Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Not Much Sewing

Unfortunately, work gets in the way of my passion.  My hobby - my sanction - my stress reliever.   Try as I might to change how things are - it just doesn't work out - the responsibility of the job is just too high and my morals will not allow me to be anything other than I am and always have been - reliable, responsible.  And take real pride in that!  But as my saying is to others "Suck it up buttercup and get over it."

So what I will try to do is take 15 mins a day to sew or cut pieces for my passion and hopefully it will become a habit.  Did you know it only takes 21 days to form a habit?   So I'm going to test it....and hope I can make more "Me-Time" in doing so.   The next three months will be a huge challenge, but those of you who really know me - know that I work well with challenges and do conquer them with gusto!  So "suck it up buttercup" and let the challenge begin!

And on that note of  "knowing me", you might know how I love to count the days to an event I maybe partaking in. Today there are 83 days to Camp Wanna Sew - 5 glorious, non-stop sewing/quilting days with loads of great friends!!  Then there are 119 days to our trip to Disneyworld!  A REAL VACATION!!!  First real, true-blue vacation for us in 38 years!  Then there is a new countdown I'm working on ... but it is over 700 days away so I really haven't started to count down this one just yet.  On the other hand - it could come sooner depending on circumstances - sooner is most welcomed for sure, but too soon to fill you all in on that one  ;-)


Now I did finish the Grandmother's fan Wall hanging I was working on, and I finished it in time for our Guild UFO Challenge too!!  Now to pick another from the never ending totes and get yet another finished!

So now I head down to do my 15 minutes of sewing.  Here's hoping it is a little more than that!!

Sew long!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's Family Day in Ontario!!

Today is family day here in Ontario.  We (the kids and grands) all had a great day on Saturday for our family day, playing in the snow and then had fresh cooked wings and french fries for supper!  What a wonderful day it was ♥

Today, (the real Family Day) is going to be spent in the sewing room doing some much needed organization!   
"WHAT???  Organize a sewing room!!???  You won't find anything afterwards!"

Yes, I can hear it now!   Although this really needs to be done as it is part of my "hobby purging" that I'm doing this year.  In the summer I will sell off many of my patterns/books/fabrics (many never - ever used!!) just to say I get "something" for them.  I quit counting when I hit $1,000 in value, and I'm just shy of being a quarter of the way done!  And that is only the magazines/books!!!  Now you know why I quit counting!  Besides, I will never, ever, never live long enough to even use/make 1/4 of what is here.  Never!

Sewing/Quilting is a wonderful hobby, but boy can it spread to an addiction like wild fire!  Here are my shelves right now - very neat and tidy.  But this is only 6 of 20 plus shelves!!  I have gone though "some things" on these shelves to pass onto a senior group here, but it only cleared up a very tiny bit of space.   It's a shame that when I work on one project - this beautiful picture becomes total ciaos!

Fabric rows run 3-deep on these shelves!

This picture only shows my "yardage".

 Then there are scraps.  Oh, please don't get me started on those!

This tote is right beside my machine and can overflow in no time!

 Oh, alright .... here are the scraps.  This is one "short-tote".

I have 3, or maybe it's 4, three times higher in depth than this one.

 I decided to make blocks from only my scraps...use everything and anything in them, thinking I would really clean up come scraps. These blocks are 11 1/2" x 17" and there are 16 of them.  Yeah!!!! Using scraps!

Why the long face??

Blocks made only from scraps!!

Because using scraps produce more scraps - just smaller!  All the scraps came out of that one tote above to make all of the blocks and when I placed what I didn't use back in.... I really hadn't made that much of a dent in it after all!  Hence the long face!   I'll be into my next lifetime just using up the scraps!

So the purging will continue - and scrap busting will too!

Happy quilting!!

Forever in Stitches  Scraps,