Sep 14

So much to do, so little time!

dsc02032Well . . . . now that it seems we have the RUBY magazine project on somewhat of a routine (still lots of work that I love to do, and lots of time invested, but at least we have a routine that works now that we have it in print!), AND now that I have a couple of book editing projects wrapped up, it is time for me to get back to working on my Etsy shops. That and getting ready for the textile arts exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art in October – but that’s a blog post for another day!

I’m sure this NEVER happens to you, but I frequently find myself starting a project and then getting interrupted. Then, three weeks later, I finally find time to get back to it, but by that time I can’t find some of the parts and pieces I was working on so I spend the allotted time for working on said project looking for stuff. And that gets really annoying!

For the past year I’ve been in a situation where we needed to have our house “perfect” for long periods of time, first while we were trying to sell our lake house, and then more recently while we were working on a refi to lower our interest rate so we needed ANOTHER appraisal.

2013-12-02-10-28-21I tend to keep my house pretty tidy most of the time (but I have two teenagers, so what can I say???), but since we actually live here there is usually stuff sitting around like laundry that needs to be folded, dishes that need to be put in the cupboard, books that are in the process of being read, 4,000 pair of shoes that congregate by the front door, and half-finished sewing projects in the studio.

But when the house must be “perfect” for someone to come in and measure and document, photograph and determine value, all that stuff has to go somewhere! Sometimes it just gets put in a pile and shoved in a closet, just until the inspector guy goes away. But that’s when I have a mess on my hands . . . . all that stuff that got piled up and shoved in a corner is now the big black hole where everything I am looking for has disappeared.

2013-12-02-10-26-32I hope we are DONE with that process for a while! I have decided I am never moving again – this has just been way too much work, chaos, stress, and really, really, really annoying. To say nothing of the fact that I haven’t been able to work efficiently for over a year now. But I’m making progress.

All of that is to say that I FINALLY had time to take some photos of a few cute baby sets that I made a while ago – and they are now listed in my Etsy shop at mamas*little*treasures. I have so much more in process, and I hope to work on those projects the rest of this week, but for now I just have to show you a few of the things that are now officially OFF my photography table in the studio!


Tomorrow it is on to the next item on my list of refashioned garments to make for the textile art exhibit in October, but today it was all sweet baby stuff. I actually had time this week to visit some of the participants in last weeks linky party and here are just a few of my favorites:


how-to-instagramHow to Instagram for Business from The Organized Dream

I have been wondering about how to use Instagram for quite some time (another one of those things that just keeps getting put on the back burner but maybe it is time to check it out!).


10 Super Creative Outdoor Fall Wreaths from Dazzle While Frazzled

I must admit I LOVE those fun collections of seasonal craft project ideas and recipes! AND I really love wreaths for every season, so this one (of course!) caught my eye this week. Looks like we’ll have a few more projects getting started out in the studio this week!

gelli-plate-fiber-collageFiber Art Collage with Gelli Plates by Julie Bagamary

I’ve seen Julie’s work before and it is gorgeous! I wish that I could connect with other fiber artists in our area who know how to do this, as it is definitely something I would like to learn how to do. Maybe Julie has online tutorials? I’m certainly going to check it out and see if she can teach me how to do this technique. I wonder if I could use some of these kinds of designs / collages in my fiber art garments . . . . something new to learn!

pumpkin-spice-collagePumpkin Spice and Everything Nice from The Organized Dream

I tried really hard not to choose two favorites from one blog, but I just could not resist the Pumpkin Spice collection from The Organized Dream! Will I ever have enough time to try all of the fun projects that I discover out here in the blogosphere? I hope so!

In the meantime, while I’m trying to figure out how to do it ALL, you might want to check out this week’s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop / Linky Party, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner and some of her bloggy friends . . . . including me! Hope to see you there.


It’s time again for Thursday Favorite Things! I hope you can join us because it is LOTS of fun!

Join us every week as we party and share at the best link party in blog land!

Katherine CollageKatherine – Katherine’s Corner

Nina CollageNina –Vintage Mama’s Cottage

Debi collageDebi- Surroundings by Debi

Olivia CollageOlivia-Reinvented Collection

Shellie CollageShellie – The Fabulous Journey

Marilyn CollageMarilyn – Marilyn’s Treats

Angelina CollageAngelina –Peonies and Orange Blossoms

Thursday Favorite Things RULES

It all starts with a SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS

Please read the rules before participating, it will be a much more satisfying hop experience.

* Please visit at least two links ahead of yours

* Follow Your Hostesses

* Link to your post not your blog main page. –

By sharing with us you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, and that we may use your photos to feature your post on social media, Pinterest or as a feature on our blogs.

Have fun we look forward to all you will share. All of the hostesses are now selecting their favorites to share in features on their blogs each week. Share your best work!


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  1. Kathryn Ross

    Nina–those baby sets are darling! I love how you photographed them, too. Alas–my new grandbaby is a grand-guy! These would be scrumptious for a shower gift, though. Even, for artists who make large dolls! Glad you’re settling into a routine. Trying to do the same here.

  2. Anne

    I really don’t envy you, I don’t like moving house, so much stress. Your baby sets are really cute though 🙂

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