Monday, November 26, 2012

Checking In

Hey y'all!  Long time, no blog!

I just wanted to check in because it has been quiet around here for a while.  Truth is, I haven't been sewing, so there's not much to share.  I have been pretty busy hanging out with my kid and husband and of course here in the States there was Thanksgiving and then the subsequent after Thanksgiving shopping.  It's a tradition for us, but it seems like the shopping just isn't that great anymore.  I barely got anything except a new outfit (yay!) and a couple of trucks and books for gifts for my boy, because nothing was priced so that I couldn't pass it up.

Okay, so there is ONE tiny little thing I sewed.  I am participating in the Modern Scrappy Bits Swap 2 on Flickr.  My partner didn't give any info on anything they might want and hasn't been commenting on anyone's photos (*sadface*), so I didn't have much to go on when choosing what to make.  I figure most sewists probably have a pincushion, but maybe not a needle book, so that's what I chose.  Since I am all obsessed with hand embroidery lately, I opened up my new Doodle Stitching Motif Collection book (Aimee Ray) and found the perfect motif for pins and needles: Hedgehogs!!  Here's a photo of the finished product:

modern scrappy bits swap 2 bundle

And here it is all wrapped up!  I hope my partner likes it and lets me know.  That's part of the fun of being in a swap, you know?  

modern scrappy bits swap 2 bundle

I'm hoping to get the house in order this week with Christmas decorating, so that I can move on to Christmas sewing.  The husband got the majority of the lights up on the house over the weekend, but there's still more to do outside.  And then I want to get all the garland and other interior decorations set out.  Then we will go get our tree this weekend (although I keep thinking maybe we'll just get the faux pre-lit tree down from the attic...).  I wanted to make an advent calendar (it's on my to-do list - which I have been updating!), but if I don't get started in the next day or two, it won't happen.  I may still do it, just so I can get it packed up with the decorations so it's nice and ready for next year.  I will probably do this table runner if I can, so I can cross that off my list.  For the Christmas quilt, I have finally decided that I will do mostly random charm square patchwork, possibly with some star and tree blocks mixed in.  Now just to find the time to sew!  Especially because I have lofty goals to make a lot of gifts...

I anticipate things will continue to be pretty quiet around here because if I'm not sewing, I'll be decorating, making cookies, going to the post office, and hanging with my boys.  I am pretty active on Instagram though, if you want to keep up with me there.  I am kristananne on there or you can find a button to my feed on the top right of this page.  If you'll just excuse me, the boy would like me to read him a story!


  1. What a lovely little package Kristan! You clearly put a lot of thought into it, and even though you didn't have much to go on, how could your partner not love it?

  2. Darling needlebook and your packaging is just as cute as the package!! I am sure your partner will love it and i hope you hear from her.


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