diary of a crafty momma

confessions of an impatient crafting momma, prone to procrastination & downright laziness.

Sometimes I forget that I have a blog (or I’m just too lazy to keep it updated) πŸ˜‰

Long time, no write…it’s been a while since I posted much of anything. And I’d like to say that it’s because I’ve been super busy, but truthfully I’ve just been super lazy. So, here I am…updating things from the last 6 (!) months.

I’ve done lots of sewing (and I’ll post lots of pics πŸ˜‰) and am now pretty deep in summer vacation planning. We’ve decided, much to hubby’s dismay, to head back to Orlando & make this year’s trip all about Disney & Universal! The kids & I are super excited, the hubby not so much 😁. *He’s not a fan of crowds, so any amusement park is not generally his idea of a good time.* I did find out that the boys can dive the aquarium at Epcot as part of a program called DiveQuest, so they will be able to get in at least one dive during our trip. I’ve spent countless hours online making all kinds of budgets for the trip…price comparing all the available options & just generally driving myself a bit nutty with all the information! But I think I’ve got it all figured out now & just have the next few months to get everything finalized…buying tickets, making reservations & such. It should be fun & I know that I’ll have tons of pictures to post come mid August 😊.

And now for the sewing stuff (yea!). I have found a wonderful creative community of makers on Instagram & fully confess that I am just a little obsessed with it! There are so many creative people & such beautiful sewing work can be found there, that it’s a bit hard not to be a little obsessive about looking at all the pictures that people post 😊. So, because of IG & all the inspiration there, I have started sewing a lot more and taking part in swaps…and I love the swaps! This year I have limited myself to just swaps of mini quilts, the Sew Together Bag swap being the only exception. There are so many different swaps & it can get a bit overwhelming, but for the most part, it’s been fun & I really enjoying making things for other people & getting to know them a bit better while in the making process. The bonus is that I end up with wonderful mini quilts that now decorate some of the walls in my house!

I haven’t done near as much garment sewing as I have the past couple years, but I plan on getting back into that before summer…I can always use more tank tops, tees, summer dresses, & skirts πŸ˜‰. Last year I took part in the “summer of no pants” wearing skirts or dresses for most, if not all of summer. And I’m kinda looking forward to doing that again this summer…I really liked it & honestly, that surprised me since I’m not a typical “wear pretty skirts & dresses” kind of girl πŸ˜‰. But, it was fun & enjoyable & really made some days wardrobe decision very easy since I could just throw on a tank dress & be done with it 😊.

And now that I’ve blathered on for far too long & have completely lost track of what I had intended to write, I’ll add a few pics & post this baby to the interwebs & be on with my day! Thanks so much for bearing with me & letting me ramble, I’d like to say that I’ll post again soon & ramble less, but odds aren’t really in my favor given my previous track record πŸ˜‰. But I will try…especially since I can write while Jordan is at her band practice…that gives me 2 times a week where I can possibly come up with something to carry on about 😜.

Now for the pictures…cause I can’t have a post without pictures πŸ˜‰. These are just a sample of the things I have made (or the tees that I have bought) over the last 6 months or so. Enjoy 😊.

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taking the leap…

well, i did it.

i’ve opened an online store, selling handmade bags and pouches.

it’s crazy scary and crazy exciting all at the same time.

it’s a bit sparse right now, but i’m adding more things every week.

i’d love it if you would go and check it out…today, tomorrow, next week…any ol’ time you get a chance!

thanks so much!

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Keeping busy and making all the things!

full disclosure…i am awful at blogging.

so, here are some pics of the things i’ve made over the last few months and a promise that i will come back next week and write a better update with even more pictures :).

but for now, thanks for stopping by & please come back again soon!

p.s…just as an f.y.i…my laptop is still missing its spacebar so posts are started on my ipad & edited (slowly) on my laptop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sewing round-up…

Since I’ve been quite neglectful of my blog lately, here’s a lovely picture roundup of all the sewing I’ve been doing over the last few weeks!

