"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

1000th Post, Wool Ornaments and a Giveaway

I've needed to do a little something for myself in October and November because I've been so busy with commissioned sewing.    I've been designing and making some wool ornaments the last couple of weeks and have several more that I want to design - a nativity, the wisemen, a cardinal, a Christmas puppy....and who knows what else I'll decide to do. 

I'm having a lot of fun doing them and love that the felt doesn't ravel.  =)  Now mind I don't have a tree anymore so I might have to actually buy one or figure out how to hang them if I keep them all....lol.....

Two questions for you, my readers -

1. Would any of you be interested in patterns for them? (If free/or for a price I still need to figure out where to upload them to....)

2. Any other ideas for possible ornaments that you'd be interested in?

And this is my 1000th post, and to celebrate I'm holding a small giveaway featuring this pincushion.   To enter leave a comment answering question #2 from above.   And make sure that I have a way to contact you in case you're a winner.

This giveaway will end on December 15th. 



Gratitudes:

1. For having a wool stash that let's me do things like this (altho I have bought more colors from J's)

2. For the possibility of commissioned work through the posts that my friend has put on FB.


Blessings

The Ladies Ministry at church is trying something new this fall/winter season - Secret Prayer Sisters.   This is a secret swap where those that sign up get a little something ($5 or under) and write a note at least once a month for whoever is their "sister".   The big unveiling will be in February of who was paired with who and will be a bigger gift.

I'm having fun finding little things for my person and am planning for the "big day". 

Meanwhile my first pkg was chock full of goodies.  The ornament is already hanging on a hook, and I'm using the pen.   The chocolate will be going with me when I head to Phx.   Need treats for the road!

Gratitudes:

1. For the opportunity to be able to bless someone else as I've been blessed by others over the years.

2. For a sweet friend (and realtor) who is listing some of my things on FB Marketplace to see if she can help get them sold for me.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Raw Materials and Second Hand Stores.


After getting a couple of pay checks on Friday, I treated myself to going by a thrift store I hadn't been too for a couple of years. 

Found a bunch of shirts in nice colors and great shape.  All of these will end up in critters for sale.

And found a few pieces for pin cushions....altho the at the bottom center of the pic I didn't realize that a couple of the flower petals were broken till after I got home.  =( 


Have fabric picked out for the creamer, and the candle-holder at the bottom right is already finished. 

These will be listed for sale once i'm finished making them.

Gratitudes:

1. Vacation is coming and Phx is calling my name.

2. I'll soon see friends that I haven't seen for a year.

Goals & To-Do's - December 2

Been busy so it has been a couple of weeks since I updated this list.

Completions for the last couple of weeks -
  1. Complete memory bears #9-12 - Finished!
  2. Center panel of Basketball quilt finished and center section of quilt is together - Finished!
  3. Vend at the Richardson Farmer's Market - Done, Made one sale in last 5 minutes of sale, need to reevaluate participating because it was over 8 hrs of my day
  4. Complete repairs on pants & comforter for KA, still need to deliver - Done
  5. Complete remaining bowl warmers (4 to be sold to JD) - Finished and delivered!
  6. Complete bowl warmers for JD - Finished and delivered!
Goals for through first two weeks of December -
  1. Complete commissioned set of 4 postcards.
  2. Finish Christmas stocking for Customer
  3. Make Bears #2 and #3 for IG customer, need to ship out on Saturday 12/7
  4. Start quilting on the Commissioned Basketball quilt
  5. Start totes for KM
  6. Commissioned tote w/pockets - cats - Designed, fabric approved, need to pull coordinates
  7. Commissioned tote w/pockets - dachshunds - Designed, fabric approved, need to pull coordinates

Current For Sale projects & Commissions-
  1. Add Zipper panel to top of Zebra tote (sample)
  2. Postcards for sale as I can make them - Valentine, Easter, and spring ones need to be started
Christmas gifts -
  1. Pillowcase(s) for triangle support pillow for PN - Drat it, where did those dimensions go...again?
  2. Embellished blouse for MM
  3. Mini wall-hanging for RD (Coffee panel) - Now where did I put that panel?
  4. Apple Pie potholder for AR
Coming Commissions-
  1. T-shirt Quilt for friend in an online group (no due date, waiting for shirts and specs)
  2. T-shirt quilt for a friend at church (no due date, waiting for shirts, specs)
  3. Men's Shirt alterations (multiple, not sure how many at this point) 
  4. Hem dress for wife of #3
  5. Owl print quilt for sister of TK - Designed, fabric approved, need to pull coordinates and order focus print and quote a price to the one buying it.
Possible Commissions -
  1. Airplane quilt - need to make sample blocks before getting back with friend to see if she's interested (most likely for Christmas if she decides to do it)
  2. Music Quilt - long time possibility....rumblings about it happening again - Designed, waiting on down payment
Other projects that need to be done -
  1. Ship snail quilt out for quilting - Ready to ship, but have to wait till I get paid again 
  2. Donate garbage bag of fabric  - Done!
  3. Go thru the two boxes of books that need to go to second hand store and document what is there before donating
  4. Additional work for the PT job - Ongoing work......thankfully
  5. Finish 4 UFO's that will be headed to the kids of a family who lost everything in a forest fire in CA - three of four quilted and ready for binding, backing pulled for the remaining one
  6. Prep t-shirts for my own t-shirt quilt - t-shirts are all together (and have been for several yrs) but need to back with interfacing and get ready for quilting (doing quilt as you go).

