Saturday, December 17, 2011

Let's Get Real.

You're getting all excited to see the photos of all my projects now, right?

I procrastinate in every way possible when it comes to Christmas readiness. Actually, yesterday I came to the realization that my parents are to blame. Yes you read that right. I'm blaming them.

I'm forced into a society where Christmas begins in late November. This is impossible. You see, growing up, it was unthinkable to get the decorations up before December 15... We didn't get a tree up till usually around the 15-20th. Therefore, Christmas spirit has been indoctrinated to not appear until past mid December.

I was getting worried people, very worried. Every time I heard Bing in the shops, the tears would well up. Where did my spirit go? I think it's arriving, finally, albeit late according to society. I realized this yesterday, when I finally had some kind of wee bit of spirit developing inside - I even wrote Christmas cards.

So here is my list from last post, December 6. I'm keeping it real -

pillows - finished one, see below...other one needs a back. I still have 7 days.
ipad pouches - found them at Winners (like TJMaxx) for 5.99! Keeping it real folks.
zipper pouches - do I really need them? nah. I still have 7 days.
kleenex pouches - kleenex already comes in sanitary plastic pouches. Why waste fabric? I still have 7 days.
coasters - cut out , but on a recent dollarama trip, found some great croco ones for $1.50 - good for now, why stress to get them done for Christmas? I still have 7 days.
pyjamas - Walmart had all pj's on for $9. Really? Do I need to explain?
quilts - ideas ready. backing ready. I still have 7 days. backup gift already sent.
zipper coin pouch - ready to sew. Still have 7 days.
table runner - I still have 7 days left, right?
tree skirt - presents are under the tree right now. Nobody will see the skirt?!
couching experiment - Ideas ready, however, need scraps of cool yarn. May delete this project until I collect cool yarn scraps.

What have I done with myself for the last 11 days you ask? Well, normal tasks aside...there have been field trips to help with, stomach flu, crafts at school, winter concerts, a birthday party to plan and execute, drapes and hardware to shop for, purchase, mount and steam/iron. Blinds to shop for and mount.

And in between my lady of leisure life, I catch up on Days of Our Lives. ;-)

Pillow - Red is an accent colour throughout my house - I wanted to make red for sure. I almost bought a set of red cushions at the big W - for cheaper than making them. But I didn't want to totally cop out of my list.

I also found this gorgeous wool blend that had clear sequins attached throughout in a very random pattern. The fabric just glistened, without being gittery. I knew this was the accent I wanted for my pillow. After seeing THIS cushion at Urban Barn I was inspired. My other pillow will follow a slightly different design...same concept though.

Super easy to make - I cut out 2.5" squares of fabric, folded them on the diagonal, and sewed them in a straight line down the background fabric.
I took a few photos to try and show the sparkle that the triangles have - but it doesn't show up as nice as in person. One day, I'll be a great photographer!


  1. I am SOOOO right there with you. When I see Hobby Lobby filled to the brim with Xmas crafts/decorations in JULY...I always have to do a double take!

  2. I really don't like all this doing Christmas stuff so early. When I was teaching we often didn't put our tree up until I got out for the holidays. It was so much fun and the kids looked forward to it.

  3. maybe it's a Canadian thing, or a teacher thing? I too cannot tolerate this Christmas begins in November crap. Here at Chez Canuck....No tree up, a few presents bought (and I have 4 kids + 11 nieces/nephews), no baking done...whaaat??? Christmas will still happen. I don't finish school until the 23rd..then I can begin on the Christmas stuff.

  4. The pillow is gorgeous!
    And we're only going to get our tree today and we more or less started and finished our shopping last night.

  5. Anonymous 8:49 AM

    Don't worry ~ I think we all have our Christmas craft melt downs. Soon I'll be posting about my Christmas card breakdown.

    Also, I am with you...there is SOOOO much to do and it seems like we have tons of time to get it done yet Mondays roll around and I think what did I manage to get done over the weekend??

    Fab pillow!!

    ♥ Shia


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