My Soul Cried Today

My soul cried today….heart rending sobs of agony.  My soul cried for my children; for their shattered dreams; for their broken spirits; for their misguided beliefs and ways.  My soul cried out for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and then for the sacrifice I need to make to use them.  My soul cried in remorse for God’s ultimate sacrifice for me and my unwillingness to sacrifice for him.  My soul cried today and the tears washed away the fog and revealed the plank in my eye, and then  washed that away too.  My soul cried today and cleansed itself, and revealed a path for me to follow.  Will my body and mind be strong enough for that path or will my soul cry again tomorrow?

One Project Down–???? To Go

Yay!  I finally finished my first tutorial for my sewing blog, Focus on Sewing.  It’s for the world’s easiest baby blanket.  I had to start with something easy for my first one.  It was supposed to be published on the last Friday in August, Labor Day weekend, but I didn’t have all the pictures I needed.  I learned a few things by writing a tutorial about writing tutorials.  Imagine that!  I think it is easier to write the whole thing out and then do the project and take pictures.  That way I can make sure that I get all the pictures that I need and I can tweak the instructions if necessary.  The way I did it I ended up doing the project twice and taking pictures both times.  It was a little time consuming, but it all worked out and now I know. 

While I was finishing it up this morning, I also thought of what I want to make my daughter for Sew Selfless September.  She plays soccer and the weather here has been pretty chilly so I thought I would make her a fleece blanket with the some appliqued pictures on it representing her school activities.  It would be great for keeping warm while she’s not playing and for watching other sporting events.  I have some fleece in her school colors, but not enough, so I’ll stop on my way to her game tonight and buy some more.  Lucky me, Jo-Ann’s is on the way! 

I’ve also started cutting out the pieces for my husband’s quilt.  It’s a log cabin in light and dark browns with red flannel center squares.  I think it’s going to be really neat.  I designed it myself and am really excited to see how it turns out.

I think I’m going to make lunchboxes for my boys.  I found some cool tool fabric at Pink Chalk Fabrics.  They carry brown bags now, so tool fabric bags won’t demasculinize them …..will it?  They are both hunters too so I could use camo fabric instead.  I already have that.

I also finally figured out how I’m going to quilt my Mother-in-law’s birthday quilt.  Remember that?  That is a story for another day though.

So that’s some of what I’ve been up to.  I’m preparing for a couple of craft shows in the next few weeks, so I’ll be busy sewing up a storm.  Ooh, I shouldn’t say that.  We have had too much rain.  I feel like I live in the Pacific Northwest instead of the Midwest!  With everyone back to school and working….finally, I’m going to try to be more consistent with my posts. 

Happily Sewing!

Julie

Sew Selfless September

I just ran across a great idea from Jess at The Sometimes Sewist.  She decided that it would be a good idea to sew for someone other than herself and without monetary profit (I may be adding that bit in myself, but it makes sense) during the month of September.  She is calling it Sew Selfless September.  I’ve decided to join her in this endeavor so here is my pledge. 

I, Julie, at Crazywonderfullife, pledge this Sew Selfless September to sew one item for each of my family members, that’s a total of 4.

 

If the link doesn’t work on that image, I’m also putting one in the sidebar that should link to her blog. 

It’s really easy to join if you want to.  Here are the “rules” from her post:

1.  Post your pledge in the comments below, using this template:     (Go to her post first.  Don’t post here)

“I, *name*, of *blog name*, pledge this Sew Selfless September to make *your pledge here* for *your intended receipt(s)*.” 

If you want to name specific people to make for or things you’re going to make, cool, if not cool, too.  You can see how vague my pledge is; no problem with leaving some wiggle room!

2. Spread the word! 

Post your Selfless sewing pledge on your own blog, and link it back to this post by using one of the badges below.

3.  Join the Sew Selfless September Flickr group.

4.  Come September, make all the things for not you and post them to the Flickr group!

 

I don’t belong to Flickr, but I will link back to her original post and she can put my pictures on Flickr if she wants.  Now, I just need to decide what to make.  I already have fabric for a quilt for my hubby.  I should at least be able to get the top done, and my daughter wants a camera bag with dividers for her lenses and supplies.  She also needs a new quilt for her bed.  As for the boys, that will take a bit more thought. 

I sure hope some of you decide to join us!

 

Happy Sewing!

