Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Look to the Future!

Looking at my progress on my blog pages for reading and crafting I see that in 2010 I managed to read 14 books and complete 16 craft projects.  I immediately thought of declaring them dismal results but I must look at it a different way.  I must look at the lists and actually 'see' what is listed, congratulate myself on what I've achieved and aim to do more in 2011!  Therefore, I must look forward now and not back or I'll convince myself I can't do any better. My friend, who is a life coach, has told me that each time we meet up she wants me to bring something new that I've made to show her. That will be good motivation for me.

I'm aiming to get enough items made to take part in a small craft fair this year and maybe even sell to friends. This scarf, along with my purple mini quilt and small embroidered hanging/runner makes 3 items in stock!! I finished up this scarf, which is made from reclaimed yarn, during the days after Christmas when I wasn't feeling my best.  It's not from a pattern exactly but based on an idea from Betz White that intrigued me.

The recent holidays also saw me finish sewing together the half-square-triangles at last!! I need to decide where to go with it next.  I think it needs some kind of border to finish it off but will have to put a bit more thought into it.

The Tag Square Bee had a break for December but is back in action now for January.  I had an idea for the block below but somehow managed to cut 8 instead of 4 squares for the middle.
So I cut extra small squares and made this one aswell. Monafrank wanted a block with all shades of green (except neon) and would welcome the odd bit of blue, red or orange in it too.
I've decided to send her this one simply because I asked my OH and DS which one they prefered and they chose it!  I'll make a cushion cover or something out of the other one.  I nearly forgot - someone must be sending me a block too - can't wait until it comes and I can add it to the pile.

I didn't intend for this to be 2 'bread-shaped' loaves!  It started as a plan to be one 'bread-machine-shaped' loaf.  Wanting to make use of my machine in the holidays I used a pack of granary flour I had in the cupboard and followed the recipe on the pack.  The recipe made 8 rolls so I thought I'd double it and started throwing ingredients into the pan.  When it came to the flour it wouldn't all fit so I left some out, put the pan in the machine and crossed my fingers!  I went to check after 15 minutes and, although the machine was making a noise, nothing was moving!!  There was nothing for it but to tip it all out and continue by hand.  I was quite relieved when I saw it was acually rising!  Turned out alright in the end I think!

Bye for now
Teresa x


wayside wanderer said...

Well, I think your progress over the year was wonderful. You managed to read and create more than 1 item a month and with everything else you, have fabulous and busy weekends, sing, lessons, travel and so forth, I think that is a great accomplishment!

Here's to 2011!

John'aLee said...

Good luck with your goals this year! Love the quilt and the loaves look amazing!

Vintage Girl/Marivel said...

Hello,my friend:Your work are beautiful.I love your scarf.Your quilt looks divine.Do not give up.
Best wishes.

Joanne said...

Yes, you have done amazingly have much to show for!
Blessings and Creativity in 2011!

Anonymous said...

Well what I've seen of your work has been fabulous! Good luck with getting things together for a craft fair - it's a really good incentive... Although that might just be me who needs a push to get things finished...

Highland Monkey's said...

Don't demean yourself....what you have achieved is amazing. Love that scarf it looks warm and cuddly. Could have done with it this winter. 14 books wow....since the internet my reading has gone down so much. The quilt is amazing.

Little Green Doll said...

You have done lots of works this year! (not like me...) I love how it looks your half-square-triangles quilt, it will be great when you finish it! Have a nice week!