Thursday, January 26, 2012

so much to sew

Busy as a bee...who would have thought.  Just because I went and got myself a job the other businesses start picking up.  I've got orders coming in and it only wants to make me sew something that is just for fun.  Tonight I'm up late working on my daughter's sewing machine because it's so much quieter than my big clunky one and I can work while the little ones and the hubby is asleep.  So funny that this little thing is probably better than my full sized machine.  The stitch quality is awesome. 

Were did the days go where I could easily stay up working until midnight or later? Project Runway came on and my brain was involuntarily envisioning me on the couch.  I am so addicted to these fashion shows lately.  Typing this my eyes are heavy but I have so much to sew and so much to do. 

One bag down...and lots more to go...I guess bed is calling now and I'll give this another go in the morning.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

creative energy

So I went and started a new job last week.  Now mind you I do not need nor do I have time for another job.  Being a full-time mom, plus bookkeeper/keep-it-together-person of the 2 family businesses and then starting the Stitch Lounge this past fall...yes, you get the idea.  Actually the real reason is I need to replace my 13 year old car and having been without any payments for many years and knowing exactly the car I want which of course is allowing for the expanded family now and whatever else...well, I'm working for my new (used) car.  And for fabric.

But with the addition of this new responsiblity I'm finding it odd that I'm sewing and cleaning more than ever!  I couldn't find the time to get everything done before, how the heck am I doing it now?!  I even got the quilting bug back which I haven't done in literally 2 years!!  I just can't stop myself from creating new things.  Everyone else seems to be happy in the family too.  Is it really true the saying...If Momma ain't happy...ain't no one happy?  Hmmmm....just maybe in our case. 

I'm wondering if I've hit that sweet spot, the one where I've got just enough going on that I don't have time to be lazy or dilly-dally around.  I have to get it done now or it's not gonna get done or it's gonna drag me down and get in my way!  And I don't feel like I'm stressed or over worked... yet.  Or maybe I'm headed for a major breakdown... Guess we'll just have to wait and see but until then I'm taking this new creative energy and running with it.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

a few gifts

This year for Christmas about 95% of all gifts given by our family were handmade...yes, by me.  I didn't feel overwhelmed and really enjoyed making everything, which is definitely not the norm, especially when it comes to the stress of everything else going on around the holidays.  I just thought I would share a few of them....

Quilted country star table runner with a very pieced backing...making the most out of scraps.


Knitted cowl and wrist warmers.

Another knitted cowl and matching wristlet.

One more knitted cowl using a waffle weave pattern and a much thinner yarn than the other two.  And part of the 5% of non-handmade gifts..a candle accompanied this gift also.

Pajama pants - these are 3 of the 6 pairs. 

2 of my new favorite bags for teacher gifts.

While not my gifts to be given, I know at least some of them where.  I also made 14 of these covers for Weight Watchers pocket guides and 3 month journals.  A few other things were probably thrown in there but I didn't take photo's of them.  And all this done from Thanksgiving until Christmas morning.  I'm ready to work on something for me now.