Sunday, July 14, 2019

Daily Life and Stitching Update

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I miss the days when my kids were younger. When summers were filled with sleeping in late, a bit of swimming and just hanging out. Nowadays, our summers are filled with work, interviews, preparing for college and other life happenings.

Last week, there was a doctor visit and an interview for my daughter. This week, she had another interview and we had a meeting with a college advisor to register for her classes. And this coming Monday, we are heading back up to the campus to have a meeting with the financial aid department.

My schedule has been all over the place and I'm in major need of time management. I'm definitely not getting everything I want/need to get done, but...

I have been trying to fit in some stitching time and when I do, I don't want to put it down. I'm the type of person who has to finish a project... unless... it's actually framing a piece or making my stitched pieces into a completed project. That takes me forever to do.

I briefly mentioned the piece I'm working on in a previous post, but I thought I would share my progress. (I'm sorry for the wrinkles) This piece is called Blooming Teapot by Artiste.

Blooming Teapot Cross Stitch

Once I have this completed, I will share my thoughts on stitching this piece as well as a few close up pictures.

I hope you have a great day!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

My Top 10 Favorite Tools For Cross Stitch

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My favorite hobby for over 20 years has been Cross Stitch. I've dabbled in sewing, painting and other types of crafts, but I always come right back to Cross Stitch. There are several tools that you can use, but I have a few favorites that I would like to share.

Pattern Holder. I have tried the cardboard pattern holder that is offered at most craft stores, but it wouldn't hold it's shape and would fall over. My absolute favorite has been a recipe book holder that I found at Bed Bath & Beyond. Here is the exact one listed on Amazon.

Recipe Book Holder

Magnetic Board. On my recipe book holder, I also have this magnetic board to hold my pattern in place. I've used mine for years.

Magnetic Board

Thread Box. I use several of these boxes to store my thread in. It's the only thing that I have found that keeps my thread easily accessible and organized.

Thread Storage Boxes

Q-Snap Frame. Within the past few months, I switched from hoops to a q-snap frame. I absolutely love it because it does not leave deep marks on my fabric like hoops tend to do. I also think they are much easier to use, but some people still prefer their hoops. And that's okay. :)

Q-Snap Frame

Small Scissors. Using a small pair of scissors to snip threads is the way to go!

Sharp Fine Tip Scissors

A Bright Lamp. My mother purchased a lamp for me last year similar to the one below and I don't know how I ever stitched without it. It has a low and high setting, but I always use it on high and it's super bright.

DayLight Lamp

Needle Minders. Lost needles are no fun! With two kiddos and a cat, I was always worried about dropping my needle in the chair, couch or on the floor. Needle minders are made to use on top of your fabric, but I place mine on the metal bar that's on the recipe holder and it works perfectly!

Butterfly Needle Minders

Binder Clips. I use large binder clips to hold my extra fabric out of the way. Many people use grime cards as well. I haven't came across another type of clips to hold my fabric as of yet, but these work great!

Pastel Binder Clips
Glass Jar. Also called an Ort Jar which is used to hold your thread clippings. Before I purchased a jar to store my clippings in, I would put them in a pile on the table next to me and throw them away when I was done stitching for the day. They would end up on the floor every.single.time. This way threads are kept nice and tidy in one spot.

Colored Glass Jars

Bobbins. You will need lots and lots of bobbins if you choose to store your thread in the boxes mentioned above. I prefer the cardboard bobbins instead of the plastic ones because I reuse mine for different colors. There are number stickers that you can purchase, but I the cardboard ones are easy to write a new number on.

Floss Bobbins

What are your favorite stitching tools?

Top Favorite Tools for Cross Stitch

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

10 Laundry Room Makeover Ideas

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I would love to have a large laundry room someday. A counter for folding, tons of storage, a spot for a trash bin, an area to hang clothes to dry, hanger storage, etc. But, for the time being, we have a small laundry room and I've been pinning ideas on Pinterest for a makeover. There are so many cute laundry rooms with brilliant organizing ideas and beautiful colors. These are a few that caught my eye.

Beautiful Laundry Room Makeover
{Source: Cameras and Chaos}
There is so much to love about this makeover! The color, the decor, the chandelier, the cabinets! Beautiful!

Farmhouse Laundry Room
{Source: Gather and Flourish}
Farmhouse decor is definitely popular right now. I love the Subway tile, the cabinets and the storage ideas in this room!
Neutral Laundry Room
{Source: Country Girl Home}
This neutral colored laundry room has a huge storage cabinet and flowers to add a bit of cheer!
Grey Laundry Room
{Source: Home with Baxter}
I'm loving this grey! Simple and functional! The little shelf between the cabinets is such a cute idea!
Organized Laundry Room
{Source: The Happy Housie}
Brilliant! Tons of organization in a small space! From the cabinets, baskets and shadow boxes to the flooring! I love all the details of this space!
Pink Laundry Room
{Source: Bloglovin}
The first thing that caught my eye in this room is the pink door. I love the pop of color! And...of course...the flooring!
Blue Laundry Room
{Source: View Along the Way}
I adore this laundry room! Painted floors, super cute wallpaper, a nice amount of storage and cute decor!
Beach Themed Laundry Room
{Source: Sand and Sisal}
Soft beach colors makes this laundry room welcoming. The added shelves are perfect for storage and decor. I would love to have that window in my laundry room!

Pastel Laundry Room
{Source: Decoratoo}
This room has my favorite colors! Pastels! The floral pastel wallpaper instantly caught my eye as well as the painted door. Adorable!

Simply Beautiful Laundry Room
{Source: Colors and Craft}
I love how simple and clean this space is. With the pretty birds hanging on the walls and the pop of color with the cabinets, I would love to do laundry here!
Which of these laundry rooms would you love to do laundry in?

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