Sunday, June 28, 2009


It’s been a rough couple of weeks here at Casa de Sunny, but things are starting to calm down a bit. There are a few of you that I need to get in touch with for various reasons and I hope to make that happen this week. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I’m at the start of some major life changes and you will hear about all of them as soon as I make some key decisions.

I trust you all are doing well and are dealing well with whatever life-happenings you are facing. Keep crafting, blogging and smiling in the meantime. There are bound to be some calm days ahead.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Still Knitting

Since I won’t be able to join you all for WWKIP day, I am posting my current project to encourage you all to sit out tomorrow and knit. I’m going to try and get some public knitting done, but it’s going to be a crazy weekend for me. I’m continuing on with my little footie sock. I keep sliding it on my foot to really make sure it fits because it looks so tiny, but I won’t be able to tell if it will truly stay on my foot until it’s finished. I’m afraid it will slide off of my foot while wearing it, but I’m hopeful.

I was cleaning some of my windows today and once again, I was wishing I had more knitted or crocheted washcloths as they are my window washing tool of choice so I’ll get back to some of my cotton crafting this weekend.

I’ll be heading to Maryland for a client meeting next week but I doubt I’ll be able to do any knitting while on the trip. I just may stick to reading this go round. And writing of course. I’m still ramping up on my writing time.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Looking for Pattern Testers

Looking for 2-3 sewers to test my vinyl bag pattern for me. I’ve made some changes based on the class I taught this past weekend at Lavender Lime but would like to get it checked out before attempting to sell it. You will need to some clear vinyl, a fat-quarter of fabric and two coordinating zippers. If you are interested, please leave a comment.


Sunday, June 7, 2009


No I haven’t been sick unless you count two weeks of constant stress as an illness. I’m starting to think it may be a disease. But despite the crafting/creativity downtime, I am recovering.

I taught my first class at the quilt shop yesterday on my vinyl two pocket bag. I only had one student, but I opted to teach the class anyway so I could get some practice. My greatest fear is having students in the class with sewing machines I am not familiar with and them having problems that I wouldn’t know how to solve. And wouldn’t you know that’s exactly what happened in my first class!
My student had been having problems with her Bernina for a year and instead of bringing it in for service, she just dealt with as best she could. Well, the machine wouldn’t take anymore. She was forced to leave the machine there for the repair man and the shop let her borrow a machine to get through the class. I really love the service at this shop. You just can’t beat it.

And as a side note, if you pay the money for a really nice machine, GET IT SERVICED! And as soon as something looks like it is going wrong, GET HELP! GET SERVICE! Okay, that’s enough for my public service announcement.

We got on with the class and about 2 1/2 hours later, my student had a little vinyl bag of her own. She really did do a good job. I forgot to take my camera to the shop with me so I don’t have any pictures to share. I can’t wait for the next class. I’m ready to go now. I think I deal with a bigger class next time.

I have a few other ideas now for bags to make and classes to teach. And I will be putting together my class instructions and selling them in my Etsy shop. As soon as I get through the copyright process, I will have this one up.

And now that I am well into my recovery, I am able to get back to my crafting.


The first picture is a crocheted washcloth that I whipped up yesterday. I’m not sure if I like it yet but I’ve got tons of cotton and I need new dish towels and cleaning towels. I think this size will be perfect for windows and mirrors. And then I started some little footie socks with some new yarn that I got from Dana. The skein is much too big to be making a project that takes so little so I think the left overs will become a baby hat for a friend.

And my newest obsession is KenKen.


It’s a completely addictive new logic game. It is often compared to Suduko but the comparison doesn’t work for me. Each has similar restrictions but it takes another set of skills to solve the KenKens. Try it and let me know what you think.