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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Busy, Busy - That's What I've Been

I can't believe it's been a whole week since I've written in here. I wanted to write more frequently, but sometimes time flies too quickly and before I know it, a week has gone by.

I finally finished up a denim rag quilt I was working on. Need to wash and dry it one more time, and then it should be nice and fluffy - at least I hope so! It's the first rag quilt I've ever made. I can't wait to see what the "finished" product will look like. Last week, I also made some yummy candy cane scented soap. It's not just your usual peppermint, but it smells of vanilla and butter. It's divine! I also made some chubby and grungy looking candles. The grungy part came quite by accident. I'll be posting some pictures of them soon. They smell wonderful as well. Soap making and candle making is a wonderful smelling hobby! Once I finish up the grubby candles, I'll be putting them up on my Etsy shop. Same with my quilt.

I've also been taking art lessons from Roses on My Table. I love the videos thus far. Zinnia is a very capable and engaging teacher and very easy to understand. I can't wait to start my mixed media crafts!

In the meantime, I'm waiting for some fabric from Joann's as they were having an impressive sale. When I got my initial order confirmation email over a week ago, they said it'd take 7 to 10 business days to receive my order. Eight days later, they notify me that they're finally shipping it. Um...that's kinda a long time to wait to ship out my order. No wonder stuff was no longer in stock. And then they charged me twice for the order and didn't credit me for the out of stock items. I'm none too pleased about that, as you can imagine. I emailed them earlier today but still haven't heard anything. Hopefully it'll get straightened out soon. Also purchased some various yarns and ribbons through a site that was having a 75% off sale. I'm going to have my son build me a loom, and I'll be doing some weaving, which I'm keenly interested in.

Hmmmm...quilting, candle making, soap making, weaving, mixed media, jewelry making...sounds like I have A.D.D. when it comes to crafts! At least I'm trying to discipline myself enough to finish up one project before I move on to another.

Tomorrow I'll be going to the second hand store and see what goodies I can find. I purchased some lovely sheer curtains last week and then this amazing, huge pottery plate. Oh my, it's beautiful! I had to send my son to pick that one up, as it would've been too large and heavy for me to carry with my bad back and shoulder. I'll be taking pix of my second hand store loot as well and sharing with y'all.

Tomorrow I'll be doing a whole bunch of writing, since I received a ton of writing projects over the weekend. Yay! Still haven't been paid in full by the woman from Australia, though she did send a meager amount last week towards the balance. At least it's something!


  1. I can't wait to see your quilt. I've only attempted a quilt once, and I can't really call it a real quilt. I took huge pieces of printed homespun, cut them into very, very large squares, and sewed them together. Very easy... then attached those to a blanket I didn't like anymore and it came out pretty good, but it's definitely cheating. lol

    So, you accidentally grungied up some candles, huh? LOL Well, hopefully it was a pleasant surprise. At least you are a prim lover. :-)

    That is just crazy about the Joann Fabric's order. You know, I've heard that happening, well, similar stories, from other gals too. They just don't seem to have their online shopping together all that well. I'm so sorry all that happened. I hope it gets straightened out for you very soon.

    Oh yes, and please do post photos of what you're working on. I'd love to see. The art classes sound very interesting. I might swing over there to check it out myself. Might be something very nice to do during the long winter months.

    What's this about the lady in Australia? Is it for a writing project you had? Not to be to curious, but hey, you mentioned it! ;-)

    Hope all is well with you,

  2. Hi, Susan! I hope you're feeling better day by day.

    Still unsure how the rag quilt will turn out. I've washed and dried it a couple times, but it isn't as fuzzy as rag quilts generally are. I'm going to wash and dry it one more time today to see how it goes.

    The Aussie woman is someone I worked for as a freelance writer. She has owed me over $1,500 since September, and because of that, I haven't worked for her. So not only does she owe me a lot of money, I also lost my job since I won't write for her until she gets current with the balance!

  3. Oh my gosh... that's awful. Is there anything you can even do since it's out of the U.S.? I hope you get paid. That's just flippin' terrible.

  4. No, I don't think there's anything I can do since she lives outside of the U.S. Those of us who do online freelance writing pretty much know it's part of the risk, but it stinks nonetheless. At least this past week I've gotten some extra writing projects with a client who pays right away, sometimes even sends a deposit!