Considering Tuesday was Australia Day holiday and we genuinely took it easy, the rest of the week seemed like an overflowing barrel of apples as I tried to keep life running smoothly and not topple anything over.
But the thing is I really enjoy weeks like this because there is not a moment to be bored and when I look back over the previous days and what was accomplished there is a deep satisfaction to be had...much like the satisfaction of eating thick slices of juicy apple pie. Which reminds me I need to bake one, or perhaps apple rolls as I saw a friend had made the other day and which caused me to salivate just looking at her photo.
In the last post I showed the fabric and doilies I intended using to sew a new "miracle apron" and now that it's made I can show you how it turned out.
It did do my head in again, but as I was very aware of what to expect things managed to go smoothly. Those doilies became pockets and honest, they just make the apron even lovelier than I'd hoped. When you look at the photo you'll notice I did not cut the top off the doilies but turned over one end for the straight edge these pockets needed.
All the edgings are made with bias binding which gives the apron a really nice finish. I had enough cream bias binding (you need around 5 yards/4.5 metres) and though I would rather have used a soft blue you can't see the binding so I'm rather chuffed.
Blossom has decided to make me another in gorgeous blue 'houses' fabric for my birthday next month which has me very happy indeed. I just LOVE full aprons like these!
I know now that the original link for this free pattern had disappeared from my original 2015 blog post but a dear reader found another so I have updated it and you'll have no problems downloading this time. Pop over HERE to that original post.
A new apron means it needs to be broken in and yesterday this was done by scrubbing the bathroom, shower, toilet and laundry from top to bottom. Actually I did such a thorough job that every muscle aches today. Not complaining though...deep cleans are fun to me. I just need chocolate afterwards as an energy boost, which I'm sure you understand, yes?
One appliance that gets a deep clean every 8 weeks or so is the washing machine. We have a front loader and the gasket can get a build up of grime which requires lots of 'miracle spray' and grit to remove. Also a slightly contortionist movement of the hands and arms to get inside the rubbery bits.
I pulled out the soap dispenser and scrubbed that, washed out where the dispenser is housed in the machine and polished the glass and everywhere else. I use a paper towel (above) to clean the gasket as it needs to be thrown away, but for everything else I use the washable cleaning rags I made last year and more of the miracle spray.
Once everything is clean I run the machine on an empty cycle with a cup of vinegar as this is great for cleaning the inside of the hoses and removing the remnants of the miracle spray before I add clothes to the next load.
Lastly I tidied up the laundry and scrubbed it down as well, which is when I noticed the window outside needed a clean too.
I'm a shorty at just 5'1" (155cm) so I needed a high stool to get up and clean it, and then I found it necessary to wash all the windows along the back of the house - do you do that? Start one chore and find it leads you on to many others? I'm renowned for it. Sigh. But as I said before - there's satisfaction and chocolate once it's done.
I cooled off in the pool after about three hours of non stop scrubbing and climbing and then went out to run some errands. Feeling the need for some floral cheeriness on my desk I came home with groceries AND a bunch of gorgeous pink carnations and the prettiest yellow chrysanthemums.
It was only as I popped the vase on my desk that I noticed their colours matched my favourite computer wallpaper.
I was never much for yellow, you know. I still only own five yellow fabrics. Though my car is yellow, nothing much else at home is.
But things change, people's likes and dislikes change, styles change - and one day you discover a love growing for yellow and suddenly you want to add a splash of it everywhere. That's how my mind is running these days as I "walk the room" and write notes on what I'd like to do or change or repair in each room of the house.
I didn't get to make the fourth handmade gift tag last weekend as I spent the day with beautiful Blossom instead and it wasn't until this morning that I was able to settle into relaxed pottering mode in the sewing room and see what I could come up with.
HOPE kept swimming through my mind, which in reality was not at all related to the theme for week 4 - Fly Stitch. But there's nothing to stop a girl from combining both so I did just that.
Very simplistic this one, yet it resonates in my heart. That need to always HOPE, to hold fast to God in all circumstances and never lose hope.
Now I have the first four tags completed I can start planning week 5's tag theme which is crosses and cross stitch. Here's my first four (I changed some of week 3's scrappy tag today as I hadn't been happy with it initially and now I am)...
The week 3 tag is scrappy lace simply because I love it and have so many pieces.
If you need more info on anything I shared in the post today here's a list of links -
Walk the Room downloadable sheets inside the Homemakers Heart
I bought a bag of ten huge mangos at the market last Sunday for $10 and they are still not ripe so today I'm going to make a Green Mango Salad for hubby when he gets home from work. It's full of delicious Asian flavours (our favourite) and I will shred a little chicken through it as well.
HERE's the recipe I'm going to use if you'd like to try it yourself. We like rice vermicelli noodles so I'll toss them through as well.
I do hope your own weekend is a joyful one, overflowing with goodness, kindness and renewed HOPE. May the Lord bless you and keep you ever so close to His loving heart.
PS: Memberships to Let's Stitch Again close at midnight Sunday if you'd like to receive the February set of patterns. Pop over HERE to take a look.