Category Archives: Bags and Wallets

To-Do Tuesday 9-12-17 | Santa’s Village Update

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! This past week I kept up with my goals of having 16 bags done by Friday for the large shop order, and three more bags sewn by Monday. I confess to having hand-stitched closed the linings of the 16 bags on Saturday. I wasn’t stuck out in the sewing room though, and since I enjoy hand-stitching so much, it was a very relaxing Saturday. I am not waiting until the end of this week to stitch the linings closed for the last half of the bags. I will be stitching them in the evenings so that I can take pictures of this order by Saturday and have it packaged and ready to mail before Monday.

Stitch ALL The Things | North Pole Post Office

This week my evening stitching time was spent working on the North Pole Post Office from Santa’s Village. I just love the letters hanging from the line. Such a cute chart! So far I’ve finished three of the twelve charts from the series. There are three rows of four houses and I will be stitching one house per month. Which means the top row will be finished in October. Here’s the progress so far…

Stitch ALL The Things | Progress on Santa's Village

This week I will be finishing up the large bag order, and back to work on Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town cross stitch WIP. The sixth clue was released on the 6th, so I want to get that done before I fall behind again.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue working on shop order.
  • Stitch Clue 6 of Mystery Halloween Town

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To-Do Tuesday 9-5-17 | Happy Labor Day

Stitch ALL The Things | Live Love Life Project Bag

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends. I hope you had an enjoyable holiday weekend! We had a busy week here. It didn’t really occur to me that it was a holiday weekend, so we had no plans to do anything special. I did finish the bag order I started last Monday. I’ve made this bag before and had just enough fabric left for one more order. The fabric is Rhapsody Chatter by AdornIt. Super cute, and fun, print!

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bags In Progress

I also started working on the big shop order. I cut all of the fabric pieces out, all of the interfacing, and got almost everything fused. I ran out of black glitter vinyl, so I couldn’t finish fusing the fleece onto the exteriors of those bags. The vinyl should be arriving in the mail on Tuesday, so the short delay isn’t putting me behind at all. Thank goodness!

Stitch ALL The Things | 222K

The Mister asked me to go on a quick day trip with him up to Flagstaff to do some horse-trading with sewing machines. He had a Singer 24-9 cobbler treadle machine, and several other vintage machines, and a lovely woman was willing to trade her 222K Singer for them. I took Friday off from sewing bags and we ran up there (I made up for the “day off” by sewing on Saturday. Yep…another Saturday working. The LAST ONE! *I hope*). Meeting people you chat with online can be a bit nerve-wracking, but when we met this woman it felt as if we’d been friends for years. Later that evening I was trying to come up with a name for this beauty of a machine. It occurred to me that the previous owner’s name would be absolutely perfect. And so the 222K has been named Mel! She’ll be a good sister to the 221 Featherweight I have named Maye. Mel and Maye. I just love it!

Stitch ALL The Things | Poinsettia Place

As far as cross stitching this week, I finished Poinsettia Place, the second house in the Santa’s Village series by Country Cottage Needleworks. Each chart within the series has a Just Another Button Company button on it, and this one is the cardinal on the roof. I won’t be sewing the buttons on until the entire village is done, but I do like to take a picture of what it will look like once they are sewn on. After I finished this chart I immediately start the third chart, North Pole Post Office. I should be finished with that one by next week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue working on shop order.
  • Stitch North Pole Post Office.

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To-Do Tuesday 8-29-17 | Bags Galore

Hello, friends! It’s another To-Do Tuesday and this week (and the next four weeks) are all about the bags for me.

Stitch ALL The Things | Bag Order

Last week I had one three-bag order to finish and I was supposed to start on the shop order. The three-bag order turned into a six-bag order, and since the shop order hadn’t been finalized yet, I was able to complete an additional order that was scheduled for mid-September, as well as start another mid-September order. I promised myself (and the Mister) that I would not work on weekends to make sure I didn’t burn out again and to give myself (and my back) a break from sewing every day. I broke that promise, with the blessing of Mister, and spent 5 hours sewing on Saturday. I don’t plan on doing that often, but I did want to make sure I finished the order I started before the shop order was finalized.

Stitch ALL The Things | Camper Adventure Bag Set

How cute is that camper fabric? I went to a grand opening of a local quilt shop and saw that fabric. There was just under three yards left on the bolt by the time I got there, so I snatched up the remaining fabric! I don’t have a picture of the other bag in progress, but I will be finishing that up Tuesday morning. The shop finalized their order with me on Monday afternoon, so as soon as the bag in progress is done, the next three weeks will be all about the shop order. So expect progress pictures of my cross stitching, instead of finished bags, for the next few posts!

Stitch ALL The Things | Mystery Halloween Town Clue 4

Speaking of cross stitching, I finally caught up with the Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town Stitch Along! I finished Clue 4 on Saturday, and on Sunday I pulled out my Santa’s Village. I added the pine bough and berries under Santa’s House, and started working more on the next house, Poinsettia Place. My goal is to try and complete this building by August 31st. I really want to have a finish to add credit to my Stitch From Stash balance. If I don’t make it this month, it will be credited to September.

Stitch ALL The Things | Santa's Village Poinsettia Place Progress

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete one bag order.
  • Begin shop order.

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To Do Tuesday 8-22-17 | Bag Orders & Mystery Halloween Town

Hello, friends! We’ve been running on full speed over here. I feel like I’m barely catching my breath before the next busy day comes along. But progress is being made on my to-do list, and that makes me happy!

Along with my To-Do list, we’ve been busy with the kids and their life-plans. My son wants to join the Navy when he graduates in May, so we’ve been talking to recruiters and getting him ready for the process and early sign-up. He may be disqualified for any military service due to his astigmatism, so we’d like to find out as soon as possible if that is to be the case. That way he can start planning for college rather than the military. I also attended college orientation for my daughter who is a Junior in high school. She will be taking the Certified Nursing Course concurrently with high school. So, some busy life stuff with the kids this week!

I completed one order of custom sized project bags. These fabrics were a lot of fun to make bags with!

I just finished the second order on Monday. I haven’t reached my efficient sewing levels yet, as these bags seem to be taking me longer than usual to make. I will get back into the groove soon, I’m sure, it’s just taking time with some of the various appointments mixed in.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ships Manor Mystery Halloween Town Progress

I’ve been making a small bit of progress on my Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL. There are only two clues left to be released, so I am trying to catch up by the next release date on September 7th.

This week I have an order for three bag sets to make, and then I will start on my large shop order which will take about two and a half to three weeks. I better find my efficient sewing skills soon!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete three bag set order.
  • Begin shop order.

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