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Friday, August 12, 2016

Sidetracked Sewing & The Mystery Board


It all started with this.
I have had this little half yard of fabric
in my stash for a couple of years now.

 I also had this embroidery pattern.
So while I went out with the intention of
  cleaning my Art Barn & quilting on the baby quilt. . .


I started sewing instead, LOL

 I'll just bet we have all gotten ourselves
sidetracked like this a few times :)

 After my morning sewing spree,
I had these three items made for the motor home. 

Pillowcase

Pot Holder

& Dishtowel.

This wasn't my intention . . .
but I can always clean tomorrow, LOL.

Remember the Mystery Board from my last post . . .
 Here it is finished and ready to hang
in the new baby's room, 
but before I give them this 
I want to add the baby's height at birth.
Then it will truly be finished.

Have A Happy Weekend
 &
Keep Smiling.

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

50 comments:

  1. Adorable, Connie! Such a cute piece of fabric and even cuter on all your sweet camper 'essentials'. Love the giant ruler, too! Such a cute idea! x Karen

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    1. We had a door jam with our daughter's heights recorded on it. When we moved and sold the house I had to paint over it. I wish that I would have thought of this when she was a baby, because it would be nice to still have it. I could add her two daughter's to it and compare their ages and heights with their Mama's.

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  2. So cute!! What a great job.
    I get side tracked all the time. : )

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    1. It's so easy to do . . . but then sometime you discover new things by getting sidetracked :)

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  3. Your camping cloths are so cute, Connie. Sometimes we just need to do what strikes us at the moment!
    I love the ruler idea. I'm sure the parents will love it.

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    1. Oh, I hope that they do and thank you . . . that cute fabric just made all the difference :)

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  4. Perfect patterned fabric to make cute camper items. Cleaning always needs to be done again and again but things you sew are more permanent.

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    1. Very true . . . I fell in love with that fabric two years ago when I purchased it . . . I wonder why it took me so long to make anything with it. I've just been inspired to jazz up the old motor-home lately :)

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  5. Oh, wow!! I love. With no talent I find this to be so cool! :-D

    Jane

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    1. I'm delighted that you like these . . . very easy to do. I started with a store bought pillowcase and dishtowel and just added boarders to them.

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  6. Sidetrack is my middle name! Love the idea of the measuring stick for the baby. They can always take it with them where ever they move in life and it won't get painted over like the door jams do. Nice use of stashed fabric. Have a fun weekend.

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    1. I know, I wished that I would have thought to make a board instead of using a door jam with our daughter.

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  7. They are so pretty for your camper! Creating such sweet stitching trumps cleaning any day!

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    1. Sewing and cleaning are both rewarding, but sewing is so much more fun, LOL.

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  8. I ALWAYS get sidetracked from cleaning...lol You're more productive when you get distracted than I am though. Those are so cute. Love the giant ruler. How cute that will look on a wall

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    1. I know . . . I have days when I have one major thing that I want to get done, and I get busy with everything else. The end of the day comes and I find that i've gotten everything done, but what I had planned, LOL.

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  9. I have done the same thing. Started out doing one thing and ended up another. I just adore that camper fabric and the dish towel is sooo cute.

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    1. Good Morning Betty and thank you so much . . . yes it is so easy to get sidetracked from one job to another. My memory is getting so bad that I sometimes get sidetracked because I don't remember what I came into a room to do, LOL.

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  10. Fun to get sidetracked. Love all the little items you made. Ruler will look awesome. Hugs, lJ

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    1. Thanks so much, I hope they like it :)

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  11. Great makes for the camper, you are an inspiration with your projects. I loved the giant ruler what a great height chart, a wonderful gift.

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  12. Great imagination! yes,cleaning will wait.

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    1. Before I retired I didn't have the option to get sidetracked, but now that I am retired . . . there's always tomorrow for work, if something fun comes my way I vote to go for the fun, LOL

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  13. I love the things you made for the camper! All adorable..that fabric is too cute! And...I love the growth chart! It turned out so cute! Hope you are having a great Saturday!
    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky, my Saturday has been very nice. My neighbor came over and surprised me with a new birdhouse to go along the fence. I got some sewing done and set some sprinklers and even took a nap :)

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  14. This is lovely, Connie! I have to admit to being the greatest side-tracker in the world, and it's nice to know there are others, and with such lovely results too! You are soooo creative!

