Fall may be one of my favorite times of the year, I think. Not that we really have Fall here in Texas, but I have a vision of what Fall looks like, that I keep holding on to. And I think the beginning of October brings me around to thoughts of what I want to accomplish by year end. I have been sleeping relatively well this week, thankfully, and that sleep brings with it a renewed interest in projects, renewed creativity and inspiration.
With all of that in mind, I’d like to take a look at how I did on my September goals.
Knit on Homespun Wrap yes!
Finish Katrina’s RR and Mail by 9/15 yes!
Finish Row 1 of Tesori (Lazio and Calabria) no – barely started on Lazio
Stitch one SB ornament no – barely started on As Bethlehem Slept
Stitch one WhimZi yes – stitched and framed Frost Flower
Stitch on Baby Garden yes – less than two rows left!
Read 3 books two read, and part of a third
Do some quilting no – still haven’t figured out my new machine
Not too bad. Instead of making October goals, I am going to make year end goals, with the thought of getting a better idea of what I’d like to do in the next three months.
Finishing on all of my finished but unfinished pieces (right now that list includes two framing pieces, two pinkeeps, a fob and a wall-hanging)
Finish stitching on Baby Garden and frame to send for Christmas
Finish Shepherd’s Bush ornaments and make into wall hanging for Christmas
Stitch and finish 2nd Day of Christmas ornament for Eric
Get to the halfway mark on Tesori (that will give me three months in 2008 to get the other half finished)
Keep up with Neighborhood RR (I should get two more before the end of the year)
Sew on quilt squares, get ready to start wedding quilt in January
Blog more consistently – let’s shoot for every other day
Take stock of my 101 Things List and cross some more things off
Organize our travel photos – print and make books
Continue with Home Project, finish three rooms (1 per month)
Read two books per month
Finish writing my two poems
Focus on my fitness, continue my weight loss – meet my end of year goal weight
Decorate for the holidays, enjoy and relax!
I think it will be a stretch, but I can do it. And if you’re curious about my Home Project, you can take a look at it here. I’ll have photos of the inside soon.
This weekend (apart from taking a million photos of my house) Eric and I had some friends over for dinner on Saturday. Eric made Cuban food that was yummy!! Sunday we went to the Dallas Museum of Art to see their exhibit “From the Ashes of Vesuvius”. It was excellent. The red they used – wow – I am such a sucker for red! We went shopping for some new clothes for me, as I needed smaller sizes, and some things for fall. I am trying to get by with buying as few clothes as possible since I won’t have them probably for more than one or two seasons. It’s a good feeling though! Then, we went to the grocery store to buy food for the week. Whew! I’ve stitched a little bit on Baby Garden, but I had to rip out some over one again last night because I wasn’t paying attention. But, the clock is finished and I am moving along. Oh, and I had my book club to discuss Peony in Love on Friday.
We looked at some of the Chinese art in the Kimbell’s permanent collection. We touched on subjects such as footbinding, Confucianism, traditional roles of women, and of course love. It was a great discussion.
I have Philadelphia photos all ready to show you too in the next couple of days. I had intended to show you today, but somehow I didn’t put them on my thumb drive to bring with me. Oh well, it’s not like you haven’t been waiting over a month for them!
Oh, and that beauty up at the top of my post. It’s Martina Weber’s (Chatelaine) new Hawaiian Mandala. It starts in December. I love it. I have such a love of Hawaii. It will definitely be a must for my stitching bag. One of these days I would really love to make a traditional Hawaiian breadfruit quilt to put on a bed – red and white. I can’t seem to find a pattern for anything bigger than a pillowcase though. My best friend’s mother used to have a “Hawaiian Room” that was decorated with some things from Hawaii, and ever since then I’ve loved that idea of a Hawaiian Room. I think my favorite part of the Mandala though may be the sea turtles – love them!!
Walk to Rivendell: Reach Tom Bombadil’s house. Stars are out (ca. 7 p.m.). Rainy. Spend the day at Tom Bombadil’s house. Leave Tom’s house and climb zig-zag path to brow of hill on west side of Barrow-downs (ca. 9 a.m.). On ponies go up steep slopes and down long limbs. No trees or water. Turn more east than they intend and enter the Barrow-downs, a place of great dread: inhabited by evil Barrow-wights from Angmar. (Total Miles Walked: 99.75)
I am grateful for October.