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Thursday, January 29, 2015

January's Homework Assignment

Oh, wow, January has been a whirlwind of busy, frenzied chaos and trouble. It's just been such a nightmare, too much havoc for my taste. I've had the experience of realizing why taking 20 units isn't such a good idea. That's largely the reason I haven't posted anything. It's just been too crazy. Hopefully next month will be better. However, before I kiss this month goodbye (for good), I thought it'd be fun to partake in the customary monthly blog, hosted by the ever so fabulous (and recently crowned Dr.) Curious Professor Z!

So, without any further ado, here is the prompt:

Show your crafting/art/sewing/knitting/crochet works in progress and the projects that you want to tackle in the next few months. What's on your cutting table? What's in your knitting basket? Did you just buy four new skeins of yarn for that shawl you've been meaning to make? Is there a canvas in the corner of your room just begging for some paint? Show us what you've been up to and what you are planning. 

Ok, before I start, can I just say how much I love love love love this prompt!! It's like the Professor read my mind! I am oh so guilty of crafting (and the half finished or not even started projects that entails) along with hoarding (don’t forget the hoarding!). In fact, I have an entire corner I have affectionately dubbed the "crafting corner"; one because that's an alliteration and I love those and two because I really don't know how else to refer to the growing glob of projects I’m accumulating. Just this month, I actually got myself a small table that way I could keep all the crafts I'm working on in one place. Here’s a nice pic of it:
I know, I know not that glamorous and a bit messy but it's a new addition
I'm still getting used to it :)
Now, in regards to my projects, I actually have a bit of a system so let me give you a quick run. Basically, I have two big (completely full) boxes of projects (kinda like an inventory). I’ve cataloged what is in each one here and here (there's also one more box but shh, I like to tell myself there are only two). But those are like my master checklists; they have all my crafty/creative stuff in one place. I like having them for reference; they make me feel organized (and sane). Plus they’re good blackmail; I have recently put an embargo on myself that I won’t buy any more fabric or crafty stuff until one (or some) of these box projects have been taken care of. So far this plan has been working. The crafting and buying is on hold for now (thanks a lot physics!). Usually it’s just one (and I think you all know which one that is ;). Honestly, I like having the boxes and checklists because they give me a nice system. I have a good idea of what’s going on: what I already own, what’s in progress, what needs repair, what I should be working on, etc.
Left: The 2 boxes making their first appearance. 
Top Right: Current Projects
Bottom Right: A glimpse into Box 3
So that’s what I’ve got planned (future-wise) but in terms of what in IP (in progress) as of right now, that’s in this other box (are you starting to see a trend here? I like boxing things). I keep that box on my crafting table and take projects out as I go. Currently, I have two skirts I’m trying to make. One is from this cloth I found thrifting and the other is this very cheap but too big dress I bought in Kohls. I’m hoping to finish those up really soon though and then hopefully start on some jewelry making (my pliers recently broke so I’m waiting on some new ones). Soo yeah, that’s what I’ve got going. How about you? Do any of you have a system to keep things in check or do you just do projects on a whim? What are you all working on?




P.S.  Hope you enjoyed the photos! They're not that great but I'm working on it! Haha you  may have noticed I don't normally have lots of photos (camera, quality, time, etc. issues) but I'm trying to incorporate them more this year. We'll see how it goes! :)

10 comments:

  1. I love the boxing idea, smart to keep things in order! :) I guess with that many projects you have to be organized? I really like that flower pattern in the past pic.

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    1. Haha yeah, the boxes really help keep me organized (and sane)! Aw thanks! I find most of my patterns online but glad you like it :)

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  2. Lovely to meet another craft hoarder, Mild Muse! I do hope you'll share pictures of the crafts you're working on when you have the time. I'm not quite sure what 20 units is, but I imagine it's classes and that does sound like a very full plate. :)

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    1. Gasp, a fellow brethren!! It's so nice to meet another craft collector! haha X) But I promise I'll definitely share photos once I get a few crafts started! :) Indeed, 20 units is a tad overly ambitious but the quarter is almost over so hopefully it'll be clearer skies soon!

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  3. The boxes are such a good idea. My UFOs sorta float around my lair until I bury them in the cupboard... maybe some organizing would be smart...

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    1. Yup! You wouldn't believe how much the boxes help! And if you'd like to have them in clear sight, having transparent boxes helps a lot since then you can see what's in there without having to shift through the whole box but yeah, you can try taming those UFOs that way. Give it a try!

      P.S. I like how you refer to them as UFOs haha. UFOs floating in your lair just conjures such a hilarious image in my mind XD Maybe you should keep them that way

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  4. Whoa, you are organized! Sheeze, I'm completely humbled. And I know the feeling of too many classes -- usually teaching -- and not enough time. You need to stay on top of it all ... somehow. And thank you for the kind words! Sending lots and lots of love!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Professor! Haha it's no biggie. I have fewer projects so it's probably easier for that reason too. But yeah. Best of luck with your academic endeavors. Indeed the too many classes has definitely taken its toll this quarter. I'm almost done though!

      P.S. You're very welcome! ^_^ Sending tons of love right back at ya! :)

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  5. A good idea to seperate projects into boxes! My projects tend to overgrow my bed and sewing table...

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    1. Thanks! Haha yeah, the same thing was happening to me; I'd have projects strewn all over the room so I just simplified them into one place. I find that it helps center me a lot, too. You should try it! :)

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