All outside paint projects except the front door & trim replacement were finished last Friday (10/28). I spent the weekend packing up and putting away breakables, pictures and other cherished items. On Monday, Al and I met with the project supervisor to go over the week’s schedule and review any last minute details. With that complete, Sadie and I departed for a short stay at my parents’ home just outside Athens, GA. My original plan was to return home after our therapy dog visit at Northview HS on Wednesday, but that changed because the paint crew was running behind schedule. We’ll now return home Saturday morning.
Mom asked me to bring a sewing machine so I could alter some pants for her. My dad found some things that needed mending and added them to the pile. It took a couple of days to get through the pile. My reward to myself was a little retail therapy at three quilt shops within 30-45 minutes of their house. I picked up fabric to make the Buzzy Bee block in the Scrappiness is Happiness QAL and found a pair of small pinking shears to add to my travel machine toolbox.
If you attend classes, retreats and bee groups on a regular basis, having a dedicated travel sewing machine and sewing notions kit makes life so much easier. I repack mine after each sewing session. It only takes a few minutes. This means all I’ll need to do before leaving for the event is add the project(s) I’ll be working on and any specialty rulers, interfacing, thread, etc. to my tote bag. Easy-Peasy!
(1) Invest in an 18″x24″ folding cutting mat.
(2) Invest in a 12″x18″ wool press mat.
(3) Invest in a power strip with a longer cord. (8′ or 12′ perhaps?)
(4) If you have an Oliso-mini iron, consider adding a SteamFast mini iron or similar. Some venues now request that you leave the Oliso-mini iron at home because it requires a much higher wattage of electricity than a standard craft iron. No need to overload the circuits!