Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jumping back in, my word for 2012 and why I hate January...

OK, I admit it, I'm a bad blogger. I told you I was headed into an insane two weeks and it has been 2-1/2  three months. But in my defense it HAS been an insane 2-1/2 three months. I have been thinking- occasionally- how do I gracefully get back to blogging- well I quit thinking and will just jump back in.



When last seen, our heroines (that's me and Faye) were headed to quilt camp in the beautiful mountains of western Maine. It was, in a word, wonderful! More posts about this will appear shortly.  Then there was a small grey blur, children in costumes asking for candy, another medium size grey blur, a big turkey dinner, a huge grey blur where I vaguely remember a fat guy in a red suit and suddenly here we are... almost in double digits two-thirds of the way through January! I do remember that my last has-to-be-done-for-Christmas quilt was finished on Dec. 21... granted it was 2:30 AM for a delivery that afternoon, but that is still the record for "done with time to spare". Pictures of the quilts from the blurry months will also appear soon.


I have been thinking a lot about New Years Modifications. I don't like the word resolution- it sounds so inflexible and, well, things in my life need to be flexible. So I do "modifications". So many people are now picking a word to focus on for the year. That sounds like a good idea. This year my word will be:
FINISH

That means in everything...quilting and knitting UFOs (yes there are half-knitted projects too), borders for the summer mystery, things around the house, business ideas, everything. So far I'm making good progress. I have been working on getting my business paperwork organized and entered into my accounting software. Hopefully the taxes will get done before April this year.And, I resisted all the New Years Eve and New Years Day one-day mystery quilts. I have gone to quilt group meetings and worked on whatever was on top of the UFO pile. So far so good...

But that brings me to why I hate January...It's just so hard to keep that goal of Finishing, not starting in January. There's a new year STARTING, There's all kinds of lovely block-of-the-month quilts, and sew-alongs, and mystery quilts starting. Hey, I can do one measly block a month...right?... So OK, I did give in already and have started the Just Takes 2 mystery quilt... But in my defense, I am using fabric that has been on the shelf waiting for another project for years. So I have dealt with that UFO at least. And, I haven't started on the second group of blocks, since I have one left to finish from the first group. And the next batch won't be out until February 1st.  What?...That's just next week?... You're kidding me!...


This will be the only new quilt... I promise... really... except the one to teach in class... and....
OK, we will see...




Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!
leslie@theCraftyUnicorn.com
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