To-Do Tuesday 12-6-16

Happy Tuesday! I cannot come up with a good title for this blog post, so I’m just leaving it with the date. I was going to go with “Food Poisoning 1 – Christine 0” but that’s just not pithy. Or appealing.

Yep, I had a run in with food poisoning and lets just say it put me down for the count for a good 24 hours. One minute my daughter and I were happily getting started on piping colorflow frosting onto 101 cookies, and the next minute I was pale, shaky, nauseous, and headed for the floor or the nearest bed to keep myself from passing out. And everyone who has ever experienced food poisoning, or knows someone who has experienced it, knows what comes next. To say that I was so disappointed that my cookie baking and shipping plans were ruined and that I will have to re-bake 100-ish cookies next week is an understatement. But, I survived and am feeling so much better. Not 100%, but at least 1000 times better than 36 hours ago (as of Monday evening)! I’m also more than a little curious about what I’ve done that is so bad that karma has nailed me twice this year during holiday cooking plans!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

I did finish the Hippo Hobo bag and was able to get a Finished Friday post written. I just love this bag and have plans to make one for myself. Yay for a finish! Since I won’t be starting Josh’s quilt until March, I am planning on making a quilt for the Mister. I bought a motorcycle themed quilt kit two years ago when we were visiting Sturgis, South Dakota. He used to live there, and since he enjoys motorcycles I thought it would be a great quilt for him. I’ve had it sitting on a shelf for far too long, and it looks like an easy enough pattern that I should be able to get this one done quickly (famous last words, eh?!).

I was going to go for a new cross stitch start over the weekend to break up stitching on Burlesque Zombie Portrait, but obviously the food poisoning thing put a monkey wrench in that. I have picked Stitchrovia’s I Love You So Very Much cross stitch pattern. It looks like something that will be give me the satisfaction of a finish with a few weekend evening stitching sessions. I will talk more next week about my plans for quilting, sewing, and cross stitching in 2017 along with my intention to only “Stitch From Stash”. I have been thinking about this for a while, and have what feels like a workable plan for me.

How are your sewing plans coming along for December?
I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Holiday Baking and Shipping
  • New cross stitch start

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

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Finished Friday | Ana’s Hippo Hobo Bag

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

This week’s Finished Friday is my second Hippo Hobo Bag. I made this for my sister-friend, Ana. I made her mom the 49er Hippo Hobo Bag about a month ago for her birthday. I know I’ve mentioned these two women before on my blog, but I just can’t say enough how special they are to me. Always encouraging, motivating, and cheerleading me on. They’re just the best!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Ana loves the color pink. She saw a picture I posted somewhere on social media that included the Chain Mail print in Plum from Tula Pink’s line, Elizabeth. She made a comment about how she loved the print, and I knew right then that I would use it in a bag for her. I wasn’t sure about the interior and accent cotton fabrics at the time, and I chose them later. I knew that I wanted MiKri Glitter Mirror Canvas Vinyl for the vinyl accents. If you’re into making bags, this stuff is bomb! It’s super thin and goes through a sewing machine very easily. I was thinking about using the glitter canvas in pink, but realized that would just be too much pink (Ana might disagree). I decided on the white as it gave it a clean feel, but also a place to rest your eyes when looking at the bag.

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Most people who know me will tell you that if I’m using Tula Pink on a project for you, then you KNOW I love you. Because I really do hoard my Tula fabric. Tula has the best colors, and all of her lines coordinate so well together. I chose Deity in Mojito (the elephant faces) from Tula’s Eden line for the flaps. The color is a perfect match to the aqua green in the Chainmail print. It pops against the fabric so nicely!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

The interior fabric is Pearls of Wisdom in Plum from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth. It is also the fabric I used in all of the pockets. This bag has a hidden zippered pocket under the front bag flap, in the back of the bag, and in the interior of the bag. I also added my favorite zippered pocket panel that is part of The Epiphany Bag pattern by Chris W. I’ve mentioned it before, but I am a huge fan of pockets. If a bag pattern doesn’t have a lot of interior pockets, I add this panel in. It has a pen pocket, a pleated pocket, and two slip pockets. You have got a place for a pen, your sunglasses, your phone, and a notepad. Or a place to store your gum. Whatever you need to stow (or grab) quickly… this is your pocket panel. I’d buy The Epiphany Bag pattern over again just for the pocket panel!

This bag was so much fun to make, and I was so happy to hear from my sweet friend that she loved it. Now I think I’ll be making one of these bags for myself!

Linking up with:
Devoted Quilter hosting TGIFF
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished {or Not} Friday hosted by Busy Hands Quilts

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts


To-Do Tuesday 11-29-16 | It’s Crunch Time

Happy Tuesday, Friends! If you are hand crafting gifts this year for the holidays, it’s time to crank it into high gear! I am happy, actually more like relieved, to say that I will not be making one gift this year. The last two years (maybe three?) I have put myself under pressure to get gifts made and this year I decided I was not gonna do it. Nope. Hello Amazon, and the gift card kiosk at my local grocery store. It’s not meant to be impersonal, because I try to find gifts and gift cards that the recipients will love. I am looking forward to a December of crafting for enjoyment and not because I am rushing to get presents done and posted in time to arrive by Christmas.

