For the love of chevron

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Since my last post, many have asked me how I did the chevron wall and made it look easy.  Well, that is what I am going to share with you today, and in fact, it is easy.  A bit time consuming, but anyone can do this 🙂

First I did as much research as possible.  That means a lot of googling and Pinteresting (is that even a word? lol)  Anyway, I took a few ideas from HERE and a few ideas from HERE and put them together to create the way that made the most sense to me.  So here we go!

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First, I found a 10″ x 10″ square (I happened to have a piece of corkboard from a previous project that was the perfect size) and a piece of chalk.  You draw the chalk onto the wall by tracing around the square.  This will make your grid.

Like so:

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The next step I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of, but here is an example from Radical Personality, click here.  She likes to put a lot of tape on.  I decided that I didn’t need all of that to know where to go, but to each there own.

Once the tape is on you will be able to see your chevron pattern more clearly.  Now this is the super duper “tricky” part.  Take the background paint and using a paint brush, paint the edges of just the side you are going to paint chevron.  Doing this fills all the little holes that you usually find after you remove painters tape.  Once the background tape is dry, go ahead and paint your chevron color in.  I did two coats, just to be sure I got all the parts.  I like to remove the tape as I go along.  This is a much disputed step, but I do it for two reasons.  #1. I just can’t wait to see it! Ha!  and #2.  It helps to make sure the paint doesn’t peel once it is all dried up.

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Then start removing your tape.

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Then you are all done!  So simple, but yet makes a huge statement.  I recently did this in my basement also:

wpid-IMG_20140317_165028.jpgEdit: You might be wondering about the chalk on the wall.  It does come off with a bit of water.  If you find that you are still seeing the lines, go through and paint in those spots with the background color.  I did a little of both.

I hope that you are able to understand this and get some info from my research.

Happy Crafting!

Cil

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Busy, busy, busy

Isn’t that the mantra of life?  I hardly ever come across a person, that when asked, says they have nothing to do.  That at least is the case for me, I am busy.  I am good busy though and enjoying the new year very much!  I had intended on keeping up with this blog, but that has not happened as planned.  I am here now though and ready to show you what I have been up to!

I have started this cute little sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  I am doing the 2014 Once Upon a Time Sampler.  I love it and am so glad that some of my stitchy friends talked me into doing it (they really had to work hard at convincing me….hehe).  I am not very far and still working on January’s pattern.  I hope to get some more stitching in on it while I watch the Olympics!

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Yesterday I spent some time finding recipes for freezer meals.  I tried this in the past, but the recipes I had used required me to cook a lot of the meat before hand, the ones I did yesterday however, did not.  I absolutely love it and would really like to get into a habit of making my meals ahead of time, so that all I would have to do some really busy nights is take out a bag and cook it up or better yet, throw it in the crock pot, like I am going to do today.  I found the cost for this is much less than when I go and get a bunch of random food in smaller quantities.  Being able to buy in bulk, really does save money!  As I get more involved with this, I will share with you my strategies and recipes.  Right now, being a newbie, I better just do some testing first.  It’s going to be tough, but someone has to do it!

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I have started a new crochet project.  I have yet to decide what these little African Flower Motifs are going to end up as, either a pillow or an afghan.  However, either way I am going to love it!  They are so bright and cheery!!  They are also a lot of fun to make and are a quick project when I just have a few minutes here and there.  I think I would like to do a pillow first, if it works out well, then I think I would like to put a few up for sale and see what happens.  I enjoy making them- that much!  I am following this pattern.   I actually enjoy looking through that whole blog, so bright and cheery!

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A work project that I have been doing is this little owl.  A customer of mine wrote and asked if I could make her a pillow out of her Father’s old sweater (he has been passed for some years now).  I of course didn’t say no, I hardly ever do to a sentimental project that I know will be cherished!  This is a picture of all the pieces being laid out.  I had enough of the sweater to make another one as well and will be working on that today.  I will share finished pictures, these are another item that I am enjoying so much I might sell them as well.

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And Finally, if you have been following my blog, you have seen some of my progress on this afghan.  Well, I was nervous about not finishing it, so I worked it up fast, so I didn’t have time to get bored! Hahaha!  Now it is one of my favorite snuggle blankets that we have in our house (and we kind of have a lot!)  I think I will be making another one like this in the future, but I would not sell them, as it takes too much time for me to do that.  Perhaps though, Christmas presents?

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So I guess that is all I have for you today.  I hope that you all find something with beautiful color to work with today, there are SO MANY things that could be!!

In health and craft love,

Cil

From the home office

This morning I realized that it had been many days since my last post, but I always wanted to have good pictures to put on here and daylight was the only time to take those pics.  The days got away from me and it was sunset before I knew it.  So, that brings us to today.

I have been busy working on many projects, some of which you will see in the picture collage below.

