Grown up days off.

The truth: the kids went back to school on Thursday and I don’t go back to work until tomorrow. What on earth did Kevin and I cook up to do with that extra time? Clean the house? Take down the tree? Go to the casino?

No on all three accounts. We rearranged furniture. (I’m looking at you, Mom) I took over the dining room and turned it into a sewing room. I’ve been talking about it for a month and I finally just bit the bullet and did it. We eat in a different room and haven’t used the dining room other than to hold the liquor cabinet for years. I built myself a bit of a hacked cutting table and moved everything over the course of two days. I’ve hardly wanted to leave it since I finished.

Here is the before:

And the after:

Sewing table:

Cutting table – I built this table from two 3×3 cube shelves, non-slip shelf grip, and a hollow, flush door.

Storage for current projects, scraps, patterns, and favorite fabric collections:

My serger has a home, too. Complete with a lava lamp (Thanks, kids!!)

The iron is in the room, too, but that’s nothing to write home about. All in all, I am so happy with how it turned out. Major fabric and yarn storage is still downstairs, but hey – it’s a small room. Overall this is meant to just be a creative space. I can’t wait to decorate it with curtains and new minis for the walls.

I can report that I already love the new cutting table. I cut out my Happy Christmas Quilt and got started cutting out a tree skirt too. I’ve been sewing up a storm and that feels so good. I’m off to work tomorrow after this long vacation, but I definitely feel like I got some good stuff done.


Happy making!

Happy, uh, Christmas?

It is the new year and that means new projects, new ideas, and the same old me. Turning over the calendar always gets ideas sparking for me. Part of that is the general sense of new and fresh that surrounds the start of a new year. The other part is returning from our holiday trip. I don’t typically knit much and it’s usually socks, so the last few years I’ve been dying to start something new and big once I get home.

This year, I had my mind on holiday projects. Every year, I want to make something a bit Christmas-y but by the time my mind heads that way, it’s December and I default to socks. Now, don’t get me wrong, this has resulted in some awfully pretty pairs of Christmas socks. Did I mention I finished my latest pair?

This is CindyLou by Junkyarn. I love these. My dad called me CindyLou when I was little and this color just gives me the warm fuzzies. I cast these on as a bit of a holiday knit and finished them up this week. Anyway, pretty, speckly socks aside, I’d like to make more holiday makes. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to do much serious holiday crafting in December, so why not spread the love around?

That’s right, this year, I’m making Christmas all year long! Christmas knitting, Christmas sewing, Christmas quilting, maybe even some general Christmas crafting?!? I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, so I was able to hit up some holiday sales and bump up my Christmas stash in general. I’ve amassed some fabric and yarn for this endeavor:

On the list is a quilt, a tree skirt, socks, a holiday sweater (I’m looking at you, Julgran), mini quilts, scrappy little items, and maybe even a holiday outfit! I’m going to try to finish one Christmas item per month. Slow and steady with time to make other things throughout the year.

In classic style, I just couldn’t wait to get started. My first official start of 2020 is a Christmas quilt! Who cares if it’s January? I’m hoping to knock out this big old beast early so it can get quilted and finished. I’ve started the Happy Christmas Quilt by Holly LesuΓ© of Maker Valley. I had a kit for it from Maker Valley and so I thought I’d get started cutting it out last night. It took no time!

Since that was so fast, I thought I’d go ahead and do a wee bit of sewing. You know, just to start. Before I knew it, I had all the green HSTs sewn and the presents and star done!

Sorry for the horrid lighting, but I was pretty excited at midnight last night. I can’t wait to get some more done on this fun quilt. I think this is a pretty good start to a year of Christmas making.

I just love the thought of pulling out handmade holiday items year after year, but they have to get made sometime. 2020 is the year for me: a whole year of Christmas.


Happy {holiday} making!