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Resolutions – Progress Report

A few updates on that goal list I posted at the beginning of January:

  • Write at least 200,000 words – 100,000 each of fiction/poetry and non-fiction –   My total January word count is right around 31,000, which is approximately ten times what I expected it to be.  At this rate, I should be able to meet my goals without a problem. 
  • Quilt or crochet at least 4 new blankets for charity – One spiral afghan is in progress and should be finished by the end of February.
  • Finish at least 5 items from the Abandoned Projects Pile including:
    • Blue patch-work throw (from 2011 or 12) – The blocks have been assembled and seams pressed.  I’ve given myself a deadline of the first day of spring to have this one finished.
    • Autumn themed full-sized quilt (fabrics purchased in 2012/early 2013) – The bulk of the piecing has been completed on this one, but I still need to assemble everything for the top.  Another one that I want to finish by the end of the winter.

We’ll see how February goes.  Hopefully more words and lots of quilting progress.

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2014 Creative Resolutions

A new year has begun and with it comes the inevitable resolutions.  Forget the usual thoughts of losing weight, saving money, and all of those practical and healthy ideas that sound so good on January 1st. This year’s resolution ignores all of the traditional goals in favor of this: Get back into a regular habit of being creative.

The past year lacked the usual myriad of creative projects that I normally have going on at any given moment.  Sadly, my biggest creative accomplishment of 2013 was finishing NaNoWriMo.  Unfortunately, the novel that resulted was pretty awful and will likely be destined for the rubbish bin if I don’t come up with a clever re-write very soon.  Other projects seemed to be half-hearted attempts as well and there are still several projects that I started in 2012 that remain unfinished.

So, welcome to 2014, the year of creative immersion. Here are my creative goals for the year:

  • Write at least 200,000 words – 100,000 each of fiction/poetry and non-fiction
  • Quilt or crochet at least 4 new blankets for charity
  • Create 24 new paintings or drawings
  • Make at least 10 new pieces of jewelry
  • Create a new batch of wands for my Etsy shop
  • Take at least 50 decent photos to share
  • Finish at least 5 items from the Abandoned Projects Pile including:
    • Crocheted vest (started last spring)
    • Blue patch-work throw (from 2011 or 12)
    • Photo pendants for the shop (from 2012)
    • Woodland Santa cross-stitch (started so long ago that I can’t remember what year it was)
    • Autumn themed full-sized quilt (fabrics purchased in 2012/early 2013)

No problem, right?  Let the creativity begin!

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One Project Down, Several To Go

The skirt I started ages ago is finally finished and is now residing in my closet rather than my box of sewing. My camera batteries have opted to die this afternoon – may they rest in peace- so I don’t have any photos to share yet. My humble opinion is that it turned out very nicely.

I’m in the process of working on sun-catchers. I said “Make 200 butterflies” on my last post, but if the truth be told, it will probably be 200 sun-catchers including butterflies, hummingbirds, sunflowers, etc. I’m also kicking around the idea of trying to make fairy sun-catchers as well. The first board is laid and there are approximately sixty currently in progress.

I’ve decided, perhaps unwisely, to add a couple of more projects to the list of things to get done by year’s end. I want to try my hand at making incense cones, which promises to be a messy business. I also want to crochet a throw for the new futon that’s residing in my craft room. It looks naked, aside from the occasional presence of a sleeping cat. I already have the yarn and a plan to work on it during those times when I’m sitting in front of the TV.

With any luck, I’ll be able to post lots of progress with next week’s post!

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In the Works

After an entire season of one crisis following quickly on the heels of the next, I’m hoping to use the remaining weeks of summer to regroup, recenter, and reorganize. Looking around my creative space (aka the “Craft Room”), I’m faced with a number of upcoming projects and impending deadlines that are making me a little twitchy.

So, I’m putting my creative ducks in a row at the moment in anticipation of a hectic but highly creative few months.  Here’s the list of creative accomplishments that I’m hoping to achieve by the year’s end….

  • Finish the skirt I started two years ago. -This thing has been sitting in my “sewing box” for way too long.  At this point, it only needs the hem turned and a hook and eye sewn on.  I think I can, I think I can…
  • Make at least 200 butterflies. – I make and sell whimsical little butterfly sun catchers.  I need to build up my supply if I’m going to do the couple of craft shows that I’m hoping to participate in this year.
  • Finish the current batch of ‘magic wands’.  – This is another item that I create to sell.  I have a couple dozen wand handles already ribbon wrapped and ready to be topped.  That means I need to sew and stuff the stars for the tops, assemble them, and add the finishing touches.
  • Make a diaper cake for my great-nephew. – Oh my, am I old enough to be having great-nephews?  It would appear that I am.  I have everything I need for the project, except the time to get it finished.  I’m hoping to do this one sometime in October.
  • Finish the aprons that are in my sewing box. – At least one needs to be done by the beginning of October so that it can be given as a gift.
  • Create a gift basket. – This one is going to a friend, but I haven’t even yet thought about what to put into it.  Must work on that one!
  • Participate regularly in creative challenges. – Between social groups and business networking teams, there’s always some sort of creative challenge happening.  I’d like to do at least one of these each month.
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo – The ever-looming November writing challenge of creating a 50K word novel in 30 days. I plan to participate, as mentioned in previous blog entries.
  • Work on an on-going, long-term cross stitch project.  – A while back I order the pattern for this project from Heaven and Earth Designs.  I love the designs at this site, but they aren’t for the faint of heart. I anticipate this particular project taking several months to complete.  It’s a massive and detailed piece and even working on a very fine count linen in tiny stitches, it’s going to be a large design when it’s completed.
That’s the official list, but I’m sure that I’ll find at least a few more projects to work on this year.

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The Color of My Dreams

I dream in color and there are some specific colors that dominate my dreamtime… blacks, grays, blues, purples, and reds. These colors inspired me to make my first full-sized patchwork quilt in a log cabin pattern. I began collecting the fabrics for this piece a year and a half ago from a variety of sources. I usually stick with only cotton fabrics, but found some wonderful silks and synthetics that I just couldn’t resist using. Piecing started last winter but the project kept getting set aside for others that took precedent.
When I finally pulled the pieced top out again this fall in hopes of finishing it, I discovered to my abject horror that some of the synthetics had burn holes from a too-hot iron. Rather than disassemble the entire quilt (1″ wide strips + 9 strips/block + 144 blocks total = over 1000 individual pieces and a lot of work to tear apart!!!), I carried over the twilight/dream theme and made applique stars to cover the burns and any slight sewing flaws. Because I loved the way it looked, the quilt ended up having over 50 stars added to it. The very last stitch went in in the early hours of Saturday morning (12:52AM to be exact).
I’m happy to say that the quilt looks lovely in its new home (my bed!) and as you can see from the picture, my cat has already staked his claim to it. Looks like even the projects I do for myself aren’t entirely mine!
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