Thursday, April 28, 2011

How many projects at once?

I am writing this to see if I can somehow convince myself to get my partially finished projects done once and for all and then post them on my Etsy store!!

I have a habit of starting a number of projects and jumping around from one to another until I finally finish one. Once I get one done I start to feel the pressure to finish the others which leaves me feeling so blah.  Right now I'm in that mode - I have just a tiny bit to go to finish a Mother's day gift and I can't seem to make myself do it. Ugh....  Has anyone else had that problem? I can't figure out what the deal is, I mean I know I get a rush when I start something new and the anticipation of the completed results is exciting, but this is ridiculous! 

I have one crib size quilt that only needs some quilting done and it's ready to go. I have the Mother's day gift (a quilt) that only needs me to clip the extra threads that are hanging out and it's totally done. I see another quilt that needs quilting (I think) and the binding and it's done. Then in my stash over there I see a T-shirt I want to embroider on just sitting there all lonely and empty. I have a whole drawer full of material/scraps with patterns and ideas torn out of magazines waiting for me to decide that project  is the one for me to work on now.

I have a whole stash of items I have finished that I need to take pictures of and post on my Etsy store - I promised I would have this done by the first week in March and it's now the end of April. Wow, how time flies when one doesn't want to do something.....  

OK, maybe by writing this post I will get some motivation to finally get this all done.  With all that slacker talk I have to point out in my favor that I did spend 6 days cleaning out/organizing/throwing out/donating so much stuff from our garage and house in the hopes it would make me more motivated to sew. It worked for a short time but the last few days have been busy at work so I have come home too tired to think about sewing.
In fact I spent a whole 12 solid hours in our garage and I have to say it was well worth it. I found more stuff i can use for my sewing project - yipee!  Great, just what I need......

Well, with all this talk I am starting to feel some motivation to at least finish something tonight so I better get at it before that feeling evaporates.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Cat toy with catnip

I made a hit with our cat when I handed him a cute and easy to make cat toy with catnip in it! He immediately attacked it,  threw it around the room, chased it and attacked it again.

Here is where I found the instructions for the catnip heart mice  - It went together so easy and quickly I think I'll make some for all my family & friends' cats.  Shoot I may even make some for the animal shelter, I bet those poor cats would enjoy some catnip.  I wonder if cats care about the fabric choice I make or if I even put on the eyes and whiskers?  For our cat, Max, the only embellishment I did was the tail which I made with 6 inches of suede lace. I worry about him pulling off the eyes or whiskers and choking.  If  you have a cat (or a few) I suggest whipping one of these up to entertain them so they will give you some peace & quiet to sew!

If you haven't been to the site Sew4Home check it out - they have so many adorable patterns with easy to understand instructions. I check it out when I am trying to come up with a good gift idea or something to spiff up our house. 


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spring is here !

I LOVE springtime. The birds are chirping and flitting about, the trees and flowers are blooming, the weather is perfect and everyone seems so happy. My ideas are blooming as well and I am on a mission to sew as much as I can, when I'm not outside enjoying all the fabulous weather.

Today my mission is to work on getting my own home-based business plan started. UGH, that does not sound as fun as sewing. I have a new book I've been reading - "Managing your business with Outlook 2003 for DUMMIES"  - just my style.  I always enjoy learning new things and reading the book reminds me of my college days, at least there isn't a test at the end - or is there? Again, that isn't as fun as sewing so I will take a few breaks and sew some more items for my Etsy store. Another project I have going right now is a quilt for my mother. It was supposed to be for her birthday which was about 6 weeks ago and obviously that didn't happen. So I told her I would be done with it by Mother's day for sure. I have the binding sewn on the front and now all I have to do is hand stitch it to the back which is my least favorite part and why it is just sitting there staring at me. If anyone has an easier way to do this please let me know. I also need to clean up the threads on the back but that is kind of fun to me, sort of a seek & find treasure hunt. I will post a picture of it after I get the binding done. I am quite happy with my free motion quilting, I am a quilter newbie so anything that works out as planned is a plus for me!  Ok, now I need to get out and get my run over with so I can get back to working on my logo design and Outlook. I hope everyone gets the chance to go out and smell the roses. Cheers and happy sewing.
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