Monday, August 30, 2010

Goals? What are those?

OK well, I've been partially derailed this month. Most of you know DH was injured in a bicycle accident on the 22nd. Since then, there has been little accomplished in this household that didn't revolve around him. While certainly he didn't do this on purpose and cannot change the fact that he has needed a great deal of help to do everyday things as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery, he has still been...well, I'll be kind...a typical male patient. Let's just say that my going on Diva's volleyball trip to Memphis has a lot to do with DH still being alive. I do want to know how I can do every load of laundry in the house on Thursday, be away for two days, and come home to EIGHT loads of laundry that needed to be done before going to bed on Sunday. I recognize one load was Diva's volleyball clothes, but STILL.

So, you get a partial goal vacation this month. To summarize: I did some stuff. Didn't get to other stuff. Completely punted a few stuffs. My life is so exciting.

What you really want: pictures of stuff. :-D

Earlier this month, I took two very amazing classes through my LNS with designer/teacher Susan Greening-Davis. Susan KNOWS STUFF. I learned tons about finishing and textiles. What I really like about her is that she shows you the technically "right" way to do things, explains the logic/reasoning, then tells you when it's really needed and when you can get away with cheating. She's all about the end result. I also like that her designs and kits are focused on finished items. Her stuff isn't available through LNSs, only through her trunk shows. Most are limited editions and include everything you need to finish the project. Here's what I bought:
Spooktacular Stitching:
spooktacular kit
Celebrations of needlework 15th Anniversary Spot Sampler:
celebration 15 anniv kit
Starry Night Hanging Ornament:
sgd ornament kit

The class projects were a stitching seat cushion with pockets for your stitching supplies (very handy for Moonlight Stitching at the LNS) and a discontinued Longaberger basket with doo-dads for holding supplies. There are not photos of the finished product, but here are pics of the kits and my progress:
seat cushion class
basket class

Really, the best part of the classes was just talking to Susan. Worth the cost of the classes. She's traveled all over and studied needlework and textiles. Font of knowledge. My dream is to take one of her needlework trips abroad. I think she's working on one to Ireland for 2011 or 2012.

Later this week, I will post updated pics of MTM and NSTR. Those are the only projects to see any stitching progress this month. I'm hoping September will be more productive!

I did buy boxification supplies to further my ambition to be Melissa. I bought The Book with the fabulous instructions, and had a silk dupioni sale, so I indulged a bit.
boxification supplies
Don't know when I'll actually make one, but my hope is to make at least one before the end of this year.


  1. Looks like a great haul there :)

  2. Love the hand-sewn boxes book, and might just have to aquire that myself one of these days. Don't know when I'd get around to making one either though!

    Glad your DH is on the mend, and hope he stops being a typical male patient really soon.

  3. Yes...Susan is an awesome teacher!! I hope to take more of her classes soon. Sorry about hubby...I understand entirely! And I am ordering that book....looks fabulous!

  4. Sweet haul. I think I'm in love with the chair organizer.

    Is this were I tell you I finished Kathy's Lighthouse box in a 2 day frenzy?

  5. Cool stuff! And I love made up stitching words. Where else would words like "boxification" and "ornamentify" even make sense?! LOL

  6. So sorry to hear about your DH, hopefully he will continue to heal quickly.

    Awesome stash haul! Can't wait to see your finished box:)

  7. I hope your DH recovers really fast. Nice acquisitions, those classes sound like great fun.

  8. I totally understand what you mean about the male patient mentality - I'm glad that you were able to get away, and take a class with Susan. It looks like you took some fun classes!