Archive for January, 2010

Crafts Update

January 28, 2010

Usually when the New Year starts, I make a new list of all my UFO’s that I’m GOING to get done this year. (Well, some actually get done, but in the meantime I’ve started twice as many more projects to add to the ones that I don’t get to.  Hense, my lists get longer every year.) 

This year I decided to try a different approach. I dug out a few UFO’s and I’m trying to work on one until I get tired of it, then switch to another one until I get burned out on it, then to another, or back to the first one, etc, until I can add them to the finished pile. I have to be realistic enough to admit that I’m going to start new projects too. Here’s some of the projects that I dug up from the back burner.

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This is an afghan I’m making using my mountain of scrap yarn. I need 72 motifs and I have about 32 made. This gets kind of boring after making a few of them.

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This one has been knitted for at least a couple of years now.  My hang-up on this one is all the loose ends that need to be woven in. I HATE doing this, (could you guess?) and as you can see it has a LOT of them.  There’s only 20 motifs, but believe me, it’s BORING, BORING, BORING weaving in all of those ends. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. That I should have been weaving them in as I go. Believe me, I learned my lesson. NOW I weave in ends as I go. But I’m determined to get this afghan done this year!! (Oh wait, did I say this last year?)

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I started this cute little cross-stitch picture just before Christmas last year. I got the cross-stitching done, but then it went into the stack of UFO’s instead of getting finished and into the frame for all to enjoy. I then started this little cat ornament.

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Here’s a fan blade I started painting last fall, or summer, or whenever. I didn’t have a stocking-shape to put it on, but I had this fan blade. I think it’ll be cute when it’s done.

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My sister gave me this unfinished gingerbread man plate made of wood for my birthday in Sept. last year. She had to tease me about “when am I going to see it finished?” (She knows how I like to start things and then never get them finished.) Well, Sis, this is one thing that I did get finished!! It was super easy to paint and I had it done it no time. (I wish everything went this fast!)

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Of course I have to show you the newest project that I’ve just started. It’s a baby afghan in Jamie yarn from Lion Brand. The pattern is from one of Debbie Macomber’s pattern books of baby afghans.

I’ll keep you all posted on what projects I’m getting finished or progressing on. Whenever I finish one of the UFO’s, I’ll drag out another one. I hope this little system will make my closet full of unfinished projects and supplies go down and down and . . . . . . . . .

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Goodbye Beth

January 28, 2010

My friend Carolyn and I have been friends for a long time. As in, we met in high school a long time ago. And we’ve been friends ever since. I knew and loved her parents almost as much as my own. Especially her mother. Her mother was one of a kind. She was the sweetest person that anyone could have ever known.

She just passed away. Carolyn wrote her obituary. It’s one of the most beautiful obituaries that I’ve ever read and it explains her mother perfectly! I just feel compelled to share. Here’s the link.  Enjoy reading it and getting to know one of the most special people God put on this earth. Goodbye Beth. We’ll miss you so much!

Better Late Than Never

January 15, 2010

I was sent this in an e-mail from a very dear friend. Since I haven’t made any resolutions for this year, I thought this would be a perfect set of resolutions for the New Year. Besides, I already do most of these — I just need to work on the others!

 HANDBOOK FOR 2010

Health:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:

11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12 Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away
like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Society:

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Happy New Year, Ya’ll

January 6, 2010

I’m getting a slow start to the New Year. I think I do every year, actually. (I’ve always been a procrastinator.) But especially this year for some reason. Usually by now I’ve made and started executing my resolutions for the new year. I think it’s these hours that I have to work. They’re wearing me down. But that’s another story.

One of the most popular resolutions for a New Year is to lose weight. I’m no exception. I just need to lose about 10, well maybe 15, (20?) pounds. Those last few are hard to take off and keep off. Especially the older I get. But I try. A person has to try, right? Well, I found a site that shows 50 ways to use up some calories. I especially like #21! That’s my way to lose weight!!

Speaking of knitting, (how do you like the way I worked around to knitting), this is the perfect time to get back to my knitting and other crafts. The holidays are over, life is getting back to “normal,” whatever that means, I don’t have any special events coming up to plan for and it’s cold and wintry outside. A good time to stay indoors and knit and craft!

Before the holidays were upon us full force, I kind of, sort of, cleaned up my sewing room and organized my UFO’s somewhat. I cleaned out a closet and put all of my UFO’s and supplies in this closet.

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IT’S FULL! I thought at the time I was doing this, I would down-size and pass on to others some of my supplies. YEAH, RIGHT! I think I was born to be a pack-rat too! I just can’t seem to do that. I keep thinking, “maybe I’ll need this one of these days, then I’ll have to go buy another one because I got rid of this one.” Can you see why I can’t bring myself to get rid of anything?

I’ve had a kit for a knitted poncho that I bought a least two years ago. I keep putting off knitting it up because I’m trying to make myself finish some of these UFO’s first. But I’m always starting something new anyway, so this is one of my resolutions — get this poncho knitted. It’s a different poncho in that it has sleeves. It has lots of cables too. It’s going to be beautiful IF I can ever get it started done.

That’s my only real resolution for this year. Except to finish some UFO’s. And lose some weight.

I hope everyone’s New Year will be their Happiest Ever!!