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Happy New Year! UFOs Spotted Ahead

Hello 2017 and goodbye 2016. I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. My hubby and I went to see John Oliver Live in Detroit and it was awesome! He is hilarious.

2017 is bringing many challenges…such as the 2017 UFO Challenge I joined. 🙂 If you are on Facebook you can go to the American Patchwork & Quilting 2017 UFO Challenge page and join in the fun. They also have a website All People Quilt that you can check out instead. You fill out 12 sections on a spreadsheet/paper/etc. with the UFOs you’d like to finish in 2017. Fill it in randomly because you won’t be starting with #1 then moving to #2, and so on. Each month they will draw a new number and that is the section you work on that month. Such as for January #6 was drawn. So anything you have in the #6 section is what UFO(s) you try to finish or at least make good progress on.

My list is on my phone so I’ll have to put the picture up here later. But #6 for me is binding a Walk About quilt, finishing my Brick Wall quilt (it’s in rows at the moment needing to be arranged then sewn together and so on) and 2+ crochet chemo caps.

Yes…you can do more than just sewing/quilting on your list! Have some crochet or knit UFOs? Put them on the list! Embroidery? On the list it goes. Have fun and figure out what you want to get finished to reduce the UFO pile(s) in your craft room/house.

 

The main thing is have fun, be challenged, and get things accomplished. 🙂

 ETA: here is my list. 


 

Fall Sewing Retreat – soon

Very soon in fact. In just a couple of days I’ll be going to the Sew Crazy fall sewing retreat and I have nothing planned. NOTHING! I don’t know what I want to work on other than a Christmas gift quilt which is already in the rows and just needs to be sewn together. That shouldn’t take 3 days.

I have no idea what else I want to work on!  Maybe some bowl cozies for Christmas gifts? Pillowcases? I guess I better figure it out asap!

I’m glad they are doing a fall retreat. Normally it’s just a once-a-year retreat in January, where we’re dealing with ice and snow and brrrr cold weather.

 

I do have one small project I need to work on. Our craft group, Fiber Art Junkies, is doing a monthly challenge with 6″ blocks. Each month we’ll draw two colors out of a baggie, then we need to make a 6″ block with ONLY those two colors. Any shades of those colors but only those colors. They can be embellished, designed, etc. however we want, but must be 6″ finished, or 6 1/2″ unfinished (for future finishing with all the blocks) and only the two colors chosen for the month.

This month? Red and white! I’m debating if I want to do all my monthly blocks as crazy square blocks or if I want to pick a block design and go with that. Our next meeting is the 23rd so I need to have it done by then.

 

 

Happy 4th!

I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July! Keep your pets indoors where it’s safe if fireworks will be going off near you.

 

 

Grrr

I had a post all written up. Then when I tried to attach the photos…my wordpress app on my phone crashed and reset back to before the multiple saves of the draft.

/sigh.

I’ll redo the post and share it later. It will have lots of photos…unless it keeps crashing!

Crocheting Again (after several months)

Yes that’s right, I started crocheting again today. If you recall, awhile ago I mentioned not being able to crochet because I deal with eczema and my hands had been affected badly. The eczema was caused by something at work.

Well as of Wednesday last week, I no longer work at that place any longer. I turned in my resignation the day before thanksgiving and worked my two weeks, said goodbye, turned in my equipment, and practically danced my way out.

I do have another job now, which is why I was able to quit the job that was damaging my hands. I’ll start training next month for the new job but I wanted some time to just relax and let my body recover.

After one week, my hands have healed up enough for me to crochet again! Another week and they should be fully healed.

I grabbed a skein of Red Heart in the colorway of Falling Leaves, and started crocheting. Frogged the first attempt. Decided to try something else. Frogged that attempt. Third attempt was also frogged.

When all else fails, make a scarf! Plus…I need a new scarf anyway.

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Isn’t that gorgeous? All those reds, greens, oranges, and browns. Makes me think of fall and driving down the back roads with the windows down, listening to the music of the wind rustling through the leaves, the chirping of birds, and the subtle whisper of sound that is pure fall.

I can’t wait until it’s done. And I’m loving how the yarn is striping itself the way it is.

A Day of Ceramics

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Since January, my work has laid off a lot of people, including several of my friends. We used to all have lunch together at work so with most of the group gone, it’s been fairly quiet at “our” table.

A couple weeks ago my best friend sent out a group text message saying “we all need to get together and have a lunch table reunion”. Plans were made and the date was set.

We met up today at a store where you pick out a ceramic piece and paints then sit down and paint. You can choose acrylic and have a piece to take home the same day. Or do a glaze and pick it up the next week after it’s been fired.

I had a blast! My piece ended up having more detail to it than I expected but I’m very happy with the end result.

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And some close up pictures:

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I really hope we do this again, but I’ll probably pick a less detailed piece next time.