Today is all about table covers as I work to create table cloths for the craft show. I have a wide variety of fabrics and textures to use and I need to figure out a way to use them creatively without buying anything new. My supplies consist of
- burlap. real burlap bags that I have washed and dried three times
- canvas …left over from sewing the slip covers on the couch
- a white bedskirt that has eyelet ruffles and embroidery all in shades of white
- white tulle left over from the wedding
- off white and white muslin left over from a variety of crafts
I just need to figure out the most attractive fabric layout so I can stitch up these table cloths.. That is the challenge for today. We will see how it all goes together.
Some bunting or banners would also work well in white and off white colors. We are working with neutral colors. We hope that these colors will stick in the background and all the items to stand out more. The balance might be off color wise but I can’t tell until I lay out the colors and see.
I really don’t want to buy any more fabric but we will see how it looks when I’m done.
Talk to you later,
Last month I listed everything I got done day by day for the Christmas selling season and in preparation for the craft show. It helped me keep track of how I was doing and how much I had left. I always feel that I am not doing enough. This will be like a food diary; a true picture of how much I was getting done to prepare. I still have my to do list for the month.
Make Menu and Grocery list
ew buttons on cup cozies
- Stiffen all crochet ornaments
- cut out Tardis baby bibs
- cut out flannel baby bibs
- sew flannel baby bibs
sew 37 cup cozies now cut out
- Sew Tardis baby bibs
add ribbons to all ornaments
- Crochet 4 men’s hats
- Crochet 2 Women’s rose hats
- Crochet 5 Granny Stripe Scarves
- Crochet 5 Granny Square Scarves
- Crochet stars
- Crochet hearts
- Sew 10 superhero capes
- Sew 10 aprons
- Cut out 8 aprons
- Organize my side of the maker space
- Sew 6 flannel baby blankets for crochet trim
- Sew pillow cases for crochet trim
- sew 3 craft show aprons
Sew 20 burp cloths I’ve currently sewn 16
- finish owl hats that need eyes, wings and beaks
- Sew tags on all the scarves and hats
- Anything else I can think of!
Oct 1. Thursday
- Sewed, topstitched and buttoned 57 cup cozies
- Sewed eyes on Minion 6 minion hats, and 1 ninja turtle hat
- Did the hand work on 7 heart ornaments
Oct. 2. Friday
- 20 minutes posting on Hootsuite
October 3 Saturday
October 4 Sunday
- took the day off and made cake!
- listed 3 items on Handmade@Amazon
October 5 Monday
- Listed 24 items on Handmade @Amazon
- sewed patchwork bibs yellow 6 they are ready for batting and backing!
- shipped order
- dropped off hat…
- sewed 10 patchwork bibs (lots of work but they are really cute.)
- Crocheted 2 hats 1 teal and 1 copper
- Cut threads and finished quilting on patchwork baby bibs
- Sold two adult blankets and 1 baby blanket
- listed 10 baby blankets on Amazon/handmade
Saturday! Tons done today.
- Figured out the craft show display
- started painting some of the craft show display pieces
- watched more of the Influence/Impact summit.
- we have watched about 10 of the interviews so far and the knowledge we have gleaned is incredible. I love the fact that it is free!
- Cut and pin Burp clothes
- watch Influence and Impact Symposium
- Crochet head band
- work on crochet triangle scarf/shawl
Monday October 12 Columbus Day
- Iron and sew burp cloths
- I put the tags on and cut the threads
- Finished three blanket scarves
- watched Dave Ramsey on Influence and Impact
- Started crocheting a hat
- wove in the ends on the teal hat
And THEN the week happened….
Saturday and Sunday
- worked on displays and floor plan for the craft fair.
- Spent time with family and enjoyed the weekend.
- Date night on Friday night and went to the Vintage Market Fair, twice! Once on Friday and once on Saturday.
- I had breakfast with friends, lunch with my Daughter in law and Dinner with Dale. When I told him I had eaten every meal out. He said not to get used to it, but we had a great date night.
It is now Monday again, the 19 of October! :0)
- 3 headbands finished
- 1 scarfy shawl or shawly scarf
- 1 sweater/poncho in reds/pinks/brown
- crocheted/finished three hats, black/white, red/white, black/white, rust,
- finished one owl hat
Tuesday October 20
- Crocheted three hats
- sewed tags on 30+ hats
- took inventory of hats completed and tagged 67 hats total
- wrote blog post
- working on crochet hats
- posted on hoot suite
- Tagged and inventoried hats
- put belly bands on cup cozies
- sewed 10+ coffee press cozies
- sewed hot pads
The guinea hens stopped by our house this morning.
