Saturday, January 28, 2023
A Bit of a Change
Saturday, January 14, 2023
January Is For Diving In
From other bloggers that I read, it seems like we all have one thing in common......once January comes, we dive in and get things done. There is something about January that gets us moving. We want to organize and get rid of things. We want to try new things with cooking. We want to clean. We want to plan.
For me, along with all of the above things, I use January to dive into my crafting and sewing. I use January as an excuse to get into bed early with a good book and read until I fall asleep. It's a busy month but can also be a creative and restful month. The way the months fly by, it will be Spring before we know it and then there will be the outdoor work that needs to be done and we'll wish we had a few more January days!
I have mentioned in past posts that when I do my purging and organizing, I begin at our front door and work around the room and then go on to the next room. Going through closets and drawers, cabinets and cupboards until the time that I feel that what I have kept is what I'm going to use and/or love. Yesterday I found only a couple of things in a dresser by the front door but a couple of things out of that dresser is great! Now............not bringing anything back in is the challenge. Not that I go out and shop all the time, but I feel I need to be even better about being mindful of what we really need rather than just getting something because it's a good deal.
Some of the things that I've been doing:
1. Filling out blank monthly calendar pages to use as daily, weekly, and monthly reminders of what I need to do.
2. Writing down all the crafty/sewing projects that I want to work on and putting them into a jar to pick from every day and try to work on. I have so many interests that I don't get to. Once I'm working on a certain project I just keep on with that and then I look at all the other things that I'm not getting to and feel a bit anxious about it. It's really working well and if I just can't work on what I pulled from the jar that day I leave until the next day or until there is time. And then when I've worked on that particular thing, the piece of paper with that idea goes into another jar which means I've worked on it and it will go back into circulation again. It has worked well so far and I feel like I'm getting to all my interests instead of having them just sit.
The projects that I wrote down are: rag quilts, candle-making, soap-making, yo-yo's, grandmother octagon quilt blocks, making embellishments for cards, making cards, sewing clothes, knitting prayer shawls, crocheting quilt blocks, felt applique, and embroidery. And then every evening I work on cross stitch no matter what.
Here are a few examples:
Thursday, January 5, 2023
A Winter Wonderland