Resolution Me Not

As I was looking over our past year on the blog I came across a post I wrote last year this time with an agenda for things I wanted to sew or make over the next year.  Boy, did I FAIL big time on that list!  I actually had forgotten that I made a list!!

This is what was….

On the agenda for 2013:

  • finish my husband’s quilt that is hanging by completed rows in my sewing room
  • sew doll clothes for daughter’s 18 inch doll – inspired by this post (even though it is for a bear) – love the gold suitcase!
  • some more home decor sewing – a bench cushion and maybe some new curtains?
  • maybe get back into handbag sewing?
  • sew some quilt blocks from the “free” Craftsy block of the month class from 2012
  • build a doll bed? from this site
  • improve my alteration skills – (also a new skill picked up from a Craftsy class)

I scratched them out not because they were done but because they were NOT done.  None of these things happened in ’13.  I still need to finish that darn quilt!  I also still need to make some doll clothes but this year it is more likely to be for Barbie than our 18′ doll.

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I also still need to sew bench cushions and now I have yet another bench that needs a cushion!

No handbags were sewn and I never sewed the quilt blocks.  I still want to sew the quilt blocks though just maybe not this year.

My daughter did get a hand me down doll bed so I can sorta check that one off the list! And I did do some small alterations but mainly by hand and not really using the techniques from the craftsy class.

So what DID I do in 2013?

I sewed some bunnies and bunny clothes.

rabbit collage again

I went on a couple of garden tours.

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I also “toured” Anthropology.  And knitting… it seems I did a good bit of knitting!

knit 1Some socks, a couple hats, one of which I never blogged about, a sweater or two  (still working on one), a headband with a flower (never blogged that one either).  I really don’t think I sat at my sewing machine much in ’13!

But I did make a light fixture!

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And sewed a chevron skirt – ok so I was at the sewing machine a little!

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I made stuffed pumpkins.

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and was scared by Thriller Kitty.

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I even made some attire for a lemonade stand!

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I’m never quite sure where the year will lead me sewing/knitting and making things-wise.  Although I didn’t accomplish any of the things I set out to in 2013 I did accomplish a lot.  I think the rabbits getting moved to the top of the list kind of derailed me from the start but in a good way.  Who knows, without that start I may never have eventually found my way to making a light fixture.  It turns out that making that light fixture was one of my favorite projects of the year. It was also something I had wanted to do for quite a while and it never actually made it onto any list!

So I think the moral of the story is this… beware of lists (and resolutions)  it may veer you off the path you were really meant to take!!

Happy 2014 and don’t make any more resolutions!

Progress?

I can’t believe it is October already.  I haven’t been making anything much lately.  It seems I am always short on time.  But I finally have started to make progress on my husband’s quilt.

I have had to do a lot of ripping out on this project and so I can tell it is going to take some time.  But that is ok as long as I am able to finally count this one as finished (at least one day!).

It seems like I go through periods like that where everything I touch turns into a mess.  It was a rainy weekend here so I tried to catch up on some projects that had been hanging over my head for a while.  I had wanted to hang some floating shelves.  Unfortunately, all I ended up doing was making several large holes in the wall.  Then when I finally had the chance to work on the quilt – there ended up being a lot of things getting ripped out.  Although I made progress it wasn’t really forward.

After all that frustration I decided to work on some small projects that had long been needing repairs.  I sewed one arm back on a doll, one mermaid doll’s hair back on her head and then closed up a poor frog door stop that had lost its stuffing .  These projects have probably been sitting there waiting for me for a year!  They each took 10 mins or less to finish.  Sometimes I wonder why I procrastinate such small projects for so long.  It is like when I put off a chore around the house like folding laundry.  In actuality it only takes a few minutes to do but I usually procrastinate longer than it would actually take me to do the task!

So, do you have a remedy for what to do when all your efforts to make or do come up short?  How about a strategy for dealing with procrastination?  These are definitely two areas where I could use some help!

Big Flippin’ Q

I have a room in our house we call “the library”.  It sounds very formal but we or should I say my husband has lots of books and so we need a place to put them and what do you call a room where you put books?

Anyway since the room is mostly bookshelves I have had a hard time making it a comfortable room or making it a room that I would want to plop down in and read one of these many books.

Most of the things we have are more traditional and after 10 plus years of living with very traditional things I’ve found myself wanting to modernize it up.  So I found two items that have seemed to help.

First up this white mirror.  It is wooden and solid and heavy.  The frame has a white lacquered finish.  

It also has sort of a bamboo pattern on it so I felt this would add not only some shine, but also some texture.  There are a couple of great things about mirrors.  First of all they glamorize.  Second, they are versatile.  I mean think about it.  Where can you not put a mirror?!  I already have 3 back-up locations for this baby.  Another thing I like to think about when adding items to my home is longevity and this mirror has it!

Next up I also found this letter.  It was the only letter in the store.  It is not like there was an L, P, R and a K.  There was just a K.  So of course I had to pick it up.   I think the letter thing is kind of trendy right now.  I usually don’t like to add too many trendy items as it means you’ll soon be over it but, I thought it would be just the thing to help give the room a more modern look.  Every time I see this K I think of that Dennis Leary comedy routine he does about Nyquil – the big flippin’ Q – (except he doesn’t say flippin’:) 

I rearranged the furniture so with that and with these two additions it just feels better.  It still needs some more help but it’s getting there. I wish I had thought to take a before picture!  But here is an after.

There are still some blank spots but with a plant or something under the mirror and a few other tweaks (make some new pillows, for example) it will feel like a cozy modern spot one day!

Ok, that’s all I’ve got on that front. On the sewing front I’ve finally started working on my husband’s quilt that I’ve promised him for 3+years?!, I think.  I’ve made one for both my children and myself so I guess it is his turn.  I will add pictures of it soon.  I am doing the New Wave pattern from Oh Fransson!  So far so good.  She has just recently offered two classes on Craftsy and one is FREE!  I have to say I have signed up for many of their classes and I have really enjoyed them all!  I think their classes are an amazing deal!  Many times they offer them at a discount and all the instructors are top-notch!

If you aren’t into sewing or knitting they also offer cake decorating, jewelry making, baking classes  and lots of other stuff so you should definitely check it out.  I think it is awesome. Learning on your on time, in your own home from instructors who you would normally pay lots of $$ to take a similar class from in person- its amazing.

Ok and one more unrelated thing.  My daughter has been pulling out random things to get dressed in everyday.  The other day she pulled out a pink trench coat and wanted to wear that to the park (it was 90 degrees and humid!).  So anyway this has just been her thing lately.  Well the next day she pulled out this dress below and I told her “You can’t wear that.  I made it for you when you were 2 years old.  It won’t fit you.”  Of course I figured I would have to put it on her to show her that it did not fit.  But, then when I put it on her it fit perfectly!! I guess she told me! Now I want to find a picture of her wearing it at 2.  It must have dragged the floor!

Funny!  So have you had anything in your closet lately that surprised you that it fit?  Ha, ha, only kidding:)