Thursday, January 21, 2010

A day full of finishing....

Finally, a day to myself! I was going to have one on Tuesday, remember! But by the time I took kids to school, grabbed some groceries, went to the gym, I only had two hours left before I had to start picking up kids! Now I don't know about you, but to me a day to myself is WAY more than two hours!

So today, DH was out of town for work, and wouldn't be home in time for supper.... I skipped the gym and had a grand time! :) Want to see some pictures?

Step One:

When you go to Jo-ann's to pick out backing fabric, it's best NOT TO LEAVE YOUR COMPLETED PROJECT in the buggy when you leave! If you do, you have to call back and beg them to go find it and then call your DH and beg him to go pick it up! Yup, after working nine hours, that's exactly what DH wants to do! Thankfully, DH loves me lots!

Step Two:

Get everything you need! The glue? Well, you just never know!(see all those GAST threads? they were in the package left at Jo-ann's too!)

Step Three:

Three hours later, you will have made a much bigger mess, but at least you have a light saber to protect you from the frog!

but somewhere in there is a little bit of completion! :)

This was three stitched pieces, plus a fabric backing all that went on diamond shaped matboard, with padding glued on! (see, I knew I'd need the glue!)

Then you have to attach each stitched piece to the board, then you have to connect two of them to each other. (twice) Then you have to make a fiddly little scissor holder thing that will take up at least AN HOUR!

Step Four:

Finally, you begin to see some progress. Now you get to add all the cording, that you just made, and you get to hide all your mistakes with the cording! :)

Step Five:

Add the cute little white pins, that really help hid imperfections!

Step Six:

Realize that you have no idea how to connect your two completed pieces! The directions say to do it with ribbon bows, but I'm not picturing how that's gonna work! So you lovingly set all of it aside, and will beg help from your professional stitcher friend ASAP!

Step Seven:

After picking up kids from school, you realize they are much more interested in the new wii resort game than you, so you start and complete the Witman Tin! The finishing part, not the stitching part! It really seemed quite easy compared to the rest of your day!

I need to stuff the fob and connect the pincushion, but I think it's cute! Luke said, "Uhm, Mom! isn't that supposed to hold chocolate?" Silly kid!

Speaking of the silly kid, I think the birthday party wore him out!

The pictures aren't's cold and rainy and dreary here! Plus I have a headcold, and my fingers are killing me! And I'd rather be stitching, than taking pictures.... Maybe next I need to make friends with a professional photographer!

Thanks for all the suggestions on where to get the charms! That's on my to do list!


FayeRaye said...

funny story!~~ I and you are one LUCKY lady....Thank goodness no one spotted your bag!~~

stitchinfiend said...

Thank goodness your bag was still in tact when you got it back. I feel tied just reading what you have been up to. Think I will join your boy on the lounge.

Carolyn NC said...

Awesome finishes - love the play-by-play direction. I think they turned out beautifully!

Kathy A. said...

What a wonderful funny post. I so enjoyed reading this - except for left the stitching at Joann's part - my heart was in my throat till you got it back YEA!!!
Love the photo of one exhausted dude!

Mylene said...

All your finishes turned out great. Well done!

Marion said...

Great finishing as always need to come here and help me!!
Love the play by play.....

Take care!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Love the walk through, although the part about the cart left me restless the ending was perfect. Give that DH a big HUG from fellow stitchers.
Be always in stitches.

Marion said...

Sara...another question...where do you display all your smalls? And, how many do you have? Inquiring minds want to know! LOL


Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great finishes! A dull day made bright by many pretties!

Teri said...

Love the pictures and the stories!

Daffycat said...

GASP! Thank goodness your bag was still there!

It was lovely to spend the day finishing "with you" today!

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Anonymous said...

At least your bag of goodies was still there - I've heard an unfortunate tale with the opposite heartbreaking ending :( Your finishing day had some awesome results - all your finishes are stunning! :D

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