Since I don't need to worry about creating more inventory till NEXT October's show, I have been concentrating on making items for the upcoming wedding. Future DIL has chosen brown and orange as her colors for her fall wedding and I've been going hard on this for her. I made the bridesmaids gifts (can't talk about that yet because they are a secret) and the bride liked them so much I made one for her, as well. Then there were decorated grapevine wreathes for the church doors (4) and table numbers from brown burlap covered wood, using pearl beads for the numerals. If you ask me for tips concerning how to work with burlap, I could give you a few, but the biggest one I'm still feeling right now is "DON'T." I'm laughing about it because I offered to do this and I'm not sorry I did it because I love the bride and it made her happy, but I won't be volunteering to do it again for anyone else. I did learn a lot.
I've made a few more items for the bride that she doesn't know about and I'm decorating a special burlap tablecloth to be used at the rehearsal dinner. I get to make the groom's cake- in this case two of them- because there maybe about 30 people at the dinner. Looking forward to all of it and hoping these two will be very happy together.
I sat down and made a list of Christmas gifts to make and I'm also aiming for a few charity items that I'd like to get done before my surgery. I don't think I'll be sitting at the sewing machine for several weeks after surgery, so I'm trying to get that stuff done ahead of it and then maybe have some hand work (embroidery or yo-yos) to keep me distracted from pain and such as I heal.
So things are moving along, just not in a business way. I kind of like the feeling of freedom to do what I feel like doing, but as soon as that happens, I go into "list" mode and get myself locked into a schedule of my own making. What's wrong with me? I don't have to make anyone gifts for Christmas, but when I find something that inspires me, I just have to do it, ya know? It will obviously be after Christmas before I can post any photos of the handmade gifts here, or even discuss what they are, despite being totally excited about it. However, if I can get some of the charity work done, I will put some photos up and as soon as the wedding takes place, I will post photos of those things I made as well.
I'm probably going to made a Cross-body bag or two for Liberty Jane's campaign for girls in Africa and then I'm set to make a few pillowcases, probably for something local (Life Crisis or maybe Christian Shelter.) I always have flannel around and try to slip in a receiving blanket or two whenever I get the urge. They go to our local health department to get to whoever needs them.
So if you are reading this (anyone, anyone??) you may not hear from me again till October, but know that I'm fine and busy making stuff.....always making stuff because I just can't help myself :)