It's been a long time since my last post. Dear Suzie has been to the hospital again:
I took her in because she kept turning off while I was stitching. I then had to unplug her and turn off the power switch, and on again to get her going again. It was really annoying, especially when I was using a zig-zag stitch. Suzie goes back to a default straight stitch every time she gets rebooted. I took her in to get fixed in March and they couldn't find a problem. When I took her home, she displayed the exact same symptoms. I was on vacation the last couple of weeks and so I dropped her off again.
This time they did find the problem. It was a bad power supply. Bad power supplies can be caused by a surge in electricity. This can be prevented by ALWAYS plugging your machine into a surge protector. I live at almost 6,000 ft. above sea level and up here, the altitude can be very hard on electronics. I don't know what caused my little Suzie to blitz out, but from now on I will always use a surge protector when I sew.
$180 later, Suzie has a new power supply and a new lease on life! Yay! Electronics are expensive. Booooooooooo!!!
My husband and I have been very busy house hunting these last couple of months. We are moving cross country in August, to Charleston, South Carolina. We took a lovely house hunting trip recently and saw every house in our price range within our criteria in two days. Last weekend, we put an offer in on a lovely home close to base with this kitchen:
The kitchen is enormous for us! You should see our current set up. It doesn't even have 1/3 of the counter space you see here. I am so excited to get to cook alongside my hubbie - a.k.a. I clean while he cooks. In case you were wondering...I did negotiate for the butcher block in the center of the kitchen. It's cute, functional, and I really didn't want to shop for another one.
My in-laws came down for the weekend and after we found our house we took some time to see the sites, including Sullivan's Island...
...and Magnolia Plantation. Here is my mother-in-law and my husband looking at some beautiful trees, covered in moss. Apparently, the moss is invasive because it crowds out the leaves, but I love how romantic it looks hanging in the breeze.
I promise, I have some great projects started for the summer and I can't wait to share them with you! I've learned some more tricks on sewing with knits and also have a linen dress and a bridesmaid's dress that need whipping up. Also, I bought a walking foot recently, and once I find out how to use it I will tell you all about it.