Sunday, November 4, 2018

October . . . November . . .

(image from Yahoo)

October . . . November . . .
dare I say it?
December . . . 

This year has just flown by. It's been a very busy year here in my part of the world. So now it's time to start thinking about the holidays, the end of the year projects.

(image from Yahoo)

It's not necessarily time to make a Christmas list and check it twice, but it is time to make end of the year lists to make sure we get all of our goals accomplished.

I looked back to January to see if I made a list for annual goals. 
I didn't, so I guess I don't have to worry about what I didn't get done and I can just keep moving forward.

I do need to decide what I'm going to finish working on for the next few weeks.

Here are my year end goals:

1. Christmas PJs
- Family #1 - four pairs - four boys
- Family #2 - three pairs - two boys, one girl
- Family #3 - two pairs - two boys
- My son
(10 pairs total)

2. Busy Bee Quilt
- add fourth border
- applique borders
- evaluate and add further borders 
to make queen size quilt
- finish top, sandwich, quilt in January

3. Holly Cottage Quilt
- start assembly
- finish top, quilt in January

4. BOM quilts 
- Finish last blocks, assembly tops, 
quilt in January
- Color Bear
- Color Challenge
- Fall into a Quilt
- Starry Bright
(four total)

So those are my goals for the next two months.

Now for how I did last week, October 29, 2018:

1. Witch Hazel DONE
- begin sewing
- work on second half





2. Scarf DONE, delivered
- finish the fourth scarf



3. Download November patterns DONE

I managed also to get the Halloween decorations purged and put away. Thanksgiving/autumn are out and up and I did some purging there too. The things I'm no longer using or ever planning to use again I will donate to Goodwill. They are all still in good condition and someone else should have the opportunity to use them.

The rest of this week will be busy. Helping out at Bible Study on Monday with childcare, Tuesday is study, Wednesday and Friday Newton has doctor appointments to round out the year and Thursday Mom has a doctor appointment. 

I've been called and requested for an inventory job in December, but that's closer to mid-month. That means I'll have to be conscientious of my time in the meantime so I can continue to be productive and get things done and delivered as needed. Mom is already getting plans arranged for the holidays.

So that's it for now. Hope you all had a good productive week.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a week filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.


Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIVUK





Sunday, October 28, 2018

HQAL - November 2018

Here's what I've been up to for the last three weeks:



I sewed on the binding - everything else I did on the machine. Can you tell I love my new machine?


Starry Bright BOM was hand embroidered. I managed to get it sandwiched and machine quilted


And this was really fun. We have a new A.C. Moore craft store in our area. They had bags of yarn and while I was shopping ran across a bin to collect hand made scarves and hats. I don't make hats, but I can make scarves. This is the first one ready to go. I had enough yarn to make one more.


Now there are two :)


More binding :)


Another fun Halloween wall hanging. I actually purchased this one before I made the skulls. Honey Do really liked it and made the suggestion where it hangs. I had a little moving to do but nothing major.

I'm pretty happy with all that's accomplished because my motivation has been pretty scarce lately.

Don't forget to check out what my partners in this endeavor are up to here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:19 NIVUK




Goal Report for October 22, 2018

Goals for October 22, 2018:

1. FIND SOME MOTIVATION AND FOCUS !!!


I did manage to find a little motivation, just not necessarily for what I wanted it for. It was another crazy busy week. My mornings are spent in devotions and Bible study homework, then I take the dogs out. We had a pretty windy storm pass through a week ago and I'm still cleaning up all the sticks and branches that came down. To be fair, I'm only doing it when the dogs do out and not making it a concentrated effort. A few more outings and it will be done.

2. Crochet Scarf #2
- finish DONE



Not only did I get number two done, but a third and the fourth is begun. I dropped these two off and purchased more yarn so I can keep going. At least something is showing some progress.

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3. Witch Hazel
- start assembly


I haven't begun sewing yet, but the first half of this project is laid out (this photo doesn't show all the progress, just mirror the right side to the left :) I am determined to begin sewing on Monday.


4. CQ Block
- try stitching 30 minutes everyday

No progress

5. House Quilt
- trying quilting 30 minutes everyday


No progress

So what should my goals be for the coming week, October 29, 2018:

1. Witch Hazel
- begin sewing

- work on second half

2. Scarf
- finish the fourth scarf

3. Download November patterns

I'm stopping here because #1 is pretty time consuming and I'd rather have a short list progressing than a long one with nothing to show.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a week filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8 NIVUK




Monday, October 22, 2018

Monday Goals

Monday Goals . . . 

One of them this week was to find some motivation, so after everyone left I started my daily routine. The one I have when I done have to look for motivation first.

One of my goals for this week is already done, finished Sunday evening while watching Netflix.  I don't know about you all that subscribe to Netflix, but I'm having a really hard time finding anything decent to watch.

Anyway, the finished goal . . . 



I finished the second scarf for A.C. Moore's collection. I'll drop it off Tuesday when I drive by on my way home from Bible Study.

Another unofficial goal is to get the sticks picked up that the storm Saturday night brought down. Lots of little ones. It's the perfect activity while the dogs run and play.


