Friday, January 8, 2016

Farewell to Lit and Laundry

I am starting an adventure at a new blog.  My life has turned a corner in the past few months and the era represented by this blog has ended.

My new blog is called Finally Fuchsia.   There you will find me posting under my real name, because I no longer define myself as someone who had three children under two.  The title of the blog reflects the hope I have of celebrating my own journey, which is symbolized for me by my favorite color.

The last of the children will fly from here to their new lives in a few months and I no longer define my life by the amount of laundry I have to conquer while wishing I could read more literature.  My new blog will focus more on my creative projects and less on parenting.

I want to thank every single one of you who has found me here and especially those who have taken the time to comment.  I hope you'll enjoy my next blog as well.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Finished for Friday: Santa Needlepoint Pillow

I finished this pillow earlier this year and have been waiting until December to share it.   It's from a vintage needlepoint kit and it was a joy to stitch.

I've always joked that Santa looks best with his green mittens.  I don't know why I find that look so appealing to me.  A lot of vintage pictures and figurines of Santa show him with green mittens.  Here are my winking salt and pepper shakers:

Several of the Santas on my tree have green mittens too.  I think I need to make some more.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Reindeer Applique

I'm still spending time on some top-secret projects, but when I get a chance, I spend a little time on this.  Now the antlers look more like antlers and all that's left are the trees and some of the leaves.  Maybe I'll get this done for this Christmas!  I hope so.  There are a couple of borders and then the quilting to do.  Fingers crossed.

I've been enjoying this voyage into needleturn applique.  I haven't tried it in a long time and I can see why so many people love it.  Not sure I'll always use it in the future, but I feel like it's something I have in my repertoire now.

Our tree this year is all cross-stitch ornaments and crochet snowflakes that I've made.  A lot of them have the year and one of the kids' names embroidered on the back.  When they each leave to start their own Christmas traditions they'll have a few ornaments to take with them.  I'll have to make some more for myself to refill my tree!  That's something to look forward to actually.  I'm trying to find every positive angle to the kids growing up and leaving the nest.

Linking up today with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Please Stop Rushing Christmas!

Last weekend we set out to get a tree at a reliable lot that is always well stocked.  This was December 6 - there should have been 100 trees to pick from. I like to keep a tree up through New Years day, so to me this just doesn't seem like it should be too late.  I always worry that I'm getting a tree too early for it to last.

The tree you see in the photo was the very last Noble Fir on the lot.  I couldn't believe it.  There were only a few other trees.  As we drove home we passed other lots that were similarly sparse.

There could be a number of reasons for this.  Retailers in general are getting smarter about avoiding excess inventory left over at the end of a season.  I saw tree lots completely closed down a week before Christmas last year and I thought that was amazing.  They must assume that everyone who wants a tree has one by then.  It could also be that so many people have artificial trees now that there is much lower demand for real trees.

But today I went into the local fabric store and all of the very few remaining Christmas items were on deep discount.  I mentioned my surprise to a clerk and she said "this Christmas sucks."  While I might not have said it quite like that, I could see her point of view.  In Christmas seasons past, the fabric store has always been a jolly jam of crafters gathering items for last-minute projects.  Nothing like that this year.  I had trouble finding some ribbon that was Christmas-themed.

What is causing this?  Halloween has certainly gotten much bigger in recent years.  Maybe people are spending more of their time and energy celebrating in the Fall and don't have as much interest in Christmas as they used to.  Maybe we had reached peak excess in the past few years and people are finally scaling back their Christmas crafting and decorating, despite all of the fabulous ideas all over Pinterest.

It makes me a little sad.

I'm going to pour some eggnog, enjoy my Christmas movies - and continue frantically crafting all the things I want to make before Christmas.  I hope your season is fulfilling.  Let me know what you think in the comments.  Maybe Halloween is just more fun for people now?  Do we start celebrating too early?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Cozy Christmas Quilt Finished

Here is the Christmas quilt I finished a few months ago.  It's from an old Fons and Porter pattern.  I'm thrilled to finally have it done.

I did a lot of quilting on each block, after I stitched in the ditch in every seam.  I think I might need to add some more quilting to the borders to help it hang a little straighter.

Looking at the quilts that are all over Instagram these days, these colors seem very old-fashioned now.  I guess I will always be a really traditional quilter.  Give this one 20 years and it will be back in style.

The season is in full swing and I'm busy with lots of top-secret projects.  My reindeer applique is also coming along.  I have a few more Christmas finishes to share as the month progresses.

Now I'm off to work on some Christmas cards.  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

I've been working on my reindeer applique today.  It's been a busy few days with Thanksgiving and family events.  I hope to get a lot more done on this during the coming week.  I love how the layout is coming along so far.  After I get this layer stitched down there will be a layer of falling snow and snow on the trees, which I think I might do with wool.  Then after quilting there are a lot of buttons and bells to add.

Wasabi Girl took a class with me yesterday and we made good progress on some tuffets.  It was a lot of fun and I'll have pictures of those when we finish them up next week.

Linking up today with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Monday, November 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday: Winter's Dream

This is what I'm working on today.  It's an old pattern from Robyn Pandolph and these are just the first few pieces.  It's called "Winter's Dream."  I'm going to do needleturn applique, which I need to practice more.

Happy to be working on another Christmas quilt.  I've just spent some time on instagram and found a lot of inspiration. 

Linking up today with Patchwork Times and Bits and Bobs.

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