Shopping, 1-23-24

I think I mentioned my little tv in the sewing room only has red and green colors and it’s old so I went to Target to buy a new one. The smallest tv they had was 32” – I need 19”. Target used to be my favorite store of any – now it’s all Target brand and so remodeled I don’t recognize anything. I hate it. So off to dreaded Walmart. No tv there either! I will have to order one online!!

I also need a new sewing chair. Remember last fall when Bonnie and Jo were singing the praises of Sit-Mate? It was $99 and with such an aching back I felt if it helped it would be worth every penny. It was not at all comfortable – for ME! That’s understandable – everyone is different – but they wouldn’t take it back and refund my money. $99!!!

You won’t get an endorsement from me. It does say at the top of the page to tell your friends and neighbors.

My handsome boy in the barn.
Winter arrived suddenly

A friend and reader, Mary H. , recently traveled to Little Rock, AR and visited The Stitchin Post where she chatted with Cindy who asked where Mary was from. When she said Iowa Cindy shared with her that she was a Country Threads fan and even visited us in person one time. it’s such a small world, isn’t it?

Reader Photos

A special window saved from a first home
We’re all looking forward to this, aren’t we?

This doesn’t look very interesting, does it? I’m going to piece a quilt block with a lot of odd pieces so I made a small design wall by covering a piece of cardboard with batting.

Now I can cut all the pieces of the block, position the pieces on the “board” and not lose track of all the pieces and where they go. Plus I can lay out all the pieces and move the cardboard into the garage when I go to bed so that two little cats don’t have fun during the night!

This sign is in my kitchen – I’m moving it to my sewing room.

87 thoughts on “Shopping, 1-23-24

  1. JanetB

    I agree with you about the Sit Mate. I have four fusions in my lower back and the Sit Mate aggravated them.

    Best bet for a small tv is Amazon.

  2. Colleen in Central Oregon

    I need that sign in every room of my house!
    Love those darling pillows and the window. I also long to see some colorful flowers. We’ve had a couple feet of snow and now rain. I’m working on a neutral quilt and knitting a brown sweater. I think I need to switch to more colorful projects for a while. Your design board is a great idea, Mary!

  3. Diane in Colorado

    I’m glad you said you were moving your design wall to the garage at night because I was seeing it as a new scratching post for the cats! What fun!

    What a beautiful window, saved to be enjoyed in a new home!

    I had not heard of SitMate. Sorry it didn’t work out for you! I need a new sewing chair as well so will be curious to hear what you end up with.

  4. Lynn H

    Mary, seems the older I get the more I run into someone who knows someone I know…lots of connections out there!

  5. Connie R. in Wis.

    I like the idea of the small design board. I don’t have a designated sewing space so, something portable would work for me. I’m going to give it a try.
    I sewed several mug rugs this week to give to my former classmates/ friends when we meet for lunch next. Just used scraps and they came out cute.

  6. Vicki Ibarra

    I, too, love the small pillows and the beautiful petunia display. Such lovely colors on both the pillows and flowers. I think the special window is beautiful and the two dogs on the floor are a happy thing to see. Good luck on the TV search. My sewing chair is a desk chair on wheels that I inherited from my oldest son. It has worked well and it is 20 plus years old.
    I printed a spool quilt pattern in 2008 and have had it in a “make some day” folder since then. I think I should dig it out and make bright colored spool blocks to cheer my winter days.

  7. DebMac

    Sweet little pillows. And a beautiful window. While I’m not ready for spring, it was nice to be in the mid 30’s today instead of at zero or below. I bought an inexpensive desk chair to use for a sewing chair. It was OK but I leaned back on day and the weld on the back support gave way and it fell off. Now the “stool” is great! It is hard to go shopping anymore-nothing in the stores. Our daughter called this morning at 6am; could she borrow a drying rack and some hangers as her dryer died late last night. She had to work and since I had errands to run anyway, I thought I would just pick up a drying rack for her at Walmart. They didn’t have one and didn’t have the metal hanging racks. Good thing I had extra hangers as they probably didn’t have those either.

