Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September finishes

In many ways, this has not been an especially good month for me.   But when life gives you lemons, you know what to do with them.     Since I ended up mostly homebound for several days this month after my concussion, I had more time on my hands than usual and, between long periods of sleep, actually got a few things done. 

First,  I made another eternity scarf out of minky fabric -- this will be one of my go-to Christmas gifts and I will choose to keep at least one for myself because I love these things!   They are super fast and easy to make -- maybe 15 minutes from start to finish, so a perfect activity for those feeling-crummy days -- and they are warm and cuddly to wear.
My painted teapot was also fired and finished this month and I am happy with the way it turned out.    It is the perfect size for me when I am alone, which is most of the time.   I might use the grandkids as an excuse to go back and paint a few more pieces for myself!

I have several partial packs of charm squares laying around in my stash so I took a couple of hours (separated by long rests) to sew a couple charm totes and think I will make more once I decide whether to make others the same size or experiment with larger ones.    You can make three of them out of a single charm pack!   I got the tutorial from the Missouri Quilt Company website.   I loved the way they turned out, so then I started just making totes from some of the mountain of fabric from my stash.   All I needed to buy were the buttons for the closures, and that's only because I lost my button box in my last move.

And of course I made my ooo la la tote from the April in Paris fabric that I thought my lovely daughter in law would enjoy carrying her French classroom work to school in.
 I also made a delicious french  coconut pie, using a recipe from Dolly Is Cooking.    This super simple recipe was so good that I immediately forced my children to take more than half of the pie out of my house because otherwise I would have eaten the whole thing myself!    I sort of regretted not keeping more of it for myself because my portion was too soon gone.  :)   It was so good that I made two of these pies again for a volunteer retreat that I put on at the hospice where I work.
I won some beautiful threads from Lisa at In the Boon Docks.  I am trying them out in a variety of my projects -- using good thread makes me feel like I am pampering myself, so this has been such a treat!   For a slacker like me, September has been a productive month!

And so of course I am linking up to Barbara's September NewFO Challenge at Cat Patches.  :)


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

My goodness but you've been busy. I like the colors in he first 2 totes the best.

How do you feel now - all healed?

Barbara said...

Whoa! You have accomplished a LOT! Good for you!

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

I love your projects. You got a lot done even with the concussion! I have made a few flannel infinity scarves and love them. I'm making a few more for holiday gifts this year as well. So fun and quick!

Gayle said...

You've been so busy sewing and I am so jealous. I haven't even posted about sewing machine my husband got me for Christmas... a Bernina with lots of bells and whistles to the tune of $4000... and I've sewed two stuffed animals in 9 months! UG. I have to finish painting my craft room (fist coat in march and it's now... what??) Someday I hope to sew as beautifully as you do.

Dasha said...

What a lot of stuff you got done for someone who reckons they were poorly. LOL. Wonder what you would get up to if you were firing on all four cylinders??

StitchinByTheLake said...

How in the world did you get a concussion? As I get older I am more and more careful...constantly aware that if I fall the consequences won't likely be good. I love that minkee scarf! I wouldn't have thought of that but it would be so perfect for church where the drafts are awful. blessings, marlene