Tuesday, February 11, 2014

valentine mobile

We have a big problem around here.  There are piles and piles of pictures created by little hands and too beautiful to discard (but many do make it to the trash after much internal struggle and finally self reprimand that I just - can't - keep - everything!)  Actually I keep everything in a pile and about 3 or 4 times a year I go through the pile keeping only those that I really love or know that they really loved.  It's easier to get rid of things when they've been sitting there for so long.

Using inspiration from this post by Alisa Burke, I thought why not use some of their paintings.  They had no problem cutting into them which I sort of was surprised at.  First we made a heart template and traced onto their paintings.  We could fold them in a way that we ended up getting 6 hearts, all cut at the same time, out of one painting.   We used embroidery floss to lay between the hearts and glued with a glue stick.

Next we grabbed the strip basket and picked out some appropriate strips to wrap around just the center of an embroidery hoop.  The fabric can be removed later when I need to use my hoop again.  The only glue I added was to secure the final end.

I used 4 lengths of yarn to tie around the hoop then brought them all together and knotted to create a way to hang it.


We ended up making 9 string sets of 4 - 5 hearts and tied to the hoop.  The photo below only shows 4 of the sets.  We were waiting for big sister to get home from school to make more. 

One more way to reuse and enjoy some precious paintings!

Monday, February 10, 2014

update ...new beginnings

It's been just over one month that I have officially closed the Stitch Lounge.  It seems like a world away.  I have barely been sewing anything.  I can't believe how insane I let our lives get for 2 years.  I say 2 years even though I was open as the Stitch Lounge for almost three years, because the insanity started when I made the move to Greenfield.  So glad I did it for so many reasons but I am so relieved that it's over.

I still have a ton of fabric and supplies remaining.  I had (and still have) every intention of inventorying it all and selling in some way.  I toy with the idea that I will be making all sorts of stuff but honestly I'm kinda sick of seeing much of it.  I don't feel the need to create as I did these past years but I'm sure once I'm back in the swing of things it will return.

My sewing area at home is probably one reason I haven't been doing much sewing.  It gives me stress to be over there with all the odds and ends that were shoved in boxes in no particular order then dumped where it fit.  The photo above makes the space look good but look on the other side of my cutting table and....yikes!  I'm waiting for the organization bug to bite.

I did finally start a queen sized quilt for my bed.  First one ever.  It's a soft yellow and white Irish single chain.

It's way more piecing than I like and too little color but I feel like it's the perfect quilt for the simplicity that I'm trying to achieve with the new year.  How nice will a fresh yellow and white quilt look for this summer!?

There's been lots of baking going on around here.  Not so good for my waist line buuut we are having lots of fun experimenting with new recipes.  

I'm grateful that I was able to see what was best for our family.  For once I feel like I made a good decision and I don't regret it for a second.  It's been a really tough several years and I'm hoping that this is our year of recovery.  Looking forward to what the new year will bring.