Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

I'm starting 2018 on the right foot... 

  • I lost over 40 pounds in 2017. Still have a ways to go, but feeling much better! 
  • I feel like I'm better organized than ever.
  • I caught up on orders and presents by the end of 2017 (with less than an hour to spare)

The weekly goals of my December post really helped, so I'm playing with that again for January... with a twist... adding daily and monthly goals, too. I'm trying to use my bullet journal more! 

Have Bible time in the morning 
Stick to Trim Healthy Mama eating plan 
Take vitamins and glucosamine supplement 
Get at least 5K steps 
Have kitchen sink cleared by Wheel of Fortune time
One Owl Obsession motif 
One Scrap Bin project 
Finish one WIP 
One restock or best seller item 
One Cotton Thread project
Use one pattern purchased but not yet used - DONE (Quinn)
1.5 sets of Mandala Madness 
Reduce cotton thread stash by 8 ounces 
Reduce overall stash by at least one pound

Week 1 - January 1 - 7
My Work-in-Progress Wednesday picture
2nd from the left is a Scrap Bin project
2nd from the right is a cotton thread project
Last one on the right is a pattern purchased but not used
One Owl Obsession motif - Oops, didn't do this one! 
One Scrap Bin project 
Another turtle from the scrap bin! 

Finish one WIP (Master's Blanket, Quinn Owl, Virus Shawl, Fish Hat)
Finished Quinn! 

One restock or best seller item  (scrap yarn turtle also counted for this one!) 

One Cotton Thread project (started Virus Shawl 1/1)

Week 2 - January 8 -14
WIP Wednesday
Rainbow Unicorn, Yoda, Fish Hat, Virus Shawl, Master's Blanket

One Owl Obsession motif 
One Scrap Bin project 

Patchwork Pup finished off some scrap yarn! 

Finish one WIP 

Finished the unicorn! 

One restock or best seller item - made a turtle
One Cotton Thread project - plugging away at the shawl 

This week's WIP Wednesday pic. Making progress on everything. Slow, but sure! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Decidedly Different December

After cleaning the craft room for company in November, I am feeling a wee bit overwhelmed with all the stuff I’ve accumulated… unsold craft show inventory, so much yarn, so many patterns that I just have to do!
So, I want to try something different for December… weekly goals. Each week in December, I want to do the following: 
  1. Finish a WIP (starting the month with four: Tool Belt, Play Mat, Owl Coaster, Blanket Bear)
  2. Make one item with crochet cotton
  3. Make one item with variegated yarn
  4. Pull one skein from my Ravelry stash and make projects until I finish it off
  5. Try one new pattern
  6. List three items on Etsy
  7. Finish a Christmas present
Let's see how I do each week! 
Week 1 - December 1 - 7 (4 of 7 completed)
#1 Finish WIP - was working on orders, never got around to this
#2 Item with Crochet Cotton - Yes, manger set
#3 Variegated - I took a bag of variegated yarn to my craft show and ended up making 4 turtles! Two of which sold and didn't come home with me... but here's a picture of one I finished!

#4 Finish off one from stash
Random number generator picked this yarn for Goal #4

#5 Try one new pattern - working on a Nativity set (which also fulfills #2, as it is made with crochet cotton!)

#6 List three items on Etsy - Oops, not this week!
#7 Christmas present - Got busy with an order for three Christmas bulb garlands, and didn't work on presents for my own family... but maybe I can count this, because the order is a gift?

Week 2 - December 8 - 14 - Yup! 7 out of 7! Yeah!
#1 Finish WIP - YES! Tool belt completed!

#2 Make an item with crochet cotton - YES! Nativity Set #2 - already sold, too!

#3 Variegated Yarn - what else? Another turtle!

#4 Finish yarn from stash
I pulled this yarn, a slate blue.
And made an owl and a turtle.

#5 New Pattern - Making an elephant - DONE

#6 List 3 items on Etsy - DONE - Actually listed 7 or 8 items! Check it out!

#7 Christmas gift - 90% DONE - but it's a gift, so you don't get a full picture!
Full picture, now that it has been received! 

Week 3 - December 15 - 21 (7 for 7 this week! Oh, yeah!)
  1. Finish a WIP (Current WIP: Play Mat, Owl Coaster, Master's Blanket Lovey)
  2. Make one item with crochet cotton
  3. Make one item with variegated yarn
    Cute little turtle!
    In my Etsy Shop
  4. Pull one skein from my Ravelry stash and make projects until I finish it off
  5.  Try one new pattern.
  6. #5 Tried a llama pattern!
    In my Etsy Shop 
  7. List 3 items on Etsy 
    ...and an owl!
  8. #4 This is the yarn that Random Number Generator picked for me.
    It says "Hedgehog" to me
  9. Finish a Christmas present

  10. Made a hedgehog... (#4, can't get pictures in the right spot!)

Week 4 - December 22 - 28 (accomplished 6 of 7)
First... Finish a WIP (current list - owl coaster, Master's blanket, fish hat, Christmas vest #1)

Second... make one item with crochet cotton
I've made 5 of these in different colors...

Third... Variegated yarn
Done... I call her Taffy the Turtle! 

Fourth... Finish off a stash yarn
Random number generator picked this for my use-up... Red worsted weight.
Started Quinn The Owl with this yarn, but got side-tracked making Christmas presents.