Sugar especially loves "helping" clean up. Right smack in the middle of everything.

When we weren't outside, I worked on Witch Hazel.
She's coming along, but this is a really slow process of cutting and placing and ironing on the grid.


So far I like what I'm seeing. I'm hoping once I get to the sewing stage it will move along much faster.

Enjoy your Monday.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:5 NIVUK



Goals for October 22, 2018

Goals for October 22, 2018:

1. FIND SOME MOTIVATION AND FOCUS !!!

2. Crochet Scarf #2
- finish

3. Witch Hazel
- start assembly

4. CQ Block
- try stitching 30 minutes everyday

5. House Quilt
- trying quilting 30 minutes everyday

Since motivation is at a premium, I'm keeping the list short. I'm also hoping and praying to be home a little more this week. It cuts into my motivation and productivity.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

Start children off  on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6 NIVUK

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Slow Sunday . . . enjoying my blessings


Aren't these great words to live by?
Well, I am this weekend.
I've taken the attitude that I will do what I do as it comes up and the mood strikes.

I started both days with devotions and Bible study. I'm finding the more time I spend in the Word, the more I want to. I have several Bible related "studies" happening . . . 

devotions which includes a reading through Our Daily Bread, a verse of the day through an app on my phone, Proverbs 31 (a 15 day study, verse by verse), writing out Proverbs (long-hand because in Deuteronomy 17 it literally tells us to), my Tuesday study of People of the Old Testament and Zecchariah with a friend. 

I know, that's a lot going on, and I'm not telling you about because I'm want something other than to share with you how much God loves us and wants to spend time with us. It feels really good and is very satisfying. It really doesn't take as much time as you think and you get out of it what you put in it.

I moved on from here and did things like laundry, dishes, prepped meals. 

Here's what else is going on in my space in the universe :)



A new resident. Yes, I know . . . but I find them fascinating. She was gone for a few days and reappeared Saturday morning. Now that the temperature has dropped, not sure what she'll do, but her babies are secure for the winter. She's big but harmless, except maybe for the aphids. She's a garden spider. And I think she's gorgeous !!!



If you don't live in the north, you might not recognize these as snow clouds. Yes, I uttered that four-letter word that no one ever wants to hear, except us snow-babies. This is what our skies have looked like all week. Most of the week, they didn't do anything. No rain, no snow.

Saturday, however, they did. Thunder, rain, winds and graupel.




Never heard of graupel? Me either, until Saturday morning's forecast. It's the small ice pellets with the sudden drop of temperature during rain. So they are tiny hail - they don't do any damage, melts quickly.

 

I managed to get the last of the vegetables picked, so when the weather got ugly the garden was done.

Honey Do helped me finish winterizing before the rains and winds came in Saturday afternoon. I pulled up all the leftover plants, spread lime and dried, crushed egg shells and he tilled it all in. Once he was done, he put away the tools while I straightened, applied the remaining lime and spread the hay my sister generously shared (when it becomes stale and the horses won't it, it becomes mulch for my garden).

I finished just as the rain came down full force and boy did the temperature drop!!

Sunday dawned to a lot of branches in the yard, very cold temperatures. It's been cold enough this week that Honey Do turned on the furnace. So we're toasty in the house with our video games, cooking, and sewing.

Speaking of sewing, I haven't done much this week, but I finally started that new project I was telling you about on my goal list.

Her name is Witch Hazel.


She is adorable :)

Assembly is using a gridded stabilizer, which I've never done before. All the fabric is cut out and I've begun sewing the HST (half square triangles). 

Unfortunately the instructions aren't very clear so it's going to be a slow process. Prior to purchasing this pattern and embellishment kit, I purchased one from the designer that is a Santa. No he's not done either.

I couldn't find the grid that already had adhesive on it, so I had to make my own using fusible web. I think that's going to be the easiest part of the whole project. I'll keep you posted, as I'm supposed to make two of these. One for BF's birthday this month (nothing like last minute) and one for myself. We shall see how far either of them get :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

Finally, brothers and sisters, 
whatever is true,
whatever is noble,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable -
if anything is excellent and praiseworthy -
think about such things.

Phillipians 4:8 NIVUK

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Goal report - October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018:

1. Halloween wall hanging
- finish binding

DONE



2. Crochet scarf
- finish length
- add fringe

DONE



And this was really fun. We have a new A.C. Moore craft store in our area. They had bags of yarn and while I was shopping ran across a bin to collect hand made scarves and hats. I don't make hats, but I can make scarves. This is the first one ready to go. I have enough yarn to make at least one more.


3. BFF birthday gift
- make something :)
I've decided on a project, chose the fabrics and got all my supplies together. It's just not done.

4. Busy Bee
- finish first border

no progress

5. Starry Bright
- finish stitching block
- sandwich, quilt

DONE



Starry Bright BOM was hand embroidered. I managed to get it sandwiched and machine quilted.

And the extras:


A Halloween wall hanging. I quilted the whole thing, you just can't see it because it's black. It was fun and my guys love it.


Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you days filled with kindness.



Verse of the day:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV