Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Do you do this?

You've probably figured out by now that Regina and I really love to sew. Lately I've made myself stop using the computer around 12 noon and go into my sewing room to actually work on some projects. Yesterday I finished TWO really cute tote bags, one for my mom and the other for a dear friend (pictures of those in a couple of weeks.) I also realized I have a TON of fabrics cut and divided into little baggies that are ready to be made into quilts! That's because I went through a kit buying phase and after I had done that, I went through a "I'll just cut these and make them ready to sew" phase. Now I'm going through the "I really want to make these things" phase. Maybe it's the spring weather or something.
Do you ever do that? Go through certain phases and then get super productive and make a lot of stuff?
Here's the other thing. I have a mini laptop (since main computer is in another room) and I've set it up so I can actually WATCH stuff on it while I'm sewing! I love to have music playing or my new favorite is either a show on hulu or Netflix. Hulu is a neat website I found where I can watch previous episodes of fairly new TV shows. My recent favorite has been Fringe, which was written by the same people who wrote the Lost series. I've just gotten caught up on the last five episodes of the second season over the last few days. Also, Netflix, if you have an account with them, will allow you to stream movies or TV shows on your computer for no additional cost! I was able to watch all of Seasons 1 and 2 of the BBC TV show Robin Hood (so sad that was only a three season series!) And soon I'm going to hook up an external drive so I can watch DVDs on my mini laptop too. My latest discovery is books on CD. This was sort of one of those V8 moments. I LOVE to read. I have NO problem listening to books on tape or imagining what's going on, I've done this several times when I used to have a LOOONG commute to my previous job. So why not listen to books while I sew? While I was at a thrift store yesterday, I found a copy of John Grisham's The Brethren on CD for $2.99. Gee, for that little how could I go wrong? Well, I found out, it's not just a 4 CD set, it must have more than that but all that was in the case was 4 CDs! I just finished listening to the 4th CD and now I'm hanging!! I plan to take it back to the store tomorrow. But wait, I'm not finished!! I just stopped by my local library today and picked out THREE more books on CD today! And one of them is even about a quilter who solves mysteries (my other favorite sort of novel is mysteries). So I can listen to a book on CD about a quilter while I work on a quilt! I also checked out three books but those will be hard to read while I sew. :-)
Does this sound familiar? Do you like to listen to books on tape or watch TV or movies while you work on a quilt? Or do you prefer to listen to music or have complete quiet?
I'm just curious because I felt so much better when I asked around and found out I'm not the only one who sews without shoes on (the better to feel the pedal, right?) Can't wait to hear your replies.
Happy Stitches!
P.S. Don't forget to join the CGW Sew and Show group on flickr! I'm anxiously waiting to see what creations you've all come up with!


  1. This weekend I've been catching up on LOST on hulu. I made Russell a cell phone case (denim lined with blue cotton), mended a bra and a skirt, and organized my wardrobe. I'm about to watch some more and work on embroidery samples for class.

  2. could you make like a center console holder type bag.... for my minivan??? LOL

  3. Hello! I wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog awhile ago.

    I am honestly amazed at your skill in sewing. I sewed a blanket for my doll when I was a kid. (and when I say **I** sewed a blanket I mean to say that I watched my grandma do it) :D

  4. YEP, I have my computer on a desk at the end of the worktable. I can load a movie or listen to music. Although I am listening more than watching I enjoy it!

  5. But of course! I love to listen to audiobooks or watch Netflix movies on my computer while I'm knitting. My fave!

  6. I'm so jealous of your crafty skills. I have none. LOL

    Stopping by to return the follow from FF!

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I always listen to music or watch TV when I sew (however rarely that may be). I tried watching Fringe but it was too bloody and gross for me, lol! Oh, and I also sew barefoot sometimes.

  8. I usually watch TV or a movie while I quilt or do crafts. I think the dead silence makes me go batty!! Stopping by from Friday Follow. Cute blog. Looking forward to seeing more fun stuff ;) Oh, and now I am a follower too!

  9. Stopping by from SITS.

    I definitely go through phases but usually it's me hopping from one sort of craft to another (like I haven't knitted anything since Christmas and now I'm itching to get my hands on some fiber again).

    Something horrible happened last night: I went into the Abyss (my studio) to work on a paper project and the tv wouldn't turn on!!! No! Apparently it's dead and I wasn't in the mood to just crank up iTunes or let Pandora play dj for me, so I brought the laptop in and watched Julie & Julia on Netflix while I played. Thank goodness for Netflix!!!

  10. HI! Just stopped by through the Friday Follow to check out your blog! Looks interesting, I’m you’re newest follower! I’d love for you to come follow me back at Turning the Clock Back (http://turning-the-clock-back.blogspot.com). Have a great weekend!


  11. Stopping by from Friday Follow! I so wish I knew how to sew or crochet or something.

  12. New follow from Friday follow. Hope to see you drop in over @ A Penny Saved. Have a great weekend.

    Jen @ A Penny Saved


  13. When I'm on the computer or working in my room I listen to Fibber McGee & Molly CD's. I love old time radio shows.
    Found you on Friday Follow. I'm your newest follower.
    Have a great weekend,

  14. Yes, I do use one of those sewing machines! I can't wait to look more at your patterns and things! This is my Friday follow and I hope to see you come by and see me!


  15. i am a new follower from friday follow
    hope you will visit me too at


    i just got a sewing machine given to me from freecycle, i just need to learn how to use it!

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  17. Hi I'm Barb & can really relate to your blog. Anyone want to start a store of fabric..oh yeah you guys have..good for you!!! I'm here from FF..sorry it's a little late..Trying to keep up with all this is something else..but it's a blast,too!I'm now a follower of yours.. I hope you will go to
    & find some ideas that might inspire you & your family/Home. I hope you will follow me too. I just finished 4 Kitchen Chairs for $1.25 ea. with black & white polka dots fabric..then 4 stools..a hutch..a table runner..& napkin holder..I couldn't stop! Ha! Ha! Anyway I have aprons, bows, vinyl lettering, one-painting, jewelry & Lots of recipes..so leave me a comment if you would & tell me what you think..Have a great day! Barb

  18. Here from FF running behind this week

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  19. Happy Friday Follow! Cute blog.Now following from http://motherhoodthetruth.blogspot.com/ Please come check me out.