Monday, April 27, 2015

Good Monday

Well good morning to you and I don't know what happened to me last week ... I disappeared!!  I was so excited to give my stash report and then nothing!  Apparently I needed to take a break from all that hot sewing I did the week before!  I usually see with friends at least once a week.  So I did get that time in, working steadily on my APQ Quiltalong.  
Vary opening up seams, squaring up the small blocks, and then stitching them into a nine patch.  My goal ... 10 nine patches a day.  So close to finishing!
It is making such a difference on these 6 1/2" square blocks to open every seam.  They lay so flat this way and I think when I start assembling the quilt rows I will really appreciate taking the time to finish! This is going to be my spring quilt for my bed, so I better get a move on!

During my break last week, I spent a lot of time on my new fun hobby planning and journaling.  I used to scrapbook a lot, even made cards, and really enjoyed it.  I found a lot of inspiration on Instagram, and I have gone in head first!  I bought a new planner, and am really trying to get myself organized.  Part of the great fun is decorating your planner ... Some go crazy with stickers, etc.  Mine is pretty simple ...
Everything gets written down on my monthly spread.  Bills to pay, appointments, etc.  Then every Sunday evening I sit down and take about 1/2 hour putting everything in my next week's spread. I do a little decorating ... It's like giving myself a gold star when I do something!
This is this week's spread ... It sits on my kitchen counter and just makes me happy looking at it.  At the end of each day I have made notes about things I have done ... Phone calls, spending, etc. I'm also trying to plan meals ... The red journaling card has a space on the flip side where I write my errands and phone calls to make for the week.  That leaves more space in my planner.  I have only been at this about 3 weeks, so it gets refined a little each week.
This is what it looked like last night!  A little different than the beginning of the week, huh?  At the end of the week there is a notes section and I just do a quick summary of what happened during the week.  I'm hoping this will help me during those times I am looking for something I did or bought or planned, but then can't remember the details.  I bought an Inkwell Press planner and it is absolutely the bomb!  The quality of the paper is great, and there are many different sections besides just the calendar.  There are lots of note pages in the back and since I am taking care of my mom, I started a section on her.  Now I have one place to keep track of the phone calls I have with her doctors, what needs to be scheduled, medicine changes, etc.  it's really helping me keep everything together.

On Instagram there is an entire planning and scrapbooking community ... They love their art the way we love quilting!  I joined in on a list a day challenge.  Every day we have a prompt and we journal a page for that day.  It has been so much fun!

This is just one of my days ... The prompt was best meals I ever ate.  Mine was really fun to fill in the memories on that date.  Some are really fun and some prompts require a little more seriousness or thought.  I probably spend about a 1/2 hour towards the end of my day just filling a page ... It is really enjoyable and I am finding it quite relaxing.  It doesn't come without downfalls though ... So much cute stuff to embellish with.  I spent s little money last week shopping for goodies!
One of my trips to Target ... Their dollar bins are dangerous!  They have really raised the bar and are putting out the cutest stationery products.  Some things are $3, like this cosmetic case.  I also have found grest things at Tuesday Morning and sale shopping Joanns and Michaels.

Ok ... Back to quilting!  Have a good week my friends.  Follow me on Instagram @quiltinginderthesun

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