I heard somewhere that when someone has all sorts of projects started it's some kind of way to ensure that person always has something to do. THAT just may be the case for me. So today I figured I should finish something after making a few more quilt-as-you-go blocks. I started by binding a reject block from this quilt as I had somehow cut it half an inch too small. I thought about trying to cheat with the pattern when sewing it together, but changed my mind. I don't think making alterations to this quilt is going to make it come together any easier. I'll appreciate this when I have 35 blocks all the perfect size. I only have 10 more to make.
As I was digging around for some fabric, I found this paper pieced coffee cup I made a very long time ago. In fact, I think I made this when we were living in Burnaby, so that makes it nearly 2 years ago. SO! Since I was binding this other block, I made extra binding fabric and bound this one as well. I will also hang it in the kitchen.
Our kitchen is going to be full of quilty things. Yay!
Mike has been out gallivanting with Jason at a BC Lions game all evening and he will be bringing treats home. This is me waiting patiently for donuts. A raspberry filled jelly donut, to be exact.
WHERE ARE THOSE GUYS? SHEESH!
Photo by Mike!
I realized today I have a few projects on the go. Time to write up the list.
1) Finish this roll of film. I've only got 4 or 5 photos left. I just haven't found the exact right subject to take photos of for some reason. I have to take a few things into consideration - it has to be a sunny day and it has to be taken outside. The ISO of the film is 200, so an indoor photo won't work very well. Maybe tomorrow I'll find it? We shall see. Looks like the long weekend will be sunny, so maybe I'll find it then.
2) Make a peach pie on Faturday. I found this recipe and it looks like I can make it easily. I should probably make 2 small pies so I can freeze one for NEXT Faturday. I'll just use my grandma's pie pastry recipe. EASY!
3) Work on my Quilt As You Go quilt. That's going to take longer than I expected.
4) Jason, concentrating deeply while sketching out his ideas for a sports flag/pennant. I think it will involve grommets, a dowel, nylon or some kind of heavy duty white fabric for the background and then some red fabric and some applique. I know! Lots to do! And letters. I think they will be in applique, too.
5) A chocolate cake for Mike's birthday for Monday. Yes! Cheat meal this long weekend. Mike's birthday is actually on Tuesday, but due to work and other commitments on Tuesday, we're celebrating a day early. AWESOME.
6) Get Mike's birthday present.
So many fun projects!
While I was looking for some papery things to put on yesterday's craft supplies, I stumbled on THIS little mint tin. I'm not quite sure where I got this from, but it is perfect for the craft I have in mind. I'll use that other tin for something else. I don't have to make any changes or additions to this little container.
For the last little while, I've been trying to come up with something to do with those little polaroids that I take every now and then. They are so cute, but mostly end up in drawers, never seeing the light of day. I started looking around for stuff to make, found lots of corny scrapbooking stuff, and stumbled upon some altered Altoids tins on good, old Pinterest
and then on flickr
. These are mini dioramas. So cute! And I can add the photos in a tiny album.
This is as far as I've gotten on the inside.
I tore some pages out of a Harlequin Romance novel (blue cover = no racy parts in the book at all.) and glued it in and some pieces from some reproduction Valentine wrapping paper. At least I hope it's reproduction. Nah. I'm sure it's new that looks old. And that's as far as I got. Oh, I rubbed a little bit of brown ink on it as well.
I'll leave it to dry and add some more layers on tomorrow or the next day.
I'm trying to be more patient with these things than trying to rush them through.
I spent the evening and afternoon with the electric stapler? Is that what it's called? I also found a powerful, hand stapler that did not depend on electricity. In any event, I pulled out a pile of fabric today that Cynthia and I picked up at the Goodwill in Bellingham last year and covered up an unused bulletin board and made a kitty bed out of a dirty old stool we had in our living room for ages.
This is part of our dining room. This room is sadly neglected. We just never use it for anything except putting mail on the too big dining room table we have in here. One day we'll get a smaller dining table or even a cool old kitchen table and give this room an upgrade. Maybe one day we'll even eat dinner in there - well, besides Christmas dinner.
I'll hang up the Bigfoot poster this week. I couldn't do it tonight because I didn't think the neighbours would appreciate me hammering the wall at 11:30 pm.
My other stapler project included this cat space:
I didn't get the fabric as tight as I wanted because I ran out of staples - even the heavy duty ones! I need to stock up and pull the fabric tight around the edges. The rest of the stool is covered, so if someone wants to use it to rest his or her feet, it just looks like a regular stool from the back. I learned out how to sew a cube today - I feel accomplished! I had a spare pillow insert, so I covered that as well.
Oscar would NOT stay out of the stool as I was trying to cover it. But once it was all finished, neither cats would go inside. I even put some catnip in it. I wonder if that pillow is too puffy? I could try to flatten it down some.
The closest either got was Donner doing the slow walk toward it. But he didn't go in.
I still have a ton of this fabric left. I could cover more things with it or make a great backdrop for photos with it.