Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sew what is new???

It has been a very busy couple of weeks sew I apologize for my lack of blogging.

I have been prepping this week for not one, but two craft shows on Saturday December 1st.

I am doing the Nahant Marsh Winter Festival in Davenport.  I love the crew from Nahant Marsh and I was honored to be asked last year.  I really had a great time .... so I am doing the event again!

And since I can not be at two places at the same time .... Julie will be at North Scott Junior High in Eldridge for the 1st Annual SpeeEchie Craft and Bake Sale.

Sew ... this week has been filled with lots of needles ... knitting needles, sewing needles and some wooden spoons to stir up some jam.

Sew!  Wanna know what is new???

I'm teaching a sewing class next year at Scott Community College .... actually, two series of classes.

This is where you stop laughing!

I can sew.  Actually, quite well.  I'm certain I can find the blue ribbons to prove it ... somewhere!

I loved to sew when I was growing up.  I would come home from school ... decide that I needed something new to wear the next day ... and would hit the stash and come up with a new skirt for the next day.  I was good at it.

But I haven't sewn apparel for decades.  Almost scores.  Yea .... that would be plural.  I did take some Stretch and Sew classes in the 80's ............ but that ended it.

Patterns didn't fit like ready-to-wear. Sizes were and still are unpredictable.  And the frustration level of spending money .... time .... energy and having a garment that I hated!! ..... well, it was enough to toss the sewing machine into the closet.

But the time has come to change that philosphy.  I need to make sewing a priority in my life.  Cheaply made, inexpensive clothing needs to be past history in my life.  And although, it is rare that I need a new dress or a suit jacket .... it could be useful to be able to make something new again.

So when Scott Community College  needed a sewing instructor ....  I said yes.

I am game.

But at the same time .... I am still teaching cooking classes, gardening classes, marketing classes, blogging and Facebook classes, canning classes and homesteading classes.

It is Tuesday ... it must be pizza.  ;)

Sew .... bear with me.  Give me a break or two.

And between now and February ... if you see me scratching my head in the fabric store .... come up and give me a hug.

Cuz I am going to need it!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Change .... Change, Change, Change.

Just a few notes on some changes at Miss Eff's.  Not biggies .... but Carole was missing the blog.  So as boring and mundane as it may be .... here is a new blog post!

One very large noticeable change in the house since the election .......... no phone calls.  No emails.


None. Nada. Zilch.

I look at my emails and instead of 40 new emails in the last 2 hours .... there are four.  The spam digest, an ad for Land's End, the church's update, and Knitting Daily.  Period.

I pick up the phone .... yea, there is a dial tone.  Still works!  But no calls. 

I might even be a little lonely!  Thank goodness, the girls (hens) seem to be brilliant conversationalists.

At least, I am not getting up at dinner to answer the phone.  :)

It's going to take some time to get used to that!


The weather has been really nice for November.  We hit 60 degrees the other day.  There has been limited rainfall so I have to say it has been great for getting things done outside.  But it is also scary to look ahead till next spring.

As I look forward to next year ... I am seeing a garden that is very low on soil moisture.  And we have gardens with high organic matter that holds moisture well.

With the prospects of another dry year are looming ahead of me and the constant watering duties take precedent over weeding duties, we are eliminating a few gardens/rows. 

But my dear engineering husband has been annoyed by the fact that my main cutting garden is not longer square.  In fact, it is more of a parallelogram!  So it looks like the simple act of making my garden square again ... will replace any flowers that I thought I would have to eliminate.

Now we are both happy!


Another big change has been in the fiber factor.  Usually, by this time of year, my spinning wheel is humming along nicely and you hear the constant click-click-click of my knitting needles.

Not so much this year!  My wheel sits of the corner ... protected by a nice thick layer of dust!  My needles get a little workout but more than anything ...... the embroidering floss is flyin'.