  8. Margie from Ohio

    That kitty is thinking mischievous thoughts, but he doesn’t know you are one step ahead of him, going to move the board to the garage! Great things in this post.

  9. Deb in Idaho

    I love the flowers, I’m starting to get spring fever. No sewing,but have been painting my living room. I do one wall a day. I’m slow and in no hurry. I do want it to be good. It has been very foggy and dismal. So spring fever is setting in. I love the portable design board. I will make one soon. Good luck on your search for a tv and sewing chair.

  10. Kathy in western NY

    I made several of those design boards and love how I can stack my blocks up to later sew them. I’d be lost without them to be honest.
    My sewing room chair is one from an office supply store and has 5 spokes at the bottom so it’s a little safer and won’t tip easily.
    We got our last tv from Target a year ago and I couldn’t get over how inexpensive they were compared to years ago. I hope you find the size you need. We don’t do any streaming so I am excited for the return of our favorite shows after Super Bowl.

  11. Sharon G.

    Mary – So enjoy this blog about nothing. I haven’t commented for a while.. I’m in the midst of getting my house fixed up so I can sell it.
    Loved Patti’s sewing room. My sewing room is small in comparison.
    The photos are great.
    The old window is so pretty. My late husband inherited a red glass window from his parents first home. I always said it would look beautiful hanging on a wall. And yes, I’m still finding rocks! Just today,
    I found one tucked in a box full of tool receipts and manuals. Unbelievable!
    Take care everyone.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Sharon, what a job getting ready to sell your house. Are you staying in the same area or moving closer to your sister. I often think of you and losing your husband so glad you updated us.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon – where are you moving? When? I can’t imagine emptying my home and moving – my heirs will get that job when I’m gone.

    3. Cynthia from SW MN

      Dear Sharon,
      Please, tell us more about the rocks you are finding! I have stones from our trips to Lake Michigan which aren’t at all spectacular, and I have stones from Lake Superior which are the most beautiful rocks, and every once in. While I will take them out of the glass container I have and get them wet, then the colors just e plods! I also have stones and rocks for points of interest in my flower gardens, they are ones picked from our farm fields when we picked rocks in the spring.

  12. Moe in NE IL

    Hi Mary, Kathy in Western NY told me just last week about making design boards like yours. I made up 12 quickly for the 12 pieced blocks I was working on! Better than working off the floor like I usually do.

    Enjoyed all the photos as always.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Moe – guess I’m slow – I have a small section of wall in my sewing room but it’s across the room – very unhandy! Why hasn’t someone mentioned this before?

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Mary- the original concept I saw on these design boards was years ago on Lori Holts blog called Bee in my Bonnet as she did a tutorial on how to make pretty ones. You use poster board from the dollar store and cut it to the size you want, add the batting and then make a binding to glue around the edge. I do love my pretty ones that I made larger and my daughter made me some 8” block size ones. I cut up a box and just glued on batting scraps to make more without the pretty binding when I started making your Sea Glass stars pattern to lay out the blocks correctly. Now many of them are flimsy so I need to stop at the dollar store and get some heavier foam core board to make more. I’ll send you a picture of my pretty ones.

  13. patti

    beautiful flowers. i love the color. also like that someone thought to take a window with them. i got the SitMate and i hate it. does terrible things to my back. i use it at the kitchen table now but still hate it. am thinking of taking a desk chair that my husband replaced with a new one. i think it will fit with the table. i have had much bettter luck with chairs from office suppy places. i always have to test them out as i am getting shorter by the year. yep, that kittie definitely has an impish look on its face. portable is sometimes the operable word with kitties. mine has decided he likes to sit between me and the laptop about this time of night. this after i’ve spent time sitting with him for over an hour. i spent the day looking for pieces for a new quilt – wanting to use pieces already cut – called for 112 each 5″ squares in colors and 112 each 6″ squares in beige. after a while i was wondering why i was following the beige color. they were talking civil war types (which i have tons of upstairs) but i’m wanting brighter colors now. i may have to switch the beige to white for me. better choice for me. also made half-square triangles out of scrap pieces from prior projects. who knows where they will end up living. patti in florida

