Merry Christmas!!

Hello my friends!  I know today isn’t Christmas, but this is the last blog I will post before then.

I am on vacation from my day job for the next couple of weeks, so it feels weird that I am posting this on a Monday, in my PJ’s, at home, with my kid saying “bless you” every time I sneeze (three times so far), and watching Dr. Who reruns on Netflix.  Seriously, a girl could get use to this.

Later I will be sewing – just as soon as the postman delivers my boxes from Carrie over at GotchaCoveredQuilting, which has my Aurifil thread in it.

So onto a quick update on what I accomplished last week.  Seriously, I never get everything that I want to get done, done, but at least I give it the old college try, right?

Last Week’s Goals

1. Finish off those two things for those two people by Friday

I can FINALLY post about what these two things are!  Hannah over at The Craft Laboratory and I work for the same company – UMoveFree Apartment Locators – during the day.  Well, we have these two amazing bosses that work their tails off to provide an incredible work space, and tolerate our little quirks along the way.  Well, we teamed up and decided to make them each a quilt!   They received them on Friday.

Mark's Quilt

Mark’s Quilt

Nick's Quilt

Nick’s Quilt

Seriously, I really have to get better at taking good pictures of quilts in 2015.

2. Make Gideon’s quilt (this is my son and he doesn’t currently read my blog, so I’m safe to list this one) – After looking over a few things as far as what he is getting for Christmas, I have decided to push this off until his birthday on January 6th.  I’m going to make it a dinner and movie kind of birthday.  Take him to dinner with friends, then to a movie.  It’s not fancy, but I know he will love it all the same.

3. Make that other thing for that other person. – I am actually almost done with this!!  Can’t wait to reveal what all I have been working on.

4. Make 2 sew-together bags for two people – This did not happen, but the person that I’m making them for is in no hurry, so we are safe to say that this will be done in the New Year.
I am going to be taking a sewing break.  Well, more accurately, I’ll be taking a break from deadline work.  The only thing that I hope to accomplish is finishing off that one person’s thing. 🙂  Other than that, I am going to start working on free form quilting for donation quilts.  Last night I actually already got one done!  These donation quilts will be going to The Gatehouse – which is a community that is being built to house women and children coming out of crisis situations.  This is a cause that is close to my heart, but that’s another blog post for another day.

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I will end this post here and wish you and your family an incredibly beautiful Christmas/holiday season.  Thank you for coming on this wild ride with me and leaving sweet comments both here and on my IG feed.

Next week I will be posting about the New Year and my goals and hopes for this blog and maybe even a few for my non-sewing life (as if there really is any life without my machine).

Hugs and cookies from my crazy bunch to yours.

Brandy

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Weekly Update…

…of sorts.

So last week I didn’t post any specific goals, and, well, I can’t really post any specific finishes, but I will say that this last week was so crazy busy with activities that I didn’t get nearly as much done as I would have liked.

On Friday, after a RATHER rough go at another week, where nothing worked out like I really wanted it to, I came home to a very sweet swap package!  It was for the #jollyswap over on Instagram.  Here’s the thing.  I totally and COMPLETELY messed up.  Like. Totally.  Because I totally and completely forgot that I had signed up for it, which means I didn’t make my partner ANYTHING!!  Oh. My word.  I nearly started crying.  But then I sprang into action and created my first envelope pillow cover and got a few other goodies together, emailed the moderator (apologizing my ass off), and am going to send it today after work.

But between all the activities and hustle and bustle, I still have a LOT to accomplish this week in sewing.  I may just put a list down here because, for some reason, this works for me.  It’s like I’m Santa or something.  Making a list….checking it twice…. (Yup, you are welcome for that Christmas carol being stuck in your head for the rest of the day!)

1. Finish off those two things for those two people by Friday

2. Make Gideon’s quilt (this is my son and he doesn’t currently read my blog, so I’m safe to list this one)

3. Make that other thing for that other person.

4. Make 2 sew-together bags for two people

I think I’ll keep it there for now.  That’s a good list to accomplish for this week – by Friday.

OH!!!  So, you know how I finished off the tshirt quilt after 2 months of constantly saying I’d finish it off?  Well, I JUST picked up some shirts from a friend of hers for another quilt!!  I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me to be part of someone’s story, even in the smallest of ways!  I’ll be taking pictures of the process and posting a blog or two about it along the way.  Maybe do a 4 part series…we’ll see. 🙂

Last thing – promise!  This weekend I picked up a dining room table from a very sweet friend!  We haven’t had a dining room table in years, and the last one we had, we didn’t have chairs to, so the fact that we now have a full on table and FOUR chairs?  Well, I feel very blessed indeed.  I do realize how dumb this sounds, but it’s my dumb and I’m still excited about it. 🙂    And you totally know there are going to be some wicked awesome table runners and place mats in the future!!!  Maybe I will learn to decorate after all.

