Monday, October 24, 2011

thread : paper : scissors : food

Saturday was a good day.


Andrea I attended a 12 hour event at our friend Cindy's chruch titled "Thread : Paper : Scissors" and it was a bring-whatever-you-want-to-work-on-and-we'll-provide-all-your-meals type of deal. {And FYI, Cindy prepared every bit of food you will see in this post... be sure to stop by her site to say hello and to thank her for my jeans being even more snug than usual today.}

Yes, Saturday was a good day.

Breakfast was ready when we arrived... I may have had two slices of this. I can't really remember. All the food I ate that day is a bit of a blur. I DO remember having fruit and coffee with the lemon cranberry cake though. You know, to balance things out a bit.

I was ambitious and really planned ahead for this day. I cut and prepared patterns 'till my thumb was ready to fall off. I even paid Emily to cut a bit for me, for fear that my thumb actually would fall off. I packed my big sewing bag and checked it twice. I left a clean kitchen and dinner plans for the fam in place. They went ahead and ordered pizza.

Here's what I brought...

We claimed our tables and got set up. I brought my ironing board along and discovered this little note was stuck on it... I love you too, Emily!

There were (I think ) about 20 women there, working on everything from scrapbooking to stitcheries to sewing projects. There were even two classes that ran throughout the day to make cards and quilted Christmas ornaments. They looked interesting, but they weren't for me. I had a goal.
I sewed stitches. I ripped stitches. I changed the foot on my machine a couple of times since it was acting up. I re-threaded and tried a new machine needle. Really? Today of all days?

We stopped and had lunch. Just one of these plates was mine. Sheesh, what do you people think of me?

OBVIOUSLY, I needed to save room for dessert.

I sewed some more and completed this...
...and Andrea completed hers too...
Time for a break? Sounds good to me. Spicy cider and pumpkin muffins... Mmmm...

I think it was at this point that a few of us decided to take a little trip to the local fabric store. I don't get out that way often so it was a nice little outing. I may have spent some money on this kit by Moda... however that (like the amount of food I consumed that day) is a bit of a blur.
Back to work. I got the second of my big bags (the black and grey combo) well under way so I feel really good about that. I also did a bunch on the little keyring clutches... the yucky picky stuff like sewing all the keyring hangers and the velcro in place, and making the bag shells. Glad to have all that behind me! And happy to be able to say that I did get one clutch finished off.

Who's hungry? Good, let's eat!
Got room for dessert? Amazingly, I did...

At this point I *yawn* may have been slowing down a bit. Who knew that eating sewing for this many hours could make you this sleepy? So, to keep myself motivated,  I turned to my new Moda kit and started working on a few of the advent calendar pockets. It's a great project and was just what I needed to round out the day.  And before you could say "coffee-with-a-shot-of-eggnog" it was time to pack up and head home.

Thank you, Cindy, for your part in organizing this awesome day. I had a great time, got a lot accomplished, and will be starting my diet right now. Just as soon as I finish my mocha.

7 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

Wow.... what a fun day! What a cool thing to do... the all-day, we'll-feed-you-while-you-work deal! You were very productive...

Cindy @ Creating at Home said...

You're very welcome!! I enjoyed every bit of it and it was nice to sew with you even if I didn't get that much sewing done! You've inspired me to make bags again, though.... maybe soon!

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Sounds like you had a blast, and who wouldn't with all that yummy food! The note that Emily left for you brought a tear to my eye...how sweet! Give that little girl a great big hug!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

okay that food just looked to yummy and my mouth is watering just looking at it..I wish I could have gone you and I would have to walk home just to work off some of it..love the goodies you made and what a wonderful way to spend your day..;) good good food and good friends..doesn't get any better..and oh guess what I got in the mail today..I love it..will be blogging it tomorrow.;) you are a sweetheart..and oh so talented.;)

Neabear said...

That is a fun thing to do! I think I would enjoying going to an event of that type. I have been to a couple of scrapbook all day kind of things, but not for other crafts. What fun day for you! Enjoyed you post about it too!

~Linnea

Christy said...

I'm in love with your bags!

Carmen at Old House Kitchen said...

That looked like sew much fun (ha!)!! I'm afraid, though, if I ever went to something like that I wouldn't get one project completed. I'm a little chatty that way. ;)