Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 18 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

Made another basketball journal for the assistant coach. She wasn't at a lot of the games, and I forgot about her :( Thank goodness the team is having an after-season celebration this week!

Also made the baseball journal for my co-worker.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Finished the basketball journals for Annalise's team! Won't the girls be surprised at the championship game?

Showed the journal to one of my co-workers, and she ordered one in baseball fabric for her grandson's birthday!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 16 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

Working on basketball journals for Annalise's team.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day 15 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

February Day 3.

Today I stitched 4 basketball journal covers for Annalise's basketball team. These journal covers are an in the hoop embroidery machine project from

These journal covers are quickly becoming my "go-to" project when I need a gift for any reason. The cover holds a small notebook, and is perfect to slip into bookbags, a purse, or jeans pocket. I made them for Annalise's soccer team last fall (with soccer fabric, of course), and included one in the set I made for the school fall festival. Her class' theme was Road Trip, so I made the journal cover out of Route 66 fabric!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day 14 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

February Day 2

Today I worked on the knit scrap yarn afghan for Annalise. I am on the third side of the outer border.

My parents came to visit this weekend, and Mom and I spent some time going through my yarn stash. Mom has been working on knitted and crocheted scarves as part of her projects. I gave her 2 garbage bags of yarn that I won't use. Mom finished 2 scarves while she was here, so she is working fast! Annalise helped with organizing, and I was able to get lots of yarn into 2 carriers. It is all stacked neat, and grouped by colors, so sstarting a new scarf won't mean having to search for the yarn that I want. Should have taken pictures of the before and after of the stash, but didn't think about it in time!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 13 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

February Day 1

Today I worked on the yellow and pink scarf.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 12 Family Sew 12 Challenge (January 31, 2012)

I did it! I got all 12 days for January!

Today I worked on the knit scrap yarn afghan for Annalise. I am on the second side of the outside border.

I also got an order for 2 sets of coasters from one of my co-workers, so those will be in February's projects!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 11 of Family Sew 12 Challenge (January 28, 2012)

Today I started a new scarf to have a portable project when I am waiting on Annalise to finish basketball practice or dance class. It is pink and yellow, rather thick yarn. I actually started it Friday night, but didn't like the pattern I was using, so ripped it all out and started over. Still not entirely happy with how it is working, but it is better than it was.

Day 10 of Family Sew 12 Challenge (January 23, 2012)

A friend of mine sent me a picture and asked if I could re-create it in filet crochet. I told him I would try, and that is one thing I worked on today. The figure will actually be a free-standing piece, like a snowflake. I am about a quarter of the way done.

I also worked on the knit afghan. I have all of the inside border, and started the first side of the outside border.

Day 9 of Family Sew 12 Challenge (January 22, 2012)

Today I finished the burgundy and gray pearl bracelet and continued to work on the scrap yarn afghan.

Day 8 of Family Sew 12 Challenge (January 21, 2012)

I got a bit behind in my blogging, but did get my crafting time in.

On January 21, 2012, I finished the scarf I am calling Wooly Brown Bear, but may change the name to Shedding Brown Bear. The yarn that I used is really different - places of the fringe-like yarn, then places without the fringe. Made for a very interesting looking scarf.

I continued to work on the scrap yarn afghan for Annalise.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 7 of Family Sew/Craft 12 Challenge

I had a very productive day today. Granted, I did more than an hour today, but I actually finished some things.

I finished a burgundy and gray pearl necklace (should have been finished at Christmas) and matching earrings for my sister . I worked on the matching bracelet, but did not quite finish it. Maybe I can get it finished on the last day of my long weekend. I also finished a lampwork necklace from a Make It Take It kit distributed at Michaels back during the fall. The kit supplied all of the beads, stringing wire, crimps, and clasps. The only thing I had to supply was a pendant, which I bought at the time the kits were given out. I have two other kits like that, so maybe will finish those later this week. And I worked on Annalise's knit afghan - finished the 1st side of the inside border - 3 more sides of inside border to go!

Wow, January is half over, and I haven't bought anything craft related! Go me!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Nice Long Weekend

This weekend is a 3-day weekend - everyone say yay!

My plan is to get a lot done project wise. But first, I have to straighten up the sewing room so I can actually get to my cutting table. Seems all the hurry up and finish projects from the holidays are still hanging out there!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 6 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

Tonight I worked on the scarf that I started Tuesday night, and did a row or two on Annalise's afghan.

Pictures will be taken and posted this weekend of my current in process and just finished items, I promise!

Funny how things happen...