Fifth... New pattern... done... see the blue coaster above!

Sixth... Three Etsy listings... yes, and more...

Seventh: Finish a Christmas present... yes, finished three more by 12/31, but can't show them yet!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Yup, in November I need to say "No-No" to my PHD (Project-Hopping Disorder) and focus on getting stuff DONE! I need to say "No-No" to buying any more yarn! All in all, there are 30 items on my list for November... but I have four craft shows, which may bring in custom orders and more items to replenish, so I need to hit the ground running this month! 

Finish up current orders
  • (20) cotton oil defusers 
  •  infant mittens with string
  • Custom Colors airplane
  • Mini Unicorn
No yarn purchases unless specifically needed for an order - Yup! 
Finish 2 of the lingering WIP:
  • tool belt / tools (tool belt done, needs tools)
  • farm play mat (3 squares done, do one more square, connect, add embellishments)
  • maroon cowl
  • scrap blanket  

Make Christmas sweater for granddaughter Done & Done! 
Make four (4) items to replenish items sold at craft shows: honeybee, tractor, gingerbread man, unicorn, fat cat, Pusheen unicorn - so many other items pushed these off the to-do list! 
Make a fancy owl coaster from the pattern I purchased on Etsy - started 11/28 - DONE

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Pumpkin Spice Post

It's October, and everything is pumpkin pie spice, so that's what I'll call my bucket list for this month! 😜

I have two craft shows in October, so there will be the possibility that I will get some custom orders that will bump items from this list. It will be a month of catching up on WIP (Works in Progress), clearing up some yarn from the basket next to my chair, and getting around to those projects I've been meaning to do.

  1. Finish 2 items from this list: Maroon Cowl, Tool Belt, Tiny Unicorn, Linda’s unicorn, farm playmat, birthday sweater for granddaughter Aliya
  2. Finish order of 4 “under the sea” party favors (Order decreased, done, and then some)
  3. Scrap yarn challenge: jumbo ziploc bag of scraps from next to my chair - came close... got down to about 5 ounces of yarn! Orders and big projects kept me busy! 
    About 2 pounds of yarn
    Down to half a pound left, 10/27 
  4. Lavender Chair Midnight Star Mandala Vest CAL - DONE! 
  1. Get in 10 exercise sessions in October - gotta get back to that habit (3 down, 7 to go...)
  2. Stick to my diet plan and end up the month lighter than I started! (doing well on this!) 
  3. Stick to minimal spending plan
  4. Stick to yarn diet (Starting October with 602 yarns listed, 194.4 pounds, ended with 599 yarns listed... down by 3... but 197 pounds... up by 3, thanks to a few donations of yarn!)
When I was cleaning up around my chair September 30th (tidying the house for company coming), I put a big stack of patterns in a box. Later that night, when company was gone, I went through the stack, pulling out only the WIP patterns and stuff that I want to work on in October... I thought I would end up with 10-15 patterns... I ended up with 30! Let's see how many of these I actually make in October (these are just in the order they ended up when I put them by my chair): (Only used 6 of the 30 patterns)

  1. Log Cabin Slippers (need to finish 10/1 for a crochet along prize drawing)
  2. Fish Plushies (one of the patterns for the under the sea bags - made one
  3. Ballerina Hippo (small, cute)
  4. Tiny Striped Turtle (go-to pattern for small scraps of yarn!)
  5. Log Cabin Dishcloth (uses up cotton scraps)
  6. Lego Ninja (cute, trendy)
  7. Peace on Earth Angel (for Christmas shows?) made a couple of these
  8. Mini Giraffe (quick project, and giraffes always sell well)
  9. Airplane (they tend to sell as fast as I make them!)
  10. Cute little owl (uses less than an ounce of yarn... great scrap project)
  11. Sam the little teddy bear (uses less than an ounce of yarn... great scrap project) 
  12. Kooky Cat (sold one at my last craft show, want to replace)
  13. Aliya's sweater
  14. Honeybee (quick to make, and I've sold a bunch!)
  15. Butter lamb (need to have a bunch in stock for Easter)
  16. tiny unicorn (two started, need to finish them!)
  17. Tool Kit (need to finish)
  18. Emperor Penguin (it's a penguin... need I say more?)
  19. Little Red Wagon... cute, could be a neat display item for my table
  20. Coffee Coaster - quick, mindless project to use up cotton scraps
    Got an order for 20 tea cup coasters! 
  21. Angel Dishcloth - Will have to see if I sell any of these at my October shows
  22. Hedgehog coaster - these got a lot of interest at my last show, but no sales
  23. Dress Potholder - will see if these sell this fall
  24. Pusheen amigurumi
  25. Baby Trolls pattern - I want to make Mr. Dinkles
  26. Mini Bunny - quick, uses a tiny bit of yarn
  27. Pokemon Gloom - Looks like a challenge
  28. Cord Tamer - quick project, uses the cute buttons I bought
  29. Toilet Paper Cover - might try one for fall craft shows
  30. Pudgy penguin - want to try scaling the pattern down to make tiny pudgy penguins
    I joined a scrap yarn afghan Crochet-Along challenge. It's really cleaning up my scrap yarn piles!