To-Do Tuesday 1-23-18 | Floundering Creatively

Hello again, and Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m trying hard to come up with energy and enthusiasm for crafting to share with you all, but I need to confess to feeling quite lost and unable to feel really excited about my hobbies right now. I was speaking with the Mister the other day and told him that after a year of being on constant deadlines, now I’m struggling to get back to where I was before all of those orders took off. I had so much excitement for so many projects, and now it is gone. I feel as though I *must* go get “to work” and sew something, but it’s a feeling of work, and not creating. Suffice it to say, right now I’m still decompressing from the work routine of sewing, and trying to find my way creatively right now.

Stitch ALL The Things | Cross Stitch Organization

As I am not motivated to create at the moment, I decided to dive into organizing all of my cross stitch supplies. I made a list of all charts I have completely kitted up, and I am currently in the process of logging all of the charts I have. As I go through all of these things I will sometimes be sitting in the hobby room and a fabric bundle here or there will catch my eye. The more I putter around out there, the more I hope some fabric will speak to me and scream out “make me into something wonderful!”

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchcraft by StitchyFish

While sewing isn’t calling my name at the moment, I am still enjoying my cross stitching. It has been, and continues to be, the outlet I have for making something that is just for me. I started this chart as a WIP to work on while traveling. I enjoyed working on her for a bit, but found myself stitching on her at home, and not in the car! I also started to get a bit bored with the solid color, so I’ve put her away until our next road trip. The chart is called Stitchcraft and it’s from Lee Fisher of StitchyFish Designs.

Stitch ALL The Things | Santa's Village Christmas Tree Farm

After putting away Stitchcraft, I pulled out the one WIP that always brings me joy when working on it, Santa’s Village! I started working on the seventh house in the village, Christmas Tree Farm. I started coming down with something over the weekend, so I decided to just rest and stitch. I took my Emergen-C every day, and was making sure to take a generic Zicam every three hours as well. I switched between drinking water and hot tea to stay hydrated. I kept feeling like I was coming down with a cold, but it never seemed to turn into a full cold. I am so thankful! I have been obsessed with not getting sick with the flu that’s going around. I don’t think I’ve harped on everyone in the family to wash their hands as much as I have done the past month! I’m still being vigilant about hand washing, but ever so thankful I didn’t get fully sick (for now… we’ve got a ways to go before flu season is over)!

As far as my To-Do List, I’m leaving it blank right now. I am hoping that just being in the hobby room, perhaps playing with some of the fabrics will bring me some creative spark that I can run with. I think I need to not have the pressure of checking things off of a list this week, but just let things unfold as they will. Ironic, given the theme of the link-up, no?! But it’s good to acknowledge that while lists can help us stay organized and focused when we need them, that there are also times we have to set the list aside and just let the days unfold as they will.

I thank each and every one of you for linking up here as you can. You inspire me with your work and the things you feel led to share on your blogs every week. I appreciate you!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Set aside the list. Take each day as it comes.

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To-Do Tuesday 1-16-18 | Finished Commission

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! Another week has gone by and I finished the commissioned order that was on my To-Do list. I was rather slow to get back into the swing of things, as these three bag sets took me four days to make! These were fun to make as I had never seen two of the prints my customer chose. The first bag is made from an Alexander Henry print called Los Tres Reyes. I loved all of the many different scenes on this print!

Stitch ALL The Things | Los Tres Reyes Project Bag

The second bag was made out of a Michael Miller print, Turkey Bowl. I am not a huge fan of football, but I couldn’t help fall in love with the football turkeys amidst the thanksgiving turkeys. So cute!

Stitch ALL The Things | Turkey Bowl Project Bag

The third bag is a print I’ve used before, but we chose a different candy can striped print for the binding. Super cute!

Stitch ALL The Things | Seasons Greetings Project Bag

After finishing the bags, we had a rather busy weekend. My husband purchased a new car (he’d been debating on whether to get it for months), and I went through my cross stitching supplies and destashed some items. I organized the rest of my cross stitching stuff, and put all of my beads into an organizer. After finishing up the rest of my craft room cleaning and organization, I’m finally feeling ready to figure out what I’d like to accomplish this year. I’m only a couple of weeks late! I’ll have to delay the process for a day though, as I’ve got to report for Jury Duty today (Tuesday).

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Come up with 2018 plans
  • Finish Friday post

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Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
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  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
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To-Do Tuesday 1-9-18 | Josh & Surf Song

Hello, friends! Is it just me or did the first week of the year just fly by? I hope the rest of the year won’t feel the same way!

Stitch ALL The Things | Josh & Surf Song

Last week I had on my list that I wanted to finish binding Josh’s quilt before he returned home. There was an emergency that required us to pick up the kids a day early, so I didn’t get to have it ready for his return. I did have it finished two days later though, and he absolutely loves it!

Stitch ALL The Things | Surf Song

I asked him to take a picture with his quilt, and he couldn’t stop smiling. Normally he is really annoyed with me when I take pictures of him, and more so when I ask him to hold a quilt for me. He can’t stand the quilt pictures. There’s no denying he didn’t mind it today with that big smile on his face. Haha!

This coming week I’ll be working on the final commission that I committed to doing in November. Once this order is complete I will have some time to go through my quilt tops and UFO’s and see what I want to finish, as well as decide if I want to make any new quilts this year (the answer is yes, definitely yes), and what quilt patterns those may be. I forgot to write a Finish Friday post for the Sturgis Quilt, so I have that on my list as well as one for the Surf Song quilt. I also had some secret holiday sewing I did, and I have a Finish Friday post planned for that as well. It’s nice to not have so many deadlines that I can plan on writing extra posts this year, besides the To-Do Tuesday posts!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Bag order
  • Figure out 2018 plans.
  • Finish Friday post

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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To-Do Tuesday 1-2-18 | Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday over the past two weeks. I very much enjoyed having all of my children home with me, and even remembered to take a family picture when they were here. (I’m terrible at taking photos… I’m always so busy and I forget.)

Stitch ALL The Things | My Family

I haven’t had time to think about plans for 2018. I am still so busy in my mind with trying to finish off projects for 2017. I almost finished Josh’s quilt in time for Christmas, but not quite. I didn’t have time to bind it, so I will be doing that today. Josh comes home on Saturday, so I have time to hand stitch the binding down this week. I spent New Years weekend organizing my DMC floss, and I am sure I don’t have to buy floss for a couple of hundred years. I still have more organizing to do for my cross stitching and am not sure if I can get to that this week. I am putting it on my to-do list just in case I have some time.

Stitch ALL The Things | DMC Floss Storage

I’m still feeling jacked up from how busy my 2017 turned out to be. I feel like I spent the entire year rushing to meet deadines, and the holiday season was no exception. I’ve been forcing myself to have rest days with the Mister, but I told him my mind is still whirling at 500 miles per hour. I’m hoping that by next week I will feel a bit more settled and can focus on 2018 plans. I have one final order to complete that I committed to doing back in November, but that is my final commission. I’ve taken down my order form and posted on several social media accounts that I am no longer accepting orders. My stress levels were just so high this past year, and I do not want to spend another year like that. I think we’re supposed to pick a word to represent the year, and I have two for 2018: No and Breathe. Hopefully those will work for me in 2018!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Bind Josh’s Quilt.
  • Post some stash for sale on eBay and Stash Unload.
  • Organize Stitching patterns and kits.

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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