December goals coming on Thursday. Until then, here’s how I did with my November goals.
Continue work on my Master’s project. I finished two (here’s one of them) and the third is about half done. So overall not too bad. My original plan had been to make 10-12, but my professor said I might need to do as many as 20. His number is based solely on an estimate of time per piece, and I personally think it’s ridiculous to judge the scope of a master’s project solely on the number of hours it takes. (This is partly because I have seen some of the projects done by others, and I guarantee you they did not take the amount of time he’s telling me I need to spend.) Anyway. We’ll see. I think 12-15 will be sufficient, so we’ll call my project somewhere between 20-25% complete.
February & March blocks
Make this month’s Lucky Stars Block of the Month. Done! Plus more! I did the November block (which you can see in this progress post), and played more catch up by doing the February and March blocks. I also sewed a tote bag. It was a good month for sewing!
Create a draft strategy document for a work project. I made good progress on this with help from a few coworkers. I’m feeling somewhat more confident that I can do what they need me to do.
Read 1 book. Done! I read this month’s book club selection:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I just finished this book and to be honest, I’m still not sure I really “get” everything in it. But it gets 4 stars just for the way it made me feel. I loved the atmosphere and ambiance of the circus and the characters so much that I had trouble putting it down.
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Workworkwork on Emma’s Christmas stocking. I finished the cross-stitching and have moved on to backstitching all the outlines! After some work over the holiday weekend, I’m ~30% done with that. Then I just have to turn it into a stocking, which will be the easiest part of the whole thing. I think I can finish — I really do!
Make and order Christmas cards. I took advantage of a Minted sale a few weeks ago and preordered cards with the option to upload our photo later. I planned to get a family photo on Thanksgiving when we were somewhat dressed up, but Emma wasn’t very cooperative and she is either squirming or blurry in every. single. picture. So now we have to retake a family photo. Guess what’s on my to-do list for this weekend…
I seriously can’t believe it’s November already. This part of the year always starts to fly by but I’m looking forward to a fun holiday season!
Continue work on my Master’s project. I’m aiming to get 2-3 of the eventual 12-15 pieces d-o-n-e DONE this month. I’ve been scheduling myself for 6-12 hours per week of project work (Mondays and Wednesdays after Emma goes to bed, plus a big chunk on Superflex Fridays) which should be sufficient to meet that goal — especially now that I’ve developed a few new techniques to get the effects I want.
Make this month’s Lucky Stars Block of the Month. I loved how October’s block turned out, and am looking forward to November’s! It’s another pretty complicated one with a lot of pieces, so as a “breather” I decided to do the January block — and that’s what you see in the photo above. (I didn’t join until late, so I’m playing catch up too.) This one only had 4 quarters and 24 total pieces of fabric, so it came together in about 1 hour yesterday. Very satisfying!
Create a draft strategy document for a work project. I’m not going to post specifics about this here, and I’ve never posted a work goal before…but this is really priority #1 this month. As in, if I don’t get it done during the day, I need to forego hobby time at night in favor of this. I’ve been procrastinating and my time has run out.
Read 1 book. I was successful with this one last month, albeit furlough-aided success. But we’ll go for another one this month!
Workworkwork on Emma’s Christmas stocking. I’m starting to see the finish line, even if it is still pretty distant. The photo above was taken a couple days ago and as you can see, the trees and snow field are probably ~80% done. All of the cross stitch is probably ~90% done. Then it’s on to backstitching like crazy… I’ve got just over 7 weeks until Christmas, so it’ll be down to the wire!
Make and order Christmas cards. I always wait until the last minute to do cards, which results in paying a “rush” shipping charge and frantically addressing a bunch of envelopes a week before Christmas. This year, I want have them on their way to me no later than the end of the month!
November goals coming soon. Until then, here’s how I did with my October goals.
This month was great! I did everything I wanted to, plus a lot more.
Continue work on my Master’s project. Whew. I am MAKING PROGRESS with a capital P. For real, y’all. I have one piece nearly finished and a second in the sketching phase. When the first one is in final draft form, I’ll post it here for feedback.
Make this month’s Lucky Stars Block of the Month. Done! And despite how complicated it looks, it actually took less time than I’d anticipated — probably around 3 hours in all for cutting, piecing, pressing, etc. Each of the 8 triangle sections had 9 pieces, so that’s a whopping 72 pieces of fabric sewn together to make this one block. Whew! But there’s something about the paper piecing process that really appeals to me, and the end results are so satisfying. My success with this one definitely has me excited to do the November block and start catching up on the ones from previous months.
Make a Halloween costume for Emma. Despite several ridiculous fits and starts trying to make one simple little dress…it’s done! And you better believe I’ll be posting photos tomorrow.
Read 1 book. Done!
Clear the baby clutter off the counter. Done!