I know, I know…

A new project is happening. Well, a couple new projects. Because I am completely unrealistic in my life and every so often I get delusional. (Like, there’s no way I’m going to read 35 books in 40 weeks if they are all classics. Sorry.)

Anyway, I have a month to finish the quilt I’m making for my foster daughter for Christmas high school graduation, and I finished the bag for my sister (pics to come, I promise). My rescued-from-the-trash bag needs vinyl spray paint, which I’m hoping to get in a spate of errand-running on Sunday. (It also needs a stencil which I’m going to use my brand new Silhouette for. Once it comes, that is.)

So in the meantime, along with working on the quilt (by the way, stitching in the ditch? not good at it), I’m going to do some graphic designing (one of my 35 by 35 projects) (oh my G-d will I quit it with the parentheses?) and work on the pieces for a travel game inspired by this. I can’t wait to finish this one and show pics.

And then on Sunday I’ll buy material to make THREE of this blanket, 2 for twins G and R (these will have their initials embroidered on them) and one for a baby girl just born yesterday.

I want a nap just thinking about it all.

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More on my 35 by 35 project

I. Love. GoogleDocs. I’ve created a non-powerpoint for my 35 by 35 project so I have it wherever I go (though I can’t figure out if it is possible to edit it on my phone) and it is easier to keep track of how many categories I’ve created.

I would share it with you (and even let you add things!) but I didn’t set it up to protect the privacy of my foster daughter. I may switch that up if I find that I really need help.

I hereby assert that even though the list isn’t complete, I can start marking things as done. I also hereby assert that it is really difficult to come up with 35 different categories of things to do, so I can do things like separate the “exercise” category into “walking” and “bicycling” where, for example, the 35 items within the bicycling category are “bike to work 35 times.”

Now: one of my categories is “movies.” As in, watch those classic movies (or not-so-classic) that I haven’t seen. Things like “Dial M for Murder” and “Gone with the Wind” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” I’m taking suggestions.

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I’ve been following too many craft blogs

Earlier today, I impulse purchased a Silhouette SD.

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35 by 35

Not great for search engine optimization, but let me start out by saying that I hope you haven’t missed me too much! I’ve just been plugging away at life–one day at a time unfortunately leads to some lack of foresight, such as suddenly realizing that you have literally no clean underwear. (But the sushi and then knitting with friends almost made up for that one.) I’m making good progress on the bag I’m making for sister. Tomorrow (Sunday) is a make-up day for work, but next Sunday hopefully I’ll make it out to the outlets and strip malls so that I can find clothes for my vacation and work, and also vinyl paint for my rescued bag.

But the point of this post.

My 35th birthday is in 40 weeks. (I just counted because wouldn’t it have been amazing if it were in 35 weeks?) I don’t really have a “bucket list” or a list of things I want to do by the time I’m [insert age here], but it seems like I should have some by-35-goals.

Because I’m nothing if not impossibly overambitious, there will be 35 categories with 35 goals in each. As I said, impossibly overambitious. Here’s a start at a list of categories:

  1. Books
  2. Crafts
  3. House buying
  4. Exercise
  5. Parenting
  6. Cooking
  7. New things
  8. Judaism
Help! I need a lost more categories. Any suggestions?

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So much to do!

It has been holiday for the past 2 days so I have been away from the computer, away from the phone, away from pen and paper, and away from crafting. However my brain was still on rapid-fire, so I’m just using this space to record my top-priority projects for the next two months:

1. Knitting a bag for my sister. I know I’ve mentioned this a few times already. My plan is to make it like a tote bag from Lands End or the like, with a duck cloth base and then the knit piece forming the sides. I’m knitting horizontal stripes, and will then turn the fabric 90 degrees so the stripes are vertical. And the “wrong” side will be out, because I like the overlap of colors on the reverse stockinette side.

2. The super cool bag that I rescued from the trash room the other day.

3. A backpack. While 1 and 2 need to be done in time for our family vacation (my sister’s bag because that is when I am going to see her, and the bag from the trash room to impress my family), the backpack doesn’t really┬áneed to be done by then. I have a “real” backpack that will be perfect to use on the trip, but I think that something handmade will just be more fun. Also, I’d like to have a more “professional” (ha!) looking backpack for walking to work, so it seems like I could kill two birds with one stone.

On another note, I might have another job interview tomorrow. This one would just be a gatekeeper interview (I’ve gone through the gatekeeper process twice for other jobs, it’s more annoying than anything else) but I got the call yesterday (see above: holiday, away from phone) so will call in the morning to see if they still have the time slot for me.

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New bag!

I should go to the trash room more often because I got an amazing bag on Friday. I looked it over and the reason it was in the trash is that three of the feet (not sure if that’s really what they’re called) are broken, and there are exposed screws. I’m not sure exactly how to fix them, but I’ll check it out on google.

Here’s the cool thing about the bag: the base is a little suitcase. Flat, hard sides, zips all around. And on top is like a bowling bag in shape. (I know, I know…I could just take a picture!)

The next step is going to buy some primer and paint for vinyl, turn the whole thing tan, and then stencil some embellishment (perhaps a monogram) in purple. And maybe even add some bling, even though I’m not such a bling-y girl.

All to be done before my family vacation in June.

Wish me luck!

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No knitting, failed sewing, styrofoam

No knitting: I’ve been carrying around my summer-y sweater all week at the bottom of my bag and not working on it. The bag I’m making for my sister, that I’m about 2 inches into, is just sitting in a bag next to my bed. I suppose I could get more done if I knit instead of putting together shelves, but I think I’ve mentioned in this space before that shelves are the answer to all of life’s problems. So I spent the last three nights assembling furniture.

The part of the last few nights that I didn’t spend assembling furniture, I was attempting to upcycle an old t-shirt. I was inspired by this, but the main problem with my t-shirts is that they are too short. So I found some coordinating (I thought) fabric, sliced my shirt in half, sliced another inch out of the shirt (to use the fabric to cover some buttons, my coordinating fabric being woven and therefore not stretchy), cut my fabric being careful to make sure that I cut two panels from the same part of the pattern, pinned, realized I’d pinned a right side to a wrong side, unpinned, repinned, sewed, ripped (because the knit got bunched up in a few places), repinned, resewed (all this just on the front side), tried on the top half of the shirt, and discovered that I had cut the shirt too close to the arm and the fabric insert hit too high. I’m sure I can figure out something else to do with it.

In assembling my furniture, I have ended up with some various sized rectangles of styrofoam. I am absolutely sure that they can be turned into something useful. Any ideas/inspiration?


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