Yep!  I've been stocking up the tea towel aisle in the Summer Kitchen.  (Can I do a blue light special from the Summer Kitchen???  Now featuring .... hand-spun yarn in aisle 2????)

I currently have one of these for sale.  I have embroidered four of this style in the last two weeks.  Too say it is popular with our customers is an understatement.

I loved this one!  Notice the past tense!  I think it must have set a new Summer Kitchen blow-out-the-door record!  In less than two hours ... it was out the door and in its new home.  I hope to have another one in place for the weekend. 


And finally ..... The Change.

If you are male ..... you may want to leave the page.

If you are in the midst of child-bearing years .... you may want to leave so you don't have to hear what awaits you.

Ok -- everyone gone????

All females get "the talk" around age 9-11.  We are told of our little visitor that will come once a month .. stay a few days ... and comes back 28 days later.

And that goes on for 35-40 years or so.  Or in my case, 44 years.  

Oops!!!  Make that 45 years. 

Wrong again!!! Make that 46 years!!

Needless to say ... I am having a few issues.  So ......... we think this is odd but not life-threatening.  A nuisance to say the least.  But of course, I am scheduled for a battery of tests until they decide exactly what is going on.

Our regularly scheduled Friday hours in the Summer Kitchen may vary.  And as with most medical tests .... who knows how the schedule will go. 

If you need something, or going to be out this way .... please drop me an email, Facebook message, or call ahead of time just to make sure I am home.

You can be sure I will answer it!  :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Arithmetic .............

I learned something this election.   Can I share it with you?

I learned arithmetic matters. Not math, but arithmetic.

Math is hard.  Math is algebra and calculus.  Math is finding x when y has been divided by 17 squared.

Arithmetic is 1 +1 + 1 + 1 + 1 (and so on) = 270.

And that is what I learned.

One more door.  One more phone call.  One more volunteer.  One more vote.

ONE matters.

I had become cynical.  The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court had me believing the pundits that all elections would be paid for by the wealthiest corporations in America.  Elections would never be won by the power of one.

I was wrong.

I learned that it is possible for 1 person in Scott County to make over 16,000 phone calls.

I learned about a retired nurse with the demeanor of your grandmother but the tenacity of pit bull, lead a team to 300% of the goals that were set.

I learned about two local restaurants that over and over and over again .... asked if a campaign needed coffee or cookies and what could they give or do.  And they did it with LOCALLY produced food.

I learned that coffee and cookies should be staples of early voting!

I learned that grassroots do matter.  And in a cynical world of money and prestige and power --- ordinary, everyday, hard-working people can still make a difference.

And so .... if you grumble and complain about the election results ... think about this.  Did you make that phone call?  Did you knock on that door?  Did you take food to campaign headquarters so that workers could keep on working?  Did you donate money?

Did you stay up late .... did you get up early?

What did you do????

I am grateful to have volunteered for a campaign that saw the power of one.

Cuz this one very short farm-girl in thrift store clothes .... was honored for the opportunity to do this!

And more honored to meet and get to know these women and so many more like them.

The power of one ... is multiplied by power of sisters.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Just another quiet day in Iowa ..

My days are pretty quiet now.

The flowers have stopped blooming.

I slowly work on new products for the Summer Kitchen.

Spice blends 

I embroidered a new tea towel.

This is a rare breed chicken ... very cute but won't show up here too often!!!!

I've been knitting dishcloths.

Apple dishcloths ... also available in yellow and green.

I've tightened up the house .... trying to block the cold air from rushing in.

Honey put the snow tires on the truck.

He has been splitting wood for winter.

We went to my class reunion.

Yes .... it was a small class.  That is roughly half of us.

I baked bread.

I've taught classes.

I spoke in front of a crowd of 3500 people.

I was energizing the crowd for this guy! 

He didn't need my help!  ;)

We've bought chicken feed.

I went to Stringtown and stocked up!

And last night .....

We met this guy!

Vice President Biden stopped by the campaign office.

Maybe my life hasn't been as quiet as I thought!