  14. Susan Moore

    Mary, I bought a Sit-Mate last year and found that it really didn’t work for me at all! It was very uncomfortable! My husband loved it though, so now it’s his! 😂

    Susan from West Central Illinois

  15. Lynn in Iowa

    I recently bought a new sewing chair from the Container Store. A bungee chair and it is comfortable. That was my Black Friday shopping. They were $40 off that day, still expensive but worth it to have a comfortable chair while sewing. . I am not sure if you have a Best Buy close, but the last time I was in one, they had several smaller televisions. Everyone now days wants the bigger the better. Winter came with a vengeance. We got 25+ inches of snow in Waverly. I usually sew with friends on Tuesdays at a local library, but with the holidays, my husband’s surgery and the nasty weather, I have not seen them since before Christmas and that is just not acceptable. Hopefully, next Tuesday will be the day we can get together and sew. I really miss them and my sewing days. Good luck on your mission to get a new chair and TV. Take care!

    1. Francine from Dubuque

      I too have a Bungee Chair and just love it. Great back support and move easily across my floor with me sitting on it.

  16. Cindy K

    As always-enjoyed all of the photos. Thanks for the sit-mate review. I have been tempted from time to time to buy one but never bit the bullet. Glad I held off. And I read on their website you can only get a refund if it’s returned unopened and unused. That’s crazy!! Who’s going to place an order-get the cushion-look at it without opening it and then pay shipping to send it back. Oh My!!! I found an office chair at a garage sale last fall and I really like it. I know the lady who sold it and she said she bought it new on sale a few years ago for $59-although I don’t know where she bought it. It’s got 5 legs with wheels and the cushion is really thick and comfortable. I bought it from her for $15. Considered giving it to my husband for the office but once i got it home and tried it out, I decided to put it in my sewing room. I know-shameful.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – my thoughts exactly – how would I know I didn’t like it if it was still in the box and unopened? Wouldn’t I have to sit on it? I was not happy when I called the company – maybe Bonnie and Jo were getting a kick back for advertising. I waited many months before writing my own review but I can see I’m not alone. $99!!!

  17. Jo in Wyoming

    I did chuckle at the chair issue…at jail today, the “chair” we get to sit on to sew are something else! Think bus bench made of slick plastic. I kept sliding backwards and pretty soon, I’m completely stretched out trying to see the quilt and hang on to the fabric. I can’t stay close enough to the machine to thread the needle. One of the girls has to help with that. Today we taught binding. One of the girls doesn’t like hand sewing. I said to them “ there are few times in your life when you have absolutely no worries, while hand sewing the binding is one of those times.” Slide back into your chairs, and enjoy the moment.
    Maybe that’s why I love the binding?

  18. Rosie Westerhold

    Sorry you don’t like the Sit Mate. I got one several years ago, and I LOVE it. Wanted to get another one for my in the house sewing area, but they are WAY more expensive now. Think I’ll pass for now unless the price goes down.

    I have an opossum and TWO raccoons in my cellar, under the first floor of the house😱😱😱!! Saw all 3 when one of my dogs was sniffing by the door. Opened the door a crack and quickly turned on the light. And all 3 were just looking at me. Wish I had my camera to snap a pic of them. So innocent looking. HA!! They have made a huge MESS down there. Wildlife removal company is coming Thursday to “assess” the situation. I have 2 raccoons and an opossum in my cellar,getting in through the crawl space!! What more do they need to know🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️. And just how much will it cost to trap and remove those critters? That is the question of the day😳😳🙄🙄!! I love wildlife, but I don’t want them living in my house, even if it IS the cellar.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rosie – would you like my Sit Mate? I’ll send it to you if you pay the shipping.

