Monday, July 17, 2017

It's too hot...summertime in the south

My son, looking over the vista at a local state park
I loath this time of year in Arkansas. It is so hot and the humidity makes it so much worse. I can't wait till the weather starts to fluctuate again...hopefully by October. lol I used to just stay indoors and quilt a lot, as if it were the middle of winter, and I was snowed in. Not this year. I've been battling depression again and just have not felt like creating much.

Like so many bloggers, I don't like writing when I don't like what I want to write about. I have seen others doing the same. If, for example, you are doing a weight loss blog and you, yourself, are not losing weight, you might go quiet and not write. I want to keep things happy on my blog!

We hold ourselves up to such high standards. When we stop posting, is it because we are letting ourselves down or letting our readers down? Or both? Here I am, almost 63 years old. It feels both SO old and SO young, at the same time! I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life. I just need to find the book that has that chapter written down.

Our family has been trying to camp as often as we can. We found we quite enjoy, getting away from the heat and noise of our town. It is a bit too hot right now, but in a few weeks, we will start going a lot more again.
The Mister, tending the fire
Dexter goes camping with us. He is such a big help when I am taking a break and typing on the computer.

Between camping, some nice spring weather, and the wonders of medicine, I am slowly coming back out of my black hole. I even entered the studio again. I finished another owl block:
 Next up will be a purple owl! I am pulling fabrics for it now:
A sneak peek of the next owl pattern
Getting ready to make blocks for Quilts of Valor!
I found this blank journal at the thrift store a year or so ago. It was covered in real leaves. I sealed it with Modge Podge and then with an acrylic spray. Still not sure what I will do with it, but I am thinking I might make a 'wish journal' or something artsy fartsy. 

I am finally getting around to repairing the rest of my Featherweight table. This is the underside of the table. I used wood glue to glue some of the laminated areas that were separating. After this dries, I will fill the screw holds and put in the new brackets I bought.

I used extra large binder clips to squeeze the layers together. I used painter's tape and a tissue to protect the newly refinished top from damage. (btw, those same binder clips are what I use to stretch the fabric backings for pin basting!)
On the underside, I used a small piece of wood to help put enough pressure on the table to really get it to squeeze together. 
I used this syringe to get the wood glue, deep into the the areas needing to be glued. It came into my possession when my son had dental work done. He would have used it for rinsing. He was given two, so I got the unused one for my studio. I KNEW it would come in handy some day.
Someone asked about my yarn bowls the other day. I have two. One is an old goldfish bowl. I have thoughts to embellish the outside of this, but I am not sure yet. For now, it works fine as a yarn bowl!
 This is my wooden yarn bowl. I found it at the thrift shop. It is a perfect yarn bowl and travels well. I often take it camping with me. It keeps the yarn clean when I am sitting outside, crocheting.
I hope the recent activity in the studio means I am finally coming out of my funk. I've been on a new medicine (about the sixth one we've tried) for almost a month now. I am starting to feel like ... well, like I have feelings again!

Till next time, Dex and I LOVE our readers!
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Happy Sewing Y'all! 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fun Times!

I think I will use the excuse that I've been busy, in the studio, and that is why I haven't updated my blog! That is my story, and I'm sticking to it.

I finished the first owl block that I showed you a while ago:

I even did a second one!
In between times, I made up this green block for our quilt guild's block of the month program:
My design wall-mid March:
I got the crazy idea to unravel a sweater I picked up at the thrift store:
I will use the yarn to make something else with

I ended up and unraveled the sock I almost finished last time. It wasn't fitting right. Someday I will go back and try again.

Spring came early here. My daffy's bloomed for a week and are now all gone!
This is the beginning of April's BOM for the guild. I decided to go with Sun Bonnet Sue and friend:
This is a Marti Michell pattern, 
and is available, free online, for personal use.

I finished each block with some hand embroidery:
I hope I win the blocks this month. They are so stinkin' cute!

Till next time, happy sewing ya'll!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Post Holiday Report

My embroidery thread stash
I am participating in "1 Year of Stitches", an embroidery project. Each day I need to do at least one stitch. Here is the progress during this first week:
Day One
Day Two
Day Three

Day Four
Day Five
Day Six

Day Seven
I have NO idea where this will go, but I am enjoying the process more than expected! I have been doing free form so far. This has been a very fun and freeing project!

I can now show the pillowcase set I made for my panda-loving-daughter, for Christmas:

 At last month's guild meeting, I picked up some free blocks. I believe no one wanted them because they were autographed:

I made two complimentary blocks and assembled this top:
I also put a border around it that matched the fabric I used in my blocks.
This will make a nice lap quilt. I will probably keep it because I don't feel right about donating a quilt that has all these names on it. I will use it though, and somehow I feel attached to it because of the fellow quilters that made the blocks.

I started a new applique quilt too. It is a pattern called "Whoo Knows" and will be made for my owl loving oldest son.
Pieces cut and ready to sew down.
An online friend of mine, Margi from Michigan, is a knitter. She makes the most awesome knitted socks. I can't knit worth a darn but I crochet. I decided to try to make my first pair of crocheted socks:
Day One
Day Two
It has been challenging but fun. I also found some luscious yarn at a local thrift store. I hope to make more socks with this:
This is so soft!
I am off to a great start this year. Lots of projects to work on and new ones in the planning stages. I hope you are all off to a wonderful new year of sewing and crafting too!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

FAL 2016 Report - Quarter #4

2016 Finish-A-Long
Participating in the Finish-A-Long has been great fun this year! I got a lot of projects done. No, not all of them, but many were completed. I finished four of seven projects in quarter #4.

Click on the photos to go to the original posting:
I finished the U is for Unicorn label
My Tweets is complete
My Favorite Things is complete
Autumnal Donation Quilt is complete
Thank you to Rhonda and the gang for sponsoring this challenge in 2016. I KNOW it motivated me to complete things!

Happy New Year and Happy Sewing Y'all!