Posts from the Stitches Category

I put my sewing machine and all my quilty patchwork works in progress away the other day in a nesting frenzy. I sew on the dining room table, and while I keep my things pretty tidy while I’m working in there (we have to eat at the table too!) it was just stressing me out a little bit having “stuff everywhere.” So I packed it all up until after baby gets here.

But I can’t just… not make stuff. So I’ve picked up my cross stitch again. It’s nice and small and portable and easy to hide away when I’m not working on it. And it’s fun to work on while laying on the couch with Greg while he watches TV.

I stitched up a super cute floss bobbin from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Bobbin Party! pattern. This guy is going to make his way onto a zippy pouch once I decide to pull the sewing machine out again.

And I’ve picked up the lovely Winterwoods ABCs Sampler from Alicia Paulson again. I started with the boots because they are just the cutest ever! Everything about this kit is gorgeous. I especially love all the hand-dyed, variegated flosses. Everything Alicia makes is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never read her blog, you should. It’s one of my favorites of all time.

I’m putting this and a knitting project into my hospital bag for when baby decides to get here. I’m dreading my hospital stay for some reason. Maybe I’m just nervous about the whole labor thing. I’ve been in the very beginning of “active labor” for a few days and it hasn’t been very fun. It’s going super slowly and I’m really tired and yucky feeling, which is different from last time. I just want things to get going and to get on with it! Come on baby, I want to kiss you and smell your head! ♥

Sometimes, the weekends are so jam-packed, I actually look forward to regularly-scheduled Mondays.

We saw The Hunger Games yesterday afternoon with some of our friends… LOVED it! But I think I need to stay away from stressful movies for the rest of this pregnancy. Seeing intense movies in the theatre tends to give me a little anxiety in my non-pregnant life anyway (I guess because it’s just so big and loud and in-your-face in a theatre.) But these crazy pregnancy hormones just amplify all of that by a million. I haven’t cried so much in a movie… ever? I cried reading the book too, but I mean tears were just streaming down my face for at least half of the showing. I could barely hold in the sob sounds. I was also holding my breath for almost the whole movie and my heart was pounding so hard and fast I felt like I was going to pass out. (Can you tell that I’m a sensitive person?) But I definitely loved the movie. I felt like they took the images right from my imagination – I love when that happens. Except I imagined Katniss to be a lot skinnier. Not that the actress is large in any way, but I imagined Katniss as this poor, starving, frail girl. Other than that, everything was so spot-on. The boys (who hadn’t read the books) even liked it! Now Greg wants to read the books.

Somehow our refrigerator door wasn’t shut all the way on Friday night, so when I got up on Saturday to make breakfast, everything inside was totally warm and we had to throw almost everything out. Fun times!

I started a new cross-stitch project – Alicia Paulson’s Winterwoods ABC Sampler. (Now I have FOUR in-progress cross-stitch things going on at once… go me.) So far I’ve organized my floss and stitched one cute boot.

I vow to finish one cross-stitch project in 2012.

My quilting business
 is really starting to pick up, so I’ve been spending a ton of time in my studio. I kind of hate being in there because it feels so stale and blah instead of cute and cozy, so Greg and I did a bunch or rearranging and a little decorating this weekend. Eileen Quilts world headquarters is in this random area that someone built in the middle of Greg’s building (which is also home to Press Press Merch screen printing, the letterpress studio for Appalachia Press, and the woodworking shop for Benchmark Builders.) The room is full of decorating obstacles. One wall is crappy brick with these weird big doors, there are two random, small windows up high on another wall, and two regular drywall walls, but with this weird moulding that starts and stops at different points in the middle. It has a hideous tiled drop-ceiling with the worst ever fluorescent tube lighting. And there’s a support beam running right in the middle of the room. Right before I got my longarm, we did a quickie floor stain and white paint job. Actually, here! This is what the room looked like before I moved in, before we painted or anything. You can see some of the obstacles I have to work with:

It looks much better now (with much cleaner and prettier floors!) but still feels really stale. Oh, and aside from being an inspiring place to work, it also needs to be kid-friendly, since Vada (and soon baby) is almost always with me while I quilt. So yeah, I’m having a really hard time figuring out what to do in there and it’s bumming me out. Life would be easier if Ikea wasn’t 3 hours away, that’s for sure, because I could use some cute furniture… But we did make some progress this weekend, which makes me feel a little better. I’m deciding on an accent color for a wall (so that’s sure to take me 3 weeks and then I’ll hate it and end up painting it 2 more times before I’m satisfied…) I also got my giant 8’x8′ quilt design wall and my big cork board hung up (both relocated from my previous sewing room at my house, which is now Vada’s bedroom.) I hope to do some more work in there throughout the week and I’ll do another quilting studio post with some updates once I make some!

I’m ready for Monday, now. ♥

1. I started The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s Dessert of the Month x-stitch club! Each month you are emailed a super cute dessert-themed cross stitch pattern that will eventually become a big sampler. I’m almost finished with this month’s little champagne truffle. I’m really excited about this project because it’s totally doable. The patterns are all really small (about 2.5″x2.5″) so they’re quick to stitch, but adorable. I’ll post a picture of my finished little truffle once he’s finished.

2. We are still (slowly) converting what used to be my sewing/office/play room into Vada’s new big girl room. I have a huge cork board (in the photo) and an 8’x8′ quilt design board that will hopefully make their way into my longarm studio. I think we might be on schedule to paint the walls this weekend.

3. One of my new favorite lunches! Baby spinach pizzas on Ezekiel english muffins! They are so good and really filling. First, I toast the muffin in the toaster, then top with sauce (we always have Rao’s vodka sauce on hand,) mozarella, baby spinach, a little parmesan and some pepper. Put it under the broiler for a few minutes and you’re done! So fast and so good.

4. Friday the 13th (and the weekend that followed) really got us this month. Vada puked in the car and was sick for 2 days, the dog got out, I got sick (still am)… it was just a miserable time. I’m trying to kill this illness with lots of rest and vitamins and stuff. I don’t want it to get worse because I’m not into the idea of taking antibiotics (or really any medicine) while I’m pregnant. Vada was a good helper yesterday and brought me some lunch in bed to try to make me feel better. Such a sweetie!

5. Our bathrooms are almost finished (thank GOD.) Downstairs just needs a light, mirror, and a cabinet door. Upstairs needs a little more work – a light/fan over the tub, mirror and light fixture over the sink/toilet, finishing trim work and some work on the little linen closet we have in there. Even though it’s still under construction, it feels like pure luxury in there compared to what it was before! I really love how both the bathrooms are turning out. I can’t wait to decorate, and most importantly take a bubble bath, once all the construction is finished. I’m on the lookout for some super luxurious bath salts and bubble baths if you guys have any suggestions! I like lavender.

6. I started Project Life for 2012. It’s basically just a photo album/scrap book that you make to document the year. I’m doing approximately one page per week, sometimes with a little extra. It’s really fun and you don’t have to have a lot of stuff to make it look pretty. I can’t get into traditional scrapbooking, with all those annoying punches and papers and stickers and stuff. I don’t have a problem with sliding pictures or notes into interesting photo sleeves, though! This picture is from one that I started working on last year. I’ll post some 2012 pages soon.

I hope everyone is having a nice 2012 so far! I’m feeling optimistic. ♥