01 January 2015

2014 Wrap up, January goals

So to be entered into the year-end give away for A Lovely Year of Finishes I have to have completed at least 6 of my goals this year. Guess what, I DID IT! Check them out:

I don't know how to do a mosaic so I will just show you this again: 
Happy balloon, so  happy! 

2014 was a good year. Lots happened, but I still feel the same as I did a year ago. School drama, family drama, company drama, potty drama... All is well right now in the world.

2015 I'm not only joining up for ALYoF again, but I'm also joining up for a Quarterly Finish Along being hosted this year at On the Windy Side. I'm excited about this. Right now I am going to post my January goal for ALYoF and also tell you some other things I have on my plate for the next 3 months. 

January Goal: Finish mom's quilt, which uploaded sideways:
This is my current passion. Mom gave me a box a stuff that was her Grandmother's and in it were some iron on embroidery patterns that wouldn't iron on because they are like 80 years old. So I made a set of them into quilt blocks that match a 1/2 yard bundle I got from the Intrepid Thread and I designed my own quilt for them! There were only 7 patterns (one for each week day) and all I have left to do before I actually assemble the quilt is to make the 8th block (2 for each side) which will have something cheesy like "To Nana from us" on it. Still working on that. Gotta get it to her before her birthday, in 12 days! EEP! 

 Another thing I've been working on is a shirt made from that hideous fabric I was wanting to use in November. All I have left on it is the sleeves and the buttons.
 I also want to make a knee-length black pencil skirt to wear with it, and wear them both with my purple stockings and combat boots. I can totally rock this horrid thing. Just watch me.

And since I have so many hooker (faceless bodies) monkeys, I think I may try the farmer's market again this summer, but do it on a weekly basis and see how it goes. I'm pretty sure I have over 50 hookers in the basement, and if I go for 10/month that would set my goal for the first quarter of the year at 30 finished monkeys by the end of the March. Totally doable, just like your mom.

Some other things I need to get done:
For Jo's birthday in March I need to make her an apron (I made on for Russ for Christmas and Alice got one for her birthday back in October) and I also need to make her a wallet, since she is earning money for not being at night like her siblings are. 2 more goals!

And hell, I may as well make it a goal to clear up some of my craft room. Every time I go down there with the kids I make negative progress. And since I always have my kids,well, you know...
Let's try to have it so we can at least walk in there, eh? Not just around piles but actually walk all the way in a beeline from the door to the closet. I don't think it will be too hard. We can do this. 

30 November 2014

ALYoF Nov goal Met (mostly)

That Fabric I was all mad about not getting use on the dress I wanted to because the pattern was crap? Yeah, there wasn't enough for a dress anyway! So I found some other dramatic and ugly fabric to make a dress with. 

My dearest husband, love of my life, eternal companion, told me it makes me look 70. I'M ONLY 30. Lovely.

I have been working on making a shirt out of the original fabric but with my mom and sister coming in for my 8 year old Russell boy getting baptized it didn't work out too well. Ah, well. It will happen.

07 November 2014

ALYoF - November Goal

So I have been given a lot of fabric, even more since I moved into this giant house. The last fabric, copious amounts of it I might add, came from an old lady from church who had moved to a nursing home. In it was some horribly ugly fabric, lots of it. I don't even know why I kept it. I've been going through my fabric recently, trying to get it in totes so I can stack it easier and the cat can't pee on it all, and I found this horrible stuff, red and purple and green and just all around ugly. Then I was going though my large suitcase of hand-me-down sewing patterns and found a dress pattern that I desperately wanted to make. It was knee length, v-neck, long bell sleeves with slits up to the elbows... amazing! And suddenly I wanted to use that super ugly fabric to make this dress. They just wanted to be together! So much for hating it, right? I kept telling myself if I made it through all of my Halloween sewing (we went with a Despicable Me 2 theme this year) then I could make my dress. Great. November first I was so excited. I pulled out my pattern, opened all the papers and SH*T. Whoever had the pattern before me (my guess is Sharon Welz, I got a lot of patterns from her) altered it in a manner that I could not salvage. And there was no instruction sheet, which yeah I could wing it but I had a fire going so in the pattern went! I was sad. I went through all my other patterns looking for one that would satisfy my desire for a new dress but alas, none was to be found. So I decided to organize my patterns and in the process found some I had forgotten about in a different part of the HELL that my craft room is and found a pattern that will be sufficient. Not perfect by any means, but I have some kind of feeling toward it at least. 

My goal this month is to get this dress done. I want to wear it with my purple nylons and combat boots. Yes, please!

31 October 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Hand Quilted Flowers

Last minute entry, as is my forte. HQMelissa just posted yesterday to let me know what I was missing out on. Apparently there is an online quilt show, the Blogger's Quilt Festival, going on right now. How exciting! This is my first ever finished quilt I am entering into the Hand Stitched category.

I made this quilt following along on Happy Quilting Melissa's Star Surround QAL last year. I love QALs! It's the only way I manage to finish a top. I didn't get the quilting done until this year, and I didn't manage to finish in in the time frame I had wanted to. My intention was to get to the ALSA of South Texas before April so it could be in their Fiesta Flowers event. It didn't happen, but because it didn't happen I got to deliver it in person when I visited San Antonio in person and that was exciting.

Each block is 32" wide. I decided to make it more a flower instead of a star because of it's intended destination. I think if I had used a color other than the green it would have been better, but picking colors with 3 children hanging on you is hell. I think the green still works. I tried to have a quilting party to get it done but only 4 people came to help. This is a queen size! I did most of the stitching myself. Let me tell you, I had to take a break and lay on the dog in the sunny window at one point because it was just so... Maybe if I hadn't had to get it out of the ballroom for a birthday party I could have let it linger and enjoyed the stitching more.

I also made this 24" pillow cases to go with it. 

30 August 2014

01 August 2014

ALYoF - August Goal

I've been struggling with goals lately. I'm so invested in the farmer's market and making monkeys but those don't really count towards ALYoF goals. Also, I got an email from All for the love of yarn the other day and I was so confused because their tag is AFLoY which is exactly the same letters as the Finishing party's but rearranged. WOAH! 

August my goal is going to be making 2 hoops. I know the finishing goals have to be for one thing but I won't count it if I don't get both. There is a Hoopla-a-long on Craftster and I've been wanting to participate in it but it hasn't been anywhere near the top of my priorities. Well this month it is! July's theme was "food" and I had an idea for it that I really wanted to make but didn't get to. August's theme is "whimsical" and I have no idea what I'm going to do but I will do it! Those are my goals! I already picked the hoops and fabric today so there is no stopping me now!

July's has to do with the alpaca fleece I cleaned, oohh... food? Alpaca? Where am I going with this?