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2017 Crafty Plan – Recap

2017 is over and as with every year, I wanted to review and reflect on how things went for my crafty life this year.  I planned to post this at the end of the year but came down with a bad cold. 

 I started the year a bit rough with things not so great on the work front.  That forced things on the crafty side to grind to a screeching halt.  And I started the year without a plan of action.  As a result, I didn’t create a plan until February.  It wasn’t that late but I felt ill prepared for the year and I never felt as if I ever truly caught up.  In fact, my whole quilty life took a back seat as I fell in love with knitting and yarn.  I didn’t stop quilting as I did get stuff finished but not nearly as much as I did in previous years.  Oh well, life is an ebb and a flow and I am enjoying the ride.

And here’s my 2017 crafty plan and how I did …

  1. Quilting
    1. Finish 6 quilts == I finished 3 and they were Missing Ivy, Baby Quilt #1 for Mason, and Baby Quilt #2 for Averlee.  
      1. Missing Ivy
      2. Celtic Solstice
      3. Have yourself a quilty Little Christmas
      4. Raining Cats and Dogs
      5. Provence (2012 LQS BOM
      6. Area One Quilter’s Run
      7. Scrapitude 2016
      8. Asian (2012 LQS BOM #2)
  2. Knitting
    1. Sweater “Kimono” – FINISHED
    2. Socks – 12 for the year.
    3. hat – 1 for each family member – I THINK I GOT ONE DONE FOR JACOB AND HE NEVER WORE IT SO I STOPPED.  LATER I DID ONE FOR ME THAT KAYLA LIKED.  I LIKE HAT KNITTING WITH CHUNKY YARN AS IT GOES BY FAST.  SO I THINK I’LL HAVE ONE ON THE NEEDLES AT ALL TIMES.  
    4. car knitting – Jacob’s beanie – DONE
    5. Use yarn stash (which as of 2/15/17, the following are being knitted from stash: 2 socks, Jacob’s beanie, Rikke hat for me or Kayla.) – NOT DONE. FOR 2018 I WOULD LIKE TO MONITOR THE NUMBERS SIMILAR TO HOW I MONITOR MY FABRIC STASH.  I TRIED DOING THIS Sometime BEFORE AND THEN STOPPED.  I AM GOING TO TRY AGAIN. 
  3. Cross Stitching – continue working on Mama’s Bukid each week.  DONE. I’M WORKING ON PAGE 5.  I CALCULATED THAT IT WILL TAKE ME YEARS TO FINISH BASED ON HOW LONG IT TOOK ME TO FINISH PAGE 1.  I THINK BECAUSE OF THAT, I STARTED WORKING ON THIS MORE DILIGENTLY AND I’M GETTING THROUGH PAGE 5 MUCH FASTER.  
  4. Bag Making – I DID GET A BUNCH OF BAGS DONE EARLIER IN THE YEAR AND I TOOK SOME CLASSES AT MY LQS AS WELL.  I FEEL LIKE I AM ABLE TO DO THIS MORE COMPETENTLY BUT I NEED TO DEVOTE TIME TO ACTUALLY DO SOME WORK.  I GAVE MOST OF THE BAGS I MADE AWAY AND I NEED TO MAKE MORE.  I LIKE HAVING THEM TO GIVE AWAY WHENEVER I NEED SOMETHING HANDY. 
  5. Clothes – I want to start learning how to sew garments.  I’m not sure how or where to start so I guess my first step is to find an easy project to start learning on.  I STARTED AND THEN I STOPPED.  I GOT OVERWHELMED. I HAVE A FRIEND WHO WANTS TO LEARN THIS YEAR SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN FIND A CLASS TO TAKE. 

And my overarching non-craft specific goals:

  1. use what I have
    1. my fabric stash
    2. my yarn stash
    3. my tools
  2. Get rid of the things that I don’t love anymore
    1. sell
    2. donate
    3. throw away
  3. Watch my spending
  1. only buy things I will use now

I really like this but didn’t fully implement these overarching values on to my monthly or weekly tasks so I wasn’t very good at remembering these. In fact in reviewing my 2017 plan I saw this and loved the simplicity of it. I know it’s going to be harder to follow as I’ve bought a lot of fabric and yarn this year and have not used as much as I would like. 

Now that I’m feeling better, I’ll finalize my 2018 crafty plans!  

Stay tuned!

Happy crafting… 

~Melanie

 

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2017 Crafty Plan – February Recap

Here’s an update on what I finished with the rest of my February action items.

