Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s holiday crunch time, if you celebrate any of the holidays throughout this month. I hope you are all having a wonderful start to this last month of the year!
This past week life through in a few challenges, so I did not get all 9 bags sewn like I hoped. It was an ambitious goal anyway. I did get 5 sewn, 1 halfway sewn, and three are all cut and interfaced and ready to assemble. I’m very pleased with that progress! And, as I am writing this I realized I completely forgot to take pictures of one of the bags before I mailed it off today. Oops! It was a gift anyway, and I’m not sure if the recipient reads my blog. So, better to not have it to show anyway. I am making a second bag out of the same fabric this week, so I will be able to share a picture of what it looked like next week.
This Winter Joy bag turned out so pretty! And the lining fabric was a perfect match for it too. I actually made two of this bag, but since they look virtually the same I am only sharing a picture of one of them. I really love how this one turned out, and I wish I had fabric left to make myself one!
This Winter Wreath print is so pretty. I just love the red wreaths and the little cardinals! The lining is a tone-on-tone red snowflake print.
Are you starting to notice a theme with these bags? Not only winter, but Cardinals! I just love Cardinals and all of these prints made me smile while I worked on them this week.
Keeping with the cardinal theme, I also fully finished off my Peace On Earth stitching. I took inspiration from Priscilla Blain and “Priscillafied” it with some trims, glued magnets to the back, and popped it onto a metal easel. In the tray I tucked some greenery and pinecones. This was probably the most fun I’ve had with a finish! I pinned the piece to some foam core, and I’m pretty darned proud of how straight I was able to make it! I used eleventy-bazillion stainless steel pins and used them all up. I need to remember to order more!
To top off this week’s post, I also finished my first cross stitch ornament! I had so much fun stitching this up for a friend. I found a free poinsettia pattern called Shades of Christmas from Eternasilk. I used some red silk floss for the poinsettia petals, cotton over-dyed floss for the leaves, and yellow Mill Hill beads for the center. I also referred to several tutorials by Vonna Pfeiffer, The Twisted Stitcher to finish this ornament off. I followed her How To Make a Pillow Christmas Ornament tutorial, and watched her cording tutorial several times before attempting to make my own. My cording turned out fine, but started to loosen when I was stitching it on. I ended up gluing it instead and made a mental note to make it tighter in the future.
A lot of progress this past week, even if I didn’t finish all of the bags. This coming week I will continue sewing and also work on another trying to finish another cross stitch piece, Tis The Season, before next week’s post. I look forward to seeing what you’ve all been working on!
This Weeks To-Do List:
- Sew up bags
- Finish Tis The Season
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10 thoughts on “To-Do Tuesday 12-4-18 | Happy December!!”
Hi Christine! Wow, you got a lot accomplished this past week. I just love those bags! Those fabrics are gorgeous. And Peace on Earth looks so nice. I love how you embellished it and I would never think to put magnets on the back for a metal easel. Such a cute display! Happy Happy Tuesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne
Hi, Roseanne! This year the holidays have me feeling a bit chicken-with-my-head-cut-off, but not in an overwhelming way (thank goodness!). I just feel busier and more productive than I have been in a while. It’s been really nice to get things done!
So many beautiful Christmas projects, Christine! I especially love the cross stitched poinsettia with bead center. I wish I was on your gift list this year! 🙂
Thank you, Rebecca!! That Poinsettia Pattern was a fun stitch and I may end up making one for myself because I love it so much!
Hi Christine, those are great bags. You’ve been very productive!
Thank you so much! It feels good to be doing some sewing again!
Love all your finishes!! But the bags are my favs. I haven’t even made one bag this season! After making umpteen for last Christmas. I must remedy that.
It took me almost a full year to get back to bag making after burning out so hard on them in 2017. I understand the feeling!
Wow! Even with not finishing the bags, you had a productive week! I do love your cardinal themed week! It is so gray here in the winter, I love seeing the bright red Cardinals in my backyard.
It’s nice to be sewing again and getting things done… but with a lot less stress this time around!