Saturday Morning Freedom

I never have a Saturday free.  There is always an array of things on my Saturday agendas.  It’s always someone’s birthday (I have a huge family – Catholics you know), or my daughter has to meet so and so at the mall, but not the mall close to our house, oh no, the mall that is way the heck out on the far end of the beach.  “The one on the beach is better mom”.  Or more than anything else she usually has a friend spending the night.  Am I the only Mom that let’s kids spend the night?  My kid rarely spends the night with anyone. They always spend the night here, sometimes two friends, sometimes three, and on rare occasions (it takes a long time to heal afterwards) we’ve had seven or eight.  Usually when school gets out for summer, I let her have a bunch of friends for a camp out in the backyard.  We put up the tent and string white christmas lights everywhere and set up the karaoke machine (our neighbors love us, not). The have lots of junk food and fun.  I’ve seen these tabletop fire pots on pinterest.  You line clay flower pots with aluminum foil and add charcoal and presto table top fire pot for smores (it’s always been too hot in the summer to light the fire pit). I’ll have to try that this summer.  Anyway, she finally spent the night with a friend last night, and here I am on Saturday morning, still in my jammies, and thinking about staying this way. It’s nice to have that little bit of quiet time in the morning.  It’s when I think of the day ahead and get my creative juices flowing.  I’m hoping to start two projects I’m planning.  My sister’s birthday is coming up and I’m going to make her some iced tea glass covers.  Pinterest called them “shoo fly covers” and they are basically a piece of round material weighted down on the edges with beads or washers or whatever.  We are all originally from Tennessee, so we are a little country.  She’ll love these.  I’m using squished beer caps that I’m going to paint for dangling along the edges.  She’ll like that too.  I also have a birdhouse my husband made that I’m going to get crafty with.  I’ll show you pics later.  I Hope you have a nice calm Saturday too!  Relax and do some deep breathing.  I’m plugging in my 10 minute guided meditation right now.  ohmmmmmmm.  (that’s goodbye in meditation)

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The Crafter’s Curse

So if you are a crafter like I am, you tend to pile up junk (hubby calls it hoarding).  I always yard sale for most of my crafting supplies.  I love recycling and re-purposing things, so I am subject to pick up any old thing with the thought that I will do something soooo clever with it, but it goes into a pile and I (in my mind) save them for that special something.  Anywho, I’ve got a bedroom that is really getting difficult to get around. I’m worried that my husband may be ready to put me on an episode of “Hoarder Horrors” or something.  I have my sewing space, sewing table, machine, notions, buttons, fabric, books on how to sew, and then there is the pile of vintage patterns, and I also love vintage jewelry, so that’s a pile…not to mention the carport is getting over thrown with all my works in progress, mostly things needing sanding and paint or repair.  Here is one of my projects.  I found this at an antique store, it was just the base and I can’t even begin to tell you what I thought I do with it, because I didn’t know.  So I bought the base and happened to be back in that same store another time and the lady told me the marble to the base had broken into 2 pieces and was laying outside, (in the dirt) and so I got that too.  I’ve got the pieces of marble back together, still working on it though, but here are some pics.  Tell me it’s not gorgeous!  Look at that base, it looks like brass, but brass usually turns brassy, so I’m not sure what metal it is, but it is so pretty.  Can you see the rocking chair behind it?  I got it off the curb, took me about 30 minutes to get it into my small car, but I wasn’t going to be deterred, i didn’t care how many people drove by me staring as if I’d lost my mind.  Oh the curse.ImageImageImage

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I am still Handmade Happy!

I have been a busy girl.  I was working on my handmade crafts for a local craft festival we have here in Panama City.  Even though it was a once a month festival, it took all I had to mass produce items, and you know you never really get back what you put into the things you make.  Mass production is not for me.  It takes all the special-ness out of your craft.  I’m the type that has to ponder and let the item speak to me and tell me what to do with it.  I enjoy the process of the creativity, and making your vision come alive.  It’s hard to do that when you are mass producing.  So, I am starting fresh with this brand new year, especially since we all survived the mayan apocolypse or the end of the world zombie attacks.  So I think it’s time for some new things.  So wait and see what my creative mind comes up with.

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Wow, where have I been for so long?

I guess it’s good I don’t have any regular readers, because they would be plum bored by now.  I have been in a whirlwind (more like wind tunnel) for the past few months getting ready for my craft show season.  I haven’t done any craft shows for the past few years, but have started back recently.  I love doing them, but they really keep you busy.  I will post some pictures of my next one, but here are some things I have been selling.  I am totally into recycling denim.  One reason being that I have so much denim, heck that is my whole wardrobe.  I live in jeans and so does my husband…so there you go, instant material.  Let me know what you think!

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Covered Cork Board

Fabric covered cork board made from left over scraps.

I had all that left over fabric from the quilt I made for Annabelle and decided to cover her old cork board.  I used adhesive spray on the board and should have been more careful in making sure my fabric was straight, but I thought my glue was drying and was working fast.  Anyway I could pull off the fabric and re-glue it, but Annabelle loved it and didn’t notice or didn’t care if it wasn’t straight.  She’ll have the whole board covered with all her keepsakes anyway.  Just thought it was another way to tie her room decor together.  We are moving soon and that is why we are working on stuff for her brand new room.  She’s had the same decor for a few years now, and her style has morphed into a whole new dimension….(where did my little princess in pink go?)…who knew time went by so fast.  She abhors pink now and wants so many different colors in her room that we think the “black and white” theme will go with any color.  We bought her white wicker furniture when she was 5 or 6 years old.  I thought the full size bed and wicker would serve her needs for years (instead of a twin bed) because it wasn’t too baby-ish and we could paint the wicker later if she wanted something different.  It was definitely a sound decision, because the wicker is timeless to me, and how could you live in Florida and not have something wicker, right?

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My quilting days are over.

I have finally finished my black and white quilt.  This is the quilt pattern I got off of E-How and it said it was a very simple quilt, in fact it said that this quilt was a weekend project.  I have to give it up for all the quilters out there….Quilters are Super Bad!  I just don’t have what it takes.  I have done hundreds of craft projects in my life.  I guess I know now that I like the quick and easy crafts.  No thinking, measuring, re-measuring, cutting and finding out your measurement was wrong, or you cut the fabric from the wrong side, or you sewed the fabric on backwards.  No, I think I’ll leave the quilting to the professionals.  I am extremely proud of this quilt, but it is definitely a One and Only.

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Quilting Qualms

Busy at my sewing machine

This quilt….my very first quilt…maybe my last quilt….it just keeps getting more complicated.  I was very excited about this project because I have always wanted to do a quilt.  I guess it will get easier after you’ve made the first one, but the site I got the pattern from rated this a “2″ on their difficulty scale.  Almost the easiest one!  They said I could complete the quilt in a weekend.  They didn’t know me I guess.  I’m into this thing for 2 weeks now, and three trips to the fabric store because I am not mathematically able to calculate the yardage.  I thought the second time that I had enough fabric.  I was wrong.  I have still to buy the quilt backing.  But so far I have spent $32.00 on fabric and batting…not bad for a full size quilt.  I’ve priced them in the store.  And really, if I’m fair about it, the 2 weeks is not sewing all day…just in the evenings for an hour or two.  So, I will pull up my bootstraps and get busy and finish this thing with my chin up.  I just have to get past the math disability I’m afflicted with.  Cross your fingers!

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