  1. quilt Missing Ivy – still not done.  I scheduled this for the last Saturday of the month and I got a bit done on it.  It’s not finished because the machine konked out on me.  🙂  At least it wasn’t because I bailed.  Anyway, I hope to get this done this coming weekend.
  2. Since I’m at a bit of a standstill, I want to go through my quilty closet and reorganize it. = done
  3. Pull out the 2012 LQS BOM Provence and figure out where I am.  Do the next step. = I pulled it out and figured out where I left off.  I started doing the next step but haven’t finished.
  4. Area One Quilter’s Run – Pull out and do one of the blocks. = not done
  5. Continue to focus on the magenta socks and the kimono sweater. = done!  I finished the magenta socks and I’m halfway through the back of the kimono sweater.
  6. Make more drawstring bags = done.  I finished making another pair.
  7. Watch the craftsy class with the zipper pouch and make a zipper pouch. = done.

And here’s my 2017 crafty plan and where Feb’s action plan fit in…

  1. Quilting
    1. Finish 6 quilts
      1. Missing Ivy – to be quilted = STILL NEEDS TO BE QUILTED
      2. Celtic Solstice – THIS TOP WAS FINISHED IN FEBRUARY AND NOW I NEED TO PREP THE BACK AND GET IT READY FOR QUILTING.
      3. Have yourself a quilty Little Christmas – I need to finish the border (and thus the top) and then it will need the backing prepped – I FINISHED THIS TOP IN FEBRUARY.
      4. Raining Cats and Dogs – this needs to be hand quilted.
      5. Provence (2012 LQS BOM) – blocks are done, I need to revisit where I am on this one.  I think I just need to piece the blocks and alternating blocks together. = I PULLED THIS OUT AND I AM READY TO GET THE NEXT STEP GOING.
      6. Area One Quilter’s Run – blocks need to be pieced
      7. Scrapitude 2016 – I am piecing this as my leaders and enders
      8. Asian (2012 LQS BOM #2)
  2. Knitting
    1. Sweater “Kimono” – HALFWAY THROUGH THE BACK.
    2. Socks – 12 for the year.  I currently have 4 on the needles.  I FINISHED 1 – THE MAGENTA SOCKS.
    3. hat – 1 for each family member – I AM WORKING ON JACOB’S BEANIE AND I’M WORKING ON THE DECREASE.
    4. car knitting – Jacob’s beanie
    5. Use yarn stash (which as of 2/15/17, the following are being knitted from stash: 2 socks, Jacob’s beanie, Rikke hat for me or Kayla.)
  3. Cross Stitching – continue working on Mama’s Bukid each week.  At the latter end of last year, I grew tired of the browns and greens that I kept seeing on Mama’s Bukid and started a new project A Rose Fairy.  It’s not on my must do list for this year but I will work on it if I feel the urge to.  Right now, knitting is occupying more of my crafty time so as long as I work on Mama’s Bukid each week I’m happy.    
  4. Bag Making – I’ve been wanting to make bags for awhile.  I think it was one of my goals in 2015.  I want to revisit this again.  I have a bunch of craftsy classes, bag kits, books and patterns.  I think I’ll start with the Craftsy classes (especially the ones I have kits for) and then work on the kits I have.  After that, I’ll try my hand at the books and patterns I’ve got.
    1. DRAWSTRING BAGS – 6
    2. ZIPPER POUCHES – 1
    3. CRAFTSY CLASSES WATCHED – 2
  5. Clothes – I want to start learning how to sew garments.  I’m not sure how or where to start so I guess my first step is to find an easy project to start learning on.

And my overarching non-craft specific goals:

  1. use what I have
    1. my fabric stash
    2. my yarn stash
    3. my tools
  2. Get rid of the things that I don’t love anymore
    1. sell
    2. donate
    3. throw away
  3. Watch my spending
    1. only buy things I will use now

 

2017 Crafty Plan

I had a short list of things I wanted to focus on in the month of February.

  1. quilt Missing Ivy – still not done.  I scheduled this for the last Saturday of the month.
  2. finish the final border (and thus the top) for Celtic solstice – done
  3. finish the border (and thus the top) for Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas – almost done
  4. knit primarily on the magenta socks and the kimono sweater – done.  The projects aren’t done but I am focusing on those two (and knitting on other projects too).  The magenta socks are well on their way to being done. I hope to get them done this month.

So I finished or almost finished everything on my short list and I am bored.  I do not know what to work on quilty wise.  I could only knit and cross stitch so much.  I decided not having an annual plan to fall back on was not conducive to the way I work and created my 2017 crafty plan.  Here’s my plan for the remainder of the month.

  1. quilt Missing Ivy – now that I’ve got the long arm reserved, I have to prep the batting, press the top and the back.  I think I’ve got a label but I need to make sure and if not, prep that too.
  2. Since I’m at a bit of a standstill, I want to go through my quilty closet and reorganize it.
  3. Pull out the 2012 LQS BOM Provence and figure out where I am.  Do the next step.
  4. Area One Quilter’s Run – Pull out and do one of the blocks.
  5. Continue to focus on the magenta socks and the kimono sweater.
  6. Make more drawstring bags
  7. Watch the craftsy class with the zipper pouch and make a zipper pouch.