Yes, I’m being lazy & only posting pics. I know, but writing is just not “in me” these days. I’d like to say that I’ll try harder, but odds are I won’t. Much as I thought I wanted to be a blogger, I realize that writing isn’t always my strongest trait. I’m much better at sewing & taking pictures…so I’ll be sticking with that…at least for a little bit :).

PS…the 2 selfies at the bottom are before & after hair coloring pics…went from dark brown to what my hubby refers to as “hooker red”. it’s not quite the red i was going for, but i guess it’s better than “clown red” :).

PPS…all the pics were taken with my ipad & most are the instagram version.

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Quick update while I workout…why not?!

This will be interesting…I’m finally updating here while I workout…multitasking at its finest πŸ™‚

So, I’m back on a workout/exercise schedule I can live with…riding our exercise bike for 11-12 miles 5-6 days a week. 2 weeks in & by now, honestly, I would have given up, but I have a goal of losing 10 pounds before we head back to St. Croix in June so there’s no giving up this time.

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our workout corner

We had Jordan’s first ever slumber party this past Friday and everything went off without much of a hitch. The girls all seemed to have a great time & Jordan told me it was the best time she’d ever had! (She’s been saying that a lot lately, but I’ll still take it!)

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Jordan’s party invites…thanks to my Silhouette Portrait

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Birthday “wreath” per Jordan’s request

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Goodie bins for the girls

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I added their names in vinyl…they picked out the color they

So far it’s already been a busy month…my old sewing machine broke so I had to get a new one & my husband was sweet enough to let me get the really nice one that I’ve wanted for the last couple years. We’re calling it my early anniversary/Mother’s Day/birthday present and I am loving it!

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my new Singer machine!

And because the new machine was going to be bigger than the old one (it has a removable extension table), I took that opportunity to build myself a new sewing table.

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work in progress…one leg painted, one more to go

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the finished table…ready to be used

I still have some doll furniture to finish for Jordan, I’m working on lots more clothes for my spring & summer wardrobe, and I’m a pattern tester for the first time (so excited about that & I’ll post more about it when I can). So I’m busy, busy, busy and naturally things get neglected…like blogging or cleaning or laundry or all of those things. But, I’m slowly catching up with all those things & will eventually find a groove that works for me!

I’ll work on posting pics of all the clothes I’ve made so far…but for now I must get to all that neglected laundry before we’re all left naked!

 

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Trying something new…

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So, given that tablets are everywhere and, thanks to my wonderful hubby, I now have one that won’t kick me back to the home screen every 5 minutes, I will be trying my hand at writing & posting some of my updates straight from my iPad air. Fingers crossed that I can figure it all out without losing too much of my patience.

And, it’s already turning out to be a BIG patience tester! I had a whole post written out & ready to go, until I added pics without saving the draft first & lost everything I had written. UGH.

But, I’m letting it go (as per my mantra for this year, “let it go”) and moving on…and saving before I add pictures.

So, here’s hoping that all my future posts are less stress inducing & I get all this figured out sooner rather than later :)!

P.S…most of these pics come from Instagram (I just love that app!) where I’m craftymomma24_7 if you want to follow me!

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a goal & a mantra for 2014

now that we’re nearly half way through the first month of 2014, i figured i should finally get to my blog.

i’ve determined that i’d like to make the majority of my wardrobe for this year. the exception being jeans & undergarments…yes, there are patterns out there to make them, but there are just some things i’ll leave to the experts. so, i’ve written out my list of patterns to work on each month, bit the bullet (so to speak) and bought some of the more advanced patterns that i’ve been wanting to try, and will just generally be sewing up a storm so that i can keep myself dressed in as many handmade items as i can. i’m really excited about this…i’m finding that i enjoy making clothes for myself & there are so many wonderful fabrics & patterns out there that i want to try so this should be really fun & a great learning experience! πŸ™‚

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my list of sewing patterns to make for myself this year

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small sample of the newest patterns i’ll be working with

and as part of my sewing goal, i have started trying to build in at least one day where i have to finish one of the many projects that i’ve started, but for whatever reason put away before i finished it. i’m calling it #finishfriday & have so far finished up an altered seafarer top that i originally cut in december & finished up a julia women’s cardigan pattern that i had recently purchased. i’m hoping planning to write up reviews for those projects later this week…another part of my goals for this year, blogging more & finally putting my thoughts/reviews of the many sewing patterns i’m trying.

