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To-Do Tuesday 2-13-18 | Halloween Town Pillow Finish

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! This recent week was an interesting challenge for us here at home. Our washing machine decided to reject our demands upon it to clean our clothes. The Mister is a Mr. Fix-It, so after some internet research, taking the machine completely apart and discovering the problem, we ended up buying a new washing machine. And while I can reduce all of that activity to one sentence, it took much longer to do! Thankfully it happened on a visitation weekend for the kids to be with their dad, and I had just finished my two loads of laundry, so no one was inconvenienced by the small amount of down time (or in the way). I am so very grateful for a husband that is able to fix any of our issues so quickly. I am truly blessed!

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Town Pillow

Even with that chaos, I managed to get the a throw pillow finished from a cross stitch piece. And… I have a confession of sorts. I have debated sharing this here, on my mostly-quilting related blog, but I finally decided to go ahead and tell you all that I have a YouTube Channel that is focused on my cross stitching. If you’re not a part of the cross stitch community on social media, this may seem really strange to you. Some stitchers make what they call Flosstube vidoes. They are Youtube videos that focus on cross stitching, and some cross stitchers will also share updates on their lives, their families, and/or their other hobbies. I have been watching these videos for about a year, but just started making my own videos about a month ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed making them and participating in the Flosstube community. This pillow I made was done specifically for a tutorial to show some cross stitchers how to make a throw pillow, (for those who have no sewing experience). Anyway, it’s kind of interesting to see the person behind the name, and I thought I’d let you know about those videos in case you wanted to meet the person behind the blog! In my first video I do drop an F-Bomb, and I do mention that I have a potty mouth… But I have tried very hard to edit out any bad language and NOT use that language on any of my other videos. I have the time noted of the F Bomb in the comment section of my first video, so there are no surprises and you can avoid it, if you choose to watch it. Those videos do take up some time, which is why it seems like I’m not getting much done during the week… I am, I just have been a little shy about sharing what I was doing with you who ready my blog.

Stitch ALL The Things | Flosstube

This week I plan to get the Paradiso quilt sandwich basted, and hopefully start quilting it! I also need to finish one more house on my Santa’s Village piece, because I am going to have an epic new cross stitching start to share with you next week. It’s a Chatelaine pattern and I am over the moon excited about it! I wish you all a wonderful week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Baste Paradiso Quilt
  • Work on the next house in Santa’s Village

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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).
  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 2-6-18 | Finishing All The Things

Stitch ALL The Things | Cross Stitch Finishes

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! Another week has passed and I am getting my Sewjo back! Woo Hoo!! I decided to get off my duff and finally get some of my cross stitching pieces fully finished off. I had plans to make mounted flat folds out of two of them, frame four, and make pillows out of three of them. I didn’t get all of them finished, but I did get quite a few pieces done and I’m thrilled with the results!

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchrovia I Love You So Very Much

Out of the pieces I wanted framed, I only finished two. I couldn’t find the right size frames at Hobby Lobby for two of them, so I will have to order frames online. I did find the perfect frame for the I Love You So Very Much piece (pattern by Stitchrovia). I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get everything straight in the frame, but it was a lot easier to do than I thought! I cut a piece of acid-free foam core the same size as the glass in the frame, used some Alene’s Tacky Glue to spray the foam core, and then placed a piece of batting on the glue side and trimmed it down to the edges of the foam core. Then I placed the stitched piece on top and used pins to keep it in place while I flipped it over and placed some Stitchery tape down. Then I just pulled the fabric around and pressed it onto the tape. It held everything perfectly in place! I popped it into the frame, put the backing on and called it done. I didn’t put the glass back in, so I will have to be careful to keep it from getting dusty. Especially living in Arizona!

Stitch ALL The Things | Mushrooms Grow In Poop

The second framed piece was a cross stitch chart I started and finished this week. I wanted to join a Mushroom stitch along that was happening over on Instagram, but I don’t exactly like mushrooms. I saw this chart on Etsy and I knew it would be perfect for me! It was a fun quick stitch, and I found the frame at Hobby Lobby when I was looking for supplies for my other finishes. I prepared this one the same way as I did with the I Love You piece, except the foam core was way too thick to fit it all in the frame when I was done. I should have seen that coming! I pulled it all apart (pulling that fabric up from the Stitchery Tape was not easy… that stuff is sticky!), and used acid-free mat board instead. It was a tight fit putting the backing in the frame, but I was able to get it on!

I finished two of the three pillows. I want to do a video tutorial for my Flosstube channel on how to make the third pillow for fellow cross stitchers, so I plan on sewing that pillow this coming week. I had some trouble with the trim on the Halloween Town pillow. I was trying to get the pom-poms to not overlap in the corners, and so I trimmed them at the very ends. BIG mistake! All of my corners were completely empty. I should have known that was going to happen, but my brain just didn’t see that far ahead. There was no way I was going to rip it all out and sew it over again, so I decided to make tassels out of floss and sew them on. I love it better this way!!

For two of the pieces I decided I wanted to do them as mounted flat-folds. I figure I can set them up anywhere around the house during Halloween time this way. I just don’t have room to frame everything. I used a tutorial that Vonna Pfeiffer, The Twisted Stitcher, filmed and made these while watching her video. The stitched pieces are a little wonky here and there, but I’m really happy with how they all turned out!

Whew! That was a lot of crafting this past week, and I feel so happy to have been able to create as I wanted too… And also to have some cross stitch pieces Fully Finished Off (FFO’d)! This week I have one more pillow to make, I need to research a place to buy frames from at a reasonable price, and I would like to get one of my finished quilt tops basted and ready to quilt! Yep, I’m ready to get some quilty finishes done too! I hope you all have had a wonderful week. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been crafting!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Sew Pillow/Tutorial
  • Research Frames online
  • Get Paradiso Quilt Top basted and ready to quilt

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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).
  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 1-23-18 | 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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Rules:

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  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 1-16-18 | 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).
  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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