Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Starting on the Task at Hand

Cutting begins

The last batch of dog ornaments I'll ever do with this pattern. I just started cutting on the order for GRREAT of 60 much felt.  I try not to think about the enormity of this task.  I have, in the past, done 122 ornaments before during my Holiday rush, and over a shorter amount of time.While I do have till August to complete them all I am still in the middle of completing a few other projects, namely The Feather Quilt.  That too is also due in August, but I need to have it entirely pieced and the backing sewn together so I can send it out to be quilted.  That just means that my quilt actually needs to be done by June 1st.

As long as I do a little bit each day I'll steadily chip away at both of these projects.
I've set a goal for this week to cut 10 full dog ornaments out each day.  If I can stick to that I'll have all 60 dogs cut out by Sunday night, that's 120 pieces of felt all cut by hand.  So far I have the first set of 20 done, 40 more to go!

I am no longer selling these ornaments in my Etsy shop.  GRREAT is a Golden Retriever rescue organization who contacted me almost 6 months ago to do this final order for them.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

1008 Pages of Awesomeness

I finally finished Words of Radiance in the middle of the night late last week.
It seems fitting that most great and interesting books compel us to read well past a 'normal persons' bedtime and since most of my free time is only in the evenings these days it goes without saying that this will inevitably happen.

I really can't say anything bad about this second book.  It was just as good as the first, if not even better.  There was never a dull moment and it just kept pushing forward at a ridiculous frenzy.  It really felt like the world was going to end or beloved characters were going to die because there was just NO possible way they could survive a Highstorm.  It was drama and even the beginning of a love story all tied up in one neatly packaged gemstone.  I will say it will be helpful to read the Stormlight Wiki and even the notes in the back of each book to keep things straight and fill in some gaps.  I sense a division coming between the Knights Radiant who wield true Shardblades and those fight with Honorblades.

I don't know how Sanderson is going to keep this story moving forward so smoothly.  I mean ten books is a tall order, even if you can write exceptionally well there is bound to be one so-so book.  I hope to eat those words once this series is finished, but till then, well played Mr. Sanderson, well played.

If you're keen on starting this series the first book is called The Way of Kings and you can keep tabs on what he's up to via his website.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Bunnies Tutorials

My Spring Bunnies Tutorials are now both up and live over on Lupin's blog!

Check them out and make a few up for a Happy Spring and a Happy Easter!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ideas and Buddha

Allison's Quilt Begins

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”- Buddha
I have a sketch book, scraps of paper, post-it notes by my nightstand filled with ideas and drawings of things I'd like to make or attempt to make.  But they often languish on their pages for months and sometimes years before I even manage to find the time to bring them into being.

Sometimes because I've waited so long before trying my idea the whole passion for it has faded into the background and it takes alot of effort to bring it back out and recall all the specifics about what I wanted to do with said idea.  Then my self-doubt will creep in and I'll start thinking, what if I waited too long and there's no longer a need or a market for this? What if I "missed the boat" already?  What if people hate it or find it lame?  Why didn't I just sit down and do it?

Don't wait.
If you have a great idea, get it out there.
Use your note pad and jot it down, but get crackin' and get it made up.  Breathe life into it.

The world deserves to see and experience your idea and your awesomeness.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Bunnies are here!

I'll be sharing this free tutorial over on Lupin's blog very soon!
It will be broken up into two tutorials so if you want to make just the bunnies you can :)

Part 1 will include all the instructions to make an adorable set of 5 Spring Bunnies.

Bunny overload complete

Part 2 will include instructions for adding the Spring Bunnies to a yarn wrapped wreath.
Bunny wreath is all done! Happy Spring!

Links will be provided here and of course over on Lupin's blog!
Happy Spring, finally!

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Flu, A Book Signing, and Projects Galore

About two weeks ago the three of us suffered a short but brutal bout of stomach flu.  The day that I came down with it was the day before a long anticipated book tour stop for Brandon Sanderson's, Words of Radiance. Go figure.

Despite being unable to crawl out of bed 36 hours prior to seeing him, I was determined (determined meaning damn stubborn, according to my husband)  to see him.  I managed to drag my sleep deprived carcass to not only the signing, but the hour long interview, Q&A session he did.  I even scored a Shard Hunt card for asking a question about the prolific artwork that abounds throughout the book!

Geeking out

I'm feeling loads better now, but have been extremely busy with a few side projects and a final order of dog ornaments for GRREAT.  I know I said I wasn't doing them any more, but Jessie and I had discussed doing one last batch a few months back.  It's hard to say no when it's for such a "GRREAT" cause.

I also hope to have a guest blog post up over on Lupin's blog soon AND I'm steadily chipping away at the Feather quilt.  The pattern issues still plague me and sadly I've yet to hear back from the editors of Quilty, but I'm muddling thru regardless :)

Hope your weekend is warmish, pleasant and fun!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bunnies x Bunnies


2 months ago my blogger friend, Lupin over at BugsandFishes, put out a request for guest bloggers.  I decided to take the bait and have been working, albeit slowly, on my very first FREE tutorial!

Though I've had some recent practice writing up a pattern and am getting ready to publish that one to my Tumus shop soon, this tutorial has been a little more lengthy, but will not lack on the cute factor.

I hope to get the whole completed masterpiece over to her by this weekend and will let you all know when it goes live and will post a proper link to it when it's ready :)

Till then here's a sneak peek.
And yes it will involve a bunch of bunnies.

It liiiives!
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