Last year I managed to do a bit of sewing and knitting, but moving house and all the associated cleaning / tidying / packing / unpacking ate in to my creative time. For this year there are a mixture of projects I'd like to tackle, and many of them are not sewing or knitting - there's a lot of sanding and painting of furniture I need to sort out for the house too. I'm going to add them to the list because they are creative (kind of) and it will help me feel I'm making progress.
Quilts. I said this last year, but this year I really want to end the year with a quilt on each bed. That's a queen size one for M & me, and a single bed quilt for each child. I didn't get this done last year, but I have been thinking about it a lot, making Pinterest boards of inspiration and starting to collect colours and fabrics together. I think as long as I get started I'll be able to move pretty quickly on this. I'm thinking a Liberty scrap quilt for Milla, one with HST stars inspired by this Lisa Congdon work for our bed and something with squares for Ali.
*I made a quilt for Ali. I've collected fabric for one for Milla, and she has asked about when she will get her quilt, so I'm planning to have it done for her 4th birthday next year. And I did make one for my sister, for her 30th birthday.
And a Christmas quilt (this has been in the works for a couple of years, but I always leave it til near Christmas and then it gets too crazy, so I want to get it done sooner.) Done! As an Advent Calendar! I still can't believe I finally made this.
Clothing I have been gradually sewing more clothes for me but I want to keep increasing the handmade portion of my wardrobe.
- a Lantana Tova DONE
- another denim skirt Done - a Moss mini, which I wear all the time.
- a couple more skirts with pockets -
- finish the Cambie Dress I've started Done!
- and sew another one with my Liberty silk satin as the skirt
- finish the Madison dress I started in 2009
- finish the caftan refubishment I started in 2009 (and if I don't finish it, just give it away)
I'd like to keep making more clothes for the children too
I have the Oliver + S cargo pants pattern and want to try that for Ali.
And a Nature Walk Pullover
A pair of winter pyjamas for each of them.
And some winter dresses for Milla.
And, if I'm feeling brave, a coat for Milla.
* - I don't think I've made any clothes for Ali this year. Poor kiddo. To be fair, he's in school uniform or sports gear 90% of the time. I did make him a book week costume and a quilt though. And a tooth fairy pillow.
- cushion covers for the living room
* No. I ended up buying some cushion covers. But I made some for the spare room.
Ali has decided that "woolen things are not comfy" (sob!) so I won't knit a jumper for him this year.
A winter cardigan for Milla Yes, the Granny's favourite. I also did a tunic.
Some kind of winter jumper for me No, no knitting for me at all.
There are a couple of knitting projects that have been hanging around for ages that I would like to finish - a cot blanket and a knitted dress which was meant to be for Milla but which she has already outgrown.
And other things:
- Sand and stain the old school chairs we use as dining chairs - Yes! Did it. They look much better.
- sand and paint the bedside chest of drawers in the spare room - No - decided we don't need them & gave them away
- sand and paint the desk from the spare room - No, not yet. Carried over to 2014
- make a lamp shade with the lamp shade kit my sister gave me for my birthday - I'm still looking for the right lamp base. Carried to 2014.
- sand and paint a dolls house for Milla's room, cut a new back for it and decorate with wallpaper samples No, she had too many birthday and Christmas presents so I put this on hold for next year. It can be her 2014 birthday present (with quilt).
- make a display box out of a wooden tray for Ali's room. I found a display box at the destash sale and painted it for him. It's been a great place for all his treasures.