Let’s start with the big stuff, get that out of the way. Rent was paid. (Thank you, God). Imagine me stressed to unbearable limits watching the clock pass, the hours fade and nothing was happening. Then I shifted my thinking, as I’ve recently been learning to do. I pulled out that gem of a gift of mine (optimism), brushed it off, and proudly put it on display. I need to trust the Universe. Everything will be fine.
At the last minute it all came flowing into place. And within the hour rent and the electric bill was paid and we had enough left over to get a couple of sandwiches from our favorite Italian Deli down the block.
And the blessings kept coming….
I am now the proud owner of a Singer 401 Slant-o-Matic with cabinet AND stool! Woo hooooo!!!! Look at that! Now, when I was first on a quest to find a sewing machine, you were all so wonderful at giving me a general idea of what I should be looking for. But, it was all Greek to me. It was a bit like buying a laptop and they tell you about all the gigs and rams and things….you just have no idea what everyone is talking about. So, I asked my yarn buddy here in town to help me out. I told her my budget. That was it. “I trust whatever you come up with, because I have absolutely NO idea what it is I’m looking for.”
Boom! She finds this gorgeous darling and gifts it to me. GIFTS IT! “Keep your money,” she said. Oh, I replied with joy, “How about you come over Monday, give me a primer on how to work this beauty and I take you to lunch?”
“Deal,” she said with a smile. Then handed me a big, beautiful Florida avocado from her tree. Yum! Chips and dip never tasted so good.
What was fascinating about this particular machine is that it seems to come with a history of the woman who owned it. “Seems like the guy was just trying to get rid of it, get it out of his house. Maybe a deceased mother or grandmother.” Every drawer was filled with bobbins and thread, oil and lubricant, a classic tomato pin cushion and a cigarette case filled with double pointed knitting needles (Funny! My grandmother had the same cigarette case full of crochet hooks!)
Oh, yes! Popping open the cushion on the stool, I could see the former owner of this amazing machine had tons and tons of cable needles, circular knitting needles, and interesting sewing and knitting tools and notions…..AND!….the original manual for the sewing machine. The woman was a CRAFTER!
What a treasure! What a wonderful gift! Oh, I can’t wait to get started making my drapes! “Once your done with drapes,” Phillip says, “I could use a kimono….you know, for while I’m watching my anime.” Sure, sweetheart. I’ll get right on it.
I feel like I’m really going to enjoy sewing. I truly do. I’d love to make Phillip a kimono, just to see if I could do it. Then quilting, I really want to try my hand at quilting.
I was kinda half joking a few blog posts back when I said if I had fun with sewing I’d have to change my name from “Mad Man Knitting,” to “Mad Man Making Things.”
For the moment? I love, truly love the simple, “Mad Man Feeling Blessed.” Thank you all so much for that feeling. 🙂
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