Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Craft Challenge 2015!

We are already into February! January just flew by. Our family used to only have one birthday in January (my younger brother) so the month was fairly calm after Christmas. Now we also have baby E's birthday, and my brother's girlfriends birthday, so there is more of that stuff going on. Luckily, there has been some opportunity for crafting!

This is the list that I started with for my 2015 craft challenge. It is small, but I think that it is more doable than my last challenge. And if I finish it all and do some extra stuff, that is just a bonus for me!

-  To buy as few birthday decorations as possible for E's birthday - therefore I need to make them all! - DONE!
-  Make invitations for E's birthday (this I've started already) - DONE!
-  Write at least 12 crafting blog posts this year (one a month, really doable) 
-  Finish knitting E's blanket
-  Finish E's mobile/decoration for her room - Progress
-  Finish the scrapbook I started for my mother-in-law
-  Start E's baby scrapbook
-  Make some cards to have on hand for random occasions (birthdays, sympathy, thinking of you, etc.)
-  Learn to cable knit

So how did I do this month?

1) I finished all of the invitations for E's birthday party. I got them out later than I would have liked, but they all made it out and most people were able to attend!



2) Decorations for E's birthday party. I didn't make as many things as I would have liked, so the party was pretty plain, but it was just family and a couple of close friends. I didn't get a close up photo of the favours (not sure how!) but I made sugar cookies in the shapes of Minnie Mouse heads, E's and 1's, and put them in cellophane bags with a little tag that said Thank you, Love Evelyn. I bought some balloons, and streamers from the dollar store, and the men helped get those up - they even were inspired to make Mickey heads out of 3 balloons. It was cute :)




The cake, I did NOT make, but it is gorgeous, so I wanted to share a photo. A friend made it, and she did a beautiful job.

3) I am almost finished making the Thank You cards for E's birthday. They are simple cards with an embossed grey base, a pink Thank You that I cut out with my cricut, some light pink ribbon on the sides, and a rhinestone embellishment. I had a picture of E developed that I am going to stick inside of each one as well, family is always telling me that they wish they had more photos of her, so I thought this would be a good way to get one to them. 



4) I did some work on finishing E's room decoration/mobile. It is taking me far longer to get this thing done than it should, but I've only been getting a few minutes at a time to work on it, so it takes forever because there are little time-consuming details. 

So month 1 of the 2015 Craft Challenge was a success in my books! I got the important things done, and crossed a couple of things off of my list. Now to keep this momentum going through the year!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Craft Challenge 2015

I've decided to take on the craft challenge again this year! Even if I don't complete it all, I'm the type of person who enjoys having goals laid out to work towards. I've been struggling with adjusting to parenthood because baby girl was so sick for the first bit of her life, and once I adjusted to that, I started working again, and had to adjust all over again. So I am hoping that I am now starting to get on a good track that leaves me more time to get things like this done. 

So what are my goals for this year?

-  To buy as few birthday decorations as possible for E's birthday - therefore I need to make them all!
-  Make invitations for E's birthday (this I've started already)
-  Write at least 12 crafting blog posts this year (one a month, really doable)
-  Finish knitting E's blanket
-  Finish E's mobile/decoration for her room
-  Finish the scrapbook I started for my mother-in-law
-  Start E's baby scrapbook
-  Make some cards to have on hand for random occasions (birthdays, sympathy, thinking of you, etc.)
-  Learn to cable knit

I might add some more to this list, this is just what I could come up with while sitting here. Crafty goals take time, but hopefully I can get much more accomplished this year than I did last year. 

Happy crafting!
Craft Challenge 2014

2014 has now come to a close! So I thought I would (finally) post an update on my 2014 craft challenge. Much like my reading challenge, this left a lot unfinished, but I am going to blame that on my difficulty adjusting to parenthood and being a working mom.

