December 8, 2009

My First "Wild Hare" Wednesday Post...

Thanks to Michelle from Tales of The Raspberry Rabbits for hosting "Wild Hare" Wednesdays! If I understand correctly, we're supposed to give examples of when we were struck with a "wild hare" and did something completely wild, silly or outlandish. Well, my dears, I think that my posts from the last two days are quite outlandish enough for one week, so instead I'll tell you about how I was struck yesterday with a "wild hare".
In the middle of being "up-to-my-hoo-ha-in-alligators" - trying to complete my Christmas projects - I realized that I had more of a mess than I could tolerate. If you're like me, once you start creating, the mess kind of takes over until you finish the project. As I've had multiple things going at the same time, I just couldn't stand the chaos a minute longer. So, in the middle of all my projects, I tore my studio up a bit more...and cleaned.

I also realized that if I got out Miss Ellie's little sister, Prissy (my Babylock Espire quilting machine), I could actually be doing embroideries on one machine while I sewed on the other. It takes up a little bit more room, but time saved will be worth it.
It may still look chaotic to you, but I have clean work spaces and open tables - plus the second machine set up - so it's going to work great for me until after my Christmas Workshop closes for this season!

Here's what I managed to finish yesterday, in spite of the "wild hare" to clean up my studio (hear me roar!)...a set of lavender & wool-filled linen sachets, an acorn ornament, and a linen pincushion with linen lace and hand stitched trim.
The lavender & wool-filled sachets have mother of pearl buttons (a heart, a moon and a flower) and sweet little bows as adornments. I then wrapped them together as you see in the photo above, tying them with a brown ribbon and my signature acorn charm.
Do you think you'd like to see some of these in my Boutique? Perhaps after all the mandatory holiday projects are completed...

One last bit of information. Debra of Common Ground won my Ten Things About Me contest yesterday, but I neglected to share what she won. (sheesh!) I went back and added it to yesterday's post, but I wanted to show it here, too. I've been working on perfecting my needle keeps. All my prototypes were mailed out to the winners of my Followers Only Birthday Giveaway - imperfections and all. I made a number of new ones with my Brynwood label on them, and Debra will receive one of the new designs. I'll be selling these in my Boutique soon.

Be sure to go to Dawn's The Feathered Nest. She's having a wonderful giveaway to celebrate 1200 posts and 400 followers! Congratulations, Dawn on an awe-inspiring accomplishment! You can click on the button here, or in my left sidebar to go to her drawing. Hurry! It ends on Dec. 13th!

A clean studio and a few finished Christmas gifts. Not bad for my first "Wild Hare" Wednesday, I think. Have a great day, and May All Your Hares Be Wild!

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Charlene said...

Oh I wish I had a studio as wonderful as yours & I wish I would be as productive as you were while still being able to CLEAN the studio. WOW! I'm impressed! Mine is a MESS! Great post.

The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh Donna,
What a wonderful work space!! The window! The wonderful light you get from it. It is nice to have a clean surface,,,to mess up again,,,lol...
The sachets are so sweet. Are you ready for Christmas?

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Ahh yes, the cleaning Wild Hare that hops up just when we are the busiest, but cannot stand the clutter and chaos any longer! Been there girlfriend! hee,hee,hee.
Everything looks great though. Your studio is fabulous. Love the linen and lavender sachets. Beautiful.Have a fun day creating and working on your to do list. Thanks for playing along with me on Wednesdays!
bunny hugs,

The French Bear said...

How I wish I had that wonderful work space, although I do have a room, it is full of "mess", so I have now spread out into the kitchen!!! Ha ha, maybe I should take pictures, then I could guilt myself into cleaning up!!
I love the lavender pillows, yes, put them in your store!!!
Your needle keeps are gorgeous!
Margaret B

The Feathered Nest said...

I love the way you arranged your studio Donna!!! I work better when things are cleaned up....and those sachets are BEAUTIFUL! I say, yes! put them in your shoppe! xxoo, Dawn

The Whispering Creek House said...

your work is amazing!! I love it! and I love your sewing room too! you are blessed!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

I know exactly what you mean about the mess! I wish mine was in better shape, but right now we are midst of launching a new business. Since our heads are spinning, its hard for me to keep focused as I'm trying to make just a few Christmas things to keep a bit of Christmas spirit going and not let it get lost in the midst of all this overwhelming excitement going on at the Cabin. My art room is tiny, but adequate, tends to get really messy, and in layers, each being a different project! Whew!
better get myself back to work!
Everything lovely here--just love your beautiful space!
Have a wonderful and creative day & Blessings to you from the Cabin!
Claudia O.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Ooh, your little handmade goodies look beautiful! You have such a nice workspace. Mine would look like your 'before' shot After I cleaned up. We should have called ourselves the Messy Crafters. Enjoy your day! Twyla

sweetjeanette said...

LOL..... I've been cleaning my workspace in preparation for my annual ornament exchange this Saturday. Since turning my craft room into a spare bedroom and a "craft closet" now, when I craft it spills over and takes over the bedroom part. You've inspired me, not to clean, but to craft! LOL Can't wait until next week when I can tear that room up again! LOL

snickers4 said...

Your studio is so awesome, I'm jealous :) Your "Wild Hare" reminds me of the days when we would rearrange the shop....ahh those were the good old days! I love the lavendar pillows and the other pieces are darling too. Your so talented....Love, LAE

Marydon Ford said...

Donna ~ Come over & view the progress on our tree, I put your gift to me on it & gave you a wee plug.
We will be closing down the old blog so please follow me on ~

I just love your creations. There is a small parcel coming your way shortly.

TTFN ~ Marydon

Jane said...

Wonderful studio! It looks very organized, even in it's "chaotic" state.
After reading about acorns on your post it dawned on me that I never sent any Missouri acorns to you. Our tree out back that I thought would drop acorns never did...we just got 3 inches of snow today so I think my days of finding acorns this year has passed. There's always next year!
Enjoy the rest of your week.


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