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current works in progress, maxi skirt & julia cardigan

i have also decided to embrace a simple 3 word mantra, let it go,Β  for this year & hope to live up to that as i go forward. i tend to overthink & hold onto things for longer than i really should, so, “let it go” is the perfect thing for me to work on. fingers crossed that i can learn to just let go & let it all go.

so, while i do have other goals in mind for this year, i’m off to get sewing & let go of all my expectations of getting everything done in one day…there are 7 days in a week & there’s no reason why i shouldn’t take advantage of all of them ;)!

i’ll come back to share my other goals once i finally figure them out :)!

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everybody’s doing it, guess i will too…

2013 is hours away from being over so here’s my year-end review…mostly in picture form since i’ve got so many things still to do before the day is over.

thanks so much for all the following, page views, sharing, liking, etc…it really does mean a lot to me!

my goals (i don’t like the word “resolutions”)Β  for 2014Β  are fairly straight-forward, small, & pretty easy for me to stick to (makes it easier on my lazy self if i don’t plan too much).

~blogging goal for 2014 is to write at least 2 posts a month…it’s a goal i’m fairly certain that i can successfully stick to, but of course time will tell.

~crafting/sewing goals are a bit more involved…building more things with wood, sewing with knits more, finally overcoming my “fear” of sewing with zippers, working with my silhouette machine more, & just generally spending as much time as i possibly can making myself into a better, more experienced crafter & sewist.

so happy new year to all! hope 2014 brings you all the things you hope it will!

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October re-cap…better late than never

ok,Β  i’m terribly behind on updating my blog…so i’m gonna post a ton of pics & a quick little update to remedy at least a little of that.

october is the start of the crazy holiday busyness for me…it makes me a little crazy, but in a good way πŸ˜‰

so, last month i decorated the house for halloween, made a couple shirts for jordan, spent a few hours cutting & knotting tulle for my halloween costume, sorted fabrics & patterns for my upcoming fall/winter sewing, made treat bags for jordan’s class party & halloween chex mix for stephen’s, made a fleece yoda hat for a friend’s son, cooked a ton & baked my first batch of pumpkin muffins, and sewed a few more tops for myself.

november will be much of the same…sewing (finally making a wiksten tova or 2 & trying leggings for jordan & maybe myself), crafting, cooking, baking, and whatever else i can manage to fit into my days!

and so, with all that quickly being said, i’m off to get busy before my “to-do” list completely overwhelms me!

enjoy the pics and thanks for stopping by :)!

 

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my creative space

because i love to share pictures now that i have my nice, new, fancy camera.

because i love seeing the spaces where others create, craft, sew, work, etc.

and because i think there should be a “not-as-clean-and-organized” view of where my creativity takes place.

i am sharing pics of where i craft, sew, create, work, waste time, avoid cleaning, etc.

full disclosure…i am a messy, not very organized person & i make no excuses for being that way…i seem to live by the motto “creativity is messy & i am very creative”

but i will also say that i am in the middle of several sewing projects & my room always tends to be messiest when that’s the case πŸ˜‰

the wall in front of my cutting table

the wall in front of my cutting table

abby sleeping in my bin of knit fabric scraps

abby sleeping in my bin of knit fabric scraps

my office/work space

my office/work space

tv wall

tv wall

the storage shelf i made

the storage shelf i made

view from the hall into my room

view from the hall into my room

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where all the creativity happens πŸ˜‰

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i do try to keep some things organized.

love my serger!

love my serger!

pretty much sums me up!

pretty much sums me up!

my silhouette

my silhouette

naturally i had to decorate my door!

naturally i had to decorate my door!

another view of my craft/cutting table

another view of my craft/cutting table

and as a final note, i must say that i am so happy to have a room that i can call my own; where i can create, craft, sew, escape from my children, etc. after 4 years in a rental house where i worked in a small corner of the master bedroom, having this room has been wonderful!

 

 

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