Tonight is officially the last night of summer. Starting tomorrow my soul belongs to my students since I am back to work as a full-time, adjunct professor teaching 7 classes. Four of them are Astronomy and this is my fourth year teaching them. Three are physical science teacher prep classes and this is only my second year teaching them. I have been busting my butt trying to optimize my plans for all 7 classes and I'm very excited to try out my changes! This is only the second time I have taught this many classes at once, so I'm nervous. But I'm always nervous at the start of a semester. Anyways, I printed all my syllabi today!
As for crafting, I finished two quilts. The first is a super easy tossed 9-patch quilt in fall Civil War repro fabric. This quilt is one of the prizes for Quilt Across Texas-Region 4. Also, this was the first quilt to be photographed at the new house!
Here it is again in the shade so you can actually see the fabric. Oddly enough I like the other picture more. I'm not too sad about this one going away to a stranger.
I also tried my hand at invisible zippers for the first time and came up with this pillow. It is quilted with a basic stipple.
I finished another Quilt Across Texas quilt, this one using the official fabric for 2013. It is huuuge. Naturally I forgot to take a picture after it was quilted and bound, but it is hanging at a quilt shop in town so I can go sneak a picture later. :)
Because I am in the slow process of packing to move, I decided it would be easier to sell a bunch of stuff, so today I sold a huge laundry basket and ginormous grocery bag full of books and DVDs to Half Price books and made just over $80! I figured I could splurge on these books which came to about $10. The Spellbinding Quilts book might as well be called "Tolkien & Harry Potter inspired paper pieced blocks." I can't wait to sew up some dragons!
I mentioned the new house, so here are house details. Boyfriend and I went to sign paperwork on Friday morning but somehow the relocation company being used by the seller didn't send out the official "you can have the house" email until today, which sucks because we were planning on using the long weekend for moving and painting, but couldn't.
But since we got official word today, I got to start painting what will be the sewing room! The top two swatches are the colors I was really torn between. The bottom one is from a gallon of paint I found in the "oops" section at Lowes. This means it is a $35 gallon of paint for $5. Here it doesn't look great, but next to those glorious blues and underwhelming brown nearly everything would look kind of blehhh.
That brown is everywhere in the house, even ceilings but we are only painting the master bedroom and sewing room.
Since I already have a gallon of the "oops" paint and am such a tightwad that I convinced myself I could love it, I decided to start painting with it and worst case scenario, it is the first coat for one of the blues.
It is still drying and obviously trim work still needs to be done (I avoid ladders while home alone) but it is definitely growing on me! Or maybe it just looks better not surrounded by the other colors.