Archive for October 2009

Fabfanatic.com

October 21, 2009

Have you seen this:  http://www.fabfanatic.com/?  I heard about it through the Tallgrass Prairie Studio post this morning.  And I joined, and put in request.  Might not be a bad idea.  Obviously it’s not for when you’re looking for specific fabric for a specific purpose and need said fabric  immediately.  But for general stash building, or finding something you love but don’t need, the prices might be worth the wait.

Only time will tell I suppose, but I think you should check it out.

Have you seen this?

October 15, 2009

They’re having a giveaway over at The Sproutz Store.  Check it out.  They’re giving away a few great charm packs.

Injury!

October 14, 2009

I had high hopes for a post tonight.  I wanted to show off all the things I’d done.  Like, the finished little house for the quilting bee.  Or the fabrics I’d washed and ironed and cut for the Thanksgiving napkins.  Or maybe some more scrappy strip blocks.

Instead, I went into my sewing room, sat down to start sewing, went to move the mini-iron, and realized, after I’d grabbed it with my right hand, by the long metal part (that heats up if you don’t know that part), that I had unplugged the sewing machine last night instead of the iron.  Which means it had been on for almost 24 hours.  And great as it is, it doesn’t have an automatic shut off.  And I didn’t switch it to off because, well, I’d unplugged it.  Except I hadn’t.

I’ll spare you the images of the blisters on my hand.  Suffice it to say that my hand is mostly out of commission for the evening.  Writing this even sucks since several of my finger tips are burning right now.  I tried to be a trooper and do some sewing anyway but it just wasn’t meant to be.

I guess if nothing else it’s a valid excuse for getting nothing done tonight.  It was feeling a little better, but the hot shower I just took reignited the burn.  So I’m going now to ice it some more, and hope that it is a little better in the morning.

Oops!

October 13, 2009

So much for that every day posting thing.  I sorta dropped of the face of the earth this last little while.  If you ask what has kept me so busy, I won’t be able to tell you.  I know I’ve been busy, I’m just not entirely sure what those things are that I’ve been busy with….

Over the weekend, while my husband was taking his motorcycle course, I went with my parents to visit my grandparents.  I don’t go often enough, and so this was the perfect opportunity for a little visit.  It was a nice time, a relaxing time, and a time filled with shopping.  We checked out this shop, which was definitely a highlight.  They had a great selection of fabrics.  Designer type fabrics and patterns and such that I’ve not actually seen in person prior to purchasing.  I picked up a few charm packs and some other tools, including a Clover Mini-Iron.  It’s not something that I would have bought myself, but have wanted one for quite some time, and since my lovely mother treated me to it, I got to bring it home.  I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but know that it will come in handy.

I’ve also started some knitting projects.  I must be crazy, but it’s nice to have something mindless to work on when I’m sitting in front of the tv.  I’m working on some fingerless gloves.  People keep making jokes, but I think they’re adorable, and might really come in handy since I hate wearing gloves.  They’re all going to be jealous!

Also, I think that the sewing room will get it’s furniture overhaul this weekend!  I’m trying not to annoy Jack by sending him incessent emails about it.  It needs a new light fixture/ceiling fan.  I’m gonna see if I can convince him to install it.  And if not, maybe I’ll try it out on my own!  Yeah right.   

Anyway.  I’ve just had so many distrations at home with the knitting, and pampered chef party, and weekend trips and all that I’ve lost focus on picture taking and blogging.  I’m not going to make any promises.  Because I tend to just look like a lying idiot!  If nothing else, I should have my little house block to show you for the quilting bee by the end of the weekend. 

Until then, I’ll be knitting a bunch of things I’ll never actually finish 😉

Finding time.

October 2, 2009

How do you find the time to do what you want to do and the time to do what you need to do, and the time to do what you have to do?  I have a hard time reconciling it all really, and I’m just part of a household with myself and husband and 2 cats.  I can’t even imagine what’s it’s like if you start adding babies into that.

I tend to get locked into weird little chambers of immobility when faced with all the things on my various lists.  Obviously there are some things that must happen, like going to work every day.  But then there are the things that should happen: exercising, cooking dinner, laundry, vaccuuming, etc.  And then there are the things that I’d like to happen: sewing, shopping, watching some tv or a movie, going out with my friends, taking trips here and there.  Sometimes I find it really hard to walk away from the sewing machine to do some laundry.  Some days I can’t justify abandoning the housework for other things that are more fun.  It really stinks!

So, here’s what I’ve started to do: Every day I decide on a few things that must happen.  The number of things varies based on length and difficulty of task.  I write down those few things, make a breif plan of  attack, and then decide that if those few things are the only things I get done, I’ll be ok with that.  I won’t beat myself up over the things I didn’t get to do.  For example, I’ve been trying really hard to start this C25K thing, and so on Wednesday I told myself that the only thing I needed to do was a load of laundry and to do the running thing.  So, I did those two things.  Since I was good with the exercise (definitely NOT my strong point), my reward was to be able to spend the rest of the evening doing whatever I wanted whether it be sewing, or vaccuuming, or watching TV.  Last night I had to cook dinner, clean the bathroom, and spend an hour cleaning the sewing room. 

I find that having specific tasks keeps me from being overwhelmed, and having goals, completing those goals and then rewarding myself with a clear conscience is really working for me. And to top it all off, I get a lot more done.

Fall is in the air.

October 1, 2009

The cooler weather definitely has me thinking more and more about quilts, and wishing I had a good sized one of my own right about now.  We’re right on that cusp here in Maryland, where it isn’t quite warm enough to have the windows opened wide, but it isn’t quite cool enough to turn on the heat.  I’m sure we’ll have a few more warm days before the cold hits us, and I just can’t bear the thought of opening up the first gas bill of the season.  So for now, you’ll find me huddled on the sofa in a sweatshirt.

I spent a little time yesterday working on cleaning up the sewing room.  It ended up it total disarray after I moved my sewing machine to the dining room table.  Now that things have cooled off though, I really need to move it back in there.  Where it belongs.  I’ve made a mess of the dining room, and I can finally breathe in the sewing room, so I’ve got some leg work to do.  I’m also thinking about some furniture additions and subtractions.  Right now, I have our old glass dining room table in there.  It’s ok, but not great.  And my husband’s old dresser.  There’s nothing wrong with it, but it just isn’t working for me, and we have no where else to put it, so I think it must go.  I also have no shelving.  Instead, I shove fabrics into boxes and bins and closets and drawers.  And, out of sight out of mind.  I can never remember what I have or where it is, and I don’t think this is the most economical approach.

So.  I’m thinking this: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99861340.  I’ll need to do some measuring first, and of course go and see how sturdy it is.  But I think it will be a good start.  We’ll see.  If I get it maybe I’ll show you pictures.  The current situation is so hideous and messy that I just can’t reveal it. 

This weekend the blinds come, which is very exciting.  I’ve got some housework to do, and I’m hoping to get the wonky star quilt quilted.  It’s not very big, so hopefully it won’t take too long.  Another throw pillow.  And maybe, if I can get to JoAnn’s (and they have a solid I want) I can get started on my grandmother’s quilt.  I think I’ll go with the wonky stars again, but make them larger.  Oh, and sew a little house.

I’m rambling today, I know.  And still no pictures to show.  Maybe some real sunshine this weekend will help that situation!

I’m going to make an effort, by the way, to post on here every day this month.  For reals.  Wish me luck!