a little pick me up

I’m still in a funk… not getting enough crafty time on and my projects stare at me forlornly.

I am still knitting a row a day on my shawl, Orient Express. I’m on row 117. It ends at 189 but then there are borders I’ll need to learn how to do. I hoped to get this done by December. At the rate I’m going that will probably not happen. but that’s ok. The rows are long now and I find it hard to do more than a row a day.

I am still xstitching on Gamer… I am finishing up another diagonal and will be switching back to my MFE 2022 SAL. I won’t be joining the SAL next year. I plan to be more focused on my projects and make sure I’m working on something I enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I like it but I am not in love with it. I admire my friends who started and put it away when they decided they didn’t care for it. One just never knows with a mystery if one will love it.


I finally got my Provence quilt under the Q20 needle and I should be quilting on it but I haven’t gotten it back in my schedule and my weekends have been full.

Provence – half quilted

My featherweight sisters and I have been on the lookout for a while/celery featherweight since one of us scored one several weeks ago at the Pasadena flea market. I’ve found several way above my price point. But one found it’s way home to me this past weekend.

Introducing my new to me vintage machine-

Featherweight Singer 221 in white/celery

I am so thrilled. I’m still thinking of a name.

I have several vintage machines I’ve collected over the years and I don’t think I’ve introduced them all yet. I introduced my first featherweight several years ago – a black one born in 1952 and I called her Lola which means grandma in Pilipino.

But the other 3 are more recent additions in the last 3 years. I have a treadle, a hand crank and a mid century machine. All three need to be cleaned and restored. For now I simply store them in my house as is. The hubby is none too thrilled. But I love them so 🤷🏽‍♀️.

And this came home with me as well

Vintage Spinning Wheel

I’m not a spinner. But I love vintage crafty things on display at my house. It would be great if I could use it too. I’m not yet sure if it’s usable but I’ve got quite a few spinner friends who are willing to teach me.

Hugs and here’s to another quilty week.

Stay crafty friends,


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  1. Melanie – hoping the funk goes away eventually. I have had those spells and stages in life. Midlife, when your kids are at ages that are even more demanding, sandwich stage when you take care of your family and your parents are aging and passing away. I realized somewhere along the line, probably after I retired from 35 years of teaching, that I was a bit of an ADHD crafter. Also high stress times zap my mojo. SO MANY projects going on simultaneously. For me, it kept my interest to switch from needlepoint to cross stitch to quilting to painting. There may be a lot of WIP, UFO’s and too many not even started. But they were all making progress. If only baby steps. Here’s to some better days ahead. Chin up, take care of you. The desire and joy will come back.

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