Procraftinating

As a writer, there are many days when I can sit and work on my manuscript for hours upon hours upon hours.  But today, my friends, is not one of them. 🙂 I’ve spent the morning staring at my computer screen, nearly going cross-eyed with the longing to write something worthwhile.  In the end I gave up and decided to let myself play with a little fabric and paper instead.

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In my attempt to procraftinate today, I pulled a few old scrapbook albums from my shelves.  You guys, look what I found… my baby boy, looking completely adorable three years ago, playing with his toys while big brother was away at school.  I can’t believe how much he’s changed.  And I can’t believe that I haven’t made the effort to scrapbook my boys’ lives very much since then.

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The picture of my baby was taken from a Project 365 album, and while I don’t think I can do another daily project that’s so time-consuming, I would love to try week by week.  Would we call this a Project 52? 🙂 My fabulous friend Kristen introduced me to a company called Simple Stories that looks like it offers promising and helpful products.  They have this scrapbook collection coming out in December and I think I may have to order it.

What kind of products do you all love for your memory keeping? Do share – I need all the ideas I can get. ❤

Les Amis

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I finished this cute little lap quilt with one week to go – pretty proud of myself.  I can’t wait to see my sister open it.

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I chose this fabric for her quilt because it says “Les Amis De La Foret” (friends of the forest).  She loves the outdoors and works hard to protect wild animals and their environments.  I tease her all the time about being a tree hugger, but the truth is the trees, little frogs, and turtles in her part of the world are lucky to have her on their side.  🙂

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Speaking of wild little animals…

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This binding thing gets easier with every quilt I make.  I’m actually enjoying it now.  See how neat the corners are?  So proud.  😉

Owls and Turtles and Birdies, Oh My!

I’ve been busy, busy, busy making a couple of quilted gifties for Christmas.  I can’t wait to wrap them up!

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This yellow/green lap quilt uses zig-zag stitching that I absolutely love.  It’s the third quilt I’ve created using this pattern (Easy Does It! by Darlene Zimmerman).

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And this colorful quilt was created using the adorable Le Amis Fabric Collection.  The colors are so cheerful and the animals on it… SO cute!  The owls and turtles are my favorite.

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And as if I don’t have enough sewing projects to work on already, today I gathered some cute fabrics to make a wintery quilt.  Since I won’t be able to finish it by Christmas, I thought I’d avoid red and green and instead try reds and grays and aquas so it can be used all season long.  I’m thinking a checker-pieced pattern here… with double-stitch quilting… and I’ll probably change my mind ten times before I actually get started.  🙂

An Invitation

Hello friends!  It’s been a little while since I’ve posted on my sewing blog!  Things have been crazy busy with my new book, and I’m currently writing the next one.   I’m about halfway through it and hoping to be finished by Christmas.  Fingers crossed!

I would like to invite you over to my author blog where I post a few times a week – sometimes about writing and publishing, sometimes about my adventures in the creative world.  I’m going to be posting my sewing adventures over there too, so please pop in and visit! You can even sign up to receive my blog posts by email (just type in your email address under blog subscription) so you won’t miss any news, fun, or giveaways.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall!  Can you believe the holiday season is upon us??  Time goes so quickly these days… if only we could figure out how to slow things down a little.  😉

Happy crafting and sewing!

There’s always time

Is it just me, or are things getting crazy busy?  With so much going on before summer vacation starts and a manuscript hogging  my attention, I almost forgot to sew over these last couple of weeks.  Almost.

But even in the throes of chaos, there’s always time for playing with pretty fabric, right?   Maybe I’ll have this baby finished by the end of the summer!  🙂