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Surrounded by UFOs- UnFinished Projects

Are you surrounded by UFOs, UnFinished Projects also know as PhDs, Projects half Done? No matter what cute names you tag them with they silently judge you. Guilt isn’t really my thing, I always say that it’s an unproductive emotion, a point of view not open to debate. Usually, I have one or two things pending, that’s normal for me. The worst UFO I ever had was a stack of toddler shorts I found in my stash, cut out, the pins rusted firmly in place when the said toddler was almost eight; even her little sister was longer toddling. I’ve been taking inventory, part of the great  Sewing Studio/Craft Room redo, and have unearthed more than my share of UFOs. Whenever I walk outside, the recliner sofa barely manages to hide it’s half done state under fabric. All these UFOs were starting to get me down. Then I decided to count the things I have accomplished instead.  I had so ...

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Sewing Studio update part 1

My sewing studio update stalled for awhile. I got enough done so I could sew and took a rest.  Six months is probably a little excessive, even bears don’t hibernate that long.  On Monday, I decided to tackle the job again, I decided that I would spend an hour and then stop. An hour seems a manageable and reasonable amount time. Right? I started at 8 am, when I looked up at the clock again, it was noon.  The huge pile of boxes hidden behind my dressing screen got attacked first. Then the mountain of unidentifiable stuff on top of my dresser. This before photo actually doesn’t show the whole mess, but that’s enough so you get the idea. Here is the screen folded up. One of my friends found that screen in the street. It has been covered with various fabrics over the years. I love the Paris upholstery on it right now. That giant garbage bag is full ...

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Garden Afghan

Last year’s afghan raffle was a big success (we raised over $7,000  mxn for the kids with cancer project) so Beth and I made another one! This year’s design is a flower garden, crocheted in ivory yarn. If I say so myself,  it’s even prettier than the last one. Same low price as last year, $20 a raffle ticket or 3/$50. This year a portion of the proceeds also goes to the I.W.C. scholarship program. The drawing is in January (I’ll forgot the date so I’ll have to get back to you on that). Stop by MEL, tomorrow, Monday December 7th between 10am and noon to buy a ticket from one of the Gorro Girls or maybe join us to crochet or knit a hat? Don’t know how? No worries, we’ll teach you!  We’re also looking for people to sell raffle tickets. If you want to help out and can’t make it tomorrow, email me.  

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Fabric storage solution

  Dumping all my fabric in a crate was the worst fabric storage solution for me, stacking fabric on shelves was not much better, and leaving it in piles all around the house  definitely put a strain on my marriage. So what’s a girl to do? I turned to pinterest, made a new board titled “Craft room/studio redo” and started looking at pins. All those photos of material lovingly stacked on shelves by color and fabric type made me feel better about my stash. It’s nice to see that I won’t be winning the “largest fabric stash” award after all. The sun is strong here, so leaving fabric out exposed to the light really isn’t an option for me. I needed a way to see what I had, and to retrieve it without making a mess. I know that when I am in the thralls of a new idea, I don’t want to stop to tidy up any messes along the ...

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My studio combination sewing room re-do

  My studio combination sewing room re-do has been underway for what feels like months. It’s no secret that I am otherly organized, easily distracted, okay, okay, messy. My studio started to get out of control back when we had  most the interior walls of the house repainted. I had the brilliant idea to take everything out of the kitchen and only return those things  as I needed them, that way I would weed out the extra and unnecessary items. I gave all the stuff a year to prove that they deserved to stick around. Some of it managed to find it’s way back into the kitchen, quite a lot went to the IWC garage sale, then I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Most of my life went on hold, including this blog and my hundreds of  projects. Our bedroom wall has been half painted for so long it’s now a feature, I doubt that I can match what I originally ...

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More crochet hats than you can shake a stick at.

Awkward title, I was aiming for clever. I don’t have Steve Cotton’s talent for headlines, maybe he subcontracts? Back to the subject at hand, I crochet hats. Seems odd since I live in the land of heat and humidity. It’s the IWC’s fault. Several years ago, a couple of the ladies started visiting the kids in the Children’s Cancer Unit at the O’Haran hospital. We used to get a lot of English speaking kids from Belize receiving treatment and one of the Doctors asked his mom if any of her English speaking friends wanted to visit.  From this simple request the Cancer Kids project grew. There are fewer Belizan children but that is due to politics not to any decrease in the incidence of childhood cancer.  However, this post is about the hats, and also a reminder that there are still raffle tickets available for the Hugs and Kisses Afghan. In between my own projects, I crochet hats for the ...

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Hugs and Kisses afghan pattern

I want to share the crocheted  Hugs and Kisses afghan  pattern  for the afghan that we’re raffling off for the Kids with Cancer Project.  Unfortunately, it occured to me after the fact that people may want to make one of their own so I didn’t take notes on the variations that we did. This is more a template than an actual pattern, however, if you are an intermediate crocheter you should have no problem adapting it. All the patterns that we used specified a heavier weight yarn  than the baby weight that we decided on. I used a size 4mm and BK who crochets looser used a size 3.75. Consequently, our squares measured more like 9 1/2 inches, once again I didn’t take notes. Therefore if you live in a colder climate, you may want to use sport weight yarn and your afghan will come out bigger. Having had the afghan on my lap while I joined the squares I can ...

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Just moving along

Friday morning I woke up with a horrible headache. I’m pretty sure that it was sinuses because it got better when I pressed the corresponding acupressure points.  Either way it was a totally wasted day for me. We’ve been doing saline nasal washes twice a day but I am no way as diligent as Husband so I paid the price. He has also been adding a few drops of tea tree oil to his neti pot. Being a bit of a woos, I declined the additive, but I’m now a believer.  I am also feeling like a normal human today, so it was only a 24 hour thing. I want to thank everyone who came to the Book Signing. It was a lot of fun. Joanna blogged about it and posted some great photos from the event. We’re talking about doing another one but in Merida this time. My funk has dissipated. I really appreciate the advice and nice comments ...

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I couldn’t stand it

Cruising the internet, I found the pattern for the mermaid blanket. The yarn is heavier and the needles larger than what I’m using but that is no big deal. You have to join the website to get the pattern so now I am getting yet another newsletter. I think I have so many craft patterns and ideas  that if I stopped collecting them and starting making them, I would never run out of stuff to do. I guess it’s another type of hoarding. I did give away all my pattern magazines and most of my sewing patterns last year. The fabric stash is still pretty respectable but the yarn stash is negligible. I take the fifth on the beading stash. Anyway, I have spent the last hour or so ripping out the stitches that I already did. La Primera said that she liked the pink, but it bugged me. Husband says that I must have been a cat in a ...

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Walk like an Egyptian

Here it is mid-September and I’m planning my Halloween costume already. Since I’m on the board for the IWC I’m not eligible to compete in their costume contest, so I don’t feel compelled to keep my idea secret. I want to be a goddess.Preferably from a hot country. Egyptian royalty is god on earth so I can’t decide if I want to be pharaoh in the incarnation of Cleopatra or maybe Nefertiti.I’m not sure that Nefertiti counts in the pantheon but she is considered the most beautiful woman of all time by some people, so that gives her some big chops even if she isn’t actually divine. The actual costume is very simple, it’s the accruements that are going to give it panache. Nefertiti doesn’t have hair, which means no wig so she gets points for that. The tall crown looks easy, adds height and is instantly recognizable.She would actually be the easiest. If someone mistakes me for Cleopatra, that’s ...

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