Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Finished Cards

Good Morning

I finished the cards I was working on Monday in time for my class last night.  I had a great time and got lots of ideas.  We also made 4 very pretty cards.

Here are my cards:

To You And Yours Too stamp set from Stampin'Up

Right now, I'm supposed to be packing some quilting projects to take with me during a visit with a friend for the next few days.  But I'm procrastinating again.  I've painted my nails, watched a movie, and now writing a blog post lol.  I think its because I have to make decisions and I don't do that very easily.

I'm not sure when I will write next since I will be away.

Have a Quilty Day

Vicky K

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Sept 1 - New Beginnings??

Good Morning All

How has your summer been?  Mine has been very nice.  My family and I have camped a LOT.  And all the places we went to were wonderful.  Have no complaints about any of the campsites.

My daughter is finally in Grade 1 which means both of my kids will be full time this year.  I'm so excited.  And I have so many hopes for the new school year.  I remember feeling like this last year and I didn't accomplish what I had expected.  This year will be different I think as I have a few more support systems in place to help me stay on goal.

What about you?  Do you make new school year resolutions?

Yesterday and today I'm working on Christmas Cards....oh was that a bad word?  LOL  Currently, I'm a Stampin'Up Demonstrator (hobby) and I'm attending a meeting at my upline's home.  I'm participating in a swap for Christmas Cards.  And of course, I'm leaving the job till last minute.  I still haven't decided exactly what I'll make but the ideas are starting to solidify in my brain.

Do you make cards?  or scrapbook?

Here is my desk as I was heading to bed:

I'm using the stamp set  To You and Yours Too (Holiday Mini 2015) and the Perfect Pines Framelit Dies.

Have a Crafty Day


Sunday, 1 February 2015

February 1 off to a good start

Good Day All

Hope you are having a wonderful day. Mine has been very nice and somewhat productive.

A few days ago, I came across these Project Printables through another blog that I follow. I have seen a few others on the internet but haven't liked all the information or format of the printables. Upon looking at these ones, I felt that I could easily use them and it would contain all the information that I would want to have on the sheets. It did take me a while to print off the sheets. I was having issues with opening the doc files in Firefox, so I ended up opening the files from Internet Explorer and then I also forgot to remove the title field so I could add my own titles. So I had to stop the printing and edit the file and then print again. I believe I printed 15 copies of the individual project templates. I know that I probably have at least 60 projects or material for projects in my home that I should make reference too, but I thought I would just start with a few. I also thought I would only need one summary page and that would last me for the year but as I was writing out some of my projects this am. I thought to myself, Self, you should really get a lot of these checked off during February and then you can start a fresh one for March. It would help you use up some stash and then it would be easier to organize and change your sewing room around like you are wanting.

My hubby took my kids swimming today which gave me time to concentrate on my new system. So as soon as they left, I headed downstairs to get a move on things. And I made sure not to turn on the TV as it is such a time sucker for me. I went though my emails to record the BOM's I would like to participate in this year and recorded them on the project sheets. I also printed what patterns I could for the BOM. And I found a new binder for my project sheets. I think I wrote up 6 projects. I have 3 charity quilts from my guild to longarm and bind. So I just included those in my summary page, I didn't write up individual sheets on those. But it will feel good to get them finished, out of my house, and a check mark on the page ;)

After I got bored of writing, I went into my sewing room. I haven't been in there for a long time. I think the last time was to make a comfort block for a friend. I've been taking my quilting away from the house, to either a friend's house or to our guild. I feel guilty when I go into my sewing room because there is so many other things that need to get finished. I don't feel guilty when I go away, because that is what I'm supposed to be doing. But when I go downstairs, my hubby thinks (or I'm thinking my husband's thinking) that I'm getting paperwork finished. And when I come upstairs with quilting finished, he seems shocked that's what I was doing. So hence the guilt for the next time.

