Gretchen the Singer

This weekend was a 3 day mighty cleaning adventure.

27 top singer clean

I got non pumice Goop waterless hand cleaner on a whim…and it worked!  Used up almost an entire box of Q-tips but after some time I clean what I thought was a mostly black machine only to discover she is covered with beautiful enamel.

27 back left clean27 back pillar clean

A wee snake lives on the back of the pillar with many flower and plants.

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The fender (at least what I am calling a fender) has a lovely vine of flowers.

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The front of the pillar cleaned up lovely as did the Sphinx.

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Sadly the base was quite silver before I even started.

27 mega dirty

Once I got her exterior tidied up and shining I delved into her inner workings… About a well fed mousie’s worth of dust and dirt were living in there.

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Serial number and the patents…

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The shuttle complete with thread so old it actually shattered when I was removing it from the spool.

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The accessory kit isn’t complete but it is still quite fabulous in its special box.  Even have the manual for the kit and a box of quite old thread. Something to be said of the good old days…they made everything so lovely, the script, art work, wee details you just don’t see any more!

27 Gretchen Ragna

Clean up and gorgeous, oiled to perfection, Jim installed the belt… wow! Quite the work out to get the speed going just right.  May need to install a Schnauzer guard however as Shamus feels he needs to catch and stop the wheel by the treadle…with his face…

27 Singer Gretchen Ragna

Now to figure out how to wind the thread onto the shuttle, adjust tensions, thread her and start practicing!

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new old machine

Now 40 years after learning to sew on a machine I am the proud owner of a Singer treadle machine.

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The new machine is lovely and in dire need of some loving attention.  We have belts on order as hers was in pieces.  The owner’s manual as well as the manual for the attachments was in one of the many over flowing drawers. I have them flattening under some heavy books at the moment so I can scan them in to our computer so I can read them without damaging them further.  I think everything I need to get her functional is there but I really have no idea.

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I watched this treadle for more than a year, living on the porch of a local antique shop.  I would lift the lid and look at the machine, but again I had no idea what I should be looking for.  Finally my wedding anniversary was coming up and my husband start browsing craigslist in our area for a treadle for me.  He found one that had everything included and was functional but when he finally got ahold of the lady she decided she didn’t want to part with it after all… totally understandable!  I browsed a bit at the ads and had a good giggle at a guy selling one for $45… ‘looks like it should work but needs an electrical cord’ it was an unaltered treadle… but it would have been quite a trip to get that one.  I brought my husband and the grandkids since they were along to the antique shop, under the guise of grocery shopping and thankfully the treadle was still there.  He bought it on the spot.  PERFECT anniversary gift!

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My grandson (9) is fascinated with all the exposed workings.  I will really enjoy teaching him to sew on it once it’s ready to go.  I have a few electric sewing machines as well as a Serger, but as I found out there is no speed control, for some reason he feels he needs to floor the pedal… a bit terrifying. Working the machine with his own power will be a kinder gentler way of learning to sew and become a self-sufficient young man.

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hoping to scan the manuals soon and put them here as well for anyone needing or wanting to browse a really old sewing machine manual.  There are is a pile of really old goodies in the drawers as well I will be documenting!

Weekend Zen

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Wiggle colorful curl Zen with atyou Spica pigment glitter pens…eeeeee fabulous! Love the wiggle-ee-ness of this one…tidied it up on Gimp after scanning it…of course scanner added horrid booger colored stripes on it…UGH…guess I’ll photograph my future tangles!
May 3rd 2014

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The Family Hands (1) is complete…This has my hand, my mom’s, Jim’s and Jazmin’s…I know which is which…11X14 Paris Paper using Faber Castell Pitt & Pigma Micron pens over 5 days….love it! Onto the next Zen adventure… May 3rd 2014

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Autism Awareness every day puzzle piece Zen…Used Faber Castell Pitt pens, Spica Glitter pens and Triplus Fineliner Pens. Will have to invest in some color brush pens for larger areas… Tidies this up on Gimp after the scanner left stripes where stripes don’t belong.
April 4th 2014

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Tabitha’s fabulous Zen Dragon all framed and ready to hang…looking nifty! April 4th 2014

Hands coming together

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my family’s hands day 3…looks like one more hearty day and tangling and this one will be done. I’ve gotten over my dislike of the Office Windows….they are blending in quite nicely!
again phone photo…when it’s complete I’ll use my regulation camera since out scanner isn’t big enough for 11X14 paper…

family of hands the continuing saga

hands day 2 4-30-14work in process…I’m not over joyed with the office windows so I may frappe’ those a bit more…think it’s the thickness of the lines…
oh well oh also pardon the quality of photo…camera phone… didn’t fee like running upstairs to get the actual camera and this paper is too big for the scanner…
April 29th 2014

let the power of Zen compel you

M is for 4-27-14

M is for mostly moldy Muffy who’s miffed at the morons making movies mostly muttonheaded

