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Satisfaction Does Not Equal Work Input

I started another quilt…I know, I know. I have three weeks before I find out what the baby is and I have to occupy myself somehow. Right? I can’t sit around and watch trashy reality TV on Netflix all the time, can I?

This quilt I started is for the church bazaar (November 10- Mark your calendar!)

I’m trying to sew as much as possible before I am too occupied with preparing for our new velociraptor to join the family. And really, a side note, this is totally a velociraptor. I hobbled around most of the weekend because of the tremendous pain in my left hip. By Saturday night, I couldn’t get my leg into the bed and we have one of those low Ikea beds…lifting that leg two feet was NOT going to happen. Mr. Lulu managed to move it, with me in tears. YAY! Anyways, back to the quilt…

So I started this quilt and realized something. I realized why I keep saying I’m not going to ever quilt again. I find it tedious. RIDICULOUSLY tedious. The cutting, the measuring, the math, the “OHMYGOD MY SEAMS AREN’T LINING UP!” … it’s all too much for me. I don’t find the satisfaction of a finished blanket to exceed the trauma of sewing the blanket.

The thing is, my blankets usually turn out ok. If you inspect them microscopically, you will find numerous errors, puckered fabric, I don’t hand sew (oh no no, I don’t hand sew). But they are functional. I prefer Monet pieces…they are pretty when draped across a chair or couch and snuggled up with. My quilts will not earn quilting prizes.

I’m actually quite envious of people who can sit there and quilt and turn out beautiful pieces. I really am. I don’t have it in me. I find it dull. And boring. And tedious. The work exceeds the satisfaction of the finished piece.

So while working on dull, tedious pieces, I work on other things that are fun and cute, and where the input is equal to the output, at least in my brain. I do things like these:

Cute little burp cloths from cloth diapers. I love fun sewing like this. And I’ll be making me some of these little guys too. I mean, why not? I have a huge stash of fabric and the diapers are relatively inexpensive. Then I can look at something cute while my velociraptor vomits all over me.


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Hey there! Hi! YOO HOO! (I really just like saying YOO HOO! <- see, I did it again)

I wanted to update you…no, I haven’t quite moved to Tumblr yet. I know. And no, Jon Hamm did not show up at my house with hockey tickets, or a trip away, or anything like that. Mr. Lulu did make me scream on Christmas morning LIKE JON HAMM was at the door, when my stocking rang…and inside (buried at the very bottom) was a new iPhone 4s. SIRI! She’s my new BFF.

But this isn’t about Christmas past….No. Or New Years…because that too has come and gone and here we are, ten days into the new year. Only 355 days left to accomplish all I need to accomplish! 

Let us start with a list of (and I will put this in big bold letters for dramatic effect) EVERYTHING LULU BEAN WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2012!!! (if you said it in a big booming voice, you got what I was going for!)

  • Clean my sewing closet. I wish I had taken photos of it to post, but um, its an embarrassment. It needs cleaned, purged, reorganized and made all the better. Are baskets REALLY the best way to store fabric if it ends up in piles? I don’t know. Thoughts, dear reader(s)?
  • Take three more graduate classes (and then I will have one left in 2013 and I will graduate!)
  • Continue to work with the commissions I sit on, without being a poopoo head about it
  • Continue to work with my most awesome church and do the most awesome things for the Most Awesome. (She totally deserves capitals!)
  • Keep my hubby happy. (Make your hobby, hubby. Keep your hubby happy. When he’s a little chubby. He’s the happy pappy. With Rockenschpeel! Flintstones, anyone…anyone…?) This includes renewing our vows at our 10 year anniversary.
  • Redo my screened in porch, which includes painting, replacing wainscotting, cleaning, maybe removing furniture. Why DO we have so much furniture? Again, I’d show pictures, but…it’s scary
  • Sew more. Hey! Look at that! A sewing bullet! And by sewing more, I mean, the quilt top for me. A new dress for me. And work harder to better my sewing skills.
  • Better my sewing skills (totally deserves its own)
  • Learn how to use my serger

It’s going to be an exciting year, this 2012. Iwill do what I always do…get ridiculously busy, freak out, wonder why I do it, enjoy it, and then rinse and repeat. Because that’s what I do. And at 32, I think I’ve become OK with that. I’m not sure Mr. Lulu has…I really don’t think Mr. Lulu is OK with the “freak out” step in all that, but he’s supportive. But I’m sure he’d like to see one of those bullet points “not freak out when I put too much on my plate and can’t deal with it simultaneously.”

