My goodness this year is flying by! At the beginning of each year I, like many of you, decide I am going to accomplish certain things, change some of my ways and enjoy many opportunities. As I sit here today I realize it has been another 'oops' year. I meant to finish this before I started that, I was going to (fill in the blank) take that class, get together with this old friend, spend more time... Well, here it is the end of September and I find myself surrounded by more projects than I started with last January. My inspirational word this year was "explore". I have already chosen a new word for next year and my next year needs to start right now. My new word is "focus".
Explore was actually a good choice for me. In the photo above I explored more stitch combinations and also using complimentary colors for a project. The heart was stitched and now I am looking into what to do with it. I dug out some trims as shown. I took the project to the fabric store also and found this purple denim that seemed to go color wise and also contrasted texturally. I'm probably going to end up making a pillow. What are your thoughts?
Above is a rack with jars that I purchased at a garage sale and cleaned up and painted. I am trying different ideas for embellishing them. I actually really like them used as a small photo display with just a touch of lace. I also considering finding some cork stoppers for them rather than the wood lids they have now. I can probably find another use for the lids later on. See! See how one project turns into more than one!
Remember my CQJP 2012? I have been searching for the right lace to put between the blocks and finally ended up buying white lace and dyeing it. It didn't turn out exactly the color I intended, but close enough I am putting this off no longer.
I am in the process of hand-stitching the lace in place. I am stitching down the center of each row and will probably go back and tack the edges of each section after this. I am working on it a little each day. I have the backing and binding for the hanger already cut and ready to go as well as a rod to hang it on. Focus Connie, focus!
Above are two necklaces I recently (almost) completed. I am reinforcing the threads in the first one and need to purchase a clasp for the lower one in order to have them completed.
In the meantime, I have the tote, insulator, old brush and scrolls found in dad's tool shed and some lace pulling at me to make them pretty and functional again. FOCUS! Can you see why I've decided to start using next year's word now? I admire anyone who can start and finish a project or two before moving on to the next. Those people do exist don't they? Please tell me it is possible.