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

Getting Crafty

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After starting my 365 day challenge of an item made per day to sell, I quickly figured out why that isn’t going to be exactly what I need to do.  Why?  Because it’s impractical.  Basically because I don’t need 365 items to sell, but also it takes away from the creativity of my products.  Some items just take more than a day to make, and I want to be able to do those items as well.  So my new “goal” as I like to call them, is to do something creative every day.  Fill some of my time with doing something that makes my heart and crafty fingers happy.

That brings me to what I have been doing that has made me very happy over the last week.  The new afghan that I have been working on!  Now I want to preface this, by saying, for the most part I don’t finish afghans.  Not because I don’t like them, but because I lose interest.  It’s unfortunate, and up until a few months ago, I had the proof of it.  Notice I said “had”, that’s because I literally through out about 5 afghans that were a quarter of the way completed.  It was kinda sad, but also helped me to move past them.  Anyways, enter Instagram.  I had downloaded it to my phone over a year ago, but never really used it.  Recently, my Dad had told me that might begin using it , and I thought….heck, I could give it a try.  This time instead of just posting a picture, I started exploring others with my same interest and found tons of ideas and amazing crafters just like myself.  I came across an afghan that screamed at me, it was jumping up and down… “make me, make me”.  I liked the pattern, so I got started, using yarn that has built up in my stash.  Now I can’t put it down.  So I thought I would share with you what I will be working on more today and in the future have a completed project of.

I hope that something that inspires you falls into your lap, but if it doesn’t, go looking for it.  It’s out there for you to find!!

In health and craft love,

Cil

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Truly Madly Deeply

14 years ago, my husband asked me to marry him.  It will always be one of the greatest memories of my life.  After that day we spent 9 months planning a wedding.  Another memory I will always treasure.  For our wedding dance we played “our song”, ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ by Savage Garden.

We have used these words through out the years and my husband always signs letters and cards to me using these words.  So when I came across these words on a pillow (on pinterest of course) I knew that I had to figure out how to make it mine.  I knew there were many ways that I  could make this pillow a reality.  I am after all a sewer, but I wanted it unique.

I recently found my love for cross stitching again, something I have loved since I was a young girl, so I thought why not put together my sewing machine and stitching hand to make something that will be a treasure forever. 🙂   I created the pattern and put it together, I used linen to stitch on for the first time.  I am so pleased with the finished product!

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Thank  you Justin for being a wonderful husband and friend!  I truly madly deeply do love you!

Cilicia

First Monday in February

I can’t believe I just typed that title.  ALREADY, the first Monday in February!  Every year I think that time goes fast, but as I am getting older I find that time flies even faster!

I have a list of things that I would like to try or do that could keep me busy for a very long time, but I always seem to think that I can fit it all in, in just a short amount of time.  Why do I ever think that is possible?  I decided at the beginning of this year that I was going to take a sabbatical from my businesses and focus on my family and finding my artistic mojo.  I thought, oh yah, two months will be enough time.  And then went ahead and listed all the things that I wanted to work on during that time.  Here is my original post:

“I am going to take a sabbatical from my photography and home and hearth businesses starting January 1st to focus on three things, and their names are, Justin, Jazmin and Jadyn. How am I going to do that you might ask? Well, I am going to do that by bettering myself. I plan on not crocheting or sewing during that time, unless I feel empowered to, but instead spend time doing things that I have not done for awhile like cross stitching, baking, working out, scrapbooking, (maybe some quilting), community choir, and taking a continuing education course in photography(I always have to be learning, it’s who I am). With this I hope to regain some zest for my businesses and make some big decisions as to the direction that they are going. By taking this time for me (and my family) I think it will give us a stronger future. I have spent much time healing from this foot thing, but have not spent many hours doing things during that time that really seemed to complete me and it’s time I take that back! I know this will be a hard thing for me to do because I am not one to say no to work, money and a challenge, but I still think it is needed.”

Seriously, did I think I could do all of that?  I lol at myself for thinking it.  What I am finding is that I love many things that I listed there.  Things that I had put off.  Things that I had forgotten about.  Things that bring happiness to both me and my family.  What I am finding is that I am going to revamp how I run my businesses to fit my family and not try to fit my family into my business.  I feel like this is going to be a really fun year, and I can’t wait to see what it brings, But I really hope it ……

S L O W S  down!

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