Bunny Brain

Do you ever get into about 20 little projects at once?  I know that you do!  If you’re reading this you probably sew, and UFOs are a very real thing because everyone gets distracted!

I am sewing up a storm (again) for (another) craft fair in October in Murfreesboro, TN and my brain is doing something that I’ve deemed “bunny brain” where I start one thing, hop to something else, go back, hop again, hop hop, hopping all over.  Maybe it’s ADD.  My brain just likes when I am doing a lot, because it’s noisy up there, and to be noisy outside as well as inside makes things seem normal.  Sadly it isn’t always very productive.  So I decided, I’m probably not the only one and I thought I would share with you some tips that I use to cage the bunny, so to speak.  (My god I hope that isn’t code for something)

Bunny Brain Tips

  • Planner

My planner is a real godsend.  My planner isn’t always cuted up and adorable, (but then sometimes it is!!!) I just need to take a little time each week and write everything down.  Actually writing it down, not just typing things up on a Google calendar, which I also use, actually helps make things STICK in my head.  It also helps me to generally have a plan.  Not a 8:05 pour coffee 8:07 sit down and do whatever, but a “alright today I want to sew, clean and go to the grocery store”, then block out times to get things done.

  • Lists

This goes hand in hand with my planner, because this is typically where my lists go.  Lists help me put tasks into steps.  They also help me keep track of what I want to get done, how far along I’ve come, and when I finished things.

  • Goals

I found the best way to start (and finish!) a project is to first make goals.  When I got my planner, I decided I was going to set monthly goals for myself.  They’re really vague, like finish a project, declutter, but even these are little goals.  With goals, one little goal leads to a larger goal and so on.  So decluttering for me started as thinning out my clothes.  I have a lot of clothes and I don’t wear a lot of them.  I started thinning them out, then it led to thinning out my nail polish (Hi, my name is Ashley and I have a nail polish addiction) then thinning out the junk I had in my jewelry  box.  You see where I’m going?

  • Reflection

I (should more than I do) take time to look back at my lists and notes to myself in my planner and it helps me to see that I can finish projects and accomplish goals that I set for myself, and it helps me continue to finish projects.  The sense of accomplishment that I get from looking back really helps me to strive for more.

  • MAKE Time

Something I think everyone can agree on is that sometimes “there just aren’t enough hours in the day” trust me- I’m trying to instil a gym routine, I know.  Sometimes, if you really want to get something done, you have to make time.  You have to wake up a little earlier, schedule out some time, and DON’T PUT IT OFF.  I’m entirely guilty of that, but the less you do it, the easier the habit is to break.

Anyhow, those are my tips on keeping your brain in check. 🙂  In sewing news, I finished up the nautical baby quilt that I’ve been working on!

I quilted with some “organic waves” that I did using my walking foot, and I machine bound it, didn’t like it, took it all off and hand bound it.  I have never done hand binding before, and it was actually very fun!  (it fulfilled my monthly goal of “try something new”) I can’t sit and cross stitch or needle point while watching tv, but I CAN hand bind!  And, well, I have a tv obsession.  (If you are one of those who has “gone off of cable” you’re a better person than I will ever be!)  I’m also working on my Michael Miller Fabric challenge, but it’s still sitting on the design wall, waiting for its turn.  I hope you’re all having a great Fall so far!!!

Until next time, happy sewing!

This past week…

Can I just say that the beginning of the year is a bad time to roll out new accounting software!  I’ve been so stressed double entering everything and things not working right that it’s been stressing me out to the point I’ve been grinding my teeth and talking non stop in my sleep!  I broke a tooth, people!  And I chipped my front tooth!  I spent the greater part of 4 hours in the dentist chair Wednesday with my mouth propped open (btw, my cheeks are still sore and it’s Sunday) and I get to go back in a couple weeks for a permanent crown. 

I digress.

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing spurts this week!  I whipped up some really cute infinity scarves for my store, which, when I list something I think it will sell right away…and it doesn’t and it makes me crazy!  Is it just me?  I keep checking the stats and they keep going up but nope, they’re all still there.


Yep, all there

Also this week something magical happened.  Nintendo re released the scariest of all the Zelda games on the 3ds.  Majora’s mask.  This game came out in 2000 on the N64 and may be the root cause of my anxiety.  I never actually played it, but I watched my boyfriend’s little brother play it.  The premise of the game is the moon is going to crash into the world in three days unless you can save it.  No big deal right?!


Also there are lots of things on the interwebs about how Link was actually dead the whole game and this is just him going through stages, all kinds of things.  Also, they killed his horse.  How. Rude.  Anyhow I’ve been facing my fears and playing for hours on end all weekend lol!

But the BEST news of all! Yes! Better than the scary game!  I have graduated to the world of adult planners.  Last year I got myself a birthday gift of a planner.  I’ve had them in the past, used them for about a week and then trashed them.  Like, a lot.  So I thought I would get a one year one just to see how I’d do, and if I didn’t use it much, no big deal.  Well I did it.  I made it about eleven months using my little planner to help keep myself organized and even help remember random things. (When did I first go to the doctor for that tick bite?  When did we look at this house or that house? All there!)  I was planning on getting myself a filofax for my birthday this year, but my husband beat me to it! A week early!  ❤

I’m the proud new owner of a Malden Filofax a5 size that is so cool looking.  It looks like if Thomas Jefferson had a planner, and the capabilities of dying leather, this would be his.  (Btw, thank you, drunk history for forever renaming Thomas Jefferson in my head as Tommy Jeffs.)