I started clearing off a table and shelves that I'm taking out of my room with the new organization. Which lead me to find almost finished projects. One of them being a Halloween Wall Hanging. I finished appliquéing it. Now it needs to be quilted and bound. When I appliquéd it, I layered batting and muslin to help with stabilization. I've been hemming and hawing about leaving all the layers on when I quilt it, or should I cut away the muslin, to help with puffing up the appliquéd pieces during quilting. Its been 3 months since the top was finished and still sitting there. Decision making is the real deterrent in finishing projects for me. So today I bit the bullet and cut away the muslin. It is all ready to be loaded onto my longarm.

Now my next deterrent is my longarm. I'm scared of it lol. Actually I'm scared of the maintenance that I've been told it needs. I'm quite nervous to oil and WD40 it. I've only done it 4 times. I know its not a big deal and the more I do it, then easier it will be but my brain is not there yet.

Is there anything that deters you from finishing things?

Here is my top ready for quilting.

I'm hoping I will be able to show a finished Wall Hanging to you guys tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Have a quilty day!
Vicky K

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Friday, 2 January 2015

First Day for Resolutions

Good Day.

Hope your first day of the year was a great one!

I'm touching base with my success on my resolutions.

1st R - 2/3 successful
  tracked all food, walked the dog for 30 min, but did not get to bed before midnight.

2nd R - Successful
  cleaned the garbage off the dryer and threw out a Christmas swag I won't use anymore and also threw out some old gift bags and crushed tissue that's not usable anymore.

3rd R - Checklist not ready yet

4th R - Not started

5th R - Successful

Today, I'm off to sewing with my small group of friends.  It feels like its been a long time since we gotten together and am quite excited.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday.
Vicky K
Happy New Year!

I'm posting this later than I wanted.  But I finally got to my computer.  I had such big plans for today and didn't get even half of what I wanted finished.  I was really tired, so I laid down for a short nap and it ended up being 3.5 hours.  And the rest of the day was spent with my husband and kids.  We had a really nice day.  I've heard it said before - What you do on January 1 is what you will do for the rest of the year.  I was hoping to do a little bit of everything today so that my year can involve everything LOL.

I've been thinking of New Year's Resolutions today.  And I think I come up with a few.  I also listened to Sandy from Quilting..For the Rest of Us podcast about her 2015 Quilty Resolution Challenge while I walked the dog tonight and got a few other ideas.

First resolution:
  Focus on my health.
       I will attend a weekly Weight Watcher meeting
       Get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day
       Go to sleep before midnight

Second resolution:
  To declutter my house
       Throw out or give away at least one thing every day or
       do at least 5 minutes of reorganizing every day.

Third resolution:
  Complete my 15 min per day goals.
       Will create a checklist that I can mark off daily to help keep on track.

Fourth resolution:  (this one is based on Sandy's challenge)
  Work on writing quilt patterns

Fifth resolution:
  Consistently write and post blog posts
        Post at least once a week

What about you?  Have you made any resolutions?

Have a good night and a Happy 2015!

Vicky K


Thursday, 30 October 2014

On My Design Wall - Halloween

Good Evening Everyone

How are you doing the day before Halloween? Are you doing anything special? Some family and friends are meeting at my house and then we will be taking the kids around the neighbourhood. My Hubby decorated more than previous years. The kids are so excited.

I tried to post a picture of my family dressed for a costume party to this post but I wasn't able to, so I put it in another post.  We had so much fun and some of the costumes were so amazing.  I couldn't beleive some of them.

I'm trying to get a Halloween wall hanging finished by tomorrow.  Here is it on my design wall:

I had to decide if I was going to applique the pieces with my domestic machine or my longarm.  I decided I wanted a satin stitch not a straight stitch so I will be using my domestic.  As soon as I get this posted, back to my machine I go.

Have you made anything for Halloween this year?

Have a great crafty day!
Vicky K

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Halloween Party last Saturday

Quick post to show a picture of my family dressed for a Halloween Party last week.  We had such a blast.

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