Last night, I was working on the knit scrap afghan I have mentioned in previous posts. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the afghan when I started it - was trying out a new technique. Even after working on the afghan off and on for months (I don't work on afghans in the summer).

Annalise was watching me work, and she said, "Mommy, is that for me?" I responded that I hadn't really thought of who it was for, but did she like it? She got her big, genuine smile (the one that lights up her whole face) and came over and started explaining how the afghan had all of the colors of the rainbow and that yes, she did like it. She took it from me and held it up to herself and declared that it was almost big enough for her.

My grandmother often said that what you make has its own idea of who it is for, even if you don't know. I do believe this afghan has found its owner!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 5 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

I started a new scarf this afternoon and worked on it during Annalise's basketball game. I got about 8 inches done, then had to put it up. The game was a nail biter during the last quarter, and I was afraid of dropping stitches!

Annalise's team won 5-4!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Day 4 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

Today was sort of a rainy, stay inside day. I worked on going through some craft magazines and books and getting rid of ones that I know I will never use. Felt good, will take another box to the thrift store on Saturday.

I worked on my knitted afghan today, and maybe I will finish it soon. I have started the first side of the inside border, but it is on the long side of the afghan. I may start a new scarf this week, to have a portable project to work on during Annalise's basketball practice. I need to spend some time organizing the sewing room and get stuff put up and off my cutting table, then make some monogrammed journals for Annalise's basketball team. I also need to finish the jewelry for my sister, and do the purse accessories for mom.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Day 3 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

I had forgotten how long it takes to do counted-cross stitch!

I worked on my counted cross stitch UFO tonight for an hour. You can't see anything that I accomplished, at least I can't. Maybe I'm looking at the big picture too much, no pun intended. I'm trying to get all the outline of white and cream done where I am actually having to count. Once I get the cream finished, the rest is filled in with black. Then I can take this project with me to things like Annalise's basketball practice.

Did I mention that this is a Georgia "G" in antiqued colors? You are supposed to make some sort of lodge pillow out of the finished piece. Not sure if that is what this will become or not. At this rate, it may not get finished this year.......

Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 2 of Family Sew 12 Challenge

I spent my time today working on a knit afghan that I started in the spring of 2011. It is an afghan that uses scrap yarn, so no telling how long the scrap yarn has been taking up space in my carriers (yes I said carriers) of yarn. The pattern came from Mason Dixon Knitting, a book that I checked out of the local library. As long as the library has it, I will not buy it and add to my craft book stash! I promise to do a better job of posting pictures as work progresses.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Day 1 of Sew 12 Family Challenge

Today I finished knitting a scarf, including weaving in the ends. I also worked on a counted cross-stitch picture that I have no idea when it was started. It is definitely a UFO!

I had all materials, so didn't have to add anything to the stash today. Gone = 4 balls of yarn.


Welcome to 2012! Seems like only yesterday it was the beginning of 2011.

My sister and I were talking this weekend as we had Christmas together at her house. She and I always have good ideas of things to make everyone for Christmas, but never quite get everything finished. We are both notorius for giving slightly 'unfinished' gifts to our family, only to ask for the gifts back to finish!

My sister mentioned a blog she had seen where it was suggested to sew an hour a day, 12 days a month, for 12 months and see how much could be accomplished with that dedicated time. (See the Sew 12 button on my blog to link to the original post.) So this year, my sister, mom, and I agreed to challenge each other in the '12 step challenge'. So last night while the men were watching football, we made the rules for our challenge.

All three of us committed to doing crafty pursuits for an hour a day, 12 days a month, for the next 12 months. If you get more crafty time a day, GREAT! but you can't use the 'extra' time for a day when you don't craft. Since we all have numerous UFO's (unfinished objects for the non-crafter), part of the challenge is to finish these UFO's before starting new projects. We used a fairly loose definition of UFO's - if you already have the majority of the materials needed for the project, it can be counted as a UFO. Another part of the challenge is to use your stash since we are all trying to get organized and get rid of stuff! My sister and I will hold each other accountable by blogging and Facebook. Mom will keep a journal of what she does and spends since she doesn't blog. If you want to follow my sister's progress, her blog is

My sister and I want to allow our income from crafty pursuits to offset our expenses, but Mom doesn't want it to be too complicated. Alicia and I may have a side challenge going since she teaches sewing and embroidery classes, and I sell finished items. We'll iron out (no pun intended) these details soon, since there will be a winner to this challenge. And we need to decide a prize. But I figure that if we get 144 hours of dedicated sewing time and can clean out stashes, we all win!