I did get some of my list done for the week, but some things kind of took a back seat this week to other things I did. Like sewing clothing goals got pushed aside for cleaning goals as I am trying to deep clean to get rid of even the shadow of the idea of bugs invading my house.
I managed to get about 3/4 of the laundry accomplished this week, but still need to reorganize my hallway closet to work better (shelves are bowing under weight in wrong areas, etc), so putting it all away didn't get done.
Due to hot weather, canning mustard didn't happen. I could have done it this morning, but put it aside for another cool day, maybe later in the week. Since I have all the materials to make said mustard on hand and we still have some mustard in the pantry, I'm not super rushed on that.
BUT, I was feeling super rushed to get my niece's gift done before she got here, so that's what I worked on yesterday and today (cut out last night, sewed together today). I would have gotten it done sooner, but my husband worked all day Saturday and the kids have not been in good moods the last couple of days, so I've been busy with them. The final work is above.
Okay, before you ask, it's SUPPOSED to be a bunny snuggy. To me it looks like Winnie the Pooh with rabbit ears on (to the point I almost embroidered a headband in between the ears to make it look like rabbit ears), but that's how the pattern worked out. Since it's a multi-use pattern that is supposed to make a cat, a teddy bear or a rabbit depending on what ears you use, I don't know why I'm surprised by the result *laugh*. By the way, I used a Simplicity pattern for this. Normally I have really good luck with Simplicity patterns. This one was AWFUL!!! I eventually had to toss the sewing instructions aside and just work from the pattern itself or I would have been lost forever. It was truly terrible in lack of illustrations and directions.
The pattern had eyes and a nose that you were supposed to cut out and sew on, but I embroidered all the details on instead since a baby is going to be getting it and I want the little one to be able to chew on it. I also hand sewed the top animal body to the blanket with about three layers of back stitch to make sure it wasn't going anywhere as I imagine that the thing is going to be swung around by little kids a lot by the blanket part :).
Oh and Gretchen, if you read this, I grabbed the materials out of my stores before I knew if you were having a boy or a girl and it was half cut out, so I didn't redo it in a pink theme. Sorry *laugh*.
Overall, I'm pleased with the result. Wish it looked more like a bunny, but at least it looks like a cute Winnie the Pooh with rabbit ears on ;).
I also got golden syrup canned this week, which was one of the things off of my canning list, so yay there, got the den decluttered a bit, got a list going for gifts for some of the kids in the family for Christmas (and thank you to the blog readers who chimed in with ideas for gifts, some of them were a REALLY big help in figuring things out to make), got the list done for the freezer on what meat I needed to get (which ended up being the one word...meat...it's kind of sad really...now to just find a good price on beef products somewhere :), got a teeny tiny bit of work done on the yard (I've been ripping dead out of the raspberry patch every time I go and water my rhubarb plant at the bottom of the yard. It's only a thing or two each time, but I'm making SLOW progress doing it that way) and I got the materials to make truffles as part of my husband's anniversary gift, so woohoo on all of that!
I also managed to make artisan style bread Saturday and used a trick I found online where if you put a pan of boiling water in the bottom of the oven when you are baking the bread it is supposed to give you that chewy "store bought bread" type of texture. I was curious and sure enough the trick worked! You have no idea how many years I've been messing with recipes trying to get that texture *laugh*. It was worth the kneading the dough by hand (I skipped the mixer...for one I'm trying to get in better shape, so I figured that would give me a work out...and I was right) and the 3 hours plus lost of my time to make good home made bread :).
I then made two more loaves of bread today as the recipe I used for the other bread the loaves came out smaller than I had anticipated, so I wanted to make good sandwich bread for the week. So I made my go-to recipe for bread in an hour and got the light fluffy sandwich bread cooling right now.
So, yeah, onto the goals for this week!
- Work on clothing sewing goals (getting zipper replaced in husband's jackets, skirt and dress for me, etc).
- Clean sewing machine (it'll need dusting and oiling after working with fleece today)
- Work on mending pile
- Can mustard (if time and weather/temperature permit)
- Rip everything out of kid's rooms, deep clean (and I mean DEEP clean), shampoo carpets and then reset everything. Weed out toys, especially with daughter, to figure out what needs to go/isn't played with anymore.
- Shampoo downstairs carpets
- Reset hallway closet (what is this, reset like number 1000 or so?) to work better. Flip shelves to help with bowing issue.
- Get daughter through her orthodontist appointment (she gets her braces off tomorrow! Yay!!!)
- Harvest cabbages that are starting to bolt from garden. Plant new seeds in place where they were.
- Fertilize garden.
And there you go. My goals for the week. Doesn't seem like a lot, but the bedrooms and the hallway closet are going to take a LOT of time and energy to get done.
How about you? Up to anything this week?