August 1, 2007

Craft Corner: August Monthly Goals

Editor's note: We interrupt the daily ramblings of a crazy, over-worked and underpaid military spouse who needs a vacation to bring you my monthly craft goals and updates.

Each month I try in vain to finsih projects but succeed only in adding more to my lists, however, I do have a "near-finished" project that I am quite proud of and made some progress on another. here's the wrap-up ...

You may have seen the Freedom in Five Languages wall hanging I worked on at a sewing class last week (funny, but the pattern had 12 languages but when I stitched it YEARS ago I lost the magazine. A online stitching friend found it and sent it to me, so maybe I'll do the whole thing eventually.) On July 9, I decided to start posting my monthly goals and updates again because that seemed to be the only way that I was getting things done. So in the past month, this is the progress that I have made on the Recipe for Love sampler. Not bad considering I also had school this month.

Next month will be a packed month as well with George training all month, I have classes finishing and some other things in the works but here is what i hope to accomplish:
1. At least mat the embriodery pieces that I have
2. Frame or otherwise complete purple quilt block (I haven't decided what to do yet.)
3. Finish Humpty Dumpty Baby bib (don't get all excited people. I started this for a friend then found out another one had given pieces I'd done for her baby to the thrift store, so I quit making them for people. But I decided to finish this one 'cause ya never know.)

Here is the conplete list so far. Hopefully I will have more marked off next month.
To be "finished" (meaning framed, made into pillows, etc.):
1. Frame 4-Heart lace square Completed Feb. 2007
2. Complete Freedom in different languages wall hanging
3. Complete Christmas wreath pillow
4. Frame embroidery samples (2)
5. Frame purple quilt block

To be stitched, sewn or otherwise completed:
1. Sew and stuff childhood Lion (it is one of those "panels" you buy at the fabric store and sew together. My mom bought it and never did it, so I decided I would do it.)
2. Stitch "stained-glass" nameplate
3. Stitch roly poly Santas (these are really cute, but I lost the motivation when I came home from work and found that Sgt. Major had chewed it up. I was able to salvage most however.)
4. Stitch Victorian nativity
5. Stitch rose quilt blocks
6. Complete pink and blue lap quilt (this is actually on hold because I don't have a sewing machine. I started it when I was in college and would use one of my mom's three sewing machines.)
7. stitch Humpty Dumpty bib
8. Stitch large Red, White and Blue Ribbon
9. Stitch Love, Honor and Cherish centerpieces (these were actually centerpieces for my wedding, but the Army had other places and we never had the ceremony. Now I am tring to finish them as decorative placemats for the kitchen.)
10. Stitch SAL ornaments (I started these as a monthly stitch-along project with my online stitching group, but the deployment, work and school left me very little time.)
11.Stitch "God Bless Me" crib set (I was making these for my stepsister's second child, when I stopped by for a visit and saw that the set I made for her first child was now being used as a dog bed. Needless to say, she lost any future stitching presents.)
12. Stitch "Welcome to our Home" lace circle.
13. Stitch Easter Bunny and Egg (this is a project my mom bought for me to make her. I wasn't really excited about it, so I have been pushing it aside for nearly five years now.)
14. Stitch Army Seal
15. Stitch Daisy tabletopper
16. Stitch "Tea for Two" towel Completed Feb. 2007 – a few fellow stitchers suggested that I add some small flowers under the text, so if I find something I like, this piece may make another appearance later this year.
17. Stitch "Recipe for Love" sampler
18. Stitch Whismical Cup Tea Towel - Completed March 2007

I now return you to the regualrly scheduled ramblings ...

4 Tea Party Guest:

Tommy said...

I don't know how the fuck you get ANYTHING accomplished. I mean you have so much on the table. When I grow up, I wanna be organized like you!

Cheryl said...

She gave your hand crafted work to the thrift store?!! No wonder you quit making them for people. I have a few friends i would definitely never make anything for as i know it really wouldnt be appreciated!

Recipe of love looks great! Good luck with all your goals!

Seamus said...

Busy, busy, BUSY fingers!!!! ;)

stitcherw said...

Both Recipe and Humpty Dumpty look wonderful. I love different teas and coffees, so the fun cups at the bottom especially appeal to me. I can't believe the one woman gave away what you made to the thrift store, I would have been both hurt and incredibly ticked off that I'd put in the time and work and had it treated like that. However, I do think that most people value hand made items, so hopefully that won't happen again.