So before I leave this posting today, here is the finished quilt I made for my friend April. We are doing a blanket swap. She’s crocheted me a blanket, I quilted her one! It’s so exciting!

April's Quit

This is the beginnings of Charlotte’s quilt. Her mama picked out the fabrics, which are adorable! It’s another Disappearing/ Vanishing 9 patch. When it’s finished, I’ll post more pictures!



Charlotte's Quilt

Till then, happy sewing and happy 2012!



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I am not a stranger to my own blog

Hello. How are you? Oh, you don’t…this is embarrassing…

I write this blog. Yes, it’s difficult to remember someone who is randomly posting, but my goodness, you know when browsers aren’t updated at places you normally write, or your blackberry makes for terrible postings, or when you come home you are either too tired or you are doing homework which is completely unrelated to doing anything crafty…so you don’t think about writing about crafts because you are too busy writing about land use management these days..

Well, I haven’t been ALL that busy, I have done a few things.

First, Go check out my blogroll! Yes! Updated links! Fancy blogs filled with creative people who update more than once every coughcoughcough…

And second! I had UFOs in my closet. You know, those unslightly unfinished objects?! yes, well, I completed them! And here they are!

Place Mat Purse


Flower Tote

and my favorite

Damask Purse with Beading

I love, it’s hard to see, but I love the beading on the last one. It’s so fun and swishy and classy! It was my first time sewing with beads like that and I tell you, they get everywhere when you run them over with your sewing machine. OOPS!

I’ve been doing a lot of embroidery as well. Mostly labyrinths for our church’s bazaar which is coming up in November, but it’s a lot of fun. Labyrinths are great for relaxing your mind, but they are also great meditation to embroider.

Well, let’s hope that I’m back on here a little more. I mean, how much can one possibly write about the legal issues of redevelopment of land. Don’t answer that…but I’d much rather be writing about the fun crafty things that have been happening.

In the mean time, go check out some of my favorite blogs. They are awesome. Just like you!

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Pillowcase People

I promised pictures of the owner’s of the pillowcase dresses wearing them. Their mom brought them to church today wearing them. She even surprised the girls with flip flops that match the dresses. Their mom is a master flip flop maker- she makes the cutest sandals! (*ahem* we traded pillowcase dresses for flip flops!)

Anyways, this was my first venture making children’s clothes and I’m pleased.

Here are the girls in their pillowcase dresses…

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Moving to Ready-Made

Yes, I’ve been sewing. Really, I have. But most of what I’m sewing, I still can’t share, and you’ll have to wait.

But the other day I went to Joanns for the first time in ages, and they had a bunch of purse handles on clearance. I mean, $1.97 is an awesome price! But of course, I forgot my debit card and my “I’m awesome because I own my own company and I get 15% off my purchase” card. So I went back on Thursday to pick up “a couple things.” Well, who woulda thunk that not only did they have some purse handles on sale, but they had a WHOLE HECK OF A LOTTA purse handles on sale. And purse accessories, like feet! And hooks! And latches! And things!

So I bought those things. Yes, I broke down and bough ready made handles. I know. Usually, I’m not a fan of using them. Mostly I’m not a fan because at $6 a set, it tacks a lot of cost into the handbag. I like keeping my prices down and buying pre-made handles, no matter how awesome they are, gets expensive.  Now, $2 a set, I can buy! And boy did I buy!

Lots of Handles!

And I started using them…This little bag, is brought to you buy the book Hip Handbags.