Until next time, readers – Happy Crafting. ❤

Guest Bloggers and Changes for the New Year!

It’s totally THAT time of year again!  Yup!  New Year’s Resolution time!   (Please don’t throw rotten eggs at me)

I have never been a huge proponent of making resolutions because they typically fail.  I have high expectations of myself and have lived in constant disappointment because I set the bar to unobtainable heights.  Well, that all ended in 2014.  I made a goal to lose weight, and I did.  I lost (and kept off) 30 lbs!  Is that what I wanted to lose?  No, but it is much better than gaining and at least I’m on the right path.  I also made a goal to run/walk/drag myself through at least two 5k’s.  I ended up doing FOUR!  So of course now I have a huge boost on what I can actually accomplish.

A couple of months ago I had a friend describe her life in rhythms.  Oh how blissful that sounds, right??  I want my life to have rhythm!!! I love dancing – in my own house with all the blinds shut (trust me on why this is necessary).  I love watching people dance.  I love music and the way I connect with it emotionally and the way it makes me want to move. After thinking through this for a month or so, I realized that I want MY LIFE to have rhythm and movement!  Being a single mom, I constantly feel like I am in a reactionary mode instead of a rhythmic mode, and I’m tired.  And I’m tired of being tired, so I need to do something about that.

My goal for 2015 is to get into a rhythm.  I started it this year with this blog and posting weekly updates on what I’m up to with my sewing and creative ventures, and I have decided to expand that to other areas of my life.  At church, there is a rhythm to the year.  Lent, Advent, Pentecost (yes, I know those are not in order).  I have fallen in love with that rhythm.  It has given my faith walk a rhythm (though I didn’t really connect that until a couple of months ago) and it makes sense.

So, with all that said, I am creating a new rhythm here on my blog.  I’m going to keep the same weekly updates/goal setting, because I like that and it keeps me going, but I am going to expand to guest bloggers!

Whether you these guest bloggers are in the business of sewing or crafting or running or writing…we all have a creative rhythm in our lives, and I think it would be interesting to highlight people that I admire and just downright adore and learn from them, and give others the opportunity to discover them and learn from them as well.

And now I’m interested:  Are there any questions you would ask these mysterious guest bloggers?  I’ve decided on a Q&A style of blog, unless the guest blogger would like to write content for themselves, but if there were questions you would like to ask people about their creative rhythms, I would love to add them to the list for them to answer!

What are your goals for the New Year?  Would love to hear that as well so we can cheer each other on!

Happy Crafting!

Goal Update – AND New Goals!

So this week I have actually thought a lot about you, all my blog readers!  I know I don’t have a whole ton of you out there right now, but I have been asked recently about how I do things – my methods and such – and I’m wondering…. Do I have what it takes to write a tutorial?!?!  Well, we will certainly see, however it will have to be another day because tonight isn’t that night.  🙂

Here’s a wrap up of my last week!

Last Week’s Goals

1. Bind Women’s Christmas Dinner quilt – done and done!!!!  

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2. Plan out and execute table decor for Women’s Christmas Dinner – Okay, so this didn’t happen. I had some rather difficult things to maneuver this week, and I didn’t get the chance to do this, however the quilt went over very well and the recipient was very happy to win it. 🙂

3. Finish Andrea’s quilt. – OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!  Guess WHAT!?!?!

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Yup!!!  Totally did it!!!  I will be delivering this to her on 12/8!!!  YIPPEEE!!! Seriously, how long did you guys get to read “Finish Andrea’s quilt”??  Countless – well, if you do happen to want to go back and count, you are welcome to leave a comment. 

4. Make some totes for Christmas gifts – So this didn’t happen.  

5. And other Christmas gift oriented stuff and things (that’s really technical lingo you are getting right there folks) –  This DID happen, I just can’t really say anything….

Added:

So of course I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t completely shun something I planned for something I didn’t plan, right?  This was actually something I had on my list a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t do, and didn’t think to put it on my list last week, but I did manage to knock a mini quilt out tonight for a swap I am involved with!  I am very happy with the quilting, personally.  I designed it and then it actually happened!   Is it perfect?  Nope, but there really is no such thing as perfect quilting anyway, so just enjoy the view. 🙂

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New Goals!

