I can’t believe an entire week has already flown by! I’ve had blog posts on my agenda and daily to-do list each day, but it seems that it always gets bumped for something seemingly more important.
Not today friends!
I’ve got a few projects to share including my temperature blanket progress and I’m so excited about the way that it is turning out! As I mentioned in my last post, I had an entire week completed and attached in a row. After thinking about it and trying to mathematically find the best way to make a somewhat normal sized blanket in the end, I decided to start over using smaller sized hexagons than I originally made. I also decided to attach them together in kind of a pinwheel, or snail-like pattern, going around and around. I have no idea what the end shape will actually be and I’m totally okay with it!
Here’s my color guide for what colors of yarn match up with what temperature and all of the colors are Caron and I’m using Simply Soft yarn.
5* – 14* : Purple
15* – 24* : Grape
25* – 34* : Royal Blue
35* – 44* – Berry Blue
45* – 54* : Pistachio
55* – 64* : Sage
65* – 74* : Sunshine
75* – 84* : Persimmon
85* – 94* : Pumpkin
95* – 104* : Harvest Red
The photo below is from Friday [three days ago] so it has a few less hexagons than today. I am just loving the way it’s turning out, and as you can tell from being in Cleveland in January, we already had a day in the 55*-64* range! It’s crazy! I’m using the daily temperature from our city at 3:00 each day as my deciding factor.
These hexagons have been completed in part of my 15-minute a day time slot assigned to doing something creative. In addition, I’ve worked on the other two blankets I shared last week and yesterday I made some cards to send to a few friends. Another goal for the year is to mail more cards – my plan was at least one a week and even though I’ve only mailed three this year, I’ve already made nine cards. Woot woot for that!
I played with Distress Ink a few weeks ago and just spent some time blending backgrounds without a real plan in mind. I decided to use them with some texture paste and die-cut words to form a short sentiment for the front of the cards. I am ecstatic with the way they turned out and I cannot wait to try this technique again! I have texture paste in a few colors, but I really like the way that the white, when applied in a thin coat, allowed the background color to shine through a bit! I of course had to add in some sequins, [because why not?!] and then I mailed them in coordinating brightly colored envelopes! I don’t always stamp a sentiment on the inside, but I did with the two cards with the texture paste and it was a nice change. The third card didn’t have an inside sentiment and was kind of plain, but I still really like the way it came together. [I’m trying to add the photos, but for whatever reason, something isn’t working correctly. My apologies!]
There are so many incredible supplies being released right now and I’m doing my very best to not buy all the things! January is always an inspiring month because there’s a large craft industry trade show and the majority of companies design their latest and greatest releases to coincide with the show. It makes my wallet hurt just thinking about it! Scrolling through my Instagram feed is just a tease because of all the sneak peeks and designer samples. I’ll keep you updated with the purchases I do decide to make!
In addition to my crafty 15 minutes a day goal that I have given myself, I also am challenging myself to clean for 15 minutes each day in my space – going through supplies and either re-discovering items that need to be used, or finding homes for items I no longer have a need for. It’s been more inspiring than I thought and I have a lot of hidden gems that I had forgotten about. I’m so inspired in so many ways and only wish that I had some more time!
Sunday evenings have become my chance to catch up on my w2 project life album – and it’s a time I truly enjoy. I have all the photos from our 2017 album printed and most have found their homes in our album. I’m just adding details, accents and journaling some of our stories and then this album will find a home on our coffee table for a bit! I love having these albums out to flip through and reminisce. I’m trying to figure out a way to showcase it here without sharing the entire year in what would be a very photo-heavy post. One designer I follow posts a weekly catch up throughout the year so I’m debating that aspect as I begin to work on our 2018 album. I think that I mentioned that I am changing up the format of our 2018 album, mainly because the page protectors that I like to use are no longer available in the packages that would be the most economical for me. I’m deciding to embrace this change and try something new, although I’m still working out the details. Stay tuned for that.
I also want to get back to sharing some details of the home decor projects I’m working on, the cards I’m listing for sale and the recipes I/we are trying – so in addition to getting back on track with regular posting, I’m going to try and work back into that routine that I had so long ago come up with. Hopefully I’ll have a handful of Valentine’s Day themed projects for you soon, since it’s already less than a month away!
Thanks for taking the time to visit – and if there’s anything you’d like to see, let me know. I’m always up for a challenge!