Yesterday, 5.1.15, my youngest son turned 6. Ahhh… how time flies…. He used to be this small:
Now, I can’t get him to sit on it without first answering his many questions. Come to think about it, I started this blog when he was 1 year old, after he has mastered the art of walking and running. 😀 How he loves to run, even to this day! Having older siblings really helped – they have inspired and motivated me to start this blog. Couldn’t have maintained this sort-of ‘crafting journal’ of mine without my family’s support.
I want to talk about this new year, as it is a few days past 2015. To me, New Year always heralds a special hope for better days. The usual practice of many adults are to make their new year resolutions. So, do you make any new year resolutions? Any cross stitching or crafting resolutions for 2015?
Personally, I really love making plans or resolutions, it’s so much fun! But I am awful at keeping them – my 2013 plans was really a disaster! My Bamboo was planned then, and it’s still not finished until now. In my defence, I did predict that it could last me until 2015. Well, it was a nice dream….
So, would I want to disappointing myself again or should I stop making plans this year?
Looking back at my 2014 crafting resolutions, which was quite general in nature, I think I didn’t do too badly. Basically, in terms of crafting, I have managed to:
- be more organized, and use most of what I buy – hardly bought any new yarns and floss unless absolutely necessary, and have organized my floss (all in bobbins and cases)
- refrain from making unplanned and unnecessary purchases : definitely done this – only made necessary purchases!
- have less than 7 WIPs at one time (this is the most tricky part for me as I jump into new projects like a hopeless addict) – failed, somehow managed to finish 2 WIPs, but also added 3 more… hehehe
- teach at least 1 person cross stitching and crochet – I only managed to teach my girls cross stitching. Now they know the basic and each has 2 on-going mini-projects. On a personal note, I struggle with knitting.
- remember to take photos of finished projects (I always forget to do this!) – sometimes I still forget, but mostly I remember. 😀
So, it has not been such a bad year, in terms of sticking to my crafting (and organizing) resolutions. As you can see here, I used to just throw my floss (in numerical order) into this (like sardines in a tin) :
and now :
I’m aware that there are other more convenient methods of organizing our cross stitch accessories and stuffs, but I think at the moment, I like this. I love seeing the colours sitting so close to one another, I feel quite calm and inspired when looking at the tones and shades, and I can clearly see when I’m close to running out of a particular floss. I bought the cases at Daiso for RM5 each.
While organizing, I also discovered that:
- I have multiple quantities of more than a few DMC floss (some given by my brother as part of a birthday gift – he gave me a whole huge kit)
- DMC floss could last for decades and the price of DMC has more than doubled since I don’t know when (as evidenced in the photo below, RM0.70 and RM1.10 price label). Now, it’s RM1.80 per skein!
Price hike is a way of life nowadays….
And, I also pushed myself to do some sewing, using my often-neglected Janone sewing machine, and made myself this patchwork laptop sleeve.
I’m very proud of this bohemian-gypsy-hobo (???) creation of mine. Especially the zipper part, as I have always been terrified of zipper. For this, I used 12 pieces of moda charms ‘Migration’, sewed the zipper without a zipper foot and did some (drunken) ditch quilting. All in a day’s work! 😀 And another thing – the zipper is recycled from an old F. Timber handbag of mine. See below:
Who am I kidding here – resolutions or plans is a must, in any undertaking. Like the often repeated quote : ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’.
So, perhaps this year, I’m making it simpler – reduce my WIPs and try very, very, hard to reuse and reduce, instead of buying more and more. Or at least, reduce before I restock. 😀
Regardless of all the challenges and all the trials in life, I’m still happy and I do feel blessed – I have my family, friends, health & happiness. Would I ask for more? Of course! I am human, afterall.
Happy New Year everyone!