Friday, June 8, 2012

I'm late! I'm late for a very important date!

I keep meaning to post an update on my May goals list and I keep getting lost in Diablo 3. Not sure how I end up there instead of here, but it keeps happing. Tonight my husband is supposed to be playing with my brother and friends, so I figured I'd get some time to post about my completed May Goals. So far, he's not playing with anyone though, so not sure how long I'll be here, so I better get down to business!

 May's goals were to finish my desk, which you saw in a previous post. I love it. I am now going to paint a small wood bookcase the same color and put it in my crafting area. I am also going to line the drawers with fabric since I cant find any contact paper I like. I found a nice tutorial at Infarrantly Creative. I have the fabric I want to use already in my stash and I made an emergency run to Joann's today to get the fabric Modge Podge. Maybe I should put the bookcase and the drawers in my June Goals instead of the other stuff I put up. Hmmm.

 My next finish is the cover for my husband's chair. He's a big Star Trek and Big Bang Theory fan. So in the BBT episode where they have a Gorn sitting in Sheldon's seat, my husband went crazy. I knew I had to somehow stitch this up for him. I found a cute little cross stitch Gorn designed by Black-Lupin on Deviant Art.  It says "No, Gorn, No! That's where I sit." which is the quote from BBT.  I think it came out pretty cute and the husband loves it.

I dont have any pictures of my progress on Growth Rings.  It wasnt too much anyway.  I've not been stitching anyway.  Another reason for no pictures is that my camera cant decide if it wants to work or not.  Today, it doesnt.  Thankfully it did when I was taking pictures of the other items.

My last May goal was to do something small.  I didnt have anything in mind when I posted that goal.  I just like to have it in there, just in case.  I really love this last one though.  I think it was a stroke of genius!  Well, crafting genius!  Ok, probably not genius, but clever?  Anyway, my cousin loves to do origami.  He makes these cute little dragons that are about the size of a quarter. I have 2 of them and they've been stashed in a plastic toothpick container since I know my cats would just love to eat a couple of little dragons.  They didnt seem happy in the container...the dragons, not the cats.  So I decided to repurpose my husband's dice box he had.  I knew that the dragon needed a hoard, cause that's what dragons do.  So I made him a hoard of gold, silver and gems...or as they are known in the crafting world, seed beads and bugle beads. I also added a little sword bead I had laying around.  He's quite happy now.  I just need to make his sister a hoard as well so she'll be happy too.  I think I'll make her's a little girlyer though.

And here's a pic with a quarter next to him so you'll get an idea of his size.
Adorable, yes??  I think he needs a name now.  Maybe that should go on my June Goals as well.  Maybe I just need to scrap the June Goals and start all over. LOL

Friday, June 1, 2012

STNA Blog Hop #3 Setting goals.

Stitching the Night Away Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop
Do you set stitching goals for yourself and how do you plan them out? (Weekly, monthly, annually?) What are your current stitching goals (if you don’t mind sharing)? In addition to setting goals for yourself, do you have a special reward that you reserve for when you reach a stitching goal?
I go on and off with the goal setting for my crafting.  On one hand, I like the freedom to do whatever I feel like doing with my time restraints, no must do items, do pressure at all.  It is a hobby after all.  On the other hand, I like the feeling of finishing something in a timely manner.  I like to remind myself of the great idea I want to do.  Goals help me with that.

Left to my own devices I'd have 101 WIPs laying around the house.  I wouldn't have a single finish anywhere.  I'd have magazine clippings and internet bookmarks of all sorts of cool stuff I intended to do, but never got around to doing.

For the last few months I have been setting up realistic goals for myself.  That seems to be the key to goal setting.  I have done this before where I'd set unrealistic goals (ie: start and complete a full sized HAED design).  Yeah, that just doesn't happen.  Then I'd get bummed out that my goals weren't reached and that I was a loser in the crafting world! Oh woe is me! *dramatic hand on forehead*   Lately I have been better about planning out my goals.  Doing an item that needs to be done (finishing up something that is 30 minutes from being done, or covering my ironing board), something small, but fun, and making progress on an ongoing larger project.  I'll toss in another item here and there depending on birthdays, holidays, etc.  I think the goal for goal setting for a hobby is to be kind to yourself.  Don't overburden yourself with goals and make sure they are items that can and will be done.

I managed to finish May's goals.  I'll post pictures in a day or two.  I am still waiting for the glue to dry on one of them.  I am still considering June's goals.  I think my brain has a case of the "Summers".  It's kind of like a case of the "Mondays", but last for 3 months. Ha!

June Goals: 

  1. Put an extra layer of padding on my ironing board.
  2. Make progress on Growth Rings
  3. Finish up How Does Your Garden Grow (may blend into a July goal, as I can't remember how much I still have left to do and haven't pulled it out of my WIP/UFO pile yet.)
  4. One small project of my choice.

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