I’ve got it laid out how I want it, now I just need a couple more pages and it’ll be good to go!  Now I have no idea what to do for my birthday now lol.  Although….my husband found some Twin peaks fabric for sale on Spoonful 😮

Until next time! Happy sewing!

Snowballing!! Avalanche alert!

Yes.  In May!

I know that this just doesn’t happen to me, (right? RIGHT?!)

When I am feeling sad or in a funk, I dive into making.  I sew random things, I don’t let my disdain for cooking keep me out of the kitchen.  (and hey, even if I don’t like to cook, doesn’t mean I can’t do it.  I can do it pretty spectacularly, and it’s ALWAYS pretty, but I just don’t….enjoy it.  It’s so gross.  Meat all in your fingers…or flour that won’t go away…greasy EVERYTHING…basically I don’t want to make food.  I do it….but I do not enjoy it.)


Amazing chicken enchiladas. Again, I CAN do it, I just don’t WANT to do it.

Anyhow…so yes, I delve into making things.  The only bad thing is that there isn’t enough time.  I work full-time, so…I’m at this whole, job thing all week.  So when I get home, I don’t want to make dinner but I do it anyway, I don’t want to go to the gym but I do it anyway (I’m still about 7 pounds away from my first weight goal, so I need the gym), and I only get to sew for like, a couple of hours at the most.  Which…I mean is basically pointless.  In my world anyway.


Sad Sunday sewing.


He did help me feel a little better.

When I go to my sewing room, Al follows me and sits on the bed across the room, stares at me and whines.  He doesn’t like it that my husband and I are in two separate rooms, and he doesn’t like that he can’t sit on me.  So, he just whines.  I take this as he needs to go out, so we go, he doesn’t do anything and we go back inside…and he whines some more.  This continues until I can’t stand it anymore, and then we go watch tv.  Meanwhile I’ll have gotten two pockets sewn, flipped and pressed.  Basically nothing done.  Like, why did I even turn my iron on at all?!  It’s turned off twice from inactivity…


“why can’t I sit on you?”

Well, while I’m wanting to sew and can’t, I think of things I want to sew.  My brain literally fills up with “I wish I could be sewing this, oh I should be finishing that, I am literally almost done with that”‘s and it gets a little crippling.  So much that between Al whining at me and the two seconds of sewing I can get in, that I feel like I’m getting nothing done.  Then I think of ideas for my etsy shop.  This, is no help at all.  I want to get enough things in my store that instead of having sections like “bags, coasters, quilts” and whatever, (lame.) I want to have a cute, a fluffin, and a stitch sections.  For example, cute stuff would be like, stuffed animals, or would they be fluffin, one of the two.  Stitch would be like coasters and bags….I guess?  See, do you see what my brain is doing?!  It’s all squished in there not making any sense!!!!

My planner is really helping me out with all of this.  When I can make a list, and I can cross things off, I feel a little more accomplished and less in a whirlwind of “what am I even doing with my sewing life?!”  So if you, like me, feel like you’re in a whirlwind of not getting what you want done accomplished, make a list.  It helps me keep myself accountable.  Also, I make little notes like, when I did something so that if I wonder “when’s the last time I cleaned the bathroom?” I can look and say “Oh, last Wednesday”.



Anyhow, so that’s what is going on with me.  I’m trying to make my lists and stick to them.  Even though there are arrows…and..scribbles. :O


Sewing has been bumped like, 3 days. At least I can cross off “Blog” now, right?! 😀

I hope you’re all keeping a little more motivated and organized than I am!  Until next time!  Happy sewing! 😀

Things going on Thursday

I mean, that’s kind of like WIP Wednesday, right? 😀

So, I’ve decided that the binding on that baby quilt is not quite up to snuff, so I’m salvaging what I can and resewing what needs to be resewn.  It will take just a little time.  The seam picking is really annoying; deciding where the good starts and ends.  But it’s going to make me feel better for it to be done properly.


See? That flap? It’s not a consistent flap…


I’ve also decided I want to make some little Easter-y things for my Etsy shop.  I posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram a tiny battle between eggs and bunnies.  I think the eggs looked a little more like footballs, and the bunnies, well they had creepy button eyes.  However, the bunnies won, so I’m going to make some of those to go in my shop. 🙂



The zombie apocalypse includes bunnies…apparently. 😮


Egg…football? Alien vessel? What? IT’S AN EGG!


Eggs Vs Bunnies!

I ordered a planner last week, and got it WAY early so I can’t start using it quite yet.  I’m excited, because I really wanted to get one for myself before now, I just couldn’t find the right one.  I got mine at Mod86Designery and got it REALLY fast.  It’s a little big for my purse, but now I can finally make the bag for myself that I’ve been wanting to make.  If all else fails, at least it’ll be an effort I made at getting more organized.


So cute!!! Too big for my little purse, guess I’ll just have to make myself a new bag! 😀

Until next time, Happy Sewing!!!!  AND HAPPY SPRING!