Archive for May 2009

Stormy, Stormy

May 29, 2009
  1. Pictures of projects
  2. Post bag to shop
  3. Cook more meat
  4. Clean living room

50% isn’t so great.  But, in my defense, it was cloudy and stormy all evening.  I at least got the place straightened up, and that huge pile of laundry folded.  And I even started a sweet little pink and white polka-dot bag.  And I had a grilled cheese sandwich and a glass of wine for dinner.  It was wonderful. 

Tonight it’s Shoppers and Home Depot and more cleaning, though I think the bedroom is a lost cause and will be off limits on Saturday.  No one needs to be in there, anyway!

Maybe I can get a few pictures tonight.  Looks like were in for a stormy evening again.  Maybe I can take some indoor pictures.  Maybe you’d like to see my sewing room?

In other news, I’m waiting on a shipment of the Michael Miller Ta Dot collection, and some Far Far Away by Heather Ross.  I couldn’t resist it.  Not only is it adorable, but everyone in blogland seems to love it.  I just got a bit of it.  I’ll save it for something special. 

One other thing.  I know that not a ton of people read this, but if anyone has any recommendations for solids to match the Heather Ross Mendocino in Aqua, I would really appreciate it.  I’m afraid to buy based on online pictures.  And the selection at the local fabric stores just don’t quite cut it.  And I don’t want to bug a shop as I’m not really ready to buy yet.  I’m just trying to plan.  Thanks!

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May 28, 2009

So, I had a short bout of some sort of mystery illness.  None to pleasant if I may say so, but it seems to have passed.  Through the stupor, I’ve managed to complete a few things.  Check out my list from the other day!

  1. Store tonight for phase one of party cooking
  2. List making for party specifics
  3. Finish Buttercup bag number 1 for the shop
  4. Finish dots quilt top
  5. Clean the sewing room so as to be presentable for guests
  6. General other cleaning

Look at how well I’ve done so far!  The dots quilt top thing just isn’t going to happen.  I’ve also ordered the cake, and picked up some things from Costco that I will need for Saturday.  Tomorrow night I will hit the grocery store and the liquor store.

In sewing news, I’ve finished the binding for the commission quilt.  If the weather cooperates today I’ll have pictures up tonight.  I will also, weather/picture permitting, post the Buttercup bag up in the shop.  A special thanks to Rae for providing this lovely pattern!

So, the list:

  1. Pictures of projects
  2. Post bag to shop
  3. Cook more meat
  4. Clean living room

That’s all I’m giving myself to do tonight.  Think I can cross them all off tomorrow?

Goings On.

May 26, 2009

So, for starters, the bag that I posted last week sold in a matter of hours, so that is exciting.  I hope that it pleases.  Sales are always exciting.  Maybe it wears off once it becomes a regular thing, but that someone wants to buy something we made just thrills me.  Stranger or not!

We went to the beach this weekend, for Memorial Day, and honestly, it was a bust.  It had it’s good parts.  But among the bad parts: broken water pump which meant no water when we arrived Friday night, and no water until Saturday afternoon–No water as in no sinks, no toilets, no showers were working (this also meant that after our lovely day at the beach, we showered at the state park–a less than satisfying experience); horrible traffic on Sunday which prevented us from really enjoying our time at the outlets before having to be home for dinner; and the 7 hour trip home.  Yes.  7, SEVEN, hours to drive 130 miles.  I expected traffic.  But, 7 hours is more than double the time it takes with moderate traffic.  Among the highlights: not having to look at my mess of a house and feel guilty about ignoring it; delicious hot crabs at a picnic table; a beautiful Saturday at the beach; news that the mister is 100% for sure graduated(!); a bathing suit for $12.50; and time for my new hexagon project.  So what if it might take me 14 years to finish a quilt top.  I like the English paper piecing!  Here is a mobile phone picture, including my badly-in-need-of-a-manicure thumb.  I’ve actually finished three of these so far.

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This week will be busy (of course) with the party planning.  Here is my list, in no particular order:

  1. Store tonight for phase one of party cooking
  2. List making for party specifics
  3. Finish Buttercup bag number 1 for the shop
  4. Finish dots quilt top
  5. Clean the sewing room so as to be presentable for guests
  6. General other cleaning

We’ll see how many of these things I accomplish.  I like making lists, even if I don’t ever complete a single one.  At least they give me something to aspire to.

Posted.

