Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I'm Halfway!!!!!

Midnight is the halfway point of the year, and I'm now slightly more than halfway to my 365 ornaments!  I can't believe I'm saying that--this being ahead of schedule is quite a new sensation...

The second gold and black lace and appliqué ornament is done,
and I am still very much in love with these ornaments!  I think I can safely get at least 4 more of these done before I have to start worrying about running out of black thread.   Yay!

My back is rather sore today after Monday's hour in the pool, so I have been attempting to take it easy today.  I say "attempting" because the first thing I did this morning was to harvest the garlic, but AFTER that I tried to be good.  It helps that it was 105 outside today, so that made it really easy not to do yardwork. 

While Jeeves made two
pinky-rose lace snowflakes for me, I finally finished up the felt gift bags that have been languishing for a while.
That earns me the "beach" category in the Summer Sizzle Stash-dash, as well as decluttering my crafting table a bit.  That worked out perfect, because when I got a bit too sort to sit,
I could make a new mess!

Browsing Pinterest, I ran across a picture of a "sweets" garland someone had made (though with no instructions, so I didn't save it).   But I liked the idea of cookie ornaments--especially with beads for sprinkles--so,
The one on the right was my attempt to machine stitch them together.  It's not bad, exactly.  It's just not great.  So, the one on my left was my first hand-stitching attempt, which I am still bad at.  I thought I should try an overcast stitch,
which you can see on the right.  Again, not great, but totally user-error this time.  I definitely like the look of the ones with more beads/sprinkles, but I'm not sure anyone is going to see these on the tree and think, "Oh look!  Sugar cookie ornaments!"  I didn't set any rules about the ornaments when I started this experiment, but I do think having them turn out identifiable might be one.  I have two more of these to sew together and that will probably be the end of them, but at least they got me past the halfway point AND involved beads, so I get the "sparklers" category for the Summer Sizzle Stash-dash as well.  And there's a 4-day weekend coming!!!!!