Life is so hard. I used to say every project costs twice as much and takes three times as long to create….now I believe that is not true…it costs three times as much and takes four times longer to create. I am at a very difficult time in my life. I have a job that requires 60 to 80+ hours a week. I have a small piece of land with an old, old, old house that my sons are I are gutting and rebuilding. It’s difficult since we all work too many hours, plus they are building their own homes, with their own hands, themselves. My goal was to move into my house by June and here is its already October with no soon move in date near. It’s depressing. I go to the house but don’t have the confidence and strength to complete the floor myself. I decided to keep the kitchen cabinets and I redid the back splash this summer with contractor stakes stained different colors. I like the look. The kitchen floor and living room floors are completely finished and ready for tile almost; I say almost because the fridge I got is wider than the space so I ripped the front doorway coat closet to make the space wide enough for the fridge and now we need to build a small set of shelves in that area. The hallway sub-floor is ripped up ready for new insulation and new flooring. The bedroom floors need to be ripped up and the bathroom needs to be gutted from floor up. Now the well house needs to be rebuilt. I can envision it all completed but it just takes time…the precious commodity we don’t seem to have enough of right now in our lives. So, I find myself exhausted and almost numb and unable to accomplish anything. Sometimes I wonder if I’m just not pushing myself hard enough. I worked at the house all day yesterday and felt satisfied with a full day of work but then I look at the house and see everything that needs to be completed it feels overwhelming. It’s fall and with it brings the strong desire to quilt and knit. I can envision myself sitting outside in a comfortable chair, cup of hot tea next to me while I knit and listen to the birds signing and watch the squirrels chase each other or gathering their nuts for the winter. But, between reality and what I can envision is so very much work and so very little free time to make it happen. I pray for the strength and courage to make it happen because in the end I know it will be worth all the stress and hard work.
A coworker had a baby in December and she was decorating the nursery in Harry Potter Baby but the fabric is out of print. I saw a quilt like this on Pinterest and borrowed their idea for making the quilt. It is over sized and I wish I had taken better pictures. The back is covered in a medium blue with tiny black bats all over. It was a success, she loved the quilt.
Well, after several months I finally finished the quilt top for my son. The picture does not do it justice as the colors are off. The ‘yellow’ is actually more of a lime green and the dark purple border is actually a black with different colored dots. Now I’m just waiting to find a place where I can lay out the layers and baste the quilt to prepare for quilting.
This is a bead embroidery bracelet in progress.
And here is the finished bracelet! I’m very pleased with the finished art!
This is a beaded bracelet and keychain I made for my great niece. She seemed to like them!
And this is my current project, another beaded bracelet.
I have enjoyed the time working with my beads again and hope that the beads stay out of storage long enough for me to make some projects for Christmas gifts this year!
The picture above is the Dragon Star Quilt Pattern by Judy Niemeyer of Quiltworx. I love her patterns and have always wanted to try one so this week I began the process. My colors are all blues and greens and I hope it turns out just as great as the one pictured above. I’m using only batiks in my quilt. I spent hours, probably close to 10 hours, pulling batiks from my stash, going to the store to spend another hour picking out more batiks and then back home again pulling out more batiks from my stash trying to get the right blend and contrast as well as value, tone, etc. I think at this point only the final product will show if I am successful. Finally, I was ready to sew! NO! I spent several hours cutting out all the pattern pieces, putting them into numbered baggies and making copies of the extra pieces I would need on my extremely s l o w home printer! Finally I was ready to sew the first pieces. This is a paper-pieced quilt so it will be time consuming but perfect. It was already 7pm last night and I know better than to sew when I’m tired because then I make mistakes….and I hate ripping! So, I sat down to watch some tv but kept looking over at that little black featherweight and I just had to get up and try out the first two colors. Well, the very center of the star has 8 pieced sections. I sewed one, perfect! I sewed two, two mistakes. UGGGG… I finished the second one and made the intelligent decision to put it aside until the next day! So, today is sewing day but first I must venture out into the world and go to the grocery store and the post office before I allow myself to sew because I know that once I sit down the day will fly by and I still won’t have groceries!