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Re: Looking Forward to the Move: Part One
My husband will be looking forward to the certification class on the longarm. He can't wait to get
i went thru west concord last week and thought i saw a 'moving sale' sign... rechecked it today and
Re: I never finish anythi...
A couple of years ago, my daughter gave me a pattern and a tote bag all cut out.i never finished it.
I'm definitely NOT the Queen, maybe a minor princess or duchess in UFO's. A few weeks ago, I was loo
This pillow made me laugh out loud! I am happy to hear about your move... no worries about parking
Loved your blog entry, reminded me that I am not alone! In the UFO category. Congrats on your weddi
I'd probably be in the running for Queen of the Unfinished Projects (though that's not saying I'd ac
Re: Laminate Allows You to Get Messy!
Oh, and also, we do not have an exact move-in date yet. The new space requires a build-out, which re
Patty, I'm going to email you about the colored bar. And thank you! We're excited, though, I'm sorry
I was wondering why there is a colred strip in the middle of each page.. On a psoitive note I love t
We have a running joke at the shop. Donna, who manages our inventory, insists on a two-week turn-around policy on samples for the shop. Jane (the owner) and I are not so good about following that policy. As a matter of fact, Donna likes to say (to everyone) that we never finish anything. At Christmas time, Jane made this gorgeous topiary and left it at the register to be a constant reminder to Donna that she does, in fact, finish things.
December must be as good as January for resolution because I decided that I needed to assert my ability to finish things. In keeping with our "never finish anything" squabble, I found a pillow embroidered with "I never finish anythi." Perfect!
I quickly managed to finish the embroidery portion of the work. As soon as I finished it, I set it down on a table at my friend Sandra's house and left it behind. She let me know she had it, and mused that maybe this is why I never finish anything. I picked it up the next month, and set it aside to finish.
By this point, I was knee-deep in preparation for my April wedding. So, it continued to be set aside--probably 10 different places. With the wedding joyfully complete, I finally felt like working on something creative. Actually, what I felt like doing was finishing something. The "I never finish anythi" pillow popped into my head. It was sooo ready for finishing.
I set up the ironing board, cleared off my sewing table and went looking for the pillow stitchery. I checked where I thought I'd left it. It wasn't there. I checked another pile. It wasn't there either. I ripped apart my sewing room and my guest room looking for it. 45 minutes later I gave up, laughing that yet again this may explain why I never finish anything.
I was determined, though. I was going to finish this pillow. So, I printed out the design again, and went to re-trace. I had set some Kona Snow on the ironing board when I was setting up, so I grabbed that to cut it into the right size. Guess what was mixed in with the fabric? Yup, I found the finished stitchery.
With my determination re-energized, I added borders and the back to the stitchery. I stood up to turn it inside out, only to realize that I had sewn the stitchery on inside-out. Part of me really wanted to leave it that way. I mean, it would have been perfect. But, I knew it wouldn't last. So, I took my trusty best friend, and ripped those seams right out.
More determined than ever, I re-pinned back and front -- double-checking to make sure that I had RIGHT sides together. When it was complete, I actually said, "Ta-da!" to my dog, Toto. He didn't seem that impressed, but, some days all you really need is to actually finish something, and I did! Now it will live at the shop to be a source of laughter and inspiration to all who can relate.
Have you ever had a project like this? That just seemed to not want to be completed? What was it? We'd love to hear about it! Did you ever finish it, or did you give up and move on to something else?
I'd probably be in the running for Queen of the Unfinished Projects (though that's not saying I'd actually win).. I could make a nice thick catalog of unfinished projects. LOL Let's see... some of the things I haven't finished yet include: A wall hanging that just needed backing and binding, a "Herself-the-Elf" pillow...front... (ok.. that tell you just how old some of these projects are?? LOL), a teddy bear that's still in cut-out pieces, a tiger cross-stitch that was/is supposed to go in the center of a quilt for my husband (from way back before I even really knew how to quilt), a seat pad and backing for a rocking chair that's been put in storage, and lots more.. I haven't necessarily given up on them. I'm finally in a "finishing" part of my life, and am actually able to do some crafting now and then (besides taking care of my husband and 2 little girls), so besides some of the currently-needed (and possible-Christmas gift) projects I still gotta finish, I want to start hauling the older projects out one by one and actually finish them. :) I hope to finish everything before I turn 60 (I'm 33 now). LOL Though I can sorta see me trying to finish some of these when my youngest is off to college (she's 3 now). ;)
Loved your blog entry, reminded me that I am not alone! In the UFO category. Congrats on your wedding! I would love to try my hand at the topiary, are there instructions anywhere for it or was it just done on a whim? Thanks, Lee
This pillow made me laugh out loud! I am happy to hear about your move... no worries about parking and since I live in Littleton I will be that much closer! I have been living in Japan for the school year and really look forward to a visit to your shop and a big stocking-up this summer!
I'm definitely NOT the Queen, maybe a minor princess or duchess in UFO's. A few weeks ago, I was looking for a piece of fabric to finish a bag I was making. Thinking I'd packed it in a particular place, I started rifling through things, and came across a cute little mint-colored baby sweater, needing one more knitted arm, and alittle further on, the pieces of a teddie bear applique for a crib blanket, cut but not sewn. Oh, yea, there's more, but I'm sure you get the idea. The person I started these for is my 44 yr. old son. But, I will finish them. Maybe sometime in the future, when one of my grandchildren make me a great gramma. Or, when my stash finally runs out!
A couple of years ago, my daughter gave me a pattern and a tote bag all cut out.i never finished it. I put i in a zippered bag that used to contain a bed set. I'm taking to VAlue village.
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