Hello, I hope you all had a good weekend. As we’re now mid way through 2016, I thought I’d go back and step and talk for a moment about why I write this crafty work in progress post and how it’s benefited me (and hopefully you, the reader) from doing so. I started putting together these posts in January, posting in the first week in the month. The idea was always to both keep you updated on what I’ve been making, but also it’s a prompt for me to stop for a minute and think about what I’ve done – they’ve proved to be a fun post to look back on to remind me of how much I’ve made. I’ve also found that by having this post planned it’s pushed me to finish things, start things and keep working on things. There’s something about having a deadline and being accountable that has kept me motivated, but not pressured. If you find it hard to make time for crafting, I highly recommend a similar kind of thing.
I’ve also kept a spreadsheet of notes, so I can quickly see where I’m at. Probably not needed, but any excuse for a spreadsheet in my little mind! I tend to copy and paste from post to post and adjust the wording if I’ve made progress.
June is the first month this year where I haven’t completed anything. Feels very weird, but I guess it was bound to happen. I’ve been working hard on the launch of Fred and Bell and I’ve taken on a bigger craft project, in the shape of the Hannah Bass tapestry cushion. The great thing about designing stickers for Fred and Bell is that it’s still allowing me to be creative, just in a different way.
- The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along. July’s pattern has arrived and this month we’re in Egypt. I’ve made a start already and this month I might try and do some of the top border that sits just beneath the central copy. I wrote a little about the first 6 months in, if you fancy a look.
- San Francisco tapestry cushion. I got stuck into this project this month; it’s slow going but super relaxing and so far I’ve finished the ‘San Francisco’ word and have now started working on the roads. Looking forward to filling in all the others bits and working with all the pretty colours. You can see the kit I bought here.
- Sew La Di Da dress. I started this around May 2014 and haven’t finished it. To make matters worse there’s not much more to do. I can feel my Mum frowning at me as I type this. Must get this Sew La Di Da make finished for spring.
On my radar
- Simply Crochet’s bright granny square blanket. I’ve decided on the colours so I’ll be ordering the yarn soon. The plan is for it to match our living room theme and sit on the back of our sofa.
- Socks! My Mum bought me everything I need to start, for my birthday, so there’s no excuse not to learn how to make them for myself.
- Patchwork quilt. My friend has asked me to make one using her baby daughter’s baby grows, so this year my Mum and I are going to tackle it as a joint project together.
- Tilly and the Button’s Françoise dress. I completely forgot about this; my friend bought me this shift dress pattern for Christmas. I love the style of the dress, so perfect for me.
- Weekender blanket with Stylecraft’s newest colours. I’ve wanted to make Cherry Heart’s blanket for a while and the newest colours from Stylecraft would be a great colour combination for it – plus when it was limited edition I bought two packs and have now idea what to do with them! Not sure I like how they’re joined in her pattern, so may look for something a bit different.
- Scrap blanket for charity. I still have a lot of scrap yarns that I need to do something with, so I’m going to continue making blankets like the one I did for Freds and give them to a cat charity. I might opt for a big granny square blanket next time.
What’s on your list? Have you been working on anything exciting in the last month?