Oh dear, I’ve become that blogger who disappears for long stretches of time. Really, I’m here but just not *here*. I haven’t been doing much art lately, not for any other reason than our work has been kinda busy with tight deadlines so they always win out, then suddenly it’s 5:30 and time to stop for the day. This is something I’m trying to adjust in my workday, and making my art part of my work day, when I realize while I’m making art, that I am in my happy place and wonder why I’m not there more often, so have to make more time for that, and a big commission which is patiently awaiting my attention (and some thread I had to order online since nobody here had any close to what I wanted- sigh- shoulda bought in Toronto when I was there darnit, I had a spool in my hand and everything…..). And designing fabric, I haven’t done any full collections to submit to my peeps in ages, although I have sketches and lists of ideas I have to get done. In fact I thought of one today. So that has to be part of my day too. And sewing, and quilting, and getting stuff ready for presentations of my work, and restocking my sad empty Etsy shop, and making stuff to restock my sad empty Etsy shop. And another dream project I am trying to get “out there” with
not a lot of no forward movement lately. Priorities, urgent and important, everything needs attention!
I guess I’ve been fighting overwhelm, I don’t like that word, maybe call it “too much to do and get done all at once”! So there’s where I am. And maybe explains where I’ve been, tackling the mountain! Anyways, it’s all good! I do have some fun stuff to share….
A recent thrift score, a box of vintage ornaments, $6! I’m always looking for these but they are haaaaard to come by. I guess they are a popular thing to have on your thrift store must haves list, when I saw this box come out, I nabbed it and carried it with me around the store, nobody’s gonna scoop these when I’m not looking!
I also treated myself to some fabulous hand-printed fabric from Lu Summers!
I see her fabricy posts appear on Instagram about her hand-printed fabric scrap packs, I am a sucker for other people’s scraps, but I always am a bit too slow and I miss out, but this time I got to her Etsy shop in time to get these pretties! Yay!
More fabric awesomeness, from my aunt Mary who spoiled me with a bundle of Liberty Lawn from Liberty, London- yes you read that right- and a cute fat quarter, all the way from France.
I’ve been working on more charm packs of thrifted sheets, I’ve sold all but one of my first batch, so got more put together.
It takes a lot of time cutting, folding, measuring, sorting, x a big pile of sheets and pillowcases for 36 different pieces, whew! But aren’t they cute?
This batch is going with me to North Vancouver at end of month when I do a presentation of my work to the Lion’s Gate Quilter’s Guild, then whatever is left, if any, will go up in my Etsy shop. (I’m not even linking, that’s how bad it is, as there’s not much there right now, but there’s a link on the sidebar to your left if you wanna see!)
There’s also a pile of my Spoonflower fabrics going with me, and I pulled out all of my stash yesterday and cut it up into fat quarters and 8 inch swatches.
And thanks to Instagram I have already sold all of this one except one piece! I love Instagram. Love it! And thank you to all who bought some, yay!
Oh yeah and then I decided today that I needed to sew up some of the charms into something, since I love all of the prints, I need some for me too before I end up selling them all!
Charming stars! I’ve since sewn them all together and added a border of white, then am working on a scrappy border of the prints to go around that. Except I miscalculated the size of squares and made them too big to fit evenly across. Did I mention that math is not my strong suit? Yep. Redo. Maybe tomorrow.
More thrift scores!
A lovely glass heart ornament, $1.50! It will hang by my desk once I decide where the perfect spot is.
Some more funky thrifted sheets and fabric to add to my stash.
2 cookbooks, including a newer Julia Child one, .25¢ each! The pink stripey one is really fun with loads of enticing jelly molds, aspics, and creatively styled dessert displays. And Julia Child is always a good find!
I’ve also been working on our very last month of our Fab Bee, with Chris’s video game themed blocks. He wanted his blocks to be “pixellated” and gave everyone a different game to make a block for, plus he wrote out a history of the game and gave us some really great written info and images to be inspired by, which I know he put a lot of time and care into to make sure everyone feels comfortable working on his theme for his blocks- so very cool. I got Donkey Kong!
I am just awaiting a bit more brown fabric to finish him up. I was pretty stoked on my math skills on this one lol!
And whew! That’s just the past little while, I’ve got loads more to share, I’ll try to be more timely!
So now, I’m off to hang out with my hunny and my Starry, which looks something like this…
T’rah for now and hope you’re having a lovely weekend, one more day off for us tomorrow for Victoria Day, gotta love long weekends….