I’ve noticed that my blogging is not as prolific as it once was, and I am posting fewer times in a week. So many other bloggers I read have just stopped posting altogether, so I am not spending as much time reading blogs, and I miss that. I miss catching up on what projects are being done, and new ideas to try. I’ve never been one to use my blog as a daily diary. I work on posts over days or weeks until I can show a project from start to finish. But the lack of social activities has cut down on my posts on Mountain Living, tablescapes are not a priority when no one can visit, and the winter garden is quiet. This winter has been pretty depressing, hasn’t it? So, I find I am shifting to a different approach for a while for blogging. I hope that this is a good change and can keep me actively posting. Instead of doing complete projects every time, I’ll have some posts that will incorporate several things in progress, and other things that aren’t enough for a full post. Starting today.
So, one thing that has helped is doing Zoom more often. I have been hosting for various groups, in an attempt to keep my own spirits up. Virtual Retreats for readers are fun and keep all of us engaged with some show and tell, and a bit of advice here and there. This day I was hosting readers, and working on a low volume small quilt for charity. It uses the strip pieced method with tube construction, then cross cut, and picked open at staggered seams for the layout. This will be a tutorial project for my other writing gig soon. The completed quilt will go to one of Sarah’s charities for Hands2Help, click on that link for more info. The event starts in March and will have lots of fun and prizes to win, including a box stuffed with goodies prize from From My Carolina Home.
Remember the To The Nine’s quilt where I made the pieced border then took it off again? Well, I decided that if I bound the quilt without any buffer, I’d likely cut off all the star points, as I do bindings deeper than 1/4-inch. So, I added a very thin 1-1/2-inch border to the edge to preserve the points.
And now it is reloaded on the longarm to begin the quilting while we have a few days of inclement weather. My Sweet Babboo is hoping for snow, as he wants to make a snowman.
Now I have something on the longarm, and a project in progress at the sewing machine. Up in the den, I have finally got the colors selected for my handwork project, and the design transfer done.
Of course, quick meals are good for days like this. I’ve been using my slow cooker a lot, but this particular day, the idea of planning a meal went out the window early in the day. So, by dinner time, I had nothing planned. I went to the pantry for a look, I found some pasta and this jar of Artichoke and Tomato pesto meant to be used as a dip or a spread for bread.
It made a really fine pasta sauce with just a bit of water, and might have been even better with a little can of tomato sauce. A few green onions and a dollop of ricotta, and we had a delicious vegetarian dinner. A small salad rounded out the meal.
Hosting a Zoom for some fellow bloggers another day, I decided to work on an embroidery project. I have an old Brother embroidery machine that still works nicely. My interest in it waned when I got tired of the limited designs I had. At one point I put the embroidery unit in a zip top bag, and stashed it on a shelf for several years. When the machine began acting up a bit with the foot control, I was able to buy a really nice second hand machine only a year old from a friend, a Brother BQ950. I thought I would sell the older one, and maybe get a new embroidery machine, but the new ones are so expensive! I decided instead to add to my collection of embroidery cards and set up the Pacesetter as a dedicated embroidery machine.
I have learned more about stabilizers and am enjoying the new designs a lot. I’ll have more on this project soon, but I need to do several more stitch outs before I can show you the project.
Stampers! Today is the final day for Impression Obsessions Features sale, 25% off Quotes!! Some are perfect for Safelight cards. Quotes like “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”, and one I got last year “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” Yes, there will be another Safelight Project in 2021, time has yet to be determined, but likely late spring or early summer. That Sale ends today, and there are 40 pages of choices, re-sort by 48 per page to get through them a bit faster. Click on 25% off Quotes. I want to do some Valentine cards soon too.
I’m delighted to report that Oliver came by for a sandwich, so glad to know he is OK. Jack was with him, and the third squirrel yet unnamed. All got a tidbit. I’ll show you more of our critter watch later.
And in the midst of all that, I need to get the next step done for Pachanga!
So, that is what is happening right now. Lots in progress, but nothing finished to show. So, do you mind seeing sewing, cooking, stamping and handwork all at the same time, or do you prefer the tutorial style I’ve done up to now with a project complete from start to finish? Or is it good to do a bit of both? I find if I don’t post, I miss our conversations. Maybe Sundays can be what is happening around here, with posts during the week having more complete projects or single subjects like my garden, or a tablescape. What do you think?