Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sometime this spring, I stopped getting emails for comments, so I haven't been able to reply to my readers as I would like to. Due to Real Life, I wasn't able to look into it until now. Unfortunately it appears that all my settings are correct and so the mystery continues as I attempt to find a work-around. Please everyone, know that I read and appreciate every comment.

Since I couldn't respond directly to Justine (nice to hear from you as always and I agree that the Smidget is much more fascinating than my crafty projects!) I decided to respond in this post. First, here is a picture of the Smidget. I know I was overdue to show him off again.

He's a delightful happy little guy, very playful and snuggly. The reason I'm not sharing dozens of photos (I'm a proud mama and would happily do so) is that his father and I agreed that limiting his online exposure is in his best interests. We intentionally do not, and have requested that family members do not, publish photos of him on any social media platform. So I have had to exercise restraint and will unfortunately probably stop sharing photos all together when he gets a little older. It makes me so sad that this is where we are as a society, but I must adapt to what I cannot change.

Now for the boring stuff. I'm chugging away on the Amethyst Project Bags. Slow. Slow. Slow. With many mistakes and having to recut pieces. Its been an experience. I'm getting there though. They will be lovely when completed, or so I keep telling myself.

I have spent a bit of time on other projects here and there but mostly we were working on converting the family room to a baby safe area. Its mostly complete and now the Smidget can free range over most of the space, which he seems to enjoy. There are still a few things on our list to do and of course, he still finds things to get into but on a whole I'm pleased with how well it worked out.

Thank you all for your comments and I hope to resolve the email issue soon so I can easily get back to you directly.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Plethora of Projects

A few days ago, the Smidget and I were outside playing and we happened to see a robin land rather close. I thought it was a great opportunity for a couple photos and much to my delight I discovered that he had caught a worm! I was really pleased to be able to capture this on camera. I know its the stereotypical robin thing to do but I never imagined I'd actually see it. 

I'm still working on the Amethyst Project Bags. It is slow going. This is my pile of project pieces. Everything is there, I just haven't gotten to it yet. I suspect this is the type of project that comes together all at once towards the end - right now it feels like I'm twiddling away at components.

My Mini Joy's Journey Afghan has the next three blocks stitched on. Six blocks down, fourteen to go!

Another thing I did was pull out The Castle. I'm trying to put a few stitches a day in this beautiful project. I really would love to finish a couple of cross stitch projects. I found another one that I am dying to purchase but I don't want to start it until I have a couple finished so I'm going to put a concerted effort into The Castle and Tiger Chilling Out.

The pattern I found is called Hogwarts in a Bottle and its sold on Etsy in the shop CutePatternsbyMaria. She has many absolutely beautiful patterns and I hope she will publish more bottle/snowglobe type patterns in the future. I've linked above to the pattern in her shop, please check it out if you are interested in cross stitch, she is a very talented designer.

I've had to descontruct my crafty corner in the family room as we are attempting to convert it into a child safe area for the Smidget to free range in now that he's learned to crawl, so I also mostly cleared off my desk in my sewing room and I'll be setting up my cross stitch projects there. By the way, this upcoming weekend is Hermit and Stitch weekend so consider pulling out a project and get rolling! Happy Stitching All!

Friday, July 13, 2018



The dishes are dirty,
the house is a mess.
When the laundry gets folded
is anyone's guess.

My little one's small 
for only so long.
So I read him a book 
and I sing him a song.

We play with his toys
or go for a walk.
Sometimes we sit 
and do nothing but talk. 

Someday he'll be big
with a child of his own.
And then I'll think back
on how time has flown. 

The dishes, the laundry, 
the chores will all wait.
Snuggle those babies
before its too late. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Amethyst Project Bag

My July project is the Amethyst Project Bag by Sew Sweetness. 

It took me almost two weeks to get the majority of it cut out and the interfacing fused. I don't think that I could have chosen a more complicated, involved, or expensive project for my foray into structured bag making. Please note that this is not the fault of the pattern author. The pattern is very well written and includes excellent pictures. Rather, it is a result of my over-ambitiousness and deciding to build three of the darn things instead of just one. 

Having said that, I would rate this project somewhere between intermediate and expert skill level. If I didn't have extensive sewing experience already, I'm sure it would have baffled me. By the time I am done with all three, I expect to be extremely comfortable with zippers and structured bags.

The exterior pieces of the Amethyst Project Bag
 Below are just the lining pieces that I cut out. I have a small mountain of exterior and foam interfacing pieces not even pictured.

I am slowly chiseling away at these bags and hope to have them done by the end of July (hahaha!)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Post-Ragnarok Clean Up

Of course the scramble to get to Ragnarok consumed the last week or so before we left. There is always more projects to complete than there is time to complete it.

One of the things I wanted to do was create a little bit of garb for the Smidget. 

And he looked so stinking cute in it. I also picked up a little coif for him at Rag from one of the vendors.

So if you've been following me for a while you know that the weather is always a topic of contention every time Ragnarok rolls around. This year we had two really warm days and a little rain. The second half of the week was pretty comfortable. The most annoying thing was the ANTS that were EVERYWHERE. I got up one morning to find them crawling all over Smidget's play pen. And wouldn't you know, I neglected to bring any of my airtight waterproof totes with me.

Most of the week was spent caring for the baby and attempting to find food that I could eat but I think the little guy really enjoyed the social time and having so many different people around. It was nice to get out of the house for a bit and there was always an extra pair of hands available to play with him when I needed to go do something like brush my teeth.

 On Friday we took most of the kiddos to the animal park. It was a cool day and the animals were active, which was great. Because of the rain in the morning, it also wasn't overcrowded.

 There was a small amount of cross stitch and crochet while the Smidget was napping during the camping trip but nothing far enough along to share yet. We've been home for a few days now and I've been slowly chipping away at a couple of projects here while avoiding all the laundry and clean up that needs to been done.

After purchasing all the supplies more than a year ago, I finally started working on my Amethyst Project Bags by Sew Sweetness. I'm making three in all and they are going to carry my cross stitch projects from place to place.

The other thing I've put a little time into is the crochet blanket. Right now I'm just working on the colored centers of the motifs and when I have several more rows of those I'll add the cream and join them together.

So that's whats going on around here, what is new on your end of things?