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Creating 100

I’ve recently joined a group on Facebook called Creating 100 or More.

This is a group for those of us who have a lot items in our stash – be it yarn, fabric or whatever.  As a member of the group, you try to not buy any more fabric, yarn, etc until you have made at least 100 items using what you already have on hand.  The idea is to use up some of that stash!

This group is exactly what I need!  Although I have bought a lot of fabric and yarn, I have probably been given about triple the amount I have bought for myself.  I have kept the fabric and yarn, even when it’s not my favourite because it could be used for something.  And yet, there it still sits on my shelf.

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We get to create our own guidelines, so for myself, if I need thread or a zipper, etc for part of a project, it is okay for me to buy that.  I am going to try to sew from my own patterns and free ones online as much as possible, but I may buy a pattern or two if I need it.

Want to join me?  I would love the company!  I plan to share some of my projects here with you and I hope it will offer you with some inspiration.

I have started a board on Pinterest called Sewing with Scraps.  I have also started adding projects using scrap yarn and single skeins of yarn to my crochet board.  There are so many great ideas out there!  You can follow me on Pinterest here.

Happy crafting!

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Finding A Balance

What is it that makes us feel that we should be able to accomplish everything all the time?  How do we find a way to balance family, work and household chores?

I am always surprised by the women who seem to be on top of it all.  But are they really on top of it all?

I am a mom.  My day starts early and ends late.  I am at-home, so my house should be immaculate and my family should always be fed a good wholesome, home-cooked meal, right?  Umm.. no.

In my home, there is laundry scattered throughout the house, dishes on the counter, papers stacked up that need to be dealt with, garbage waiting to be taken out and you can bet dinner is just not happening today.  Cereal anyone?  Okay… not every day is like that.

I am a stay-at-home mom to 3 children.  I provide daycare 2 days a week.  I try to find time to sew in order to bring in a bit of extra money.  I have one child that wakes at 4:30-5:00am every day and the last one is asleep around 9:00pm.  I have a toddler in that mix (2 on daycare days).  I don’t clean at night – I am much too tired.  I don’t sew at night (I used to, but now that we have such early days I am too tired at the end of the day).

I am left trying to find a way to fit it all in.

It is a huge challenge.

(Picture taken from pinterest)

I have tried cleaning schedules of all sorts.  Checklists.  You name it.  I also meal plan (but that often doesn’t go as planned because you have to remember to pull things out of the freezer if you want to cook with them!).

Sometimes I am lucky and I get into a groove.  The chores are mostly done.  The family is well fed.  I might even find a bit of time to sew.  I love those weeks days.

The reality is, I find this job to be a challenging one.

And so I wanted to share with you.  Because chances are, there are others out there who are trying to make their way through this juggling act too.

(Picture taken from Pinterest)

Now if only I could find time to get some exercise!

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Are you excited to see what I did with my scraps?

Well, I sorted, tossed, pressed and in some cases cut my scraps.  And here is what I have now…

Now I have to either put them in a drawer, or box, or ??

Want to see some of the fun stuff in there?

Some fun border print –

And fabric to match it.

Some lace edging –

And some really fun retro stuff!

And my personal favourite –

How can you not love that hair??!?!

I also promised you a giveaway!  It’s not much, but if you like little bits and pieces, perhaps there is something here for you.

Prize #1 –  Mixed Strips

Prize #2 – Michael Miller’s Gypsy Caravan -Tiny Squares and Strips

Let me know which prize you would like.  I will ship to anywhere in Canada and the U.S.   Winner will be chosen August 31st.

Tip Junkie handmade projects

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As you probably know, I am moving my sewing space.  This has meant that I have to go through my fabric.  I have a horrible thrifty habit of picking up free fabric that often includes scraps.  I have so many scraps!

I’m going to start going through them more thoroughly and I hope to show you a bit along the way.  It also means that I am going to have a giveaway soon!!!  Don’t worry – I won’t just send you a crumpled pile of scraps.  I’ll be pressing them and cutting them.  Only time will tell which fabrics end up in the giveaway though!

So, stay tuned….

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Taking time off to be with my family is always a great thing.  Spending time at local beaches with my family reminds me about how much I love living here.  It makes the pricey cost of living here not so important.  Because how can you beat this?

We had a great time building a big sandcastle this weekend ~

It even survived the tide coming in!

In other news, I have been moving my sewing space away from the kitchen table and into our basement.  I’m trying to do this with spending little to no money.  I might have to spend a bit on storage containers, but am hoping to not have to buy too many.  Here’s a sneak peek at the start of the move.

I was thinking of getting a new desk.. but in the interest of saving some money, I used this table we had stored from a Christmas dinner we hosted a couple of years ago.

Trying out different ways of storing things.   I will have to keep looking around for more containers though because I have a lot more ribbon than this!

My quilting cottons (stored above the DVDs, video games and controllers – this is in our TV/Family room!).

Bins of other fabrics.

I’m going to need more bins though because I have all of this…

..plus four more boxes and bags to sort through still!!

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First off, I’m not going to take credit for this awesome idea.  I saw it somewhere on the web a while ago and today as I was sorting through many, many socks, I remembered it.

Up until now, I have always thrown the single socks into a basket.  With 5 people in the family, it can get pretty full at times and definitely overwhelming.  Today, I did this to our lonely socks ~

We now each have our own hanger of lonely socks hanging up in the laundry room.  I hope this will make things a little easier and hopefully we will find friends for all our lonesome socks.  If not, then I think I see some crafting in our future!

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Backseat Organizer

I am a minivan mom.  My van is a constant mess – except for the day I clean it.  The next day it is a mess again!

It is amazing how much stuff ends up in the van when you have three kids, 2 adults and a variety of guest riders.

So I made a couple of these…

It will be great for out-of-town trips and hopefully will at least give them a place to keep books and pencils that always seem to fill the van on a daily basis.

(Don’t look too close!  I whipped these up super fast with not much attention to detail and didn’t even have matching thread!)

 

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