Finish It Up Friday 2016: Update #1: Making Progress and Keeping Secrets

If you haven’t done so already, Ellie would love your vote for your favorite farm animal! 🙂

I made a lot of progress this week! (See the second half of the post for my book progress.)

Here’s what I accomplished:

  1. Hemmed and delivered my friend’s pants.001 (800x533)
  2. Moved the cuff buttons on my new blouse.
  3. Fixed the sweater ball (which is stuffed with sweaters!)
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  4. Finished one Handmade Christmas 2015 project.
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extreme closeup to keep the secret until it’s actually delivered

Still to do:

Items that are currently in progress (and/or should have been done by Christmas time):

  1. Finish the baby bibs that were given to me to complete so that we could sell them at the 2015 Advent Bazaar. (Oops, I forgot, we’ll sell them in 2016!)
  2. Make corn sacks for J, J, and A – three special people in my kids’ lives.
  3. Fix two of our office Roman shades (annoyingly, the little plastic rings just keep on breaking)
  4. Sew 1 baby blanket in blue and 1 in pink
  5. Sew 4 baby birds (like this one)
  6. Design and finish two final Handmade Christmas 2015 projects (because no, I’m still not done)

Items to sew next once the first list is finished:

  1. Sew a large neutral tablecloth for our dining room table (have had the fabric since spring 2013)
  2. Actually get the dining room shades installed – clearly I should not have allowed myself to cross that one off the list.
  3. Make an apron for Mark – currently the poor guy has to wear one that’s way too big for him.
  4. Sew hot pads for us (and a tutorial for you)
  5. Design and sew a new bathroom curtain. (This one I just put on the list this week but we really need it)


I have no actual book finishes to report (although I’m so close to finishing Connecticut Yankee) but I did take a couple books off the list because I decided not to read them.

Books from the library

  1. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham (I’ve already read and love this one but need to skim it in review for a book club on 1/30)
  2. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – the real one and a graphic novel version (both for my Classics Club January pick)
  3. Soul of Discipline by Kim John Payne- We love his other book, Simplicity Parenting so I’m excited to read this one.

Books borrowed from friends and family:

  1. Unclean by Richard Beck – I’m about half way through this one and have really been thinking a lot about the implications of his arguments.
  2. The Wisdom of Stability by Wilson Hargrove
  3. That Distant Land by Wendell Berry
  4. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
  5. First Impressions by Sarah Price
  6. Road Song by Natalie Kusz
  7. Creed or Chaos by Dorothy Sayers

Books we own:

  1. The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris (I’ve been almost done with this for probably two years and it’s SO good but somehow, I haven’t read that last quarter or so of it.)
  2. Gender and Grace by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen (I read this in college but I’d like to read it again.)
  3. Intimate Allies by Dan Allender and Tremper Longman
I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Finish It Up Friday.
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5 Responses to Finish It Up Friday 2016: Update #1: Making Progress and Keeping Secrets

  1. Mom says:

    The embroidery on the Christmas project is lovely!

  2. Donna J says:

    You have gotten a lot done, great job.

  3. Linda Smith says:

    I love your public To Do lists. Way to be accountable. Your reading lists are interesting. I love Wendell Berry. I should check the library for some of his books. Almost named my son Wendell, but he is Harrison and 21 years old now. Beautiful embroidery.

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