To-Do Tuesday 3-21-17 | Spring Break

Ya’ll. I almost forgot to write this post! My days are all mixed up and I have to repeatedly ask the Mister what day it is. Thankfully I realized it was Monday “blog writin’ day” and got this done before bedtime!

Stitch ALL The Things | Cracked Window

We are at the Oregon House this week. We had a safe drive up, with mostly no issues. There was one severe allergy attack (me) around Bishop, CA, and one rock thrown at the windshield around Winnemucca, NV that resulted in a crack. We expected the crack to creep all the way across the windshield, but it stopped at about 9″. Love technology though, while I took over driving the Mister grabbed his phone, went through the Geico app and arranged to have it fixed on Monday. Safelight came out and replaced the window in two and a half hours time. Sweet!

Stitch ALL The Things | Oregon

I was super happy to see the house. The Daffodils and Hyacinths are blooming, the tulips are growing, as are the day lilies (my very favorite!). The peach tree and blueberry bushes have buds on them. The Marion berry vines are held up by two posts with wires running across them. One of the posts broke in the last few months. There was a huge tangle of old vines, new vines, and wire on the ground. I cut everything but four primocanes back to the ground. We planned on fixing the post and wrapping more of the vines, but other work got in the way…

Stitch ALL The Things | Tools

The last time anyone was at the house was in October when Mister came to oversee the apple tree trimming. He ran the water through the house and had no issues then. When we arrived this week, 5 months later, we had some issues. Long story short, we have a bunch of rust in the lines that clogged up the faucets and bath spout and shower heads. We’ve spent the days here trying to figure out what’s going on (no, it’s not the hot water heater, it’s the 67 year old plumbing lines and lack of use), and fixing everything. It’s funny, on the drive up the Mister turned to me at one point and said, “I don’t want to spend this entire week working. I want to relax and enjoy the house.” I replied, “You know, every time you say something like that, we end up working our behinds off.” In the middle of the plumbing debacle you know I had to bring THAT conversation back up, right? Yeah, you know it had to be done!

Anyway, no projects to show this week. I was stitching on Sleepy Hollow on the drive up, when the roads weren’t too awfully bumpy, and I had a bit of time today while the Safelight guy was fixing the windshield. That will be the only crafty related thing I work on this week. I hope ya’ll are having a great week. I hope to be more prompt with my blog visits and replies to comments. This past week has been pretty crazy, so please forgive my tardiness.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Help the Mister with the plumbing issues

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To-Do Tuesday 3-14-17 | Santa’s Village

Hello, friends! A quick post tonight. I couldn’t take pictures of the bags I’ve made this week, but I made sure to take one of one of my cross stitching WIPs. Santa’s Village is the WIP I work on over the weekends. I love this one so much. I finished Santa’s House and Santa, with the exception of the berries on the wreath and Santa’s eyes. I tried so hard to do french knots, which I’m really good at, but since these were one-strand knots they kept slipping to the back of the fabric. So frustrating. The after re-doing them 5 times the Mister suggested that I use beads. That’s a pretty common substitution in cross stitch. I didn’t want to give up, but decided I was wasting too much time and there are quite a few more french knots called for throughout the pattern. So I ordered some Delica beads. Once I get this piece on some 24″ scroll rods I ordered for it, I’ll put the beads on. Ignore the wavy top border on this, the tension on my Q-Snap is wonky.

Stitch ALL The Things | Santa's Village Cross Stitch WIP

This week I have two more bags to make and then we will be getting ready for a quick trip to Oregon for Spring Break. It will be really busy, so I may not have much progress to show next week. When I get back I’d really like to make a handbag out of some amazing fabric I picked up. I also plan to finish Mister’s quilt and start on the Bargello. I really need to schedule more quilting time into my days, and since the year is already a quarter of the way gone, I don’t want to delay. Summer time comes really quickly and that will take away more time. So no more putting off the quilting!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish commissions
  • Prep for trip

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To-Do Tuesday 3-7-17

Hello, friends! This week went by so fast. I wanted to take pictures of the status of my current cross stitching WIPs, but I forgot. I will try to remember for next week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Gingerbread House Project Bag

This week I had a commissioned order to make a Christmas themed Project Bag with this adorable Gingerbread House fabric. I LOVE the combination of the mint and pink for Christmas colors. I originally bought a red with white polka dots fabric as the accent for this print, but when I had the fabric at home I spied the pink striped print in my stash. When I pulled it and placed it next to the Christmas fabric…BAM! It was a perfect match. And now I wish I had ordered more than a half yard when I bought this a while ago. It’s out of print now. Bummer. I have enough of the striped fabric to make one more bag like this. If no one requests it, a bag just like this one might end up with me!

