Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rant (Edited)

Ok, Debbie Downer here. Gonna rant a bit...

Ever have one of those months when you had plans of getting things accomplished and things just kept getting in the way? Well, that's me. Right. Now.

First, I took on more than I should have as projects and set myself up for major stress.
Then, after having done so, my sewing machine died.
Mother-in-law gave me hers and it needed repair.
Had it fixed, and it broke somewhere else.
Bought a vintage Kenmore and it won't work without special needles.
Bought a vintage Mid-State and it's so gunked up, I'm afraid to use it until I have time to clean it up.
Bought brand spanking new Janome. Big bucks that we really didn't have to spend. Nothing. But. Trouble. With. It.
Tension is wacky. Tried and tried to figure it out. Moved dials, cleaned out bobbin area, even tightened the little tiny screw in the bobbin housing. Still jacked up.

I really wanted to love my new fancy machine. Truth is, I don't like it near as well as the cheap Brother that just died. Only got three years out of it, but the first two years were awesome. I expected to be so in love with the Janome, that I'm terribly disappointed.

Called the supplier and told them everything and now I have to take it back and let them look at it. I expect them to tell me nothing is wrong. Operator error. Must be your thread. Must have some link or thread fiber in there. You messed it up when you tightened the screw. You have the wrong foot on. You have it on the wrong settings. I mean, there are countless things they could say. But bottom line is, I'm not happy with it.

Sooo, here's hoping that tomorrow by this time, I will have a fixed and well working machine. Of some kind.

I had such high hopes. Now I'm soooo behind that I'm beginning to fret that I will have to go back on my word. I don't like doing that! I've always heard that life is what happens while you are making other plans. I do believe God is in control. I'm just having a hard time relinquishing it to Him.

Ok, I'm done. I'll keep you posted.

I traded the Janome for a Brother SB7500. They were pretty nice about the whole thing even though they wouldn't refund my money. The 7500 will also embroider and monogram, so I am pumped about that. I hope and pray I made a good choice and time will tell. Thanks for suffering through this wailing and gnashing of teeth. :P

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Touch of Fall

I'm in the autumn mode, as many of you probably are. This morning, the air turned crisp and cool and I had to get out my fall decorations. I don't do a lot of it, not nearly the amount I do at Christmas, but I like to add a little touch of fall around the place.

A few weeks ago, I saw this on Pinterest and decided I want to try to do something similar.
I scoured the flea markets for a rooster I could feel comfortable buying. Every time I found one I liked, it was from $25.00 to $65.00 and that just wasn't in my budget. Low and behold...yesterday....my birthday...I found this lovely little man for $12.00. I grabbed him up with my birthday money.
I got out the rest of my supplies...
 and went to work. This is what I finished with.
I love it!!
Yes, that's the table that still needs refinishing.... It's still on my to-do-list...But in the meantime, my rooster is enjoying his view.
I also found a wonderful solid wood drop leaf table that I brought home to use for a cutting table. Needs some work, but when I get her fixed up, I'll share the before and after with you.

Happy Fall Y'All!!