This was where I was a few days before I got sick. All 5 of the embroidered pieces were done. All the pieces were quilted. This was my preliminary layout, before I started sewing everything into width-wise strips. It is a riot of pink and crazy patterns–perfect for the personality of my little Princess Chaos! Since this pix, I have sewed all 9 of the strips. I just need to sew the strips into the final blanket, and add a backing. Soooooo cloooooooseee! LOL
New Year’s finds me in a cranky mood. I am down with “borderline pneumonia” again, and my doc has put me on bed rest, until my follow-up appointment, because this is the 3rd time in 3 months (and 4th time this year) I have had more-serious-than-I-would-like-to-admit bronchial issues. Do I need to mention I asked for the pneumonia vaccine when I was well, and the VA refused to give it to me (after my first round of pneumonia, back in April), because I wasn’t 65? I have 17 days to “take it easy.” I am less than 24 hours in, and I am already going stir-crazy. Fortunately, we got a lot of our furniture moved into the new house 2 days before I got sick, and I spent the day before I got sick, cleaning everything and moving furniture into the appropriate places, so the house would be comfortable for my significant others’ sons’ 1 week visit. I got sick the first day he was here. Needless to say, I am not much fun right now. The significant other is even sleeping on the couch.
So, I am thinking about what I can do to while away the time between now and January 15th, without totally breaking the doctor’s orders.
I’ve decided getting up and sewing on the machine is probably pushing things right now. I am a little surprised at my lack of energy, despite my insomnia.
Princess Chaos’ blanket will not be done in time for her Christmas celebration on January 7th. (She’s with her Nana in Texas, until then.) Which is actually OK, because I can’t travel at that time, so she is going to have Christmas with me, here, the 1st weekend of February. Lucky girl gets 3 Christmas times this year-1 with Nana, 1 with Mom and Dad, and 1 with Oma (because we now all live in different states). So, I have an extra 2 weeks to work on that, once I get well. Plenty of time to finish, because I am almost done, anyway. I’ve sewn all the individual squares into strips, and just need to sew the strips into the full blanket and put on the backing. There’s 9 strips, so that’s less than a days work.
So, back to what to do, in the meantime. I recently signed up for the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA’s) Arts and Science’s 50th Anniversary Challenge. http://artsandsciences50.org/
Fortunately, I joined SCA well after the challenge started, so every bit of garb I have created qualifies for the challenge. A lot of that garb needs to be re-worked, and most of that re-working needs to be done by hand-sewing and a few black work embroidery projects–something I could easily do in bed. Part of the challenge involves also documenting the historical accuracy of each piece, so I can catch all of that up (I should think), while on bed rest, as well. Hopefully, (and I haven’t tried this yet), I can set up a 2nd page to this blog, and use it to document my challenge pieces. I haven’t tried doing a 2nd page on WordPress yet, so wish me luck that I can get the results I want out of it. Otherwise, I will just have to create a separate category for the Challenge. However, it’s 6 am, and probably not an appropriate time to start digging around in my sewing room for stuff to work on, with my honey asleep in the living room and his son tucked in his bedroom, next to my sewing room. Perhaps a nap is in order, but I’m not feeling it, even with classical music on in the background. What I wouldn’t give to actually sleep for more than an hour at a time.
Just a couple of links of beautiful things today. Enjoy your family and friends, good company, good spirits and good food. Peace and prosperity to all!
I have to give Russell Deasley over at “The Worlds top 10 of Anything and Everything” a shout-out for this post! It combines a few of my favorite things: dogs and general silliness! Enjoy some Christmas humor, ya’ll!
It’s amazing how many things need to be done, when you move into a new home! In addition to working on my rush project, these little tidbits have been keeping me busy, too.
I made curtains for the room Princess Chaos, and my significant others’ son will use when they visit. Curtains are simple. Run a few hems, and run a pocket for the curtain rod. I was searching for a theme that would be appropriate for both a boy and a girl, as they will use the room at different times, and “maps” struck me as both colorful and educational. This one depicts the United States.
This is the second, larger window in the kids room. They have a flag of the world. The curtains took me roughly an hour.
I can never make this curtain turn the right way, for some reason. It’s for my carport door, and I made it from a pillowcase I found at Goodwill for $1.49. I didn’t even have to put a hem in this one! I love the shiny focal points! This took me about 15 minutes to string up. Simple, budget-friendly, and blingy! What more can a girl ask for?
This has been my other major project this week. When we moved into this house, the previous tenants left behind this much-abused dresser. We’ve been desperately in need of a dresser for a while, so I decided to give it some love. I started out sanding it. This picture was taken about 10 minutes in, and sanding it took a couple of hours.
I wasn’t really sure or satisfied the paint would stick after sanding it, so I decided to use a commercial stripper, It took three coats to get all the paint off, and the better part of two days to finish stripping it. (Word to the wise: If you are stripping a piece of furniture, don’t waste time and money with a spray-on stripper. I got next to zero results until I started using a brush-on stripper.) Project cost, so far: $25. Time cost, 2.5 days.
This is the dresser after two coats of primer. The primer had to dry for 24 hours, before the regular paint could be applied. Needless to say, at this point in the project we began experiencing some “weather.” I am waiting for it to stop raining so I can do a light sanding, and add the last 2 coats of paint. Maybe tomorrow?
The next couple of days will find me finishing up the embroidered squares for the “Crazy Quilt” (not sure if its the quilt or me that’s crazy, at this point in the project…) and travelling North to visit the kids and pick up a load of furniture we left there, for the new house. I can’t wait to have furniture, and pots and pans, and stuff!!!!
This is one of the 5 embroidered hearts I am doing for this project, to go in the corners, and the very center. I finished three today. I also found 10 squares I didn’t get quilted yesterday. I swear, they are replicating out of nowhere, like rabbits! I will scream if I find more tomorrow! Tomorrow, I should be able to embroider the last two squares, and officially start piecing the quilt together. It’s up to 86 squares. I SHOULD be able to get that done in 3 days…Hahahahahaha!
I‘ve been working on this project for over a year. (I’ve moved 5 times in that same year, had a close member of the family under my care pass on, became a grandma, and had a child return to higher education, during that time also, so the fact that I’ve accomplished anything shy of packing and unpacking boxes is a miracle!) It is a crazy quilt for my grand-daughter, Princess Chaos. It was supposed to be for her 1st birthday, back in September, but it wasn’t done then. I am determined she will get it by Christmas!!!! There are 76 squares, with 144 hearts quilted onto them. It took all of yesterday to finish quilting on the hearts. That was the hardest part. Today, I need to embroider messages on 5 of the squares, then I can start piecing all the pieces together. Did I mention this is my first foray into quilt-making? Wish me luck on finishing this by Christmas, ya’ll!