Thursday, January 26

A Soggy But Good Day

Well today I ran some errands and had lunch with 2 of my favorite people - my sister and Ian. I had one more errand to run after lunch but got side tracked and ended up at Hobby Lobby and saw this very cool shelf that ended up coming home with me. We are loosing a lot of storage with getting rid of the entertainment center turned book shelf and I just needed some of it back. I was originally looking for a tower book shelf due to the limited room in here but found this funky metal cabinet and just had to have it. 
All of hubby's books fit into with a little room to spare and the drawers on the left are only half full of stuff. The little box of drawers on top is for my jewelry stuff when my new bench is finished. I really like the industrial urban look and both of these really fit. 

This weekend I have class on Saturday but on Sunday I hope to start 
the removal of the entertainment center. It's huge and I'll be so very glad to see it go. 
Of course in it's place will soon be the work bench of my dreams. 
For now everything in here is a mess and I've moved a lot of stuff 
up to my fabric/hobby room upstairs so it too is a mess. If you have a 
small house you understand that when you move one piece of furniture it
can and often does effect half of your home. 

Now to squeeze in a little jewelry time before dinner. 

Sunday, January 22

Whew finally

Well I'm finally gotten over the worse part of that nasty bug I had and I'm pretty much back to normal. So glad cause I just didn't have any energy to do my fun stuff at all. I did manage to get a little hand sewing done and did get the binding on my Koi quilt finally. As I might have mentioned this quilt was in memory of my grandmother's koi pond where I spend many a peaceful hour sitting on the edge watching the fish. I was thankful for my Ott light with the black front/binding/thread. That could have been a real eye squinter. 



Front detail

Yesterday I taught a jewelry class at JoAnn's and after class
Becky and Edna and I went out to lunch then Edna and I 
headed off to the bead show. I'd promised my self I'd not
spend much money - well I disappointed myself once again, 
but hey look at these beauties. 

A little news too, is that starting tomorrow I will be starting as the Education Coordinator for the Rivergate JoAnn's. I applied for this position about 2 weeks ago and found out last week it was mine. It will be a really fun job, but once again I'll have to be very careful with my wallet being in the store even more than normal. 
It's just a part time job but I am excited cause I know it will be fun and the ladies
out there are all great and fun to work with. It's not like I'm not in the store 
several days a week anyway. Working only two and a half days a week I'll still have plenty of time for my many other interests. 

It's not long at all till our yearly Crop Till U Drop and I'm getting excited about that. It's the ultimate girls weekend. I need to get my photos winging off to Sam's to get prints made and start planning which albums I'll work on. With a gift card from Archivers in my wallet I'll pick up a few last min goodies. 

Monday, January 16

hack sniff whine

Well I've been sick for several days and have gotten not a thing done, but thought I would show you a few photos of some of the things I made for Christmas presents. 

 A pillow and mug rug

 a little knitted scarf

my first GFG that was hand pieced

little pillow for a dorm room

Hopefully today I will be able to get a little more done and finished the last side of binding on the koi quilt - and maybe even get that civil war quilt out and look over what I have done so far and get it back on track. I remember I used to always finish things and didn't have a single UFO - oh well now I have 2 that I can remember. Not to mention that pile of Grand Mother's Flower Garden blocks I got at the estate sale that need something done with them. I might have gotten an idea on pintrest thou for that. 

Tuesday, January 10

Well on Sunday I finished the quilting on the Koi quilt and got the binding done. 
So today I'm ready to get that binding on the quilt. The binding will be all black
except for a short group of colors that were used in the focal areas of the quilt. 

A few days ago I got a Big Kick! Well what is that you ask?
Well if you are a scrap booker you know but for the rest of you
it's a cool machine that is used to emboss paper for scrap booking. 
Yes I am a scrap booker and have even more to build my albums
on now that Ian is part of our family. I wouldn't have bought the
Big Kick thou if I could only emboss paper - Vintaj a manufacturer 
of wonderful jewelry components has come up with a line of 
metal embossing folders that now emboss - yes metal. 

I stumbled across this on line one day and just had to have it. The Big Kick isn't a cheep toy thou, but after searching I found one on line for almost half what it normally goes for and yea - it is mine.
Then I found a set of the embossing folders by Vintaj for the sizzix (that is the company who makes the big kick. Yesterday I got the embossing folders and just couldn't wait to try them out. I put a 20 gauge disk I had cut out of copper in the folder and cranked it threw the press and WOW! Look at that impression. Now it can be colored, flamed or painted. There are a wealth of techniques to use with this and it can end up in my fiber art, scrap booking and of course jewelry. So I'm excited about this new toy.

Today I'm off to Quilter's Attic to pick up 2 patterns they have ordered for me. I wanted them for Christmas but they were out but the call came in and they are there now - yea! One for me and one for a friend. The one I got for me is foundation piecing and just my style and will become a new table runner for my coffee table and hopefully place mats too.

Sunday, January 8

It's About Time

Well with getting in a rush to complete my Christmas sewing I set aside a project I was working on. It was so close to being completed and I should have finished it...well it went into the UFO pile and cries to me every time I go in the sewing room. So today it came back to the machine and the quilting will be completed today and I'm also going to make my binding. There was so little quilting left to be done it's shameful I let it go this long - but today is the day. I'll put the binding on this Tuesday at JoAnns and be ready for the hand sewing part which I do at night while watching TV. So by Friday at the latest it will be completed. Yea!

I call this Grandmother's Koi Pond. My grandmother had a koi pond in her back yard when I was a kid and I really enjoyed watching the fish. It's a fond memory and this is my way of preserving it. 

After this is completed I'm going to shut the machine up for 4-6 weeks! Well what in the world would prompt that? I have a big project in the works for my sewing room! I'm very excited and will fill you in as progress is being made. It will give me more usable room for playing and storage.  So I'll only be sewing at my weekly JoAnn's social and after the fish quilt is completed I'm starting on the long awaited Civil War quilt for our bed. This will be my first full size quilt. A bit scary but I'm excited too.
I am also going to be starting a new hand sewing project a 30's fabric grand mother's flower garden. I've only made pillows so far from this design, but plan on this being at least a lap quilt. That's a lot of hand piecing but I'm up for it now. Having the die to cut out the fabric and freezer paper is a big help. Love my studio cutter!

Last week on my sewing day at JoAnn's I made some new displays for my earrings. I wanted something that looked better than the little black plastic cards I'd been hanging them on. Those looked a bit cheep to me and well just weren't me anyway. So I made about 25 of these. They will go well with some other items I'm making with this same distressed muslin.

Well I'd better get to quilting.