Archive for March, 2011

UFO is now a WIP (work in progress)

March 26, 2011

After the t-shirt was finally done, I realized that I was still in the mood to cross-stitch. So I dug out another cross-stitch project from the UFO stash and have been working on it again the last couple of days.

This is a kit that I bought at a yard sale sometime in my past. I haven’t stopped at a yard sale in many years, so that tells us that it’s been in my stash for quite a while.

It’s been my experience with kits that there’s usually extra material and supplies left over after I finish the item. That was true with this kit. In fact, I realized that there would be a lot of the Aida cloth left over especially if I used a muslin for the backing of the ornaments. So I cut out enough squares to make three each of all the ornaments! OMG, what did I get myself into?

It was really fun making the ornaments in the beginning. But by the time I got around to making the second one of each one of them, I started getting burned out. And I still had the third one of all five to make. That’s when the project became a UFO.

But now I’ve gotten three more done and am working on the next-to-the-last one.

I went ahead and finished one to see what it would look like when they’re all done and made into ornaments. This is what they’ll look like.

I’ve had to get into my extra floss because I ran out of some of the colors. It takes such a small amount of the floss, that I’m able to use floss left over from other projects. The muslin I’m using for the backing is also a left-over. So for the fifty cents that I paid for the kit, I’m getting 15 ornaments out of the deal. Of course it’s taken a lot of my time to get them made. But it’s my hobby. And it’s a relaxing activity because this is super easy cross-stitching. (Especially after that t-shirt project!)

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Another March Birthday

March 25, 2011

This month has to be one of the busiest month’s of the year for us. We have six birthdays and two anniversaries this month. Today was my oldest sis’ birthday. She is 82 today.

Because of an accident a few weeks ago, she’s in a nursing home having physical therapy. My younger sis and I went to see her to help her celebrate.

We took fast food, shakes, homemade cookies, and a plant of tulips. We ate lunch with her and had a very nice visit. It was a nice day.

More Catching Up

March 20, 2011

Seems like I’m always needing to catch up on my blog. I go way too long between entries. Why is it that the older I get, the faster time goes. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

There’s been a baby shower, birthday celebrations, a night out with my boys, a luncheon date with my friend, a trip to the dentist and a cold all within the last two weeks. BUT, I’m on vacation this week, only one more birthday party to go to, and I’m almost over this cold. Plus it’s going to get sunny and warmer, so Woo Hoo!!

I got the “Tea Shirt” t-shirt done!

I’ve already put the pattern into the sack for the thrift store — not making that sucker anymore! Don’t get me wrong. It turned out really nice, I love it! But I won’t spend that much time on that pattern again.

I also got a sweater sewed together.

This project was started last year, I think. The yarn for this sweater, however, was bought when we lived in Gladstone about 20+ years ago. (I actually have yarn that I’ve had even longer than that.) (Wait. I shouldn’t be admitting that!) There’s still enough of this yarn left to make a skinny scarf to wear with my sweater. I’ll start that when I get more of my UFO’s finished.

I had lunch with my friend, Carolyn, last Wed. We brought some “show and tells.” I took the sweater and t-shirt, and she brought another quilt.

It’s sooooo pretty. I really need to get into making more quilts. (Yeah, I need something else to do!) Well, I certainly have the fabric stash for quilts.

My FIL had a 88th birthday on Sun.

All of his children, some of his grandchildren, and even some great-grandchildren came to help him celebrate. It was also one of his daughters’ birthday.

We had lots of food, cake, and fun. He remarked that he’s so lucky to have his family close and have them all come to see him. One of his great granddaughters played “Happy Birthday” to him on her violin.

That really tickled him. He even sang the song while she played.

Two of my grandsons have a birthday this month just a week apart. To celebrate their birthdays, I invited them and their brothers out to supper

and then bowling.

Afterward, was a stop at Andy’s for ice cream before I took them home.

It was just them and me. They’re all in their teens except the oldest one and he’s already started the 20’s. I didn’t know if they would enjoy a night out with Grandma or not. But they went and what fun! I hope they had a good time anyway, cause I know I did! I haven’t had a chance to do anything with all of them in a long time. I even bowled two games with them and wasn’t even sore the next day!

Borders, the book store, here in town has gone out of business. I made a trip to check out their special buys. This is what I bought.

I know, I know, I need more craft books like I need another hole in my head. But these were on sale!

Some patterns I ordered a while back came in the mail the other day too. They’re for pincushions and a monkey to sew. They’re so cute!

Well, I certainly have enough to keep me busy for a while. But then there’s those other UFO’s . . . . . . . . .

Sewing In Zippers

March 10, 2011

Don’t you just hate having to sew a zipper into a knitted garment? I know I do. I just read how the TECHknitter at Interweave Knits came up with a way to make a zipper “knittable” so inserting a zipper into your knitted garment is a piece of cake.

Here’s the link to it and it has a video showing you exactly how to do it. Be sure to read the comments too. A few good ideas there too.

What a neat idea! I’m surprised someone hasn’t come up with this idea before. Now I’ll be looking for a pattern for a sweater with a zipper just so I can try this out!

Moving On

March 4, 2011

OK, this cross-stitch project, the teapot shirt, is taking a l o n g time. Any cross-stitch is time-consuming, but this one has a lot of thread-color changes too. The fact that I have to use a magnifying glass and lots of light just to see what I’m doing adds to the slow process. (It stinks to get old!) When you factor in that I only have about an hour a day (on the days that I have to go to work) to spend on my crafts, you can see that this shirt is taking a long time to finish. I love watching it come together, though. Especially when I do some back-stitching. It’s going to be really pretty when it’s done.

So, I’ve decided to work on other UFO’s at the same time that I work on this T-shirt. (Just so I’ll have something to blog about if for no other reason.) In fact, I’ve already finished a pair of knitted socks and a couple of knitted hats.

There’s a couple of knitted sweaters on the table to be sewn up. In fact, I’ve been working on one and it’s almost done. It’ll be the next project to get its picture on here.

I’ve been a good girl about not starting anything new. I’ve been a good girl by not buying any new crafts to make. However, I did a bad thing. I joined a Creative Stamping Kit club from Annie’s Attic.

I’ve really been itching to dig in to it. The first kit was half price. I need to try it to see if it’s something I’d like to continue getting. So I guess it’s my “duty” to get started on it, right? As long as I continue working on my UFO’s, I’ll be all right, right? Anyway, I hope so.