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A Celebration

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


We found our new home. Life has been very crazy around here since I last posted. I had a great time at the SAQA Oregon conference and got some nice feedback on my talk. On Friday, the condo we have been waiting for popped up on our RLMS feed. We got an appointment to see it on Saturday and made our offer which was presented to the seller on Tuesday along with two other offers. We were very aggressive in our offer because this was the one we had been waiting for.  See the arrow up there? Our new home is on the fourth floor, not the top. There is a nice sized deck on the back which overlooks the hillside. We have a view from the dining room area bay windows down to the Willamette river which is east of us.


Those draperies and the chandelier have gone with the seller, thank goodness! The place is decorated in a much more formal manner than we  like. We will be ripping out the carpet and putting in hardwoods for the sake of my allergies. The kitchen appears to be recently redone. It is very stylish and modern.

newkitchenThe seller was moving out yesterday and today so it will be a fast turnover. We get to go in for the inspection tomorrow and will do some measuring and have a chance to see it without all the furniture. It has two bedrooms and two baths, a laundry/utility room with a sink and great room adjacent to the kitchen plus a separate storage area. It has a walking score of 94 which was one thing we were looking for. The condo has a gym, meeting/party room which you can reserve free of charge and a library/reading room. We also have two primo parking spots.

Needless to say, we are very happy! So, I have an additional reason to celebrate.

Leave me a comment and have a chance to win a piece of Gericon art. I will select 3 names. First name gets first choice, etc. Here is the art.



Northwest Winter


X Marks the Spot.


I will randomly select names after we get back from our trip to California for Paige’s 2nd birthday. I am finishing her quilt today – stitching the binding. This afternoon, we are going back to see Dan at Toyota for some instruction on all the extras on our Prius. Tomorrow, I have guild meeting in the morning and the home inspection in the afternoon and then dinner with Deborah Boschert, one of the Twelves, who is visiting Portland with her family. On Thursday, we are off to California.

Busy, busy!




Making Progress

Monday, February 24th, 2014


I have so many projects going on that I can’t possibly get bored! I am making a bit of progress of filling in the movement piece for my class with Elizabeth Barton. It is tedious, but I think I will like the end result. Here is my workspace:


I have a teflon sheet over the pattern that I printed and my sketch nearby so that I can work on the values.

I am also quilting Paige’s quilt. We are going to CA in mid-March for her birthday and it needs to be finished. I am doing tedious straight line quilting on the diagonal through the squares.


I have been plagued with aches and pains. First, I have had a flare up of carpal tunnel in my tight hand. I tend to cramp my hand at night when I am stressed so I have found that if I wear a wrist stabilizer to bed, it really helps. I also have developed a cantankerous lower back pain. I am icing it, doing stretches and bought some new walking shoes.

On another note, we have decided that a condo or townhouse to purchase may not become available any time soon, so we are renting a very small (718 sq. ft.) apartment in downtown, near the art museum ane the theater where we attend the symphony and  close to the light rail and the street car. We move in April 7th and will have a moving sale soon after that.

Only four more posts until my 2000th. Stay tuned for some nice giveaways in celebration!

Stitching Again

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and exhausted from our selling and buying ordeal. The good news is that we are under contract. We met the buyers when they came to see the house because they came before it went on the market. They absolutely love our house and I am thrilled for them to be the new owners. Tomorrow, we have to leave the house for most of the day for all the inspections to take place. It means taking Scooter and finding something to do with him. For the open house, we took him with us to do errands and then to the dog park, but it was not as long. Stephane and family are in LA for a photo shoot that she is doing and we do not have the key to their house so we can’t go there.

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The deadline for the SAQA trunk show is coming up and I didn’t think I would have time to do anything. Then, I remembered that I had a remnant of one of my discharged and shrunk pieces. It has to be 7 X 10, finished which I was able to find. It helped to sit and do some slow stitching to take my mind off things. Here is a detail.


So, now we have to find a place. We hope we have, but it is complicated. More about that later.

I have to be up early to neaten the house for the new owners to come again for the inspection.


Our Listing has Gone Live

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

So now, we try to keep the house neat and clean and take calls from people who want to check it out. Tomorrow is the open house. We are not looking at any offers until Tuesday. Wish us luck!!

Here is a link to the virtual tour of our home.


The Stage is Set

Monday, January 13th, 2014


We finally finished the cleaning, purging, sorting and staging in preparation for listing our home at the end of this week. The photography for the listing was done today. So what did I do this afternoon? I went down to my studio and got out the graffiti piece and some neon pink paint and went to work on it. That middle section was purple before and the values did not work. Here it is. I am really liking the change to pink.


I am so ready to get my creative life back!! In the meantime, here are some shots of the house that I took today. First, two overviews of the kitchen.

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The staging consultant suggested these vignettes.




A bit hokey, but whatever works!

Here is my pristine studio.

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We moved two chairs from the living room down to the family room and put the chairs from there in storage.

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And our bedroom:


And a little vignette in the master shower.


So now you know what I have been up to. Tomorrow, I have a meeting at Trinity for the upcoming juried show. Wednesday, I have to finish detailing the places that people open doors to when they are walking through your home. Thursday, Mr Maid and his crew are here all day, deep cleaning, steam cleaning the kitchen floor and washing windows inside and out. Friday, the listing will go live and the signs go up. Saturday, we may have our first lookers. Sunday there will be an open house. The next Tuesday, we have the realtors open house. And so it begins.

I just want to remind you all about Virginia Spiegel’s Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer. Click on the logo in my sidebar to see all the great prizes and the details for participating.