Etsy shop

Every year, we have a big New Years party.  This year was no exception. We did have the big party.  It was a blast.  I love welcoming the New Year in surrounded by friends and fun.  Then we spent a day recovering. The boys and I had a jammie day.  Today was church and then knitting group. I  never really feel like it is a new year until work starts back up. That is tomorrow.  I really feel like my year starts tomorrow.  So I have spent today doing what most people do on New Year’s Eve, thinking about the upcoming year.  I don’t really like New Years Resolutions.  I prefer to think of New Year’s goals.  So, here is what I have come up with in the crafting realm:
Christmas 2011 cloths 2
1. Every year I make a Christmas crafting plan in January. I assign different gifts to each month and work on them through the year.  This year is no exception.  For my Christmas dishcloths, I chose the Nubby Dishcloth pattern.  I have already made 6 1/2 cloths. I will need at least 20.  I am working on them in January and February.

2. I want to do more scrapbooking. One of my big holiday plans is a 2011 scrapbook for my mom and mother in law.  In the January/February 2005 Simple Scrapbooks magazine, there was a “Scrapbook 200 photos tonight!” article.  The idea is that you use a “two-up photo album” (an album that holds 200 4×6 photos).  I loved the idea and bought two albums back in 2005. I also cut 400 4×6 pieces of coordinating cardstock.  Then, I put it away. All I have to do is print out photos, attach them to the cardstock, embellish, and do some quick journaling. My plan is to do two identical albums and to do a few pages each month.

3. Each year I have a goal to learn something new.  This year, there are two things that I want to learn. The first is that I want to learn to really use my serger. I have used it a few times for very simple stuff.  I know that it will do a lot more than I have ever used it for in the past. I got a book called Ready, Set, Serge.  I plan to make some of the things from the book (and put them in my future gifts basket).  I am really excited to do a rolled hem. One of my Christmas gifts next year will be cloth napkin sets!

4. The second thing I want to learn to do is make soap.  I don’t really have a plan on this one, but I will soon.  I would like to make soap for gifts next year too.

Wee block jar

5. This is the cookie jar I bought for $3 today. I put my very small sock yarn balls in the jar.  These are for my sock yarn blankie!  These are only the ones that have not been put into the blankie yet.  After I use a ball, I put it in a bin. Later, they will be put back into this jar to be used again (just not too close to the first block).  One of my goals is to work on this blankie more consistently!  I really think the jar looks beautiful. It will be a nice reminder to work on it.

6. I also want to finish some unfinished projects.  My February Lady Sweater needs one sleeve.  I need to assemble Logan’s blankie from 2009. I need to finish Wyatt’s block borders and then assemble his.  Neither will take me long, but I just need to buckle down!

7. I want to start an Etsy shop. I am working on getting all of the legal stuff in order. I am hoping to announce more and launch in early this year!

8. My last crafting goal is to blog regularly.  I think this is self-explanatory. I love blogging, but I don’t do it as regularly as I would like.

I also have some personal goals. The first is to get pregnant. I know this seems a bit weird, but we have been trying for about a year. I had an ectopic back in March. Since then, no luck. I really want another baby (my last).  The second is to go through Operation World as a family.  We have “family church” every night. We read a bible story and pray as a family.  We are really excited about a more guided prayer experience as a family.  My last personal goal is to keep my house up.  We have been doing a pretty good job.  I want to keep that going.

Well, that seems like quite enough for one year!  Happy New Year to you!!


Well, last month I had a really bad gallbladder attack. I saw the surgeon on Thursday last week. He decided to take it out on Monday. It was a little sudden, but the timing was perfect for me.  I had nothing on my calendar this week. To prepare to be pretty much unavailable to my family, I did a bit of cooking over the weekend.  We also got our family pictures taken.  I will post them after Christmas, but they are a bit of a surprise for family so they are under wraps for now.  I also finished Tripp’s baby hat.
Hat for Tripp
So, I had surgery on Monday.  I got home Monday afternoon and spent most of the day sleeping.  Yesterday, it was lots of sleeping and watching tv.  Today, I felt so much better.   I actually got some stuff done for Christmas.  I made 10 sets of magnetic paper dolls using this tutorial.  They came out so cute. I used my Xyron 900 laminate/magnet cartridge to make them instead of magnetic sheets. The advantage is that the paper dolls are laminated on the front. I hope it helps them be more durable.  I put them in really cute Michael’s gift card boxes. I want a set myself.   The best tip from the tutorial is to leave a little bit of white around the edges. It really does make them look nicer.

I also managed to sew a bit today. I made two I-Spy bags.
I-Spy bags (front)
One for Conner and one for Wyatt.

I-Spy bags (back)

I have cut out, sewn the label,  and sewn the vinyl window on 4 others.  I need more of the poly bead things.  I have been working on these off and on since the weekend.  I can’t finish them until I get more filling. I hope to do that this weekend.

Tomorrow I have a hair appointment.  That will be the first time I have been outside my house in days.  I am volunteering in Logan’s class on Friday.  Hopefully, I will be up to it!

The other thing I have been doing is preparing an Etsy shop. I have been thinking about opening an Etsy shop for a long time to sell some of the things that I sew.  I started to research a while ago, but put it off because of all the CPSIA stuff.  Now I have decided to go forward.  I am going through all the legal stuff now (registering the name, setting up sales tax collection, etc).  As soon as things are together, I will make an announcement.  This week has been great for getting my research and paperwork in order!