A few LO's I've done way ahead of schedule for the Love, Elsie DT. I couldn't resist playing with the Noel line.
I've never even looked twice at a Christmas collection because they feel really dated and restrictive. Or maybe just boring. This line takes traditional and throws it out the window. I know you all will love it just as much.
I made this mini with leftover chipboard from portfolios. I covered each page with the paper and then bound it all with the adhesive fabric paper. I used some of the chipboard frames as pages but left room for upcoming Christmas pics. This was one of those projects that merited staying up past midnight and then getting back to first thing the next morning after feeding the boy. It's trouble! Check out the new flickr feed on the right to see the whole thing.
I've managed to finally finish a few projects but the new ones just keep coming. I wrapped up the last journals to send to this lady. More on that later. I'm finalizing plans for the next few kits which are going to hold a surprise or two. Elsie is designing the Oct. Project Kit for RVKC! I've booked another queen size quilt commission which should be done by the end of the month. I've got some beautiful curtains to design and line for a very special girl. I've got a few small sewing projects to start on for friends. I've got leather to turn into more journals to sell on Etsy.
It's really a happy burden to be busy making things. I would rather be swamped with sewing and scrapping than anything else! It becomes a struggle to keep the rhythm and balance that creates a healthy lifestyle but I think you all can attest to that struggle no matter what your life is filled with.
Brett and I have taken on a few challenges together recently. The first is what he generously posted about yesterday. We're trying to practice the 'Not Buying It' lifestyle. Yes, we do have some 'trying to make it work in Seattle with a new baby and grad school and not a better job prospect in sight' debt but we are not just trying to save money. We are trying to learn to consume less. We'll share our story along the way.
The second challenge has been to take on some responsibility in adding more creative elements to our new church. We're using the enriching experiences we had here to aid in everyone's experience here. Really, we're just adding to the creative ideas coming out of Joe Green's head but we're excited either way.
Sebastian is learning new signs every week. His latest include 'car', 'Daddy', 'Mommy', 'Big Papi', and 'Uncle Joe'. He's learning to play hide and seek and loves to stick his little fingers into any open door that is about to close. My sister-in-law is moving to Haiti in a few days to help dig water wells and be of all kinds of assistance to others serving there. Emma is moving to Hollywood. I'll get to visit the RV sisters in a few weeks because of that!
Thanks for reading. I hope you catch some time amongst the busy burdens this week to make something pretty.