Dale picked up d rings for me… they were the wrong size
Saturday October 24
- cut out 10+ aprons and linings
- Sewed 2 aprons
- sewed 4 pot holders
- cut apron straps
- sewed buttons on 8 coffee press cozies
Sunday October 25
- Did absolutely nothing for the business.
- Switched all the kids beds around in Preparation for Thanksgiving.
- Cleaned and vacuum the guest room and closet.
Monday October 26
We are getting close to the end of this month. I am doing a bad job of documenting my work. I am getting loads of sewing and business things done.
- I got Square up and running again on my phone. It allows me to accept credit cards
- cut out linings for aprons
- cut out baby bibs
- sewed 14 baby bibs
- Set up Hootsuite for the week
- sewed buttons on 3 coffee press cozies
- received the order for d rings…. they were the wrong size
- ordered more d rings online
- crocheted one baby bow tie
- top stitched 14 baby bibs
- cut out baby bibs
- sewed bow tie baby bibs
- added snaps to baby bibs
- Total number of bibs finished today (
- cut out capes (
- crocheted man’s hat
- sew capes
- sew aprons
- cut out superhero capes
- Finished 12 capes with tags
- Sew ties on aprons
- Take a huge long nap followed by going to bed early and sleeping all night!
Friday the 30th of October
- sew aprons
- iron aprons
- Compassion village
- family game night with homemade pizza! The pizza was great and we started a new game. It was hugely funny or we were being silly.
Here we are right at the end of the month. I did get more done than I thought I did. I am starting a new list for November and I will get that posted soon.
Talk to you later,
Crochet Service projects are a great way to help others and it is the season to think of others. If you are unable to get out, you crochet or knit then there are many things you make to help others.
Here is my list, it isn’t everything that is out there in the crochet or knitting universe but it will get you started.
You can also check the Crochet Guild of America for their list of crochet for charity. http://www.crochet.org/
If these don’t have a chapter or donation center in your area, I am sure that there are local charities that will be glad for you to help. The local homeless shelters will be happy to accept scarves and hats for their donations. Women’s shelters will often accept donations of slippers, hats, and blankets. Local hospitals may accept premie hats, and blankets. You do need to be sure and contact them before you start. They may have rules on what they can accept or the type of yarns used. Our local women’s shelter will only accept donations of blankets if they have enough for everyone currently in the shelter. Be wise and make sure that they can actually use what you are wanting to create.
There are so many different ways that your stitching can warm and comfort others. Don’t get discouraged thinking that you can’t help others. Blankets and yarn items have been used for comfort for years. Keep up the good work!
Talk to you later,
It has been a really busy week, I have been working on the Use Your Stash Challenge-2015! I have gotten several projects done and I might even be out of the single digits.
#8 I have finished this scarf/shawl combo.#9 I made four of these for a friend. Since they used stash yarns I am counting them as one item.
#10 This crib springs recycle to wall storage. I know it looks half finished but it is ready to hang and painted bronze.
#11 I finished this baby blanket. #12 I also sewed up about 20 cup cozies but I am only counting them as one. I have tons to sew that are already cut out. I am going to call a group of 20 cup cozies as one item for the challenge. I will get them all sewn that way and I won’t have them sitting around as WIPS. Here they are at the half way point.
#13 I also sewed some child sized reversible superhero capes. These two are blue and silver. I have a ton more to sew and it is just a matter of time to sew and the willpower to see it through.
This is what is next on my list of things to do.
- Baby bibs: 6 done, 2 in the photo and 1 in the mail and 3 others.
- Baby blankets ready to iron and do the top stitching: 3 sewn and complete, 1 left
- Finish quilting the striped quilt!
- Put the binding on the stripe quilt
- Cut out and sew more super hero capes
- Sew cup cozies that take red thread
Deconstruct some jeans so they are ready for cutting.
Pack some orders
- Clean the studio
I have some fun things planned this weekend and the weather is promising to be rainy. This is good, it will encourage me to get some serious sewing done. I have so much to do. I will need to get some more navy thread, but I can sew with other colors until I get a chance to pick some up.
This year the Use Your Stash Challenge seems to be more about finishing what I have started. I like it. It is encouraging me to actually complete some things that have been hanging around for ages. I hope I can keep up the momentum and my mojo for getting things done. I have some custom orders that are in different stages of waiting so I must get back to work.
Talk to you later,