A few months ago, I brought home some exciting hand-embroidered pillowcases from an estate sale. In the sale house, they had no odor. But once I brought them into my house? A musty smell was pretty apparent. I spent a lot of time online, trying to find the "cure" for mustiness. I tried several things, and in the end, it seemed to require a combination of treatments, the most important of which was boiling water, "to kill the mold spores." Baking soda worked better than vinegar to remove odor. And then I set the pillowcases flapping in the windy sunshine for a couple of days, to be sure it was gone. So far, so good. The mustiness seems to be gone. Good to know that there is a cure, right? Apparently they already knew that in "the olden days." In modern times, with modern machinery, it never occurred to me that boiling water served a vital purpose. Kind of a "duh" moment for this history major.
With the quilt show fast approaching, I've spent a LOT of time at my computer. I've been organizing and typing and ordering and sorting, and with Quilt Week arriving on Monday? I've needed to add some variety to my life.
Last week, my housekeeper - yes, I have one now, for 6 hours/week - helped me deep clean the china hutch and several kitchen cabinets. When she left, I had dishes EVERYWHERE. It took another 45 minutes or so, to put them all away. (I shifted things from here to there and everywhere else. It was a huge undertaking.) But, wow. I think this is Spring Cleaning, at its finest. At least for me. Look at all those nice orderly plates, bowls and glassware. woohoo!
Best of the Valley Quilt Show opens to the public at 10am on Friday, April 7. Please come, and bring your friends. Guaranteed to be a highlight of your quilt show attendance for 2017, especially if you love to see exceptional quilts, up close and personal.