Crafty Goal Digger

So for 2018 I decided to write down some crafty goals. I have admired a couple friends over the past year who totaled up the amount of fabric they owned and kept track of fabric in and out for the year. So while that’s not in the cards for me this year it pushed me to set some other goals I can work on.

So my goals are based on mostly on monthly completion, because to set all of them yearly I know I will just fail.

Goal 1: Sew something selfish each month that isn’t a quilt

So this could be an item of clothing, a bag, pouch, pillow, anything that isn’t a quilt. Because I realize I have a lot of non quilt projects I want to make but I usually spend my sewing time quilting. So I am trying to break out of that rut.

For January my selfish make was this Catch All Caddy. The pattern is from Patterns by Annie and is great! I made one a couple years ago for a swap and since then have always wanted to make myself one. So I made one for a swap I did recently and made this one for myself at the same time. The pattern is a great pattern albeit not heavy on the visual which was hard for me. I am definitely a visual learner and I found I had to read the instructions multiple times the first time I made this. But for the two I made in January it was a breeze though because once I got through it once I realized how simple it was. I also found out there is a Craftsy class for this pattern so that would be a great option if it’s your first time.

I used mainly Rashida Coleman Hale’s newest Cotton and Steel line Paper Cuts, with a bit of Annabel Wrigley’s Maribel thrown in for good measure.

So that’s my selfish make. I have been using it to carry hand projects around the house, knitting, stitching. But I will definitely be breaking it in as a tool caddy next month at a little retreat I’m attending.

Goal 2: Sew someone a gift.

This is pretty self explanatory. Sew something for someone else. Preferably it will be a random gift to show someone I care about them. But if it’s for a swap that counts too. I used to have this page on Facebook, well technically it’s still there,  were people would nominate others who were awesome and needed a pick me up to receive a handmade gift from me. I did it for 2 or 3 years before I had kids and it was so fun. It fell by the wayside with kids and life getting busier.  I loved sharing and gifting though so I would like to do that more. Who doesn’t love to get a thoughtful gift in the mail just because, so I will be doing some form of that…..

For January I made the other Catch All Caddy for a Swap I did with my traveling Quilt ladies. It was so fun and everyone made absolutely perfect gifts for each other.

I really love the complete difference in these two Caddies based on which fabric I used. This one I made with a Cotton and Steel Sprinkles as the main fabric and I quilted it with loops. I used a Cotton and Steel Kicks print for the handles, and for the pockets on the inside I used a print from Annabel Wrigley’s Maribel, which is one of my all time favorite fabric lines.  I added a little handmade zipper pull on the outside and stuck some sassy glasses on the inside.

Goal 3: Make a Quilt each month.

This is pretty basic, make a quilt each month, not limited to one a month. I just want to set a goal of a minimum amount of quilts for the year. Last year I made 25, whoa, and it may have been to much .:) But this minimum of one quilt a month can be personal, a gift, a custom order, or product for my shop. But it can not be an overlap for one of my other goals. i.e. if I make one for a gift I can’t also use it for my #2 goal, that would have to be a separate quilt or gift item.

In  January I made two baby quilts that were part of a three quilt order for a friend. She had three ladies in her school having babies and wanted to gift them each with a baby play quilt.

I used the backing Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel fabric on the back as my bases for a slate , coral, and grey color scheme. I went with a simple quarter triangle block alternated with a solid block. It measures 36″ square,  and is the perfect size for a little floor quilt or to throw over the car seat.  I finished it off with some figure 8 loopy quilting.

This quilt was a navy, coral, and grey color scheme and I thought that  triangles would be perfect for this slightly preppy color scheme. I have only done maybe 3 triangle quilts and I feel like this one I found my groove and might want to try it on a larger quilt. It finished at 36″ square and I quilted it in a simple loopy pattern. I love the way it turned out.

This is actually the first quilt of the order of three quilts I made and it was made in 2017. It was supposed to be a gender neutral safari theme, and once I found that out I knew I had to use Ginigber’s Savannah line of fabric. I did simple patchwork with all the coordinates in the line on the front and used the awesome panel fabric for the backing. I used my go to loopy quilting again and it finished at 36″ square.

Goal 4:  Try a new crafting skill.

This is maybe an every other month goal since it will be more time consuming, and could be from screen printing to painting to a new sewing technique etc… It will help me expand my horizons and keep me going.  I haven’t learned a new skill yet this year. I did knit an American Girl doll sweater for my daughters doll but I already knew how to knit, it was just the type of item that was new. Soooo it could count, but this is more a loose goal to help me stretch myself and doesn’t have a specific timeline.

I would love to try pottery on a pottery wheel.

I would love to knit myself a sweater, which seems like it should count even though the doll sweater didn’t.

I would love to try the bias applique for a full quilt.

I would love to make myself pants

I think it would be cool to try dying something… fabric, yarn…

I would love to write more patterns and develop a kids sewing curriculum.

Goal: 5 Work on a business plan for a Fabric store and sewing Center.

