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My house is a mess. It's clean, but it's a mess. It's driving me a little crazy, yet I know it's how things need to be right now. The mess is really in-progress creations. My husband is working on a contraption to make it easier to launch his sailboat. I'm baking 2,000 cookies to send to publishers (there are a lot of publishers), as a thank you for assisting with the book clubs I bring to you each day.
Twenty vintage hats, old hat boxes, hat pins, and hat stands are perched on whatever is free around my living and dining rooms. I'm organizing a Vintage Hat Show/Party at Tortoise & Pearl, a vintage clothing store here in Sarasota, Florida. (If you live nearby, it's November 6th, 7th and 8th.) My husband has made colorful cards with a photo of each hat and background information. Two of the hats were designed by Mr. John, who was part of the team that created hats for Gone with the Wind.
Stacks of quilting squares are piled high on my sewing table. I'm in the midst of sewing a chenille quilt from vintage bedspreads. Paul, my 7-year-old grandson, is sewing his own quilt. Paul is so versed on the sewing machine that he's even teaching James, his 6-year-old brother, to sew. It's cute listening to Paul give step-by-step directions to James about how to do things. Especially when he's explaining the different parts of the machine. "This is the foot, here's the bobbin, and this is where you push the button to back stitch. Don't forget to back stitch. Watch me, I'll show you how to do it." Paul works pretty much on his own now. But like every "sewer" as Paul calls himself, every now and then I hear him yell from the sewing room, "Whoops Grandma, I goofed."
"It's okay Paul, grab the seam ripper."
The messiness has spilled out into my backyard, too. Twenty foot pieces of thick bamboo, from the next door neighbor's bamboo tree, are stacked in my backyard. Paul and his brother James hauled them over in anticipation of their Uncle Jim's visit this Thanksgiving. Uncle Jim has promised to build a tee-pee with the boys, big enough to sleep in. I hope my yard is big enough for the tee-pee.
Even my cats add to the mess. Miles of paper are strewn from one end of the house to the other. When I order something online the box is stuffed with long, thick brown packing paper. My cats think the paper is a toy. They run underneath it, pouncing on each other and finally tuckered out, they take a catnap underneath the paper.
Yes, my house is a mess. But if you look past the mess, you'll find a lot of love and joy behind it.
If you'd like to see some of my vintage hats that will be at the show, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MFxHrVyTtM
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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