So what have I done all week?
Over the weekend I picked up the 1880's mantle clock I took from my mother's and had fixed by the antique clock expert who also fixed the 200 year old grandfather clock that my son inherited. Honestly, I was going to give the mantle clock away, since it didn't work - but when the clock guy spotted it and raved, I had to let him fix it. It is here now, ticking away. It dings on the half-hour and has a beautiful, mellow chime on the hour. I find it very comforting.
Monday I spent all day at IKEA looking for storage solutions for this sewing room/office.
I have made lots of progress; you just can't tell from this picture - LOL.
Took lots of measurements and notes and will go back in a few weeks to sit down with a design helper that can work on planning the space with me. The wire basket (purchased on Monday) is now a repository for Helene's hand-dyes, which I seem to have been collecting since 1997. Still working on ironing/cutting/sorting by color and am wondering why I have so many drawers and bins of other fabrics. A few years ago I gave away a ton of fabrics to a friend, but you'd never know it now.
Found this old card while I was going through the family stuff (still cluttering up that end of the room in the picture.
Yesterday, I finally got out the strips I had been auditioning in Paducah and put them on the bulletin board/mini-design wall. Who knows what this will be, if anything?? But it is keeping me amused and I am working with color combinations I don't normally use.
I have been making gallons of soup. First, a divine wild mushroom soup (minus the garnish) inspired by the one we had in a restaurant last week.
Next, a to-die-for butternut squash, white bean, kale soup that was the best thing I have ever tasted. (well, top of the list, anyway). It is a bit of work, but worth it.
This recipe comes from a blog called For Love of the Table.