In October I make Halloween costumes. This year I have a brand new sewing machine to use. I had been putting off buying one for a long time. I knew I wanted to upgrade but I didn't know exactly what I wanted. I finally came across a mechanical Janome machine and the reviews caught my eye. Now that I've had it a while and used it some I love it. It has lots of handy features and special feet but really it just takes the fabric and sews so smoothly and quietly. Like butter compared to my old machine chunking along.
So here's my old machine - it was a good machine - a good friend.
And my shiny new Janome.
I'm knee deep in quilting rainbow diamonds and sewing suction cups onto fabric.
The costumes are almost complete. I'll show you soon.
Our windows are in bad shape - we decided to go with a window restoration company instead of replacing them. Our fully rehabbed windows were installed on Friday (just the six in our bedroom and bathroom). They look smooth and clean and trim. We didn't have to change the already great design that was integral to the house. And we avoided the clunky look of replacement windows. It took a long time and not a small amount of money, but we are so pleased with our new old windows. We are hoping they perform well this winter with the new weather stripping and our new storm windows.
Claire and I went for a walk at Fort Sheridan. She was on an acorn hunt. I was smitten with hummingbirds eating from the jewel weed. There were more than I've ever seen - ten or twelve - flitting around - busy little things. Too busy for me to get a photo but I did take lots of pictures of the colorful meadow.
Chicago's Lyric Opera tries to get people excited about opera with a couple free outdoor concerts every year. They are held at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. It's fun to have a picnic and listen to the music and feel like you're in the center of the busy city.
Once or twice a year I hear a ding…. ding…. ding sound out my window. It's the old timey knife sharpening man. He pushes his cart around and it makes that slow ding as he makes is way around the neighborhood. Last week I finally ran out and asked him to sharpen a couple knives and my sewing scissors. Only $5.00 and so charming.
I have a few more photos to post from our Switzerland vacation. We stopped for one night in a town called Neuchatel on our way to the mountains. We were in a bit of a jet lag fog but we still enjoyed seeing the beautiful gothic style castle and church plus all the old buildings surrounding it.
Here we are goofing off on the train the next day.
Okay - that's it - no more vacation photos. Bring on the Fall fun photos.