


crouching tripod, hidden brackets

Thank you for all the good advice about how to find lost things.  Stop looking - totally worked for the tripod.  Buy replacements - also totally worked.

The tripod was lying of the floor, tucked behind a bunch of pictures that were leaning against a wall.  I found it while looking for something else.

And this morning I popped into Ikea for some pant hangers, laundry hampers and replacement curtain rod brackets.  An hour later I was tidying up and found the original brackets wrapped inside a facecloth.  On the fireplace mantle.  Right where I put them.  Where they've been sitting for over a week.  I've looked stared at that cloth dozens of times wondering who put it there and why.  (sheepish grin.)

My house is still too embarassingly disorganized to show you.  And we're still missing things like lighting (we picked 1/2 of what we need and they are on order.  My husband and I - as I've learned through this building process - are good a making decisions and we always totally or nearly agree on everything.  But holy cow are we ever slower than molasses.  Sheesh.  Where most people only need one appointment to pick stuff, we take two or even three.  To all the experts who helped us make our selections, thank you and I'm very sorry.)

We also need most of the closets to be fitted with shelving so I can put stuff away.  The legs for the powder room sink finally arrived, but they aren't installed yet.  It'll be nice to have hardware in the bathrooms to hang towels and tp.  The windows are f.i.l.t.h.y. and will remain so until all the work is done.

And then there are still all the boxes.  It feels like they're multiplying rather than reducing in numbers.  I've heard stories about people who moved years ago and STILL have unpacked boxes.  Please let that not be me.  Everytime I open a new box I'm hopeful that I can get rid of something inside.  That hasn't happened as often as I'd like.

I'm encouraging my girls to give me a round of applause everytime I empty another box.  Those poor children.  I think they think they have the nuttiest mother ever.  Wait 'til they're older and their suspicions are confirmed.

So.  Still moving forward.  Still moving slowly. 

Still not ready to sew.

But I'm starting to see a light.  Thanks for hanging in here with me.  I really do appreciate the company. :)  xo k


i found the iron!!!

I know that was keeping you at night, wondering how I was going to survive without it. ;)

But now I can't find my tripod for my camera.  I don't even remember packing it so I have no clue where to look.  I know it's here somewhere. 

You know, one of the hardest things for me to cope with in life is when something goes missing.  I went to the edge of insanity more than once as a mom - kids have a way of losing brand new things within days of you buying them.  My brain turns into scrambled eggs when I can't find something and everything feels wrong - like I'm wearing a suit made of sandpaper ... inside out.  I wasn't too worried about the iron because I specifically remembered packing it - although the fact that I spent 2 hours looking for it may give me away as a liar on that one. ;) 

But now my tripod ...

And the brackets for a curtain rod. 


and now we are here

Hello hello!  How are you?  I'm sitting here in my new studio loft ... a golden sunset glowing through an undressed window to my right and a disorganized riot of boxes and unceremoniously shoved furniture behind me.  I can't see the chaos as I sit, thank goodness, but I can feel it pressing against my back.  I'm trying my best to ignore it, though.  I'd rather chat with you.

The move went very well.  We hired a crew of 4 professionals.  Those guys were - in a word - awesome.  The only thing that broke was a single ordinary drinking glass.  And aside from losing a hard-fought, 2-hour game of "Find the Iron", everything seems to be accounted for.  Besides, we were planning to buy a new iron soon anyway.  It's probably hiding in one of those boxes behind me. 

My life used to revolve around finding things to get rid of so I didn't have to pack them.  Now I'm obsessed with emptying boxes, collapsing boxes, and taking them to the recycling depot. What a sense of victory it is to take the last thing out of a box and actually have a place to put it!

There are a ton of little/medium sized things that still need to be finished.  The shower doors come tomorrow, the closet fittings later this week, the sink in the powder room needs to be installed, we still have to pick the light fixtures (tomorrow), I MUST get to figuring out the window covering situation - cardboard on the master bedroom isn't exactly the classiest look on the street ... and there is more.

But we are in.  And settling nicely.  Slowly.  Not without a little frustration.  But we are here.  The hard stuff is behind us.  We had not one, not two, but three "last trips" to the old house.  I whispered goodbye as I closed the front door for the last time.  My voice echoed quietly down the hall along the empty walls and bare floor.  I may have had to blink back an errant tear that tried to slip away.  But that moment was fleeting.  I will remember it.  But it is gone. 

And now we are here.

I'm really looking forward to settling into a new routine.  It will take some time to get organized.  But I'm getting quite anxious to start sewing again.

I'll be back soon!   Miss you.  xo k


another chuckle

Oh, I remember this like it was yesterday.

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This is my last blog post from my old house here.  Tomorrow is THE big day.  This house is almost an empty shell that echos ... windows bare and nails on walls.  Even as I sit here typing - the clicking sound of the keys is louder in this all but hollow room.  This room has served me well.  First, it was my home office/guest room.  Then it was a nursery.  Then my sewing room.  I'm going to miss it for a few minutes until I have my new sewing "studio" set up.  Then I'm going to remember it fondly and wonder how I ever survived in such a tiny space!  LOL! 

As we packed up the house, I was only slightly embarrassed at some of the pockets of dust that collected here and there without my noticing.  But this old house is going to be torn down within the month - the surveyors have already marked the property lines and the services are spray-painted on the sidewalk - so I'm not going to worry about a little dust.

All this emptimess ... it's almost sad.  Almost.  But not quite.  It doesn't take me much more than a nanosecond to remember why we've wanted a better house for such a long time.  I'm a little surprised at how detached I feel about leaving here - this place with so many memories.  I usually have more of a sentimental heart than this.  But as I get older, I find that sentiment can be more of a prison than a blanket.  Does that make sense?  Memories are with you always in your head and in your heart.  And if you forget them, then it doesn't really matter.  I am less and less interested in the past and find myself more interested and excited about the future.

xo k


recycling a giggle

Hey!  How are things?  Please tell me you're making something pretty.  It will make me feel better knowing at least one of us is. :)

We just finished a second evening of shuttling van-loads of boxes to the new house.  I'm pooped.  And a little sweaty.  I am starting to comprehend how different it will be going from a bungalow to a 3-storey house (plus a basement). 


(I know.  They're good for you.)

To be clear, we hired professionals to do all the heavy lifting later this week.  We are too old to even think about moving things like the piano and the treadmill ourselves.  But I wanted to move mirrors and lamps and other things (fabric) that would take way longer to box up properly than to just make the kids hold them on their lap for a few minutes en route. 

This afternoon, it occurred to me that my funnybone could use a little exercise.  I don't have much time to write, but I have had 3 1/2 years worth of material here on my blog and some of it still makes me laugh when I read it.  So I thought you might enjoy a little re-giggle with me.  Click here.