      1. Rosie Westerhold

        Mary, I’ll pay HALF the cost of the SitMate plus shipping. That is what I paid for the one I got previously. I’ll send it to you via a check from my bank, BMO. I have spinal stenosis and my sciatic nerve gets aggravated every once in a while. Sitting on the Sit Mate lets me sew for a much long period of time. I have a specific sewing chair that I got many years for that was made specifically for sewists. Company is out of business now, but it’s pretty much an office chair on wheels with many back and seat adjustments.

        Let me know the cost of postage, and I will get payment off to you!! No hurry. Whenever you have time to get it mailed👍

    2. Dot in NC

      Rosie, you reminded me of a funny story my mother’s cousin Louwinna Jensen told. She lived on a farm near Graettinger, IA. One year, a family of civet cats moved into her attic for the winter. There was no easy way to get them out. A faint scent slowly spread through the house, getting into the closets. Louwinna never said anything to her friends, but said when she went to Ladies’ Aid, someone would inevitably sniff the air, and say “I wonder what we’re having for lunch?”

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Dot – can you imagine that happening today? I remember hearing about civet cats as a kid – what are they really?

      2. Rosie Westerhold

        Oh, Dot, that is TOO funny!! Had the Wildlife Removal company come this morning. They are coming back Monday to start the process of TRAPPING these critters and relocating them many miles away from here🙌🙌. I might need a roommate to help with expenses, but these furry critters are NOT the answer. They are messy and never clean up after themselves😂😂

  19. Sandy

    Hi Mary, lsew with a stool that has wheels, but have a massage cushion on my easy chair that helps with back pain. Going to drop off some things tomorrow for my husband in the care home, 2 taxis and 2 buses to get there, one of those times l wish l could drive!
    Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  20. Dee from Shell Rock

    As they say, Creative People have Ideas laying all around! Love the pictures, they almost all provoke a memory.

  21. Jeanne in Co.

    Rose, Get rid of those critters before they die in your basement. When I lived in Iowa, we had an all weather porch where we used to spend all of our time,. My husband had his desk in one corner and I had my sewing station in another. We ate out there, watched TV , and with windows all around from floor to ceiling, we loved watching the birds……until one winter day this horrible smell began and continued to get worse. We suspected a critter had taken refuge under the porch and had died. Since my husband was disabled, I called Orkin. They sent out a young man to check it out. I showed him the door that would allow him to crawl under the porch and left him to do his job. A short time later he knocked on the porch door and said he was sorry but he couldn’t find anything. He left. I suspect he opened the door and looked but did not actually crawl underneath to check any further. The smell remained,!! So a dear neighbor volunteered to crawl underneath and check. Sure enough, it was a huge dead possum who had torn all of the insulation off of the under side of the floor: made his nest next to the basement wall, and then had the audacity to die. The porch was uninhabitable for several more weeks but eventually the smell went away. I should have called Orkin to complain, but at the time I had more important things to take care of. It was another case of irresponsible young employees. Mary, I too have an office chair at my sewing machine. It has a nicely padded back and seat, five ‘legs for stability, arms that can be removed if you don’t want to use them, and a hydraulic lever that raises and lowers the seat to your personal preference. It is a perfect sewing chair. Go to an office supply store where you can try before you buy. I’m sorry you had such a bad deal with your mail order chair.
    Have a blessed week everyone, Jeanne in Co.

    1. San

      Oh my stars Jeanne, how horrible. I once had a mouse die somewhere in my apartment and they could never find it. The smell was atrocious and went on for days!

      San / Murphy, NC

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – I feel another rant coming on – about Orkin. They are one of the worst companies I’ve ever hired or worked with. Too many details to go into – I hate Orkin.

