If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you may have seen various posts talking about my mom. Much like everyone, 2020 has been a difficult journey for our family. In early January, I had to place my mom in memory care. During her months there, we saw her memories quickly fading, but she kept up her spunky personality. In July, my mom fell and broke her hip. She never really recovered from this – as much as everyone tried to get her back to her usual self, she started a rapid decline both mentally and physically. Three weeks ago, I placed my mom on hospice. I received a call on Friday that she was “transitioning” and was making arrangements to see her this weekend, but she and God had other plans – my mom passed away in the early morning hours on Saturday. I think this was probably a “good” thing as the last time I was physically able to see her (because of the Coronavirus, her facility prohibited visitors – I had lots of video chats, though), she was very lively, energetic, and full of laughs. This is a nice way to remember her.
While this is an extraordinarily sad time, I’m comforted by the fact that she’s not only in a better place with her parents and my dad, but knowing this past year is not how she would have wanted to continue to live. My mom always bragged at how she could remember everything and dementia robbed her of all of that.
In light of all of this, I’m taking some time away from postings so I can get her affairs in order, celebrate her life, and process it all. In the mean time, give your loved ones an extra hug (or just let them know you love them if you have to be virtual), have a safe and happy holiday, and I’ll see you all in December.
My family probably hates the fact that I’ve discovered screen print transfers because they’ve been getting an abundance of (themed and\or funny) t-shirts lately. My latest? Little Debbie holiday t(r)ees.
My husband is a huge fan of their Christmas Trees so I couldn’t pass this print up. While I was at it, I decided to make a matching shirt for Easton because who doesn’t like Little Debbies? (in hindsight, I probably should have made one for Taylor too since we used to call her Little Debbie when she was in high school because she had snack cakes every day at lunch, LOL)
Not only am I a “Baby Yoda” fan, but I’m on an ornament kick as well (I made some last year as well). So, it only stands to reason that this is one of my latest makes:
I picked this little guy up as a freebie with purchase from Off With Their Threads and was determined to stitch it up before I put up our decorations. Overall, these embroidered well (I did have issues with one of the ears), but I wish I had a slightly different shade of green to work with – I’m not sure if the color I wanted even exists, though.
I still have a few more ornaments that I want to tackle and then I have told myself that I AM DONE (for awhile) and need to work on something different…. I still have half sewn projects sitting on my table!
This weekend, I decided to tackle some of the stocking stuffer type projects that I had in mind. One of them was completing the Ouija board mini notebook.
When I originally made the planchette (Right) I hand cut the circle – clearly that was a disaster. Not only was it choppy, but I didn’t cut enough away so there is vinyl showing through past the stitching. To make it worse, the clear vinyl I used for the window shifted and you can see an edge through the hole. In order to try to fix this, I ordered a set of punches. They are still too small to completely take out the circle in one punch, but I was able to get a lot smoother line this way (Left). My only real mistake with this is the red stitching, I was working on something else that used this color, left it in the machine and didn’t pay attention to what I was doing. I decided to call this a “design choice”, added a red grommet and called it good. I learned a lot with this project – it was definitely a lot of work and I’d do somethings differently the next time (if there is) I make one.
I also made a set of coasters! This is Periodically Drunk – a funny science\alcohol themed set that I made for my daughter’s boyfriend. I used a variety of different colored vinyl for the top and cork on the underside to stitch these up and I just love the end result…. plus it’s a great gift for guys (which is always hard to find projects for them)!
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be planning your holiday table. Stitch up some pretty mitered napkins, then pick your favorite way to fold them.
If baking is on your list of holiday gift giving, here’s a great tutorial for linen bread bags – what a pretty way to present your goods!
Have you (or your kids) been playing Among Us lately? If so, you’ll definitely want to stitch up one of these crewmate plush!
If you’ve been working or online learning this year, chances are you’re in need of more organization in your work area. These baskets aren’t just pretty, they hang, giving you plenty of tablespace to work.
Last year I didn’t have much time to make Christmas gifts (so it was store bought for everyone!), so this year I wanted to make up for it – even if they’re small. So, I decided that instead of using “traditional” gift tags, that I would attach ornaments to presents instead.
For this round, I made a lot of Kansas ornaments (and one Ohio, that’s for me!). I used a maple cork for the base of these and tied it off with a buffalo check bow for a rustic/farmhouse look. I used different threads for these to give some variety – some have variegated thread, others have light or dark colored wreaths, and some have tiny bells…. I’m not sure you could go wrong with these designs!
I still have a few more ornaments that I want to try (I may have over bought designs this year), but I think these should be a fun addition for everyone’s tree!
Between the virus, homeschooling, and dealing with issues that have arisen with my mom and her dementia diagnosis, I’m finding that 2020 has been less than productive. Some days I find myself in a flurry of productivity while others are spent doing what seems like nothing. I have been great at fabric shopping though!
With that said, I’m gearing up to start some holiday projects. A few you’ll see later on next month, some you’ll see next year, and some will be immediate as I have lots of ideas brewing in my head (let’s hope I can find the time to do them all). In the mean time, I’m hoping to stitch up a new shirt in the next few days and have plans on some lounge wear (as that is a bulk of what we’re wearing these days anyway. Send some good sewing mojo my way if you can!
Even though the threads look very different on the spools, there is little difference between the yellow, green, and white glow-in-the-dark threads when lightly stitched. Unfortunately, that means there’s not as much contrast in the sunlight, but they look great when I shut off the lights!
The elastic strap measurements listed in the instructions is WAY too large. It’s too late to change it now, but in future versions (because there will be!) I’ll definitely use a much shorter length
Once again I had a bit of issues with the stitching on the underside (the threads came out “bubbly” in spots). I believe that the vinyl that I’m using is “sticky” and causing the thread issues. I’m going to have to play around with some different techniques to see if I can’t fix this for future reference.
I plan on making a few more of these as stocking stuffers… they’re too much fun not to. Plus, I stocked up on mini-composition notebooks so I feel like I need to use them up!