Stitch ALL The Things | Let's Sew by Ursula Michael

In fact, this past Thanksgiving weekend was exactly what I said it would be. Relaxing! The kids were old enough to help prepare dinner, and then we spent Friday decorating the house for Christmas. It was wonderful! I did finish my Let’s Sew cross stitch piece and found a frame at Goodwill for it. I mounted and framed it myself. That was a lot more tedious than I expected. I kept measuring, and remeasuring to make sure it was centered. I couldn’t get a great picture of it because of the glare, so I can’t showcase how amazing it looks in real life.

Stitch ALL The Things | Let's Sew by Ursula Michael

The back of this piece looks almost as great as the front. I worked really hard not to run threads across the back, because I didn’t want them to show after I mounted the piece onto black foam core board. I will say that were I to stitch this piece again I would not use aida, and especially black aida. There were more than a few quarter stitches, and seeing the regular holes on black aida is difficult enough without adding in fractional stitches that you have to punch through the center of an aida square. I should also note that I converted the thread color to DMC 729, Medium Old Gold. I started it November 6th and finished by November 24th. I am happy for a 2016 start and finish!

This week I will be focused on finishing the bag. I was going to start work on Josh’s quilt, but decided to push that off until his birthday. He will be getting a bigger-than-anticipated Christmas present this year (Thanks to Nintendo for creating the New Nintendo 3DS shortage and to Amazon for selling them early to scalpers. You rock! Jerks.) and I don’t want to pile all the gifts onto one holiday. Since his birthday is in March, I won’t feel huge pressure to finish a Bargello by December 21st and I can make sure I get it done right. Wrapping my head around the process of making one of these has been challenging!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Bag
  • Choose next Quilt project
  • New cross stitch start

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Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
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To-Do Tuesday 11-22-16 | A Little Bit Sidetracked

If you are in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving week!! I am sure everyone is going to be busy with holiday prep, so there may not be much to share on our To-Do lists this week. As for my list from last week, I do have a story to tell!

Since I had to wait for my glitter vinyl to arrive for finishing the Hippo Hobo bag, I decided to pull the fabrics for a bargello quilt I want to make my son, Josh, for Christmas. I chose Surf Song from Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts by Eileen Wright. Josh loves the ocean and it just seemed perfect. I haven’t made a bargello quilt before, but I knew I had a bunch of blues and greens in my Kona Cotton stash and I was excited at the possibility of making this for him for Christmas. But. BUT. I didn’t have quite enough fabrics. Then, the fabrics I did have weren’t wide enough because I purchased 1/2 yard pieces to grow my stash and 5/8’s is required for the pattern. Which meant I had to buy more fabrics. And that’s when the lightbulb moment happened.

Stitch ALL The Things | Surf Song Bargello Fabric Pull

Why am I buying and stashing all these fabrics for future projects that, when the time comes to make the new project, I end up having to buy more fabrics for? I have all of this beautiful fabric sitting on my shelves and I’m not making anything with them. My taste in fabrics have changed from when I first started quilting, so there are fabrics I don’t even like any more sitting in my stash. Some fabrics I bought just because it was on sale. Or I bought it because I saw it in a picture and it looked so pretty I wanted it right at that moment. People, this is RIDICULOUSNESS! A destash was in order, and right away. With this train of thought, the course of my entire week changed. I ordered my fabrics for the bargello quilt, and then began pulling bundles and bundles of fabric from my shelves to sell.

Stitch ALL The Things | Destash Prep

If you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed that picture. I set up a separate destash account on Instagram and got to work. Between Tuesday and Friday of last week I organized fabric into piles, came up with prices, took pictures, and prepared draft Instagram posts. On Saturday the destash began and all 88 pictures were uploaded within 30 minutes. The rest of the weekend was tallying purchases, double checking, triple checking, and quadruple checking them. Then sending out PayPal requests, double checking, triple checking, and quadruple checking those. Next up was printing out shipping labels and Monday was double/triple/quadruple checking everything again as I packaged up purchases for shipping. I made it to the post office 10 minutes before the cutoff for their first shipment of the day to Las Vegas. WOO HOO!

ALL The Packages

I’ve got to tell you, that was a pretty intense week of work. But I feel such relief at getting rid of excess and having a better plan of buying what I need when I need it, rather than just collecting fabric. Now I have to turn to Thanksgiving preparation which I completely forgot about with my week of destashing! How crazy is that? The Mister stepped up big time and braved the stores today while I was getting packages done, but we have another trip to make to finish up our shopping. After we get that done, my plan for the week is simply to enjoy my family time and to appreciate and be thankful for all of the many blessings in my life. And with that, I would like to thank each of you who reads this blog and links up when you are able. You all encourage and inspire me and I appreciate that you stop by week after week to share your finishes, your works in progress, your successes, and your not-so-successful projects. This is a wonderful community and I am grateful to be a part of it!

thanksgiving

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Be Thankful

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Rules:

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  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
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