Sunday, May 4, 2014

Well, hey there blog. Haven't seen you in a while... 3 years I think. Whoa. Did not realize it had been that long. So one of my goals starting this month is to blog on this here crafty blog a little more often. I want to start getting to creating my own patterns and need a place to host my stuff that I want to share.

So here we are... May 2014... My goal is a minimum of 2 posts per month. Now, as far as crafty bloggers go, that's not very much, but as someone who works full-time outside the home, but loves to spend her free time making things, I think that's something I can handle for now without adding stress to my already kind of busy life. And I figure, surely I can come up with a crafty post at least twice a month. I don't want to bore my 11 readers with stuff other than crafts.

Just because I haven't posted in 3 years doesn't mean I haven't made any stuff. If that were true I'd have to change the name of this blog. I have indeed. And I still upload pics to flickr, and hopefully that little slideshow widget is still here on my blog, showing my public flickr entries. Probably should have checked that before I started writing this, lol.

So craftywise, what is Julia making? What about those things you had going in 2011 when you last posted? Well, my Project of Doom quilt got sidelined not long after my last post in 2011, and it's still sitting there in my giant IKEA bag of UFOs. I definitely plan to get back to that at some point this year. Last year I started the 50th anniversary Doctor Who Stitchalong hosted by Fandom in Stitches, but never got past #3. Last night I started stitching on #4, my all time favorite doctor. Since I last worked on this project I have changed my feelings about the type of materials I was using so I think I'm going to go back and start #3 over from scratch, because when I started stitching on it last night I didn't care for how it looked with two different kinds of thread/floss. So since I'll need to see if I have any leftover background fabric and transfer #3 again to start over, and I had #4 transferred and ready to go, I went ahead and dove in. This time around I am finding embroidery slow, but relaxing. I'm really liking it quite a bit. Before it was kind of difficult, but I hadn't really done it before and was having a hard time finding just the right materials as far as thread/floss, needle threaders, and finding a comfortable place to stitch where I could actually see what I was doing. So I'm back to that project.

Another ongoing project this year is Paper Piecing Vintage, a block of the month designed and hosted by my awesome bff Jennifer Ofenstein, of, and I'm seriously behind on that, as well, but in the next month or so hope to get totally caught up on that as my "real life" starts to calm down a bit. Paper Piecing Vintage can be found on Craftsy, just look up sewhooked there ad you'll find it.

I'm working on doing more quilting and embroidery, because yarn is just so HOT for the warm months, and I don't want to get too far behind on my Project Linus donation goals for the year. My goal this year is 12 blankets, up from 6 last year. I know I can do it if I can get to quilting. Right now I think I'm at 3 blankets, but I have one labelled and ready to turn in this coming Saturday at the monthly meeting and have a quilt top in progress. So my next post this month should have some photos for you! Meanwhile, if you're back to visit and want to see what I've been up to feel free to check out my public photo albums on flickr. I always try to put a decent description on there, that's sort of been my quickie version of blogging over the last few years.

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This is my place to talk about crafting, what I make, and maybe even why I make it.