Wednesday, June 18, 2008

4th of July T-shirt

This is the T-shirt I made for Bug today. :)

I was wanting to use flowers like this on a blanket for the Homefront Team's 4th of July Challenge. But I'm just not in the mood to make a blanket at this point. The idea is lovely, and I think it'll be pretty all done--but I don't know. I think the slowing down of sales is getting to me. I don't want to make something that may not sell. Though I've toyed with making the blanket pretty large--60"x60"--and using it as OUR 4th of July blanket! And taking it to lie on to watch the fireworks! That would be cool!

I received the neatest teddy bears in the mail yesterday! I bought them from camillam on etsy. They are AWESOME, and the kids can't get enough of them!

That's it for today!
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Family Time

I woke up this morning with motivation to sew. My dilemma--what to sew first? I finally figured out how I want my friend's baby quilt to look--mind you, her baby was born 3 days ago! Then before falling asleep last night, I zeroed in on a plan for The Homefront Team's 4th of July Challenge. So two GREAT items to sew--and a whole day to work on them! Then I realized the fabric I needed for both of them was brand new--and needed washing. So one load in the washer--shower, eat, get it in the dryer.

But sewing did not happen today. See, I have this adorable little family--a dear husband, and two kissable little munchkins. And they wanted mommy to come gallivanting with them today! So we traveled and shopped and ate lunch out, and had so much fun. We were all pretty pooped by the time we got home--naptime! :) And after my nap--I was just grumpy and still tired and there was no sewing gonna happen then! :)

Soooo, one day soon, I'm gonna get these projects done--I promise! Until then, I'm going to enjoy my family!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Friday, June 13, 2008

My Project Today

I cleaned out my fabric closet this week. Here are the fabrics that had piled up on the closet floor--oh, and this is minus the 25 yards I'd already put away!

I needed to organize and straighten out my shelves so they'd fit everything. So I dumped the fabric off one shelf. It was full of fabric pieces--mostly 1 yard or less.

While working through all that fabric, I re-found pieces I'd forgotten about! And I was excited about finding scraps of some of my favorites! The scraps were less than the yard I need for a baby blanket, but PLENTY big to make some bibs and burp cloths with! YAH!

Here is my shelf with most of the fabrics back on--the fabric on my cutting table (picture 1) still needed to get in here!

For the most part, it fit in just fine--BUT I have four BOLTS of fabric that are upstairs needing to be washed. Not so sure where they will fit in all this! I didn't get the top shelf in the pic. Guess you don't get to see how MESSY it is! And I still have four walmart bags of scraps, my grandpas' ties, my chenille, and fabric for my husband that I had to put back on the floor. There's just no where else to put them!

I'm glad I got to go through everything. I love my fabrics! And I found such pretties in there! Plus, I've been debating about purchasing a large amount of camo fabric I can get wholesale. But today I saw I have NOWHERE to put it. I can still picture 8 million ways to sew it all--but I need to be busy sewing what I currently own! Maybe next year?

Last night I got busy once the kids were in bed. I finished 8 burp cloths, and sewed this cool blanket for Bug:

She kicked her quilt to the curb this afternoon--and covered up instead with her minky giraffe blanket. My first time sewing with minky--I didn't do anything special--I turned the edges over and sewed them. It was kind of hard to sew--the fabric kept wanting to go down to visit the bobbin. :) And I had to pull it from the back as the machine stitched. I'm not too keen on using this in the future--but HAD to have the giraffe print for Bug. :)

It's always good to go through everything once in awhile. Gives me new ideas and I feel great having things organized! AND, I'm excited to be back to sewing! I sewed briefly on Wednesday--till the kids woke up--and finished everything yesterday. I still haven't gotten any pictures taken to list on etsy. Maybe tomorrow?

MonsterBug Blankets

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Finding Balance

Yesterday afternoon I woke up and thought, hmmmm, I have three bibs I could topstitch, put snaps on, and probably take pictures of before the kids get up from nap. And I got up, sewed, squished snaps on, and took pics! And last night I even started listing them on etsy. Wow--where'd THAT come from??? I even cut out several 10x18" pieces of flannel and chenille to make burp cloths--whoa! :)

Maybe this sewing break is over. That would be nice! I realized yesterday that I've been pushing and shoving for MonsterBug Blankets since February. The Piney Woods Arts Festival was the end of March--had to get tons sewn before. I went on vacation 2 weeks later--just me and the kids for nearly 2 weeks. A week after I got home, I started sewing like a maniac to have enough things to sell at the PX--and that manic sewing binge went through the week I was out there selling. So DUH--no wonder I've just not wanted to sew for three weeks! Or list. Or do anything business related! It all makes sense NOW.

It has been nice--when I haven't worried about not sewing--cause I realized my priorities had gotten messed up there for a bit. Being a mommy had gotten tiresome and frustrating--and every little thing was making me grumpy and impatient. Now I'm happy to be a mommy--and find myself doing all kinds of silly little fun things with them. (I'm FUN mommy again--yah!) Our days are more relaxed and laid back--instead of me feeling that sitting outside and watching my kids was not enough--I needed to be sewing or cutting or pinning or or or or......

It's hard to strike that balance. Sometimes it feels soooooo good to accomplish things each day. To have a goal set in mind for things to work on--and to exceed that goal. But more times than not, it feels great to just be. To see each morning how we'll do our day. To not have so much pressure on myself. I have to figure out how to be relaxed without being 100% lazy, and how to accomplish things without being 100% psycho! :) For me, it's often all or nothing!

Sooooo--that's me for now. I've sewn a bit, I've listed a bit, and I've rested and spent time just being silly and having fun. All in all, a good couple of days!

More later. :)
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Sewing Break

I'm not feeling so creative lately. It scares me. I know it's just a side effect from busyness and then insomnia--but I don't like it. And it feels like YEARS since I last felt like sewing! I've left everything flounder--the blog, etsy, sewing. BUT--I have a clean house! :) YAH! Guess that's the side effect of not wanting to sew. Hmmmm, husband likes that!

I'm still online in the forums on etsy, my fabric coop, and etsybaby. But I feel like an imposter sometimes--like I'm pretending to have a shop and pretending to have a business. :) Silly, I know. See--I'm being creative--just weirdly!

Want to know the truly scary part--I walked out of the quilt shoppe yesterday--get this--without buying ANYTHING! No fabrics. They were lovely to look at, and touch, of course, but nope--didn't feel the NEED to buy anything! And the last 2 buys on my fabric coop--nope, nothing spent there, either. This is definitely a good thing--but very weird! Perhaps I bought so much fabric last month that I'm bought out! Or maybe I'm feeling horribly guilty for not sewing with any of the yards and yards sitting in my fabric closet! (I mentioned earlier today that I could hear the fabric screaming at me to sew it--even from behind the closet doors!)

So, this is my weird little sewing break. I suppose they are needed from time to time. Time to smell the roses, hug the kids, relax (if I wasn't so worried about not wanting to sew!), sleep, rest, clean, etc.

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