State of Chaos

November 23, 2011

I think it is pretty accurate to say that we are living in a state of chaos these days.  We officially moved on Sunday.  It took five men eight hours (of serious hustling) to get us moved over.  They moved about 95% of our stuff.  Over the past couple of days we’ve made about ten more trips, filling up Bill’s Forester with various drawers, framed things, boxes full of miscellaneous stuff…  We still have to move over our outdoor potted plants, bird bath, a few miscellaneous things still in the garage, and all our refrigerated and frozen goods.  The fridge stuff will have to wait until next week because the one we have in the garage is small and will most likely be full of our catered Thanksgiving dinner.  Our kitchen is nonexistent at the moment.  It looks like this:

The actual kitchen

We have a little station with a toaster oven and microwave.  I’ve set up a little area with our plates and various food items.  Definitely a “making do” situation for the next week.  We will kitchen cabinets next week, hopefully early next week, and then I think the kitchen will come together pretty quickly. We will be heating up our Thanksgiving dinner at the old house tomorrow and bringing it back to eat.

The rest of our "kitchen"

Part of "the kitchen"

Almost all the boxes were put into what will eventually be my craft room and the garage.  And the garage was already about half full with appliances and various things the contractor needs for the house.  There’s a few boxes in the different bedrooms, but not that many so we still have room to maneuver and get things set up.  We need to spend some time this weekend getting the box room in order.  I think it will be at least ten days before any of the kitchen stuff can be unpacked, and my craft room is the lowest priority.  We need to get those boxes in separate corners of the room so that we can address everything else.  But even in our bedroom, we are in a bit of a holding pattern because we aren’t get the house insulated until December 9th and the attic access is in our closet.  We don’t want to load up the closet only to have to unload the stuff for the workmen to get access, or even worse have that stuff get insulation residue on our clean clothes (or any of my shoes!).

My craft room

The garage

Living room

The nursery

Our bedroom

Another bedroom

Thank goodness my dad has been here because he’s been a huge help.  He was on his hands and knees helping us get the floors ready the night before we moved in (so much construction dust!), packing boxes, moving boxes around, etc.  He was originally going to help Bill do the attic insulation but after some thorough research, we decided it would be better to have someone else do it.  There’s other “little” jobs around the house that we can have him help with.  There’s no shortage of things to be done!  We have agreed to take a day this weekend to get out of the house and do something fun and non-housing related.

The animals have been super through the move.  It’s going to be a tough couple of weeks for them as the workmen are here finishing up the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.  That’s right, I don’t think I’ve mentioned that the main bathroom is still under construction, though the shower and toilet work, but no sink yet.  We’ve been sharing the teeny tiny bathroom in the master suite.  Chaos, I tell you!

I think that in a few weeks we will look back at this and laugh.  Right now, I just want to crawl under the covers and take a nap!

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Progress Made

November 9, 2011

I finally finished Julia’s quilt and shipped it off to her, along with a few gifts for her new daughter.  I’m happy with how the quilting turned out.  I was super torn with how to do the actual quilting, especially since I’ve only done a total of 4 quilts.  I knew I wanted to emphasize the diagonals in the middle section, and I thought outlining the large stars would look good.  At the last minute, I decided to do the small stars too.  They were actually easier than the big stars and went quickly.  I wasn’t able to get any good photographs that really show my work, but that’s okay.  I also did the binding, agonizing over the correct shade of red.  I sent my friend photos with 3 choices, but the lighting in the house is bad so the photos weren’t super accurate and she left it to my judgement. In the end, I think I went with the right shade of orangey-red.  Gracie misses this quilt.  She took every opportunity to curl up on it.

Julia's quiltGracie find a warm place to nap

Along with the quilt, I sent a little sweater dress I knit.  The pattern was super easy, although I made some modifications based on feedback from other Ravelry users.  (Here’s the ravelry info.)  I used some leftover Sundara yarn which is super soft.  The only downside is that it’s hand wash, but hopefully that isn’t a big deal.

sweater dress

I also sent a little elephant which I made from the book Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.  The elephant was relatively easy to make and I think it turned out well.  In fact, I made two of them.  One is for another friend who is having a baby in a few weeks.  I think the hardest part of the elephant was stuffing it.  I took my time doing it, and once it was done, it looked like I should have stuffed it some more.  My only complaint with the finished product is that they are hard to photograph.  It doesn’t help that in both cases, I was in a hurry too.

An elephant for ellieElephant for Baby Lee

The last thing I included in the box for Julia was a cotton hat.  A basic roll brimmed hat, but with nice soft Blue Sky Organic Cotton Yarn.

It’s a big relief to get those things out to Julia.  She received the box and was very happy with how her quilt turned out and she like the gifts.  Yay!  Now I can focus on packing which is good, because we are moving in about 10 days.  Ack!

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