And here’s my 2017 crafty plan

  1. Quilting
    1. Finish 6 quilts
      1. Missing Ivy – to be quilted
      2. Celtic Solstice – this one needs the backing prepped
      3. Have yourself a quilty Little Christmas – I need to finish the border (and thus the top) and then it will need the backing prepped
      4. Raining Cats and Dogs – this needs to be hand quilted
      5. Provence (2012 LQS BOM) – blocks are done, I need to revisit where I am on this one.  I think I just need to piece the blocks and alternating blocks together.
      6. Area One Quilter’s Run – blocks need to be pieced
      7. Scrapitude 2016 – I am piecing this as my leaders and enders
      8. Asian (2012 LQS BOM #2)
  2. Knitting
    1. Sweater “Kimono”
    2. Socks – 12 for the year.  I currently have 4 on the needles
    3. hat – 1 for each family member
    4. car knitting – Jacob’s beanie
    5. Use yarn stash (which as of 2/15/17, the following are being knitted from stash: 2 socks, Jacob’s beanie, Rikke hat for me or Kayla.)
  3. Cross Stitching – continue working on Mama’s Bukid each week.  At the latter end of last year, I grew tired of the browns and greens that I kept seeing on Mama’s Bukid and started a new project A Rose Fairy.  It’s not on my must do list for this year but I will work on it if I feel the urge to.  Right now, knitting is occupying more of my crafty time so as long as I work on Mama’s Bukid each week I’m happy.    
  4. Bag Making – I’ve been wanting to make bags for awhile.  I think it was one of my goals in 2015.  I want to revisit this again.  I have a bunch of craftsy classes, bag kits, books and patterns.  I think I’ll start with the Craftsy classes (especially the ones I have kits for) and then work on the kits I have.  After that, I’ll try my hand at the books and patterns I’ve got.
  5. Clothes – I want to start learning how to sew garments.  I’m not sure how or where to start so I guess my first step is to find an easy project to start learning on.

And my overarching non-craft specific goals:

  1. use what I have
    1. my fabric stash
    2. my yarn stash
    3. my tools
  2. Get rid of the things that I don’t love anymore
    1. sell
    2. donate
    3. throw away
  3. Watch my spending
    1. only buy things I will use now

 

February’s Crafty Focus and things…

Okay so for January I said I wasn’t going to list out my goals each month like I did last year.  I don’t think that is going to work.  I’m very much a planner, a creator of lists, and I tend to live and die by those lists.  Okay maybe not that extreme.  My lists help me keep myself organized and on track for getting things done.  And while my lists may seem similar from month to month – especially since I’m slowly working through my WIPs and enjoying the process, I plan to list those tasks that will move me forward in each of the projects.  So while I still plan to focus on Celtic Solstice and finishing the top and back of this project, I do want to get Missing Ivy quilted.  And once I get Celtic Solstice finished, I plan to start working on Have yourself a quilty little Christmas again.

Missing Ivy – I really want to get this quilted so I need to trim the batting and prep this for quilting.  I hope to get this quilted in February.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

Celtic Solstice – I’m working on Border #3.  Once that is done, I’ll work on putting together a back.  I am contemplating pulling all my leftover scraps and using that to create the back.  We’ll see how that works.  Usually by the time I get to the back, I’m so tired of a quilt I just want to get it done.  That may still be the case but I don’t want to buy more fabric and I’ve still got a bin of scraps in oranges and blues and bits of pieces that didn’t make it into the quilt.  I don’t think I want to make a hot mess but I might just throw something together and call it a modern back. ;0

Celtic Solstice Inner Top completed 1/30/2017

Celtic Solstice
Inner Top completed
1/30/2017

Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas! – The inner top is done and all I need to do is piece the border.

Have yourself a quilty little Christmas! 10/16/2016

Have yourself a quilty little Christmas!
10/16/2016

Those are my top three projects that I plan to work on.  I’m not sure I’ll get to all of those this month but at least I’ve got a game plan. 🙂

In regards to knitting, I plan to focus on my magenta/gray socks and my first sweater.  I’ve got a hat I’m working on for the boy that sits in the car whenever I find myself waiting for a kiddo but that’s car knitting.  Maybe next month, I’ll be pulling that out to start the decrease.  I’ll work on my other 2 socks if I get the urge to work on them.  Here are the latest pics I’ve got of my projects –

magenta/gray socks 1/31/17

magenta/gray socks
1/31/17

 

My first sweater Kimono 1/31/2017

My first sweater
Kimono
1/31/2017