Julie

It’s All About the Sewing

Well, I almost have my stuff together.  I think it took me 44 years to figure myself out, and I may not be done yet.  I love to sew and craft, but I’ve been trying to do everything that catches my interest on a large scale instead of picking something to focus on.  I have decided to focus on sewing which is ironic because that is the name of one of my other blogs where I never write.  The projects that catch my eye and my interests in general lean significantly towards kids and babies so I’m going to focus my sewing projects there with a few things for the grown ups too.  I’ve sold a few things on the side and have a few orders from friends and acquaintances, so that is going well.  I have some baby/toddler blankets listed in my Etsy shop and I’ve started a Facebook page, Flamingo and Owl to promote my Etsy shop of the same name.

I was really trying to do too much and found that I didn’t have time for what I really like to do, which is sew.  Now, I’ve made several blankets and some really cute burp cloths and am working on a few other projects that I’ll show you when I’m done.  I forgot to take pictures of the projects that I’ve already finished that are the same as what I’m working on now, but here are some of my blankets and the one burp cloth that I’ve gotten a picture of.

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I have a couple other baby blankets with different patterns and colors now and a lot more burp cloths, mostly Winnie-the-Pooh themed, and they are reserved for someone.  I’m so excited that by limiting myself, I actually freed myself. 

Another thing that I’ve learned about myself is that while I still love creating quilts, it’s actually the tops that I like making and I’m not as enthusiastic about doing the quilting itself.  It’s a good thing that I know a few people locally with long arm machines who are willing to hire out their services.  One lady from my quilt club actually invited me over to her house and taught me the basics of using a long arm machine.  It’s something that I would love to learn as well as practicing free motion on my small machine, but I’m content for now to let someone else do it for me, at least the big projects.

Happily Sewing,

Julie

 

Off To A Crawling Start! :)

Hi there!  It’s been an exciting couple of weeks, at least for me.  I worked hard on the quilt for my mom (in law), but didn’t quite get it finished.  We visited her yesterday for her birthday.  We gave her the quilt and told her she couldn’t keep it.  How bad is that?!  Well, she loved it and didn’t mind that it wasn’t done.  All that’s left is the quilting and binding.  I say that like it’s nothing, but I’m doing all free-motion quilting.  I really need to practice.  If I were better at it, I may have finished.  I had to take out most of what I had done because it looked so awful.  Now, I’m back to about a quarter of the way done.  I’m using a square flower motif that I learned from a tutorial by Lori at The Inbox Jaunt.  She helped me with my first (large) quilt for my cousin David and his wife.  I didn’t even know that I had to quilt it before I added the binding.  She was very nice and gave me good tips.  She does excellent free-motion quilting and has a bunch of tutorials.  I’m also using a lot of outlining.  I hope the quilting turns out as good as the top did.

I’m also full to the brim with ideas for market and Etsy crafts.  I’ve been doing a lot of prep work in between working on the quilt and living life.  I even skipped the market last week, although, I did go and visit for a while.  I got chewed out for not being set up.  Not really, but some of them did mess around with me.  It looked a little sad because there were so few vendors last  week.  I think most of them didn’t come because the main road in is under major construction and is detoured.  If you don’t know your way around town it might be confusing and you still have to cross the non-road to get to the park.  Business has been bad because of it, at least that’s what we think, so the vendors might be skipping out.  I have a whole new appreciation for the  people who do these markets and take the time to set up and take down and make sure they are well-stocked for the events.  It’s a lot of work. 

Like I said, I’ve been doing a lot of prep work for new crafts and also trying to implement some marketing strategies.  I had shut down my Facebook page, but I reopened it so that I could start a Gardengirl Creations page.  I want to interconnect this blog and Facebook and Etsy and even Pinterest to try to boost sales of my crafts.  I do have some outside orders from word of mouth business, two pillow beds and a t-shirt quilt.  Those will really help a lot to get the ball rolling I think.  I’ve been putting my disorganized thoughts to paper so I can organize them better and I’m really excited to see where this all goes. 

Well, I’m off to bed.  Tomorrow I’m going to bounce some ideas off my friend and have a little down time shopping with her.  Smile

Have a creative day!

