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time challenge

May 23, 2022

one hundred days – 15 minutes each day – 25 hours

and it is finished!

at the beginning I stitched 2 pages (blank at that time) together

then machine stitched the four pages together (right sides together) as they were finished

so today, when I finished page #20 and stitched the four together

all I had to do was slip the slot and tab construction together – it took a couple tries to get them right

the back binding when finished – it’s 1 1/2 inches thick

I attempted a video several times but couldn’t get it to download

so here it is finished

and I made one large, very disappointing mistake

what was intended to be the front cover was stitched on a tab page not a slot page – and it matters!

my brain completely confuses the two- but I now know to be very careful the next time

if ever there is a next time

so page #3 should have been the front

pages #4-5








#20 – the back page – at least I got that right

a pocket from an old pair of jeans and a tiny teddy

he has a string around his collar – like I had on mittens many years ago

my Mom gave me the labels years ago and this one was hanging out in the stash

what did I learn?

what a truly scary amount of “stuff” is hiding in boxes, drawers and cupboards

 a lot about time management and how it both flies and drifts

and a confession – some days the 15 minutes stretched into 20 or 25 minutes


14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2022 3:30 pm

    This is a beautiful little gem. Such a tiny treasury of rich embellishment, beautiful scraps and imagination. Bravo, beautiful work.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    May 24, 2022 10:45 am

    I know I have seen the pages as you have gone along but that book is even more beautiful than I imagined it would be. I love how different each page is but they all work together harmoniously. My favourite is the lace star – but then I am a sucker for hand made lace! And little ted is a perfect finishing touch.


    • May 24, 2022 12:33 pm

      Sue – I change my mind about my favorite every time I flip through it. Tiny Teddy was a last minute idea, I was running out of ideas. Rosie has one in the pocket of her summer dress so I knew I could make it in the time limit – now they can play together.

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  3. May 24, 2022 1:36 am

    I just love your book. I must say you are great to stick to the 15minute rule generally. I think iIwould find that difficult. However, you have planted a seed. have a good day.


    • May 24, 2022 9:39 am

      Noilin – I found the time limits the most interesting part of the challenge, and to work every day, not something I would choose to do all the time but definitely a learning experience.. And to have the book at the end of it all is very satisfying.

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  4. May 24, 2022 12:51 am

    This is wonderful! So many techniques used here. An heirloom.


  5. May 24, 2022 12:35 am

    Wow I love it. Little Ted is cute. My favourite pages are 8&9. Well done, and how sensible to do a bit each day. I just hope mine turns out as nice as yours. And yes it’s quite alarming how much stuff we have squirreled away.


    • May 24, 2022 9:46 am

      Cathy – thank you, I enjoy hearing which pages are peoples favorites. Doing work every day was not a choice, it was part of the challenge, when it is only 15 minutes it is very “do-able” and once I got going I looked forward to it. Will actually miss it and will do it again.


  6. May 23, 2022 9:47 pm

    What an wonderful adventure and of course challenge – looking interesting, with the memories you have created – thanks for sharing


    • May 24, 2022 9:48 am

      Catherine – I like working with a challenge, especially when learning something new and when there is something interesting at the end.


  7. Kathy permalink
    May 23, 2022 7:10 pm

    Well done! What a treasure! My favorite pages are 16 & 17, 4 & 5 and definitely 20.
    It was fun being along for the ride on this challenge.
    Happy Victoria Day!


    • May 24, 2022 9:50 am

      Hi Kathy – it was fun to share and good to put more bits and pieces together. Hope you are feeling o.k.


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