So as a refresher, here is my list, with final comments on progress:
-  Knit a ruffle scarf for my grandma DONE! 
-  Learn at least 6 new knitting techniques (cast ons, cast offs, stitches, etc.) I learned a new cast on, 2 types of stitches, and one other technique
-  Learn to cable knit
-  Finish knitting the blanket I started for Evelyn Progress... It is about 3/4 of the way finished
-  Finish the scrapbook I started for my mother-in-law
-  Do at least 1 new page in all of the scrapbooks I'm currently working on
-  Finish the Minnie Mouse mobile I started for Evelyn's room Progress... almost finished
-  Make all of my Christmas cards
-  Make cards for other random occasions to have on hand (hopefully make 10)
-  Re-organize my craft room DONE!
-  Make decorations for E's first birthday party This is in the planning stages

I really didn't get much done from this list. I did some extra crafting, such as requests for other ruffle scarfs, cards for random occasions that got given away so they didn't stay in my "on hand" pile, and other things of the sort. So while I didn't get a lot crossed off of my list, I did still manage to get some crafting in. I am working on finding more "me" time to do these things more from now on. 

The thing that I am proud of is that I got my office/craft room organized. That was a pretty big task because a bunch of stuff just got piled up after the baby was born so I had a big back log. The room isn't perfect now but it is completely functional so at least I have a space ready when I do need to craft. 

I love having goals to work towards, even if I don't complete everything, it still feels awesome to be organized and have a plan. So I am going to make myself a new challenge for 2015 and I am hoping that now that baby's health is much better, and I'm getting more used to parenting and working, that I will be able to schedule myself some time for crafting. 

I hope that anyone who reads this had a great Christmas and New Year and I hope to be much better at crafting (and blogging about it!) in this new year. 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

2014 Craft Challenge

Another month has come and gone. We are now into September! Every time I think that time cannot possibly go any faster, it seems to do just that. August was pretty busy. Lots of doctors appointments, E had a couple of bad weeks, and there was also some summer fun thrown in there! So once again, I was pretty terrible at getting any crafting done. I am almost 100% sure that I am not going to finish this challenge. But I do enjoy having goals to work toward, so as long as progress is made, I will be happy. 

So as a refresher, here is my list:
-  Knit a ruffle scarf for my grandma DONE! 
-  Learn at least 6 new knitting techniques (cast ons, cast offs, stitches, etc.) Progress...
-  Learn to cable knit
-  Finish knitting the blanket I started for Evelyn Progress...
-  Finish the scrapbook I started for my mother-in-law
-  Do at least 1 new page in all of the scrapbooks I'm currently working on
-  Finish the Minnie Mouse mobile I started for Evelyn's room Progress...
-  Make all of my Christmas cards
-  Make cards for other random occasions to have on hand (hopefully make 10)
-  Re-organize my craft room Progress...
-  Make decorations for E's first birthday party

And what did I get done in the month of August? 
-  A small amount of knitting on E's blanket
It is over halfway done now!
- A small amount of craft room organization

So I've been a terrible crafter and a terrible blogger lately. I'm still trying to adjust to my life as a mom, and need to learn to put in some "me" time. I've already done some knitting in the last couple of days, so I am hoping that September has a much better update!

That's all for now!



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

2014 Craft Challenge

I missed posting a June update, but it really wouldn't have been much of an update anyway! I finished my final course for my degree in the middle of July, so I have finally had a bit of spare time to use for crafting. It feels nice to have some time to myself once again. I didn't get a whole lot done, since I only really had the last two weeks of July, and baby girl's reflux has been terrible lately, but it is progress!

So as a refresher, here is my list:
-  Knit a ruffle scarf for my grandma DONE! 
-  Learn at least 6 new knitting techniques (cast ons, cast offs, stitches, etc.) Progress...
-  Learn to cable knit
-  Finish knitting the blanket I started for Evelyn Progress...
-  Finish the scrapbook I started for my mother-in-law
-  Do at least 1 new page in all of the scrapbooks I'm currently working on
-  Finish the Minnie Mouse mobile I started for Evelyn's room Progress...
-  Make all of my Christmas cards
-  Make cards for other random occasions to have on hand (hopefully make 10)
-  Re-organize my craft room Progress...
-  Make decorations for E's first birthday party

What did I accomplish in the last couple of weeks?
1) I did a small amount of knitting for E's blanket. It's over halfway done now so it shouldn't take long to finish. 
2) I got a bit more organizing done in my craft room. This just takes forever when you can only do it in 15 minute intervals!
3) I did some work on E's mobile for her room. It doesn't take long, but I had to borrow the cricut cartridge from my mom, and it's something else I'm only working on in short intervals. I like how it is coming along though!
4) I also mod podged some pictures onto a wooden letter for my mom. Not on my list! No pictures because it was for one of her daycare kids so I didn't ask permission to post the photos. 