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The ripple afghan is coming along, just as it was last week.  I think I will finish it either over the weekend or early next week.  I have the “middle” rainbows done and now I can work on the last 3 colors for on the other side.  I’m loving it so much!  It makes me happy when the skies are gray.  Which they actually have been for a few days due to blizzards and snow.

The cross stitch is one of the four Christmas stockings that I want to do over the next year.  I would love to have them all done for me to use next Christmas.  I know that this is a lofty “dream”, but I know I could if I didn’t have anything else to do.  The fact is though, I have a lot of other things I could be doing and want to do!  In fact that leads us the item below:

IMG_9742These are the fabrics that I would like to use to make a crochet hook organizer.  I have been thinking about doing this for years!  I found a pattern that I am really excited about by Dots or Stripes.  I will be giving it a try next week!  I can’t decide between the butterflies and the chevron or the filigree pink and the chevron.  At least I have the weekend to decide.

Beyond all of this I have been working on a few other projects.  One is taking a vintage quilt and putting new batting in a requilting it.  It’s going well so far.  I have it all a part and think I have a plan to put it back together as close to the original as I can.

The other project is a more personal one.  This week I found out that my step mom and friend has stage 1 breast cancer.  With early detection and some wonderful Doctors things are very positive and we are all grateful for that!  I wanted to do something special for her, so I will be crocheting a row on an afghan for her until the day she calls and tells me that she is cancer free and treatment is over.  I am hoping for more of kids size blanket than adult, but know that it is all in God’s hands, and with that I find peace.

I hope that this finds you all healthy and enjoying the life around you,

In peace and craft love,

Cil

New thoughts!

Hey everyone!

It’s been awhile since I wrote here, but wanted to let you know of some plans that I have for this place 🙂

Starting January 1st I will be working on a 365 day project/goal.  Before I get to it though I want to fill you in on WHY I need this project.

As many of you know I own two businesses.  Photography and Crafting.  I LOVE them both, but they are also both very busy at the same time each year.  Which starts to put a stress on my family, and also my mind and body.  I always find myself wishing the months away from September- December, because frankly I just get really, really tired.  Maybe it’s because I am getting “older”, or perhaps, I really just like to have the time to clean the house, do laundry, and make supper for my family…. all while they are at school and work.  Which is why I am going to try something new this year to help alleviate some of that stress that comes at the end of my year.

Insert new 365 day project (This idea was given to me by a wonderful friend, and I instantly fell in love) here.  Starting Jan. 1st, 2014 I will post a picture of a completed craft project to represent each day of the next year.  Now, I’m not saying that I will post a picture every day, or that I will always write a note with the picture, but I am saying that by the end of 2014 I will have 365 different pictures, representing 365 different items.  What this will mean for me by the time next “season” rolls around, is that I will have plenty of items to sell at different craft shows, which will give me the opportunity to not crochet or sew fourteen hour days along with trying to edit images from my other business.  I assume some days will be more of a challenge then others, but I am ready to accept it.  I need to try.

So, what that means for you, is that you will start to see more updates from my blog, which will also be something exciting for me, I’ve wanted to get back to blogging and maybe this will be the push that I need.

Of course I have the other usual goals for 2014… eat healthier things, sweat more, laugh more, stress less, and enjoy life to the fullest!  However, this one item per day goal is going to be at the top.  Time to prepare for the year ahead!  READY. SET. GO……

What goals do you have for 2014?  Do you make goals or resolutions?

In health and happiness –

– Cil

FINALLY complete!

When I think back on the last two years, and what I have been up to. I wonder how it could possibly take so much time to finish a project. Did I really not have 20 minutes to spare? Why 20 minutes? Because that is exactly the amount of time it took me to put the back together so that my quilt would be ready for “quilting”.

Let’s remember how it all started. One week back in 2011 I decided that I would do “weekend warrior” segments on an old blog.  Here is an excerpt from my first post there:

“I will be using a mix of blues, pinks, and greys. I hope to finish the top in 3 weekends or less.”

Original inspiration from magazine
Original inspiration from magazine

So, I thought I would finish this quilt top in 3 weeks.  If that had been the case, then 3 weeks and 20 minutes later my quilt would be headed to the quilters.  Hmmmm…so how did we get to two years?

Well the second weekend I worked on sewing it all together.  So I got the cut parts ready and made some blocks, here is an excerpt about how that went:

“Quilting is definitely an art. For those that are experts at this, I tip my hat! Understanding why something doesn’t square up and how to fix it, is something to be learned. I spent the majority of day 2 creating 6 blocks that are not perfectly lined up and decided I needed to take a “first lesson” if you will, in quilting. So this morning(Day 3) I took some time to teach myself some new lessons. It was a good lesson and I learned much!”