One of my goals for when my kids are all full time in school and I could go back to work is to have a quilt shop with an emphasis on teaching sewing and building community.

 

So that’s what I have fleshed out so far for my crafty goals in 2018. I am hoping to do a recap post at the end of each month, so consider this January’s recap.  Otherwise there would be no pictures.

I would love to hear about your crafting or regular goals this year. Do you set goals, big, small….

 

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Seek

I started this year with one little word as my guide: Seek     I have seen scrapbookers use this method to motivate their year and have always loved the idea but never done it. This year I thought I would try it out.  So I thought and thought and finally settled on Seek.

Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord , have never forsaken those who seek you.

This year I want to seek God more and improve me personal relationship with him because the last couple years I have been way to lax and excused my laziness with being a new mother. But there are no excuses in my book for not working on my relationship with God.  So I strive to seek God and His plans for my life as best I can.

 

This year I want to seek myself. In that I want to find my niche, be confidant in myself, body image, personality, beliefs, everything, and that will take some seeking to get there because I always had issues with confidence and knowing exactly who I am. I don’t know if I will get to the point of being perfectly myself as we are always changing and nobodies perfect. I would like to start down that path of loving myself and being happy with what I am and where I am currently instead of always dreaming of what could be.

This year I want to seek how to make these last months as a family of three memorable and also seek out how to be a great mother as we transition into being a family of four. My husband and I fully believe our children are the Lords and He has intrusted them to us to care for, love, and raise them in a Christ like manner. I haven’t been doing the best job on being a fun and Christ like mom lately with feeling so awful with this pregnancy but I am hoping to seek out how to find that balance for the rest of my pregnancy, and continue it throughout the year.

This year I want to seek out simplicity. I have to much stuff. :) To put it simply! ha. I would like to declutter, detach myself from stuff, and get rid of things. This also stretches to organizing and being on top of things like meal planning, activities and such. I am relatively organized but I like pretty things and my crafting, thrifting, vintage loving self has issues with leaving things behind. ;) So seeking simplicity is a must this year as our family expands.

Seek.

Do you have a word this year? I would love to hear about it or just your goals.

The photos in this post have nothing to do with my word of the year. I did the 10 on 10 and haven’t got to post them yet. But as you can see it was a lazy day at home. ;) One of the best ways to spend your day.

 

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Insta Friday

Joining in with Jeanette at liferearranged today for Insta Friday! Come link up, or just check out all the fun peeks into everyone’s life’s. ;)

 

working on my December daily album…in Janruary /Luke is growing to fast about to make the transition to all 3T / cutting scraps and scraps for my #scrappytripalong quilt

He’s a fan of shovels and rakes..part of his collection / #scrappytripalong is growing (check out the hashtag on instagram for tons of beautiful quilts)

It was 35 degrees we called it a heat wave and escaped to the park / #scrappytripalong top done! I did Christmas theme since I have been wanting to make a Christmas Quilt for several years and can never get it done before Christmas / I got a new rug! from rugsusa.com they had a 60% off sale and it was just over a $100 (squeal) now they have a 35% off sale

this hair everyday, it can not be tamed / playing at a friends house / quilting a vintage sheet plus quilt

binding is ready to go (and currently half done)  / making a plea to Uncle Doug for a HooRag / taking inventory and doing some planning and scheming for my shops look and stock this year. It’s woollypetals on etsy if your interested! ;) (shameless plug)

 

I love Instagram and am there multiple times daily, usually! So come find me if you want, woollypetals, or just check in here on the blog every couple weeks. :)

 

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Goodbye March – Hello April

Another Month down, this year is going fast. I didn’t do super great for March’s challenge. I think I missed 5 or 6 days. So I just dropped in photos from that day that where close enough. :)

Here’s to Another Month joining in with FatMumSlim’s Awesome challenge.   Will You be joining in this month? Follow me on Instagram if you are. Kristin Rauch or Woollypetals will find me.

 

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It’s a New Year

The New Year always is so nice for me. I love the fresh start, the blank slate, the ability to make the year as wonderful as I envision.
(A little girl’s room I just finished painting on Friday)

I am not to good at keeping New Year’s Resolutions, so last year I tried the New Month Resolution. It consisted on a new resolution each month, that way I only had roughly 30 days to stick to it. It was good, I stuck to my resolutions and carried on a few longer than a month. But the downfall was I only did this for about half a year. After that I let it go.

So….. this year I am making goals. Lifestyle changes that I hope will make my life closer to what I want it to be.
(yummy cracker cookies I made today)

Here are a few of the things I look to work on this year.

– Take more pictures
– Move more i.e. exercise/dance/walk
-Spend more personal time with God i.e. prayer/worship/reading the word
-Make something weekly at minimum
-Live in the present…. not for the future
-Simplify


This year is promising to be a great year. My husband and I are glad to be on the good side of some bad things that have happened in the past couple years and are so happy that this will be our first year without a weight on our shoulders. It’s exciting and thrilling.

Happy New Year!