I've been a bit distracted and absent minded lately. OK, that's pretty normal for me - but this has been more than usual! What with working on challenges and planning for the holidays and the "project from hell" (more on that below), I have not posted pictures of some of the other things I've been doing.
Two Creative Studios BOM
You might have noticed the badge for this. Over there on the right side of my blog. I joined the 2 Creative Studios ning group that Sue Bleiweiss and Terri Stegmiller host. We are in the third month of Terri's Block of the Month. Here is a picture of my first two blocks ... third block to come soon.
I'm a Winner!
Part of the fun over at Two Creative Studios is that they are giving away prizes - and I won! HOW could I forget to post about that? Here's my loot:
Think of the fun I can have with that fabric! And Sue makes these amazing notebooks with lovely paper inside. This is almost too pretty to make marks in. But I bet I will get over that!
This swap was over quite awhile ago and I teased you with WOW pictures, but never showed off the finished products. Arrgh! Well, here they are. The theme was Art Deco meets Art Nouveau. These are the ones I sent out:
And here is my set from swap partners Jannice, Edwina, and Peggy:
I've been trying to get into a postcard swap about every month. November's theme was open, so I did a Fall scene. We have enjoyed watching the squirrels dash around scooping up walnuts this year.
And this is the one I received from my partner Doreen. She used an embellisher and some stitching to make this lovely card.
Another new thing you may have noticed on my blog is the badge for Story of the Traveling Pages. I joined a group who will be making and swapping pages for a fabric book. There are fourteen members, so this will be a yearlong project beginning in January. My theme is "Doors" and I can't wait to see what the talented ladies in this group do for me. If you click on the badge, it will take you to the blog we have set up.
Why Is This So Hard?
"This" is a very nice pattern from a well-known designer who has a reputation for easy, well-written patterns. It is definitely NOT the designer's fault I am having a horrible time with it.
I started the project as a gift for someone for Christmas. It may still get there, but I'm doubtful. I had to scrimp and patch to have enough batting and interfacing for this and then nothing fused like it's supposed to. I have ripped and re-stitched just about every seam. I've walked away several times. I think the only reason it hasn't gone to the UFO closet is because that is full already! My original idea was to make several of these this year. Since I had to cut out 53 total pieces for just one, THAT IS SO NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!!
So, there you go. With this rambling, picture-heavy post, I should be all caught up. I wonder what I've forgotten?