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Broken Door Knob Adventure March 27, 2015

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 11:04 am

A few months ago on a Thursday night the latch on our front door handle broke as I was coming home. This became an adventure because the handles became decoration only. How do we open the door, get in or out of the house?

Damian and Ash began taking the screws out and trying to remove the handles and latch from the door while it was stuck closed. They worked on it for hours! Damion even tried to take the door off its hinges with no luck.

Friday morning before going to work, Ash was able to break apart the latch mechanism, remove it and reinstall the door handles. Of course the door handles were only there to pull open or closed the door. The dead-bolt has to be locked in order for the door to be closed at all.

Now, what do we do?……….


Last weekend we found a solution. We went to Home Depot and bought a replacement door knob. It was not the same one because ours was discontinued but it is close. Not it is installed and we are happy.





More Quilts Completed March 25, 2015

My co-workers Mom has Alzheimer’s and she gave me some of the quilts her mom started. Thy are beautiful and hand stitched. I decided not to take away from the original design and just add a back to them.

It took me a while to collect the backing fabrics and I was ready. My sewing machine disagreed with me. As I mentioned on Tuesday, I had to switch out machines.

Now that I have my new sewing area set up, it was time to try sewing again. I say try because not sure my machine would work after sitting for a few years. It was serviced right before so I hoped that it would. Thankfully it did!

Once the two quilts were pinned I sewed all four edges, leaving one opening in a corner. Using  the opening I flipped it right side out then hand sewed the corner closed. I decided to at sewn rim around the blanket as well. Once that was completed I added my yarn ties.

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I am happy to have a couple of the quilts finished. Now is just have 4 more to do.



Musical Sewing Machines March 18, 2015

I have two sewing machines, one at our house and one at my parents. The one at my house decided to stop working. The bobbin broke so my Mom brought me the other machine, then took the broken one to the repair shop by her.

My Dad is happy to have yet another thing out of his garage/attic. The sewing machine had been repaired and then stored at their house because at the time there was not room for it where I lived. It is built into a table so it requires a permanent location.

I rearranged our bedroom to accommodate the machine. Dixie’s bed got moved to Ash’s side of the bed, Rosco’s kennel was taken down, so he only has a bed now, and the machine was placed in the corner where Dixie’s bed used to be. There is a window above and my vanity mirror to the right which reflects more light on my machine.


When I am not sewing, I can have the top open with the machine down and use the space as a desk for my homework. I like that it is a multipurpose space.

If I am not using it at all then I can close it and place my basket of fabric below and the chair to the left.

I know that our room is small but I think that it makes a nice little area in the corner for me.


Lots of Homework March 11, 2015

Filed under: Life's Precious Moments — Colli @ 12:00 pm

School is going well but I have a lot of homework to do. Sadly, that means less time for projects and blogging. I am working on getting ahead in class so that I can have more free time. In the meantime have faith in me and patience with me.


Rosco wants attention too! (if you could not tell!)


School is in Session February 5, 2015

Filed under: Life's Precious Moments — Colli @ 9:00 am

My posts may become a bit fewer for a while. School started at the end of January so I have been trying to get ahead on my work. Get ahead and get into a routine. There is so much we do in a day and sometimes we forget about it all until we have to add something else.

I knew that school was going to take up a lot of my time but until classes started it was impossible to get into a routine. Ok so maybe impossible is a bit of a strong word but it was the word that came to mind. For me I do better when I know what kind of work the teacher are expecting so I can plan my time. I could of course plan for everything ahead of time but that it not realistic for my way of time management. In this way I am like my niece Keegan. She learns things, tells stories and does puzzles in reverse. I prepare time management in reverse. Once I have all the balls up in the air  I start planning on how to keep them bouncing and/or in what order to catch them.

Using my calendar I scheduled certain days for certain chores, leaving me more time to study. My amazing husband helps me study and does all the cooking. I am blessed to have the support I have and the opportunity to return to school. Wish me luck on getting the A’s I am working for!


New Ottoman Completed! February 3, 2015

When I started recovering the ottoman I did not plan on the dust cover fabric that goes on the ottoman to get destroyed. This over site came back to haunt me because as I mentioned before it was destroyed.

At first I thought that it would be as simple as buying new fabric but I found of the hard way that I had no idea what kind of fabric it was or how to find more.

After a bit of online research I found out that it is called Cambric and was able to order it online. The shipment took a bit longer to arrive then I originally thought but it arrived and was exactly what I needed.

I flipped the ottoman over and used the staple gun to put it in place and then re-installed the legs.

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Ta Da!! New ottoman! Now I can have my feet up and not fight Rosco for the ottoman.

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Murphy Dog Bed Ideas January 29, 2015

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 10:31 am
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We do not have a lot of space in our house. I am always looking for new ways to use spaces for multiple purposes. Our dogs are spoiled by me so I want to find a way to make comfortable beds for them that don’t take up a lot of space.

I have thought before about having a Murphy  bed in our space bedroom so I was very happy when I found these options.

I hope to be able to try to make some of these either this year or next. In the mean time I will be doing more research and finding some plans.



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