The Rain It Raineth Every Day

It has been raining or threatening to rain almost every day for several weeks:  Most of May and now starting with June.  Needless to say, I did not go to the garden this weekend–or even in the week, since it rained almost every evening.  Today, I’ve had the lights on all day, it’s been so dark.  There are flash flood warnings, where a few months ago we were on the edge of drought.

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This is what it looked like at 3:00 PM.

Still, I kept myself busy this weekend.  I got my sorry little self to the gym for the first time in ages.  After that, I took a wander through a couple local stores, bought some books, and picked up a table runner that I knew would be too long for my table.  But what a lovely thing!  I’ve been trying to add some blues back into my decor and this seemed one way to do it and seasonal.

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Normally I can pass by something that will have to be altered, but these flowers…

I draped the runner across my table and laughed. It was close to twice the length it should be.  So I cut it to length and sewed it up.

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Now it fits nicely with just a little drape over each edge, which of course doesn’t show in this photo.

Then I cut  the remnant into three placemats.  That’s not necessarily an Ideal number, but I can see myself using them with the runner. So, while the rain kept me in, I was not idle, though I plan to be later this evening, if reading equates with idleness. I hope you have a good week!

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This is the first placemat finished. The others are ironed and ready to stitch up.

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28 Responses to The Rain It Raineth Every Day

  1. It’s been raineth-ing here too. Today is a national holiday and everything’s shut and the hot water faucet in the kitchen has lost it’s seal and squirting water everywhere – so have turned off the hot water cylinder. Lightning struck the telephones and burned all three into obscurity (we are out of cellphone coverage). Lightning struck the oven – so no oven cooking and only 3 of the four elements now work! I tell you all this to make you feel better! Thank goodness I wasn’t using the sewing machine to make placemats when the lightning struck!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Bruce, what a perfectly awful day–and probably more given all the issues. I hand sew, since I do not have a sewing machine except the one from my youth that is in storage and comes inside a wooden cabinet I don’t have room for. I may be buying one of those portable ones soon…Just purchased an InstantPot online today, so I will have all mod cons soon. I hope things get fixed soon. Washers aren’t really hard as long as you can turn off the water and have the right tools…

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  2. That runner is totally beautiful! How lucky you are that it rained. Instead of the garden, you decided to go shopping and found that! Making place mats is inspired thinking too. Reading is necessary work – never idling! Enjoy xo

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    From what I read, the rain is headed our way, which is good as we need it. Your area has been inundated lately. It seems that weather these days is all extremes, all or nothing.
    Very clever of you to make placemats to go with your runner, it’s a pretty design.
    I don’t think of reading as idle – as the ad states, ‘Reading is fun-damental!’ 😉

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  4. Sylvie G says:

    I am reading as I have just completed my walk (just before the rain) and some more stretching, so that makes two of us dragging their sorry selves and two with their lights on. Beautiful blue!

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  5. Good grief, Lisa. I was picturing you with days of sunshine, working away at your garden. I’m sorry to hear the rains have been so heavy and for so long as to make the possibility of flooding real. I’m glad you’ve been busy at home, altering that gorgeous table runner and making placemats out of the spare fabric. That’s a great idea!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I’m very happy with the runner. I’ve seen so many that I knew would be too big. The rain is over for today at least and the sun will come out. I’ll be in the work cave, but maybe get some enjoyable time after work.

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  6. I do hope the sunshine comes soon; in the meantime, excellent work with the runner. Reading is definitely not idling.

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  7. Mary Tang says:

    Rain seems to come in too much or too little, never just the right amount. Runners seem to come too long or too short, never the right length – good thing you can sew. It is a lovely thing.

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  8. KerryCan says:

    Do you know this “rain it raineth” painting? https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/the-rain-it-raineth-every-day-13987

    We’ve had too little rain but it’s cold and drippy today! You made good use of your indoor time, though–what a great idea, to turn the extra runner into placemats. It’s lovely fabric–and I wasn’t surprised to hear Pauline loving it!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I have never seen that painting–and it certainly looks wet–and much more apt for the quote, given the wind. I am so grateful to have been born when I was! Can you imagine wet skirts whipping around your ankles?

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  9. No moping around over the weather for you! What a nice table runner, and how clever to make those three placemats. Keep on rocking!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I’ve just received some roman shades from one of your countrywomen who volunteered to sew some up for me. I have the ribs in now and need to sew on the rings and then get them strung, so I have more projects ready if it rains again!

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  10. Laurie Graves says:

    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain! Lovely runner and you put the extra length to good use. As for reading…well, you can never get too much of that.

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  11. Robbie says:

    We finally got some rain-it seems every year, too much or too little:-) I love that blue flower at first I thought you painted it. Truly lovely.
    Hope you get a break from the rain soon. it is raining today so I am inside and at my computer. We have had a hot spring. Not too nice to our plants! My garden is off to a slow start but the rain the last few days is helping:-)

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Well, it’s been cooler than normal here–and of course, quite wet, but my garden is looking fabulous. I’ll be writing about it tonight or tomorrow. I hope yours loves the rain and grows in a spurt!

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  12. Maria says:

    I like it that it was a runner? It’s beautiful.

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  13. Boomdeeadda says:

    Your rain at the beginning of June sounded delicious. We’ve had a number of rainy days this month after a late and dry spring. But now we’re managing very hot temps. 17C at the crack of dawn, going up to 30 C for the 2nd day in a row. I’m staying inside 😀 Gorgeous runner and how smart to make place matts! Love the colour of course 😀 x K

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    • arlingwoman says:

      We’re still not warmed up the way I like it. but we will be. I was off with my mother for a week and it was just the same weather out there! Glad you liked the runner. I haven’t sewn the rings on the shades yet, but I have the wood and the cord and hardware. I guess I need a rainy weekend….

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