Thursday, October 13, 2011

Table Runner Swap

Life is crazy and hectic with several ups and downs right now.  I don't exactly know why I do this to myself, join a swap in the midst of chaos.  Then a friend said this the other day:

We need to be involved in things that have a beginning, middle, and end.  Cleaning the dishes, keeping your house clean, laundry, and other housewife duties do not fulfill that.  You're in the middle of raising your children right now, so you need to create things.

It really minimized my guilt when she said that.  I also have to explain that this woman is a mother of 8, (4 are already out of the house) and her youngest 3 all have autism.  This woman is an AVID seamstress and makes most of her little ones' clothing.  Total inspiration.

Anyhow, right now I am involved in Shawnee's Autumn Table Runner Swap (usually she does aprons, and I was actually really excited she switched it this time).  I got 2 table runner tops DONE on Tuesday.  I went to sewing time at church (an unofficial little group of women sew on Tuesdays, and another kind woman from church offered to babysit my 3 boys, and another little girl in the Nursery).  I decided to do a disappearing 9-patch style runner.  I cut out enough squares to make 3 9-patch blocks, sewed one of the blocks, then finished the rest at home (sewing the other 2 blocks, cutting up all three blocks, then piecing them back together to make two table runners with 6 blocks each  I decided to keep one for myself of course). 
 Like my new wire dress form?  I found it on Craigslist about a month ago.  She models my aprons.

 This shows most of the runner.
 And a close-up.  This shows all of the fabrics, except the green.  I love all of the autumn colors.  You can't really tell how pretty that cream one is, but it sparkles with gold.  Love it!

I like the way the tops turned out, and I really hope that my swap partner enjoys hers.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes

I am terribly sorry I have been neglecting this creative little blog.  Ya see, I've been busy living.  And life is pretty good.  In fact, it gets better every day I spend more time experiencing it. I recently began homeschooling my kindergartener, and having 3 boys kind of wears me out a bit.

However, I do have plans for this blog.  At least for my personal organizational purposes.

I've been keeping track (I use that term pretty loosely) of my kitchen endeavors over at Chilton Kitchen, but I am realizing that my posts are pretty sparse over there as well.  Thus, I will be starting the process of moving food posts over here (anyone know an easy way of doing that?).  Making food is an act of creating, right?  And celebrations are usually accompanied by edibles, so I am hoping to spiff things up a bit over here and making a compilation of all the things I do and enjoy: family, crafts, and food.

As far as crafts go, I have a lot on my plate right now which I will soon be posting.
I am busily making aprons for a Christmas boutique in November.  Eeeek!  I really need to get on that. I have a goal to make 30 aprons to sell.  Pretty ambitious, but you've gotta have goals, right?  A friend taught me how to make fabric flowers recently, and it all-of-a-sudden clicked for me, and now I am wondering why I hadn't tried this before.  Great use for scraps, and I've made nearly 30 in the last few weeks.  I also need to get my rear in gear to make my oldest son's Halloween costume.  He decided long ago that he wanted to be Batman, and I waited.  And since he hasn't changed his mind in about 6 months, it's safe to say that we will stick with Batman this year.  I am just excited that he is not going to be Mario for the third year in a row.  I found a great tutorial, via Pinterest, for me to make his Batman costume.

Speaking of Pinterest, if you're not on there, you really should be.  It's pretty much my new favorite time waster, fun thing finder. Seriously though, it's great.