After Mr E's school holiday break and my time out to recover from chronic fatigue and a run of migraines, this morning I woke with a very clear plan for getting my housework routine back on track.
I began with the ensuite bathroom, then the toilet and laundry, the walk in robe, vacuuming, and cleaning out the fridge. Whilst all this was happening a few loads of washing got done and were hung outside in the sunshine between the other chores. Bob the dog followed me around here and there inside but outside he decided to roll around in the dirt so his normally white fur is now rather brown and dusty. I've brushed a lot out but tomorrow he'll need a bath.
Lunch was nourishing, something I will be more mindful of after this lapse in energy recently. A broccoli, chicken and pesto salad, served with the last of our weekend's ciabatta bread nicely toasted and thickly spread with butter. Have I ever told you that butter is better than any topping you can put on bread? Well it is to me.
It felt so good to have energy again today, and even better to slip back into a normal Monday cleaning routine. When Mr E was leaving for work early this morning he said "I'll help you clean when I get home" but I assured him rather than being a chore, homemaking and all it entails brings my heart more joy than he knows. Laughing, he shook his head and headed out the door. My beloved really does consider all house duties as drudgery and can't get his head around the fact that I find it the most pleasant of pastimes. But he does enjoy the results. LOL!
After lunch I made a lemon meringue pie which will be our dessert for the rest of the working week, and no complaints there as it's in the top three favourite treats for this family.
Don't you love that lemon tray underneath? I found it at an op shop for $2 and thought it would brighten up the kitchen. Even though my home is rather sparse on yellow, a touch of citrus-y lemon is lovely.
Over the weekend some time was spent in the sewing room cutting more scraps of fabric to make more one inch hexies. It's been very worthwhile doing this, and not just for the ever increasing number of hexies being made.
Any scraps smaller than 2" wide go into a basket which will become my applique stash. Many of my designs contain little pops of applique here and there...
Scraps smaller than 2" wide but longer than 6" are being set aside for bordering stitcheries or using for log cabin style patchwork pieces in the future...
Using up scraps leftover from other projects I've made over the past few years has given a lot of satisfaction, and also a reason to justify those fabric purchases. I don't know about you but I genuinely don't like hoarding fabric or having too much of it anymore. In those first years when I taught myself to quilt and do patchwork (I began late in 2005) amassing fabric was an obsession.
In hindsight I cringe at the memory of many 'filled to the brim' plastic tubs and much of my book shelving weighed down, due to the collecting of more fabric than I could use in a lifetime.
When it all became too much my OCD about visual calm and order kicked in so I sold heaps and donated plenty more. In fact I had to go through that same purging a few times over a couple of years until I had just what I loved, what I needed, and what I hoped to use.
I still have the odd impulse purchase, but mostly I buy with a purpose in mind.
When sorting through my scraps box I found this partially made dresden block too, and now my mind is ticking over with ways to use it. Possibly on a tea towel?
Actually I made a new tea towel on Saturday afternoon...
...and then I watched a tutorial to make a hand towel for the kitchen.
Think the hand towel part should have been yellow or lemon, not that dark aqua, but it was a practice piece and will come in handy none the less.
Instead of a bunch of flowers this week I found a less expensive pot of budding pink hyacinths! They're comfortably nestled beside my breadmaker and the fragrance which drifts through the kitchen and dining area is a delight to the senses.
Must admit, I didn't know these grew in autumn...but I'm not complaining.
Another bargain purchase recently were these skeins of DMC perle 5 cotton. I don't embroider with such thick threads but at $1 each my idea is to use them for crochet edging on hand towels.
Such pretty pastel colours, I think they will be very pretty crocheted in a lacy design along one end of a hand towel or around a face washer.
Of course, crochet is not my first language so I need lessons! Right on cue an email from Craftsy arrived offering two weeks of unlimited lessons in any class for just $1 and I accepted the offer.
I think the offer finishes at midnight April 24th so if you're interested it's here.
You can watch a LOT of classes in two weeks.
One last bargain to show you today. When we were in Cairns a week ago I found this sweet tea towel set and fell in love with the gentle bouquet embroidered across the bottom of one in red cross stitch...
The towels are heavy weight linen and beautiful to hold.
Being so lovely they shall not be used for everyday kitchen purposes but set aside for serving when we have guests.
That delicate cross stitch motif has inspired me to possibly design a few small cross stitches. I did do this a few years back but never released the pattern...perhaps I should bring it out again and have another look?
It's getting late here now, the sun had gone down, Mr E and I have had dinner (creamy chicken & mushrooms on rice) and he's calling me to slice that lemon meringue pie and make a cuppa before tonight's episode of My Kitchen Rules starts...so I must away.
Would you like the recipe for our dessert?
It's very simple.
Download the recipe here.
Tomorrow I am off to pick up Cully May and take her out with me for the morning while I run some errands. I'm sure the afternoon will see me taking a nap as she's a little girl with lots of adventurous energy, but it's all worth it to spend time with her.
I hope your week is productive and joyful and that you find pockets of peace and refreshment whenever you need them.
Bless you heaps,