Upcoming projects….but first!

In light of my craftilicious job news yesterday, I rewarded myself with new walking/running shoes and a new crafty book: Improv Sewing. As a new stichin’ bitch, I actually kind of suck at using patterns and seeking perfection, so this book seemed like a great way to maneuver around all of that. I’ve already bookmarked all of the projects I’m ready to tackle next week(ish) between my shifts.

Look at all those post-its!

Projects Include:

1. “Meandering Cardigan”, which uses a t-shirt, so hooray for upcycling!

2. Personalized Project Folder

3. Fabric Photo Frame

4. Wall art

5. Sketched window sheers

6. Memo board

7. Produce bags – instead of using those plastic ones all the time! These are made with muslin, so they are reusable. Green = great.

8. Reversible graphic belt

9. Dress shirt wrap – I cannot tell you how many men’s dress shirts we have in this house, many of them unworn. So…I’ll be remedying that. Hooray for upcycling (again)!

While perusing all of these fabulous sewing projects, a few snags came to mind. One, I was being harassed by my sweet kitty.

It is difficult to sew or craft when there is a cute cat in your lap/arms.

Two, my craft room is a wreck. Seriously, it looks like a tornado came through here, followed by an epic battle between the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, which, actually, would also explain the tornado (thanks, Storm).

You can kind of see my sewing machine there, under the various scraps and items to be re-hemmed because they were made cheaply and are unraveling.

Three, I haven’t had my machine serviced since, um, ever. Surely by now I have done about 8 hours worth of sewing, so I need to probably take that sucker in for a good oiling and basic maintenance before I take on a book of sewing projects.

Luckily, I live a hop, skip, and a jump away from Field’s Fabrics, so it looks like I’ll be making a visit there on Tuesday or Monday, before taking on my joyful projects. Besides, I need a whole lot of cotton jersey fabric to tackle these projects anyway.

Today, then, my creativity will go into making this room more organized. Or at least give the appearance of that. Because, um, yeah. You saw the picture.

Heading out of town for the weekend, so I will leave you with one of the demotivational posters I made for my father-in-law last night for his bday. Have a great weekend yourself! And keep crafting because it’s super fun. Even when it’s not.

This is a joke because he had this game for two years and only recently stickered them. Because we helped him.