Reprieve

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you just need to run away from everything?  I’m kinda there.

No, I won’t lie.  I’m REALLY there.

I love that God has been gracious to me this year in providing a lot of business, and I will never look His gift horses in the mouth, but with other things going on in my life (I’ll spill a little – child support.  I think that’s all that needs to be said), I’m overwhelmed.  I need to gain a perspective that I can’t from the foxholes.  Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but I’m overwhelmed, and when I get to this point, I’m EXTRA funny and a tad bit more dramatic.  Or a lot.  Whatever.  lol

Right now I have a few small projects that I’m working on (3 wallets and some earbud keychain holders), and one big project (Natalie’s t-shirt quilt), and I’m REALLY excited about them!  But sometimes this momma’s heart just needs space, and I don’t have the opportunity to really create it in the day to day with other things I have going on, so I’m looking forward to the women’s retreat this weekend with my church.

I’m working on quilting a quilt for a giveaway at the retreat and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited this makes me!  I have been praying for whomever it is will win it.  On Saturday night, as I was quilting the red part, I put a fresh bobbin in (after using a bobbin and a half already), and this bobbin wasn’t wound right or something.  The top thread is red.  The bottom thread is white – both to match the respective fabrics that are being quilted.

Well, every quilter knows that eyelashes on the bottom of your quilt is the sign of death.  It usually means that 20 minutes of quilting brings about 2 hours of ripping said quilting out.  It was heart breaking, but with the love and cheering on of my IG friends, some wine, and a good, sharp seam ripper, I managed to rip it out.

I seriously can’t wait to show you guys the finished results, though!  It’s going to be GORGEOUS!!  I am going to do a photo shoot of the quilt at the retreat center, so I should have something awesome to show you next week.  For now, here’s what I can show you:

Sorry for the wondering about in my brain.  It’s kinda how things are all the time for me, so it really makes sense that I take you on a trip right along with me.  🙂

Happy Crafting!

Inspiration – A Fickle Thing

Okay, so I’ve been quiet this month.  I wish I could go into all the details as to why, but unfortunately, for the time being anyway, I cannot.

I HAVE been creating, though!  I’m working on a quilt for my church’s women’s retreat that is coming up next weekend, and BOY am I looking forward to it!!  I have a few very close friends, and two incredible best friends that love me.  One is in California and we have known each other for…get this…TWENTY YEARS this year!  I can’t even begin to believe she’s that old.  🙂

My other best friend is here in Texas.  We have been doing life together for almost 8 years now!  She and her husband also happen to be my son’s godparents.  Well, the BFF here in Texas is keeping my kiddo next weekend and another friend’s husband is keeping the dog, so it’s going to work out that I have 2.5 days of kid-free, dog-free time!  Oh this makes me incredibly happy!!  I love both of them very much (the kid and the dog), but sometimes a mom just needs space to not be mom.

So in my creating lately, I have made a quilt – which I will not be showing in it’s entirety until after next weekend.  It’s no secret what it says, it’s the “Be Brave” quilt.  The design is the biggest secret.  I also will not be posting complete pictures of it in finished form until next weekend.  Gotta keep some kind of mystery about it, right?  I’m very excited about it, and you have NO idea how much it makes me happy to be able to stretch my skills for this project.

So other than that, I have started making (and selling) keychain earbud holders!  I actually have mine on my wristlet because I have enough junk on my keychain, but I also added one to my gym bag so that I could make sure I always had some earbuds!  Nothing cute about having to use public use earbuds (I’m glad my gym provides them for times I do forget them).

I’ll get back to posting regularly, I promise.  I love this form of creative outlet, and I have been thinking about you.  Just haven’t had it in me to really write, because I can’t really write what I want to.  Suffice it to say, that God has a funny way of turning your comfortable into uncomfortable, and I’m trying to find my balance again.  As long as I have beautiful fabric, an awesome machine, and a kid that loves me beyond reason, life is good, and so is He. 🙂

Happy crafting friends. ❤

A Lovely Year of Finishes – March Goal

Hello! Hello!  Okay, confession time, it has literally taken me until this very second to know what I want to do for March’s ALYOF that Shanna over at Fiber of All Sorts and Melissa at Sew BitterSweet Designs are hosting this year.  I have been going back and forth and just not feeling very…excited, maybe?  No, I am excited, but it’s one of those secret sewing things, and I don’t want to blow my cover, so I’ll act outwardly aloof until I can actually publish what I’m up to.

So, because I do have a few things I am secretly sewing that would be PERFECT for this, but I can’t really say what those are, I’m going to go with something that I need to work on but haven’t yet, and CAN talk about on here!

Over on IG, we sewists and quilters are insanely excited about swaps.  We love making things for people and surprising them.  In return, someone gets to be excited secretly about making something for us, and we get to wait with excitement.  It totally works out for everyone. I am part of a couple of swaps – one in particular I am a “mama” to – which is the Spring Fling Mini Swap – and you would think that I would totally have something awesome up my sleeve for this….

But I don’t.

I do have this information (putting it here for multiple reasons – one of those being I tend to lose things in my email and I want a quick way to reference it).

Size Requirements:

No smaller than 16″ x 16″
No larger than 36″ x 36″

Ship Dates:

International: April 17th
Domestic: April 24th

I know this leaves me LOTS of time to work on the mini, but I love making other things for my partners, so my goal for this month is going to be to design and execute the mini.  Probably not all the way to quilting – I have other things that I need to do by the end of the month that require my time a bit more – but I want to have a solid start on it and have it ready for quilting.

Happy Crafting friends!