So I have decided not to do the Pumpkin Festival. I can't tell you what a weight this has taken off my shoulders. I was feeling so pressured to make such a huge amount of STUFF that I wasn't enjoying just creating. I was thinking in terms of what other people would like, what was easy to sew, what would be popular. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but that just not ME, you know? I don't want to sew because I feel obligated to. I want to sew because I want to, because I feel energized by it, because I get pleasure from it. Not for something that I know I don't love and will have to underprice just to get it to sell.
I decided, instead, to do an open house at the beginning of November. I think I'll do a Friday evening and Saturday with snacks and drinks. I want it to be as much of a social thing as a shopping thing! I hope that it will be a good chance for people to pick up Christmas gifts, and I am really looking forward to making things for it.
I've been working on this little throw blanket for a few months. I cut scraps into 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch, 2 1/2 inch, and 3 inch strips. I pieced them randomly and I'm just putting a strip of white Kona Cotton between them. I also found some awesome vintage fabric at an antique mall the other day - about 1/2 yard for $2 and I also got some awesome pink wool. I have been wanting to try J Caroline's monogram pillow and I think I'm going to use it for that.
I have about 5 million friends that are pregnant (!!) which is exciting in and of itself, but even more exciting for me because I get to make baby gifts! Woo hoo! I LOVE making baby things. I got these Clover embroidery patterns at JoAnn's, shockingly, and I ordered this hedgehog fabric from Crybaby's Boutique. I'm going to try my hand at embroidering them onto this shirt and make a little blanket with the hedgehog fabric and some solid cottons.
***Oh, and I haven't forgotten about those of you who asked about the shirt pattern. I think it's been discontinued because I can't find it on the patternmaker website. I need to go dig through my sewing room and find the actual pattern.