Over the past two weeks, we’ve had to completely empty out our upstairs (other than one closet, which I was able to pack totally full) in preparation for some home renovations. We’re hoping that the work won’t take much longer than a month (ha, ha) and so until then, my sewing room (along with a bunch of other stuff) is set up in our living room. Does that count as a finish?
I did manage to sew one baby blanket last weekend as a gift in the midst of the mess, plus I remembered that I had sewn one other baby blanket in January that I forgot to report as a finish. So there’s two finishes anyway!
Still to do:
Items that are currently in progress (and/or should have been done by Christmas time):
- 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!)
- Make corn sacks for J, J, and A – three special people in my kids’ lives.
- Fix two of our office Roman shades (annoyingly, the little plastic rings just keep on breaking)
- Sew 1 baby blanket in blue and 2 in pink (yes, I just added more to this list)
- Sew 4 baby birds (like this one)
- 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:
- Sew a large neutral tablecloth for our dining room table (have had the fabric since spring 2013)
- Actually get the dining room shades installed – clearly I should not have allowed myself to cross that one off the list.
- Make an apron for Mark – currently the poor guy has to wear one that’s way too big for him.
- Sew hot pads for us (and a tutorial for you)
- Design and sew a new bathroom curtain. (This one I just put on the list this week but we really need it)
As for books, I finished A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (the real one), decided I didn’t need to finish the graphic novel, and also returned Soul of Discipline because I was out of renewals. One way or another, I’m whittling down this list!
Books from the library
- 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)
Books borrowed from friends and family:
- 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.
- The Wisdom of Stability by Wilson Hargrove
- That Distant Land by Wendell Berry
- Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
- First Impressions by Sarah Price
- Road Song by Natalie Kusz
- Creed or Chaos by Dorothy Sayers
Books we own:
- 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.)
- Gender and Grace by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen (I read this in college but I’d like to read it again.)
- Intimate Allies by Dan Allender and Tremper Longman