Happy kira-got-new-stamps Day!
Despite having made the final decision to not participate in April’s National Card and Letter-Writing Month (because I did InCoWriMo / A Month of Letters Challenge in February… and somehow managed to not even post about it once!), it was time for me to order new stamps for all my regular pen-pal correspondence. And here are all the new stamps!
Funny to be so excited about stamps, because I’m not a collector or anything.
Now time to tackle some of my to-reply pile.
Four days into 2016, and it’s time for the obligatory New Year post, albeit a little late.
I haven’t done as much reflecting on 2015 as I probably should. It’s nice to have the blog to go back through older posts to see what I was up to throughout the year. Definitely more motivation to try to keep the blog updated more regularly.
This year, according to the blog (not a comprehensive review):
- Around the start of the year (technically in the December of the previous year), I finished making the squares for the Cabled Afghan Knit-Along. I have yet to sew these squares together into the blanket. Eeesh.
- Also at the start of the year, I cast on for making the Featherweight Cardigan. I have yet to finish this project. (I’m already sensing a theme here…)
- I created a digital drawing that I converted into an embroidery piece. I did finish the embroidery, but did not document it here. And, really, the piece needs a good ironing and still needs to be framed. Continuing the “not quite finished” trend…
- I needlefelted a penguin — first and only needlefelting project so far. I enjoyed needlefelting, might try it again in the future. The penguin suffered a sad fate, when the cats decided that he was their toy and has since then been chewed to bits.
- I successfully completed A Month of Letters Challenge and International Correspondence Writing Month in February! I plan to try to do this again this year.
- I started, and abandoned 30 Days of Lists. I partially did not finish this challenge because the lists were becoming increasingly more personal and I did not want to revisit or share some of these memories publicly.
- I got back into needle tatting; I started making a pair of needle tatted barefoot sandals, making all the pieces, but not assembling them. All the parts are somewhere in the apartment… Also, a needle tatted choker that was started, and turned into an unfinished project.
- I started my Fleegle heel socks, working toe-up. I made each sock until they reached about mid-calf, before realizing that I probably need to undo them a bit and add calf increases, if I want to keep knitting them taller. Another unfinished project.
- I GOT KITTENS! Which, have increasingly hampered my ability to make things, as they like to get into nonsense and wander across whatever I am working on.
- The kittens also chewed a hole in the Mirkwood Shawl, the complicated beaded lace shawl that I started in June, with the hope of finishing it in time to wear to my sister’s wedding in September. While I made a great amount of progress, the kitten-chewed-hole caused the project to get derailed and did not finish in time. It is still languishing in my project drawer, waiting for me to pick it back up and finish it.
- I completed Drawlloween 2015, making a tiny-tiny drawing for each daily prompt.
- I finally finished my Les Misérables wrap; it is tremendously long and I wore it several times before the weather warmed up too much to warrant wearing it. Now that the weather is getting more wintery, perhaps I will have more opportunity to wear it!
- I did some gift-making, which I was unable to document, as they were to be surprises for the recipients. Now that gift-giving season is over, I can showcase them. Woo.
So, in reviewing the year, lots of making: knitting, crochet, embroidery/cross-stitch, drawing, letter-writing, calligraphy, general crafting and DIY. I am finding that I do like starting projects, but often run into issues finishing them.
Hence, my “resolutions” for 2016:
- make time to work on projects.
- finish the projects that are waiting to be completed.
- update the blog more often!
- actually do the courses that I’ve purchased from Craftsy, Skillshare, and Creativebug.
Those are pretty much my goals for every year. Make more things. *wink*
This post was saved in my drafts and published, so here it is:
As I mentioned at the end of the last post, I am participating in this round of Snail Mail My Email.
The first request was simply one word, so I decided to cross-stitch it on some Aida cloth before popping it in an envelope and sending it through the mail.
It’s not really a secret… it’s more of a surprise.
It’s that time of year, to be working on gifts for friends and family. And since, well, I know of at least ONE person (hi, Laura!) who reads this blog, I can’t show what I’m working on here. YET.
But I can show my orts jar! (Orts are the little leftover bits of thread trimmed from embroidery projects).
There’s not too much in the jar right now, but Árnyék and Zaka kept trying to eat the thread bits, so made an orts jar to keep them out of reach.
The project itself is going along swimmingly. Lots of practice in making French knots. (Ooooh, a hint!) Looking forward to sharing them on the blog soon, after gift-giving season is over.
In other news, I have signed up to be a mail artist volunteer for Snail Mail My Email. The project is live this week, so hopefully I will soon receive emails to make into beautiful letters. Quick turnaround — I believe they need to be mailed out by the this Friday — so hopefully this will be the kick-in-the-pants I need to make some more stuff. Branch out and experiment a little. Looking forward to it. Yay.
I love seeing Everyday Carry (EDC) posts. And Things Organized Neatly posts. I tend to carry a lot of stuff in my purse, and usually have a secondary supplementary bag as well (for work, it holds things like papers, notebooks, bigger headphones, letters; for other times, it contains portable craft projects, etc). I carry a lot of stuff. I like having things with me; good to be prepared!
So, since I needed to go through my bag anyway…
And, now I have updated it with labels to post on Everyday Carry — see post here!
I also realized exactly how many letters I carry in my work-bag. (There were also a handful in my purse that I found later! Not pictured.)
aka, kira makes bad portmanteaus.
I’ve had the blog hidden while trying to work out the behind-the-scenes setup, but since it was not public, there was no impetus to actually update it. Nor actually document the things I’ve been making.
Right now, I’m working on writing letters for International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) and A Month of Letters (LetterMo) challenge. Additionally, there is The 30-Day Meditation Challenge which I am already behind on — but (!!) not going to stress on that, since it would be rather against the principle.
Last night, had a lovely hangout with Cmer, where we played with some Pilot Parallel pens and I made some abstract doodling with water-soluble pencils and water-brush-pens.
I am still terrified of the blank page.
I need to get over my page-fright and figure out how to get back into creating. Especially since I have un-hidden the site + the blog, and would really like to have reasons to update. Which means… I must make things.