Early Sunday morning (12th), our houseguests packed up their minivan. All 5 of them were running around, and our front door had never seen so much action. Six am has never been my time to
shine be productive, and I was beat – completely fried from playing hostess with the most-ess since early Thursday morning. I sat in my squishy couch watching with my eyeballs, unable to fix anyone an egg or even check the dryer for lost socks.
John was worried he was not being helpful enough, and kept offering the departing crew day old donuts out of a tupperware container. I assured him anyone leaving this early knows to plan on a McMuffin breakfast. I really wanted one myself, tbh. The crew eventually left with hugs, and hit the road to Disney. I was just thankful I didn’t have to go. It’s been so hot here. The previous day, Saturday (11th) we all went to see the manatees at a state park. I wore my big-brimmed old lady hat. I will never go outside without it. I feel a lot like this hippo, hanging out in the water. Could go for a nap.
The rest of the week I struggled to do anything more productive than sanitize all the doorknobs and light switches, wash the bedding, and put everything back to normal. I love how the guest room is looking these days. I really want to camp out in there, myself. I finished the floral pillow with the red crochet border later that same Sunday everyone left. I had intended on it being done in time for the visit, but our guests came a day and a half early, so I wasn’t able to stitch up the pillow insert in time. That’s all that I had left – the inside pillow form. I Frankensteined a custom-sized one out of fabric and leftover stuffing from bed pillows that have seen better days.
Above the bed, I hung my Scrappy Summer quilt (click for pattern details) that I got done last month. I LOVE how it turned out and may even move it to my room. John hung up the quilt with a curtain rod from Walmart, I love the clear acrylic ball on the end. I sew a fabric tube and pin it to the back of the quilts to thread the curtain rods through. I have an entire separate post with quilt details if you’re looking for that.
On Wednesday, I helped out for several hours at a local retirement village. They were moving their library to a new location. The new space felt nice and freshly painted. The old space had the air of permanence – dusty with a little too much clutter that accumulates in a space built from donations. They had a pretty good sized amount of books – around 4.5K.
On Friday, I remembered that I had an almost full gift card to Hobby Lobby leftover from my birthday last year, and I had yet to check out their yarn selection. I’m newly obsessed with making pillows from the Pioneer Woman fabric. I’ve made 3 pillows so far out of 2 yards purchased previously, and a week ago I picked up two more yards of fabric. I still needed some yarn to finish off the edges. So, Saturday morning I headed into the Hobbit Lobbit. I was delighted at the selection they offered. HL is dominating the skein game compared to the other local chain craft stores. The perfect color pink was even on clearance. Lucky me!
I found a few options, and a little extra since I had a gift card. Happy Birthday to me!! I also picked up some muslin to finish making my living room & dining room valances, a wooden embroidery hoop to add to my hoop wall, a galvanized looking tray for the coffee table, and a new lavender crochet hook. I didn’t buy the hedgehog crochet hook organizer pouch, but maybe next time. I strolled through the fall displays, inhaling all the pumpkin scented candles. I can’t wait.
I’m planning on writing up an entire post on my pillow-making progress with more details as soon as I’m done with these next two cushions.
I think that about covers this entire week! I’ve been listening to so many audiobooks while working away. Here’s a link to my StoryGraph if you want to see what I’m reading. Let me know if you’re on SG as well. I need more friends to follow. I like that on SG, you can’t see who’s following you! No pressure at all.