Sewing taking up all my time….and I’m okay with that :D

So I’ve been a bad wife…well, a bad housekeeper I guess would be a better thing to say.  You see, I keep putting off as much house work as possible for as long as possible so I can sew.  Yes!  I have to admit the problem to fix it!!

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I would like to thank the lady at Hobby Lobby for not asking why I need 1/4 of a yard of all that fabric…and coming back over and over with more…

My husband doesn’t seem to mind, so I’m not going to sweat it.  I mean, he sees it as I’m trying to earn us some monies, which I am, so, he’s not going to say “hey quit playing around in there and fold some laundry”.  He wouldn’t ask me to leave work to do the dishes, so how is this any different? (I mean, that’s what I’m telling myself anyway) I have even said “y’know what, I don’t care how much weight I want to lose, I’m not going to the gym today so that I can sew forever!!!”  I think I’m on a dangerous path…but it’s fun! 😀  It’s not like nothing is getting done at all; he goes around and tries *bless his heart* to do some things, and eventually I’ll stop and say to myself I need some clean clothes…better do something about that.  Our house is definitely not turning into an episode of hoarders.

I think last night/ yesterday was one of those moments when you think to yourself “this is real” which…is silly because I almost never do that.  I think it’s like after Walter White made his first money after cooking up a batch of meth.  (okay we’ve been watching Breaking Bad on Netflix, like every single day)  Anyway, I finished up  a bag (which is now on my Etsy page) and we watched our last two available Breaking Bad episodes.  Well then it was around 8pm…and I went back into my sewing room and I was only going to cut some fabric up.  I ended up cutting, sewing the strips together and pinning it to the batting.  So around 10:30pm I decided we should probably go to bed…I mean we did have to get up and come to work today.  Now, I understand most people are like “so what, you started a project immediately after finishing one, what’s the big deal?” okay I do not do that.  I am a “alright, one down, in a week I’ll start another one” kind of…project starter.  I mean if I even get to the finished part.  *cough cough two unfinished quilts*

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waiting to be cut up!

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cut up, sewn together!

In other news, last night I was taking pictures to put my bag online, and my  husband walked in and saw my tiny “studio” and thought it was hysterical.  I’ve mentioned before, he works at an art college, and so he’s told me some of the small things he’s picked up just from talking to students about photography, and I’ve tried to implement them into my photography for etsy.  I have a tiny lightbox, which is really too small for these bags I’m making but great for small items.  Anyhow, I had my stuff all set up, and there I am on the floor with my tiny tripod and my 8.1 megapixel camera from four years ago and he’s all “your phone probably takes better pictures you know” and then he says “well maybe I’ll get you a nicer camera…..you know after you start selling stuff”  I thought it was so sweet.  Okay I like any time I get anything, or even if I don’t get anything but someone says ‘I want to get you this’ it just warms my heart.  I don’t know why…you’d think only getting things would make me that happy.

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My lightbox

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It works 😀

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action shot! 😀

Anyhow, I hope everyone is having a lovely winter!  I know I’m ready to be uncomfortably hot every day!  Stay warm everyone!

Happy sewing!

Happenings in the Cute Fluffin Stitch world!

I think it was last Thursday I saw a blog post about the Modern Quilt Guild coming to Nashville.  Well I’ve always seen these things but they’re usually in some place that isn’t convenient to me…so I was like yes!  I could go to that!  Then I saw it was $600 to go…boo..and that’s because I’m a local!  If I were coming from out of town and wanted a room alone it’d be $1200!!!! (Ho-Lee CRAP!)  But then I saw that if you were a quilting guild then it was like $120 less….so I was like well I guess I need to join in one of these guilds.

The first thing I think of, is World of Warcraft.  I couldn’t get into WoW because the way my husband tried to teach me to play was not fun at all.  That and I don’t play well with others.  I am a solo-gamer type.  That’s why I like games like the Sims.  No one is barging in and saying “hey you need to put an extra bathroom between the kids’ bedrooms” or…whatever they would say.  But none the less, my husband was trapped in the World of Warcraft for a while.  While in there, he was in a few different guilds from time to time, and he’d tell me about guild drama, and I would get so tickled.  Who are these people…playing this online game, joining groups to pick fights with other people…just silly.  So I’ve taken a look at the Modern Quilt Guild in the Nashville area and they don’t seem like the type to cause ruckuses.  And it’ll give me something to get out of the house and meet people.

So, besides my guild joining, my mom came to visit me this weekend!  My mom’s been trying for over a month to come visit me.  I know, it shouldn’t be that hard to plan a trip, but it is.  We had some plans to work on this weekend.  Namely, doll clothes.  And my mom wanted me to show her how to sew and stuff…and I’m the best daughter so… 😀

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My mom saw all these listings on eBay for (in her words) crappy doll clothes going for big money.  And I looked at them, and I did agree, they were not exactly top quality doll clothes, and she said we could do better than that.  So she went on the search for the doll/model.  I found a American Girl dress form, and she found a doll which…needs a little TLC but she’ll be a great model.  It’s also really cool because when I was in elementary school I wanted one of these dolls (okay not one but all of them because they were so cool) but I didn’t get one because they were like, $75 for JUST the doll and everything else was like….a billionty dollars.  And now they’re like $120 or something, which is just crazy if you ask me.  So I’m glad I didn’t get one when I was younger because I would have played with her for like, a month or so, then moved on to something else, then she would be sitting in a box somewhere being unloved.

I got us a seemingly easy pattern for these American Girl doll clothes off Etsy for like, $5 or something and printed it out and took it home for us this weekend.  And we also made a trip over to Hobby Lobby (my preferred shopping destination) and ended up with a McCall’s pattern….packet…envelope? Thingy.  I told my mom we need to practice, so we’re going to get “junk fabric” and test out with one, and we’ll go from there.  We also got some real steals from the remnants bin. (there was OVER A YARD of yellow and white CHEVRON COTTON!!!!)

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Well I learned my mom and me are exactly the same and we don’t want to practice and “waste time” and we want to do the whole shebang and it’ll be perfect.  Well, I talked her into at least doing ONE practice dress.  And she kept asking “do you really need to iron it again?” and I said “yes, as a matter of fact I wrote an entire blog post about this.”  I also told her we were going to use a thread that REALLY stood out from our fabric so we could see any mistakes easily so we could correct them for next time.

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So after we did our “easy practice dress” my mom thought this other pattern seemed to look “much simpler” which…I knew couldn’t be true but we gave it an honest effort anyhow.  I think it turned out pretty well, even with our last minute decision to ditch the sleeves.  (they were a disaster.)  My mom then said “well that was harder than it looked” to which I said mmmhmm…(which means yea I know! I knew that already!) but it was all very fun.  My mom also said it would probably be easier to make real people clothes because doll clothes were so small and had such tedious pieces.  I’m sitting there thinking well why do you think I make blankets ‘n stuff!?

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But I digress.  It was very fun and it was a great learning experience.  And now I have little doll clothes patterns to play with and possibly make a little cash with.  I’m very happy my mommy came to visit me, all the way up here in Nashville.  I’m also happy we got to spend time together just having fun and playing around with sewing stuff.  And we must have not done so bad.  I mean even my husband said “that looks really great, you could actually sell this” which, he almost never says!  So I was pretty excited about that too.