Monday, September 21, 2009

Procrastination makes me so productive.

I am feeling somewhat productive right now. I got so many little things finished yesterday. But the reality is that I am procrastinating. Which is why I am so productive. Make sense?

I decided I would start quilting some of my projects, rather than send them out. I tried quilting once before and just got overwhlemed. I admit it was an early project, a large throw size quilt, I was following the pattern in the fabrics which may or may not have made it easier. But I was also pregnant, Christmas was looming and I had 2 of them to finish - one for my mother, and the other for my mother in law. It got to be too much. I wrapped up the partially quilted quilt and gave it to my mother, saying I would take it back to finish and then return to her. Then the very next day I did the exact same thing, with the exact same quilt, to my mother in law. And then we moved, and had a baby, and it just kind of sat there. I did send my mother-in-law's out to be quilted so that I could get it into her hands. And I did finally finish the other one for my mother. Some time that summer....

And the reality is that the more I worked on it, the easier it did get. But I still think I am intimidated.

Thus all the other things that are getting done, instead of the quilting. I pieced the back for my Figgy Pudding Christmas quilt. I created a table runner for my aunt and I loved it so much I needed one for myself. And those now have backs ready to go as well. I created a quick table runner for halloween - no quilting needed. More on that later. I've purchased the gloves that will (hopefully) make things easier, I've gotten the thread. Now I just need to move my machine into the dining room and jimmy-rig a set up to make things level with my sewing maching surface. You know, a few more things to put off actually taking those first few stitches. I'll let you know how it goes. But for now, I am glorifying in all of my productiveness!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A tower of toys

So what do you do when you are playing with your little one and feeling a bit creative? You create a tower of toys, of course.


Bug usually takes great joy in knocking down whatever I am stacking, but this one intimidated her just a little bit. Mommy had to help.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Is that a bed skirt or a valance?

I love repurposing things!

While hunting around for nothing in particular in the clearance part of a bedding store, I found a great bed skirt for our king size bed. And lo and behold, they had 2 of them - a great shade of blue, in raw silk looking fabric, and $9 each! Yeehaw.

Did you know that a king size bed skirt makes a great window valance for a 16 foot span? Well, it does.

So this (ignore the wrinkles)

Becomes this -

I have been wanting to soften our bedroom a little since we moved in, about 1 1/2 years ago. We painted and put in crown molding - or at least hubby did - I was pregnant at the time and they wouldn't let me paint or get on ladders. But since then it just needed some finishing touches, some fabric, a little extra love. And I finally got that done this weekend. Fancy pleats and all. I love it.

(As to the wrinkles on the bed skirt that is on the bed- I got so excited to see how it would look I didn't want to wait to iron it, and then I didn't want to have to take it off again. I am hoping they hang out, but not looking good so far. I wonder how long the cord is on my iron.)