Finish the Year

I tend to start a lot of projects, and then once they are nearing completion, I let them languish. I have unfinished projects of all types stashed away. Gretchen Ruben, in a recent podcast, suggested having a theme for Christmas and I liked that idea, so I have chosen a simple one.

That theme inspired me to have a project theme as well. So, I’ve decided to “Finish the Year”. All those projects that are sitting around 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 99/100 done, I will finish by December 30. An easy fun project is my train case, which I plan to use within the next few weeks as I have a few over-nights. It’s been sitting with the lining ripped out for about a year.

I recently decided to go and buy the fabric for the lining and when I went to look at it to determine how much I needed, I discovered I’d already bought the fabric. It’s almost done now, and ready to be used. I’ll post a picture when it’s complete.,Another large project that has been sitting since late last spring is my big lounge chair.

After I got it, I immediately sewed the cushion covers. Then, because the prospect of pulling so many staples was daunting, it sat looking very ugly for a long time. My husband offered to give me a hand this week, and we moved the project forward by a lot. Just another hour of stapling should complete the chair.

Lounge chair recover

And, of course, there is a partially completed ‘sideways’ sweater on my knitting machine. It took some math to figure out the shaping, so of course, that made the whole thing grind to a halt. Please, someone, diagnose me with dyscalculia so I have a legitimate excuse. There’s more, of course–but I am going to Finish the Year. I will not start any new projects until the WIPs are done. Wish me luck.  Winking smile

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As Busy As I Want to Be

I’ve been as busy as I want to be lately. I’ve been redecorating my house. The kitchen is almost done. Walls have been painted, new flooring installed. A new sink and tap has been purchased, and new ceiling fixtures have been installed as well as some cool under counter lighting. A new chandelier is waiting to be put up in the dining room. We need to pick out new counters, but are feeling tentative about it! Too many choices!

I’ve been crafting like crazy too. My Cricut Explore has given me so many options! I’m learning to make greeting cards, and today, I plan to cut an intricate leather design for the pockets of a pair of jeans I’m making. I’m sewing too. My favorite recent creation is what I call my tight pants. Every time I wear them, it reminds me of the Jimmy Fallon/Will Farrell tight pants skit and I feel like singing the song. The pants however, are anything but tight, so my family is a confused about why I call them my tight pants.

And because I don’t have enough to do, I bought an old knitting machine. I’m just learning how to use it and so far, have almost completed a scarf for my husband. Everybody might be getting scarves for Christmas next year, because it’s just so much fun to zing back and forth, and I haven’t learned how to do decreases and increases, or fancy patterns yet.

The next plan is redecorating a spare room into a crafting/sewing studio. I’ve got the paint and am waiting for some help to move some furniture. Then, the bathroom is going to get redecorated.

Right now, I better get out of my PJs and get going. Think I’ll wear my tight pants.

Tight Pants – Will Farrell and Jimmy Fallon