Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 Resolutions

My resolutions so far...
  1. Make a new bed quilt
  2. Go to Zumba once a week
  3. Read more
  4. Continue working to find balance in your life
  5. Get a "real" job (in the engineering field!)
  6. Donate another quilt
  7. Go on (at least) two out of province trips
  8. Work on being more spontaneous 
  9. Make a bigger effort with friends in different cities
  10. Journal more
  11. Make a series of 'art pieces' that go together

2011 resolution successes and failures

In January of 2011, I posted these resolutions. I did pretty well however there are some that I skipped out on..

Here they are:

1. Complete 100 projects in 2011
Resolution kept? Nope. I think this was far too vague and random. This would mean every 1 in 4 days I finished something. I didn't think this one through too much... so no I didn't complete it. 
2.  Wear dangly earrings more often.
Resolution kept? YES! I wear all kinds of different earrings more, I think I have actually gotten used to jewelry this year!
3.  Donate a quilt to a silent auction for a charitable organization I care about.

Resolution kept? Yes! I actually ended up donating two quilts this year and it was an awesome experience. Read about them here and here.  

4. Take a belly dancing class (hopefully one with a recital, and at least some what covering outfits)

Resolution kept? Kind of. When I wrote this post I had no idea that I would end up traveling to India for the month of August. And although I dind't take a belly dancing class, I feel like traveling to India some how trumps this goal! (See some India pictures here)

5. Try making a Mosaic tiled TV tray. 

Resolution kept? Nope. Not even at all.

6. Join an actual or virtual Quilting Bee or Quilting Guild

 Resolution kept? Sadly no. This is one I hope to do better at this year as I will be graduated by April, and will hopefully have time in the evenings to commit to one!

7. Is it too cliché to say be healthier without having any real concrete steps to do so?  ... because that’s what I’m going to do! 

Resolution kept? I lost a lot of weight during my trip to India, does that count? 

8. make a wall quilt for my room

 Resolution kept? Yes! I made a 'ticker tape' style wall quilt (see it here)

9. Design my own quilt (instead of using a quilt pattern, which I have done for all of my other quilts.)

Resolution kept? Yes! I designed the first quilt I donated (seen here

10. Design my own fabric on Spoonflower and make lots of lovely things out of it!  

 Resolution kept? No. But I did get Adobe Illustrator to start designing the fabric! Baby steps have been made. 

I'm going to give it a 6/10. Not bad considering this is the first year I've made real resolutions/new years goals. Now I'm ready for 2012!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pictures from another Manitoba trip

You know you're almost at Grandma's when you see this guy!
The famous Moose
Prairie sky's.
Seriously going to miss this guy...

The riding mower in here will never be forgotten
Grandpa's scroll saw art
backyard... so many memories!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lists from 2011

my mirror message from 2011

10 Things I learned in 2011:
  1. Traveling is definitely important
  2. Moving can be fun
  3. Stick to your own values
  4. Ironing is really the most important part of sewing
  5. Taking chances is worth it, if it doesn't work out, you will learn a lot about yourself
  6. Winnipeg really is a cool city
  7. Grades don't seem to matter when getting a job!
  8. Living downtown in a city is the best
  9. Blogging is really fun
  10. I can't name all the stuff I learned in my classes this year, but  I will say number 10 is for all the different things I learned in school this year (and there was a lot!)

10 things I tried in 2011:
  1. Living in another city (Winnipeg)
  2. Real Indian food
  3. Traveling in the United States (Washington DC)
  4. Working in Rural Canada
  5. Stamp making
  6. Riding a Camel
  7. Sewing for complete strangers (Donated a quilt to Slave Lake)
  8. Becoming a member of my schools Engineering Society
  9. Making Mennonite food
  10. Deer meat (wasn't actually that bad...)

10 things I made in 2011:
  1. My first tutorial (for a zippered clutch)
  2. A wall quilt
  3. A Valentines Day tea cozy
  4. Women in Crisis silent auction quilt
  5. Owl Stufftie
  6. Giraffe & puppy embroidery piece
  7. Earring Holder
  8. Quilt for Slave Lake
  9. Owl Halloween costume
  10. Hockey quilt/mat

Saturday, December 24, 2011

More Home-made gifts

 I made these little owl pouches for two of my cousins this year! My Aunt has noticed the one I made for my younger sisters birthday last year and commented that they would be great for hot lunch money. I made them each one large enough to hold there lunch money. I think they turned out pretty darn adorable! 
Hopefully no lunch money will get lost with these little cuties!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Hockey Quilt

 I finished the hockey mat/quilt just in time for my trip to Winnipeg. I have made my cousin Ana a few things and I wanted to make sure that her brother Noah got something this time too!


 I really like how the quilting turned out on the back! I just wish I remembered to sew the center circle.

 My cousin was goofing off as he modeled the quilt for me! Thankfully he did seem very excited about it, and he even knew that the binding was supposed to look like the referee clothing!
I was so excited that he liked it! I have two other homemade gifts that I'm giving out tomorrow that I will post about after they have been received.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Busy busy

I've been busy busy with school these past two weeks!

Thankfully, Exams are coming to an end, and this semester will be officially over in two days! :) I will be flying off to Winnipeg Dec 14th in the morning to go visit my family, and help my grandma a bit as she moves into a new house.

I have a few projects I will share tomorrow, but it will be another week of limited activity here at A Sewcial Life.

In the mean time, here are a few pictures I've touched up of old projects.

The way I see most things...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

My Very First Quilt

I haven't posted about my first quilt on this blog yet, and I thought it was about time. I love this quilt.
The quilt taught me how to sew, and follow through, and move forward, and have focus.
It taught me how to have patients, and the importance of having your own hobbies and interests.
Looking back at it, even though I would never use those fabrics again, I'm so glad I did. They are low quality, and over powering and there are a lot of things I might not do again, but I love that I did them with this quilt when I really didn't know what I was doing.
When you don't know that there is a 'right way' to quilt, you're not afraid of doing it wrong. (I miss that sometimes.. I get a little caught up in doing it 'right' now that I have been sewing and quilting for a while)
 Despite the fact that this is my first quilt, the back of it is still my favorite of all the quilts I have made. I really love when you can see the stitches from the quilting.
Here it is in my old room (lets keep in mind this is not the room of a 12 year old, but at 21 year old Engineering major!)

Go leafs..
There you have it. My very first quilt, and a few thoughts on what it means to me and why I love it.

Hockey 'play mat'

If you remember a while ago I made some 'arm-protectors' for my cousin Ana. I wanted to make sure her older brother Noah didn't feel left out, so I'm finally making him something too!

This little guy, is in LOVE with sports! He loves them more then any little boy I think I've ever met. Its crazy. I'm pretty sure he had a security hockey stick in stead of a security blanket like most kids. So when I found this panel of hockey fabric, I knew I had to get it for him! Its perfect.

He might be getting a bit old for a 'play mat' I'm not really sure when kids grow out of these things. I'm hoping he will use the arena image on the front to play with his little Lego men or something of that nature, but if not, I'm sure it will keep him warm!