  22. Beth Laverty

    I had that “creative minds are rarely tidy” sitting on my desk back in the 80s when I was Promotion Manager for a TV station in Maine. Still have the sign and it is even more true now!

  23. Lynette in Orlando

    The Target by me remodeled several years ago and it’s never been the same….. I hate it. I rarely shop there and when I do they never seem to have what I am looking for. The cosmetic department is pitiful. I have a Costco and Sam’s Club membership and I’ve had success there for tv’s — but I don’t remember seeing small ones — it’s all about huge screens these days it seems. Someone mentioned Amazon. — my son tells me I use them too much, but I said to him what can one do when you look at a million stores, waste gas and can’t find what you need and end up on Amazon anyway. The chair — try an office store like Office Depot – I got one there and have used it for years. Good luck — maybe you can sell the Sit-Mate.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynette – I also use Amazon and get packages nearly every week. My poor mailman! But I have such limited shopping choices and the shelves are often bare when I do go there. I doubt I’ll ever return to Target – the things I shop for at Walmart are my regular list – not decorative household items or clothes. I agree their stuff is junk – clothes look barely sewn together!

  24. Janet S

    We can sure all relate to everyday issues. Target used to be my go to store but no longer. They seem to have taken off in another direction. Several years ago, I did buy a cushion for my sewing chair at Target which I love so had to buy another for my desk. It’s called ‘Egg Sitter’. Just a rubber honeycomb thing but it’s really sturdy and comfortable. When we go on long trips, I put it in the car. Forty dollars well spent. As for Walmart, I have only walked in there maybe six times but thought they have a bunch of junk.
    Loving all the pictures.

  25. Sharon Ray

    Yes, Target now is the worst! I rarely go there. It used to be my favorite. For a TV maybe Costco or Sam’s? My most comfortable sewing chair is an old hard wooden desk/kitchen chair. For some reason, I can sit all day sewing in it without problems. I don’t even have a cushion on it. I don’t know why it is more comfy than a padded office chair but I won’t ever get rid of the ugly old thing.

      1. Teresa from Port Coquitlam,BC

        I was at Costco in Boise yesterday looking for a 24 or 30” tv. No luck. So looked while I was in Bellingham, smallest tv was 40”.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Teresa – oh, so it isn’t just me? And it isn’t just my area? I think I’m going to order one from Amazon.

    1. Colleen in Central Oregon

      I hear you Sharon! I bought an old wooden office chair, no cushion, and love it! This after having a very cushy brand new office chair that just didn’t work for me.

  26. Karen Moore

    I bought that cushion several years ago, recommended by Bonnie Hunter. The company had a different name at the time. The off-gassing was so bad I couldn’t keep it in the house. Use it outside on one of my chairs. Even years later it still had a bad smell. I did contact the company right after I got it and they never responded to my e-mail! Last I looked, it was in the garage….but haven’t seen since last year. My husband may have thrown it out as he was the one that was really offended by the smell!!!!

    1. Cynthia from SW MN

      I too purchased the cushion as Bonnie recommended it. I returned it right away and gave the reason for returning it, it smelled so bad I. Ould not stand it. I sew on a regular wooden old kitchen chair and ai did get a Goodyear seat cushion for a car seat and use this for my cushion while sewing.

        1. Cynthia from SW MN

          I do not believe I did. I could smell the cushion and thought it was a no go for me. Sent it back, I do believe I got a refund. I thought the cushion was expensive. The Goodyear one I got at Menards about a year ago was not expensive and I do use it all the time.

          1. Mary Etherington Post author

            Cynthia – that’s why you got a refund – the box was unopened. I cannot imagine how I could try it if it was still in the box –

  27. Beverly Wood

    I agree with you regarding the sit mate. I tried out some office chairs at Staples and bought a one with a Tempurpedic seat. It was pricey but worth it. Good luck with your tv search. Love your blog.

