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.

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