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.
The To Do list for November is big, huge, and overwhelming as I am in the middle of the craft show countdown. I have very few creating days left before the big show and I am writing things on my list as fast as I can and I can and trying to mark them off just as quickly. I can’t keep up with this list too. It is just happening too fast. Throw in homeschooling, home maker duties, parenting and spending time with Dale, the kids and my Mom and life is WAY to busy. I wouldn’t have it any other way and I am sleeping all night long (read that as worn completely out!)
Here is the studio a week or so ago. I actually have cleaned it up last week and it looks pretty similar to this again. As soon as items are finished and tagged it moves upstairs. I do have about 40 projects in different states of completion that I need to just finish up.
I am working on scrap ornaments and quilted bibs in the photo above and it tends to get really messy when I am working with little bits of fabric.
You can tell that I am sewing and working diligently. The list was at this point at 2 pm yesterday when I stopped to run to Lowe’s for home repair items. I got back to it later and was able to mark a few more things off my list.
Yarntopia is also getting much slimmer these days. So, I can tell that I am making progress on using my supplies. I do wonder if it is actually smaller or does it just look that way since some of the yarn is in different project bags.
It is 16 days to the craft show and I am in officially freak out mode. I would also call it a creative frenzy, I think hubs would call it chaos. Today I paint the displays to make sure that everything looks fresh and clean!
I’m almost finished but the paint is still wet and it looks like it might rain. It seems I take three steps forward and then two steps back.
Everyday has several jobs and life keeps happening so for today I am going to work on doing the important not the urgent. Taking time out for family and life is so much more important than prepping for a craft show. I keep reminding myself… over and over… again… Family comes first, family comes first, family comes first.
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
sew 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
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
Posted on Hootsuite
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!
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
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
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.
Sometimes being self motivated and your own boss is an issue. This week I am doing a good job of being boss. I feel the craft show looming down on me. I am so worried that I won’t have enough stock that I feel like I am working overtime. Taking time off to play or be social is truly hard for me, so I tend to work all the time. Then I face burn out.
If I look at my work as play then my attitude is much better. So, this week while playing. I finished up these colorful and fun hats. I love them.
I sent my daughter in to yarntopolis (my yarn storage) to pick another color for the same style hat and she picked light blue. They are so much fun to crochet. The colors change all of the time and that makes it quick work. I have also been busy hand sewing the tags on a bunch of the crocheted items.
Today, I am cleaning in the makerspace and getting the next round of sewing organized. I am waiting on some supplies but I will sew pot holders and coffee press cozies today. I also need to do cut capes out so I can get them sewn. All this planning is overwhelming but I am using my Kanban board as a reminder of what needs to be done, what is in process and what remains.