"Lo, Children Are An Heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His Reward" - Psalm 127:3

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Occupy Your Sewing Room Progress

So, we've come to the end of the Occupy Your Sewing Room event.  I didn't get to spend nearly as much time sewing and crafting as I had anticipated, but having a house full of little ones is a blessing too.  There will be plenty of days to spend there when I am alone... but that's a forever long way off, since the youngest of my five children is 5 months old, we homeschool, and I run a licensed home daycare.  So you can imagine how my sewing time is limited.  Anyway, here's what I worked on... 
 I ran out and bought this lovely array of blues, silver/greys, and whites to make a tree skirt...

This one to be exact.  I liked the colors in the original pattern, but thought blues and icy tones would be really pretty.  Guess we'll see.  I'm not planning on having this done for this year.  I want to try my hand at needle turn applique, so I'm getting a jump on next year's tree skirt.  HA.  We've never had a tree skirt, so it's not like we're missing anything by me not getting it done in a rush.

For anyone who is curious, it's from this book, which is also where I got my pattern for the "Adore" wall hanging I did earlier this month.
 So far I just have some of the cutting done.  I did all of this today.  I made the templates with a plastic material.  I'm thinking there must be some better way to do this.  Seems like a person could go through an awful lot of plastic on a project of any size.  I may have to look into the freezer paper method. I've seen others use it, but without googling it, I really have no idea how it works or if it would make more sense.
 I also managed to get all my non-applique pieces cut out. I'm hoping to get a chance to sew what I can tomorrow.  Some of it will have to wait until I have the applique in place, but I want to try to get as far as possible before I forget which piece goes where.
 Earlier this week I managed to do a little more crafting in my "sewing room." I'm taking the "Occupy" theme very liberally, and including craft projects that don't require sewing too.  So here is my pom pom wreath...
 And a trivet made with felt and glass decorative marbles...
 And the flannel board toy cabinet cover.
And then I also made a nativity set for the kids to play with on the flannel board.  It was meant to be an advent calendar, and has a panel to quilt for that purpose, but I thought the kids would enjoy having some pieces to play with on the new flannel board surface.  I'm thinking panels will be a great way to create some awesome flannel board pieces, since they are so colorful and detailed.  I'm going to make some of my own felt pieces too, but there are fun and easy.

So there you have it.  That's all I managed to complete.  I had higher hopes, but I'm not unhappy with what I got done, especially given the fact that we had three new daycare kids start this week, so things were busier than usual.  I still need to get a stocking for the baby done, and I hope to make the boys some new flannel pajama pants (that's kind of a tradition with me for Christmas).  Other than that, I'm not going to push it.  There are a million unfinished projects I should be working on, but if it's a rush and makes me stress, it defeats the purpose, right?  Anyway, hope everyone else got a lot accomplished. :)


  1. Now you had a great occupation week, I see. Don't you just love Art to Heart.

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  3. Hello Judi,

    Oh I do love the trivet you made. Happy days and good luck with the sewing.

  4. You really are talented. Do beautiful work. Looks like you got a lot done.

  5. I haven't tried it myself yet (too busy chasing my own kids and working on other projects) but I've heard that the flexible plastic cutting boards they sell in a two pack at the Dollar Tree work well as template plastic. They do feel like they're a similar weight.

  6. Wow. Looks like you did get alot done. I don't know that I would ever get anything done with a super little one and homeschooling. Impressive. Stopping by from Rescued Goods to say hello!

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