Today I started working on my Christmas freelance projects. I know it’s April, but this is a pretty normal time of year for me to be working on Christmas stuff, actually. These projects are for Christmas 2014 and are launched in July for “Christmas in July” and will then be promoted again when everyone else is ramping up for the holidays. So, I have to get them turned in early enough, so they can be edited, formatted, etc. It is a little strange making Christmas decorations in April, but that’s just a part of this business.
Today I made tutorials showing how to turn a cutter quilt into a tree skirt and stockings. I love how these turned out…
It was a little sad cutting up this circa 1870 quilt with amazing hand stitching, but it was shredded in some places and wasn’t very useful as a quilt anymore.
I loved the stitched date, though, so I cut it off and stitched it to the corner of the tree skirt.
Tomorrow I move from heirloom quilts to simple felt and fabric glue.
The weather this evening was gorgeous, despite a slight chill in the air. I put a sweatshirt on and went out to do a bit of work in the yard. I’m trying to turn this…
…into something like this…
Obviously, I didn’t get very far, but my helpers and I got a little sidetracked as we found worms and had to collect them in a container and then give them soil and oatmeal and make sure they were happy. We also got tired of digging and played some “birdie” (badminton). I really enjoy spring evenings.
Anyway, my vision is to have a little stone path leading to the deck and then tuck some creeping plants, moss or even just grass seed in between the stones.
As I was working on Christmas stuff, Cari (aka The Machine) was prepping and painting pieces for Lucketts. They are coming along well and I feel so inspired looking at pretty painted pieces all in a row, just waiting for me to do the distressing and finishing. The furniture is beckoning me…hopefully I can get to it next week!