I know what you are thinking. Maybe new fancy shoes, a new sewing machine or a big stack of fabric. But you would be wrong. Our definition of a good gift does change over time. There was a time when jewelry was the only answer to "What is a great gift that will make the angels sing Hallelujah?"
But the new great gift I just bought for myself is a new washing machine.
But this isn't a washing machine for doing laundry. Angels don't sing over a laundry washing machine.
Angels are singing because I now have a washing machine in the dye studio! Surely you can hear them. It's a beautiful sound and a beautiful sight.
Let me tell you, it's very difficult to find a washing machine that lets you control the water level. The one I got is this GE-Made-In-The-USA-model. It has some weird feature that doesn't let you soak as long as I will need so I'll unplug it when I need to do an overnight soak (every week). These appliances that think they know what I need better than I do are supremely annoying. But I should be able to trick this one into doing anything I want.
Glorious, isn't it?
Since I had to run power and water for the washer I also added an outlet on the front wall so I could move my fridge and microwave (for making soap). The basement is a little spare in outlets and I previously had 4 things sharing outlet space. Now everything can stay plugged in.
I don't think my life could get any better.
It's not a pretty space but it is very functional and I can't wait to start dyeing some new things today.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.