  28. Fran

    I live by my creative minds are not tidy! It’s my excuse for everything. I see quilters here that spend more time tidying and organizing than they do sewing. By the way I am at retreat! And my opinion is those anal like that—ha ha— are more robotic and never “color outside the lines”. JMHO. Ha!

    As always enjoy reading here with coffee every morning.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – and my “take” on that is just like my habit of laying out color combos – If that’s the part of quilting they enjoy, they should just do it. I so wish my personality enjoyed that neatness – I admire it so much!
      What are you sewing at the retreat? Is everyone working on the same thing? Who is leading the retreat? Would you tell them about this blog, please? We welcome new readers!

    2. Mary Says Sew!

      When I see super-organized sewing rooms with neatly stacked shelves and towers of plastic boxes, bins and totes, I think to myself, “If they’d spent all the time they spent organizing on actually sewing, they wouldn’t have to organize all that fabric and shop for all those bins and shelves. And if they’d spent their money on batting, backing or getting their quilts long-armed, instead of bins, totes, shelving and cupboards, they’d have a lot of finished quilts and fewer boxes and less furniture.”

      Sure, I need to be organized enough to be able to find stuff, and cut and layout my current project. And at this point in my life, to be able to go to one place and discover what I have I can use for a project that I’d forgotten I had. But I’d so much rather sew than sort!

      But whatever works for you, do it!

  29. Susan in AL

    If you know a chiropractor, it might be worthwhile to ask them about a chair. One of my boys is a chiropractor, and while he won’t ever recommend anything cheap LOL he actually helped me find a chair that I have loved for quite a while. Some people need arms to sit upright, and others do better with none. Some like lumbar supports, and others don’t sit back far enough for them to matter. Such a simple thing as a chair has become ridiculously complicated!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – I see a chiropractor regularly – good idea to ask him!

      1. Betty Klosterman

        Mary, is your chiropractor in Humbolt? That is where my cousin in Ft. Dodge goes.
        Small world?
        When we got this house 29 years ago, I went to a furniture store that sells both new and used stuff. A good office chair is worth it’s weight in gold. Everything is adjustable. Also got a 5′ table for my sewing machine. For years I’ve cut all sizes of pieces of boxes to use for laying out blocks. They are wonderful. Nice design ‘walls/spaces.’
        Betty in Rapid City

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Betty – no, my chiropractor is in Clear Lake. I had a small cork bulletin boArd I always used but this batting is easier. Did it get up to 50 there?

          1. Betty Klosterman

            Yes. Supposed to be warmer this weekend. I’ve always giggled at what old kitchen pans, etc. you put your pieces in when making a quilt. I have some that came from the farm. My favorite is the lid of a Xerox paper box. Perfect for everything to make the quilt. It is all in the one box. Also use the cut down boxes holding cans from the store. Face it, I’m cheap! The paper boxes are strong, too. They stack and aren’t too heavy to lift. When I have left over strips, etc, I put them in one of the big zip loc bags WITH a copy of the pattern… Then the bags go into the paper boxes ….. Actually, I don’t have very many projects started. I did go thru stuff and if I didn’t want to finish it, I put it on the free table at Project Warmth! A ton of stuff I want to make, but nothing formal. Just lots of fun. Betty in Rapid

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Betty – the heavy boxes that my coffee pods come in are perfect when I cut them down – I like putting strips in boxes versus bags because they usually don’t need additional ironing before I use them. In a bag they all collapse together. Isn’t today the first day of the Stock Show?

  30. Mary H

    I, too, use the Bungee chair with no arms from the container store. I have 1 @ my compudesk too, but with arms. 1 I found at a sale for $10, so I figured the price averaged out. I really like them. I put a”sit upon” cushion on the sewing one.

  31. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

    Your handsome boy in the barn really is! very handsome.I don’t remember the little calico kitten , so cute! Hugs 🤗

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pamela – that calico “kitten” is Heidi, my oldest cat at age 18. She is named for my cousin’s daughter named Heidi who gave her to me. Heidi died at age 16 of kidney cancer. My Heidi is tiny, small boned and no body mass left but seems quite healthy. She has the most annoying accusing voice and tells us when she needs treats – quite often.

