Friday, December 26, 2014

We Survived!! or, After Holiday Rejoicing.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season, no matter what you celebrated.  By the time Christmas evening rolls around, I find myself glad to have made it to the other side of the presents and in no mood to touch anything remotely craft or cookie related.  The day after is spent doing nothing other than playing with new toys and eating leftovers.  Did I get everything finished?  Heck no!  Can I live with what I DID get finished? Sure thing!  Have I already vowed to start MUCH earlier on Christmas gifts next year? Yep!  Will I actually start early?  Heh, probably not.

(One of the gifts I made on Christmas Eve - Hooped embroidered rose with iridescent thread that almost drove me crazy)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

UFO/WIP Wednesday - Christmas Rush!

Guess what, only a week until Christmas!!  It's crunch time!  (Did that panic you as much as it panicked me?  I need to sit down for a minute so I don't hyperventilate.  Ok, much better.)

WIP for this week - EVERYTHING.  Almost anyway.  I'm eyebrows deep in Christmas cards, cookies, flannel blankets, embroidered tin toys, and anything else I can try to get finished in time.

Here's last year's Christmas card, which I think I sent out before least before New Year's!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

UFO/WIP Wednesday

No, I haven't been abducted by aliens, UFO in crafter terms is "UnFinished Object" and WIP is Work In Progress.  But it IS fun to say "I have several UFOs in my house."  In an effort to motivate myself, I'm going to try to drag out at least one project every Wednesday and post pictures of where I'm at.  Some will be stuff I'm currently working on, others will be long lost projects I found at the bottom of a pile while looking for something else.  Hopefully I will either decide to finish them, or donate them to someone who will...or just hide them back at the bottom of the pile.

First up, my current WIP - a purse/diaper bag (not really a surprise there!)  Need to have this finished by the weekend so I can mail it off!

(The two outside panels, in various levels of 'finished'

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Rush - Ornaments, Plus A Million Things On The List That Never Ends

Every year after the mad rush of Christmas, I vow to start presents early NEXT YEAR, and every year I find myself in the middle of December, still needing to finish Christmas cards, make presents, buy presents, bake cookies, and ship stuff off.  Then it's suddenly Christmas Eve and it's too late for anything still left on the list!  Next year I will start early!!

In the spirit of the holidays, here are some pretty ornaments I've been whipping up on my embroidery machine. They take a while to finish, but minimal supervision, so I can do other things at the same time!

(Lots and lots of ornaments!)