I have three more bags to make this week. The orders are trickling in, and at a manageable rate for me. I have to admit to feeling a bit burned out, so it’s nice to only have a couple to make per week, rather than two per day. I foresee some quilting time in my future. The Mister’s quilt needs to be done! We also have our fingers crossed that the weather will be nice for us to drive to Oregon for Spring Break. I am so looking forward to seeing the house again! We’ll have a bunch of work to do in a short amount of time, but that’s fine by me!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on two commissions

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To-Do Tuesday 2-28-17 | Sewing For Myself

Howdy, Friends! It’s Tuesday and time to check our lists! This past week all of the sewing I did was for myself. It was great! I was still sewing project bags, so I did heave a bit of a sigh about that, but I was beyond happy to get some project bags made for my own cross stitching WIPS.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alexander Henry Skulls and Roses Tattoo Project Bag Set

I decided to make myself a travel project bag. My current cross stitching car project is I Cross Stitch So I Don’t Kill People by Clouds Factory. I was stitching this chart on aida fabric, and was constantly making mistakes and having to rip stitches out. My black floss was so old that it was shredding. I hated stitching on the aida, so on our recent trip to pick up the kids I stopped stitching and decided to start over. I had some 28 count Jobelan fabric in Antique White by Wichelt in my stash, so I cut that to size, serged the edges, and put it on my Q-Snap. Then I made the travel Project Bag to match my Grime Guard, using my absolute favorite Alexander Henry print I think I’ve only mentioned it 5 bazillion times. I also used black glitter vinyl, but that’s not popping out in the photo. I LOVE this bag! Super thrilled with this finish!

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Stitching Set

The best sewing accomplishment for me this week was to make this Christmas Village project bag set. I previously purchased the entire Country Cottage Needleworks Santa’s Village cross stitching pattern set as well as all of the coordinating Just Another Button Company buttons and called for specialty flosses. I have been chomping at the bit to get started on this, but decided to finish my current weekend stitching WIP before I had a new start. Otherwise, I’d have no room in my rotation for stitching Santa’s Village. In the meantime I found the perfect coordinating fabric to make a matching project bag, Christmas Village by Fabri-Quilt. I patiently waited until I had some free sewing time to get this one done, and as soon as that time was available I got to work! I am so happy with how this one turned out!

Stitch ALL The Things | Christmas Village Accessory Bag

I decided to add some glitter vinyl to the accessory pouch to bling it up a bit. Love the reindeer on the back of the bag!

Stitch ALL The Things | Filled Project Bag

As soon as I finished taking pictures, I filled that baby up! I fit my 11 x 11 Q-Snap, all twelve charts, flosses and buttons inside the bag, and I still have some room to spare! Not that I need it, but if I’m headed out for a doctor’s appointment (and the inevitable wait in the waiting room) I can throw my keys and wallet in there and go.

I have to admit to feeling like I’m floundering this year with my sewing. I have some free sewing time, and I’m just not sure what to do with it. I’m worried that if I start a new quilt, I’ll get stopped half way through (like with the Mister’s quilt) to make more project bags and then lose steam on the quilt (like with the Mister’s quilt). I’m not sure if the Great Project Bag Sewing Spree of 2017 is over, or if I should dedicate time to making a bag per day until I get enough stock to launch a store on the website. Or if I should just let it die down and only sew them as requested so that I have time to quilt. And then, summer is coming up shortly and I plan on not doing any consistent sewing then since we’ll be at our Oregon home and spending our time working on it. Sigh. Like I said… floundering. I think with maybe another week or two passing that I will have a better idea of what I should do.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on two commissions

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