Squirrel in action by E.A. Schneider
Hello, dear readers! I have some fun, creative updates for you this weekend. I am finally not producing copious amounts of mucous and involuntarily attempting to project my lungs across a room. To celebrate my return to mostly-good health, I have the following updates.
Update the first: I’m up to page 45, 13,140 words, on my WIP based on this piece of flash fiction. Huzzah! Cue the dancing and start the band, pond readers, because this appears to be a roll. Now, the trick will be maintaining the momentum. I think I can do it and I’m hoping that maintaing the habit of updating you lovely readers will encourage me to continue.
Monitor lizard here to keep on an eye on the situation by E.A. Schneider
Update the second: I am approaching quilting a new Queen/King size quilt that I’ve been hoping to finish for years. The quilt is pinned and ready to go, I just need to clear off the tables, get out the right foot for the job, and thread the machine. This is very exciting. Soon, very soon, there will be new quilt pictures here on the pond and new quilted comfort here at home. Mwa hahaha! Please, enjoy this sneak peak:
Pinned quilt with a sneak peak at the adorable backing flannel
Update the third: In light of the fact that my beloved Lena (that’s my sewing machine) will be tied up in quilting duty soon, I have been frantically trying to finish several smallish projects that have been sitting on my quilting table making me feel guilty. Before viruses and bacteria combined to lay me low for the last two months I was able to finish several really nifty projects.
Behold! A Star Trek Quillow:
Star Trek Quillow folded up by E.A. Schneider
I teased this quillow way back in this post. Because the Star Trek Quillow is such a nifty project that I am quite pleased with, I am going to devote a post to cataloguing its details soon. Check-back for all the fun!
A fountain pen roll-up of my own design:
Fountain pen roll-up action shot by E.A. Schneider
Fountain pen roll-up from the back by E.A. Schneider
Fountain pen roll-up actually rolled up by E.A. Schneider
The real beauty of this roll-up is that it can stand up on its own, as pictured above, thereby storing the pens in the upright position, as they are meant to be stored, while keeping them together, portable, accessible, and safe. The interior is oil-cloth and the exterior is cotton. I am super pleased with how this project turned out and it makes me smile every time I use it and see it.
Being the nerd that I am, I really like to play Magic the Gathering with my husband and friends. Dice and counters are useful things to have for this game but they can be awkward to transport. I got rather sick of scruffy plastic sandwich bags holding my dice so I made this spiffy drawstring bag of holding.
Drawstring bag of holding by E.A. Schneider
It really holds up well in the rigors of my purse without dropping dice or counters. I am pleased.
A further adventure in bag making for me was the zippered bag pictured below on the right. This was an experiment, I have never before sewed a zipper into anything, but, I think it turned out well. The scarf on the left is another of my favorite gifts to make, they are warm, easy-to-make, and fun to personalize.
Scarf and zippered bag with yo-yo flower by E. A. Schneider
My final nifty creation was this cute apron for one of my favorite people.
French cafe apron by E.A. Schneider
Pocket close-up by E.A. Schneider
The apron was a pre-printed panel that was fun to put together. I am a fan of anything good that simplifies crafting and gift giving and I’m definitely a fan of cute panel projects like this. Thankfully, the recipient likes it a lot too.
Those are my updates for now, dear readers. Thanks for stopping by the pond today and sharing in my creative fun. Please, share any questions or comments below. What kinds of projects are you using to wile away the winter? Share below! I hope that your winter is going well and you’re managing to be as creative and productive as you wish, dear readers.
Beautiful sky over lovely bog by E.A. Schneider