      1. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

        Ohh, Miss Heidi is adorable!!! 🥰 😻I I forgot to mention I bought one of those sitmate cushions too from Bonnie proclaiming it as a godsend. I find it comfortable but not a real help. 🤷‍♀️

  32. Tammi T

    I to would like to get a new chair for sewing. Let us know what you get. By a Samsung. Viso remotes are not user friendly.

  33. Brenda C

    I had the same issue with the off gassing. I finally put it in my car, where it lives and works well. I too contacted them and got no response. Certainly wouldn’t recommend.

  34. Barbara Bennett

    I fell for Bonnie’s hype on the cushion. Hate it. Had to leave it in the garage for a few months to outgas. Moved it up to my desk chair but I think it’s aggravating my pain.

    I took my armless bungee chair with a cushion from to retreat and was able to sit with no additional pain. So far, my favorite cushion.

  35. Tina W in Oregon

    I’m with Lynn in Iowa and others who have and love their bungee cord rolling chairs. I purchased mine on-line from the Container Store. At the time, it was less than $100. It comes in lots of different colors too. I purchased the Sew Pad cushion also and don’t recommend it. It’s now on a seldom used chair in the dining room used just for increasing height. The honeycomb silicone pads are great but they do eventually break down. Loved Patti’s sewing room photos in today’s post. And you’re right – it makes me feel not so bad about my own room!

  36. Lorraine

    Mary-sorry about your sewing chair and not being able to return-just not right. Also sorry you couldn’t get a TV at Target. I hardly ever go into Target in my town and it is just down the street. I have to go to Best Buy for most of my electronic items. I live in a fairly small town so don’t have many options.
    Love the pictures you share and thank you for the picture of your cute cat.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lorraine – Best Buy left town years ago and all we have is Target which is disgusting after their remodel and Walmart which is always crowded.

  37. Alice in SW Ohio

    Love those beautiful pillows! How neat to have that beautiful window! The two white dogs..the smaller one is mine & the larger one I’m keeping for a friend who had a quick opportunity to fly to FL for a few days. These two boys get along so well & that’s good because my friend will have my pup for 2 wks while I’m on vacation! Having a good friend that will take care of your precious pet anytime is worth it’s weight in gold!! The snowman wall hanging is something I started probably 7-8 yrs ago but due to my husband’s failing health it was never finished. Since moving I’m finding lots of projects that were not finished! Winter is the perfect time for that! A friend gave me a design board & I love it. Really good to lay out quilt pieces that can be easily sewn together wrong! Years ago I bought a small office chair from Walmart that had no arms. Wasn’t expensive but it’s been very comfortable. I also tried one of those air filled sit upons. Absolutely hated it. It cut off the circulation in my legs! I don’t understand that company not allowing returns. Bad customer service! The quilting world is extensive & the no return policy can do them a lot of damage!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Alice – yes, that company should have listened to me! I have lots of quilter friends and they should have treated me better! I wouldn’t give them one positive endorsement of any kind.

    2. Jeanine from Iowa

      Alice —– I too, purchased a small office chair from Walmart with no arms many years ago. I’m sure I have had it over 20 years, and it works well for me. It has fives legs too, so that has been good. I just use a pretty thick chair cushion on mine, and that works for me. I don’t shop at Walmart unless I have to, and I will not ever shop at Target again. Walmart is all we have in our town, but I get a lot of my cleaning etc. supplies at Dollar General, and it’s close to me. I had thought about that cushion from Bonnie and Jo, but now I know I will never be tempted to buy it again. Enjoyed all the pictures today. Some of our snow has melted the past two days. We have a lot more to get rid of though.

