Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Time Management

I recently read an article on Etsy about making time for your creativity.  Great thought.... except life tends to get in the way!  My day is packed full of work, husband, 2 children, housework, deciding what to make for dinner...... whew!  I can go on and on.  Where do I find the time to create?

I sometimes feel like the guy on this clock, just trying to hang on.  I don't know about you, but I am a creature of habit.  I feel better when I follow a routine.  I know what to expect and when to expect it.  Where does creativity come into play?

I try to save time just for me, usually in the morning before the kiddos get up.  Great plan, right?  In theory, but I can't just turn on the creativity like a light switch.  Creativity is a funny being.  It doesn't like to be on a schedule, it just happens.  Sometimes I get an urge to create and I just go with it.  I can be in my sewing room, in the middle of a project, and before you know it, the entire day flies by.  Crazy!

I guess I need to be better about carving out a little time each day to create.  Where do you find the time?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What are mug rugs????

I am fascinated with this mini quilts, called mug rugs!  What are mug rugs? Is it a fancy name for a coaster, or is it more?  Wikipedia to the rescue:

A coaster, or beermat, is a mat used to rest glasses of beer (or other beverages) upon

So.... it is a coaster.  I think it is a little more, though.  Many of the mug rugs I have seen are much bigger than a coaster.  Why so big?  I believe the mug rug was intended for your mug of choice and a little room (well, let's be honest.  A LOT of room!) left for a cookie.  How sweet is that?

These are two holiday mug rugs I have for sale in my Etsy store.  They are 10 1/2" quilt blocks that I quilted.  I am really trying to perfect my free motion quilting.  Can you tell that I am into spirals?  Perfect place to practice quilting on these miniatures.  

I hope you enjoy my rambling so far.  Don't forget to click on my Etsy store!  (The little slideshow on the right.)

I hope you have a creative adventure today!

Monday, July 29, 2013


I L-O-V-E Scraps!!!
My dear friend hates scraps.  She gives them to me, a perfect solution.  This is my scrap buster quilt.  It is a WIP (Work In Progress), but grows every day.  Can you see all the different patterns in the material?  Valentine's Day, Day of the Dead, Baby Elephants????  What a hodge podge.  I love it!  This pattern is called Pineapple Blossom.  It is from Bonnie Hunter's blog Quiltville.  She is the queen of scraps.  If you love using every last bit of your material (or your friend's material in my case) you can find tons of pattern's on Quiltville.  Have fun!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Here goes nothing!

A good friend of mine suggested I start a blog.  Well, here goes nothing!  I'm very new to the blog idea.  I love following other crafters and quilters, but I never thought of creating my own.  I hope you enjoy following me through this learning curve!Here goes nothing!