Okay, we all know Christmas is coming.  I have put off my own personal sewing for Christmas until, um…today.  That means I have two weeks and a few days to get done what I am really wanting to get done.  This is going to be a distinct challenge because, well, I want to do a lot of things.

Because most of what I want to accomplish this week is personal, and this is a blog that anyone can see, I am going to have to just leave it at me wanting to get a lot done for people that I love.  🙂

I will say that I will be on vacation in 2 weeks – my only vacation for the year – and I seriously can’t wait!  I am hoping to get my son’s quilt done in four days – the back is already done and pieced – just have to get the front done in a few days’ time.  No big deal, right?  Oh, and it can only be when he is asleep since I don’t want him to see it before Christmas morning.  My poor kiddo has put up with me working full time during the day as well as working on my sewing at night and on the weekends for three years and he still doesn’t have a quilt.  That has definitely got to change.

In the coming few weeks, I will have GUEST BLOGGERS on my blog!  It’s going to be a Q&A type post, and I’m excited to branch out and have some people on my blog that are absolutely stellar to me!

Happy Crafting!

Thanksgiving Week Goal Wrap Up and New Goals! (because we can never have too many of those!)

Okay, so maybe we can be a bit too ambitious…or maybe that’s just me.  I would like to think of myself as Super Woman, but God often shows me that I’m really…really NOT her.  🙂

So here were last week’s goals – and anything added along the way:

Thanksgiving Goal Wrap Up

1. Finish Andrea’s Quilt (no, seriously though…) – Oh it makes me sad to say I didn’t finish this one.

2. Quilt the quilt for Women’s Christmas Dinner – Quilted!  Just have to bind by…oh, TUESDAY!  No big deal or anything.

3. Finish sewing some boxy bags for a friend – FINISHED!!  Even more exciting news coming up about this in a future post!

4. Two Sew Together Bags for gifts – Mission NOT accomplished

5. Quilt 1 quilt for 2 people for Christmas, and bind 2 quilts for 2 people for Christmas – QUILTED!!!  Just not bound.

6. Sewing day with Hannah from The Craft Laboratory at Must Love Fabric on Black Friday!!! – Done and Done!  It was a weird day, and not because she made it a weird day – just emotionally I was in a weird place.  I always love spending time with my #IGToteSwap co-hostess outside of our day job. (Did you know we work together in, like, the real world?  We TOTALLY do!  And we work just as well there as we do on sewing stuff!)

7. Get Flossy’s Group swap box completed. – Not quite done…..

ADDED:

1. Learn to make Christmas stockings

2. Finish off Christmas stocking swap for partner to mail out by December 8th.

3. Make 2 boxy pouches for a friend’s kiddo’s for Christmas

I have to say that I feel like I accomplished a lot this week, even though I didn’t get everything squished in.  There are times where I feel like I allow my emotional state to block my creativity, and over-thinking is definitely a hurdle that I have to leap over, but I am thankful for shorter projects – like Christmas stockings.

I have honestly wanted to do Christmas stockings for a while, but I had not found a suitable pattern.  There are LOTS of great patterns out there, don’t get me wrong, but I have a very particular idea of what I think a stocking should look like.

  • First, the size.  I don’t know what elf at the North Pole is designing stockings lately, but they are all freakin HUGE!!  I have talked to so many parents that have said they are tired of having to buy a ton of candy and little toys and trinkets that will literally be thrown away within a day or a week.  It can’t be giant.
  • Second is shape.  I like a curvy stocking.  I don’t like the bent windsock looking stockings.  They should hold their shape in a nice shapely form.

So where did I find this miraculous pattern?  It came from a cheap felt stocking.  🙂  I will post a few pictures this week, but I am so beyond thrilled with the outcome!  If you are on Instagram, come find me as M3_Quilts and you can see my HEXIE stocking!!!  Yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds!

New Goals!

I think I want to keep this week a bit on the simpler side given that I have a lot going on at church on Tuesday.

1. Bind Women’s Christmas Dinner quilt

2. Plan out and execute table decor for Women’s Christmas Dinner

3. Finish Andrea’s quilt.

4. Make some totes for Christmas gifts

5. And other Christmas gift oriented stuff and things (that’s really technical lingo you are getting right there folks)

So that’s it!  Be on the look out for a post from me later this week possibly about something pretty exciting that I am blessed to have been involved in!

Much love and happy crafting!