    Thanks for your lovely comment, and I am so glad you enjoyed your virtual ramble through our local woods! We are thrilled to have discovered such a beautiful place so near to where we live. I can't wait to go back there. Our corner of the world is just so beautiful and we have so much variety, with woodland, the moors, farmland, rivers and last but not least, the sea, and some of the most beautiful coastline. I'd hate to live anywhere else.

    Have a great weekend. I am enjoying mine, with the arrival of my new MacBook.

    Shoshi x

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    1. Hi Shoshi, We have to travel about two hours east, west, and north of us to find forest to hike through and three hours to the south . . . so I enjoy the serenity of the forest very much. When I was a child I played in the woods all the time. Climbing trees, discovering new paths to take and sometimes just sitting very still and watching the birds and squirrels. I miss that, but have found a beauty in your desert, too :)

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  15. Oh my gosh Connie, that fabric is darling and I love what you made! I get sidetracked often. :) One thing is for sure. . .the cleaning will wait! :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Sidetracking adventures can be some of the best, even if they don't produce crafty items. I think anytime we take different route than the one we planned or from our normal day to day routines . . . we discover newness and freshness in life. Cleaning can always be done tomorrow as long as we don't let too many tomorrows slide by, LOL. That's when some old friend pulls up in the driveway and you know they are thinking, "What happened, she always used to keep such a clean and tidy home". Have you never had that happen? Sometimes as much as a 15 minute warning can give us enough time to run through and make things tidy enough for a guest. I hope that you are having a happy weekend and thanks for stopping by to visit.

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  16. Love EVERYTHING! Since we're avid campers, of course I love the camper themed linens. The ruler is wonderful.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Hi Betsy, I took those out and put them in the camper, then I told my husband that the pot holder and tea towel are not to be used, LOL. I have a bunch of old ones in a drawer . . . they are our camp cooking items and the new ones are for cutest, LOL. Pot holder especially come home pretty dirty when you are cooking on a campfire and we like to do dutch oven cooking. I only use the kitchen for raining days and baking. I'm fortunate in having a husband that loves cooking on a campfire.

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  17. Those are terrific project for your trailer, fun fabric and love the embroidery! Cute idea to add his birth height to it first!

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    1. Hi Connie, thanks so much for the visit. These were fun to make and it was good to get sidetracked for a day and of course my cleaning was waiting for me the next day . . . for some reason it never does itself, LOL.

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  18. Sometimes, it's good to get sidetracked!
    Love the items you've made here.

    What a great idea for the new baby too, your ruler idea is a good one!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you . . . I think it just might be one of my new baby shower gifts in the future :)

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  19. You are amazing! Think I've said that several times. :) Those things are so cute for your travel trailer, and I could not imagine what the board was for. That is so cute and such a great idea!

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    1. Thank you, i've had that fabric for a long time now . . . I don't know why it took me so long to come up with an idea for using it, but lately I've been on a fixing up the camper kick, LOL :)

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  20. Getting sidetracked keeps me crazy all day long.

    I love the little project - so cute!

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    1. Thank you . . . getting sidetracked can be a nuisance, but can always open up time for new discoveries. I guess there is good and bad in everything, LOL

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  21. How adorable! That fabric is so cool looking. Very "Retro". You made some great stuff with it.

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    1. Good Morning Ida, thanks for stopping by and thank you for your very sweet words of encouragement :)

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  22. Hi my creative friend! Love the material and what you have done with it. Such cute pillowcases. Must make you smile every time you see them. I hope you get to use them camping lots of times! What a need idea to keep track of your friend's baby's height with that board. Looking forward to seeing your next creative crafts. You should publish a book with all your great ideas! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I am always surprised that you are finding the time to blog, but so happy that you are . . . I know this is a busy and probably a bit stressful time for you. Moving is not an easy job. Thank you for your friendship and your sweet and very kind words. When you get settled be sure and drop me a line with your new snail mail address. Love ya, girlfriend:)

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  23. If that's not the perfect fabric to make cute things for your camper, I don't know what is! You are so sweet to make that beautiful quilt and measuring stick for your BIL's great-grandchild on the way. I think handmade gifts are always the best gift and I know you make yours with a lot of love, too.

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    1. Hi Melanie, I do hope that they like the gifts, this is our first great-great niece . . . how exciting :)

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