Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Time is Here

First and foremost, I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year.  While I'd like to think that I regard every single day during the year as blessed and happy and merry, I admit to my own humanness.  I forget to be conscious of the people who make my life so very blessed.  Each year, I am reminded during the holiday season and vow to be better next year.  I am a creature of habit and will not disappoint myself or others - so, again this year, I am going to try to remember to be thankful each and every day for the people in my life.  You all add something that enriches my.  Thank you so much!

Mr. Wonderful and I were talking the other day about my renewed interest in machine embroidery.  Part of that renewed interest included bigger designs and larger projects.  John encouraged me to investigate getting a newer and faster and more powerful and smarter machine than the one I currently own.  Well, far be it from me to refuse a shopping suggestion!  In the course of my search, I came upon an amazing deal on a Babylock Journey embroidery and sewing machine.  John and I talked about it and we decided that the deal was far better than we'd find anytime in the near future so I did it!  Meet Miss Journey!  a friend came over and we noodled around with it yesterday.  I recognized quite a few of the features that my previous machine had so it wasn't quite so strange working with this newer, faster, bigger machine.  

 I'm kinda happy about how much she does on her own.
The newest feature that Babylock (the machine manufacturer) has is making quilt blocks in the hoop.  That guarantees each block is exactly the same so the quilt that results from these blocks is as near perfect as came be.   I admit it's kinda neat but I like doing the blocks the old-fashioned way as well.

One of the other features of this new machine is that I can import designs from my laptop directly to the machine via USB cord rather than the several steps involving a separate plug in and a card it required for the other machine.

I suppose you can tell from the pictures and the blog post that I'm totally in love with this new machine...well, I am.  I can't wait for the 'mastery' classes that I will take in January to learn about my new machine.

I have completed all the gift shopping and everything has been posted to the family for the holidays.  I won't be needing to take everything in my suitcase this year.  We are counting down the days till I join them.

We've taken the house off the market for the time being.  It's been listed for sale for over 14 months and folks are beginning to question what's wrong with it.  Taking it off the market and then re-listing in the spring will make it appear to be a new listing.  Rural properties are not fast sellers right now so this has been a difficult time for us all.  With luck, the new year will bring some welcome changes!  Pray for us, please!!!

Thank you all for stopping by.  We both wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.