New shed came at 12.00 and was all done and finished by 12.35. I did a run to the tip with some old shelves and few other bits and then gave the shed a coat of preservative. Hopefully give it another coat tomorrow. Have put a few things back in and will do the rest tomorrow. Would eventually like to get it lined inside with plasterboard so I can use it for some of my projects.
Shed delivery day today. Any time between 8.00am and 6.00pm so I thought I would do a quick update while I wait. I have managed to empty the old shed and now have a pile in the middle of the living room of things I couldn't leave outside. (Put a large plastic sheet over the new carpet first). I managed to sell three things on Shpock, an angle grinder, a tree lopper and a post spade so I am gradually getting rid of things I don't need and if I ever get chance I have a pile of things for a car boot.
I also cut up the old carpet and underlay ready to take to Debbie's mom for her conservatory and to keep for my new shed. They are in the hall on dust sheets.
It's been quite a busy week. Monday and Tuesday I was with Shelagh. Everything went OK with the injection and by Tuesday evening she was feeling well enough to look after herself so I came home. While I was there though I did manage to get her to ring about a cleaner and filled in a Blue Badge application for her.
Wednesday I had a parcel to post, popped in to see Shelagh, started emptying the shed and carried on with my sewing.
Thursday morning I fetched the sewing machine back but have not used it yet, still using the old one. The problem was the timing belt had slipped because it was loose or warn but the machine is not very old and has not been used heavily so I am not well pleased with Singer!! Thursday afternoon was the local Historical Society and the subject was The Railways of Stourbridge. Lots of pictures of signal boxes!
Friday I had to take the car in for 9.00am. It takes less than 15 minutes across the lanes to get to the garage but took me an hour and a half to get home again by bus (well 3 buses to be precise) to find I had a message to say it was done so I had to do the journey all over again. They said it was blocked scuttle drains that had caused the leak and they have unblocked and modified them so hopefully it should not happen again.
Mark and Michelle are in the caravan for the weekend so I am wildly jealous. I hope the shed people come this morning so I can do a tip run this afternoon and start to get straight. I have Scarlett coming to stay next weekend so must be all tidy by then.
Can't believe we're half way through June already and nearly midsummer's day. The nights are certainly lighter but the weather doesn't feel much like summer!
Theatre this afternoon, Captain Corelli's Mandolin at the Birmingham Rep. Went on the bus as it is easier and had a quick look round the rag market before. Bought some wadding (which is needed for my top secret project), some cream thread (for same), a tassel for the light pull in the bathroom and some knobs (25p each).
Finished the back of the cardigan I am knitting.
Just a quick update today. A man and lady came to collect the old dining chairs that I had put on Shpock for free and they also took a small table with a damaged top and a few things from my car boot collection for £3. (Every little helps).
Rang about the sewing machine to be told it was the next machine he was going to look at and try again tomorrow. I said I would ring again on Monday as I have the theatre tomorrow in Birmingham and thought I might have a look round the rag market while I was there.
Can't do any more hexagons for the scarf as have run out of white wool. The pattern said one ball of each of the four colours but I think it should have said two balls of white as I am barely half way through and there is none left. Made a quick trip to Hobbycraft at Merry Hill but they have none in stock so I now have to go to the Droitwich shop (in Webbs).
Have also been working on a top secret sewing project (using my trusty old machine) and have now completed all of the cutting out and preparing and am ready to start sewing up!
Had a lengthy (1 hour 15 mins) telephone conversation with my lovely step mom Shelagh this evening. She has so many things the matter with her and yet always remains cheerful and determined. The main problem is curvature of the spine which leaves her bent over and in constant pain. She is going for an injection in the spine on Monday and I have said that I will pick her up from hospital and stay with her till the next day. She has a good sense of humour and often recalls amusing things that have happened in her past career as a hairdresser which she writes down and is hoping to turn into a book.
The pictures below were taken a couple of Christmases ago with myself, Mark, Michelle, Anais and Roman.
Hoorah, carpet fitting now all complete.
However, I now have a problem with my car. When I came to put all the bits of carpet in to take to the tip I found a lake!
Have spent most of the day emptying the living room. Mark popped in on his way back from Bristol to help move the two sideboard units and it is all piled up in the dining room. It's a good job I have more than one doorway to the living room! Currently working on a small corner of the dining table which is all that is left. More wool discovered behind the sofa and two knitting machines and a telescope underneath. All that is left to move now is the sofa and armchair which I will ask the fitters to move tomorrow. Going to save some of the old carpet for my new shed/workroom. Some of the furniture will not go back into the living room but into the new shed as it is waiting to be renovated.
Not had much time for crafting the last few days but have been trying to make some more hexagons for the crochet scarf I am making to match the beret I did a few weeks ago. Also knitting the cardigan which I think will look good with jeans. Had a good deal on the wool from Hobbycraft in one of their rare generous moments. Got 3 for 2 and 20% off!
Hoorah, decorating all finished and new carpet fitted in hall, stairs and landing! Office desk nearly back together and need to sort some pictures for the walls.
Managed to pot up the plants last week during a lull in the rain and Mark came on Saturday to help sort the shed (in the rain). We made three piles, keep, car boot/sell and tip. I managed to take a car full to the tip in the afternoon as it stopped raining so that was good. I listed the mini moto on Shpock and it sold immediately and someone wants the old dining chairs that I was going to do up but decided it was too difficult.
I took the sewing machine to the repair shop and it is going to cost £89 to repair! The annoying thing is I don't know what caused it, it just had a fit. I think I shall contact Singer about it.
Need to spend tomorrow trying to empty the living room ready for the new carpet on Thursday.
Went to Studley car boot on Sunday morning. I picked up 4 packs of 7" wide hessian which will be good for making Christmassy things, a friction torch that I can't figure out how to work, a few books, a crown of rhubarb for £1.50 and some geranium plants in ceramic pots 3 for £2. I also got some lavender plants from Lidl (3 for £5) and 3 hydrangea plants from B&M. Just need to get them all planted now!
The decorator was supposed to come on Monday but sent a message to say it would be Tuesday. He came today and made a start but then had to go again and will be back tomorrow to finish. The gardener came and planted two of the hydrangeas and Mark has promised to come on Saturday to help empty the shed. At last things are moving so I have ordered the shed and booked the carpet fitters!!!
Inbetween the madness I made 6 tartan napkin rings (on the old machine as I haven't yet sorted the new one). I saw some in a hotel in Scotland last year and thought they looked good so I had a go at making some. They are in my Folksy shop with a few other things I have listed.
Car boot this morning. Got some more wood preserver ready for the new shed and some woodworm spray for an old dressing table which I bought to paint up and which has a few holes in the mirror frame. Also got some present bags, always useful.
Next a trip to Hobbycraft to get some sewing machine oil for my old machine which I have had to put back into service as my all singing all dancing new Singer machine has had a fit and will not sew!!!
Have now finished the first deer cushion cover and managed to make one more in different colours. (Needs pressing).
I am Jenny (when I was little my dad always called me Jenny Wren) and I enjoy making hand crafted things. Watch this space to see what I am working on.