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Finally Friday…

Just a quick post to show a little updated progress on one of my current WIPs.  I have been working on this cross stitch for what seems like ages, and I am so pleased with how it is coming along.  I ordered two more and that gave me motivation to work on this one so I can also do the new ones!

This is by far the biggest cross stitch I have ever tackled!

This is by far the biggest cross stitch I have ever tackled!

Cross stitch normally takes a back burner to the other crafts as it is the one that is my truly selfish work.  Everything I cross stitch is for me, me, me!  The plan at the moment is to have these beautiful flowered works of art hanging in my living room.  It would certainly help if I did not already loose the last one I finished.  I was going to take it to have it framed, but guess what, it is no where to be found!  That was a month ago and what really made me realize that the clutter was overwhelming.  I still haven’t gotten to work much on the decluttering, but hopefully will find my last beauty when I finally do.

I believe I have a final list ready for the girls’ wardrobes of what I plan to make and buy, so tune in tomorrow for that post!

Have a happy hectic handmade day!

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Weekend Wrap Up and Exciting News!

This weekend was the first I have had Saturday and Sunday off without being sick in quite a while, which made for an extremely busy weekend.  I have been needing to de-clutter the girls toys since Christmas and their birthdays.  They got so many things and some of them had such tiny pieces that my three year old still likes to put in her mouth.  I put a bunch of things up in the closet to bring out in a couple of months to change things up and our toy bins are nicely organized now and no longer overflowing.  An added bonus to this is that the girls are actually playing with their toys.  I think when they have too many its overwhelming and they just don’t play with it, but now that they can find things easily they have been having great fun playing with things.

I also organized the area beside my chair where I keep all of my WIPs.  It was a disaster!  Now everything has its place there and will be easy to find and pick up when I’m ready to craft.

My newly organized craft space.  My cross stitch and small WIPs live in the basket with all my hooks, needles and notions and my larger WIPs each have their own clear project bag.

My newly organized craft space. My cross stitch and small WIPs live in the basket with all my hooks, needles and notions and my larger WIPs each have their own clear project bag.

Last week I had somewhat of an epiphany as I was slogging along on the sweater I was knitting for myself.  While I do enjoy knitting socks and softies, I don’t really enjoy knitting larger items.  I miss my crochet!  This realization almost instantly brought my crafting mojo back.  It was like a weight was lifted when I realized I had no desire to finish the sweater I was working on, so I really shouldn’t.  I pulled out some old things, like my Northern Lights Afghan and my Rippling Vest and have decided that I will get them going again.  The Rippling Vest was turning out too small, way back when (the swatches, they lie!) so I will have to restart it, but that is fine, I am ready to make that leap and get working on a beautiful vest!

My Northern Lights Afghan

My Northern Lights Afghan

The Rippling Vest as it is now.  I will have to restart and consider the current WIP one big gauge swatch!

The Rippling Vest as it is now. I will have to restart and consider the current WIP one big gauge swatch!

I also pulled my cross stitch back out.  It has been a while since I have worked on any and I miss that as well.  I am working on my Flowers and still have both girls birth records to finish (they are four and three!)

What I have so far on the huge flower cross stitch I am working on.

What I have so far on the huge flower cross stitch I am working on.

I have also been reading again with renewed vigor.  I discovered John Saul and have read a couple of his creepy ghost stories.  I am really enjoying them!  Can’t wait to see what happens next with every page I read!

And, last but not least, I promised some exciting news.  The happy, hectic, home is about to get a wee bit more hectic.  We will have a new addition in July!  I found out when I was so sick that I am expecting!  My husband and I and the girls are all so excited to welcome our newest addition and I will keep everyone updated on all the fun, crafty things I make for baby!

Thank you all for following me along on this crazy journey.  Have a happy, hectic, handmade day!

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A gorgeous finish and a fun teaser!

It has been especially hectic around my home lately. I have been off the grid for a couple of weeks. I took a week off last week to get some major cleaning and organizing done, but instead managed to get nasty sick, I mean, the kind where you don’t even want to craft! So, that had me out of the game for a few days. After that, I did manage to get some fun things going on the crafting front.

First off, I finally finished this beauty! It is so gorgeous, I can’t wait to frame it and hang it on my wall!
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And my second (and third projects), those fun super secret projects, have started to take shape. One is about a third done and I’ve started some motifs for the second one. (Two girls, so we need two of most things!) I am loving working on these so much!
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I’m also working on a writing project for a submission deadline, so that is a new feeling for me. I have always written for only myself, so having a deadline to submit is scary. I’m not pressuring myself though. And even if I do get it in, there is no guarantee the publisher will select it. The process of writing is still so fun though! As a matter of fact, I better do some of that right now!

Hope you all have a happy, hectic, handmade day!

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