What I do in my "free" time ... if there is such a thing!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The Good, the bad and the ugly of it all
As a crafter, I've had a devistating loss. Now, let me say that in the real-world scheme of things - this is nothing. But, in my little world of crafting - it's a loss.
12 years ago - I took a cotton duck stocking and cross-stitched a cute little scene on it for our oldest son - he was 2. The next year (11 years ago) I did the same thing for our youngest son who was 3 months old. I also made one for my hubby and myself at that time. All just the plain cotton duck stockings I picked up for $5 at Wal-mart that I cross-stitched Christmas scenes or pictures on with our names. They were great as far as I was concerned. Something I pictured hanging in our home when our grandchildren visited! Here those are:
Well, Christmas time is here again ... so we pulled down the decorations and began to "deck the halls". When I got to the box that contained my stockings and dish cloths and bathroom towels - I was shocked to find there was a strange mold/mildew growing all over the fabric! I tossed the towels and such. They were just some decorations. But, the stockings I put in the wash (they are washable) and washed them on delicate. Apparently the mold/mildew had eaten the fabric!!! They were RUINED! I was just SICK about it. Just to the point of tears for a couple of days.
I pulled myself together and decided that they were gone and there was nothing I could do to fix them. So, I set about finding these cotton duck stockings to begin again. NO ONE sells them. Not wal-mart where I first got them, not any online retailers, not the crafters on etsy. I could not find them. So, I bought some cotton duck fabric and traced the outline of the stockings and begain to sew my new ones.
Now, I'm not a seamstress by any means. I can hem - and sew curtains - but that's about it. So, this was new territory for me.
I was scared that I would ruin this fabric. But, I was really pleasently surprised at the outcome. This is the first one sewn. I've got 3 to go. They'll all be blank this Christmas - because I just don't have time to get them all cross-stitched this year. But, when the decorations go down - I'll begin these for next Christmas!
I'm a wife and a mom of two boys. I'm an avid book reader, a tv junkie and I'm addicted to crafts ... mostly scrapbooking, Cross Stitching, Knitting and Crocheting. I love photography. I do all of these things as hobbies. And occasionally as gifts.