Monday, April 28, 2014

SFS Update - April

So once again I have $0 for this month if only because I'm still working on Emma's announcement.  Didn't get a lot done simply because I lost my desire to stitch it.  I want to change projects but I know I need to finish it.  So I did two quick, free kits, that came in the last issue of my cross-stitching magazine that were cards.  I'm giving them to my Mom and mother-in-law for Mother's day.  I had already decided to make a card for them and was just having issues finding a pattern I liked. 

After finishing the two cards I felt better about working on Emma's gift. Lots of stuff going on though, Thomas & I are getting ready to move, he gets promoted and we are having family & people over for a party.  It will be fun but a little chaotic with everything going on.

 Progress of Emma's
 Group shot of the Mother's day cards.
 Close up of the blue one that will be going to my Mom
Close up of the orange one that will be going to MaryLee.  This one was a bit harder since it had more color changes.

Monday, April 21, 2014

April WIPocalypse

I actually had this started the day after the original post was supposed to be done.....I just didn't have pictures yet and then I got busy and forgot that I hadn't hit publish. >.> sorry folks.

Well it's that time of year again....and this month's question:  How do you keep your stash organized?

Well.....since I'm getting ready to move right now everything is in a box so it's not all that organized anymore.

That being said, most of my thread is all wound on bobbins, with the brand on the left (DMC, J&P, whatever) and the number on the right if it is a paper bobbin.  The plastic ones (which I recently got) have the DMC code stickers on them since I only buy DMC. All of these are in two plastic boxes that are sectioned. I picked them up at Walmart or Hobby Lobby.

Old pic.  Both are now full of thread.
I used to buy plastic bags and store my thread in them with a slip of paper in it that had the code on it which I mostly used for kits.  These bags were then stored on two large rings.  That being said....it was annoying to flip through the bags and a lot of times I would loose the paper and forget what number thread it was.  So I'm going to have to go through those at some point and figure out what I'm doing with all the threads if I don't remember.

I started keeping my print-outs, pamphlets and small freebie kits in a brad pocket folder, since that is all I had at the time.  My kits if they have been opened and worked on are in individual gallon zip-lock bags.  I started doing this after my last move since when I went to unpack the box I found I had to sort through a lot of the thread bundles and figure out which pattern they went with.

My pattern books and the folder used to be on my bookshelf and it's where they will go when I unpack everything after I move. All my thread, kits, fabric, ect used to be kept in an extra drawer in the bedroom entertainment dresser but since that piece of furniture will probably be going in storage I will have to figure out where I'm going to store it in the apartment.  I'll figure that out when I move though.

I also got a small wooden craft tool chest from my uncle. I store needles, small hoops and my waste canvas here.  I also keep my spare set of sewing scissors here which since I'm constantly misplacing them my 'spare' set isn't really there for long.  I constantly loose one pair, grab whichever one is the 'spare' at the time then use that one.

The top opens but I currently have stuff on it since I'm sorting through everything and packing.  And yes, that is Christmas stuff to the left that I missed when packing up Christmas decorations last year.  They were put all in one place in hopes that I would put them away....eventually. ;)




My uncle had 2 of these.  One of which had never even been taken out of the box!  My little brother wanted the other one. I figured this would be perfect to store needles, small hoops, etc in.  I could even store the skeins of variegated thread I own in it since I don't have those on bobbins. The drawers are lined with a green felt which is nice.


My ideal set up is either finding those DMC drawers that craft store has (not likely) or the 10 drawer, with insert, Bisley Collection Cabinets from the Container Store (link: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/collections/hobby/drawers?productId=10000342&N=72540) - a tad out of my price range at the moment. Nor is it practical since I have to move all the time so I don't really have an ideal craft room set up to start with.


Until next time.....happy stitching! ^_^



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

End of March Review

So this month was a little more crazy with things going on.

I had my parents visit the weekend before spring break, which was nice. My Mom went to go visit her Dad in Michigan during the beginning of the school holiday, and since Thomas was working late everyday, including weekends, I went home with them and took Roxy and Jewel.

I typically end up doing 50 million things when I go home and my Mom isn't around.  That Sat, the 15th, was also the day we were hosting Sarah's baby shower so that week was a lot of getting things ready.  Mom was supposed to be back on Thursday, but unfortunately her flight was canceled and she didn't fly out till Friday morning. Which translated for more work for Lindsey and myself that day.  Mom and I were running around like crazy on Friday trying to pick up last minute items for the baby shower. It all turned out well in the end though. ^_^

I did the cake for the shower and Mom & I made a 'diaper cake' for the center piece. It was a lot of fun but a ton of work!

Now since I was working on my bibs I didn't keep track of my daily stitching on Emma's announcement so that's going to throw off my average stitch/day. But that's okay.

Total stitch count done this month: 330 stitches, which is all the orange of the top border for last month. Total of about 8,187 stitches so far. ^_^

So....pictures! :)



The orange is what was finished in March.  The blue was what I was working on today and I just forgot to take a picture before I started it.




Baby Shower Pictures:

So this is Sarah's shower cake.  Ended up taking 2 days for me to make because my frosting wasn't cooperating.  The cake was a pink velvet cake mix that I got at the store. 

I got the idea for the decoration by looking at a ton of different baby shower cakes.  The original had 'baby' instead of a name but I thought this would be nicer.  The original also used colored fondant sheets - an added expense that I didn't want to deal with, plus I hate fondant.  So I did it all out of frosting.  Mom had alphabet cookie cutters and I used a post-it-note for the squares.  Not the nicest or most professional looking (not that I'm a professional cake-decorator/maker in the first place) but I thought it came out okay with all the issues I had encountered and everyone loved it so...success! ^_^



Next up is the diaper cake that my Mom and I worked on.  I made the bows, which was the first time I've ever done ribbon bows like this.  I also added all the decorations on the 'tiers'

There is an owl and a cookie monster at the base, which unfortunately I don't have a good picture of.  The owl is to represent Sarah, since she went to Rice and their mascot is the owl and the Cookie Monster is for Jason because Cookie Monster was his favorite Sesame Street character.

Mom got the beanie baby 'cake topper' from my Grandpa when she was visiting him because my Grandma had collected beanie-babies.  She had TONS and they were all over the house.  Very tempting when 4 kids come to visit and they see ones that they don't have.  We played with ours at home but man did we get in trouble when we played with Grandma's.  These beanie babies weren't play toys and we were to leave them alone, thank-you very much! Oh well. 


Hopefully, I can get the rest of the borders done this month. I really need to get started on that Christmas stocking so I'm anxious to get this one finished.

Till next time everyone, happy stitching!! :)