There was going to be a last post of 2013 but I spent Dec 31 and Jan 1 with friends in their NY City pied a terre, which has no Internet access.
For those of you following my sewing room clean-up saga, I spent the past week in that room and it now looks relatively civilized, except for the cutting/ironing table. Mostl of the drawers below that surface have been emptied and eithere pitched or sequestered somewhere else. I just have to take out what is behind the cabinet doors (a Singer 99, which is a 3/4 size workhorse and comes in a nifty carrying case.
Enough of this tangent. I arranged all my threads in the beautiful antique Red Star thread cabinet my friend Audrey gave me a decade or more ago. I am SO proud of myself. How long they will stay organized? Don't know, but for now they are a visual treat.
The threads in the bottom are so old they break if you pull them, but they are beautiful. The next up are my brand name threads and now I can see what I have (as in too many of a coupleofcolors I never use). The top are the small spools of brand name threads and the top drawer, which you don't see, is full of gorgeous old spools of silk threads, which I also don't use but love to look at.
My scissors, seam rippers, and other tools are in the middle drawer, which does not have a glass front.
Fast forward to Jan 6 and I am in Chicago, where it is -11F degrees, up from a low of 18 below zero when we landed a few hours ago. In my nice warm hotel room at the moment, but will have to walk to the restaurant next door for dinner. I was wearing five layers under my coat, including a hooded sweatshirt and in addition, two scarves. On my feet, a pair of furry clogs (no socks, of course) and my feet were so hot on the plane that I had to take them off. Brought my Birks with me for indoor wear:-)).
Tomorrow morning, lecture at the guild and my body is in east coast time so I will read for a while and call it a day.