Wednesday, August 8, 2018

It Came! It Came!!

Image found here.

It rained!

I know, some of you wonder why I would get excited over rain.  Rain is normal.  Rain is wet.  Rain floods.

We haven't had much rain here in SE KS for most of the spring and summer.  The crops around us have burned to brown, some didn't come up much at all, grass has burned dry making it harder to graze livestock.  Much of the corn crops are expected to go to sileage (ground down to cattle feed due to inability to harvest).

It rained yesterday!  It wasn't just a little hit and miss storm as we've often had this season.  We've had those, where you go one block in town and you get wet, you go half a block either direction and you're dry.  This one soaked everything.  It was a good long cold rain.  It was wonderful!!!  Funny isn't it, how something like rain can make your day.
Bradford House

This past week hubby and I had opportunity to go to Branson for an overnight trip. Now, we don't go away often, as in we never had a honeymoon not did we go away on any anniversaries.  This time, since it was our 10 year anniversary in June, we decided to do something special.  We booked a room at the Bradford House Bed and Breakfast.  It was great! The house is Victorian styled, modern but built in that style. It sits on a quiet area with pretty landscaping and woods in back, a fountain in front that is soothing to listen to.  The porch is inviting, and the owners encourage sitting out there and enjoying the scenery.

Inside it has 15 rooms, and ours was quite comfortable.  We had one of the more simple rooms--they had more ornate, but we chose to go less cost.   It was just right for us and our physical limitations.  It had a walk in shower, which made me very happy!  Plush carpeting was so nice, the bed was just the right softness, and there was no worry about someone breaking into your vehicle as you find happens at the chain motels.  We had access to the inground pool in the back, and there was secured wifi access as well.  Basically, we could relax.  They had 24 hour coffee and tea available, some homemade snacks available in a pretty arrangement, and...they made cook-to-order breakfast!  It smelled so amazing walking out of our room into the hallway, oh it smelled like home with eggs and biscuits and fresh was nice! There were cinnamon rolls still in the pan, homemade muffins, eggs any way you wanted them, sausage, biscuits/gravy, fresh fruit, OJ, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.  Hubby enjoyed til he got full, I had a cinnamon roll and muffin and a lot of coffee.  YUM!
front dining room

To tell you the truth, I didn't want to come back home to reality.  It was so refreshing and relaxing there, I honestly would have liked to stay a few more days.  Even if we didn't leave the building, to just relax, walk around the property, etc.  We did wander a little bit around Branson, but honestly it was too packed for my taste--I'm not a crowd loving person.  We didn't go for the shows or attractions, we went there for the B & B.  There's some flea markets I wouldn't mind checking out on the next trip, whenever that should be, and there's a National Tiger Sanctuary just outside Branson that I'd like to visit.  I'd like to see some of the mom and pop shops as well, rather than the chain outlets and so on.
entrance to Bradford House

If you're in Branson you really should try them out!  The links go to ways to book them, and no, I do not get compensation for any of that.

Now that we're home again, I've been sewing on baby bibs.  I have many cut out, in foot ball fabrics, red plaids, red and stars, and so on.  I finished up a dusty rose apron with vintage handkerchief decorating the pockets, with a H back and ties.  It is to go in the shop soon.  I've also been trying to figure out how to work the Dressmaker 7000 I just got out of the shop.  It didn't have a manual, so I had to order one, and now I can start to figure out how to use the cams and the 90 embroidery stitches and how to clean/oil it and so on.  She looks like this (this isn't her, but her twin sister found online).
She was $5 from an estate sale left over.  The owner was going to trash her.  She's quite the worker, and well worth more than $5.  I bought the cams for her from Canada, and had her worked on and cleaned up and oiled, and she runs great.  I'm glad she's not in the trash!!

I'll be honest, my favorite machine is still the 1955 Montgomery Ward Precision.  I enjoy sharing this video from Stagecoach Sewing Machines of a similar one, to show how well she works.  I love how well she works, it's my favorite of the machines I have.  I need to put a new motor on her, but she's worth it.  She is a hard worker!  It's fun to work at sewing when you enjoy the machines you have.  I've now collected 4 vintage ones and one "new" one, and only 1 I have yet to work on.  It's a 1950's Kenmore that looks like a tank.  It's one like this (not mine in the pic but that's what it should look like cleaned up and working)... 
She takes an odd sized needle, but they are found online.  She's missing a foot controller, and needs some small parts.  She may end up just being a shelf sitter.  But, for $15 I couldn't really pass her up. 

Then there's the Singer 4623.  She's been making a lot of items lately.  She's an automatic tension girl that takes a Centaur bobbin.  She's an 80's model, part metal, part plastic.  Her twin is here:
She was given to me as well, and she has all her attachments and 2 manuals.  She isn't as dark as the one pictured, but she's getting there.  She's more of a light beige vs butterscotch.  This one is around 1988 to 1989, making it about 30 years old.  It's in great condition, and it's very easy to work with.  It even has an in case bobbin winder (woohoo--no unthreading the machine to wind a bobbin!!)

It's fun working with these machines, it makes sewing and creating all the more enjoyable.  So, since I have to return to reality, at least I have good machines to work with.  :)  I plan on using one of these vintage ones to do denim skirts at some point, the ones made from jeans with an inverted V in the front and back.  They all should hold up to it, each one is built to do hard labor. 

If you sew, what do you work with?  Do you prefer new, vintage, in between, hand needle?  I'd love to see what you use!!

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