Gratitudes:
1. For safety on Saturday while driving to/from the market

2. For the gift of friends who buy lunch for me when funds are tight.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Recent Finishes from the last two weeks

Lots of things have been being finished up lately.....  the 12 memory bears have been finished up and mailed off.   Hopefully to be delivered by the end of this week.

Bear 9 has a spiffy tie.

Bear #11

 Bear #12

 Progress was made on the commissioned quilt.   All letters sewn down.   And although not shown here, the center third of the quilt has been assembled and is ready for quilting.
 This wool ornament was made when I needed a quick project to do.
 Pincushion made from a divided glass dish.   Used one of my batik scraps for the cushion.


















Pincushion made from a candle holder.


 This bear was sewn up for a commission and will be headed to a little granddaughter of a friend at church.

Gratitudes:

1. For protection on the drive over to the farmer's market on a rainy morning.

2. Delivered (or mailed off) 3 different commissions this weekend.



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Goals and plans November 20th

Been busy so it has been a couple of weeks since I updated this list.

Completions for the last couple of weeks -
  1. Complete memory bears #7 and #8 - Finished!
  2. Sample doggie - Finished!
  3. Complete second round of Christmas postcards for the shop - Finished!
  4. Vend at the Lavon Christmas Bazaar - Done, sold enough to more than cover the booth rental.
  5. Purchase more of the Pellon 71F when sale goes off (use a coupon) - Done

Goals for through Thanksgiving Weekend -
  1. Complete memory bear #9 
  2. Complete memory bear #10
  3. Complete memory bear #11  
  4. Complete memory bear #12
  5. Complete applique work on letters for center panel of commissioned Basketball quilt
  6. Quilt and bind Commissioned Basketball quilt
  7. Complete repairs on pants & comforter for KA
  8. Complete remaining bowl warmers (4 to be sold to JD)
  9. Start first tote for KM
  10. Make commissioned postcards for CS
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Current commissions-
  1. Memory Teddy Bears from button-down shirts (12 of them) - 8 of 12 bears are done
  2. Teddy bear for JR - Shirts in hand for her to choose from
  3. Add Zipper panel to top of Zebra tote (sample)
  4. Postcards for sale as I can make them - More Santa postcards are needed, one already sold
  5. Enhanced tote w/pockets - cats - Designed, fabric approved, need to pull coordinates
  6. Enhanced tote w/pockets - dachshunds - Designed, fabric approved, need to pull coordinates
  7. Set of four custom postcards - Have design ready to make pattern from
Christmas gifts -
  1. Pillowcase(s) for triangle support pillow for PN - Drat it, where did those dimensions go...again?
  2. Pillowcase set for HM - Found a completed pair in the gift stash....woohoo!
  3. Embellished blouse for MM
  4. Mini wall-hanging for RD (Coffee panel) - Now where did I put that panel?
  5. Mini wall-hanging for SR -
    Found a spoon rest that will work for a gift, nothing to make as a result.  =)
Coming Commissions-
  1. T-shirt Quilt for friend in an online group (no due date, waiting for shirts and specs)
  2. T-shirt quilt for a friend at church (no due date, waiting for shirts, specs)
  3. Men's Shirt alterations (multiple, not sure how many at this point) 
  4. Hem dress for wife of #3
Possible Commissions -
  1. Airplane quilt - need to make sample blocks before getting back with friend to see if she's interested (most likely for Christmas if she decides to do it)
  2. Music Quilt - long time possibility....rumblings about it happening again - Designed, waiting on down payment
  3. 2 "Floor" mats - 24" by 18" size, same person as #2 rumbling about these, time will tell if they happen - Designed, waiting on down payment from customer
  4. Applique work on costume for Renaissance fair - Waiting on payment and costume from customer
Other projects that need to be done -
  1. Ship snail quilt out for quilting - Ready to ship, but have to wait till I get paid again 
  2. Donate garbage bag of fabric - Need to load into car to go to Goodwill
  3. Go thru the two boxes of books that need to go to second hand store and document what is there before donating
  4. Additional work for the PT job - Ongoing work......thankfully
  5. Finish 4 UFO's that will be headed to the kids of a family who lost everything in a forest fire in CA - three of four quilted and ready for binding, backing pulled for the remaining one
  6. Prep t-shirts for my own t-shirt quilt - t-shirts are all together (and have been for several yrs) but need to back with interfacing and get ready for quilting (doing quilt as you go).

Gratitudes:
1. For having been approved as a vendor for the Richardson Farmers Mkt, now hopefully to be off the wait list before long.

2. For the thought of vacation that is coming....even if I can't afford to go anywhere