Gardengirl

It’s All Good

Whew!  It has been one crazy week.  I haven’t posted anything because I’ve been too busy doing.  By the time I finished at night, it was already bedtime and when I got up in the mornings I had to start all over….not that I ever missed my morning tea.  Smile  While I sipped my tea I would try to read a few blog posts that were up on my feed, but it’s hard to keep up with all of them.  Then I try to fit everything I want/need to do in around everyone else’s schedules.  I still have one non-driver and she has practices twice a day.  I love summer and having the kids home, but it’s kind of nice when they leave once and come home once and I only have to drive once because practice is right after school.  I really don’t know how parents who work do it. 

I’m going to start with bad news first and work up to the fun stuff.  My onions made me cry.  I harvested them last week….? and put them in the greenhouse to dry their skins or whatever it is that onions do.  The info I looked at said to leave them outside, but cover them up every night.  I knew I wouldn’t remember to do that so I thought the greenhouse would be a good substitute.  It might have been if I had remembered to open the doors.   I went out with my doggie this morning and unloaded all my Market stuff….tables, chairs, bags of crafts and supplies…..out of my car and then decided to look in my greenhouse.  I saw my onions and then I touched my onions and I swear tears came to my eyes.  They are not firm, but rather soft and somewhat shriveled.  I really, really wanted my onions to be good this year and they were…. till now.  Do you think I have time to replant?

Yesterday at the Market was supposed to be a big Christmas in July day with lots of people walking around and then the movie in the park last night was Elf and it usually gets 300+ people coming to watch.  The sponsors had games and free popcorn and sno-cones and Christmas lights.  The Market vendors got to stay late for free as a Christmas gift and some of us brought Christmas lights to decorate our tents with.  Our high hopes for the day were dashed early with very few vendors showing up, not many people walking through and visiting booths, and gusty “breezes” that broke 3 tents so the rest of us just took ours down.  After the tent debacle, a few of the few vendors left for the day.  Once the sun set, it cooled off a lot.  The signs in town said 62o  We sat there in our t-shirts and sunburns and thought how appropriate the weather was for Christmas in July.  I assume it was the weather that kept people away from the movie also.  I’d say the turnout was about half of the usual and no one was buying. 

There must be something wrong with me because I do not make any money at the Market, but I still go every week and I always leave with a smile.  I just like being there and the people are great, vendors and visitors.  Maybe it’s because I get to do what I love.  In that case, probably nothing wrong with me.  Smile

On the brighter side, I started making ornaments for Christmas, some out of old jeans and some from used cds.  I’ll have pictures when they’re all done.  I have a few glitches to work out first.  I am really excited about them though!  I’m also making a flip flop wreath, a fabric wreath, and stockings.  Those are coming with a few roadblocks also, but I just need time and a little brain power to figure it all out.  I think the brain power is good, but it’s the time that falls short sometimes. 

I am making a lot of progress on the quilt that I’m working on and I am promising myself that it will be done by my deadline.  Here’s what I have so far:

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I need to add the borders, which is my project for today, and then make the back, quilt it, and bind it.  The finished size is only about 50×50 so it shouldn’t take too long.  My deadline is one week away.  Not gonna think about that.  Smile

I bought two fabrics for the backing, but I have to figure out how I want it to look.  My brain will be working on that while my hands are sewing.  The main backing fabric is a large print floral with lavender to deeper purple flowers with green foliage and the other is green with a very small and subtle floral print. I know it’s going to be gorgeous….can’t wait!

Ok, that’s a lot and I still feel like I’m forgetting something.  I guess it can wait.

Have a Creative Day!

Gardengirl

P.S.  I know what it was!  I made a couple of recipes from Mom’s Recipe Box.  Will post those soon….uh huh.

 

Daily Post-Object Lesson (Sewing Machine)

This is going to be fun! The Daily Post has asked what object our friends would immediately associate with us if asked.  Their examples were Dorothy’s red shoes, Sherlock Holmes’s pipe, and the Batmobile.  I think my friends would associate me with my sewing machine.   It goes many places with me and has many adventures.  It hems pants and sews curtains.  It fixes rips and creates beautiful quilts and even decorates my home and family for the holidays.  It has its own waterproof rolling bag with “Sew on the Go” embroidered on it.  My sewing machine has seen libraries and community centers and even a local park.  It’s visited many a friend and relative’s house with me.  We do many things together my sewing machine and me.  It even has its own spot at the dining room table that it visits often, sometimes staying for weeks at a time….like now.  We have seen good times and bad together, celebrated accomplishments, fought, and not seen each other for months at a time, but I know that it is always there for me.  My sewing machine is my best friend and the bane of my existence…..or is that my husband?

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/object-lesson/