It’s another one of those weeks where ideas are coming fast and furious but I have no time to finish anything. The best I can do is just take one project at a time. Here’s what I am working on this week and a couple of ideas I am hoping to implement….Let me know what you think about the ideas below.
Paper Piecing block/New Quilt
I have started a new paper piecing block which I am testing for Juliet @ Tartankiwi. It is another New Zealand bird and this is the 3rd for this series I have made….I have decided to take Laura’s suggestion and make a quilt from the blocks. The first piece is complete.
I have 3 orders to make this weekend. One is in a similar color palate to this one but with dark purple corduroy.
The other two are for older boys (5 & 7) using this fabric as a main pocket….I love this fabric it is a science experiment.
Ideas for my sewing room I came up with two new things in my sewing room space…..first off, I added a cork board which I made. I will hang it on the wall over the weekend, but it is right beside my sewing machine and it has a list of my to-do projects for the month. I can get the satisfaction of crossing things off as I go 🙂
Secondly, I really want a bigger space for my design boards. Right now, I have a make shift one which I can move and put away whenever I like. Problem is it’s not really big enough. I have been struggling with, what to do about a design wall, as I have no straight walls really….then it struck me last night (this is when all my best ideas come :-))…..why not put a sliding/hanging door from my ceiling that I can frame/cover in flannel. I am thinking about something similar these doors in the photos:
I am thinking I can put it in front of the bookcase in the picture below and when I need to use it I can pull it out. The whole door would move back and forward on a track. That would give me a decent sized floor to ceiling design wall. What do you think???
Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
All in all, I had a great last 4 months of 2012. For 2013, I would like to continue in much the same fashion. My goals are to:
Blog a minimum of 3 times a week.
Build up my stock in my Etsy store and sell $1000 worth of merchandise.
Participate in another craft fair.
Squeek Crafts section: Finish my four seasons quilt, a quilt for my son, and the orange and grey quilt for our room and my Christmas stocking.
Squeek Crafts section: Try 12 new sewing/quilt or patchwork projects e.g.. a weekender bag, something made from paper piecing.
Edible Delights section: Try three new recipes out per month and post them (36 in total for the year).
Framed section: Carve out some time to do some drawing and painting. I have 2 pieces in mind.
Home and Garden Design section: Finish our backyard, renovate our guest bathroom (as it desperately needs a lift).
Review of 2012: Squeek Crafts
I changed jobs to spend more time with my family (February)
Started my blog (September)
Opened my Etsy store – Squeek Crafts (October)
Participated in my first craft fair (December)
Sewing or Quilting Projects: Made chair bags (for my store), cushions/pillows, placemats, gift card pockets, Christmas stockings, lots and lots of coffee cup sleeves (for my store and craft fair), made my son a monster.
Craft Projects: Made recycled wine cork boards (for my store and craft fair), caterpillar wall display for a thank you gift at pre-school, and an Elmer growth chart (gift for a friend’s little girl), neck tie art piece (gift for my parents 40th wedding anniversary).
Review of 2012: Edible Delights
Shared some of my favorite recipes
Made pesto, bell pepper relish, bean salad from things in my first vegetable garden
Made Pies/Tarts – Bacon and egg pie, potato top pie, rhubarb apple pies, chocolate tarts, and pear tart
Stewed my first lot of fruit – cherries
Worked out to get the perfect chocolate coated strawberry without getting a flat edge
Got a new case of wine from my brothers vineyard – Moana Park
So, after a 3 am finish last night, I was ready for my first craft fair. It was exciting and we accomplished a lot over the 25 days…the table was full. It was a little slow traffic wise at the fair but all in all a good experience. I will definitely plan next time 🙂
Here are some photos of my table:
Here are my final designs of my coffee cup sleeves:
The company I work for has a Craft fair every Christmas – so today I signed up to have a booth (table) at the fair. This is my first time doing something like this and I was excited about the opportunity.
Now, 3 hours later, I am at home thinking about the severe lack of stock I have for the fair and realizing I have a lot of work ahead of me. The good news it’s not until December 5th – that gives me 25 days!!
The second concern other than time, is what to put in the “Squeek Crafts” table?? I have so many ideas – so far I am thinking (with examples):
Patchwork Coffee Cup holders – some with matching coasters (new)
Have you every had those days where your mind will not stop thinking about something. I usually have problems sleeping as I can’t shut it off. Well, normally for me its usually work related, but since I started this blog and had time off work due to illness, my creative side of my mind has taken over. This is good news, but I do not have enough hours in the day do to everything.
To keep track of what I have been thinking here is a list of projects, in no particular order:
Cork boards for my etsy store (frame purchased and backing board)
Caterpillar growth chart for etsy store (circles cut out and painted)
A stuffed elephant (pattern forming in my head – probably purple colored)
A t-shirt rug (in white, yellow, orange and red circular pattern)