I am sure that you never have this problem. ;0) Right!
Ok, well, I have to share about all the things I have started so I can start marking some off of my list. It has been awhile.
1. embroidery projects….
2 table runners given to me to finish by my Mom They are about 1/2 finished and require brain power. I can’t do this work on auto pilot. 1 is green and 1 is white
Two vintage pillow cases that need embroidery that I bought this weekend. They are gloriously smooth and soft. A little yellowed but washing should take care of that. They are in brand new never used condition. I bought the embroidery thread and I am ready to go!
1 candlewicking pillow or wall hanging kit that I bought in a moment of weakness to go with a candlewicking kit that I completed 25 years ago. (yeah, right what was I thinking…)
5 heart quilt top squares that I would then stitch into a quilt or make into throw pillows.
2. Frogging to do
1 blue/turquoise sweater 1/2 done…
1 tan sweater vest
1 other sweater
1 blue sweater vest
3. crocheting to do
1 cotton blanket waiting on the yarn. Completed 3/29/2013
1 custom order to do waiting on the yarn, I am still waiting on yarn!
1 chunky granny square blanket
crochet one dots baby blanket… I am waiting on yarn….
crochet one granny square baby blanket.. this is also waiting on yarn….
put the crochet trim on two baby flannel blankets
Crochet one scarf out of blue cotton yarn
4. sewing to do
hem two skirts
hem 1 pr of pants
hand sew one pillow shut Completed 3/29/2013
make a quilt… (I really want to but haven’t bought any fabric or planned it at all.)
finish up about six coat hangers
make a purse for summer for me. (I have a pattern that I want to conquer!) It has been hard to sew this pattern but just because I haven’t followed the instructions)
We constructed our garden into raised beds several years ago. It was in a fenced off area of our back yard. We were trying to keep the dogs out of the veggies as they love to eat our produce. They didn’t produce well and while we were in Iowa the beds filled with grass. This Spring we moved the beds out of the fence in the hopes that the veggies would produce better and to add fresh garden dirt to the beds. They are also closer to the water source and should get better care.
The bed were constructed out of old fence pickets. Above you see our Brussel sprouts, Cauliflower and Peas. Out of respect for the neighborhood and people driving by we spray painted the outside of the beds brown. It helps them blend in a bit and they don’t look quite so shabby (maybe). They still need more dirt and we have more beds to fill. I am really trying to use up what we have and not buy new supplies to finish the projects that we have. So the trellis is created out of hardware cloth we had with stakes we had to buy. I think it looks like it will do the job.
This bed also has peas, beets, sweet potatoes and celery. The celery was a pinterest try. I cut the bottom of the stalks off and had one of the kids just stick it in the ground. Supposedly it will root and grow. It had been there for about a week when these pictures were taken. I think you can see little leaves coming out in the middle of the celery.
We have had some other kitchen veggies from the kitchen do similar things. We planted the garlic that had sprouted. It is looking very nice and then also the sweet potatoes. I am not sure that they are going to survive the frosts until the beginning of the warm weather gardening season. The beets were just a very old package of seeds and we didn’t think they were going to sprout. They did and now they are all over this garden bed. I bought some more beet seeds to sprinkle out in this garden bed. The beet leaves might keep the soil cooler and help the peas produce more.
It was wonderful having our oldest daughter and her roommate home from college on Spring break. I think they had a wonderful time of rest, food, more rest, and food and then some studying thrown in for good measure. So this week makes Spring Break part 2. The boys and Angie have Spring break this week. We took vacation this weekend and only did what needed to be done. The guys did some home improvement projects and I did some sewing and cleaning. Cleaning the studio was fun as it sparked some creative ideas. I found some fabrics I didn’t know I had. Sorting the fabric encouraged me to create with what I have. I did come up with some new things for the shop. Combine that with not sleeping well, (too much caffeine) and a restless night and I cut out a bunch of new bibs, and coffee press cozies. I have one of each ready for handwork and I hope to get them photographed and listed soon.
(The back of the bib is a bit different though.)
Several new coffee press cozies.
The daffodils are blooming in the front yard. The dogs have been enjoying the warmish weather we have had. There is a slight threat of snow on the weekend. (In March…? really) It seems a little bit late. The garden is growing. We have planted cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes (that had sprouted), onions and garlic.
I have been sewing since early this morning and I took a well needed break but I need to get back to it as the rest of the week seems busy.