Tuesday, April 01, 2014

On Finishing Something




 There's a lot of wheel spinning without much traction going on here lately. I have ideas. I have projects. I have deadlines. But I'm having a hard time getting going and actually finishing things. Several recent projects have been utter duds, which demotivates me to try anything else. In an effort to get out of this go-no-where morass, I embarked on two simple projects. And I finished them. And I'm pleased with the results. 

The first is the patchwork pillow cover seen above. No pattern, little measuring. Just a pile of scraps (and a couple of new fat quarters to inspire me) and this inspiration. Looking at this pillow just makes me happy - birds, sewing notions, bubbles, lots of blues, a bit of lace - some of my favorite things.


Next, two little skirts for two little misses. Bright and summery with pockets for collecting treasures. I used sew-through elastic which made them come together in no time flat. Now to find t-shirts to match.

You might also note that I've changed my profile picture. The snowy days have been long gone from here. This one is rather windblown, but it will do for now. There we have it, two (or three) finished projects. It feels good. Now, if I can only keep going. Tell me, do you have periods of time where you feel like the wheels are spinning without any traction? 

19 comments:

Andrea Dawn said...

Love the pillow and such adorable skirts for your wee lassies.

Dawna Motz said...

Love your little pillow project and those skirts for the wee ones are too cute!! I am the same, I get going on a project,,,it doesn't turn out to well and I put it on the back burner! It is time to move outside though! and we have some projects that we hope to accomplish out there this year. Off for my walk now though,,,,must get motivated in that department as well! Jeesh! have a great day Lorrie.

ellen b. said...

Funny you should mention wheels spinning with no traction. I couldn't find the words to describe yesterday but that pretty much sums it up!
What sweet projects you completed!

Pamela Gordon said...

The pillow and the skirts are all so pretty, Lorrie. I haven't tried to accomplish much here. I'd like to put some nails in the wall for certain shelves but I'm out of wall space or I'll have to redecorate the family room to accomplish that. It's frustrating as we can't put screws in the outside walls of room as they might go through the vapour barrier and hubby has said no to that. :( I am redecorating in my mind but have no energy to actually try to accomplish something. My wheels are spinning! I like your new profile picture. It's sunny and almost zero today after a foot of fresh snow fell last night! I could almost sit on the deck if there was not 2 feet of snow on it. lol

Elizabethd said...

I love your patchwork cushion, Lorrie.
My wheels spin wildly in my head, and that's it.

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

My wheels are also spinning with so many projects and I want them all done before the end of April. I need 36 hours in a day to do them! I love your patchwork cushion, I should have attempted a style like this as my first project in patchwork instead of what I am doing now :-) xx

podso said...

Of course, Seems to be that way more and more as I grow older. Thus when something is completed it feels extra specially good ! !

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

It does feel good to finish something. Love those little skirts - the little misses will be darling in their summer outfits.

Mrs.Rabe said...

What darling skirts! So perfect for Spring and Summer. That pillow is wonderful as well!

I like your windblown photo!

My daughter Rachel and I were talking today of getting back to creating again. Time to blow off the cobwebs!

Deanna

Vee said...

Yes, and I am sitting on three projects right now hoping to turn them from a bit of a disaster to a good thing. It could go either way. Your pillow came out beautifully!

Vee said...

Oops quit too soon and the skirts are darling and your profile pic is great. The granddaughters are going to enjoy wearing matching outfits.

Leanne said...

Your cushion cover makes me smile with those lovely little birds peeking out. Very cute skirts.

Marilyn said...

What sweet little skirts and love the pillow too.
Sometimes we need a simple project to see quick result
before attempting the more challenging project.
Take care!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love to change my pillows out for the season. Most of the time I try to make pillow covers now because I have so many pillows! This is a great idea! I enjoyed your' favorite five' at Decor to Adore! You did a great job and I loved it! Sweet hugs!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Those are adorable! Pillow and wee skirts.

Cheryl said...

I'd say that you are quite productive these days! Beautiful pillow...darling skirts!

Poppy said...

How darling and delightful are your new and FINISHED projects! Love both patterns on pillow and skirts and your profile pic is pretty, too!

Poppy

Betty said...

Those skirts are adorable Lorrie. And you thought of the pockets is clever, as little people love picking up and collecting.

materfamilias said...

Love! that pillow! Love it! Do you sell those on Etsy? You make me wish for a month to open up magically somewhere, so that I could disappear back into sewing -- it's been far too long. Not that I'd be able to accomplish what you have, but you do inspire. . .