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How are those New Year’s Resolutions Going?




As you may recall, I told the world that New Year’s Resolutions were important and to prove it, I set some of my own and posted them, for all the world to see.  (You can read about it here.)  Here it is March and it’s about time I follow up on that post and how I’m going with them.

Ugh.  Lol.  I’m not.

I started off strong. with my Pinterest challenges.  I sewed each of the girls something, I made one quilt top, pinned a 2nd quilt, and started a 3rd quilt top, I crocheted 3 hats… Then it all fell apart.  Part of my hangup was that we got snowed in, then everyone got sick and stayed stick and honestly, they are just now mostly getting over it.

But whatever, right?

So the sewing projects I picked out, I LOVE!  The Princess is all tween-angst-y and super fashion diva so I was nervous about sewing her anything, but I found this amazing pattern and tutorial from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and I fell in LOVE with her skirt so I thought I would give it a try.  The skirt was so easy to make and quick that I probably could have pumped out a few of them, but I got hung up at the end of this one and lost my momentum.  I wanted to add the little lace detail at the bottom, but didn’t have enough lace.  Just as I was getting ready to head out for an emergency craft store run it started snowing and we were snowed in for a few days.  It was two weeks before I finally got the lace and finished it up.  The skirt turned out wonderful anyway.  AND!  BONUS!  Little Miss Fashion Diva loves it too!  Woo hoo!

While I was making The Princess’s skirt, I found that black and white rose print fabric and it was too perfect not to make a ton of stuff with so even though I’m not really the matchy-matchy type of parent, I decided to make the Baby a little dress to match.  I used this pattern from Happy Together by Jess and it turned out absolutely perfect.  I don’t have a serger and I’m not very talented with the zig-zag stitch to finish things off for a more professional look so I obsess over pieces like this dress that have a lining inside.  All of the ugly seams can be hidden inside between the dress and the lining and it looks like I know what I’m doing.

The end result of the only two sewing projects I got done were pretty good and I don’t know why I didn’t keep my momentum on that.  I think I decided I needed something for the Little Man, but just never could decide what I wanted and that held me up.

My Crochet projects were really more of a learning experience than anything.  I am not particularly talented at crocheting, and really I’m still learning.  I did manage two hats although I kept having to snapchat my stuff to my friend Kelli because she is really good and she sent back tips and tricks and suggestions.  The only thing I made that I was even remotely pleased with was a messy bun hat I made for my friend Suzanne.  I used this pattern from Repeat Crafter Me (snazzy title by the way) and I had to learn to do the bobble stitch which was fun.

    

My quilting project was a disappearing 4-patch using some flannel fabric I’ve had for about 15 years now.  It was already cut into 12.5 x 12.5 squares, but it looked so dull like that and I wanted to do something interesting.  I also wanted a new giant quilt so the kids would stop stealing my quilt off my bed for living room cuddle time, and this fabric was perfect for that.  Quilt tops always go quickly because once you get into your groove, it’s just assembly style sewing.  It did turn out to be a bit of an awkward size though- a very long, narrow rectangle so I had to calculate what sized borders to add that would make it look good.  It was really all a guessing game.  Anyway, when I went to get the lace for the skirt, I also picked up some batting and backing for a quilt top I had made years ago and has just been lugging around lately.  Of course, unlike making the tops, now I have to actually QUILT it and that is not a quick process.  Plus, up to this point I’ve only ever done a stitch-in-the-ditch, but part of the whole process is learning so I really hope to learn some quilting techniques and apply them to make more interesting quilts.

That’s about it on the crafting/Pinterest project report.

  1.  Moving on quickly through some of the others… Weight Loss… Not going well at all.  I’m not a dieter, but I decided to try the Whole30 plan to maybe reset my metabolism.  It’s helped curb my coffee creamer addiction for the most part but I’ve only made it 5 days at the longest so I’m not sure if it’s working yet.  I started again March 1st and so far so good.
  2. Detaching from my phone has also remained a challenge.  It did help that I got upset by a lot of my friends’ political posts so I took about a 2 week sabbatical from Facebook and I haven’t felt as compelled to obsess over my phone since.
  3. My reading challenge is going quite well.  I’m on book 4 of my fun reads, but still only on book 1 of my “growth” books.  I will get there though.  I’m making more time to read for myself which is helping and I’m enjoying what I’m reading a lot.  I also joined an email signup called Book Bub that sends daily email alerts about digital book deals.  I entered my favorite reading genres, authors, and my preferred device (mine happens to be a Kindle).  Then, Book Bub sends me a daily email with a list of the book deals.  I mean… as if I really need MORE books on my “to read” shelf.
  4. If you read my last post, you should already know about my plan to be a better homeschool mom.  Nope.  But then, that really is subjective and probably I’m just being too hard on myself.  To be truthful (and not self-deprecating which I can all too often be), I’m actually not doing too bad.  The Princess is doing Language Arts and Math nearly every day; she is taking a writing class, a science class, and a French class every week; and we have been taking a lot of really fun field trips that aren’t just about *playing* but has some learning too!
  5. Focusing on my blog… ugh.  I feel like with each line item all I see is how I’ve not accomplished anything.  I’ll be a bit defensive on this though.  I have been going through a bit of an identity crisis here trying to decide if “Unlikely Homesteader” is really who I am.  Since we moved from the 50 acres and the old farm house onto a much smaller piece of property, but waaaaay better house our homesteading adventures seem to have slacked.  So, am I still an unlikely homesteader?  But as I don’t really find a connection to any other identity, I am continuing on here now that I have also overcome a bout of writer’s block.  So here we are!

Ok.  So it doesn’t look good here.  Obviously, I haven’t quite lived up to my own hype.  But didn’t I tell you that New Year’s Resolutions were about self improvement and we can all use that?  And guess what?  Every day we wake up is a new day to improve.  So, I still have these goals and today is a new day and I get to try again today to accomplish these resolutions.  Isn’t life wonderful like that?

 

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