Crazy as a Loom

Friday, September 1, 2023


When I bought this old house back in 2005, I fell in love with the old "pantry".  
I'm sure this was where they stored all their canned goods and probably 
everything else, since there are really no closets in houses built this long ago.

For many years, I made good use of this space.  At first it was filled with rolls of 
fabric for rag rugs, and then when I changed it up after my head injury,
and started weaving clothes and towels and yardage, these shelves were full of cones of 

I used to have to use a small step ladder to get to the top shelf.

The cupboard on the right was my "tool" and miscellaneous stash.

Not seen in the photo are the frames of two "cut outs", places I imagine
that were used to hand stuff out to the old kitchen, and the dining room.

Here's another blast from the past, back when I was weaving all those SOCKS.
These were the chair pads, that we sold as "Sweet Bottoms".

Lois was cleaning out the barn at her house, where she used to weave on an
old Weaver's Friend loom, and found a dozen of these that never made
it back to the studio.

I'm sure they will find new homes.

Back to the pantry...............I decided that it was time for a change.   I don't need the volume of
thread that I used to.  I am not weaving production anymore.   And being honest and realistic, it's time for a downstairs bathroom.   
Oh, yes, I am fully capable of going up and down stairs at present, but we know, don't we, how quickly time goes by, and how surprisingly life can change.
So if in the event, I am more comfortable NOT going up and down the stairs in this old house, I could conceivably live downstairs.

This renovation has gone on all summer, and I am very pleased with it.

It is, however, very gray.

There's  a grab bar to go on the wall yet, 

I requested a different shower head, so this is the new one that's in there now.

Today I finally decided to go buy some towels.   On the Friday of Labor Day Weekend, 
right before school starts.
Not my smartest move.

It was mobbed at Target.

But I was on a mission, so I persisted.

I was looking for a "pop" of color.

I think I found it.

If you zoom in, you might be able to see the frosted film on the 
window, with birds in it.
I am still not convinced that I will leave the window that way, even
though you can't see through it.
It looks out on the "inside porch".

That's the excitement around here.  I plan to stay home for the weekend, as I
am not a fan of crowded places, and everyone will be out and about celebrating.

One very positive thing in my life is that I have finally gotten off the drug
Metoprolol, that I took for a year and a half, during my atrial fibrillation episode.

I am not a fan of a lot of medicine, I resist taking it almost every time
it is prescribed.  I took the Metoprolol because I was so miserable with AF.
But I haven't had AF  since last October, and I finally called the cardiologist who did my ablations, and he said I could stop it.

It's been a week now, and I am amazed at how good I feel.
I can actually say that I feel more like myself than I have felt in a very long time.

So there's that.

Always a reason to be grateful.




Joanne Noragon said...

Everything about that bathroom is pretty close to perfect. Walk in shower, YAY. Grab bar, very good. Downstairs, good. And gold towels, perfect.

Boud said...

Grab bars are vital, even at younger ages. Anyone can fall in a wet soapy shower! I do like your color scheme here. I was wondering if a bright woven wall hanging might happen at some point, too.

Good forward thinking!

No Limit Roulette said...

Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge

Rita said...

How exciting--and practical--to have a new downstairs bathroom! I love the pop of color. Glad you got off the afib medication and are feeling well. Life is good! :)

Twylla Alexander said...

Positive transitions, for sure! I'm so glad you're feeling more like yourself after leaving off the medicine.

Caroline M said...

My new bathroom was grey and I too went with orange for the same reason as you. I expected some colour to run on the first wash but I never imagined how much.

I decided that I could always put down vinyl flooring if I needed more colour in the future.

Anonymous said...

Very smart choice. Being able to live on the main floor at any age is a good thing. Love the pop of color. Enjoy!

Kathy Boyd said...

Love your new bathroom! I have six of your Chairpads that I have used since I was at your studio back in 2013 - I still love them as much as when I bought them :)


Peg Cherre said...

I had to laugh - you BOUGHT towels and a rug???? You've woven so many of both! Isn't it funny the choices we make?!

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