Sunday, October 24, 2010

The best laid plans...

You know when you have a week of activity all planned out, great finishes in mind and an anticipated plethora of achievements to brag about for your Sunday post?

The universe has been very unkind to me  this week  chucking roadblocks in my path and generally jumping in front of me screaming "NER NER NE NER NER  " and sticking her tongue out.  My plan for this week was to finish  all manner of crafty and renovatey things and pretty much none of it actually transpired.

The week started so well...I finished Little P's quilt.

I planned to prime the desk twice and get a coat of enamel on this weekend.  Didn't happen. I was going to regale you with tales of my brilliance in getting the windmill blocks sewn together. Didn't happen. I had visions of proudly unveiling my finished meat safe. It's  not finished. No unveiling this week.

However I did do some more of the project I started last week.  

I acquired a monster. Isn't this little guy A-DOR-ABLE? His name is Marvin. He is made by the talented Kris from Life at Rosemary Hill and the equally talented Mrs. Picklesticks.  (Little P already spied this and screamed "MORE" twenty times- I'd say it's a hit.)  Thanks for holding him hostage Kris.

I bought another  chair to restore because I LOVED doing the last chair so much.

Fortunately this one was easy. I spray painted it as soon as I got home. I'm going to sew a funky new cushion cover- just as soon as I teach myself how to insert a zip.

Last night I had a go at FM quilting. If it had been successful, I'd be showing pictures. Notice the absence of visuals ....I think I'm one of those dumbarses that needs to take a class or three.

I made Little P a crayon roll.... I did this to convince myself I wasn't a complete dud, after the great FM quilting debacle.

The leadlight windows are  finished and in place. I distressed them with sandpaper but I was kind of wussy about it so you cant see much detail. I figure I can always go back and have another crack at them later.  These will look fabulous when the custom made blinds go in over this window. And the backyard is tidied up. And my windows get cleaned.

And my pantry door finish moves ever closer. The mesh is here , and the door has seen several licks of paint.  A has a few more to go.

What did you get up to this weekend?

It's gonna be a busy week. The best I can do is hang on for the ride. Hope your ride this week is fantastic.  

P.S. Just a heads up....Favourite Things Friday  will probably be late this week, which will probably be on time for our Northern Hemisphere friends but late if you're in the south of the world. Some thing is happening Friday that I want to share so I wont be posting until Friday night or Saturday morning my time. It'll be worth the wait I promise.  


Mistea said...

Perfect Crayon roll. Love your little monster.

Zips are easy - just straight sewing.

Enjoy your ride

Kirsten said...

Welcome to the club - you got a lot more done than I. You at least DID some sewing - me not :-((

Kate said...

Sounds like you got a lot accomplised, even if it wasn't what you had planned. Marvin is kinda cute, is he a Martian or a monster? He looks like he could be either.

I like the colors in your new project. You'll have to post more pictures when you get further along.

Shevvy said...

Ending with a teaser..... naughty naughty!

Quiltgal said...


I received my lovely giveaway in the mail today. the fabrics are beautiful. I am send a little something off to you. Thanks again so much for your kindness and generosity.

Marg said...

You still achieved a lot, a lot more than most people.
Love the monster.
Your new chair will go very nicely at my place, and it should fit in one of my very large bags when I come to visit and take it home with me.
Love the crayon holder, it's so cute and a great idea.
Looking forward to seeing your window all finished and the door with 187 coats of paint. It seems like you have given it quite a few coats already.
Yes Shay, ending with a wait 'til Friday beacause I have something to show you is not playing nice....not fair.

seabreezequilts said...

A Little bird told me that Kellie might be teaching at Hetties next year (can't give you a date though as it isn't organised) If all else fails I can give you a lesson in Free motion.

Kris said...

Darn! Amanda beat me to it! I was gonna offer free motion lessons too! Let me know if you're interested. Maybe then I'll meet you!

Michelle said...

The Monster is adorable. :-)

At least you picked a somewhat easier chair to restore. Looks like it's going to be both pretty and comfy.

Don't give up on the FMQ. The first several or 10 times I tried it, I thought I was one of those that would prove to be FMQ-challenged. It's true that it takes practice to get used to the weirdness of it.

Cute crayon roll. I have a young cousin who might need one of these.

Your pantry door is really coming along and your window looks fabulous.

Lisa said...

First off, I don't know how I missed the post on Little P's quilt, but I did. It's AWESOME! I love it.

I am horrible at FM quilting. Now, in the comments someone offhandedly mentioned "Kellie" might be giving a class. If you get to take a class from the Don't Look Now Kellie, I will murder you with my venomously jealous thoughts. All the way from here!!!

You with your teaser- now I will have to wonder WHAT you are up to all week...

AnnieO said...

You at least worked on multiple projects a bit--I was stuck on one til the deadline! Progress is still being made in your corner of the world...

Susan Entwistle said...

While a freemotion class might be helpful, I'd highly recommend starting with a nice beverage, a few shoulder rolls, and some cleansing breaths. And if that doesn't work, pour more wine. ;-)

Vesuviusmama said...

Looks like you got a lot done for not getting anything done!

Paulette said...

You show your FMQ and I'll show you the funky underside of my FMQA quilt, deal? The tension is wonky but I just keep sewing. I've given up on trying to fix it for this practice quilt.

Sheesh woman, you have been goin' to town [busy]! I am so sick of painting one cupboard and there you are just painting up a storm [a lot]. Love seeing your projects.

Elizabeth said...

I thought I'd commented. I must have early on-set Alzheimer's. OK, so LOVE. LOVE. LOVE Little P's crayon roll. Those chunky crayons are SO fun and I love the fabrics. Your new chair is going to be amazing and I love how the pantry door is coming out. You are amazing.

xo -E

Brenda said...

Your pantry door and window look amazing! Good on ya (Is that an Australian saying?) I have been getting a little sewing in myself and will post soon - but no fancy woodworking stuff for me...

Janean said...

well, if plans don't go as...uh...well...planned, then just shrug and go on as you have.

marvin's got some serious teeth. lol.

can't wait to see what you come up with on the chair!

big hugs