So far, I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s easy to use and has tons of good ideas! I just started this little number (which isn’t finished, by the way, and excuse today’s photos, I had to use my blackberry).

The bag is about 10 inches tall and 14 inches at it’s widest. The bottom is somewhere around 9 inches by 3 inches. I love this little bag. The reddish translucent handles make it stand out. It’s just fun!

But again, not to harp, the fun thing is I can sell this bag without a huge mark-up to cover the cost of the handles. (Have you noticed how much of a stresser that is for me?)

I’m having fun, taking time away from my hush-hush sewing project and getting back into the swing of things. I’m partially motivated by my Etsy Showcase on May 17th. Yes, self-promotion.

But it hasn’t been all work and no play. Tomorrow I’ll be in the Big City to watch my first four students get confirmed at the Washington National Cathedral. I’m so proud *sniffle* that I sewed a new dress for the occassion.

This is where the picture of me and my dress was supposed to go. But it is a terrible picture and no one wants to see that. So I took it out. But here’s a description: a halter dress of brown, pink, and white horizontal stripes, with a brown band across the top. It’s  a fun summer dress that reminds me of neopolitan icecream. Or maybe, I can EAT neopolitan ice cream and if I get it on me, then no one will notice! And of course, it’s supposed to rain and be gross tomorrow, so I’ll also be wearing a sweater and probably some closed toed shoes.

EEK! Ok, anyways, so YES! So much is going on! But it’s fun and good and so far, I’ve been pleased with getting back into sewing. When I have more bags finished, I’ll get them up and into my blog. And my store…keep an eye out!

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Joann’s has…

NEW FABRIC! Not just like, new prints, which they do, but they have PUL! and BAG FABRIC! This is awesome news, peoples. I bought this…
and made two big grocery bags out of it. Surprisingly, the bag fabric (which is a coated paper fabric) is REALLY easy to sew. And cut. And stare at and touch. I love it. It makes me HAPPY!

Then I bought this !!! Isn’t it gorgeous! Wait, this is just a blue square. I didn’t even buy blue, but I bought PUL!!! I have been BEGGING our Joann’s to order PUL and they are now stocking it for the peeps who like to make homemade diaper covers. I wanted it for a sandwich mat that I saw on a blog once, but now I can’t find it. That doesn’t mean I won’t do anything with my PUL. AU CONTRAIRE! I did go with the fabulous Wanda’s (who runs the store) suggestion and got a new needle for my sewing machine. She would’ve sold me a walking foot if they hadn’t run out. (Side note about walking foots, feet…whatever… I tried to buy one for my brother and it didn’t fit, so I am sans walking foot.)

Another sidenote, I got an A in watershed. :)

But I’ve been sewing. I’ve sewn a curtain and valance set for the one weird window above our front door. And a skirt. And bags. The two aforementioned grocery bags (which I WILL photograph) , a new make up bag with an inner pouch, and a couple bags from Keykalou‘s city bag pattern.

I LOVE THAT PATTERN. Here is one that I have for sale . The prototype I carry with me- it’s a sunny-tastic polka dot bag of fun. Another (which would be photographed if the camer batteries didn’t die) is red with a green mushroom print. Awesomely fun. Then one I’m working on now, I jokingly call from my “fall collection” is the same pattern, but a brown and red plaid with a leather top. There is something sweet and comforting about it.

There is so much I want to sew right now and my poor fingers can only go so fast. Same with my sewing machine. But it’s been fun. Semester has ended. Church called a priest. Confirmation is this weekend (and I will be wearing the newly sewn skirt!) Hopefully now I can spend more time sewing and blogging.

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Completely unrelated…

I am now a (an?) Eucharistic Visitor, otherwise known as EV, but not to be confused with EVOO, which is a nice substitution in your cooking. So, if you ever find yourself in need of communion, I will be happy to come and administer to you!

I will say, that Eucharistic Visitor sounds like a(an?) euphemism for a ghost.

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