I've been having a pretty productive week. I'm pretty proud of myself. A big part of it is that we haven't had all that much going on, so I've been home and able to get things done. I realized a couple weeks ago, that even though Christmas was (then) over a month away, I have a limited amount of craft time when the children are asleep. I usually get about 2 hours in the afternoon while the younger two are in their rooms for naps/quiet time before Firecracker gets home from school. Then I get 2-4 hours in the evening after the kids are in bed, depending on when we get them to bed and when we go to bed. Depending on how the kids are behaving on any given day, I can work on gifts for others while they're awake, so that adds some to my craft time. I think the scarcity of kid-free time has helped me budget my time better.
Every year, I make too many plans for homemade gifts...and every year I run out of time for half of them. This year, I've got some pretty ambitious plans for homemade gifts for Christmas.
My biggest projects are the kids' quilt. I'm working on a bed quilt for each of them. They all need one that fits their current bed...and I know if I don't get it made for Christmas, then it probably won't get done for at least a year or more with the new baby coming in March. I could go buy them bedspreads...but the truth is quilting is my absolute favorite kind of crafting and I don't get to do it all that often. Of all the many quilts I've made, Firecracker is the only one of my kids that has one I made, and I'd like for each of them to have one.
Here's a sneak peak at the progress on Firecracker's quilt. I tried using some basting spray...and I am in LOVE! It made the machine quilting to easy! Now all that's left is the binding.
I've got Sweet Pea's quilt top mostly finished. I'm hoping to get it basted (and maybe quilted) this afternoon. We've got good weather for it...and it has to be done outside because of the fumes associated with the basting spray.
Sweet Pea will also be getting a new fleece fitted sheet (click here for the tutorial) to coordinate with her new quilt...
My mother-in-law saved me and picked up the last of the fabric I needed for Little Brother's quilt. I didn't buy enough of the main fabric...and they were out online. The box with it just arrived yesterday, so now I can start on his.
I've also been experimenting with some bead mazes for stocking stuffers. Once I finish them, I'm hoping to get a tutorial and patterns up.
Yesterday, I finally tried a tutorial for printing onto fabric for some coloring ornaments. These aren't finished, but this printing on fabric idea has opened up whole new possibilities.
Besides the two double layer fleece blankets (tutorial here) we made...
I also tried out the braiding technique on a scarf...hopefully a tutorial will follow soon...
And if all this is making you tired to read...it's made me tired to do. I think I'll be going to bed early tonight. And rest assured, the house has suffered some...The kids have watched more Toy Story than they should...
And while the kids have loved putting up the Christmas tree and ornaments...
And the kids are loving the nativity sets...at least the two we've pulled out of the garage.
And I'm loving that our foundation is in. They should start framing our new house next week!!!
Last, but not least...I've made a few tiny changes to my blog which you may or may not have noticed. I added a little Favicon which should come up instead of the blogger icon.
And in one last piece of blog news...November 2011 was my highest blog traffic month yet. Yeah!! My biggest months before this always came when a particularly good project was featured on a couple of "big" blog at the same time. But November was just a regular month with regular projects, so it was a nice little surprise to see so much traffic. Of course I know the only people I really need to impress are my husband and three little kids, but it's nice to know there are people out there who find what I share useful.
How as your week been?