Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Took a drive...

Hubby took the day off today so we decided to head up to Ventura Harbor for lunch. It was overcast and cold and absolutely beautiful! We took a short walk along the harbor and the beach and it was just ever so breezy. It was invigorating!



Hope you are having a great day!

Take care,

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year everyone! I love the beginning of a new year... it's a beautifully pristine blank slate!

I'm starting off this year with a little destash of a couple of my UFO projects. I'm going to offer them here, at a discounted price, just in case someone would like them and if there are no takers, I'll put them in my etsy shop.

A couple of years ago, I was interested in knitting and felting bags. Lots of them were being done, but they were all so small. I wanted to do tote size or larger so I started experimenting and knitting huge - I mean really huge - bags so I could felt them. Felting created a very thick and very soft "fabric". I did several in various colors and sizes and it was a fun process. I always planned to finish them and use them, but as is so often the case with me, they were set aside. Now I found I've lost interest. The handles are included with the bags, but they are not attached. None of them are lined.







This first bag is the largest:

14" Wide
16" High (with cuff rolled down)
21" High (with cuff left up)
6 1/2" Deep
Handle 33 1/2" end to end

$36.00 includes shipping via USPS flat rate medium box







This second bag is:

14" Wide
15 1/2" High (with cuff rolled down)
19" High (with cuff left up)
3 1/2" Deep
Handle 30" end to end

$30.00 includes shipping via USPS flat rate medium box

Take care,







I'm starting 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD:0
I have started YTD:0
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD:0
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD:0
Projects remaining YTD: 32

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Project Progress Recap...

2016 was the first year I've kept track (via a progress chart) of my UFOs and new projects and I've been surprised at how motivating it has been. I plan to do it again for 2017, although I have no specific yearly goal other than to finish as many projects as possible.

I started 2016 with UFO projects: 38
I found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD:  +13
I started YTD:  +7
I gave away UFO projects YTD: -4
I threw out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -4
I sold unfinished UFO projects YTD: -2
I finished YTD: -16
Projects remaining YTD: 32

I do have one final finish for the year to show you (and which has already been included in my finished count)... surprise, surprise... it's another pair of Tesserae socks, (they are already listed for sale in the shop). The taupe/beige "stripe" in the yarn color is actually darker than shows in the photo making much less contrast between the "stripes".




As 2016 ends and 2017 begins, I'm making some changes in my life that I probably should have made long ago. Nothing too, too major, but little things that will improve the quality and happiness of life for me. Wish me luck!!

I wish you all the best possible new year!

Take care,

Thursday, December 08, 2016

My best nine for 2016

Here's the most "liked" nine photos on my Instagram account for 2016! Kinda fun to see them all in one place. #2016bestnine #2016 sewingbestnine



2016 has been one of my most productive years in a very long time... and I haven't done much since October! :)

Take care,

Monday, October 24, 2016

Socks and a little trip!

I started the first pair of these socks in early September so I would have something to take along on our road trip to Lake Tahoe and Truckee. I was originally planning on working on my Lucy Boston blocks but found there wasn't adequate lighting in our accommodations to enable me to see to do hand stitching. So I knit instead. It's relaxing and very enjoyable anyway so I didn't mind at all. This pair is the Tesserae pattern by Anne Hanson that I love so much. Such an easy knit!




The second pair is a pattern called the Roger Sock also by Anne Hanson. I love her patterns as they are always so easy to read/understand. I much prefer written directions rather than a chart and that's what she provides.


Both pairs of these socks will be in the shop shortly.

Our trip to Lake Tahoe and Truckee was fun and both Donner Lake and Tahoe (below) were gorgeous. We had wonderful weather while we were there... it was in the high 70s during the day and really cooled off during the evenings. One afternoon/evening there was a rain/snow storm which left the mountain tops in South Lake Tahoe covered with snow (quite a bit which melted the next day). And, believe it or not, it was 19 degrees the next morning as we left to head home. As luck would have it, we had our nice warm jackets with us! :) It was just so nice to get away for a few days.




Take care,

Saturday, October 22, 2016

My Maker's Tote is done!

My friend Pat was here recently visiting from Boston, and during her visit we started our Maker's Tote bags (pattern by Noodlehead) but didn't get them completed. We had only the binding and handles remaining when she left to go home. We were planning on completing them at the same time from our respective locations, but her schedule is far too hectic and she encouraged me to go ahead and get mine done.




Take care,

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Time flies!!

I'm always a little surprised and shocked at how quickly time passes these days. And, for the life of me, I cannot remember what I did yesterday! :) I'm not quite that bad, but almost. Ask me what inconsequential thing I was doing four or five years ago and I might remember, but not yesterday. As my friend Pat says, "retirement is supposed to be the golden years, but it's really the rusty years".

I didn't work at all on UFOs/WIPs last month. I did work on my Lucy Boston blocks, but only to sew a couple of them together. Pat came out from Boston and was here for three weeks so we started a new bag together. This is the first bag I've made since January and it was surprising to me just how many little tips/tricks that I've forgotten in that short time.


When Pat left to go back home, we were just at the point of sewing the binding on so I went ahead yesterday and got it sewn. Now I only have the hand stitching and handles left to do. It's the Maker's Tote (the large size) by Noodlehead. Nice and roomy for all the good stuff I'm going to carry in it.

Pat and I spent her three weeks sewing on our bags, visiting Quilt Emporium, Superbuzzy (twice), going out to lunch, having our makeup done at Bare Minerals, and meeting up with our friend, Johanne, in Palm Springs for Quilt Fest. I enjoyed every minute of it!

Take care,

Friday, September 09, 2016

Lucy Boston blocks 1 - 4

I've hopped onto the Lucy Boston bandwagon after watching all the gorgeous blocks being put together by Alewives Fabrics. I fell in love with the shop when we visited a couple of years ago. It's one of the best shops I've been to in a very long time and it's located in the beautiful village of Damariscotta Mills on the shores of the Damariscotta River/Salt Bay.

Anyway, I've put together these first four, unsewn, blocks so that I'll have handwork when I need it.




I do have to say that I don't find these blocks all that easy in regards to fabric choices even with the h-u-g-e stash of fabric that I have, but they are definitely fun to make!

Take care,

Friday, September 02, 2016

An accounting of sorts...

I have finished 12 projects so far this year! Although I finished these three mug rugs (on 8/31/16), I'm only going to count them as one project since they were all squirreled away together in the UFO pile. I'm giving myself a huge pat on the back for getting this much done already this year.


These two will be in the shop soon...



 And, this one I'm giving to a friend!


Of course, my UFO list is still quite long and, for sure, will carry over into 2017 and possibly 2018, but that doesn't matter to me because I'm making progress. As the saying goes, I "can see light at the end of the tunnel". Admittedly, it's a very long tunnel!! :)

Here's the accounting:

Started the year with UFO projects: 38
Found YTD:  +13 more
Started YTD:  +1 new
Gave away YTD: -3
Trashed YTD: -3
Sold YTD: -2
Finished YTD: -12 (I don't have a specific yearly goal other than to finish as many as possible)

Remaining total YTD = 32 as of today!! By doing the math, you realize that I was up to 51 UFOs at one time, don't you? Who knows how many more I will find along the way. Apparently, I've hidden them away all over the house. :)

Linking up with Colorways by Vicki!

Take care,