May 20, 2009

I posted the newest addition to the bag family in the shop.  Check it out!

Trying.

May 20, 2009

I’m trying to be good about sewing, and posting, and all of these things, but life happens, as it turns out, and I can only do so much. 

The next week and a half will be rather hectic with a last minute graduation party for the mister–He’s completed his B.A. in Business Administration, so let’s all congratulate him for sticking to it, and doing so well–and we’re going to the beach with my parents this weekend.  We’re also in the midst of a refi on the house, and I have to finish a couple of projects, plus sterilize my house. 

I keep hoping that things will settle down, and perhaps they will.  But we also have a few projects coming up for the yard, and the basement, so who really knows.  I’m not going to hold my breath for more time.

Anyway, the point here is, I’m determined to get this blog off it’s feet, and I’m working on a plan to really be consistent and worth reading. 

For the next week or so, things may be quite sparse.  Or they may not be.  It all just depends.

Keeping Things Honest.

May 18, 2009

To-do list revisted:

  1. Quilt commission 
  2. Pot the plants I keep not potting
  3. LAUNDRY!
  4. Organize bedroom
  5. Post bag to shop
  6. Make another bag for shop and post.

3 out of 6 isn’t so horrible, right? 

I finished quilting the commissioned quilt, and attached the binding.  Just have to finish the hand sewing part.  I haven’t actually finished a quilt since my mothers back in April, and that was a huge one.  I’d forgotten that baby-sized quilts aren’t all that hard to do, which gives me back some motivation.  That last one was just so hard to handle that I wanted to take a break from quilting.

I potted my tomato and pepper plants.  And I was given cucumbers, watermelons, and what are supposedly purple green beans.  Which I guess means they are purple beans, not green beans.  I don’t know which is the watermelon, and which is the cucumber.  I guess if the deer don’t eat the plants we’ll find out eventually.

I made a few more blocks (I guess they’re quarter-blocks) for the scrappy string quilt. 

I did not take pictures of anything.  I meant to, but the mister took my car that had the camera in it, and then I was tired, and blahblahblah. 

So now, a busy week or two ahead….

A Bag was Born, or, Progress.

May 15, 2009

Tuesday night, after work but before dinner, I made a bag.  A sweet summery little thing to go into the shop.  It was being a little fussy, though I plowed through and made it work.  I will not let a measly fat quarter or two beat me!  The thing about the fat quarters, though, is that they are just small enough that to make an ok sized bag, you can’t screw up.  It makes me tense.  It makes me afraid to cut.  But, I just faced my fear head on, and voila!  Another bit after dinner, and a bag was born.   I even included a magnetic snap.  The first one I’ve ever used, and I love it. 

I used 2 prints from Sandi Henderson’s Farmer’s market collection.  Can I just say that I love, love, love all of her prints, it seems?  They are just so pretty, and particularly lovely for making some cute bags. 

So, take a look in the shop tonight or tomorrow, check it out, and buy it, this one of a kind bag.  I didn’t work off a pattern.  I just sort of made it up as I went, but it really turned out so terribly lovely, perhaps I should make a pattern for it! 

I promise some pictures will be up this weekend.  Things have just been a little discombobulated at home (what with vacation and coming home and all that), and hopefully I’m getting back on track.

In other news, I don’t really understand why it is so freaking hard to finish one thing before moving on to another.  I’d like to think that I’ll get the hang of that sometime soon, but I’m not really banking on it.  But, I did have 2 finishes this week, the Miranda Birthday bag, and the Sweet Summery Shoulder Bag.  I’m stopping at Joann’s tonight to pick up thread to finish the commission quilt, which should be at least quilted by the end of the weekend. 

I also made a few more scrap strip blocks using paper squares I cut from the phone book.  I like a heavier paper better, but the environmentally friendly stickler in me says I should use something I already have instead of buying new paper for this project.  So, I’m sticking with the phone book paper. 

So, on tap for this weekend (sewing and non sewing)

  1. Quilt commission
  2. Pot the plants I keep not potting
  3. LAUNDRY!
  4. Organize bedroom
  5. Post bag to shop
  6. Make another bag for shop and post.

I think those are some lofty plans, but ideally, the more I put on my plate, the more I’ll do.

I came across this today, and think I’d like to participate.  Hopefully more specifics will be available on Monday and then I can see if I can swing it.

I’d like to also give a birthday shout out to Miranda S.  Happy 31!