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I finally unpacked my sewing machine, two or possibly even three years after bringing it home.

A few years ago when I was visiting my parents in Michigan, my mom insisted that I fly her spare sewing machine with me as my second free piece of checked baggage.  The trouble was that once I had it back with me in California, it languished in the unreachable reaches of the closets in the rented rooms I lived in for the next dozens of months.  When you are living your life in the smallest bedroom in another person/family’s house, there is not really a place for a craft table.  Now, over a year after getting married, I finally acquired a craft table and cleared out a place for it in the back room.

I opened the machine’s shipping box and then spent a good hour using Goo Gone to remove all the duct tape residue on it.  My mom had packed it very, very, well… duct taping down everything not attached to the machine.  Goo… lots of goo…  in the end I had a shiny, orange-scented machine with all the little extra parts still intact and a set of filled bobbins and mini thread spools.

Th first thing I sewed after getting reacquainted with how to thread the durn thing was the lower covering on my drum seats.  See how I had to match up the pattern and sew carefully?  I think I did a pretty good job for a total amateur!  I actually couldn’t find the spot when I went to take a picture.

matched up pattern seam

And the second thing was an envelope pillowcase.  It is the first one I have ever made and I simply watched this video on YouTube, then went for it.  I consider it a practice run – I did line up the pattern at the seams but forgot to center it, and the fabric shows little snags from my cats after just a couple weeks.

my first pillow

The important thing is, the horizons have OPENED UP! I am no longer confined to no-sew/low-sew projects using iron-on hem fusing or hand stitching.  This is to home decorating what an electric mixer is to baking.  Thanks, Industrial Revolution!


The Chief and I went down to Baja, Mexico for a nice getaway weekend and stayed at a place we’d never been before.  It’s one of those small places with 8-10 themed rooms, and it was RIGHT on the coast.  Stairs led down the cliff off the terrace and spit you out on the beach.  We had the best room, the only one with a second story view.


Our room’s theme was Polynesian and was predictably over the top.  The large tropical mural on the left wall was actually quite good, and the tiki palm fronds were hokey but fun.  What we both liked best about the space was how the bed was raised up a bit from the rest of the room on a low platform.  It was a very effective way to create a sense of place, and I’m keeping it in mind for future use.  I think many bedrooms are not large enough to do this trick, but if you can raise an area at the end of the room where you have your bed, it really elevates (pun intended) the nature of the room.


When was the last time you reveled in the sensory pleasure of a perfect day and the joy of just being? 

My favorite moments in life are the ones when I’m sitting in my yard enjoying the beautiful sunshine and fresh air of a weekend afternoon, wearing a summery knee-length skirt and possibly a hat.   I might be reading a book or sipping a gin and tonic, or simply hanging out with my husband while he works on a vintage car.  Fig Tree Sundays is my way of sharing some of the things that, at their best, remind me of those moments.   This means perfume sampling, DIY/decorating, food, and the occasional slice of life.  Enjoy!