April 27th 2014

 O is for 4-27-14

O is for Ogden’s oblivious ogling of Olga’s Ovum…ouch

April 27th 2014

 family hand string WIP 4-28-14

String made of hands: Mine, my mom, Jim & Jazmin’s…it will grow into a family Zentangle started April 28th 2014

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2 fingers done of the 20 available in the Family Zentangle…these two are from my hand…yeah I know you can tell! April 28th 2014

 Paisley WIP 4-28-14

Fabulous paisley placed on Jim’s palm…FABULOUS…love making paisleys! April 28th 2014

the alphabet continues unabated

25 zentangle 4-18-14

25 for the number of years Natalia would be today. yeah also not a letter…just changing things up a bit!
April 18th 2014

H zentangle 4-18-14

H is for horrendous hair…yeah it may look like an M but really it is a capital H.
April 18th 2014

I zentangle 4-19-14

I is for Iridocorneal Endothelial Syndrome, I really had to search for that one…
April 19th 2014

J zentangle 4-20-14

J is for Jazz Jamming Jim and Jazmin of course…perhaps a dash of Judi…
April 20th 2014

creativity FINALLY

BINS…a multitude of creativity filled bins…boowahahahaha…now all I need to do is put all the bins in order…I have oranges on 3 different shelves, washer backed eyes in the same bin as ruffled lace and safety pins…I am out of control…took 5 minutes to find my pinking shears…it was in a shoe box not a bin…what was I thinking? Well long weekend coming up…after I put the DVDs in alphabetical order I’ll tackle the bin situation…June 30th 2013

Tidy little pile of cats that will grow into Mom’s next fabulous quilt…just waiting for the last 15 fabrics, don’t worry they’re all fat quarters, not $12 yard cuts or anything silly like that, Border fabric is black with rainbow kitty prints…will be quite eye catching…hopefully not to allergen causing as I’m allergic to cats…lol… rainbow prairie points and perhaps a hand quilted cat silhouette in the middle of each square…June 30th 2013

Judi’s barter cat box quilt WIP…looking lovely…really glad I have a design wall now so I can rearrange the square till it’s perfect dark to light…squares are each 7.5” so this will be a nifty knee warmer eventually! This will have a black with white kitty foot prints boarder and black & white prairie points…I think a black back… and perhaps a hand quilted cat silhouette in the middle of each square …June 30th 2013

I’ve got a dandy hallway now to display the quilts I can’t bear to part with…they dampen the echo too…

two house quilts and Jim’s tumor star quilt so far…I have room for a couple more…have a tall skinny quilt planned for the TV room door to deaden the planned music studio corner of it… ROCK ON! June 30th 2013

My cluttered mind

So much to do. So much left to contemplate.  Most of which is on the QT…so I can’t really splash it all over the headlines at the moment. Let’s just say my address will be changing…for the better.

Natalia heart

I’d really like to sit at the sewing machine and finish the pile of diapers sitting there, or better yet do the top stitching on the stack of receiving blankets.  But I don’t.  I look at the sewing table a mere 6 feet or so from my chair with the piles of flannel and cotton beseeching me to sew and I can’t make myself cross those 6 feet to just do it.  I know once I sit over there I can accomplish the lot of it in a few hours, then I can throw the blankets in the wash and then pin and package the diapers, have those piles completed and out of my mind…it’s those 6 feet of space and the overwhelming jumble of thoughts crowding my mind that keep firmly in my seat watching the TV blindly.

 

monkey madness

monkey madness

What do I keep, what do I donate, what do I give to someone I know, what do I unceremoniously throw away?!?  Have been living in this little death trap for 20 years.  Wow. I type that 20 years and I realize I have aged as healthily as the craptacular abode I’ll soon be escaping with its 70’s linoleum and so many horrible memories.  Do I pack the memories too? Will they slither along with the boxes of books and breakables to take up new residence? Of course they will.  Natalia’s memory came with to this trailer from those apartments.  Oh to just erase all the bad and just keep the good…deal with it, cope with it, accept it…sigh.  I’ve been living with so much tripe taking up space in my mind and heart for so long I’m tired of it.  Oh I’ll hang on to the memory of Nat even if I have to have the memory of her death.  I’d like to totally loose all memory of the first marriage mistake but keep all the memories of the lovely children that occurred because of that union.  I’ll give up the memory of the ridiculous rebound marriage too, but keep the memories of my girls and the birth of the sweet grandson. It’s a shame you can’t have selective memory loss…of course no offence meant to anyone’s anyone suffering from memory loss.