5) While I haven't actually started making anything, I have a Pinterest board and a notebook that I've started sketching ideas in for E's birthday party decorations.

At this point, I'm not thinking that I will even come close to finishing my list, and it's a bit disappointing, but we've got a lot going on around here and every time we start to get into a routine, baby girl's reflux causes chaos for her. Oh well, it is nice to set goals anyway! Hopefully I will be back to post again before this month is over!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Happy weekend!

M has been working a ton of hours lately, so it has been just baby girl and I at home most days. It is finally starting to warm up so we've been able to get outside a bit. She is also starting to get more on a schedule and has been taking some naps so I've slowly started organizing in my craft room, and I did manage to get a few crafts done for Mother's Day. I'm not completely happy with how the cards turned out. I've found that my brain just isn't as quick, or smart, or creative since having E. I am hoping that I will get my skills back before too long!

Mother's Day Card



This card used a mint coloured card stock, some patterned paper, flowers that I cut using my cricut, a gold pen, and a small pearl embellishment. 

Footprint Hearts
I saw this via Pinterest and decided to make my own. I cut pieces of cream coloured card stock into 5x7 inch pieces. I used some pink, purple, and white craft paint that I had on hand and mixed a colour that I liked. 

I used a paint brush to paint baby girls foot - she was curious, but really didn't mind!


 I pressed her feet one at a time onto the card stock to make a heart shape

After the paint dried, I used a metallic silver scrapbook pen to write "I" and "grandma" and "from the top of my head to the tips of my toes". Once everything dried, I popped them into a simple white frame, and voila! Mother's Day gifts for grandma!


I'm happy with how they turned out and it was a pretty quick and easy gift to make, that may have elicited a few tears. 

Thursday, 1 May 2014

2014 Craft Challenge

It's May!! I cannot believe we are a third of the way through the year already. Because another month has flown by, it is time for a post to update my progress on my 2014 Craft Challenge. Since I started this challenge late, my list isn't huge, so I hope I have time to finish everything. 

Here is my list
-  Knit a ruffle scarf for my grandma DONE! 
-  Learn at least 6 new knitting techniques (cast ons, cast offs, stitches, etc.) Progress...
-  Learn to cable knit
-  Finish knitting the blanket I started for Evelyn Progress...
-  Finish the scrapbook I started for my mother-in-law
-  Do at least 1 new page in all of the scrapbooks I'm currently working on
-  Finish the Minnie Mouse mobile I started for Evelyn's room
-  Make all of my Christmas cards
-  Make cards for other random occasions to have on hand (hopefully make 10)
-  Re-organize my craft room Progress...
-  Make decorations for E's first birthday party

What I did this month...
1. Knit the ruffle scarf for my grandma. I'm going to give her this as a Mother's Day gift, even though we are pretty much done with scarf wearing weather now. 



2. I knitted a few rows of the baby blanket I'm making for Evelyn. This is an older picture, so it is a bit longer than this now. 

3. I learned a new cast on method (long tail) and how to do the seed stitch. I used this tutorial to learn the long tail cast on. It is easy and looks great. This will probably be my go-to cast on for now. 

4. I've been in my craft room and moved a couple of things around. We got new shelves for our DVDs and a small bookshelf for Evelyn's room, so some things were able to be taken out of my craft room and now I have a bit more space to work with. I have no pictures of this to share, but I will post pictures of my organization strategies when I get more done. 

Overall, not bad for my first few weeks of the challenge!