Life is just a bit crazy here at the moment! Here is a rundown of what’s been going on…

Sometimes, I feel like I don’t have interesting things to blog about, or pretty photos to post, because it takes so long for things to come to fruition, and so much goes on “behind the scenes”… The “daily grind” just doesn’t seem very exciting! There is a lot of planning and computer work and rough sketches that go into a large project. The block of the month takes months and months of designing and planning, and honestly, most of it is just not at all pretty or interesting! That is what I have been spending the bulk of my time on lately. I am still working on the embroidery for the next BOM (to start in June.) I am doing this as “blue work.” Right now, I’m stitching up the 4th out of 5 blocks. Here is a little sneak peek:

ButterflyEmbroidery_JacquelynneSteves

This is going to go into my blue and gray version of the quilt. I cut the fabrics, and I hope to start sewing the blocks soon. I’ve spent several days writing the patterns, and when I sew the blue and gray quilt together, that will be my “second test” of the blocks (the “first test” quilt went off to the long-arm quilter the other day, and the fabrics are VERY different from the blue and gray ones shown below):

BlueGrayBOMFabrics

Because I’ve been doing so much sewing and computer work, I haven’t had a chance to paint lately. I found myself really missing it, really craving that outlet, but I just couldn’t seem to carve out the time… So I’ve found that if I keep the paper and paint out on my desk, I can sneak in a bit of painting if I have an extra few minutes here and there. Yesterday, I used the last half hour of my day to do a little painting, and it was…. wonderful. Oh how I’ve missed my paint and brushes! I don’t have a particular use for this artwork in mind right now, and it will probably take forever to finish at this rate, but I don’t care- I’m painting again after being away from it for much too long!

ArtSneakPeek_JacquelynneSteves

And in the midst of all this, we are renovating a bathroom… it certainly has been dusty and noisy here. It’s hard for me to have people in my house all the time, I’m a very private person and it’s hard when you feel like you just can’t relax and feel at home in your own space. The bathroom had all of the original fixtures- the lid to the toilet was stamped 1922!!! It had stopped working a while back… we just made-do with the other bathrooms in the house. But we now have out of town guests coming to stay for a couple of weeks at the end of the month, so we figured we should stop procrastinating and actually get the darn room done! This is what it looked like before (not so bad, except for the non-functioning toilet!):

BathroomBefore_JacquelynneSteves

And this is what it looked like after the first day of work:

BathroomDemo_JacquelynneSteves

It certainly was a shock to walk in there at the end of that first day! More photos to come as we progress. I hope I keep my sanity through it all…

Lovely Day Bicycle Art- Jacquelynne Steves

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