All of my parts cut and ready for sewing
All of my parts cut and ready for sewing
My unperfect blocks
My unperfect blocks

I never did take it out.  I am glad I didn’t.  Now with the finished project you never would know.  That is a good lesson for me to remember.  Quilting can be forgiving if you aren’t going to enter it into a fair.  Had I not thought about this problem so much, I probably would have finished the squares that weekend and would have been ready to piece together the remainder of the quilt the next weekend.  Instead, I got discouraged.  I put it away, promising I would get it out in a few weeks.

A few weeks turned to into about a year.  A year later I spent some hours finishing the top, it felt like such an accomplishment!  Here is a picture of the quilt top.

Sorry for the poor picture quality
Sorry for the poor picture quality

So now you say, you only have 20 minutes left right?  Well, no.  Actually, it has now been more than a year later (by about 4 months).  I finally made a list and completing this quilt was on it.  Not knowing it was only going to take me 20 minutes more, I drug my feet a little.  Finally, this past week I said, let’s do this.  So I started sewing the two pieces together and called the quilter.  20 minutes.  All I do when I think of this now is shake my head.  20 minutes.  That was all that it took, to take a project from almost done to complete.

Finished quilt:

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Queen size quilt

I can honestly say that I am in love with it.  Probably because of the time it took to complete, but also for the original reason.  The design and fabric.  What’s really comical about this is that I have been collecting ideas from magazines for my next quilt project, for two years.  Which of course I already have chosen and can’t wait to get started on.

It will probably just take me 20 minutes to get things organized and get started….

New way of thinking

Not too long ago, March 4th, I wrote a post about running.  If you would like to re-read it click here.  I just did and it made me want to tell you what has happened since then!

Since March 4th we have joined the “Y”.  Our intentions are to get healthy.  For me personally that means getting my muscle back.  I have been loosing muscle for years, but it really took a turn for the worse when I had foot surgery last September.  I had to be on crutches for 2 months and didn’t walk very well for at least a month after that.  My legs looked different and my calves felt like jello.  I knew that something had to change, I needed to do something.  So, in January I started walking on the treadmill a little…and then I didn’t.  I just knew it wasn’t the right atmosphere for me.  I had been a personal trainer, which seems like ages ago, but I know that I love the gym.  So after much contemplation, we joined the “Y”.   I love it, I love weights and I knew they had what I needed to get healthy and strong.

We are on that path now, of healthy and strong.  It’s a path that I love.

I am going to Just Run and see what happens

So now to why my March 4th comments are so interesting.  Turns out that for many years, like my whole life, there was at least one thing that I continued to tell myself:  I am not a runner.  So for all those years that is exactly what I believed.  I went along breathing heavy, not making it past 5 minutes on the treadmill, and feeling like there was no way that I could ever “run for my life”.  I usually have a pretty good sense of positive thinking, but with this I just couldn’t use the right words or get my mind straight.  One day this past month I decided to change my way of thinking.  I decided to say that:  I am a runner in training.  I thought that phrase was good enough, but when I was at church last Sunday and I told a friend that IS a runner that I was a runner in training, she laughed and said “You are a runner.  Once you run a little, you are a runner.”  So it got me thinking that I should probably just say that I am a runner.  Admittedly I don’t run fast, however since I have changed my thinking, I have run 17 minutes on the treadmill without stopping, and I did a walk/run 5K in 39 minutes.  I plan on smashing those times and continuing the positive talk in my head.

This weekend I will do my first 5K marathon (with a real live start and finish).  I will walk/run it.  I won’t be the first to cross the finish line, but I will be a winner because I have given myself a chance to “Just do it.”

Until next time…feed your mind, feed your body, and feed your soul with wonderful things!

Cil

P.S. I got the image off Pinterest, but there was no link to where it came from, but I love it!

End of March

Every month that goes by I am taken a back by how fast it goes.  You can think “Oh that is so far away”, but then it arrives so quickly that you think that it was just yesterday that you said that.  Such is how it goes for me and blogging.  And now I am glad that I didn’t promise to write every day, or every week for that matter! lol

So what have I been up to?  Well, I have been crocheting, sewing, cleaning, mommying, wifeing, and living!  (Obviously I know a few of those aren’t words, but I wanted to stick with the “ing” theme)  Let me see if I can find some pictures to share what I have been up to–

sewing:

Crocheting:

Soon to be made dishcloths. I already have 25 done, but couldn't find a picture.

 

A picture of cleaning something is hard to find, but trust me it happens.  It happens daily 🙂 lol

Mommying:

Wifeing:

Loving and respecting each other

Living:

As the spring arrives, new life arrives

 

I guess that pretty much sums it up for now.  I hope that in the future my posts will be more help to all of you in some way, but I figured I at least should say “Hi”!

Until we meet again,

Cil