Happy Friday! It's a good one for me--Christmas vacation begins today! Well, actually, it began today! I've had a nap, planned my Christmas menu, did some shopping, and wrapped gifts. Before all that I also finished grading papers, put all my grades into the computer, and finished off other paperwork...with students!
I like the names written on these. Using a glitter pen would add a nice touch.
It all started right here with this tiny little spring or, rather, this broken spring.
The problem, of course, required getting into this ridiculously tiny hole with a ridiculously long-handled (correctly sized) hex tool.
Since these tools come in many sizes and two types, it's good that I remembered that Innova is an American company. Turns out that their machines require American tools. Yeah, that's unusual.
While everything was open, I attempted to clean and dust. There wasn't as much fuzz and dust as I expected. The machine is about four years old (I guess) but for all the fuzz that I remove from the outside and bobbin area, cleaning was surprisingly easy.
But my baby was in good hands. See these handsome (somewhat hairy) hands? They are the only ones I'll trust with my machines.
And since one thing leads to another, Richard also worked on the motor since it was dragging. He cleaned something called the bushings (sorry, I was at work and didn't get a photo). He's quite adept at sewing machine repair, my sweetheart is (having retired from a supervisory position at a garment plant after 25 years), and although it's a bit disconcerting to see my machine's insides, it's all good...baby is back!
Since today is the Third Sunday of Advent, the Catholic Church rejoices the closely approaching coming of Christ. We still have another week to prepare, and should seriously pray for our families and others, confess our sins and consider how the coming of Christ has changed the world.
Of course, all this preparing has me thinking of the Christ child, the infant. Although it's impossible to understand fully the mystery of Christ's coming, that he chose to begin his journey as an infant completely reliant on humans is an enigma that I find fascinating and beautiful.
As such, I love nativity sets. My family has one, of course, and it's a huge part of our holiday tradition, but I love to look at the artistry of other (much more extravagant) sets. So I thought I'd share some pins with you. Some are elaborate and expensive; some are simple and handmade, some are somewhere in the middle. But they are all beautiful, and my thoughts are that you can also look at how they are supported with unusual or everyday pieces that work as bases and backgrounds.