    3. Cynthia from SW MN

      I love your area rug…is it a Ruggable one? I have been looking at that brand because it’s washable in the machine! I want one for my dining area. (It comes with a choice of two pads for under the rug..

      1. Alice in SW Ohio

        Cynthia, no the rug isn’t a Ruggable. I’ve had this rug close to 30 yrs. I can’t find a label on it. I had beautiful hardwood floors in my previous home & the family who bought my home wanted all my rugs. I let them have the runners & that’s it. They also wanted a quilt I had hanging on the wall…needless to say I’d had enough of them! Im surprised they didn’t ask for my first born!

        1. Cynthia from SW MN

          Thank you for replying! I guess I will have to just keep trying to decide which one I like best on the website then! People can be so demanding, I am glad you did not give in to all their requests!

          1. Alice in SW Ohio

            Cynthia, have you ever shopped at Wayfair? It’s online & the things I’ve ordered from them have been good quality & the price reasonable! Haven’t ordered rugs from them though. Check them out for your rug!

  38. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Heidi is adorable ; she is so tiny, she still looks like a kitten. I didn’t remember Greta having that lighter fur. Barn Buddy is beautiful, too.
    Our high today was 40!

  39. Candy

    The last time I was in a Target store, it looked like gorillas had been on a rampage in there! Everything was just dumped on the floor. When people looked at clothing, shoes or whatever, they just dropped it on the floor instead of putting it back on a shelf or rack. I couldn’t believe my eyes, and I couldn’t wait to get out of there! What is with people?

  40. Cindy Strauss

    What a treat so see our store here in Little Rock, Arkansas mentioned. I am a huge fan of Country Threads and have many of your patterns and books. I enjoyed a nice visit with your friend Mary in our store last Saturday. I had the opportunity to shop your store in Garner back in the summer of 2011 with two of my quilt buddies. It was one of the highlights of our trip, we spent much time and money in your shop. I have even recently purchased a small pumpkin quilt piece from Connie through her Etsy account. If you are ever in Little Rock, stop by and say hi at The Stitchin’ Post. Cindy Strauss

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – Mary enjoyed her visit to your shop – you can count on me to stop if I’m there. Lots of people spent money in our shop – weren’t those the good old days! And we didn’t even realize it at the time. I’m curious – what’s the popular look/item in your shop right now? Take a couple pictures and send to me.

  41. Arlene

    I bought the Sit Mate as well…I just couldn’t find a good spot to sit on it. It actually made my back pain even worse. It smelled terrible too. I wiped it down w cleaners, finally left it outside on a bench in the shade for some weeks trying to “air it out”. I’m going to make some flannel boards for my quilt blocks. I have them on the counter, ironing board, sofa…anywhere I can put them down!!
    We’re in the 50’s and it’s heading towards 60’s next week. This is typical in Colorado in Jan! Come April when the trees start to bud we’ll get a nasty freeze and it zaps my flowering trees. Breaks my heart.
    Mary, I sent you a pic of my blue heeler, Max. I hope it went thro…
    Arlene in Colorado

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Arlene – no, I didn’t get the picture of Max – try sending it again – I’d love to see him!! That Sit Mate – when I called for a return and refund the guy acted like I was the only one that ever hated it. I simply gave up trying to talk to him and promised myself that sometime I’d bring it up on the blog – I am so happy to learn that I’m not the only one that hated it!!! Yes, hurt my back!

  42. KathyG from Oak Creek, WI

    Hi Mary,
    It’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one who hates Target now. I used to buy my toiletries there and now it’s all Target brand.
    Maybe you can sell your back support on Facebook marketplace. I’ve tried many of those things and so far the only good one is something with purple in the name. (Bad memory)

  43. Launa Peters

    Good 26o morning up here, Mary! Going to be busy with check up @ doctor’s. Hope the snow waits til late afternoon today?
    Plan to purchase some Valentines to mail. Want to send one to Esther n my little Greats n quilting friends!

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