Natalia N Tabitha

See it’s all these stinking memories clogging my mind when I’m busily cramming more stuff in there: appointments to get to, things to remember to ask at said appointments, things to revise, things to do.  Pay the property taxes ASAP, pay the rent, pay the medical bills, oh go to work and be productive so you get paid.  Clean the fish tanks, yeah plural.  Feed Akmed. Feed Helga. Make Shamus’ vet appointment…find out how much that will cost.  Hey that big bag of chopped up monkey bodies…sew those together you freak! Ship out boxes to the 4 corners of the planet…gotta keep acquiring that good Karma, I’ll need it this coming year for sure.

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Lists. Post-its. Scribblings on napkins, envelopes, sketchings of furniture placement, contemplations of decorating in a cool yet not really ‘me’ way.  Can’t be wicked cool…will have to be subdued…ugh…dare I say adult.  Unhappy face.  What of my posters? Yeah, SO juvenile but they are so cool.  My muses to keep me going, the rainbow happiness surrounding me goading me to sew, create, envelope me with busyness…a frappe of color and texture…now white…a blank canvas I can’t paint. So very empty of expression.  What of dangling deals in the windows from the ceiling moving slowly in the air currents that surround the life living there?  Dare I hang the witch’s ball in the window? That I do. Shhhh. Perhaps no one will notice.  But the rest, the wind chimes, the mobiles, the oddness hanging from string will all have to go else where with someone else…or in the trash. Another unhappy face.

Anger

Garage sale of things I really don’t want to see go? How does one price items they still like? I’m probably a hoarder of some sort, without the dead flattened animals under piles of refuse.  I just like weird stuff.  Odd ash trays (I don’t smoke), weird mugs I’ll never drink out of, postcards from places I’ll never go, statues, glass things, stuffed beasties, spooky dolls.  Things I don’t need but I like to have.  I like to look at.  How do I choose?  Do I keep the weird doll mom made in the 70’s, named Ruthie with the blue face Stevie ‘adopted’, or do I keep the black Kewpie doll? If I keep both do I then get rid of the Shamus dog collection? I can easily say good bye to the crockery and silverware, glasses cups rugs, towels nondescript furnishing and appliances we won’t need.  I can even be OK with giving/selling the Halloween collection I won’t have room for, perhaps even the Giraffe family with their friends the rhinos…but my zombie dolls, Oonies and sock monkeys…I just don’t know if I can part with them…they aren’t essential like oxygen, but they make me happy…too damn many thoughts…too damn many things to decide about.  Which books can leave? OMG…don’t get me started on books! They’re as prolific as DVDs, CDs, records, yeah vinyl, even cassettes…OY, guitars…playable ones, ones left to be built, bodies painted fabulous but that no real hope of completion any time soon…do people buy guitar parts at garage sales?  Unhappy face once again…

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I’m happy to move, happy to live in a solid actual house.  HAPPY damnit.  This is a good thing for all of us.  A really healthy change for all of us, have to get happy about it.  Fresh start, out with old in with the new.  New is so scary though.  Oh no…here come the what-ifs…they suck as much as the thoughts of getting rid of things.  What if this doesn’t go smoothly?  What if we end up hating each other?  What if this causes more stress and friction in this tinderbox of a family?  What if we all don’t bend and cope and accept life together? This can’t possibly go in a perfectly ordered tidy calm way.  Look at us, a family of freaks with our menagerie of freaky pets, all of us on different schedules for every thing, we’re all odd and don’t even blend with each other much less mashing us with another human being who’s a bit less malleable than any of us could hope for.  Well, guess we’ll aim for a forced frappe, blend this family like no other before it.  Now to just teach Shamus to be incredibly happy in a quiet way and set all the TVs to be read rather than heard…this new chapter will prove interesting if nothing else…and I will be happy about it…damnit…slightly less unhappy face

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Jim’s Meningioma quilt is done

Jim’s Meningioma Tumor Star Quilt…

started February 1st 2013 completed March 4th 2013

All cotton fabric with polyester batting, 52 inches square the center star was made by darknightsky@deviantart.com and given in an art trade, the rest of this rainbowie happiness was machine pieced by Elaine the ever lovin’ wife of James A Myhre My Lima Bean Man the stripe border was made from left over rainbow colors from the Quilt with a View there are monkey squares left over from a couple monkey baby quilts made in 2012 the purple/blue chunk border is made from fabric received from a lovely lady in the Quilter’s Coven. theres also a border of Autism puzzle fabric… the quilting was done all be hand by Elaine…in each of the monkey squares there’s a star quilted… a star for each hour Jim was in surgery…a star for each day he was in the hospital…and a star for every day Oliver, Olivia and Shamus missed him while he was gone… there are 3 monkey squares too small for the star template, in those there’s a J, I, and a M quilted.

In the first white border there’s a poem quilted:

Star Light Star Bright

First Star I see Tonight

I wish I may I with I might

Have the Wish I wish tonight

On the back of the quilt in the signature square there’s the words from the book I Like Stars that Oliver can read to us this year! Quilt was kinda named (well it says this on the signature square) ‘Starlight in my Eye’